WHETHER IT IS SILLY BICKERINGS, EXISTENTIAL CRISES, HEARTACHES, OR PANGS OF LONELINESS, LOVE IS NOT GOLD GLITTER FILTERED IG FEED AND SOMETIMES YOU JUST NEED SOMEONE TO REMIND YOU THAT YOU ARE NOT ALONE AND PERHAPS OFFER SOME SAGE ADVICE THAT RESONATES WITH YOU.
Podcasts are the new go-to’s for almost anything and everything. There’s something so engaging and compelling about the platform that you feel like hanging out with your gang of friends (only wiser ;).
Listening to these podcasts is more about finding catharsis and community than getting answers per se. Here’s our list of select relationship podcasts that we feel you would appreciate, so sit back and put the kettle on while you play one of your favorite shows.
1. Modern Love
For 16 years, the Modern Love column has given New York readers a glimpse into the complicated loves of real people. The popular column has spawned a book, the Amazon Prime series (which we binge-watched!) but its most moving spin-off is its podcast.
It even features the likes of Ethan Hawke, Soarise Ronan, Daniel Radcliffe, Jake Glyllenhaal lending their voice to the compelling and poignant stories often sharing their reflections on the subject.
The real, raw, authentic narrations will tug your heartstrings and odds are that you’d come away understanding more about people’s experiences and perhaps your own too.
EPISODES WE LOVED LISTENING TOO : HOW THE ‘DINING DEAD’ GOT TALKING AGAIN
2. Where should we begin? with Esther Perel
The incomparable therapist Esther Perel counsel real couples as they reveal the most intimate, personal, and complicated details of the conflicts that have brought them to her door. Esther creates a space for us to hear our own lives and struggles articulated in the stories of others.
Her recent episodes help couples in quarantine deal with the newly arisen challenges of prolonged periods of uncertainty.
This great podcast by the ingenious Esther Perel can help you with the tools to navigate our relationships and tap into unknown parts of yourselves that needed some attention and loving care.
EPISODES WE LOVED LISTENING TOO : ON AGAIN/OFF AGAIN
3. DEAR SUGARS
Hosted by Cheryl Strayed (the famed author of the book Wild which was later turned into a movie starring Reese Witherspoon) and Steve Almond, two writers who used to write under the pen name ‘Sugar.’
Real people write in with their problems and the topics are much diverse and they answer the questions with what can be best described as Radical Empathy. We feel their compassionate advice has a healing touch about it, listen to this gem of a podcast which could very well be ‘how to live your beautiful life’ podcast.
And, they are often joined on their podcast by the guests like Oprah and Hilary Clinton, in case you needed more prodding to give this podcast a listen.
EPISODES WE LOVED LISTENING TOO : LOVE IN DOUBT
4. ANNA FARIS IS UNQUALIFIED
What if you could just go up to your favorite celebrity and ask them for relationship advice? Join host Anna Faris (of the famed sitcom Mom) as she attempts to gain insights into the world by talking to celebrity guests and by giving out unqualified yet wise and compassionate advice to callers, often with the help of much more qualified experts.
Celeb guests like Lisa Kudrow, Malcolm Gladwell, Norah Jones share their relationship challenges and struggles while offering authentic suggestions to the callers.
EPISODES WE LOVED LISTENING TOO : CIARA BRAVO
5. LOVE IS LIKE A PLANT
If love is like a plant, then how can we help it grow. Exploring this central theme, the podcast tackles subjects like relationships, dating, sex, heartbreak, and making it work.
Whether you are heartbroken or happily in love, the podcast explores what it means to love well in bite-sized episodes.
EPISODES WE LOVED LISTENING TOO : Q AND A EPISODE
BFF Kathy Lu and Tobin Low are super queer and super fun and through their podcast, they share provocative stories and frank conversations about the LGBTQ experiences today which ranges from coming out to better sex education in schools to romcoms and falling in love.
While the new episodes are no longer released, but one can always dive into their incredible archive that we reckon would be relevant irrespective.
EPISODES WE LOVED LISTENING TOO : NANCY WAS HERE
We, at Cashmere Stories, often start our day with some podcast while fixing up the breakfast or might lounge around listening to a show over an afternoon tea.
It is incredible how podcasts have seamlessly seeped into our daily lives and often help us cruise our daily lives a little more smoothly and with a bit more appreciation and kindness.
Hoping it does the same or more for you.