‘Modern Love Podcast’: Our 34-Year Age Gap Didn’t Matter, Until It Did

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By Ketrin Agustine

Julia BoteroChristina Djossa and

Corey Schreppel and

Marion Lozano, Carole Sabouraud and

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Sonja Falck was immediately attracted to Colin, the professor who was renting her a room. He was intellectual and lively, with bright eyes that drew her in. It was only after they were already dating that Sonja found out Colin’s age: He was 34 years older than her.

Their age gap didn’t give them pause. Sonja and Colin got married, had kids and built a fulfilling life together. But when Colin reached his 80s, and Sonja was in her mid-40s, Sonja realized she was craving a level of physical intimacy that Colin could no longer provide.

So Sonja and Colin had to make a decision: Could they transform their relationship into something that gave both partners what they wanted? Or had their age gap finally caught up to them?

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Modern Love is hosted by Anna Martin and produced by Julia Botero, Christina Djossa and Reva Goldberg. The show is edited by Jen Poyant, our executive producer. The show is mixed by Corey Shreppel and recorded by Maddy Masiello. It features original music by Marion Lozano, Dan Powell, and Carole Sabouraud. Our theme music is by Dan Powell. Fact-checking by Will Peischel.

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