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Podcasts, or digital broadcasts, cover a wide variety of subject matter – ranging from comedy, horror, fantasy, news shows, reviews, and more. Because there are literally millions of narrative and engaging shows, we’ll explore a variety of listener favorite podcasts to make it easier for you to find something you’ll enjoy. You can read more about our favorite podcasts here.


A dozen episodes into its first season, Modern Love focuses on the stories showcased in the popular New York Times column of the same name.

Hosted by Meghna Chakrabarti of Boston’s NPR radio station WBUR and New York Times’ Modern Love editor Daniel Jones, the podcast explores love in today’s fast-moving world. Each episode is written by a different author and narrated by celebrity voices.


Since I always enjoy a good romance story, one of my favorite episodes is Modern Love episode 5, “The Plunge”. This one is a bit different than the rest because it is written by an 18-year-old girl discussing her first fateful plunge into the world of love. And boy did she fall … literally. She jumped off a cliff with her first boyfriend for fun, and ended up in the hospital for much of the remaining summer. She likens her fall off the cliff to her fall into love, and it is beautifully written. The story is read by actress Dakota Fanning, who injects just the right amount of fragility and strength throughout.

Another memorable episode revolves around caring for a single goldfish in a fish bowl, and not knowing how to help that fish continue to want to live. With this storyline, “One Last Swirl”, Episode 2, is a narrative for caring for our aging parents and how we can cope with the results of that. Jason Alexander narrates this episode with thoughtfulness, patience, and compassion. The story hits me in the feels each time I listen to it – and I’ve listened a few times.

If you’re interested in downloading an episode or two of Modern Love, go to your Podcast App, go to the Search option in the lower right section of your smartphone or tablet’s screen, and type in “Modern Love”.

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