When former Live Wire host and comic writer Courtenay Hameister found herself single in her mid-40s, she decided it was time to get serious. And, as it turns out, mathematical. Thus followed a full year of first dates—28 in all—each carefully entered on a spreadsheet designed, at least in part, to protect her from heartache. In an essay for our May issue, she explains how she went from terminally dating-averse to happily in-a-relationship, via fellatio lessons and a pair of polyamorists. On this episode of The Long Play, she joins Portland Monthly Arts Editor Fiona McCann to talk about her data-driven approach to love, and making up for her sexless (gasp!) twenties.

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Audio production by Sika Stanton

Photo by Jennie Baker/Live Wire Radio

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