Love TV, movies, music, and books? So does Mary Carver, and so do her friends. The Couch is a place for cozy conversations about pop culture and why it matters. A writer known for finding Truth in unexpected places (and telling you the TV show you absolutely must watch next), Mary sits down with fellow fans of books, shows, music, and more to chat about all the things we love (or don't), why they love it (or don't), and why it matters (it always matters).
Why We Love Holiday Romantic Comedies (with Katie Reid)
Katie Reid—my friend and author—is here this week to talk about her new book, A Very Bavarian Christmas, which is basically a Hallmark Christmas movie waiting to happen. She talks about making the switch from writing non-fiction to fiction and, of course, why it is we love these types of stories so much. I know you’ll enjoy hearing from her!
2020 Holiday Movie Preview (with Tori Rask)
Today we have a very special episode for you, the long-awaited, much-beloved, annual holiday movie preview episode! My friend (and friend of the Facebook group) Tori Rask is here to help me decide which of the 70—count them, SEVENTY—Hallmark and Lifetime holiday movies are worth watching this year. We are going through all three of the channels—Lifetime, Hallmark, and Hallmark Mysteries and Movies—and taking turns telling you about our top five must-watch movies on the schedule.
Exercise in Pop Culture (with Dorina Lazo Gilmore-Young)
Today my friend, Dorina Lazo Gimore-Young, is here to talk about exercise in pop culture. Now, Dorina is an author and speaker, a fellow writer at (in)courage, and also a friend of the show, but she’s also an experienced runner and a running coach. So she is definitely an expert on this topic!
We’ll talk about the extreme portrayals of fitness pop culture tries to tell us are the only options, as well as how training montages show up in so many different types of movies. She’ll share with us a bit about her new book—a devotional for runners—and I share the TV shows I bribe myself with to force myself to walk on the treadmill. Whether you like working out or not, it’s a good time. I promise! Let’s get started.
MENTIONED IN THE SHOW:
Rocky (and "Gonna Fly Now," the one true fight song) Chris Traeger of Parks and Recreation How I Met Your Mother Brittany Runs a Marathon Greek Kim's Convenience Bob's Burgers The Goldbergs Lost in Translation The Lizzie Bennet Diaries Erwin McManus Mitchel Lee ALSO MENTIONED:
Walk, Run, Soar virtual race HaitiGO Walk, Run, Soar: A 52-Week Running Devotional by Dorina Gilmore Young This Pinterest board with workouts to do while watching movies and TV NOT-SO-GUILTY PLEASURES
Crash Landing on You (Korean drama on Netflix) Watching Marvel movies in chronological order with my 12yo daughter DON’T FORGET:
Join The Couch on Facebook! It's so much fun! And don't forget about The Couch's new Patreon community Find Dorina on Instagram at @dorinagilmore or her website. And you can find Mary at @marycarver or her website.
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Introverts in Pop Culture (with Holley Gerth)
Today my friend—and, likely, one of your favorite authors and speakers—Holley Gerth is here to talk about introverts. We’ll talk about famous introverts in pop culture and whether or not they’re represented fairly or if they’re giving introverts a bad wrap, and then we’ll dive into what makes a person an introvert and why that matters. If you love talking about personalities, pop culture, science-y stuff, or the beauty of God’s creation, this is the episode you’ve been waiting for.
Deep Dive into Psych and the new Psych Movie (with Jenny Rapson)
Today my good friend—and friend of the show—Jenny Rapson is back for a deep dive into one of our favorite shows of all time, PSYCH. In preparation for the new Psych movie released on NBC’s streaming app, Peacock, this summer, both Jenny and I rewatched the series. And in case you aren’t impressed yet, let me just inform you that there are 121 episodes of this show! I’ve watched them all and at the time of this recording, Jenny was making her way through all eight seasons as well. Take a listen!
Movies in the Time of COVID (with Dawn Camp)
Today my friend—and friend of the show—Dawn Camp is here to talk with me about movies in the time of COVID. Since we haven’t been able to go to the theater, where have we been getting our movie fix? Have any of the new movies of 2020 been good? And when will we ever see the new James Bond movie?
We cover all that and more—including a brief discussion of Xanadu. Bet you weren’t expecting that kind of up-to-date content, were you? If you love movies like we love movies, you’re going to love thi
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I love this take on pop culture! Mary covers so many fun topics in a light hearted way but really informative too. She has a great variety of guests join in the conversations too which I love.
Love a great couch conversation!
Nothing better than snuggling up on a couch, taking all things books, music, tv, movies, etc. Listening to The Couch with Mary is such a treat!
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