"Andrea Silenzi plays both host and subject, delving into strangers’ romantic entanglements and processing her own with the same warm, wry curiosity."  
                                     — The New York Times


EDITOR...

Hillary Frank

PRODUCER...

Lindsey Kratochwill

LOGO BY...

Teddy Blanks

MUSIC BY...

Andy Miccolis
Casey Holford
Lee Rosevere
Teddy Blanks
Evan Viola

CONTACT US 

whyohwhy@panoply.fm

Why Oh Why is a weekly podcast about relationships from Panoply.

In each episode, Andrea Silenzi speaks with friends, experts, and guys in bars about where love and sex meets technology. The show tells the stories about relationships by blurring the lines between memoir, documentary, and fiction.

"Andrea Silenzi, the host and creator of this bizarre podcast, is a genius of the cringe. Her show interrogates romance and human relationships in the digital age, but it does so in a manner that defies shape and form."
                                                                   — Vulture

YOUR HOST

Andrea Silenzi is an accomplished radio producer known for her innovative and personal brand of storytelling. From going on Planet Money to get dating advice from an economist, to recording her IUD insertion, the first years of Why Oh Why were full of surprising moments and conversations.

Previously, Andrea was the founding producer of The Gist with Mike Pesca. In her time there, The Gist was highlighted as a Best New Podcast by iTunes, named a Webby honoree, and was twice featured on the popular public radio show This American Life. She holds the world record for most guests booked for an hour-long radio show, and that's 67.

Photo by Ilana Millner

Named a best podcast of 2016 by
The New York Times, NPR, Huffington Post and Apple Podcasts.  

PRESS AND REVIEWS...

The A.V. Club: Podmass
“Why Oh Why is peerless in its dogged endeavor to unpuzzle intimacy, and we’re all better for it.”

Apartment Therapy: 5 Podcasts to Binge On While You GSD This Weekend
"Andrea Silenzi interviews fascinating people of all different backgrounds about relationships and dating for this great Panoply show. Every episode has something interesting to share, but #8, How Will I Know, brought me to tears in my kitchen. Start there! I strongly suspect this podcast is especially cathartic if you've recently gone through a breakup, but regardless of your current relationship status, it's a super entertaining show."

The Daily Dot: The 13 podcasts you should be listening to right now
"The creativity and scope of her episodes never fail to surprise me, and through the lens of this show and our cheering for Andrea’s happiness, we’re all cheering a little bit for ourselves."

Paste Magazine: Love(lessness) and Dating in the Age of Podcasts with Why Oh Why's Andrea Silenzi
"The dating podcast Why Oh Why is a magical hodgepodge of fact and fiction, of interviews and of introspection, of dudes in bars and dudes in radio studios, of pre- and post-inaugural dating advice. I'll admit that in the aftermath of my own breakup, I couldn't listen to it. It reminded me of all the feelings I was trying to not feel, all the thoughts I was trying not to think, all the questions I was trying not to ask. Do I hate men? Can meddling help a date?"

New York Times: The Best New Podcasts of 2016
"In this auditory exploration of modern love, Andrea Silenzi plays both host and subject, delving into strangers’ romantic entanglements and processing her own with the same warm, wry curiosity. The show mimics dating’s emotional roller coaster, careening from the excruciating awkwardness of a real first date to the quiet heartache of Ms. Silenzi’s latest breakup." 

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Splitsider: The Year in Comedy Podcasts, Best Live Event

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PODCAST APPEARANCES...

ADLANDIA: Missed Connections

Slate's Represent: #45 The First Black Bachelorette

SerendipityWait, Wait, Don't Tell Me & Randy's Mema Died

The Longest Shortest Time: #119 Single Female, Seeking Baby Daddy

Glamour's Work Wives: Dating Sherpas (With Andrea Silenzi)

Third Coast International Audio Festival's Re:Sound: The "I Do" or "Do I?" Show

MTV's Lady Problems: Andrea Silenzi

Tablet Magazine's UnorthodoxX's and O's

Maximum Fun's Can I Pet Your Dog: "Andrea Silenzi and French Bulldogs"

Slate's Dear Prudence Podcast: "The 'Timing Is Everything' Edition"

NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour: "Here Are Some Of Our Favorite Podcast Episodes Of 2016"

Undone with Pat Walters: "Operation Match"

NPR's The Big Listen with Lauren Ober: "Episode 7: The Family That Podcasts Together"

Bad with Money with Gaby Dunn: "The New American Dream"

Happier with Gretchen Rubin: "Ep. 93: How to Survive a Break-Up" 

Slate's The Gist with Mike Pesca: "Mike Debates His Former Producer About Dating"

Real Simple's Adulthood Made Easy with Sam Zabell: "Tackling Modern Dating with Why Oh Why Host Andrea Silenzi"

"Her meticulous editing and authentic subjects resonated with a vocal base who quickly grew to trust her unconditionally because of her openness about sex and dating."                                                                                                                                                          — A.V. Club