The Lonely Hour is a podcast about loneliness–but it’s not a bummer. Julia Bainbridge has created a space to talk openly in hopes of both de-stigmatizing loneliness and underscoring the joys of solitude
About our host
Julia Bainbridge is a James Beard Award-nominated writer. Formerly an editor at Bon Appétit, Yahoo, and Atlanta magazine, she has also worked at Condé Nast Traveler and Food & Wine, and her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, Paper, and Food52, where she was the online publication’s first writer in residence.
Because of her work on The Lonely Hour, Julia has been invited to speak on Sirius XM's "The Deep Dive With Carmen Rita Wong,” Bustle’s “The Chat Room,” and more.
Has chronic loneliness become a modern-day epidemic? Britain just hired a Minister of Loneliness, Tracey Crouch, to "confront this challenge for our society and for all of us to take action,” she says. In the U.S., former surgeon general (2014-2017) Dr. Vivek Murthy has been focusing on improving the feeling of connectivity in the workplace. Last October he told The Washington Post, "I talk about this as an epidemic because it’s far more widespread than people believe, and like many illnesses that are related to our mental and psychological state, it gets swept under the rug and exists in the shadows.”
A discussion about loneliness is important now more than ever, as we work longer hours; as social media is "increasing loneliness and envy," according to psychologists at the University of Pittsburgh; and as about a quarter of the population lives alone in the U.S. No one else is fostering that conversation the way The Lonely Hour does: The show aims to neutralize the taboo by treating loneliness as part of the mixed bag emotions involved in the human experience.