Podcast swapping, Netflix cheating and the makings of a modern marriage

Jennifer Cohron
Posted 6/9/17

A year ago, I barely knew what a podcast was. Now, I can’t imagine what Zac and I talked about before we decided it was time to spend money on decent phones.

We text each other podcast recommendations on an almost daily basis.

When we sit …

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Podcast swapping, Netflix cheating and the makings of a modern marriage

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A year ago, I barely knew what a podcast was. Now, I can’t imagine what Zac and I talked about before we decided it was time to spend money on decent phones.

We text each other podcast recommendations on an almost daily basis.

When we sit down to chat before bedtime, one of us usually starts the conversation by recapping an interesting podcast we listened to that day.

On a recent road trip, we turned on a podcast that we both enjoy. An hour into the drive, we realized that we had stopped to discuss what we were hearing so often that we had only listened to about 12 minutes of audio.

The podcast in question was The West Wing Weekly, hosted by longtime fan Hrishikesh Hirway and cast member Joshua Malina.

Some background is necessary here.

When Zac and I got married, we held off on subscribing to a satellite service until I felt comfortable that we were going to be able to meet our other financial obligations.

Since I also didn’t want to waste money on a digital antenna, we spent the first month or two combing through our combined DVD collection.

I owned all seven seasons of “The West Wing.” Zac was skeptical at first, but he gave it a try and fell in love with the show.

He has watched the series from beginning to end several times. Ironically, though I was a fan first, I have yet to make it through all 154 episodes.

Podcast Addict was the first app I downloaded when we bought our first smart phones last year. (Yes, we were several years late to that party.)

I was excited when I saw The West Wing Weekly in the trending column.

With my new phone came a new vocabulary. Hirway and Malina were inviting fans to join them on a rewatch, or going through a show you already love episode by episode.

As I recall, they were in the middle of season one when we found the podcast. Our rewatch became a binge watch as we tried to catch up with them.

Zac and I fell into a routine of watching the episodes together, listening to the podcast separately and discussing during our evening chats.

Real life eventually caught up to us, and we had a couple of weeks when we were not together long enough to watch TV together.

This experience introduced me to a new vocabulary word: Netflix cheating.

Zac watched several episodes without me, which really hurt my feelings.

I gained a new perspective a few weeks later when he found out that I had watched a few episodes of “The Crown” without him. In my defense, I wasn’t aware that he had been watching along with me since he hadn’t expressed an interest in the show.

The next time I found myself alone with the television, cheating was a very real temptation.

Now we have the BBC’s “Sherlock” going as well. At this point, “30 Rock” is the only safe space on my Continue Watching list.

I highly recommend The West Wing Weekly to any fans of the show. Most of the cast members have made a guest appearance on the podcast, and the hosts have also had some interesting interviews with people who work on some of the issues brought up on the show.

Here are a few more podcasts that I’ve discovered in recent months. (And, no, I haven’t listened to S-Town.)

•Candidate Confessional — You have to be a real loser to make it on this HuffPost podcast. The hosts interview candidates who have made unsuccessful bids for various offices. I was hooked after the Michele Bachmann episode.

•The Big Listen — If you listen to a podcast about podcasts, then you might have millennial problems. I love the host’s tongue-in-cheek style as she interviews the people behind the podcasts I already love and introduces me to others I want to check out.

•What Should I Read Next? — I listened to several episodes of Anne Bogel’s podcast for book lovers months ago and decided to pass on future episodes. I gave it a second chance more recently and became hooked. The premise is that Bogel asks guests about three books they love, one they hate and the ones they’re reading now. Then she recommends some titles for them to read next.

Jennifer Cohron is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s features editor.