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The Lonely Hour

Summary: 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?

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 #26 The Abandoned: Melissa Febos | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:22:06

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.

 #25 Weird in a World That’s Not: Jennifer Romolini | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:23:04

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 and enter lonelyhour30

 Coming Next Week! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:02:28

Writer Jennifer Romolini visits the show next week. Here's an excerpt from her new book, Weird in a World That's Not.

  #24 The Hermit: Christopher Knight | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:29:26

Christopher Knight lived completely alone in the woods of central Maine for 27 years. Author Michael Finkel shares the story.

 #23 The Hidden Figure: Brooke Russell | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:15:45

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.

 #22 The Once-Christian Musician: David Bazan | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:29:57

David Bazan discusses his faith—and the loss of it.

 #21 The Alone...Forever?: Aimée Lutkin | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:22:55

Comedian and writer Aimée Lutkin hasn’t dated in a while, and wonders if she ever will again. 

 #20 The Representative: George McCalman | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:20:02

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 McLeod Assistant Producer: Kerrianne Thomas

  #19 The Invisible Chef: Kat Turner | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:18:53

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.

 The Lonely Hour Returns | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:02:50

Season two picks up on April 19th. Here's a sneak peek of what's coming!

 #18 Bonus: The Holidays | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:08:50

A holiday message from The Lonely Hour, plus, some writers try to define loneliness.

 #17 The Expat: Reid Whitten | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:25:16

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.

 #16 The Leaver: Samantha Silva | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:19:13

Writer Samantha Siva discusses the breakup of her marriage, and the loneliness of having been the breaker.

 #15 The Spanking Fetishist: Jillian Keenan | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:17:53

Sex with Shakespeare author Jillian Keenan struggled with understanding her spanking fetish—and so did those around her.

 #14 Our Host, Julia Bainbridge, Tells Her Story | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:11:37

Our host Julia Bainbridge attempts to answer why she's doing this podcast, and shares what's in store for season two.


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