By Ann Kane and Sophie Ding and Madeline Ewbank and Rachel Lam and Isaac Noren and Kendra Hanna and Max Hutton and Kamna Shastri and Nina Tran and RadioActive Youth Media
In honor of Valentine’s Day, RadioActive hosts Ann Kane and Sophie Ding bring you stories of young love. We find out what love means to preschoolers and retired folks, hear what the Greeks had to say about love and enjoy a love poem written to the world. Plus, Nina Tran plays a love song for her wisdom teeth on the banjo.
Steve Scher talks with University of Washington sociologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz about the secrets of extremely happy couples and the book, "The Normal Bar: The Surprising Secrets of Happy Couples and What They Reveal About Creating a New Normal in Your Relationship."
For baby boomers, divorce has almost become, like marriage, another rite of passage. The post-World War II generation is setting new records for divorce: Americans over 50 are twice as likely to get divorced as people of that age were 20 years ago.
But just because it's more common, doesn't mean it's not still painful.
Marcie Sillman talks with Daniel Jones, editor of The New York Times' "Modern Love" column, about his new book, "Love Illuminated: Exploring Life's Most Mystifying Subject (With The Help Of 50,000 Strangers)," and what he's learned about love from other people's stories.
New York City firefighters Sophy Medina and Thomas Olsen don't work together very often, but their first Valentine's Day as a couple was an exception. They worked the same fire that night — and then ended up at the same hospital with minor injuries.
"There really wasn't much romantic about the night it was," Tommy tells Sophy, now his fiancee, on a visit to StoryCorps. "I kept coming over. I sat in your bed and was talking to you."
Valentine’s Day may be a day filled with flowers, chocolates and a candle-lit dinner, but for relationship experts Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman, the lovey-dovey holiday is about reconnecting and showing how you care about your partner.
They’re big, noisy and everywhere. But crows are much more than cackling flocks. They recognize people, they mate for life and they pant like dogs when they’re hot. A commonly seen bird, maybe – but crows are not common in their abilities. Steve Scher talks with John M. Marzluff, professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington, and Tony Angell, a freelance artist and writer about their collaborative book, “In the Company of Crows and Ravens” and the wonders of these mysterious birds.
Steve Earle Makes Protest Music With A 21st Century Twang
Two young twenty-somethings with no money and a lot of ambition moved to New York City. They wanted to be artists, but they weren't sure what kind. She was his muse. He was hers. She was Patti Smith. She went on to become one of the founders of punk rock. He was Robert Mapplethorpe. He became a famous photographer. He died of AIDS in 1989. Patti Smith tells the story of their 20-year relationship in her new book "Just Kids." Steve Scher talked with Patti Smith in 2010.
There’s a new phenomenon in relationships: LAT. It stands for Living Apart Together. And it refers to couples who choose to live separately. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates 1.7 million married couples in the US have made that choice. Separate apartments in the same building, different houses in the same city -- couples are finding new ways to maintain independence while being a duo. Ross Reynolds talks to Dr. Julie Gottman, the co-founder and Clinical Director of The Gottman Institute where she helps couples strengthen their relationships, about how important that independence is to relationships.
At its best, the Web is a place for unlimited exchange of ideas. But Web-savvy news junkies have known for a long time that reader feedback can often turn nasty. Now a study in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communicationsuggests that rude comments on articles can even change the way we interpret the news.
Have you ever gotten an I Saw You or a missed connection? What happened? Did you connect? Psychology Today went through the missed connections on Craigslist, state by state, to see the most common places to be seen but not asked out. Here in Washington, the bus is the number one place to almost find love. In most of the other states it was Wal-Mart where cupid was most likely to draw back his bow. Ross Reynolds surveys the listeners about their thoughts on second chances at love at first sight.
How did you meet the person you are spending Valentine’s Day with? Did you meet in a grocery store? Were you both at the same movie alone? Maybe it was something more modern like Match.com? To commemorate Valentine's Day, Ross Reynolds talks with listeners about how they met.
What is “normal” in a romantic relationship? More importantly, what’s “normal” for couples who say they're really happy? UW Sociologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz teamed up with Harvard sociologist James White and wellness entrepreneur Chrisanna Northrup to answer that question. Together they conducted and analyzed the largest human relationship study ever done. We’ll talk with Dr. Schwartz about the “perfect couple.”