The Lonely Hour
By Julia Bainbridge
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The Lonely Hour is a podcast about loneliness–but it’s not a bummer. Host Julia Bainbridge has created a space to talk openly in hopes of both de-stigmatizing loneliness and underscoring the joys of solitude.
||Clean#28 One Month—No Schedule, No Internet, and No Electricity||How losing both parents, navigating the transition of her only sibling, and extreme burnout led film producer Annabelle Dunne to seek solitude in Sri Lanka with just a cot and 17 books—and what it taught her about how she should lead her life now that||3/19/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#27 Looking for Clarity Halfway Around the World||After a decade in New York working as a talent agent and a producer in fashion and a loss in her family, Kamey Butler sacrificed leaving her friends and familiar places to try to regain control the only way she knew how: She bought a one-way ticket to C||3/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlone Together: Spend Valentine’s Day With Yourself If You Want To||Comedian Lane Moore, host of Tinder Live author of the new essay collection How to Be Alone: If You Want To, and Even If You Don't, talks about “stranger luck” and how she plans on spending Valentine’s Day with her dog, Lights.||2/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWe’re baaaaaccckkkkk!||Find four new episodes of The Lonely Hour on Stitcher Premium. Subscribe now at stitcher.com/lonelyhour.||1/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#26 The Loneliness of Losing Yourself||Abandon Me author and former heroin addict and dominatrix Melissa Febos discusses what it’s like to lose your identity to addiction and obsession—and host Julia Bainbridge signs off with a meditation on living in that loneliness.||6/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#25 Weird in a World That’s Not||Jennifer Romolini, author of the new memoir and career guide, Weird in a World That's Not, opens her book with this: “I am not supposed to be here. I spent the first 28 years of my life as a fuckup and a failure. I failed and I failed and I failed.”||6/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComing Next Week!||Writer Jennifer Romolini visits the show next week. Here's an excerpt from her new book, Weird in a World That's Not.||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#24 Alone in the Maine Woods for 27 Years||At the age of 20, Christopher Knight left his car and the rest of the world behind: He didn’t send a letter, spend any money, or use the internet for over two decades. He said one word to one person, accidentally, during that time. Michael Finkel, who||5/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#23 When You’re a Stranger To Yourself||Brooke Russell stepped onto the scale and couldn’t believe the number she saw. She tells the story of how, as she struggled with disordered eating, she kept herself away from others.||5/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#22 When You Start to Doubt Your Faith||David Bazan—a touring musician, most notably with Pedro the Lion—always assumed God existed. His life, and music, was centered around his Christianity. Then he started to question all of it.||5/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#21 “When Can I Say I’ll Be Alone Forever?”||Comedian and writer Aimée Lutkin hasn’t dated in a while, and wonders if she ever will again.||5/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#20 Suddenly an Outsider||Our awareness of an "ism" can lead to loneliness, and in George McCalman’s case, that ism was racism. After living much of his life in New York City feeling part of the community, he suddenly felt like an outsider, because of an episode at a magazine||4/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#19 The Invisible Chef: Kat Turner||A personal chef to big-name celebrities, Kat Turner has been behind the scenes for years. Now, she wants to step forward, in front of a camera.||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Lonely Hour Returns||Season two picks up on April 19th. Here's a sneak peek of what's coming!||3/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#18 Bonus: The Holidays||A holiday message from The Lonely Hour, plus, some writers try to define loneliness.||12/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#17 The Expat: Reid Whitten||Reid Whitten, an international trade lawyer, willingly moved to his firm’s Brussels office. Three years later, expat life has turned out to be lonelier than he anticipated.||12/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#16 The Leaver: Samantha Silva||Writer Samantha Siva discusses the breakup of her marriage, and the loneliness of having been the breaker.||11/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#15 The Spanking Fetishist: Jillian Keenan||Sex with Shakespeare author Jillian Keenan struggled with understanding her spanking fetish—and so did those around her.||11/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#14 Our Host, Julia Bainbridge, Tells Her Story||Our host Julia Bainbridge attempts to answer why she's doing this podcast, and shares what's in store for season two.||10/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#13 Essay Episode: A Hoodie Is a Haven||For writer Charlotte Druckman, wearing a hood lets people know she’d like to be left alone.||10/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#12 Essay Episode: Lonely Our||Writer and activist Stephen Satterfield reads his Lonely Hour poem, called “Lonely Our.”||10/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#11 Essay Episode: On the Fence||Writing professor Rachel Mennies considers the particular breed of loneliness found on Carnegie Mellon's campus.||9/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#10 Essay Episode: I'm Never Alone Anymore, and I Miss It||Former New York Times 'Frugal Traveler' Matt Gross finds himself alone (in Istanbul) for the first time in years.||8/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#09 Essay Episode: I'm Not Lonely, But I'm Not Bragging||In the first of our five essay episodes, a pre-season two mini-series, Jamie Feldmar wonders if her lack of loneliness means something might be wrong with her.||8/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#08 Mental Illness: Kira Asatryan and Kat Kinsman||Human closeness is fundamental to our mental well-being, but many people have hurdles to human closeness. Whether it’s anxiety, depression, or addiction, mental illness can be isolating.||4/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#07 Addiction: Gerardo Gonzalez, Reina Zelonky, and Anne Bainbridge||Both substance abuse and sobriety can be isolating.||3/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#06 Entrepreneurship: Brian Bordainick, Patrick Janelle, and Jill Lindsey||We idolize the Mark Zuckerbergs of the world, but many of those entrepreneurs struggle through anxiety and loneliness on their way to the top — if they ever reach it.||3/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#05 Writing: Will Chancellor, Andrew Friedman, and Carolyn Murnick||The act of writing is a solitary one. We talk to three writers about their process, and about the loneliness of their profession.||3/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#04 Solo Dining: Jamie Feldmar, Keff, Amanda Cohen, and Samantha Rose Widder||Do people like — or are they even growing to prefer — dining alone?||2/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#03 Motherhood: Kate Rope, Molly Guy, and Alyssa Shelasky||Motherhood can be a lonely-making experience, whether it's because of postpartum depression, the pressure of guarding a human life, or the quest to get pregnant in the first place.||2/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#02 Social Media: Patrick Janelle, Molly Guy, Kat Kinsman, Sydney Engelberg, and Anna Caltabiano||"Technology has distracted us from the age-old truths of what is most important — true friends whom we can be ourselves in front of, rather than our carefully scripted online persona.||1/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#01 Solo Travel: Alan Feuer, Paula Froelich, and Randall Reeves||In this episode, New York Times writer Alan Feuer expands on what he wrote about his 400-mile drive on Alaska’s Dalton Highway, which he calls one of America’s loneliest roads. I talk to Yahoo Travel editor at large Paula Froelich, a big fan of solo||1/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Simply First Rate
This is a well-produced, and frank podcast. The host knows how to interview and pace her show, and her guests are knowledgeble, perceptive, and compelling. Highly recommended, if you experience lonliness or are interested in it as a more abstract issue.
I usually have to drive long hours for my commute to school... this is the perfect podcast whether I'm driving through the dark hills, or on the busy 5 fwy. It cannot get any more cathartic than this! Thank you! I look forward to more episodes!
Love this podcast!
I very much enjoy listening to each guest share what forms of loneliness they experience. For some it may be due to mental health and others living a life so unique from their peers. I can identify with something from each guest. More often than not I actually feel more uplifted after listening to each episode.