With so much of what is offered on Valentine’s Day feeling contrived and commercial, today’s U.S. Google doodle provides a rather heartwarming antidote, allowing you to listen to real-life love stories from This American Life.

Click on any of the hearts to play the story, narrated by Ira Glass. If you enjoyed those, you can subscribe to the free weekly This American Life podcast on iTunes … 


Sadly, Brits get a rather less heart-warming animated ‘make your own box of chocolates and send them to your valentine’ doodle.

See a selection of previous notable Google doodles here.