They're stories of love. They're personal, they're scientific, they're historical, they're literary, they're fictional, but most of all, they're real.
KUED's Utah NOW tries to find out, "What is Love?" in a 40-minute special airing Friday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. on Channel 7. The program, which is an expanded version of the Valentine's Day episode, features a variety of Utah couples talking about their experiences with love. Featured among them are Steve Hatch and Katie Masterson, owners of Hatch Family Chocolates, Gretha and Chase Petersen, former University of Utah president, as well as ordinary Utahns.
The program, hosted by Doug Fabrizio, also features analysis by U of U biology professor and hormone specialist, Wayne Potts, and U of U associate professor of psychology Lisa Diamond, as well as Amanda Barusch, professor of gerontology. Potts discusses his findings with mice and how special genes play a role in our attraction to romantic partners. His findings, he says, apply to other animals, including humans.
Lisa Diamond talks about the excitement and intense passion of the first 18 months of a relationship that evolves into intimacy. The purpose of the original intensity, she says, is to bond the couple to each other for the long haul after the passion fades.
The program also includes those who have lost love, like a pharmacist who takes dance lessons after his 30-year marriage ends.
All of this is built around the question that has confounded poets, playwrights, philosophers and the rest of us for centuries: "Just what is love?"
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