The Lonely Hour
By Julia Bainbridge
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The Lonely Hour is an exploration of the feeling of loneliness. Loneliness is something we all feel at times, but with the relatively recent developments of longer work days and commutes, two-career and single-parent families, instant communication via cell phone and email, and social media, it’s a feeling that’s on the rise in America. It may even be our next big public health issue. But how do we talk about such an intangible feeling?
||Explicit#26 The Abandoned: Melissa Febos||Abandon Me author Melissa Febos discusses addiction, obsession, and identity, and our host signs off in The Lonely Hour's last episode of season two.||6/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#25 Weird in a World That’s Not: Jennifer Romolini||Jennifer Romolini, author of the new memoir and career guide, Weird in a World That's Not, talks about embracing her awkwardness and becoming a professional success. For $30 off your first week of HelloFresh, visit hellofresh.com and enter lonelyhour30||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 The Hermit: Christopher Knight||Christopher Knight lived completely alone in the woods of central Maine for 27 years. Author Michael Finkel shares the story.||5/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#23 The Hidden Figure: Brooke Russell||Brooke Russell stepped onto the scale and couldn’t believe the number she saw. She was a stranger to herself—and so she kept herself away from others.||5/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#22 The Once-Christian Musician: David Bazan||David Bazan discusses his faith—and the loss of it.||5/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#21 The Alone...Forever?: Aimée Lutkin||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 The Representative: George McCalman||George McCalman has acted as a representative for black people in the mostly white worlds of graphic design and San Francisco. He's done with that now. This episode was produced at The Listening Booth. Executive Producer: Terence Mickey Producer: Chris||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|
What a beautiful opening to Season 2
I'm very excited to see what far-flung and intimate corners The Lonely Hour goes in Season Two! Loneliness is such a worthy subject, and with a thoughtful and corageous host, The Lonely Hour will surely move you.
A lovely listen
Loneliness is a nuanced and layered topic that Julia handles deftly and with care. I enjoyed the first season and can't wait to hear where she goes with it this time around.
Interesting podcast about feelings that all humans face at some point in their lives.