Okay, to preface this post, I know that I am REALLY late to the podcast game. I have never listened to Serial *gasp* and never really understood everyone’s obsession with this form of entertainment. That is until my favorite New York Times column became a podcast. Modern Love: A series of weekly reader-submitted essays that explore the joys and tribulations of love is a column that I stumbled upon a few months ago. I started seeing different stories pop up on my Facebook home page when I followed the NYTimes Facebook page. After reading the first story, I was absolutely hooked. It is a series filled with love stories that will surprise you. They are not all Disney happily ever after endings, but instead ones filled with comedy, heartaches, and above all else, lessons.
In December, the New York Times announced that this series would become as podcast in 2016 with WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station. Each weekly podcast features a Modern Love story performed by actors and other famous celebrities (January Jones, Judd Apatow, and many more!). When I first saw the announcement I was intrigued, but didn’t immediately think to download the podcast. It wasn’t until I had tea with a friend recently that she mentioned how much she loved the podcast Serial. It reminded me of the Modern Love podcast and I figured why not give it a chance.
You guys, I am absolutely hooked.
I decided to download the series and start listening to the first 20 minute podcast on my commute to work one morning. Since I am only on the subway for a few stops, it has never provided me enough time to read a book, which is one of the aspects I actually loved about commuting. When I read a book, I don’t want to be constantly interrupted after only a few pages, I prefer to get lost in it. And although Pandora is great, after a while it feels like the same 20 songs are played on repeat which gets pretty redundant.
Immediately, I was happy to have downloaded the Modern Love podcast. It was an incredibly calming way to start my morning. Listening to the host Meghna Chakrabarti introduce the story provided some background before actress Lauren Molina dove into the first story, “A Craigslist ‘Missed Connection’ Lure.” It usually takes me about 20 to 30 minutes to get to work each morning, which made this first 20 minute podcast the perfect amount of time. I promise not to give anything away but this story definitely had a few surprising moments that I couldn’t help but react to while on the subway.
I think my favorite aspect of this podcast is that once the celebrity/actor/personality finishes reading the story aloud, you hear the author of the story discuss it with The Time’s Modern Love editor Daniel Jones and Meghna Chakrabarti. It is really interesting to dig a little deeper into their story and provides the perfect conclusion to the modern love story.
If you haven’t downloaded Modern Love: The Podcast, I truly cannot recommend it enough. Although this is my first toe in the podcast pool, I am slowly finding more podcasts to check out and cannot wait to tell you about my new favorites!