A Heart Says 'Love' -- But Why?

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Around Valentine's Day hearts are everywhere, but do you know where the symbol originally came from? This Valentine's Day, we talk with scholar Marilyn Yalom about her new book, "The Amorous Heart." Yalom follows heart imagery throughout history, from the origins of its two-lobed shape to how it became a worldwide emblem of romantic longing, lust and loss.


Marilyn Yalom, senior scholar, Stanford University's Clayman Institute for Gender Research; author, "The Amorous Heart: An Unconventional History of Love"