Valentine's Day

Kitchen Window
8:41 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Valentine Hearts That Are Meant To Be Broken

T. Susan Chang for NPR

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 12:41 am

In first grade, my heart was stolen by Mark, who sat next to me and had an advanced phonics book (which I also craved). Then there were Peter, Eddie, Raja and Michael. These serial crushes continued right on up through my early 20s, at a rate of approximately three a year. Boys. I fell for their incipient mustaches, their bad attitudes and foul mouths, their poor poetry and bass guitars, their careless humor. I saw their swagger for what it was, but I loved it anyway.

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Love Songs
2:37 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

From Alt.Latino, With Love: A Valentine's Day Extravaganza

Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 8:03 am

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Your Love Story
12:40 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

How Did You Meet Your Valentine?

These two are inseparable.
Flickr Photo/Pranav Prakash

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.

Valentine's Day
7:23 am
Mon February 14, 2011

The Dark Origins Of Valentine's Day

A drawing depicts the death of St. Valentine — one of them, anyway. The Romans executed two men by that name on Feb. 14 of different years in the 3rd century A.D.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 8:42 am

Valentine's Day is a time to celebrate romance and love and kissy-face fealty. But the origins of this festival of candy and cupids are actually dark, bloody — and a bit muddled.

Though no one has pinpointed the exact origin of the holiday, one good place to start is ancient Rome, where men hit on women by, well, hitting them.

Those Wild And Crazy Romans

From Feb. 13 to 15, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. The men sacrificed a goat and a dog, then whipped women with the hides of the animals they had just slain.

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