Life has become considerably weird since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of the entire world (except allegedly North Korea, but our audience isn’t coming from there). As a result of the changes we’ve had to make to our lifestyles, as we’ve already established in this article, all of our romantic relationships are being affected, some in more drastic ways than others.
Whether forced together or apart, there’s no better time to work on your relationship with your significant other than right now, and we’ve compiled a list of great podcasts that can provide you with some tips, ideas and inspiration for how to go about doing that!
This beautifully produced series sees couples counsellor Esther Perel recording unscripted counselling sessions with real life couples talking about their real life stories. Each episode covers a different counselling session, which is not only engaging, deeply personal and relatable, but which can also teach us valuable lessons about sex, love, and romance as fundamental and universal concepts. Perel is a wonderful and engaging host, with a fabulous accent and loads of wisdom for every stage of a relationship. Where Should We Begin? truly is a celebration of humanity and the way we love, as well as all the stubbornness and difficulties we have to over come when we do.
The hosts of this podcast, Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, know that when it comes to love and relationships, it can be hard to know what the answers are, and that’s why they’re here to help us find them. They take questions from, and provide well-considered and empathetic advice to, listeners who like us, are just trying to navigate the tricky terrain of love. They analyze relationships in an unpretentious, eloquent and informative way, often including guests who add valuable input to the discussion. One writer described this podcast with the words “through generous and insistent discourse, they’d expose someone’s singular struggle as being plainly, universally, and stunningly human”, and it’s that relatable quality of this series, it’s ability to resound so clearly with so many, that makes this podcast truly worth listening to.
“The podcast about love, heartbreak, and all the relationship advice you don’t want to hear.”
This show’s quirky hosts, Sierra DeMulder and Sam Blackwell, make talking about the struggles of relationships feel okay. While going over listener questions with a fine-tooth comb, they reveal deeply personal stories about their own lives and relationships, make some dorky jokes, and bring a lightness to the hard topics that can be very comforting and heartening. Like Dear Sugars, they provide insightful and well thought-out answers to personal questions that somehow seem applicable to everyone, and will have you feeling like you know them after just one episode. Despite being extremely chatty and losing focus from time to time, as friends are wont to do, Just Break Up will have you tuning into the next episode immediately regardless of your relationship status.
Another great WBUR production, Modern Love was built upon the popular New York Times column of the same name. Host Meghan Chakrabarti invites notable personalities, like Kate Winslet, Uma Thurman, Jake Gyllenhaal and tons more to read deep and moving essays about love, written by column readers. The essayists themselves then provide listeners with updates on how the situations in their stories have resolved themselves. These stories of love, loss, and redemption may not provide listeners with the practical advice that some of the other podcasts we’ve mentioned do, but they certainly make for good listening, and excellent reminders that love is never smooth sailing.
Probably better for those couples who are confined together (but definitely not for those with kids in the room), this risqué podcast with host and sexuality professional Sandra Daugherty will have you giggling and cringing as she discusses all aspect of sex in her candid and, often hilarious way. She invites guests onto her show and they discuss techniques, problems, awkward moments, and everything in between. It’s engaging, humerous and practical, and if you have an interest in the naughtier side of life, you won’t want to turn this podcast off. Listen with your partner, and you both might just learn a thing or two. have fun!
Even if you’re in a great place in your relationship, and we hope you are, it’s a wonderful idea to give some of these a listen. It’s never a bad idea to equip your arsenal with some conflict resolution skills, listening skills, and ideas about how to open up or communicate better in a romantic relationship. Love is never simple and often it isn’t a walk in the park, but by learning from the relationships of others we can, hopefully, improve the quality of ours without having to go through unnecessary struggles and hurdles.
Go well, lovers.