21st Century love

Eavesdrop on text messages between Romeo and Juliet, or learn to find better dates with computer engineering. This episode is all about love in the 21st century.
Visitors talk in a gay club in St. Petersburg, Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky) (The Associated Press)
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Six podcasts about modern romance


5 podcasts about modern romance. Pen Pals, Reply All, Dear Sugar, Strangers, Longest Shortest Time, The Moth. 54:23

1. Pen Pals

"Where the hell are you Romeo? Tried calling but barely getting reception. Literally had to climb mountain of skulls to get like even one bar for texting." — Juliet texts Romeo from hell

In a text message exchange between dead Romeo and Juliet, we hear about their entertaining day-to-day life in heaven and hell, respectively.

2. The Moth

"I decided that I was going to reverse engineer OkCupid's match algorithm." — Chris McKinlay

A UCLA graduate with a PhD in Applied Mathematics uses his computing skills to find a date on OkCupid.

3. Reply All

"I say 'I'm Suzanne, I have been dating John for the past six months.' And she says her name is Tara and she has been dating John for the past two years!" — Reply All

Multiple women tell their story about dating the same eligible bachelor named "John." It is a warning to those who are on dating websites like OkCupid searching for true love.

4. Dear Sugar

"When we were broke, we were in a pickle together. We didn't fight about money." — Cheryl Strayed on her husband

New York Times' best-selling author Cheryl Strayed talks to her husband about their tougher years as a couple.

5. Strangers

"I have a lot of guilt because they [my parents] did sacrifice a lot for me. But they chose America, and America's whole motto is to follow your own path." — Pabba

Immigrant parents sign their son up for India's oldest and most successful dating app. Time is running out as they feel a need to marry off their son.

6. Longest Shortest Time

"If Steph and I were to have a child, and we used insemination at home... if we did not involve a third party person, that known donor would be guaranteed rights to parenthood." — Longest Shortest Time

Host Hillary Frank invites couples to discuss how they're navigating the often confusing waters of LGBTQ family planning. Each couple knows they eventually want kids, but they still haven't figured out how to make them.

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