Almost all of us have experienced the forgo-all-responsibilities-I-want-to-stay-in-bed-all-day feeling of binge-watching an amazing television show (Parenthood for me right now). But did you ever think you would binge-listen to radio?
Thanks to programs like This American Life and Serial, we are devouring podcasts of all different genres in all different scenarios—driving, working out, cooking dinner. They are free and easy—perfect for anyone.
Our favorites right now are all about sex, marriage and love. Why not learn a thing or two about bettering your love life or relationship while folding laundry?
Insider tip: Make sure your headphones are in or the kids are in bed before listening to Savage Lovecast. Trust us. 😉
Elizabeth, comedy writer, and Andy, record producer, are a real-life married couple who are open, honest and hilarious whether they're talking about tougher times, sexual compatibility quizzes, or announcing their pregnancy. We loved one of their recent episodes about their trip to Vegas—the first time away from their daughter—so relatable.
Dan Savage is a sex-columnist, author and LGBT activist who answers a wide array of questions on his podcast. He's graphic, direct, pragmatic and we love listening in on all the questions his guests ask. One episode covers all sorts of topics from suggesting labor stimulation methods (yes please!) to pleasing your partner to how we talk about trans people. Worth a listen!
3. Love + Radio
Emotionally complicated storytelling, eclectic characters, risqué topics—this isn't your typical public radio fare. The episode about writer and filmmaker Diane Weipert's neighbors who never shut their curtains is super interesting. Check out the clip to see how Weipert deals with it. Or if you want to learn a bit more about (ahem) unique fetishes other people have (who doesn't?) or secrets your otherwise ordinary neighbors keep, this podcast is for you.
Hosted by Christopher and Carolina, part of the Legion of Weirdos (a podcast consortium), the hosts chat about parenting (like bonding with baby—not always easy for everyone, finances and domestic issues. One of our favorite episodes deals with Carolina going back to work after baby; something many of us can relate to.
PS: This podcast no longer has new episodes, but we still love listening to older ones!
This all-things-marriage podcast is hosted by Hitched Magazine's editor-in-chief, Steve Cooper. He chats with all sorts of marriage experts and authors to dive into topics that will help improve your marriage—like how to handle in-laws, dating your spouse, and improving your finances. Dr. Karen Sherman, psychologist and author, recently helped one woman on the show further understand her husbands PTSD which made for a very powerful episode.
Tony and Alisa DiLorenzo talk about their own marriage while helping listeners navigate through theirs. They cover some tough topics “so you can have mind blowing intimacy inside and outside the bedroom." One of our favorite episodes, The Married Couples Guide to PMS, covers a topic that we almost never hear about. This interesting episode is worth your while.
No topic is off limits on this weekly (every Wednesday) podcast. Marriage is a choice, and you can choose to make your marriage what you want it to be. Check out this episode about money and marriage; should you set aside some of your finances specifically for your marriage? They discuss why this is important for reasons such as having a marital emergency fund and vacation money.
This podcast is brought to you by the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, which does amazing work to advance our sexual health and knowledge worldwide. Their podcast gives listeners the opportunity to have their questions answered by sexual health experts like as Dr. Debby Herbenick, researcher at the Kinsey Institute. Questions and topics on this podcast focus on specific topics in sexuality like dealing with sexual mental blocks, penis size, and lube. No question is too racy. Call in?
9. I Do Podcast
Hosted by Chase Kosterlitz and Sarah Byrne, this podcast talks with today's most popular and successful relationship and love experts to guide young couples towards lasting love by improving their relationships and keeping that spark alive. We love this episode with award-winning journalist Melinda Blau about getting your spouse to listen when you talk. (Yes, please!)
This podcast covers the tough or sometimes awkward topics that are “often left out of polite conversation." Host Anna Sale welcomes celebrities and 'regular people' alike to chat about everything from cheating to sex workers to mental health. This podcast is all about “making it count while we're here." Check out one of this episode featuring Sonia Manzano (Maria on Sesame Street) who talks about growing up with an alcoholic father. This beloved fixture of American life chats with Sale about what she has learned about marriage and parenting over the years from her parents' experience as well as her own. A must-listen.
Esteemed psychotherapist Esther Perel dives into intimate relationships in this podcast, where she helps couples explore raw emotions and difficult feelings. Think: Not being sexually attracted to your partner anymore, wanting more from the relationship, and unique dynamics, like a woman feeling mostly like a caregiver to her husband with Parkison's disease. Perel walks them through real conversations and helps them discover their need for security and freedom in the relationship.