Start Strong launched the Real Love Real Talk podcast in February 2021 and released the second season of the podcast in February 2022, in tandem with annual Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. This podcast creates a space for critical conversations about teen relationships, covering topics from consent and communication to the impact of media and systems of oppression and intersectionality.

The podcast was conceived by Start Strong Program Manager, Teakia Brown, and is co-hosted and facilitated by current Start Strong Peer Leaders and Alumni. In each episode you can expect contemporary conversations about Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Healthy Relationship Promotion that is youth-inspired and -driven.

You can find the Real Love Real Talk podcast on Apple Podcasts and on Spotify! Links to each episode on Spotify are below.

The second season of the podcast features six new episodes and several special guests:

  1. All About Consent

  2. Communication and Boundary Setting

  3. Rape Culture

  4. How to Help a Friend

  5. LGBTQ Relationships and Supports with Boston Glass

  6. RESPECTfully


The pilot season includes four feature episodes centered on staple Start Strong tools: 


  1. Healthy Relationships Quiz

  2. True View  

  3. Sound Nutrition Label   

  4. Types of Relationships 

  5. The Wrap Up 

Once you've listened, we’d be so grateful if you could take less than 5 minutes to fill out our podcast survey here. We’ll use your response to plan new podcast content.

We look forward to bringing you Real Love Real Talk for many more seasons ahead.

Episode 0: Intro to Start Strong and Real Love Real Talk

Welcome to the Real Love Real Talk podcast! In this sneak-peek, we introduce our program and a little bit of what to expect in our pilot season. You'll also meet our hosts, Janae and Khu, and some of the Start Strong team. 

Episode 1: The Healthy Relationship Quiz

It's Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and we’re kicking off the first episode of Real Love Real Talk by talking about Start Strong's Healthy Relationship Quiz. Facilitated by Start Strong alumni, three current Peer Leaders (Malaika, Scania, & Tatiana) talk about their experiences with and reflections on the quiz and staff follow-up with unpacking a little more on the goals of this tool and the importance and challenges of promoting healthy relationships. 

Download the Healthy Relationship Quiz here and try it yourself!

To listen to more episodes, you can find the Real Love Real Talk podcast on Apple Podcasts and on Spotify! Links to specific episodes on Spotify are above.