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Libido Liberation

Women's sex drives and expression shift in response to a wide range of factors. So when libido dips, why are we so quick to pathologize it? Cristen and Caroline talk with filmmaker Maria Finitzo about her latest project, a look into female desire and women having agency over their own bodies.

Sexist Emoji?

Emoji are revolutionizing the way we communicate while also communicating gender stereotypes about women. Cristen and Caroline decode the gendered patterns of emoji use and why some think they don't speak loudly enough for girls and women.

Ghosting

Are more people breaking up without saying goodbye? Cristen and Caroline discuss the not-so-new phenomenon of ghosting -- or abruptly ending a relationship and avoiding further contact -- why it happens, and whether it helps or haunts.

Cuddle Puddle

Cuddling permeates many of our closest relationships, whether platonic or romantic - but why? Cristen and Caroline investigate the nature and nurture of cuddling, why some people are now paying for a good snuggle and who wins the spooning battle of the sexes.

Significant Others

Boyfriends and girlfriends are so passe. In a romantic era that knows no age, marital or gender identity bounds, Cristen and Caroline search for the ideal couple label that aptly communicates modern commitment.

Couple Speak

Couples with cutesy pet names and intimate code language may be nauseating, but research finds those are signs of a healthy relationship. Cristen and Caroline parse out the particulars of how and why couple-speak happens.

Why Some Guys Can't Handle Getting Turned Down

Regardless of the communication tactic, ultimately saying "no" can lead to a backlash of breakup proportions despite a relationship that never even existed...

All the Single Ladies

Why do people fear the single woman? In this episode, Cristen and Caroline talk to researcher Kinneret Lahad about why singledom is seen as so disruptive and why the Single by Choice movement isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Single by Choice

Who needs marriage these days? Cristen and Caroline discuss the record number of Americans choosing to stay single and why single women tend to spark more controversy and panic than single men.

Do we expect too much from marriage?

Respected relationship psychologist and scholar Eli J. Finkel found that, on average, marriage satisfaction has declined over time while the happiest ones have gotten even happier. Finkel attributes this peculiar gap to the post-1965 era of the "self-expressive marriage," or the kind of "you not only complete me, but also inspire me to be the very best me."