This Is Love

A photo of two men smiling while looking at the camera. They are standing, slightly facing each other, holding hands. One man is wearing a white suit and the other man is wearing black pants and a red, white and black floral suit jacket. Both men are wearing bowties and have facial hair.

Episode 68: At Brown’s Barbershop

Episode #68

2023-06-21 05:00:37


Brown’s Barbershop in Athens, Georgia, has been in business for more than 60 years. One day, Everett Long went in for a haircut. Fred Smith was getting his hair cut in the next chair. All of a sudden, Everett’s barber said: “I think you should meet.”
Dozens and dozens of gravestones, spread out in every direction, at the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery. Some of the graves are made out of gray stone and some have a red tint. They’re all different shapes and sizes. One of the graves in the foreground has an engraving of a dog’s face, with the inscription: “Ellis, 2004-2014.” Another gravestone reads, “Skipper, 1968-1981. Our baby, faithful loving.”

Episode 67: Fajita, Tamale, Clarence, and Blague

Episode #67

2023-06-07 05:00:49


“Our Sydney. Died Sept 4, 1902. Born a dog. Lived like a gentleman.” A story about the oldest pet cemetery in the country.
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Episode 66: Museum of Broken Relationships

Episode #66

2023-05-24 05:00:13


When Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić broke up, some of their shared possessions felt too painful to keep. “We were kind of imagining the space where these objects could have their own life, and where they could keep the memory of that love, which is no longer there, somehow ignited, living.”
A black and white old photo of TV meteorologist Tom Skilling gesturing to a weather map behind him, with weather fronts and the word "cool" drawn on it. He is wearing a light colored suit with "WGN" and a "9" on a patch.

Episode 65: The Weatherman

Episode #65

2023-05-10 05:00:50


“He loves the clouds, the wind, the sky. He wants you to love them too.”
In an old photo, two young Filipino men stand in front of microphones, singing. Spanky Rigor is on the left, grinning at the audience while he sings. His bandmate is also singing while playing a guitar. The men have shoulder length hair and mustaches and wear button down shirts.

Episode 64: Punch the Moon

Episode #64

2023-04-26 05:00:53


Growing up, Albert Samaha knew his uncle Spanky Rigor had been a musician in the Philippines, but it wasn’t until Albert was an adult that he realized how famous his uncle really was.
Two golden retrievers, Sampson and Baylor lay on a rock mountain top, under a cloudy blue sky.

Episode 63: Sampson and Baylor

Episode #63

2023-04-12 05:00:54


A story about two golden retrievers.
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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.
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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."