*PHOTO CREDIT BRIAN REA
Every day, I spend about an hour and ten minutes commuting to and from work. That’s quite a bit of time spent driving. That’s 350 minutes a week, 24 hours a month, or approximately 12 days a year. Wait, did I do that math right?!
I have a variety of methods to keep myself entertained. If I’ve had a particularly long day at work, I find a playlist on Spotify that I can sing my heart out to. The public library has supplied me with a collection of audio books. And NPR is my best friend.
In the past few years, I’ve become hooked to podcasts. In most cases, I never make it past one episode. But once in a while, you strike gold. A podcast so good that you devour all the past episodes and wait hungrily for the next installment. Well, Modern Love is that sort of podcast. If you should get home before the episode is over, it’s the I-will-sit-in-my-driveway type of podcast.
The episodes are based on the essays featured in The New York Times. The podcasts are short and sweet around 20 minutes. They feature a narrator reading the chosen essay, and in the second half, they interview the author of the essay. I love this combination because it’s like getting a behind-the-scenes look at the story.
I absolutely love hearing stories of all kinds, and Modern Love delivers. You go from laughing, to crying, to cringing! It explores the meaning of love in a broader scope and not just in the romantic sense.
If you want to start off with an episode that won’t have you crying mascara to work, listen to episode 4. The essay is narrated by Judd Apatow. It’s a great essay that involves a date ending up in the emergency room!