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Keima Christian Coates’ childhood was filled with “holiday guys,” absentee parents–including her own father–who returned every year at Christmas only to disappear again. Her father’s absence left a hole in her life and the fear that, like her mother and grandmother, she would never find a reliable man.

Today, we hear Keima’s story of realizing the power of having her mother and grandmother in her life and finding a lasting partnership.

Modern Love is hosted by Anna Martin and produced by Julia Botero, Christina Djossa, Elisa Dudley and Hans Boito. The show is edited by Sarah Sarason, and our Executive Producer is Jane Boyant. The show was mixed by Sophia Lanman and recorded by Maddie Maciello. It features original music by Dan Powell and Marion Lozano. Our theme music is Dan Powell.

Special thanks to Daniel Jones, Mia Lee, Mahima Shablani, Jeffrey Miranda, Renan Borrelli, Nina Lasam, Julia Simon and Anna Diamond at ODM.

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