The Couch PodcastConversations about pop culture and why it matters
This week my friend—and friend of the show—Dawn Camp is here to talk with me about movies in the time of COVID. Since we haven’t been able to go to the theater, where have we been getting our movie fix? Have any of the new movies of 2020 been good? And when will we ever see the new James Bond movie? If you love movies like we love movies, you’re going to love this episode.
This episode is the first of a new season, and my good friend—and friend of the show—Amanda White is here to talk with me about how sometimes, our first (pop culture) loves become our forever loves. We cover my long history of loving mysteries and her insistence on bonnets and survival stories. And hang in to the very end, because we also share some listeners’ first and forever pop culture loves. You won’t want to miss that!
Originally recorded around Galentine’s Day, it only made sense to talk with one of my favorite gals, Amber Salhus, about the ladies from pop culture we’d love to hang out with — and maybe a few we’ll just admire from a distance. Did we mention your favorite female duos? Tune in to find out!
Last year my friend Jenny Rapson and I did a deep dive in 1994, going back to the past that didn’t seem all that long ago (but FINE, I guess it kind of is). Both of us were hormonal, impressionable teens back in ’94, so we have all the feelings and memories of this year that’s rich in pop culture history. Join us as we go back in time?
In this week’s episode, I’m joined by Amy Clark, founder of MomAdvice.com and host of The MomAdvice Book Club on Facebook. Fun fact: I’ve worked with Amy, writing posts for her site, for several years — but this was the first time we talked face to face! Amy is a self-proclaimed book nerd who loves reading, reviewing, and recommending books, which made her the perfect person to tell us what to read next, based on our favorite TV shows.
This week I’m talking with my friend Tasha Jun about why we need more diversity in romantic comedies. We also share a few of our favorite rom coms and talk about our FEELINGS related to the To All the Boys sequel. Halloween costume parties and Mr. Miyagi are also discussed. It’s a good one!
In a surprisingly upbeat episode, my friend Becky McCoy and I tackle the topic of grief. We talk about grief as it’s portrayed in pop culture, and how pop culture can help a person heal from loss or grief. Based on the amount of laughter in this episode, we either have a fantastic perspective on these topics…or we’re just big weirdos who love talking about sad things. Tune in and then tell us which you think it is!
Just a few months ago, it seemed like we’d never reach the end of the holiday movie season. We had holiday movies coming out of our ears! But now? Now we’re missing them. So let’s revisit the time Anna Rendell and I ranked 64 holiday movies in a March Madness-style bracket!
Was the Book Better? Book to Movie Adaptations with Tsh Oxenreider (The Couch Podcast summer series #7)
But was the book better? This week’s episode is all about book-to-movie adaptations. I talk with my friend, Tsh Oxenreider, about a whole bunch of books that have been turned into movies, and they dissect what makes a good adaptation and debate whether or not you must read the book first.
When my friend and former co-worker Grace and I first met, online, on the job, we didn’t know much about each other. But the moment we discovered our mutual love of Parks and Recreation (and The Office, too, of course), we knew our friendship was meant to be. Clearly, we got each other. We were each other’s kind of people. As we chat this week, you’ll get to hear me try to convince Grace to branch out to other workplace comedies. And we’ll debate what defines a workplace comedy in the first place. What IS Brooklyn Nine-Nine? Is it a workplace comedy? A cop show? Who knows? Well, maybe we do. You’ll have to listen to find out.
Today I’m talking with my good friend (and friend of the show), Kristen Strong. If you’ve heard Kristen and me chat about pop culture before, you know we could go on forever, gushing about all the many favorites we have in common. But today we decided to be a smidge more serious and hopefully helpful and talk about how pop culture can help us deal with change—something we’ve all been dealing with a lot lately.
My brother is back on the podcast, and in this episode we take a deep dive into all of the best and all of our favorite (sometimes the same thing, but not always) singing and dancing on TV. Well, not all of it. This is already a supersized episode and that’s with some strict parameters! While we certainly would have loved to chat (fine. GUSH.) about every single note sung or played on television in the history of ever, we had to limit ourselves a bit.