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Welcome to the show! The Storytellers Project presents "Love and Heartbreak" at 4 p.m. PT/ 7 p.m. ET on Feb. 16.

Whether you swipe right or meet cute, or are still looking for “the one,” dating and everything that comes next is complicated and joyful. Join USA TODAY for an hour of true, first-person stories celebrating the breakups and makeups that define us.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Megan Finnerty, will emcee live!

Glen Allen, Jr., 47, of Milwaukee
Kelsey Rene Campbell, 35, of Tempe, Arizona
Lisa Van Loo, 42, Gilbert, Arizona
Nancy Davies, 61, of Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
Daniel Andrew Boyd, 33, of Chicago
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Glen Allen, Jr., 47, of Milwaukee | A Time for Everything

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
I hope listeners will learn the significance of time. How we choose to use it with loved ones, friends, and even strangers gives us the opportunity to maneuver and grow in the realms of both love and heartbreak.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
The countless people who have endured loss through COVID-19, any form of cancer, a sudden accident, or otherwise — all of them collectively — as well as their strength to carry on through tremendous heartbreak, have inspired me to tell this story.

Kelsey Rene Campbell, 35, of Tempe, Arizona | Believe in Yourself

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
To give time every day to the things you really want to do in life and the ways you can be a better human.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
I have been inspired by the many mentors and icons that I have watched throughout my life. Mariah Carey, Kobe Bryant, all of the women throughout history that broke glass ceilings. All the people of color who literally gave their lives so that I could exist. Those stories continue to be told. Because at one time, these individuals chose to speak up. That’s what inspires me.

Lisa Van Loo, 42, Gilbert, Arizona | How I Love My Heartbreak

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
I hope listeners can see themselves in me somehow. I hope they can sense the beautiful setting at Havasupai Falls. And I hope they find opportunities to pull positives from negative situations.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
I was asked to tell it. But I've told it a few times on my own, and I tell it because it still leaves me in awe, to know where I was to where I've come.

Nancy Davies, 61, of Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin | A Dating Odyssey

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
There's three things people may take away from my story: A little of "Oh, someone else also had crazy dating experiences" or, my personal favorite, look for the humor where you can and sometimes you have to let go and remain open to whatever is supposed to be.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
The inspiration to tell my story comes from all the wonderful, fantastic and amazing single women who've said, "I'm done dating; I can't take it anymore." I hear them and want them to know they're not alone. There is usually hope and humor to be found, even if someone has to dig deep to find both. Sometimes, really, really deep.

Daniel Andrew Boyd, 33, of Chicago | The Swans Sang, God Damn The Sun

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
Curses are real, but you have the power to end them.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
My friend, M.J. Kang encouraged me to share my story. She thinks sometimes I hide my light behind the bushel basket of a production role.

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