Feeling cynical this Valentine's Day? The new Google Doodle might cheer you up.
It features six candy hearts, not filled with sugar, but instead the soothing, nasally voice of Ira Glass, host of the long-running public radio program "This American Life." (The show's website has a fun candy-themed sampling of other love stories as well).
Unlike the chalky taste of real candy hearts, these are sweet, with themes like “First Kiss,” “Blind Date,” and “Puppy Love.” Click a heart and you will hear a story, complete with "aww"-inducing animations.
TIME has a behind-the-scenes look at how Glass and the Google team in Mountain View, Calif., went through new and old "This American Life" stories to find tales of middle school romance and newlywed doubts. It's almost enough to make you want to download some Valentine's Day apps and do something other than watch "House of Cards" all day.
First published February 14 2014, 6:40 AM
Keith Wagstaff is a contributing writer at NBC News. He covers technology, reporting on Internet security, mobile technology and more. He joined NBC News from The Week, where he was a staff writer covering politics. Prior to his work at The Week, he was a technology writer at TIME.
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