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The 7 Parenting Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Not knowing answers to all the great parenting mysteries sucks, but reading all those parenting books in hopes of finding them sucks more. You can read the Crib Notes, but not if you’re in the car (likely) or getting in a good workout (less likely). Luckily, you live in the Golden Era Of The Podcast, when anyone with a microphone and an opinion can broadcast straight to your phone. Most of these people should be ignored, but some of them are worth hearing, and some of those people are parents. Download these 7 podcasts, and you just might learn a thing or two without ever dealing with the written word again.

If You’re Still Interested In SexParenting Podcasts: The Longest Shortest Time

The Longest Shortest Time
Produced by New York City NPR affiliate WNYC, this podcast occasionally reels in nationally known guests like sex columnist Dan Savage. The regular programming is a mix of practical topics (parental anxiety, book recommendations), wild first-person parenting stories, and sex after babies — there’s a lot about sex after babies. Host Hillary Frank is a perfect blend of NPR studiousness and cheeky hipster.
Frequency: Every other Wednesday
Duration: Under 30 minutes

If You Like To Shop (And Think While You Shop)Parenting Podcasts: Spawned

SPAWNED
Liz Gumbinner and Kristen Chase, the moms behind Cool Mom Picks and Cool Mom Tech, recently added Cool Mom Podcast to their list of titles. SPAWNED, on Slate‘s Panopoly podcast network, is only 5 episodes old, but Gumbinner and Chase show range well beyond their (usually nails) product recommendations. Recent topics include gendered toys and playdate politics and, if you just want product selections in audio form, they have those, too.
Frequency: Every Wednesday
Duration: Under 30 minutes

If You Listen To A Lot Of NPRParenting Podcasts: Mom And Dad Are Fighting

Mom And Dad Are Fighting
For over a year-and-a-half, Slate‘s news director, Allison Benedikt, and culture editor, Dan Kois have batted around exactly the kinds of topics you’d expect Slate editors to bat around: racial issues in schools, vaccine debates, gender, and other hobby horses of Left — they just do it through the prism of parenting. If you watch a lot of The Daily Show or Real Time With Bill Maher, this is your podcast.
Frequency: Every other Thursday
Duration: Under an hour

If You’re Staring Down A Long Car Ride With The KidsParenting Podcasts: Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl

Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl
A regular show on WAWL (“Rockin’ Chattanooga 24 hours a day!”), SMCB is 2 full hours of kids music that doesn’t suck. Even though the playlists regularly features bands with names so absurd even your kid might balk — looking at you Casper Babypants and Gustafer Yellowgold — the songs are smart, funny, and more musically sophisticated than anything you’ll find from Kidz Bop. If you’re still clinging to the idea that you can turn your 6-year-old into an Arcade Fire fan, there’s nothing for you to see here; for everyone else, turn it up.
Frequency: Every other Saturday
Duration: 2 hours

If You Can’t Get Enough Of Adam CarollaParenting Podcasts: For Crying Out Loud

For Crying Out Loud
Ever wonder what Adam Carolla’s wife is up to these days? No? Too late — now you know that, since 2012, Lynette Carolla’s been dropping a parenting podcast with friend, fellow mom, and humorist Stefanie Wilder-Taylor on her hubby’s podcast network Carolla Digital. Although the perspective can be a tad mom-ish, with frequent guests like David Allen Grier and Ralphie May and topics like “F-You Brian Williams” and “Tantric Massage” it’s got ample reason for dads to tune in, too.
Frequency: Every Monday and Thursday
Duration: About an hour

If You Need To Chill OutParenting Podcasts: Zen Parenting Radio

Zen Parenting Radio
Go ahead crack jokes about the name; the podcast is hosted by the husband and wife self help and spirituality super duo of Cathy Cassani Adams and Todd Adams. For every heady topic like “Equal Justice And Quantum Entanglement,” there’s something a little closer to the “things you’ll actually understand” end of the spectrum — like “Who Lies More, Men or Women?” (spoiler: it’s women). The Adams’ approach is one part emotional/spiritual, one part analytical/logical, and the dynamic between the 2 of them frequently produces legitimate insights on the modern parenting condition. Also, they have really, really soothing voices.
Frequency: Every Tuesday and Friday
Duration: Under an hour

If You’re A Midwestern ParentParenting Podcasts: Pratfalls Of Parenting

Pratfalls Of Parenting
An interview show hosted by unassuming (but multi-talented) Minneapolis actor and comedian Levi Weinhagen, Pratfalls Of Parenting has a distinctly local vibe that covers decidedly universal topics. It’s a bit like a Minneapolis salon, where the city’s musicians, artists, chefs, and personalities stop by to talk about things like teaching kids music or having children unexpectedly. Think: Marc Maron, if you didn’t know any of the guests and the host was funny but really polite.
Frequency: Every Tuesday
Duration: About an hour

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