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September 3, 2020

They've been on and off for almost 20 years. While she takes care of his and their child, she wants to know that he's also there for her. He's been battling depression for years. And the shame that comes with it.

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August 27, 2020

Their whole relationship is based on one big misunderstanding, with infidelity and blame on both sides. Years later, they still can't see the other's perspective. Programming note: This conversation was recorded after the COVID-19 lockdown.

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August 20, 2020

They share a legacy of war, a refugee upbringing and family trauma. Their marriage was seen as taboo, and now they're trying to build a happier relationship for their child. Programming note: This conversation was recorded before the COVID-19 lockdown.

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August 13, 2020

She left her life, her family and her country for a man she met on Reddit. Their love is real, but his family has been hell.

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August 6, 2020

Bipolar, infidelity, open relationships: they're stuck in a world of loaded words. Her friends are convinced she should leave, but she doesn't want to follow in her mother's footsteps. Programming note: This conversation was recorded before the COVID-19 lockdown.

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Barely a year into marriage, they're trapped in a cycle of explosive conflict. She can do no right, and he can do no wrong. Programming note: This conversation was recorded before the COVID-19 pandemic.

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July 16, 2020

They grew up with traumatic backgrounds, met in college and immigrated to the U.S. together. They've built stability and security, and now one of them longs for more freedom. Programming note: This conversation was recorded before the COVID-19 lockdown.

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July 9, 2020

He's been cheating on her for years, and she's had enough. Now she wants to know: is he in or is he out?

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July 2, 2020

Four years in, she can't admit she's attracted to her girlfriend, and her family still doesn't know.

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June 25, 2020

They met as religious teenagers and married as virgins. It's the age old story -- once you're allowed to be intimate, you no longer want to be. Deciding to open the marriage has brought about huge changes in their sex life, and ruptures in their emotional one.

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June 18, 2020

Listen to the incomparable therapist Esther Perel counsel real couples as they reveal the most intimate, personal, and complicated details of the conflicts that have brought them to her door. This season, she takes on open marriage, racism inside an extended family, coming out in a religious home, and chronic infidelity, among other delicate dynamics. Esther creates a space for us to hear our own lives and struggles articulated in the stories of others. So....where should we begin? Episodes for Where Should We Begin Season 4 will be released weekly on Spotify beginning June 25, 2020. The season will begin on all other platforms on July 9, 2020.

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May 14, 2020

In this special series of Where Should We Begin, Esther connects with couples under lockdown around the world. In the fourth and final episode, she speaks with a couple in Lagos, Nigeria. Last summer they left everything they'd built in Seattle for a dream opportunity to expand his company and be closer to home. As the threat of COVID-19 reaches Nigeria the couple must decide if they leave and walk away from everything or risk staying.

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April 16, 2020

In this special series of Where Should We Begin, Esther connects with couples under lockdown around the world. In this episode, she speaks with a couple in New York City. Two weeks before COVID-19 forced New Yorkers to shelter in place, they filed for divorce. Now they feel trapped.

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April 2, 2020

In this special series of Where Should We Begin, Esther connects with couples under lockdown around the world. In this episode, she speaks with a couple in Bavaria, Germany. While others might complain about the close quarters, this couple hopes to find themselves in each other again.

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March 24, 2020

In this special series of Where Should We Begin, Esther connects with couples under lockdown around the world. In this episode, she speaks with a couple in Sicily, Italy. They left each other emotionally years ago, but with three kids they have been trying to keep it together.

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November 14, 2019

They’re a divorced couple whose two-household relationship may prove that a happy family doesn’t have to end with divorce.

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November 7, 2019

They’re a child desperate to connect with their single mother after 28 years of living in the shadow of a special-needs brother.

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October 31, 2019

He’s away a lot. She’s a stepmother at home to four children whose mother died by suicide. Is there anything left over for her?

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October 24, 2019

She wonders if she can satisfy her attraction to women without losing the husband she loves.

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October 17, 2019

Their relationship started with an affair that ended two marriages. Now they wonder if there’s enough trust there to build something stable together.

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October 10, 2019

She lives in Mexico, he lives in the US. Their immigration status has forced them to consider marriage sooner than they might have planned.

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