Perfect listening for a #StetWalk – just remember, these are generally NSFW, and you may not want young children listening.
Agents of SMOOCH
They've recently covered Stranger Than Fiction, Stranger Things, Bridgerton, the Matrix movies, Ever After, favourite on-screen kisses, and romantic role-playing games, and they’ve devoted 12 episodes to breaking down each of the relationships in Love Actually.
And their tipsy commentaries for the Twilight movies and 50 Shades of Grey are not to be missed.
Chick Flick Fix
They've covered a wide range of movies, including His Girl Friday, Miss Congeniality, But I'm a Cheerleader, Always Be My Maybe, and the Hallmark Channel movie A Christmas Prince. The “fixes” that they propose are always insightful, and they can be as simple as giving a secondary character more screen time or as in-depth as adding more nuance to relationship dynamics or addressing disability more accurately. And the “make it weird” suggestions are too funny for me to spoil here!
My Dad Wrote A Porno
In each regular episode, Jamie reads a chapter of one of the books in his father’s Belinda Blinked series (at time of writing, there are six, all published under the pseudonym “Rocky Flintstone”) and the three hosts poke fun at Flintstone’s rocky understanding of anatomy, the strange tonal shifts between racy encounters and corporate sales meetings, and the improbable plot twists, while getting invested in the story and characters in spite of themselves. There are also “Footnotes” episodes with bonus content, Christmas specials to put you in the holiday spirit, a touring live show, and even an HBO special.
Mention pomegranates, Steeles Pots & Pans, the Asses and Donkeys Trust, or the flesh of mankind to a MDWAP listener and watch them struggle to keep a straight face. Then go listen.
Dan and his guest experts (including doctors, researchers, journalists, legal professionals, and other advice columnists) taught me about ethical non-monogamy, a dizzying array of kinks and fetishes, ongoing threats to reproductive health and justice, and strategies for having open and honest conversations with sexual and romantic partners. Reading and listening to Savage Love have informed how I edit nonfiction related to sex and gender studies as well as my approach to editing sexual and romantic content in fiction, and I highly recommend checking it out.
This podcast is one of the funniest things I have ever listened to, and it frequently reminds me how ridiculous and stereotype-filled romance tropes were in my youth. Anna and Karyn get so invested in the over-the-top drama of each book that I also end up rooting for my favourite character pairings and booing the villains. And whenever one of the books handles sensitive subject matter in an outdated 1980s way, the hosts do a great job of adding content warnings to their episodes and bringing in a much-needed modern perspective while still being highly entertaining. Well worth a listen!