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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. 😉


1. Totally Married

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.

2. Savage Lovecast

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.

4. Coupledom (from the Legion of Weirdos)

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!



5. Hitched

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.

6. One Extraordinary Marriage

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.

7. Sexy Marriage Radio

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.

8. Kinsey Confidential

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!)

10. Death, Sex & Money

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.

11. Where Should We Begin?

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.

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I quizzed my own mom and the friends who ventured into motherhood before I did. I absorbed parenting books and articles like a sponge. I signed up for classes on childbirth, breastfeeding and even baby-led weaning. My philosophy? The more I knew, the better.

Yet, despite my best efforts, I didn't know it all. Not by a long shot. Instead, my firstborn, my husband and I had to figure it out together—day by day, challenge by challenge, triumph by triumph.

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The funny thing is that although I wanted to know it all, the surprises—those moments that were unique to us—were what made that first year so beautiful.

Of course, my research provided a helpful outline as I graduated from never having changed a diaper to conquering the newborn haze, my return to work, the milestones and the challenges. But while I did need much of that tactical knowledge, I also learned the value of following my baby's lead and trusting my gut.

I realized the importance of advice from fellow mamas, too. I vividly remember a conversation with a friend who had her first child shortly before I welcomed mine. My friend, who had already returned to work after maternity leave, encouraged me to be patient when introducing a bottle and to help my son get comfortable with taking that bottle from someone else.

Yes, from a logistical standpoint, that's great advice for any working mama. But I also took an incredibly important point from this conversation: This was less about the act of bottle-feeding itself, and more about what it represented for my peace of mind when I was away from my son.

This fellow mama encouraged me to honor my emotions and give myself permission to do what was best for my family—and that really set the tone for my whole approach to parenting. Because honestly, that was just the first of many big transitions during that first year, and each of them came with their own set of mixed emotions.

I felt proud and also strangely nostalgic as my baby seamlessly graduated to a sippy bottle.

I felt my baby's teething pain along with him and also felt confident that we could get through it with the right tools.

I felt relieved as my baby learned to self-soothe by finding his own pacifier and also sad to realize how quickly he was becoming his own person.



As I look back on everything now, some four years and two more kids later, I can't remember the exact day my son crawled, the project I tackled on my first day back at work, or even what his first word was. (It's written somewhere in a baby book!)

But I do remember how I felt with each milestone: the joy, the overwhelming love, the anxiety, the exhaustion and the sense of wonder. That truly was the greatest gift of the first year… and nothing could have prepared me for all those feelings.

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