Valentine's Day http://nhpr.org en 2.13.14: Love In The Digital Age, Love Songs Vs. Breakup Songs, And Romantic Dining At Hooters http://nhpr.org/post/21314-love-digital-age-love-songs-vs-breakup-songs-and-romantic-dining-hooters <p>As editor of The New York Time’s “Modern Love” column since 2004,<strong> </strong>our guest<strong> </strong>Daniel Jones has read over 50,000 love letters.&nbsp; Well, not love letters exactly, but letters about love.&nbsp; Okay, and most of them aren’t actual physical letters, but emails.&nbsp; Which says a lot about the state of romance in 2014, given how much of it sparks, burns, and is often extinguished from behind a computer screen.&nbsp; Technology’s impact on modern love features heavily in Jones’ new book “<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/09/books/review/love-illuminated-by-daniel-jones.html?_r=0">Love Illuminated: Exploring Life’s Most Mystifying Subject with the Help of 50,000 Strangers</a>”.</p><p></p><p><strong> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:14:29 +0000 Word of Mouth 43517 at http://nhpr.org 2.13.14: Love In The Digital Age, Love Songs Vs. Breakup Songs, And Romantic Dining At Hooters This Valentine's Day, Don't Go Into Diamond Debt http://nhpr.org/post/valentines-day-dont-go-diamond-debt <p>Valentine's day is creeping closer…a big day to celebrate abiding love or seal the deal on a new one with a diamond engagement ring. And now for the wet blanket: diamond debt. You know that whole two months salary for an engagement ring calculus? It’s tradition, right? Not really. Diamonds were not associated with romance until the Debeers Diamond Company began marketing them for engagement rings in the 1930s. Debeer’s "Diamonds Are Forever" campaign remains one of the most successful of the 20<sup>th</sup> century. So, young men still march into jewelry shops prepared to spend…and retailers have plenty of financing available for those who don’t have money up front. <a href="http://www.gerridetweiler.com/"><strong>Gerri Detweiler</strong></a>, is the director of consumer education for <a href="http://www.credit.com/">Credit.com</a>, and she recently <a href="http://blog.credit.com/2013/01/the-crazy-world-of-engagement-ring-financing/">wrote a blog post about the common credit traps diamond buyers fall into</a>. Wed, 06 Feb 2013 18:34:18 +0000 Virginia Prescott 21464 at http://nhpr.org This Valentine's Day, Don't Go Into Diamond Debt Love in a Conflict Zone, and Other Unusual Places http://nhpr.org/post/love-conflict-zone-and-other-unusual-places <p>For Valentine&#39;s Day,&nbsp;we listen&nbsp;in on&nbsp;a few love stories from New Hampshire, stories about the many unusual places love can take us.</p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 22:23:37 +0000 Brady Carlson & Andrew Parrella 1887 at http://nhpr.org Love in a Conflict Zone, and Other Unusual Places Stories of Love and Commitment from Dave Isay and StoryCorps http://nhpr.org/post/stories-love-and-commitment-dave-isay-and-storycorps <p>No doubt many of us are rushing out the door to grab a last minute Valentine&rsquo;s Day gift for our significant others.</p><p>Our guest has a suggestion: hold off on the chocolates and flowers, and spend a little time <em>talking </em>to that loved one.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 22:13:44 +0000 Brady Carlson 1886 at http://nhpr.org Stories of Love and Commitment from Dave Isay and StoryCorps Why The Best Chocolate Is The One You Eat Last http://nhpr.org/post/why-best-chocolate-one-you-eat-last It's predictable, and hokey, to bring up chocolate and romance in one Valentine's Day post, but hang on — this is fascinating.<p>A <a href="http://www.sitemaker.umich.edu/eob/files/obrienellsworth2012.pdf">study</a> suggests that your preferences in chocolate may help explain how you pick out or judge potential romantic partners.<p>No, it's not that people who love dark chocolate are simpatico with others who love dark chocolate. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 21:55:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 1901 at http://nhpr.org Why The Best Chocolate Is The One You Eat Last A Brother And Sister Get Married (And Later, Their Son Tweets It) http://nhpr.org/post/brother-and-sister-get-married-and-later-their-son-tweets-it As comedian John Fugelsang recalls, all in life was dandy until one fateful day, at age 6, he noticed an odd motif in some photos: "In every family picture ... my mother was wearing a habit."<p>Last August, he <a href="http://chirpstory.com/li/2128" target="_blank">tweeted his parents' unusual love story</a> — with photos — on the first anniversary of his father's death. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 05:01:00 +0000 1858 at http://nhpr.org A Brother And Sister Get Married (And Later, Their Son Tweets It) 3 Biting Books For Those Bitter On Valentine's Day http://nhpr.org/post/3-biting-books-those-bitter-valentines-day For those who find themselves alone this Valentine's Day, or who reject the holiday altogether, you might not want to read about star-crossed lovers pining for each other and — even worse — winding up together in the end. So here are three alternatives to comfort you this Feb 14. Each novel is just the right length to read in a single night with a box of drugstore-bought chocolates. And although these tales are indeed reflections on love, the characters they follow are skeptics. Mon, 13 Feb 2012 18:32:00 +0000 Alex Gilvarry 1866 at http://nhpr.org 3 Biting Books For Those Bitter On Valentine's Day