Listening to podcasts can provide endless entertainment. But podcasts as entertainment aren’t just an individual activity. There are many podcasts that are excellent entertainment for couples. Here are some of my favorites.
1. National Public Radio’s Sunday Puzzle is a short, 30 minute spot with Will Shortz, the New York Times crossword puzzle editor who presents a puzzle for a selected listener to play. This spot is part of Sunday’s Weekend Edition. Listeners at home can play along with the puzzle. This is great for couples to play along with and compete against each other. My husband and I try to catch this puzzle on the radio each week but if we don’t we can download or stream the podcast via the web. You can use a podcasting service, ITunes, or just NPR’s website: www.npr.org.
2. National Public Radios’ “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” is a weekly news quiz mixed with comedy. Part of the show consists of listeners calling in for their chance to guess the accurate news story of three choices. Hosts are Peter Sagal and Carl Kassel who are joined each week by a different group of panelists consisting of people from the entertainment world. You and your partner can listen to this show, test your weekly news knowledge against each other’s, and laugh at the antics of Carl Kassel and the week’s panelists. You can use ITunes, a podcasting program, or listen online to past shows at their website www.npr.org.
3. The Stephanie and Greg Show: Greg and Stephanie Blum are married parents of three children live to entertain and inform! They are hilarious, talking about parenting, sex, celebrities, and in-law issues. Stephanie is a contributor to Child Magazine, Parents Magazine and The Hot Mom’s Handbook. Greg is an anal, neurotic husband type. They broadcast weekdays at 3pm Eastern time from LA. This is a great family podcast. Check it out at www.StephanieAndGregShow.com. Their website also has videos, past broadcasts, and helpful tips on various topics.
4. The Frugal Couple’s Podcasts addresses issues from grocery shopping on the cheap to how to discuss finances with your partner. Additional categories include Book reviews, budgeting, children, couple hood, debt, education, frugality, giving, investing, money, retirement, saving, shopping, spending, TV, time management, and work related issues. Your two hosts are a married couple. She is a teacher and he is a financial planner so they both have the experience to back up their advice. In addition to their podcast is their blog where you can find related articles and best of all archived podcasts which are really nicely organized into categories. Say you need particular help with debt, they’ve got an archived section just for their past podcasts on that topic. There are MANY ways to subscribe to The Frugal Couple’s Podcast; the fastest way is to follow their directions on this page: thefrugalcouple.com.
5. “I Do! I Do!” is a great podcast for couples wanting to create lasting, loving relationships. The podcast is hosted by the husband + wife team behind the “I Do! I Do! Marriage Vow Workbook available in most bookstores. The episodes are short, perfect for your time crunched lives, usually 10 to 15 minutes long. Topics discussed range from commitment, intimate relationships, marriage, romance, and other issues for both couples in long term dating relationships and/or marriages. The best way to access this podcast is from ITunes. You can access it directly from the ITunes podcast directory or this link: itunes.apple.com. Furthermore, you can find access to other information on the couple’s blog, here: marriagevowworkbook.com.