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The Takeaway

Why Romance Novels Sell

Monday, February 10, 2014

The most lucrative position in publishing today belongs not to “literary” fiction or inspirational self-help books.  It’s the $1.4 billion dollar romance novel that's on top in 2014.  Jesse Barron, assistant editor at Harpers magazine set out to better understand the romance industry by attending the first annual Romance Novel Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the RNC, he met Angela Knight, a best-selling romance author based in Spartanburg, South Carolina who quit her job as a crime reporter when her novels took off.

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Movies on the Radio

My Tardy Valentine

Saturday, February 16, 2013

It's not too late for love, is it? Valentine's Day has just passed, but Movies on the Radio is still feeling the ardor.

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Soundcheck

Karaoke Night: Valentine's Day Edition

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Even on a regular night, karaoke tends to bring out the campiest of emotions, vocal stylings and hip movements. However, when it comes to Valentine's Day, things tend to get kicked up a notch. Steve Jacobs, karaoke expert and co-host of comedy and karaoke series The Jukebox at Union Hall, joins us to impart some Valentine's Day wisdom. 

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WNYC News

Love Stinks: A Valentine's Day Tour of the City's Sewage Plant

Thursday, February 14, 2013

"Only our love hath no decay," the Renaissance poet John Donne once wrote, and in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, at the city’s largest waste water sewage treatment plant, couples came to prove it.

Only our love hath no decay, the Renaissance poet John Donne [DUN] wrote. And in Greenpoint, Brooklyn at the city’s largest waste water treatment plant, couples came to prove it.

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WNYC News

Share: How Single & How Happy Are You?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Tell us how you feel about your relationship status. Click a dot to add yourself, or hover over one to see see what others have said.

+ Attend one of WNYC's Singles Events

+ Video: Can we Give 'Spinster' a Makeover?

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WQXR Features

Video Webcast: 'Passion' in the Afternoon

Thursday, February 14, 2013

On Thursday, Stephen Sondheim joined host Elliott Forrest in The Greene Space for an hour of music and conversation. Watch the archived video.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Speaker Quinn; “How to Survive a Plague”; <3 Advice Roulette

Thursday, February 14, 2013

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn talks about her message for the middle class in her State of the City address and her proposals for making city living more affordable for them. Plus: author and Detroit native Charlie LeDuff on his hometown; the Oscar documentary nominee series continues with “How to Survive a Plague”; the February series on fashion; and a Valentine’s Day edition of advice roulette, where listeners give and get love advice.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Love and Married Names

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A man in Florida took his wife's name when they got married as an "act of love" . . . and lost his driver's license.  New York is one of the few states where it's as easy for husbands to take their wives' names as the other, more traditional, way around. Did you take advantage of that?  How did you solve the love/marriage/legal name dilemma?  And what about your children's last names?  Call us at 212-433-WNYC, 212-433-9692, or post a comment here.

 

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The Takeaway

Six Word Memoirs of Love and Loss

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Listener Rees Shad from Carmel, New York ("Distinct possibility this is a dream") explains why he keeps waiting to wake up.

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Radiolab

The Love Secretary Always Writes Back

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lulu Miller's advice for taking the edge off that unrequited love this Valentine's? Send a letter to Verona, Italy, where an office of 20 volunteers replies to thousands of notes about love and heartbreak every year.

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WQXR Blog

Which Classical Piece Sets the Mood for Romance?

Friday, February 08, 2013

When you think heavy breathing, galloping hearts and long kisses, what do you hear? We asked you and told us. View the top 12 choices as we counted them down on Valentine's Day.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Faith Salie on Valentine's Day and Relationshow

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Faith Salie, actor/comedian and host of RelationShow, talks about her Valentine's Day special, offers love advice, and more.

Tune In: RelationShow airs today at 3pm and 9pm on WNYC 93.9 FM and WNYC.org!

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Operavore

The Top Operatic Couples On- and Offstage

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

With Valentine's Day bringing a romantic air, Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti names five of opera's hottest onstage and offstage couples.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

StoryCorps Love Stories

Monday, February 13, 2012

Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps and author of All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps, returns for Valentine's Day with more stories from the oral history project StoryCorps.

This Wednesday, join Leonard Lopate for An Evening with Dave Isay to discuss his new book.

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Transportation Nation

Love on the Subway P.S.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

(Photo by bitchcakesny / Flckr-Creative Commons)

(New York - Jim O'Grady, WNYC) This post-Valentine bon bon just landed from Praxedes Arias, who read yesterday's post about Love on the Subway. It describes her encounter on a downtown train. She writes: "He looked older and Irish American...I liked that look.  Beard, mustache, blond...completely opposite of my family or Spanish men (I was born in Havana)."

When this story takes place, she's 27...and ready.

"I met my husband on the A train. I was performing my final play at the American Academy of Performing Arts and was reviewing my lines. It was a Sunday afternoon so the car was pretty empty but I looked up and suddenly he was there sitting in front of me. The guy I had seen in the neighborhood and on the train for weeks and months but never spoke to.  He nodded and said 'hi.'  I said 'hi' and immediately looked down at my playbook. 'Oh my gosh, he spoke to me,' I thought; my heart beating a mile a minute. I was really shy so starting a conversation was out of the question. I needed to find another way. I pulled out a flier of the play from my backpack and circled my name with a note. I waited until we got to Columbus Circle and gave him the flier right before I exited the train and said 'I hope you can make it.' I performed that evening and greeted my guests afterward...and was a little disappointed he wasn't there. I assumed he was married. A few weeks later, I was running late and ran for an overcrowded A train. I made it, and stood there looking disheveled and tired. I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned around and it was him. He apologized for not having attended the play because he had a previous engagement. Then he asked me out to lunch. Of course I said, 'yes.'  He took me to Phoebe's restaurant and the American Museum of Natural History...a perfect first date. We are now married 16 years and have three beautiful little boys. We are still in love and the best of friends."

To have your heart warmed even more, go to wnyc.org for audio versions of a pair F train love stories--one of them a marriage proposal.

p.p.s. Click "more" to read the above story by the man in question, James O'Driscoll.

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WNYC News

Warm But Windy Valentine's Day

Monday, February 14, 2011

There's a wind advisory in effect for the New York City area starting at noon Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday. The National Weather Service said wind gusts could get as high as 45 miles per hour.

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Transportation Nation

Love Can Happen Anywhere - Even on the NY Subway

Monday, February 14, 2011

Be mine. (Photo by Ed Yourdon / Flckr Creative Commons)

(New York -- Jim O'Grady, WNYC) You’d think Cupid, being a Roman god, wouldn't hang out in the subway. But he does. We put the word out for couples who met on mass transit and heard back from so many that we concluded the God of Desire has an unlimited Metrocard.

It was November 2009 and Daniel Espinosa, in town from Connecticut, had wrapped up a business meeting and was waiting for the downtown 6 train at 33rd street. He sensed a woman standing behind him. He turned and saw Rebecca Stepler. It was 6:30 on a Thursday evening. She was headed home to Brooklyn from work.

"I asked her if she knew of a good place to go for a drink," he recalled. "You know, I was playing a little dumb."

He may have been an out-of-towner but he knew where the bars were. In fact, he had plans to meet friends at a bar in a couple of hours.

Rebecca rattled off a list of establishments. Daniel listened politely, without really listening. When she finished, he got to the point. "Will you join me?" he asked. She thought to herself, "I'm not that kind of person." Then she thought: "What the hell. It's only a drink."

They took the train, got off at 14th Street, and walked a couple of blocks to Nevada Smith's. Over beers, the strangers warmed to each other. "She thought I was genuine, I guess," Daniel said. Rebecca said their conversation was unusual for two people who'd just met because it was "so natural."

Two hours later, Daniel reluctantly left to join his friends. Except that's not where he was going. Rebecca says, "He actually had a couple of hours to kill because he had a date."

A date?

"Yeah," said Rebecca. "I'm the one who usually tells that part of the story."

They laugh about it now because after that chance encounter on the platform, they began spending weekends together. Four months later, he moved into her apartment in Downtown Brooklyn. In March 2010 they married.

We heard the same story arc, with varying details, from others.

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The Takeaway

Bon Voyage, Best Actress Oscar Curse

Monday, February 14, 2011

It’s Valentine’s Day, and I can’t think of a better time to discuss what’s come to be known as the Best Actress Oscar Curse. No doubt, you’ve heard about it by now. If you haven’t, here’s a little crash course, starting with Sandra Bullock.

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The Takeaway

Air Supply on What Makes a Great Love Song

Monday, February 14, 2011

On Valentine’s Day, we’re going to be joined by the high priests of the top forty love song: Air Supply, also known as Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock. Their mission: to help Takeaway listeners with their love song conundrums. Whether it’s the best song for getting over a breakup or the best song for saying “I love you,” Graham and Russell have plenty of wisdom to share. Tell us: what love song do you love (or hate) the most?

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It's A Free Country ®

In the Name of Love: Political Power Couples

Monday, February 14, 2011

WNYC

We talk a lot about how politics polarizes us, but sometimes it brings people together. When love seems impossible, even high-profile powerbrokers seem to manage. Pundits partner up with pundits (sometimes even with opposing views), lobbyists with lobbyists, governors with journalists, and presidents with senators – even if it gets a little sticky sometimes.

Here's a handful of some high profile political couples, for Valentines Day. Who would you add to the list?

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