Podcasts have unequivocally become one of my main sources of excitement recently. Like, no matter what beat you’re searching for, I could bet there’s a podcast out there that comes close to covering any type of subject (think: true crime, inspirational, fitness, money, and literally everything in between). And honestly, they slay.
Now for me personally, I have a thing for any sex or dating podcast. It’s a great way for me to just sit back, breathe, and for once, not be completely consumed by my own dating life—and instead, other people’s.
What’s even better: For those of you who are actively looking to improve your relationship status, some of these podcasts even offer up super solid advice for free99.
So regardless of what you’re looking for, start by giving these 11 dating and relationship podcast options a listen. Trust me, this stuff is heavily, heavily therapeutic in whatever way you need it to be.
1. Dates & Mates with Damona Hoffman
Okay, high-key v cool: Damona Hoffman is a certified dating and relationship expert who successfully “shows singles how to harness the power of technology to find love.” (Total flex). The show, hosted by Hoffman herself, features a variety of experts who weigh-in on topics such as dating via dating apps, wokefishing, sexting, and more. Subscribe for all the juicy tips, tricks, and details she offers—whether you're single or navigating a relationship.
What does commitment actually mean in a world of 'U up?" texts and fudging around the DTR conversation? Bestselling author and award-winning journalist Jo Piazza is on a quest to find out. Piazza interviews couples who’ve been through it all and yet still want to wake up next to each other. #Goals, am I right?
3. Why Won’t You Date Me with Nicole Byer
Nicole Byer is smart, funny, and...chronically single. In an effort to get to the bottom of her lack of love, Nicole invites fellow comedians, friends, and former flings (think: Whitney Cummings, Erika Lust, Alice Wetterlund) on the show to weigh-in on their dating lives and try to make sense of her own. You will laugh (Nicole is hilarious), but also may find yourself awake at 2 a.m. reassessing your entire dating app experience.
4. Breakup BOOST
Helpful Tip: Instead of texting your ex and receiving a subpar response (or worse, no response at all), download this podcast. The host Trina Leckie is a certified breakup coach and will help you unpack that heartbreak. Expect some straightforward guidance and tips though, there's no sugar-coating here. So whether you want to stay “friends” with your ex or just feel guilty for ending a relationship, the podcast doesn’t shy away from even the most cringe-worthy breakups.
5. Dear Sugars
Originally what started as a column with a devoted cult following, Dear Sugars entered the podcast scene in 2017. Cohosts Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond’s voices are literally so soothing that just listening to them talk is therapy for your ears. Plus: Their “radically empathic advice” will heal even the most heartsick. Come for the acclaimed guests (hi, Oprah!) and stay for the powerful relationship lessons.
6. The Viall Files
If being on The Bachelorette, The Bachelor, and Bachelor in Paradise is enough dating experience to warrant starting your own podcast, then Bachelor Nation’s Nick Viall has certainly earned his place. Listeners can call in for “Questions With Nick” on Mondays or tune in on Wednesdays for interviews with some seriously thought-provoking guests. I highly recommend it for fans of The Bachelor, as season favorites often stop by to give some BTS gossip from the show. (Like, remember when Nick totally shaded Madison?)
7. Anna Faris Is Unqualified
Sure, Anna Faris is no love guru exactly...but damn is this podcast entertaining. Each episode starts off with an interview with a celeb guest, then transitions to a call-in relationship Q&A. And while we don’t recommend taking all their advice (Lol, seriously, don't), the show’s combo of humor and advice will make you feel like you're basically Anna's bestie.
8. Relationship Advice
Ahh, young love. What used to be so sweet and cute can sometimes turn into an actually horrific, challenging, and gut-wrenching journey. The good news: Hosts Chase and Sarah Kosterlitz don't want all relationships to manifest that way. They help young couples create life-long love with an earnest, but honest approach of guidance and advice. Download now if you need some tips, tricks, or inspiration.
9. Modern Love
Let’s just say that Amazon Prime Video adapted this popular New York Times column for a reason. Modern Love shares heart-wrenching, uplifting, and honest essays read by notable actors like Normal People’s Daisy Edgar-Jones and Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe. Their latest episode, Alone In A Pandemic, offers a very real and relevant look at quarantining by yourself.
10. Savage Lovecast
Sex columnist Dan Savage answers caller's love and relationship questions each week, leaving no topic off the table. If you’re searching for some pragmatic, humorous, and sometimes-graphic advice, right this way. (Oh, and if you're tired of circulating through your Netflix queue, the Lovecast has been around since 2006, so there’s plenty of archives to binge while quarantining).
11. Dating Diaries: Quarantine Confessions
Riding solo in quarantine? Same. And so are all the guests on this new confessional podcast. With episodes on getting Ghosted During a Pandemic and setting your own Ground Rules, all my single ladies could benefit from a listen. Or a laugh. Or any sign of humanity besides just me, myself, and I.
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