Looking for podcasts to keep you company while traveling or use as an escape? We've got you.
The intimacy of a podcast - having someone's voice piped into your ear - is the perfect medium to explore dating, relationships, the magic of human connection and the loneliness of disconnection.
Three of my favorites:
- "Why Oh Why," hosted by Andrea Silenzi: The single thirtysomething in New York is trying to figure out her dating life. Along the way, she has lots of conversations with experts and singles that can help listeners make sense of this weird world of dating.
Recent episodes told of a couple who got to know each other through their Spotify playlists and Instagram, and a comedian who tells women he dates that he isn't looking for anything serious. Every episode ends with a snippet taken straight from a Skype blind date that the podcast brokers.
- "Love Me," hosted by Lu Olkowski: "Love Me" describes itself as being about "the messiness of human connection." But it isn't just about romance. It peeks into the lives of best friends who've never met in person and a young girl's desire to meet someone who loves puns even more than she does: "My ideal reaction is somebody firing them back at me, and firing them so fast that I wouldn't be able to keep up. That would be the perfect person," she says.
- "Dear Sugars," hosted by Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond: This podcast is fascinating in its capacity for empathy and the way its hosts can astutely unpack strangers' dilemmas. (Most episodes are about relationship problems, but not all.) The name is an homage to the Dear Sugar advice column that Cheryl Strayed, best-selling author of "Wild," used to write for the Rumpus. Each episode starts with a letter asking Strayed and Almond for advice, and they sometimes call guests in to consult.