Episodes

The Shop Around the Corner

Every couple has a career fantasy. Bestselling novelist Emma Straub and her husband Mike made theirs happen when they opened their bookstore Books Are Magic. Opening a bookstore after being together for 16 years was like having another baby and it has completely changed their marriage. This is how they made it happen.

We’re All In This Together

Mark’s lovely wife Giulia has been in the psych ward three times since they got married right after college. You wouldn’t know it to look at her or to talk to her. When Mark first saw Giulia when they were freshman at Georgetown he thought of her as the exotic Italian girl he would be in love with for the rest of his life. Now it’s 18 years, three hospitalizations and two children later and their family’s motto is “We’re all in this together.” This is a story about hope as much as it’s about the ways mental illness can shape and shift a marriage. 

You Are My Safe Place

The pastors Vanessa Brown and Twanna Gause met as choir girls when they were teenagers. They became best friends. Both of them considered marrying men they didn’t love just to make other people happy. It took 30 years for these two women to find their way back to each other. 

When Lightning Strikes Twice

When Nora’s husband died of a brain tumor she had a plan. She’d adopt more kids. She’d date. But she wouldn’t fall in love again. She wouldn’t have another grand love story. But then lightning struck. Along came Matthew, a handsome divorcee who made her snort wine through her nose when he fell out of his chair at a bonfire. Finding someone new was easier than she thought, figuring out how to make it all work...that was a lot harder. This is the episode for everyone who has asked us whether they can love again after losing love. Sometimes the answer is yes.

He Was the Brave One

When Nora found out her boyfriend Aaron had a brain tumor she told him they were getting married. They lived their lives like Aaron wasn’t dying. They had a baby, binge watched Netflix, had lazy Sunday barbecues with friends. This is a story of how you love when you know the person you love won’t always be around.

Hope is a Dangerous Thing

Matt and Doree (of the podcast Matt and Doree’s Eggcellent Adventure) are on their fifth round of fertility treatments and they’re both wearing a little thin. Getting pregnant isn’t always easy, but no one ever talks about that. Matt and Doree do talk about it. They’re open and honest and raw about the challenges infertility place on a marriage. But they’re also hilarious. It’s important to note that they have stayed hilarious through this entire insane journey of trying to make a small human. 

Reformed by a Good Woman

Duke believes he was one of the most evil men on the planet. He was the co-leader of the largest Neo-Nazi organization in the world. He was also the bodyguard for a black woman named Catherine who loved him despite all of it. Duke says that Catherine's love is what rescued him. Their story - and their marriage - is raw and powerful and romantic. It was one of the most difficult stories we've reported and produced to date. Too many people have been harmed by the noxious things the National Socialist Movement represents. We had a difficult time reckoning with that. But we also believe that Duke and Catherine have a beautiful love story, one that is worth telling.

I Just Want to See You Shine

Running for political office is a team sport. Your spouse is a critical part of the campaign whether they like it or not. Lauren Baer is running for Congress in Florida’s 18th district. Her wife Emily is the support system behind the scenes. They’re two working moms trying to get Lauren elected. This is how they do it.

I Will Remember You

You May remember Gweneviere Mann from our second episode, Forget It. Shortly after we aired the episode Gwen was diagnosed with a rare and fast moving cancer. She passed away last week and we are running her episode again with these updates to show a commitment that truly lives on after a tragic death.

Please visit, https://www.gwenevieremann.org/, for more information regarding the foundation and how you can help.

I Don't Own Him

How do you define a marriage when your job involves having sex with other people? Mick Blue and Annika Albright are two of the top performers in the adult entertainment industry. They’ve built their four year marriage on a foundation of respect and communication. Throw out everything you might think about how a porn star lives, acts and loves before you listen to this week’s episode.