This Is Love

Color photograph of two people. A woman is sitting in front of a man. They are both wearing black shirts. The woman has her eyes closed.

Episode 62: The Shelter

Episode #62

2023-03-22 05:00:51


Alex Borovenskiy and Anabell Ramires run a theater in Kyiv, Ukraine. It's called ProEnglish Theatre, and was used as a bomb shelter during World War II. When Russia invaded Ukraine, Alex and Anabell decided to leave their apartment and go to the theater, where they hoped they might be safe. Then a neighbor showed up and asked if she could join them. “This is how it all started. People started coming and coming and coming.”
Color still of Josh Dela Cruz on the TV Show, Blue's Clues. He's wearing a striped blue shirt and holding a notebook with a picture of a cartoon dog.

Episode 61: “The show is coming back!”

Episode #61

2023-03-08 05:00:05


As a kid, Josh Dela Cruz used to watch Blue’s Clues with his little sister. The show was entirely animated except for a single human – Steve – who talked to the audience and asked for their help to solve puzzles. In 2018, after years of Blue's Clues being off the air, Josh heard the show was looking for a new host.
Six small illustrations set against a black background: a bumble bee with red wings, a radish in the shape of a heart, a brain with a red heart embedded in the back, a ranger hat with a heart on it, a VHS tape, and a snail with a heart in the middle of the shell.

Episode 60: How Have You Been?

Episode #60

2023-02-22 05:00:50


Five years ago, on Valentine's Day, we started a show about the ways we’re connected to each other. Today, we’re catching up with some of the people we’ve met.
Color illustration of basketball player Bill Russell. He's wearing a green Boston uniform. He's kneeling and holding a basketball.

Episode 59: Bill Russell, King of the Court

Episode #59

2023-02-08 05:00:13


When Bill Russell joined the NBA in the 1950s, he was the only Black player on the Celtics. He went on to win 11 championships, more than any player in basketball history. When President Barack Obama awarded him the Medal of Freedom in 2011, he said: “Bill Russell stood up for the rights and dignity of all men.” Today, former NBA player Spencer Haywood remembers his coach and friend.
A man and a woman sit on a tan colored couch. The man has his arm wrapped around the woman and she is leaning toward him. There's a blue curtain in the background.

Episode 58: Always Tomorrow

Episode #58

2022-12-21 05:00:04


A woman becomes a best-selling novelist by writing more than 100 books about her first romance.
A black and white photograph of Nelson Sullivan holding a camera in one hand. His other hand is wrapped around Sylvia Miles. Nelson has a bow tie, Sylvia is wearing a checkered shirt. They're both smiling.

Episode 57: Nelson’s Camera

Episode #57

2022-12-07 05:00:32


 In 1983, Nelson Sullivan picked up a video camera and started filming everything – going to nightclubs in New York City, shopping at the grocery store, even waiting for a flight at the airport. "He became the narrator of his own life story.”
Still from the movie You’ve Got Mail, with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan sitting on a park bench, looking at each other. He’s holding a plastic bag in his lap and she’s holding what looks like a plant.

Episode 56: You’ve Got Mail

Episode #56

2022-11-23 05:00:29


In You’ve Got Mail, two people fall in love over email. Decades after writing that screenplay, Delia Ephron found herself in the middle of a very similar story.
A man wearing a red jumpsuit and helmet stands in a cave. There is a large passageway behind him.

Episode 55: The Rescue

Episode #55

2022-11-09 05:00:52


Last November, George Linnane found himself at the bottom of a hole, deep inside a cave.
Photograph of two women sitting at a banquet dining table. There are wine glasses and plates on the table in front of them. The woman on the left is wearing a gray sweater. The woman on the right is wearing a black shirt and a scarf

Episode 54: Grace and Julia

Episode #54

2022-10-26 05:00:42


Grace Young remembers her parents were obsessed with food growing up — they went shopping every day for groceries and every night they cooked traditional Cantonese dishes for dinner. She started to learn to cook when she was young, but not from her parents. She learned from Julia Child.
Color photograph of Meredith Goldstein. She has blonde hair and is looking off camera to the right. She's wearing a necklace and a black top.

Episode 53: Desperate in Rockland

Episode #53

2022-10-12 05:00:27


Advice columnist Meredith Goldstein says her favorite letters to answer are about breakups. "It doesn't matter who you are – if you have been dumped, it is awful."
Michael Packard with a large bag of lobster.

Episode 52: In the Mouth of the Whale

Episode #52

2022-09-28 07:00:17


Michael Packard makes a living diving for lobsters off the coast of Cape Cod. “You know, this is what I love. It's a different world down there." Last summer, he had an astonishing encounter with a whale.
An illustration of Domenico DeMarco making pizza. The pizza is in the shape of a heart. He's wearing a checked red and white shirt.

Episode 51: The Pizza Maker

Episode #51

2022-09-14 05:00:15


When Margaret Dugan was 17, she ate lunch most days at a place called Little Venice where a young Domenico DeMarco would sing while he made pizza.
A green wall is covered in printed photos of the actor Orlando Bloom.

Episode 50: A Crush

Episode #50

2022-08-31 05:00:27


As a teenager, Kendra James had a crush on the actor Orlando Bloom. She decorated her room with pictures of him, she wrote stories imagining a romance with him, and she joined a message board dedicated entirely to him.
Photograph of someone standing at the bottom of a deep hole, wearing a headlamp and looking up and the camera. There's a metal ladder on the right hand side of the photo.

Episode 49: Beneath the City

Episode #49

2022-07-27 05:00:54


Evan Woodard explores the city of Baltimore from underneath. He searches for things buried underground—things that some people might consider trash. We decided to go to Baltimore and join him on a dig.
Phil and Nnenna Freelon sitting on a gray couch. Nnenna is looking at Phil. They both are smiling. Their three children Deen, Maya and Pierce are in the background.

Episode 48: The Freelons

Episode #48

2022-06-29 15:21:18


Nnenna and Phil met on a friend’s front porch in Carrboro, North Carolina in 1978. “It felt like I was meeting someone that I had known, but forgot that I knew,” she says. “It just was magic.” 
A young boy is smiling, holding up a spelling bee medal.

Episode 47: Frank Goes to the Spelling Bee

Episode #47

2022-05-30 13:44:32


A few months ago, Frank Dumas won his 4th grade class spelling bee. And then he just kept winning.