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Jerri Lynn Sparks on her new podcast, "Sparks of Love"

A woman and a man wearing headphones sit at a table in a radio talk studio. The woman at left is wearing brown glasses, a green top, and a black blazer; the man at right is wearing a blue polka dot button-down shirt.
Megan Mack
Jerri Lynn Sparks on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Monday, March 25, 2024

Americans are having fewer children, and less sex, than they used to. The youngest adults are getting married significantly later. Some analysts have tied these trends to a decline in mental health.

Our guest is not aiming to solve all of that with her new podcast. But Jerri Lynn Sparks has been through a great deal in her life: she's a survivor of spousal abuse and an attack that nearly killed her. She's also dealt with abusive employers. Her podcast is called “Sparks of Love.”

This hour, we discuss the origins of the podcast and how Sparks has learned to think about love and relationships differently.

In studio:

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.