Sorry this is a bit late. The good news, though, is that these are podcasts, so it’s never too late to go back and catch the highlights. Last week was a strong week in podcasting for parents, and if you gain nothing as a parent from the highlights, at least you have a reminder of the greatness of The Princess Bride. You should sit down immediately and watch it with your children.
The Black List Table Reads: The podcast that brings to life some of Hollywood’s best unfilmed movie scripts began a new script reading on Wednesday with the first installment of Terrible Parents, a screenplay written by Kevin Oeser. The Black List is shifting gears back to comedy, fitting for the cast performing the script, which includes Paul Scheer and June Diane Raphael as Howie and Stephanie, parents obsessed with getting and keeping their child in an elite, mysterious school filled with the children of similarly crazed parents.
Spawned with Kristen and Liz: If you find yourself overly identifying with the characters in Terrible Parents, you might do yourself a favor and listen to the new weekly parenting podcast released last week by Kristen Chase and Liz Gumbinner, publishers of coolmompicks.com. Kristen and Liz will be using their new podcast to provide common sense parenting tips and insights into modern parenting culture, like last week’s recommendations on handling your child’s screen time. Though some of the topics may be geared more toward moms than dads (the hosts promised their cool pick for jeans in a coming episode), parents of all sorts will likely find plenty to enjoy in Spawned.
Wits: John Moe hosted two fantastic guests on last week’s episode of Wits. First, fans of The Princess Bride will be happy to hear Moe’s interview with Cary Elwes, the actor who played Westley in the beloved 80’s movie. Elwes, promoting his book, As You Wish, recounted several stories from the making of the movie, including the story about how he broke a toe on set while riding Andre the Giant’s ATV. The podcast is worth listening to if only for Elwes’ impressions of Andre, Rob Reiner, and Billy Crystal (as Miracle Max). In addition to Elwes, singer Kat Edmonson brought her unique voice to the podcast, performing a couple of other-worldly songs and talking with Moe about the classic movies that influenced her as a child.
Gratitude & Trust: Musician and actor Paul Williams and writer Tracey Jackson began a new interview-style podcast last week following on their book of the same name, which they published last year. Using the theme that it’s never too late to change, the hosts promised to talk with their guests about what makes their lives work and what keeps them going. Their first guest was the person Paul and Tracey credited with getting them into podcasting: Chris Hardwick. Paul and Tracey spoke with Chris about his own start in podcasting, Comic-Con, The Walking Dead and Hardwick’s prior struggle with addiction. William’s peppered the podcast with his own stories from his long and colorful career as a singer and actor, which make the podcast worth a listen on their own.