It doesn’t matter if your single, dating around, committed, or married, everyone can use some advice about romance, dating, and building solid relationships that can survive for the long haul. Enter the dating-advice podcast. Even if you’re determined to be single forever, the best relationship podcasts will give you insight into the way people relate to one another, which can help you with family, friends, and at work as well. Or, if your love life is in shambles, your marriage is a mess, or you can’t seem to figure out why you keep making the same dating mistakes over and over again, these podcasts can help straighten you out. The biggest question is how you like to have your advice delivered to you: Sometimes, you want to hear no-nonsense, research- and fact-based truths from a therapist or other expert. Other times, nonsense is exactly what you need, and you’d rather hear straight talk from a comedian or celebrity as if you were talking to a girlfriend. And sometimes, you just want to hear stories of other relationships that went through highs and lows, and came out stronger. No matter what flavor of love you’re looking for, these relationship podcasts are sure to do the trick.
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Anna Faris Is Unqualified
Actress Anna Faris admits upfront that she’s not really the one to ask for dating advice — but that doesn’t stop her and a rotating series of guests from trying, often with hilarious results. In the end, it’s more about finding catharsis and community than getting answers. Recent guests have included Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson, YouTuber David Dobrik, and director Elizabeth Banks.
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The Bounce Back Podcast With Laura Yates
It’s hard to get over a breakup. This podcast focuses on stories of resilience, with episodes focused on how to move on after being cheated on, how to get past anger over an ex, and how to rebuild a life after having an affair. The show also tackles other personal and professional bounce-backs, too.
Committed With Jo Piazza
You think your relationship has had ups and downs? Host Jo Piazza interviews couples who went through real extraordinary circumstances and made it out the other end: One involves a man so sick he’d been read his last rights five times, another follows a couple who decided to quit their corporate jobs to live in an RV and drive cross-country together.
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If you want to know about love and the human condition, you have to ask writers. Dear Sugars is hosted by two of them: Wild author Cheryl Strayed, and Candyfreak author Steve Almond. Together, they field and answer questions from the audience — maybe even yours? — with “radically empathetic” advice.
Death, Sex, and Money With Anna Sale
Steve Cooper, editor-in-chief of Hitched magazine, hosts this podcast, so he knows a thing or two about married life. Recent episodes have covered honest topics like whether or not good sex equals a happy married life, open marriages and their chance of success, and how happy couples argue.
Love Is Like a Plant
This podcast is co-hosted by Ellen Huerta, founder of Mend, an app that helps people through a break-ups. But the focus isn’t just on heartbreak — like its title suggests, it’s also about how to nurture a relationship so it can survive.
This is exactly what it sounds like — a podcast version of the popular New York Times “Modern Love” column. Actors like Laura Prepon, Daniel Radcliffe, and Jake Gyllenhaal read and perform the essays.
Nancy is a podcast committed to having frank conversations about the LGBTQ experience. It covers everything from serious concerns like the fight for better sex education in schools, to more fun topics like rom-coms, meet-cutes, and weddings.
One Extraordinary Marriage
Married couple Tony and Alisa DiLorenzo have been together for 23 years, which means you think they’d have insight into a happy marriage. And they do, but not because they’ve had a perfect one: They’ve overcome porn addiction, pregnancy loss, poor communication and trust, and a debt that went in excess of $50,000. Now that they’ve made it through, they try to help other couples get through their challenges.
Couples just starting out in a marriage might want to pay particular attention to this one: It has therapists an other relationship experts on each week to help couples build long-lasting relationships, so you can be in it ’til death do you part.
Sex columnist Dan Savage launched his Savage Lovecast in 2006 — an eternity in podcast terms. Readers call in with their questions, and he holds back nothing in his responses, so expect lots of frank talk about sex.
The Real Brunch Podcast
If you like your dating drama with a side of celeb gossip, tune into The Real Brunch. Recent topics have included advice you’d give your younger self, or the hosts’ answers to the latest Cosmo quiz.
Where Should We Begin With Esther Perel
Couples have raved about couples’ therapist Esther Perel and her no-nonsense, actually-possible-to-follow advice. For her podcast, real couples appear to talk about their real problems, but Perel offers advice that couples can apply to their own relationships at home.
Why Won’t You Date Me? With Nicole Byer
Nicole Byer is a comedian, and also a catch, but right now she’s still single. Each episode, she has a new guest on to talk about their romantic life, and figure out why she’s still unattached. The answers may never come, but the podcast is super entertaining,
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