romance

How Matchmakers Work

How do matchmakers help people find love? Who hires matchmakers and how much do they cost? Are matchmakers successful? The answers might surprise you. Join Caroline and Cristen as they explore the strange world of matchmaking.

The Hidden Costs of Valentine's Day Flowers

As Valentine's Day approaches, Cristen and Caroline take a closer look at floriography and the meaning of flowers. Where do Valentine's bouquets come from? What's it like for women working in the flower industry? Tune in to learn more.

Believe it or not, romance novels are the best-selling fiction genre. Join Cristen and Caroline as they explore the common romance novel heroes, heroines and themes, ultimately asking what romance novels tell us about female arousal.

Will you semimarry me?

The function of marriage in modern society is being closely reexamined now, as people wait longer to tie the knot, household gender dynamics tip toward more female breadwinners and a rising proportion of babies are born beyond the bounds of wedlock. This marital shakeup has given rise to the "semimarriage," writes Pamela Haag in her book "Marriage Confidential".

Is love at first sight possible?

Familiar to any fan of classic romance stories, love at first sight is a common theme loved by some and, well, contemptuously dismissed by others. But it is real? Join Molly and Cristen as they delve into the science behind physical attraction.

Dating Science: Who Pays on the First Date?

Heterosexual dating customs say the guy should be ready to whip out the wallet on the first date, but isn't that a little antiquated? Perhaps, but a 2007 Salon interview with famed anthropologist Helen Fisher indicates that heteros might be biologically "hard-wired" for this fiscal arrangement, rather than just tethered to outmoded courting rituals.

The first image of a kiss dates back to ancient India -- but where did the concept of kissing originate? More importantly, why do we do it today? Tune in as Molly and Cristen recount the history of kissing and the science behind smooching.

V-Day Study: Guys, Play Hard to Get

Guys, if you're single and having anxiety attacks about spending Valentine's Day alone, then do I have some sexy science advice for you! To pique a woman's interest, you don't need to wear your heart on your sleeve and make a grand romantic gesture. Instead, just ask her to hang out in a casual enough setting that she won't be able to decipher whether it's a date or not. In other words, play hard to get because according to a new study in Psychological Science, women like guys who are indifferent toward them (which explains so much and so little at the same time.)

Ask your grandparents or great grandparents how they met each other, there's a good chance family was involved. In the early 20th century, couples met most often through family members, which provided a vetting process before the dawn of modern-day dating. Once people started going on a-courtin' outside the home, friends became more involved as matchmakers, and the family's role diminished. But today, friends are getting elbowed out from introducing romantic hopefuls by the ultimate meta matchmaker: the Internet.

Win Her Heart with...Horror Movies?

Are you an average Joe hoping to woo a lovely lady just in time for Halloween couples' costumes? Good news. You don't have to be a hunk to attract the apple of your eye around Halloween because you have the perfect seasonal entertainment at your disposal.