The Healing Power of Love (Island)

Hosted by Anna Martin

Produced by Julia Botero, Christina Djossa, Elyssa Dudley and Hans Buetow

Edited by Sara Sarasohn and Jen Poyant

Engineered by Sophia Lanman

Original music by Sophia Lanman, Rowan Niemisto, Diane Wong, Pat McCusker and Elisheba Ittoop

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“A month is long enough for your life to change. A day is enough. Ten minutes.”

12 hopeful singles, thrown into a villa in Spain, hooking up, breaking up and making up. When Sophie Mackintosh was experiencing one of the darkest periods of her life, “Love Island” became her obsession. There was something about it that was deeply validating — and kept her coming back.

Today: Sophie’s reflections on the reality TV show. Plus, Lindsey Underwood, a Styles editor at The New York Times, gives us the lowdown on the show (she’s a superfan).

After, Melissa Akie Wiley shares her Tiny Love Story about healing from a childhood trauma — and finding the love and acceptance she had thought was out of reach.

Modern Love is hosted by Anna Martin and produced by Julia Botero, Christina Djossa, Elyssa Dudley and Hans Buetow. The show is edited by Sara Sarasohn, and our executive producer is Jen Poyant. This episode was mixed by Sophia Lanman and recorded by Maddy Masiello. It features original music by Sophia Lanman, Rowan Niemisto, Diane Wong, Pat McCusker and Elisheba Ittoop. Our theme music is by Dan Powell.

Special thanks to Daniel Jones, Miya Lee, Mahima Chablani, Nell Gallogly, Jeffrey Miranda, Renan Borelli, Nina Lassam, Julia Simon and Anna Diamond at Audm.

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