By Sophie Nikitas
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||CleanFirst Contact||Talking to strangers is tough. It's even tougher when you have a stutter. Listen to Chase's story in the final episode of the miniseries.||4/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS.O.S.||A new couple boards a boat in Florida headed for Cuba. Once they've sailed, they find out that they have no navigational system, working motor, or captain.||3/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitShattered Sense of Trust||A woman struggles with dating after sexual assault. Please note: this episode contains frank discussions of sexual violence.||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDifferent Conventions||It's never too late to try online dating. This episode, we hear from Mary, who made her first profile at age 71.||1/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Hard Fade||A young woman deals with a breakup the only way she knows how--like a journalist.||1/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMessage Me If You're Not A Predator||A musician makes OK Cupid an integral part of her post-grad life. But her drive to find "nameless, faceless men" leads her to a surprising end.||12/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Mystery Trip||After three months of dating, a couple embarks on a trip...where only one of them knows the destination.||11/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGod Loves Lesbians||Two people grow up in conservative Christian households on opposite sides of the country. They both use online dating to find gay relationships. While one of them knows what he wants, the other one isn't so sure.||10/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAverage Joe White Guy||Black men are far less likely to get matches and responses on dating apps. So a college student in Indiana tries a different tactic on Tinder.||10/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitShoot the S**t||There are two sides to every online dating story.||9/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Zoo: Sneak Peek||Introducing the upcoming podcast, "The Zoo." Dive into intimate accounts of what it means to date online.||9/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
This is the best
The Zoo explores the human complexities involved in online dating. I loved the first episode and can't wait for more!
Stories about online dating, but they feel universal
My wife and I met several years ago on OKCupid, so it's been fun to listen to this podcast just to hear what's changed about online dating in even just the last few years with Tinder, etc. But at the same time I'm learning about all these interesting aspects of online dating culture today, I also feel like the podcast does a good job of just sharing stories about relationships that feel universal. If you know anyone who's afraid that the internet will ruin human intimacy, have them listen to this podcast. They'll definitely get something out of it.
Exactly What I Needed
I first heard about the Zoo while listening to NPR's the Big Listen and immediately loved it. I marathoned all 8 episodes that were out at the time. As a millenial currently trapped in the online dating world, it's really refreshing to know you're not alone when it comes to all the weird, often hilarious, and sometimes nerve-wracking intricacies that come with swiping right/left.