Are you feeling the love?
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you may be seeking out conversations about love and relationships, whether you’re coupled up, looking for a boo or living the single life.
Here are 14 podcasts featuring funny takes on dating, heartfelt relationship advice, inspirational tidbits and more.
Modern Love: The Podcast
This is the be-all, end-all of love podcasts. It’s based on the popular New York Times’ weekly series of submitted essays about all types of love. The podcast features the same stories as the series, but read by celebrities and other notable personalities and often featuring updates from the writers. If you listen to this one, bring tissues.
Where Shall We Begin? With Esther Perel
If you haven’t heard of relationship advice queen Esther Perel, check yourself. This podcast features conversations between Perel, a popular couples counselor, and unidentified couples with a problem for Perel to help solve.
Premier advice columnist Dan Savage is one of the OGs of self-help when it comes to relationships. He’s a no-nonsense, tough-love kind of advice-giver, so strap in.
Sadly, this podcast hosted by Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, is no longer producing new episodes. But the good news is there are four whole years’ worth of episodes for you to catch up on. The podcast is inspired by “Dear Sugar,” an advice column first written anonymously by Almond, then passed to Strayed. The two of them team up on relationship advice from the light-hearted to the heart-wrenching.
Anna Faris is Unqualified
Actress and comedian Anna Faris hosts this relationship advice podcast, featuring super-famous guests and voicemails from listeners asking for help on their own relationship issues. The beautiful thing about “Unqualified” is Faris is unflinchingly real with her listeners, speaking to them as if she’s a close personal friend.
Why Won’t You Date Me? With Nicole Byer
If you’re looking for a lighthearted podcast about relationships, comedian and actress Nicole Byer is trying to get to the bottom of one question: Why is she single? She brings on comedians, friends and even people she’s had flings with to answer that very question. The results range from raunchy -- VERY raunchy -- to heartfelt, sincere and thoughtful.
This podcast isn’t strictly relationship-related, but many of the conversations focus around various forms of love. The host, Lea Thau, previously created “The Moth” and now hosts this podcasts about meeting strangers, having empathy and making connections in our daily lives.
TED Radio Hour
Like Strangers, this show isn’t strictly relationship-focused, either, but you’d be surprised at the number of TED Talks that focus around love -- finding it, keeping it and being OK without it. The “How We Love” episode is particularly striking, as well as a discussion about using algorithms to find love and what happens to our brains when we fall in love.
Guys We F****d
As you can tell by the name, this podcast is pretty NSFW -- but it’s hilarious and heartfelt weekly podcast hosted by comedy duo Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson, who have raunchy conversations with and about men with whom they’ve had relations.
This podcast, more than anything, is insanely relatable. The show features real stories from people having relationship problems ranging from the life-altering to the downright petty. No matter the issue, you’re sure to get advice to use in your own life (whether you realize it or not).
This is Love
True crime podcast-lovers will be drawn to this podcast from the “Criminal” creators, who take a look at life’s biggest mystery: love. It’s a beautiful series about relationships and sometimes the lack thereof.
I Want It That Way from Bustle
Bustle produces this weekly podcast with a few of its editors, who take on all things love and sex. They answer the questions you’ve always been too afraid to ask, discuss sexual health and take on the relationship dynamics of couples.
Love Is Like A Plant
No, not that kind of plant. This podcast explores the question, “If love is like a plant, how can we help it grow?” and discusses relationship issues like microcheating, breakups, enjoying being single, red flags, loneliness and more.
This podcast hosted by married couple Chase and Sarah discuss the everyday struggles of their relationship, raising their daughter together, building a happy, long-lasting relationship and more.