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Encore: When Two Open Marriages Collide

What are the limits of an open marriage? What happens to them when your wife’s boyfriend has an accident that puts him in a coma? And what do you say to the children?

Today we revisit Wayne Scott’s story of his open marriage – and a motorcycle accident that tested his limits. Next, we hear Wayne and his wife, Elizabeth Thielman, talk about the dynamics of their “creative arrangement” and how their relationship has evolved over the years since.

This episode was originally released in 2021. It was hosted by Miya Lee and Daniel Jones; produced by Julia Botero, Hans Buetow and Elyssa Dudley; designed by Corey Schreppel; and edited by Sara Sarasohn. This episode was updated in 2022.

Hosted by: Anna Martin
Produced by: Julia Botero, Hans Buetow, Christina Djossa and Elyssa Dudley
Edited by: Sara Sarasohn
Conceived by : Corey Schreppel
Theme music by: Dan Powell
Original music by: Dan Powell
Read by: Edoardo Ballerini
Written by: wayne scott
Founder, Modern Love: Daniel Jones
Editor, Modern Love Projects: Miya Lee

Special Thanks: Mahima Chablani, Nell Gallogly, Julia Simon, Jeffrey Miranda and Anna Diamond at Audm.

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