Episodes
Naomi Shah, founder of the rom-com podcast Meet Cute, tells Damona a WILD love story involving a very workplace inappropriate question, a lunch date, and a bouquet. They break down the key to finding authentic love and dissect what makes a good rom-com. Dating Dish headlines: Science says friendship is the key to long-lasting love and Damona announces the new cutest couple in Hollywood. Dear Damona listener questions: How to date when you're busy working at the buzziest company and who should...
Published 07/20/21
Mark Brooks, dating industry advisor for dating app background check software RealMe, joins Damona to talk about the four big types of online dating predators and the stats behind the recent uptick in romance scams. Headlines: Bumble brings coffee dates back and the stork shows up for ScarJo + CoJo. Dear Damona: If they say they don't want kids does that mean forever and how to date as a 35 year old virigin who has never really been kissed. Keep your eye out for RealMe coming soon on all your...
Published 07/13/21
Dr. Harville Hendrix and Dr. Helen LaKelly Hunt, LEGENDS in the couple's therapy field and authors of NYT bestseller Getting The Love You Want, join Damona to explain the new definition of relationships and why fear is the center of every romance. Damona covers headlines: Christina Haack and Renee Zellwegger prove that slow love is the only way to go and Reddit might be able to help with your dating profile. Damona answers listener questions: Do divorced guys get a bad wrap in dating and do...
Published 07/06/21
Nick Notas, dating and confidence coach behind Live Reconnected, coaches on how to communicate better in dating and how to find confidence. In the Dating Dish, Damona covers headlines: the surprising way gossip helped Van Jones' love life and Tinder keeps rolling out the good stuff (read: revolutionizing app features). Dear Damona questions: How to keep yourself from getting attached too fast and is it shallow if you don't want to date a man with kids? Find more from Nick online: Reconnected...
Published 06/29/21
Stewart Gill, eligible bachelor from the show Labor of Love and successful entrepreneur, talks about being single, successful, and finally ready to settle down. Headlines: The surprising but not so surprising #1 trait daters are looking for and can Victoria's Secret bring Sexy Back? Damona answers listener questions: why are you attracted to the completely wrong guys and how to find love when you are newly transitioned and ready to get out there! Follow Stewart on IG...
Published 06/22/21
Anna Iovine, sex & dating writer at Mashable, asks the question, "do people even want a hot vax summer?" She reports on the latest statistics on dating attitudes as we approach this summer of love. Damona covers headlines: Tinder allows users to block contacts to avoid awkward run-ins with people you know and Tiffany's released engagement rings for men! Dear Damona questions: is it a red flag if he keeps condoms by the bed and how much eye contact is too much eye contact? Read the full...
Published 06/15/21
John Paul Brammer, advice columnist and author "Hola Papi: How To Come Out In A Walmart Parking Lot And Other Life Lessons," discussed coming to terms with your past and how to make a match on dating apps - even if you HATE them.. Dating Dish Headlines: Is it healthy to have a celebrity crush and a new app that matches users with memes. John Paul joins in for Dear Damona: How to find love in your city when you feel like a fish out of water and what's the deal with one-sided...
Published 06/08/21
Saskia Nelson, online dating photographer and founder of Hey Saturday, explains how to do online dating photos right and magnetize the best matches to you. Dating Dish headlines: the real story behind Taika Waititi's ménage à trois with Rita Ora and Tessa Thompson and why your punctuation matters in digital communication. Dear Damona questions: I've never been on a date - how do I start from square one and I've been friendzoned too many times, help! Looking for a professional eye on your...
Published 06/01/21
Anna Sale, host of the critically acclaimed Death, Sex, & Money podcast and author of Let's Talk About Hard Things, joins Damona to talk about how to find love after heartbreak and how difficult conversations can bring your relationships closer together. In the Dating Dish, Damona covers headlines: Does Kourtney K's new boo Travis Barker have the hots for her sister Kim and why you shouldn't believe all the dating app hate. Damona answers listener questions: How to set boundaries with...
Published 05/25/21
Nicole Moore, body language expert & Love Works Method CEO, gives tips on how to flirt and feel comfortable on a date after lockdown. Damona covers headlines: You might have a whole new personality after Lockdown and Is Bennifer really back? Dear Damona listener questions: He might be a manchild - is that a red flag and how to figure out your must-have qualities in your partner. Follow Nicole on Instagram at @NicoleMooreLove! textnow.com/goyn Dates & Mates is sponsored by TextNow....
Published 05/18/21
Connell Barrett, official dating coach for The League, joins Damona to talk about attracting the most authentic love and how to spot a fake from a mile away. Damona covers headlines: Bill and Melinda Gates Gray Divorce and new Ashley Madison study shows how faith and infidelity intersect. Dear Damona questions: how to stop getting friend-zoned after a date and is the guy you're seeing secretly married?  Get Connell's Book "Dating Sucks But You Don't" on Amazon or wherever you get your books!...
Published 05/11/21
Marni Battista of Dating with Dignity and Damona discuss why matches ghost and how you might be attracting ghosters into your life. Headlines for the week: inside the recent uptick in romance scams and why you should be excited about Bethany Frankel's engagement. Dear Damona questions: is it cool to play it cool and how to filter for the right match out of thousands of messages. *** Sign up for Marni's free webinar at damonahoffman.com/ghost **** Marni’s free webinar for women is called "Why...
Published 05/04/21
Introducing Double Date, a new podcast hosted by Marlo Thomas and Phil Donohue. Eavesdrop as they hold intimate conversations with their favorite, long-married celebrity couples about enduring love and all its challenges: family, career, conflict, addiction, illness, jealousy — everything under the sun. Hear those personal, and often hilarious, stories that all married couples like to tell--- from Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos; Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka; Bryan Cranston and Robin...
Published 04/30/21
Priti Joshi, VP of Strategy and Operations at Bumble, shares the skinny on how to optimize your dating profile and how to send the perfect first message. Damona dishes on this week's headlines: Learn from Halle Barry's drunken relationship history reveal and how dating app AI is influencing your attraction. This week's listener questions: what to do when the sex is bad but you can't stop thinking about him and how to quickly filter out the matches that aren't serious. Bumble is available to...
Published 04/27/21
Caroline Stanbury, star of Bravo's Ladies in London and host of the Divorced Not Dead podcast, joins Damona to talk about the chance she took on love that led to happily ever after with a much younger man, meanwhile still healing from a high profile divorce. Damona covers headlines: Shoot your shot like Lizzo with some flirty emojis and your relationship intentions are written all over your face. Damona answers questions: should you divorce your husband if he can't stop smoking weed and how...
Published 04/20/21
Damona introduces a new show, Happy Brain hosted by Heather Parady. Listen to this fun, bite-sized episode on practicing gratitude - plus Damona tells you why practicing gratitude will help you on your journey to find love. Want more Happy Brain? https://tlbc.co/happy-brain/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 04/16/21
Cosmopolitan and Esquire Editors-in-Chief, Jessica Pels and Michael Sebastian share the shocking survey that the magazines co-sponsored with the Kinsey Institute on the future of sex and relationships post-pandemic. Damona covers headlines: how to save money in dating and the biggest mistakes older men make on dating apps that we all can learn from. Jessica and Michael help Damona answer questions: how to keep the conversation flowing on dating apps and what is a good opening line? Make sure...
Published 04/13/21
Kelsey Darragh, author and comedian from E!'s Dating No Filter and Buzzfeed, gets honest about how opening up your relationship might make you and your partner happier. Damona covers headlines: why couples who keep their relationship off social media are happier and FODA (fear of dating again) is preventing people from finding love as things open up again. Damona also answers listener questions: what does your guy really mean when he says you stress him out a little bit and where to go when...
Published 04/06/21
Rich Juzwiak, Slate advice columnist behind "How To Do It" and co-host of the Pot Psychology podcast, and Damona talk about first dates and first impressions based on their experience writing for Washington Post Date Lab. Dating Dish: what to do when you are frustrated with dating apps and men say sex is better during the pandemic - women disagree. Dear Damona: what to do when he's great on paper but the chemistry isn't there and can we look at ghosting like the rubber band theory? Subscribe...
Published 03/30/21
Jordana Abraham, co-founder of multi-platform media company Betches and host of the U Up? Podcast, joins Damona to talk about how to make time for dating when you're busy building your future and finding a motivated match who is just as ambitious as you are. Dating Dish headlines: The Bachelor proves that it is really bad at matchmaking and How Tinder is making dating apps safer. Damona also answers listener questions such as how and when to bring up more sexually evolved topics and how to...
Published 03/23/21
Veronica Grant, Love & Life Coach, explains how the way you relate to your body directly impacts the way that you relate to your romantic partner. Damona covers headlines: How Meghan Markle's truth affects your dating life and the latest controversial feature on Coffee Meets Bagel. This week's Dear Damona questions: Do nice guys finish last and Help! I'm tired of messaging first. Make sure to check out Veronica's Love Life Connection podcast and her 5 Steps to Ending Overwhelm and Anxiety...
Published 03/16/21
Matchmaker Maria, long-time matchmaker and Tik Tok star, joins Damona to explain how to make the best match for yourself and the worst dating profile mistakes to avoid. Dating Dish headlines: Dr. Jill Biden, Love Doctor gives advice on love after divorce and OkCupid stats on how dating has changed 1 year after the pandemic. Damona answers listener questions like are you ready to date outside your race and did I just get friendzoned? Follow Matchmaker Maria on IG @matchmakermaria and...
Published 03/09/21
Jonathon Aslay, America's leading midlife dating coach, and Francesca Hogi, love and life coach for people who happen to be single, return to co-host this very special 350th episode of Dates & Mates. Damona, Jonathon, and Francesca present the facts about the current state of dating and spell out what it means for the future of love. They cover headlines together: What Japan's new 'Minister of Loneliness' can for you and OkCupid reveals the hottest day for dating in the UK this year. They...
Published 03/02/21
Jennifer Lehr, therapist and Attachment Theory expert, explains attachment styles and how your history can impact your current relationships. Damona covers headlines: is financial misalignment a deal-breaker and are you getting fauci-ed? Damona answers listener questions: what to do if your partner's love language makes you feel awkward and how do you stop the texting trap dead in its tracks? Check out Jennifer Lehr's upcoming project, WeConcile, and her relationship quiz:...
Published 02/23/21
Dr. Gary Lewandowski, psychology professor and author of "Stronger Than You Think: The 10 Blindspots That Undermine Your Relationship", joins Damona to talk about big expectations in new relationships and the tiny pet peeves you want to change about your partner. Headlines for the week: the most popular relationship questions your state is googling and why Britney's super hot 27-year-old bf is the best kind of boyfriend. Plus in Dear Damona, D answers listener questions: What's up with the...
Published 02/16/21