The Couch PodcastConversations about pop culture and why it matters
This week, my friend (and friend of the show) Kristen Strong joins me to discuss Jingle Bell Bride (Hallmark) and Christmas Unwrapped (Lifetime). Take a listen to hear our take on these two new holiday movies!
Jenny Rapson is back to talk about spoilers! And you’re going to love groaning about the spoilers we’ve been victims of…and maybe even ones that we’ve (fine, I have) spilled. And then, after we talk about all the famous movies neither one of us has actually seen, we talk a bit about why spoilers matter anyway and if they can ever be a good thing.
Katie Reid—my friend and author—is here this week to talk about her new book, A Very Bavarian Christmas, which is basically a Hallmark Christmas movie waiting to happen. She talks about making the switch from writing non-fiction to fiction and, of course, why it is we love these types of stories so much. I know you’ll enjoy hearing from her!
Today we have a very special episode for you, the long-awaited, much-beloved, annual holiday movie preview episode! My friend (and friend of the Facebook group) Tori Rask is here to help me decide which of the 70—count them, SEVENTY—Hallmark and Lifetime holiday movies are worth watching this year. We are going through all three of the channels—Lifetime, Hallmark, and Hallmark Mysteries and Movies—and taking turns telling you about our top five must-watch movies on the schedule.
Today my friend, Dorina Lazo Gimore-Young, is here to talk about exercise in pop culture. We’ll talk about the extreme portrayals of fitness pop culture tries to tell us are the only options, as well as how training montages show up in so many different types of movies. She’ll share with us a bit about her new book—a devotional for runners—and I share the TV shows I bribe myself with to force myself to walk on the treadmill. Whether you like working out or not, it’s a good time. I promise!
Today my friend—and, likely, one of your favorite authors and speakers—Holley Gerth is here to talk about introverts. We’ll talk about famous introverts in pop culture and whether or not they’re represented fairly or if they’re giving introverts a bad wrap, and then we’ll dive into what makes a person an introvert and why that matters. If you love talking about personalities, pop culture, science-y stuff, or the beauty of God’s creation, this is the episode you’ve been waiting for.
Today my good friend—and friend of the show—Jenny Rapson is back for a deep dive into one of our favorite shows of all time, PSYCH. In preparation for the new Psych movie released on NBC’s streaming app, Peacock, this summer, both Jenny and I rewatched the series. And in case you aren’t impressed yet, let me just inform you that there are 121 episodes of this show! I’ve watched them all and at the time of this recording, Jenny was making her way through all eight seasons as well. Take a listen – and let us know what you love about Psych!
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.