The Podcasts To Listen To When You Need Relationship Advice

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If you're going through a relationship rough patch, there are times when all you want is an unbiased source to give you some solid advice. Sure, you could talk to your friends, or you could see a therapist. But sometimes you just need someone to remind you that you're not alone, and maybe even tell you what to do. This is where relationship podcasts come in.
These days, you can learn so much just from listening to a podcast, whether you want to hear stories about serial killers and murder or dish about D-list celebrity gossip. And yes, you can even discover things about your own relationship just by listening to strangers talk about theirs.
Given that, we found the best podcasts to listen to when you're looking for some insight or guidance about your relationship. Listening to these won't necessarily solve all your problems, but they may be just the thing you needed to hear.
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Sex With Emily

Dr. Emily Morse talks openly and candidly about sex on this podcast, because she feels that sex shouldn't be taboo. Tune in to hear her advice about sex, dating, and relationships.
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Savage Lovecast

Dan Savage has long been giving sex and relationship advice (sometimes brutal, sometimes hilarious, often both). Ever heard of the term monogamish? Savage coined it. And now the long-time sex columnist has taken his expertise to the airwaves. Listen in to hear his honest thoughts on kink, slut shaming, erotica, long-term relationships, polyamory, and much more.

Available on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.
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Guys We F****d

This "anti slut-shaming podcast" hosted by comedians Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson is a mix of hilarious stories about their own sexual escapades and interviews with interesting guests. There's no such thing as over-sharing on this pod, and chances are they'll answer a question that you've wondered about sex and relationships, too. It feels like gabbing with (funnier versions of) your best friends.

Available on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.
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Dear Sugars

This is the podcast version of the popular advice column, "Dear Sugar," and it's hosted by Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, two writers who used to write under the pen name "Sugar." Real people write in with their relationship questions, and Strayed and Almond answer them with what they call "radical empathy." They aren't afraid to explore deep and dark topics, and often are joined by high-profile guests, including Esther Perel and Hillary Clinton.

Available on Apple Podcasts and NPR One.
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I Do Podcast

Newlyweds Chase and Sarah share their own wisdom about marriage and raising a family, with the help of relationship experts, therapists, and real couples in this podcast. They tend to cover topics like divorce, dating with kids, financial problems, and infidelity — but their advice is applicable regardless of what stage you are in your own relationship.

Available on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.
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The best friends who host this podcast, Kathy Tu and Tobin Low, describe themselves as "super queer" and "super fun." The show is dedicated to telling real people's stories about what it's like to be LGBTQ+ today — and they often talk about coming out and falling in love. Anyone can submit a story to be featured on the show, but they've also had famous LGBTQ+ guests, like Lena Waithe and Tegan and Sara.

Available on Apple Podcasts and NPR One.
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Modern Love

Fans of the New York Times column Modern Love will gush over the spinoff podcast, which features readings from famous people and actual columnists. Whether you're having dating troubles or trying to mend a bond with your family, there's something you can learn from each piece.

Available on Apple Podcasts and NPR One.
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Unqualified with Anna Faris

Ever wondered what advice your favorite celebrity would give about your specific relationship issues? Well, Anna Faris is here to make that happen. Each episode, she hosts a celebrity guest, then surprises callers who have submitted their relationship and dating woes. While the point of her podcast is to offer "unqualified" advice, Faris is incredibly wise, seems to care deeply about each caller, and isn't afraid to admit when she's been through a similar situation.

Available on Apple Podcasts.
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Where Should We Begin? With Esther Perel

Prepare to have breakthroughs about your own relationship while listening to the brilliant relationship therapist Esther Perel's podcast. The episodes are recorded, one-time couple's therapy sessions, during which they tackle complex issues like gender identity, infertility, infidelity, and trauma in a concise format. And who knows? It may convince you to go to couple's therapy on your own.

Available on Apple Podcasts and Audible.

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