A single, burning question about love and relationships, every season. Explored through stories. Hosted by Boston Globe advice columnist Meredith Goldstein.
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Kim and Glenn Schryver are experts at coupling in isolation. For more than a dozen years, the Schryvers have managed a remote mountain reservoir in the Rockies of Colorado. They go weeks without seeing anyone but each other. How do they do it? And what can they teach other couples who now find themselves in a similar position? ... For Season 4, we're looking for love lessons at all kinds of ages. Have a story you'd like to share? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is he using the lockdown to ghost? Is it a good time to text your ex? Meredith invites her sister, Brette, onto the show to dish out advice to letter-writers dealing with pandemic-related relationship problems. Plus, their friend Nicole offers an intimate look at what it's like to date on FaceTime. How has COVID-19 affected your relationship? Email us at email@example.com.
Meredith Goldstein talks to Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr about what to watch during stressful times, why people are drawn to disaster flicks, and the best rom-coms to screen right now -- including a Keanu Reeves-Sandra Bullock classic. What are you watching? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Introducing Motherhood Sessions, a podcast from our friends at Gimlet. Motherhood Sessions features emotionally honest conversations about being a mom. In this episode, Dr. Alexandra Sacks sits down with a couple that hasn’t had sex in more than two years. On the surface, it seems like the birth of their son was the main cause of their loss of intimacy. But as Dr. Sacks digs deeper, it turns out that the couples’ sexual issues pre-date their child.
Jia Tolentino, staff writer at The New Yorker and author of the essay collection "Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion," joins Meredith to talk about how she knew she didn't want to get married. Have a story of your own? Email us at email@example.com.
Lisa was just 34 when her husband died suddenly of a heart condition. As she came to terms with her grief, she confronted questions she never thought she’d have to answer: How do you know when to move past mourning and date new people? How do you know you’re ready? … Have a story of your own? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want a new relationship to last, how long should you wait to sleep together? There’s an old adage that says three dates. But is that right? In today’s episode, we explore three takes on this question. Have a story of your own? Email us at email@example.com.
Huda always knew her marriage would be supervised by her family. She accepted that, but she pined for romance: She wanted a love story worthy of the American rom-coms she grew up on. The question was, could she have both?... Have a story of your own? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a newly single mom, Lauren had to wrestle with two big questions. First, when to start dating again. Second, how and when to introduce her daughter to the men she was seeing. For Lauren -- and for anyone trying to date while raising kids -- the stakes can be quite high. Have a story of your own? Email us at email@example.com.
What do pierced nipples and “Silent Night” have in common? In today’s stories, both were signs that a relationship had run its course. Jordan had to accept that his marriage was over. Allison had to listen to her gut. Have a story of your own? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sometimes friendship is just friendship, and sometimes it’s meant to be more. But how do you know? Aubrey spent years trying to figure that out with a guy she calls The Singer. Could she learn to be comfortable with ambiguity? … Have a story of your own? Email us at email@example.com.
Marlee and John’s relationship got serious fast after an a-ha moment at a Michigan bar. They got married and built a local arts community together. Ultimately, their marriage didn’t last. But their relationship did. Have a story of your own? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One night on a dark dance floor, Douglass Williams bumped into the woman who would change his life. Not just because they went on to get married and start a family together. She gave him a lifelong gift -- one he didn’t know he was looking for. Have a story to share? Email us at email@example.com.
Meredith was the special guest on this recent episode of “Hot and Bothered,” a podcast about reading – and writing – romance novels. Hear Meredith talk with host Vanessa Zoltan about paranormal romance and what we can learn from vampires, ghouls, and fairies in love. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anna Sale, host of the podcast Death, Sex & Money, talks about the time a stressful couch purchase forced her and her boyfriend to reexamine their relationship. In time, they learned how to talk about money, and how to share a life together … Have a story of your own? Email us at email@example.com.
Lance was certain he and his wife would be partners for life. But it would take years for Lance to truly understand himself. What happens when you make a big call about love at a young age? … Have a story of your own? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elizabeth and Dave are two Austin musicians who initially sought different things from their relationship. In time, both knew they were meant to be together. But how? What did that “knowing” look like? … Have a story of your own? Email us at email@example.com.
How do you know when it’s true love? When to sleep together for the first time? When to leave someone? This season of Love Letters, Boston Globe advice columnist Meredith Goldstein takes on a universal question: How do you know? Stories, confessions, expert advice, and more. Season 3 launches September 24. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet at us using #loveletterspodcast.
Here’s a clip of a new show called The Moment, from our friends at Wondery. The Moment, hosted by newly engaged comedian and actress Ingrid Haas, tells stories about love, relationships, and dating in a fun, comedic way. You can find The Moment on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen. Learn more at wondery.fm/globeloveletters.
In this bonus episode, Meredith Goldstein talks to two people who met their partners in online communities — including one who found love in the comments section of Meredith’s column. Email us at email@example.com.
Meredith Goldstein and special guests take the stage at the Comedy Studio at Bow Market, in Somerville, Mass. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do you build a relationship with someone who saved your life? In the final episode of Season 2, Meredith Goldstein shares stories of love that flowered in moments of stress and danger. Her sister, Brette, confesses to a trick she once used to woo someone on a roller coaster. Plus, Meredith brings Erin into the studio to reflect on what she learned this season as the Love Letters guinea pig. Email us at email@example.com.
If you’re dating, it’s a thing you hear a lot: A good way to meet someone is to take a class or join a social activity. Like playing on a co-ed volleyball team. Taking a sourdough bread-making class. Signing up for pottery. But does it work? In Episode 9, Meredith Goldstein looks at whether activities, classes, and clubs can lead you to love. Plus, something good happens to Erin. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find a partner, sometimes you’ve just gotta grab the moment. This is something Meredith Goldstein knows all too well. Because that guy she liked in college? Matt Dorfman? Well, she missed her chance. In Episode 8, Meredith explores bravery and regret, and she tells the story of one British photographer who did act on her romantic impulse. Email us at email@example.com.
Meeting someone takes work, time, and commitment. It can also take money. Sometimes a lot. In Episode 7, Meredith Goldstein explores what we spend on dating and why. She talks to Lindsey Stanberry, of Refinery29’s “Money Diaries,” and tells the story of a woman who spent serious money on a professional matchmaker. Plus, Erin makes a cameo on The Science of Happiness podcast. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everybody wants a meet-cute story. It’s like we’ve all watched so many rom-coms that anything less feels like a letdown. But what does a meet-cute truly mean to a relationship? Meredith Goldstein explores this question by revisiting the story of how her parents met. Also in the episode, Meredith tires quickly of swiping, but Erin does not -- and gets rewarded. Email us at email@example.com.
Trust. Intimacy. Affection. They’re all key ingredients to a healthy romantic relationship. But what happens when pain, trauma, and memory get in the way? In Episode Five, Meredith Goldstein explores the unique challenges of trying to find love and connection after a difficult past. Also, Erin has a promising date and Meredith starts swiping for the first time in her life. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dating can feel like a second full-time job. You feel like you have to constantly check the apps, update your profiles, and swipe on new faces, lest you miss out on something. And that’s all before you actually go on any dates. In this episode, Meredith Goldstein looks at the epidemic of dating fatigue. She talks to comedian Lane Moore, the brains behind the show “Tinder Live” and the author of “How To Be Alone,” and hits the bar with Erin, the woman Love Letters is following all season. Email us at email@example.com.
Does where you live affect your dating life? Would it be easier to find a partner if you lived in another city? Meredith Goldstein investigates these oft-asked questions through conversations with three people who have lived and dated in multiple zip codes. Plus, Meredith checks in with Erin, the single woman whose dating life Love Letters is chronicling all season. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meredith Goldstein tells the story of one of the riskier work crushes she’s come across. Because, really, what’s riskier than falling in love with H.R.? Meredith also explores the complexities of dating in the workplace in the #MeToo era, and she talks do’s and don’t’s with an employment lawyer who’s seen and heard it all. Email us at email@example.com.
In the first episode of the new season, Meredith Goldstein asks: Whatever happened to the good old-fashioned set-up? She talks to two friends with starkly different views on whether set-ups are worthwhile, and she visits a salon that offers far more than haircuts. Plus, Meredith introduces Erin, a 44-year-old single woman whose dating life Love Letters will be chronicling all season. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Season 2 of Love Letters, Boston Globe advice columnist Meredith Goldstein tackles one of love’s fundamental questions: How do you meet someone? Through stories, advice from experts, and confessions from her own life, Meredith will explore what works, what doesn’t, and what it means to be dating in 2019. Season 2 of Love Letters launches February 12.
Is a breakup the end of something, or only the beginning? In Season One of Love Letters, Boston Globe advice columnist Meredith Goldstein explores this question through intimate stories of love and heartbreak and confessions from her own life. Love Letters launches March 20.
In this special bonus episode of Love Letters, Meredith explores camp love and the end-of-summer goodbyes that inevitably follow. Summer romances can be fleeting and ultimately insignificant. But sometimes they can mean much more. Email us at email@example.com or find us online at loveletters.show.
Some people believe that establishing a friendship with your ex is the true sign you’ve moved on from the relationship. It’s not always that simple, though. In the final episode of Season One, Meredith explores friendship with exes -- including her own -- and she talks to Esther Perel about what makes that possible. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or find us online at loveletters.show.
Can you really get back together after a breakup? Does harboring that hope prevent you from moving on? Meredith tackles these often-asked questions and explores the pitfalls of wishful thinking. And she talks to one family who defied the odds in an extraordinary way. Email us at email@example.com or find us online at loveletters.show.
Meredith explores the healing power of music after a breakup. A lovelorn actress walks into a karaoke bar -- and finally finds peace. Hit songwriter Bonnie Hayes explains the universality of a good song. And a master playlist-maker shares his breakup recommendations. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or find us online at loveletters.show.
The impulse to reinvent after a breakup can be strong. We want to run and chop our hair off. Or change careers. Or maybe climb a mountain. Meredith explores this quest for “breakup accomplishments” and how they help us raise our value -- not necessarily for other people, but for ourselves. Email us at email@example.com or find us online at loveletters.show.
So much evaporates after a breakup -- the sweet texts, the lazy brunches, the shared Hulu account you both used for the “The Handmaid’s Tale.” But mementos from your time together remain, like relics of another era. Is it better to hold onto these things, or to dump them? Meredith investigates. With a cameo by Margo Howard. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or find us online at loveletters.show.
The worst kinds of breakups are the murky ones. You think maybe you've been dumped, but you’re not totally sure. Or you know you’ve been dumped but still have so many questions, starting with: Why? Meredith learns the do’s and don’t’s of breaking up -- from the people who know best. Email us at email@example.com or find us online at loveletters.show.
Breaking up was easier before social media. Not the emotional part -- that was always hard -- but the mechanics of it. You broke up and just avoided each other at the mall. Today, disentangling is … complicated. Photos of your ex with a new love infiltrate your news feed. Even a Venmo transaction can send you reeling. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or find us online at loveletters.show.
It’s common advice after a breakup: The best way to get over an ex is to get under someone new. But does it work? Is rebound sex empowering, or does it just leave you feeling lonelier? Meredith Goldstein explores the emotions -- and the science -- at play in one of life’s most vulnerable moments. Email us your thoughts at email@example.com and find us online at loveletters.show.