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A weekly look at the things parents are talking about, complaining about, and obsessing about right now.




Speed Round: What Kind of Art Do You Enjoy the Most?

Monet, the pre-Raphaelites, and the textile work of folksy artist collective the GAP have caught our eye.

Duration: 00:04:25

Round 2: Master of None, The West Wing, and 30 Rock

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:43 Master of None: We say "buona notte" to this season, having liked it quite a bit (Catherine) and with some reservations (Terri). 11:37 The West Wing: In contrast with Dev's misery on MoN, "Stirred" was a decidely peppy episode of The West Wing. Plus, our beloved Parks & Recreation got a mention on The West Wing Weekly podcast. 19:05 Challenge Round: 30 Rock: Catherine challenged Terri to watch two episodes of 30 Rock, since it...

Duration: 00:33:48

Speed Round: How Different Was Your Life Exactly One Year Ago?

In the past year, our kids have started high school, started driving, and started new jobs. And us? We're working, publishing, and podcasting on.

Duration: 00:04:16

Speed Round: Does Your Husband Wear Things Until They Completely Fall Apart?

It's not just us, right? Wearing shirts so worn through that it looks like they've been in a knife fight is some kind of guy thing?

Duration: 00:07:16

Episode 181: Our Lives Are Like a Bad TV Show

00:31 Back to School: Nicole's daughter headed back to school, which somehow led us to reminisce about Gym Classes of Our Past. 07:35 All the Drama, None of the Fame and Fortune: Terri sometimes feels her life is a bad detective show. Catherine is stuck in a not-that-funny sitcom, and Nicole's family drama is exhaustingly dramatic. What TV show is your family inadvertently starring in? 19:31 Friday Speed Round: Summer Reading: This question about what our kids are reading this summer was...

Duration: 00:43:01

Speed Round: How Many Houses Have You Lived In?

Nicole's got us all beat as we count up the houses, apartments, dorms, and other domiciles we've occupied in our lives.

Duration: 00:06:08

Speed Round: What Food That You Hated as a Kid Will You Eat Now?

Yesterday, we talked about foods we loved as kids that we'd leave now, and today we flip the question to tally the foods we've grown up to enjoy. (Still no to liver, thanks.)

Duration: 00:03:33

Round 2: Master of None, The West Wing, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:33 Master of None: Terri tends to like every other episode of this show, and this week's "Amarsi Un Po" was the "nope" after the "yes!" of last week's. (But the aerial footage of Manhattan at night was spectacular.) 11:52 The West Wing: "The U.S. Poet Laureate" is also not one of Terri's faves, but the accompanying West Wing Weekly podcast delivered the guests she'd been hoping to hear from. Also mentioned: TV Avalanche with...

Duration: 00:36:29

Speed Round: What Foods You Loved as a Kid Do You Hate Now?

Hate's a strong word, but Nicole might use it to describe her grown-up feelings for Shake-and-Bake chicken.

Duration: 00:04:35

Speed Round: What Kind of Case Do You Have for Your Phone?

Our case choices at the moment seem to be style over substance, but a big fat protective case can't fit in your pocket. (Mentioned: PopSockets, iPhone leather case)

Duration: 00:06:41

Episode 180: The Push-Pull of Independence

Excuse the thunderstorms and technical difficulties in this week's episode. Just keepin' it real for y'all. 00:32 Doggie Diagnosis: Think good thoughts for Nicole's pooch, who is going in for cancer surgery soon (but she's going to be fine!). 08:10 It's Good, Except When It's Bad: It’s supposed to be a positive thing when kids get more independent. But we're both happy and thrown into existential crisis. 21:22 Friday Speed Round: Parental Martyrdom: On a scale of sharing Ketchup Chips to...

Duration: 00:45:27

Speed Round: What's Your Favorite Game Show?

Is it possible that our Canadian member is the only one who doesn't pick Canadian-hosted Jeopardy?

Duration: 00:02:35

Speed Round: How Late Do You Stay Awake?

Turns out we're two night owls and one "don't you dare bother me after 11 p.m.!"

Duration: 00:03:47

Round 2: The Emoji Movie (!), Plus TV and Movies That Actually Made Us :)

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:34 The Emoji Movie: It's true, Catherine took one for the team and saw this with her son. Her review is a sad face and a thumbs down. 07:35 Master of None: This week's "Thanksgiving" episode gave us the feels in a better way. Two thumbs up! 10:58 The West Wing: In "Dead Irish Writers," we get a visit from Lord John Marbury and from a temporary Canadian (Donna). Mentioned: The West Wing Weekly podcast and its very distinguished...

Duration: 00:31:06

Speed Round: What Were You Obsessed with as a Kid?

Yesterday, we talked about what's obsessing us now, as, you know, old people. Today, we share what we were into as kids.

Duration: 00:04:06

Speed Round: What Are You Obsessed About Right Now?

Catherine's trying to duck a movie, Nicole needs her Canadian iced tea, and Terri would like you to make our podcast stats move, please.

Duration: 00:04:05

Episode 179: The Competitive Sport of Raising Kids

00:31 Bathroom Beautification: Terri's master bath is getting a spruce-up, to ensure that the floor doesn't cave in. 06:22 You Win Some, You Lose Some: Nicole brings us this week's rant, about parents who elbow other kids out of the way to help their own offspring get ahead. 25:11 Friday Speed Round: When Kids Want to Change Their Names: Terri's daughter found out the hard way that Facebook doesn't look too kindly on name changes made just for fun. (Wondering how Nicole's daughter likes...

Duration: 00:50:28

Speed Round: How User-Friendly Is Your Clock Radio?

Checking out the Kickstarter for the super-duper Sandman Doppler clock radio got Terri wondering why ordinary clock radios are so @#$%@ inscrutable.

Duration: 00:05:22

Speed Round: How Do You Get Your Music?

We're listening to Spotify, Apple Music, satellite radio, and iTunes purchases ... yet it's hard to let those old physical music-bearers go.

Duration: 00:03:46

Round 2: Master of None, The West Wing, and Elizabethtown

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:48 Master of None: "Door 3" brought us back to more conventional storytelling, and got us thinking about a totally different show ("My Grandmother's Ravioli," with Mo Rocca); we're looking forward to next week's Denise-centered episode. 5:40 The West Wing: Check! It was all about chess on "Hartsfield's Landing" (except when it was about the pranks, which Joshua Malina ranked on the West Wing Weekly podcast). 12:43 Challenge...

Duration: 00:27:17

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