The Couch Podcast

Conversations about pop culture and why it matters
The Couch Podcast #128: Amazing, Messy TV Moms Who Just Need a Break (with Jen Babakhan)

The Couch Podcast #128: Amazing, Messy TV Moms Who Just Need a Break (with Jen Babakhan)

Jen Babakhan, author and curator of the best parenting memes on the internet, joins me to talk about our favorite TV moms—the messy, lovable moms we’d love to give a big iced latte or Diet Coke and send them off to the nearest park bench, parking lot, or pantry to hide in. All moms need a break sometime and these real, relatable moms are no exception (even though yes, we do understand they are fictional).

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The Couch Podcast #127: What Superhero Stories Teach Us (and Superhero Shows for Younger Kids) with Tara L. Cole

The Couch Podcast #127: What Superhero Stories Teach Us (and Superhero Shows for Younger Kids) with Tara L. Cole

Why am I so obsessed with superheroes? To be fair, it seems like the whole world of entertainment and pop culture is obsessed with superheroes, so I’m not exactly alone. My friend, Tara Cole, is with me too. Tara is a teacher, author, and podcaster—as well as a mom of three boys. Her family is maybe even more into superheroes than I am! So today we’re talking about what it is about these stories that keeps us coming back for more, and then we share some superhero movies and series for younger kids who might not be ready for the more intense action of Marvel and DC movies.

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The Couch Podcast #126: We Don’t Talk About Bruno, but We Do Talk About Ms. Marvel (with Tasha Jun)

The Couch Podcast #126: We Don’t Talk About Bruno, but We Do Talk About Ms. Marvel (with Tasha Jun)

Have you watched Ms. Marvel yet? My good friend (and friend of the show) Tasha Jun and I got together on The Couch this week to RAVE about our favorite new show. If you’re a Marvel fan or a Ms. Marvel fan (or, obviously, both), you’re going to love our conversation about everything we enjoyed about this new Disney+ series, our favorite characters, what we think might happen next, and even what we wish might have been a little different.

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The Couch Podcast #125: Finding Family Movies to Watch Together at Home

The Couch Podcast #125: Finding Family Movies to Watch Together at Home

If you’ve ever spent an hour scrolling through apps and skimming reviews in an effort to find a movie your entire family will like, this episode is for you! Yes, we’re talking about family movie nights again, this time with a long list of movie recommendations you might not have heard of or perhaps you’ve forgotten. I’m digging deep into the archives and giving you real-life reviews from my family about some of our favorite recent watches.

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The Couch Podcast #122: Ask the Couch, volume 6 (with Alana Dawson)

The Couch Podcast #122: Ask the Couch, volume 6 (with Alana Dawson)

I’m answering your burning pop culture questions today in volume 6 of Ask the Couch! My friend and podcast coach (and friend of the show), Alana Dawson, is here to grill me—I mean, ask me the questions. And as always, it’s a fun time! (Don’t be deceived by that image up there. While we do talk about Daniel Tiger, Theodosia, and the Gilmore Girls, we also get ALL INTO the changes happening at Hallmark and the actors leaving for GAC, the first-ever Hooked on Holiday Movies LIVE EVENT coming this fall, and my new book hitting shelves this August!

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The Couch Podcast #121: Swooning Over Historical Romance (with Rebekah Hoffer)

The Couch Podcast #121: Swooning Over Historical Romance (with Rebekah Hoffer)

Buckle up, friends. Today’s episode is about historical romance novels, and it gets a smidge steamy! My friend (and friend of the show) Rebekah Hoffer is back on The Couch to discuss why I love them and she doesn’t. And in the course of this conversation, we do dive into some spicier topics than usual, so head’s up that this episode might not be for little ears (and could, in theory, cause one to swoon).

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The Couch Podcast #120: Reading Books About Books & Reading (with Amy Clark)

The Couch Podcast #120: Reading Books About Books & Reading (with Amy Clark)

What’s better than reading a good book? Reading a book about books! Or bookstores or publishing or libraries! Back for this very book-ish episode is my friend (and friend of the show) Amy Clark. Amy is a blogger and the founder of MomAdvice.com, which happens to be a place I write articles for on occasion. She’s also the host of the Mom Advice Book Club and my go-to person for book recommendations. Today we’re talking about some of our favorite books about books or book-adjacent themes, and we’ve compiled an excellent list of reads for you.

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The Couch Podcast #118 – TV Series Finales: The Ones We Love & the Ones We Love to Hate (with Amanda Hood)

The Couch Podcast #118 – TV Series Finales: The Ones We Love & the Ones We Love to Hate (with Amanda Hood)

Traditionally, most TV series have aired their final episodes in May. Now with streaming and shorter seasons even on networks and cable, a series finale can come any time of the year. But we’re still gonna talk about them now, during this time of the year. My good friend and long-time listener, Amanda Hood, has joined me for this episode, as we discuss why people (and by “people,” I mean us) get so worked up about finales, which ones are for the birds, and which ones we love.

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The Couch Podcast #117: Summer Movie Preview with Dawn Camp

The Couch Podcast #117: Summer Movie Preview with Dawn Camp

MMy friend (and friend of the show) Dawn Camp is back for this summer movie preview episode, and we have a great list of movies to look forward to—and mark on the calendar. Of course, yes, yes, this is The Couch (where rabbit trails and side notes are always welcome), so we do spend some time talking about TV shows too. But mostly it’s a movie-centric episode this week, and I know you’re going to love it.

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