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Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel
57 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Introducing Season 2 of How's Work?
Today we're sharing the first episode from season 2 of Esther's other podcast, How's Work? In it Esther focuses on the hard conversations we're afraid to have in our jobs, bringing a new perspective to the invisible forces that shape workplace dynamics, connections, and conflict through one-time therapy sessions with coworkers, cofounders, and colleagues.
53 minutes | Sep 10, 2020
On Again/Off Again
They've been on and off for almost 20 years. While she takes cares of his and their child, she wants to know that he's also there for her. He's been battling depression for years. And the shame that comes with it.
46 minutes | Sep 3, 2020
Trapped in Their Own Story
Their whole relationship is based on one big misunderstanding, with infidelity and blame on both sides. Years later, they still can't see the other's perspective.Programming note: This conversation was recorded after the COVID-19 lockdown.
42 minutes | Aug 27, 2020
Burdens of the Family
They share a legacy of war, a refugee upbringing, and family trauma. Their marriage was seen as taboo, and now they're trying to build a happier relationship for their child.Programming note: This conversation was recorded before the COVID-19 lockdown.
44 minutes | Aug 20, 2020
He Loves Her, His Family Rejects Her
She left her life, her family and her country for a man she met on Reddit. Their love is real, but his family has been hell.Programming note: This conversation was recorded before the COVID-19 lockdown.
50 minutes | Aug 13, 2020
When I'm Manic I Cheat
Bipolar, infidelity, open relationships: they're stuck in a world of loaded words. Her friends are convinced she should leave, but she doesn't want to follow in her mother's footsteps.Programming note: This conversation was recorded before the COVID-19 lockdown.
42 minutes | Aug 6, 2020
It's Very Hard to Live with a Saint
Barely a year into marriage, they're trapped in a cycle of explosive conflict. She can do no right, and he can do no wrong.Programming note: This conversation was recorded before the COVID-19 lockdown.
44 minutes | Jul 23, 2020
In This Relationship What Is "I" and What Is "We"?
They grew up with traumatic backgrounds, met in college and immigrated to the U.S. together. They've built stability and security, and now one of them longs for more freedom.Programming note: This conversation was recorded before the COVID-19 lockdown.
46 minutes | Jul 16, 2020
The Chronic Philanderer
He's been cheating on her for years, and she's had enough. Now she wants to know: is he in or is he out?Programming note: This conversation was recorded before the COVID-19 lockdown.
49 minutes | Jul 9, 2020
What Would It Take For You to Come Out?
Four years in, she can't admit she's attracted to her girlfriend, and her family still doesn't know.Programming note: This conversation was recorded before the COVID-19 lockdown.
46 minutes | Jul 9, 2020
You Want Me To Watch The Kids While You Go Out With Another Guy?
They met as religious teenagers and married as virgins. It's the age old story — once you're allowed to be intimate, you no longer want to be. Deciding to open the marriage has brought about huge changes in their sex life, and ruptures in their emotional one.Programming note: This conversation was recorded before the COVID-19 lockdown.
2 minutes | Jun 18, 2020
Season Four Trailer
A new season of Where Should We Begin? With Esther Perel.
53 minutes | May 14, 2020
Couples Under Lockdown: Lagos, Nigeria
Last summer they left everything they'd built in Seattle for a chance at a very different life. He took a dream turn to expand his company and be closer to home; she gave up her nursing job to manage their girls and explore new horizons abroad. COVID-19 hits as they watch the fate of other countries, knowing if it reaches Nigeria with a population of more than 200 million people, it will be devastating. They've been offered a chance to go home, but to what? Leaving Nigeria would mean walking away from everything, but staying could be more than either signed up for. Esther speaks to the couple as Africa begins easing restrictions.
48 minutes | Apr 16, 2020
Couples Under Lockdown: New York, New York
They have three kids and their volatile marriage has fallen apart. She still hopes to rebuild. He can't get out of there fast enough. Two weeks before COVID-19 forced New Yorkers to shelter in place, they filed for divorce. Now they feel trapped. If he goes he risks not seeing his kids for weeks. If he stays he worries it will thwart his plans to finally leave. Esther urges them to think about this present time together and not about what kind of future they will have apart.
52 minutes | Apr 2, 2020
Couples Under Lockdown: Bavaria, Germany
For the last year they have lived in separate countries. She took a dream job closer to where she grew up in Germany and he stayed behind with the promise he would follow soon. Six months turned into a year, which turned into a conversation that questioned the foundation of their marriage. It took the coronavirus to get them back under one roof again. While others might complain about the close quarters, this couple hopes to find themselves in each other again. Esther pushes them to worry less about the love that was, and focus now on the love that is.
49 minutes | Mar 24, 2020
Couples Under Lockdown: Sicily, Italy
They left each other emotionally years ago, but with three kids they have been trying to keep it together. For the last two weeks they find themselves confined to a small apartment in Sicily, Italy — he bears the brunt of the domestic duties at home all day. She must report to the hospital every day to help usher in new life as a midwife. Esther helps them come to terms with what these next few months could look like if they learn to communicate with one another in ways that might save their relationship.
50 minutes | Feb 26, 2020
Esther Perel's New Show: How's Work?
Today we’re sharing the first episode of Esther Perel’s new show How’s Work? In it, Esther sits down with coworkers, cofounders and colleagues, and brings her inimitable perspective to workplace relationships and conflicts. You can listen to all episodes right now for free on Spotify and weekly everywhere else. https://smarturl.it/hows-workIn this episode, friends and fellow dancers at a strip club: one brings years of experience, the other a youthful energy that turns angry at times. They’re here to talk about boundaries that are crossed, educating “civilians" about their work, family acceptance, and how they'll transition from the sex work industry into professional careers. Can sex work be a bullet point on a resume?
56 minutes | Nov 21, 2019
They’re a divorced couple whose two-household relationship may prove that a happy family doesn’t have to end with divorce.
52 minutes | Nov 14, 2019
Mom and Monique
They’re a child desperate to connect with their single mother after 28 years of living in the shadow of a special-needs brother.
47 minutes | Nov 7, 2019
A Romantic Revival
He’s away a lot. She’s a stepmother at home to four children whose mother died by suicide. Is there anything left over for her?
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