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Listen To These 13 Stories This Galentine's Day

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Galentine's Day - the fictional holiday originally described in Season 2 of the NBC series Parks and Recreation - can be celebrated just as the character Leslie Knope originally described: "Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It's like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas."

This year, consider adding NPR and public radio to your celebration.

Take a look at some of our favorite stories and videos to share with friends. Perfect for Galentine's Day, they cover topics of self-love, tell inspiring and empowering stories, and reveal pieces that induce introspection. Gather your girlfriends around a pile of sweets and listen.

  1. Invisibilia: Entanglement. Take empathy to a new level with this episode of Invisibilia which introduces a woman who can physically feel what she sees others feeling.
  2. Skunk Bear: A Love Song For Neuroscientists. Ever wonder the science behind feeling butterflies and other physical symptoms of love? Learn more with NPR's Adam Cole and sing along to this scientific love song.
  3. It's Been A Minute: #MeToo in Politics: Then and Now. Craving a more political Galentine's Day? Listen to Sam Sanders' interview with Supreme Court correspondent Nina Totenberg - the reporter who broke the Anita Hill story back in 1991 - and PBS White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor as they discuss the changing politics around sexual harassment.
  4. TED Radio Hour: Slowing Down. Take a moment with your friends to explore why taking it slow is a crucial part of life.
  5. How I Built This: Bumble: Whitney Wolfe. Will you be spending Galentine's Day swapping Bumble tips? Listen to this episode of How I Built This while you swipe to hear how Whitney Wolfe left Tinder to create the dating app where women make the first move.
  6. Hidden Brain: What Our Google Searches Reveal About Who We Really Are. For your friend who can find anyone on social media at 2am, share this episode of Hidden Brain so they can learn what their Google searches are really answering.
  7. Code Switch: Disrespect to Miss-Respect. Do you know how 'Miss' became another option for woman to use instead of 'Mrs.'? Find out the history of the word in this Code Switch episode about the incredible life story of civil rights activist Mary Hamilton.
  8. Story Corp: John Banvard and Jerry Nadeau. Galentine's Day is for all ages. Celebrate with this heart-warming story about two gay military veterans, ages 100 and 72, who met in a senior home and married in 2013.
  9. Modern Love: Modern Love 100 Your Stories. Any episode of Modern Love makes for a great Galentine's Day listen, but this episode marking the 100th episode is especially fitting.
  10. Fresh Air: Alyssa Mastromonaco. Is your girl-gang full of bookworms? Send around this interview of author and staffer in the Obama White House, Alyssa Mastromonaco.
  11. TED Radio Hour: A Better You. Galentine's Day can also be a celebration of the self. In the 100th episode of TED Radio Hour,TED speakers reveal ways to achieve self-improvement.
  12. Invisibilia: Emotions. To best prepare for Valentines day, spend Galentine's Day listening to this episode of Invisibilia, which takes on what our emotions really mean.
  13. Alt. Latino: Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta: Tireless Rights Advocate — And Jazz Fan. Finally, be inspired this Galentine's Day with the story of this activist, hero, rebel, and icon.

Enjoy this unofficial holiday with all the women in your life today, or come back to this list anytime you need some Leslie Knope-inspired radio. Happy Galentine's Day!