Modern Love Podcast: First Love Mixtape

Daniel Jones and

Julia Botero, Hans Butetow and

The Modern Love podcast is back with a brand new season of stories. At our premiere, we introduce you to our new host, Anna Martin, who has a question for listeners: what was the song that taught you about love as a teenager?

In Lisa Selin Davis’ essay “What Lou Reed Taught Me About Love,” she writes about how the song “I’ll Be Your Mirror” became the soundtrack to her summertime romance with a “rocker kid” in the floppy hair that inadvertently helped her find healing. Next, we hear from Times staffers about the songs that influenced them as teenagers and the memories — funny, empowering, nostalgic — they take with them.

If this episode sparks memories of a song from your teenage years, we’d love to hear from you. Please send a voice recording with your song choice and story to [email protected], or leave us a voicemail at (212) 589-8962. We’ll add your song to our Spotify playlist and may use a snippet of your story in an upcoming episode.

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ANNA MARTIN is the host and a producer of the Modern Love podcast. Her middle name is “Ming Ai” – roughly translated from Mandarin as “understand love” – ​​which she says makes her a natural candidate for the role. Previously, she produced live shows and podcasts at places like Pop-Up Magazine, The Moth, Slate, and This American Life. She lives in Brooklyn and most of the time is on the Q train.

The song that taught Anna about love, “Just the Way You Are,” was introduced to her by her father, a die-hard Billy Joel fan. It taught her never to dye her hair (advice she has since given up on), but also that love is about accepting each other in their totality (advice she has since followed).

Hosted by: Anna Martin
Produced by: Julia Botero, Hans Buetow and Anna Martin
Edited by: Sara Sarasohn
Executive producer: Wendy Dorr
Conceived by : Elisheba Ittoop
Music by: Dan Powell
Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
Founder, Modern Love: Daniel Jones
Editor, Modern Love Projects: Miya Lee

Special Thanks: Danya Issawi, Isabelia Herrera, Mahima Chablani, Renan Borelli, Jeffrey Miranda, Julia Simon, Lisa Tobin, Sam Dolnick and Ryan Wegner at Audm.

Thoughts? Email us at [email protected]

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