1A Presents … Cuffin’ Season

The weather outside is frightful. Wouldn’t someone to come home to — someone to take to the office holiday party or to introduce to your family — be delightful?

Welcome to Cuffin’ Season.

It’s the time of year when the days get short and the nights get cold. And even happily single people feel a calling to find a partner to snuggle up with — at least until the days get longer and it’s pleasant to go outside again. In honor of this seasonal phenomenon, 1A will explore the joy, the pain and the challenges of modern dating.

We’re going to talk about dating while gray: Podcaster Laura Stassi was married for almost 30 years, but after she became single late in life, she got back out there.

We’re also going to analyze what some people are calling the “lost art” of cruising, in an age when gay men are turning toward social media and dating apps to hook up, instead of meeting and flirting.

Speaking of lost arts, what’s the status of the romantic comedy?

And we’re going to deconstruct all those apps out there.

Plus Patti Smith will make an appearance, talking about her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe.

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