The Dr. Xmas Podcast

Beating the 'Post-Holiday' Blues

Join Dr. Xmas as she interviews Sally Lebig, author of Laughing My Struggles Off! Learn the gift of laughter along with other tips to find the joy in a shiny new year & keep those new years resolutions present and strong! It's the February podcast episode worth hearing.

Last-minute shopping tips!

Join Dr. Xmas, her good friend Ray, along with his young son "Coops" chatting about last-minute gift shopping and the different shopping styles of men and women! Ray opts for shopping on Christmas Eve! Hear how he gets it done and offers tips for the shopping leery.  

Top 10 Holiday Movies!

Mosky the movie critic joins Dr. Xmas for a fun countdown of the Top 10 Holiday Movie Favorites! See the Mosky list on the Xmaskid blog and catch Mosky at the Movies for all the latest film reviews!  

Christmas Budgeting 101

Dr. Xmas talks with Barbara Bernstein, a certified financial planner with Northwestern Mutual, about the highs and woes of holiday spending.  It's a pocket planning podcast episode for us all!   

Reindeer in Here excitement!

Catch this very special Thanksgiving episode with Reindeer in Here creator Adam Reed. This new Christmas tradition is sure to delight both little ones and parents alike. Listen for details on its arrival and how to get yours on Black Friday! 

Let the Fall fun Begin!

It's here! Time for Fall festivities. In the November podcast Dr. Xmas chats about holidays, fun seasonal movies to get you into the Thanksgiving spirit along with a warm tale for your soul.  

What is a podcast and how do I listen to one?

What's a Podcast?

"Podcast" is a handy word for an audio file. The word stuck around as a descriptor since audio music files were stored on iPods when those were all the rage. Now that most people have smart phones, you can listen directly to audio files on your mobile without an iPod. In fact, you can listen to podcasts on any digital device such as tablets, desktop or laptop computers. 

Podcast more commonly refers to spoken word content. The word is also used to describe the medium as a whole, similar to "broadcast." 

How do I listen?

If you have an iphone, simply scroll to locate and open the purple podcast app displayed on your screen. If you have an android, you'll need to search for and download a podcast app from your app store. There are plenty to choose from and most are free as is listening to the majority of podcast shows. Some shows have what's called a "paywall" meaning that you must subscribe to the podcast and pay a fee to listen. However, most podcasts are 100% free with some being ad supported.

What do I listen to?

Ah! Therein lies the beauty of podcasts. What you listen to is completely your choice. You can browse the web for suggestions, google a favorite topic, or use your podcast app for recommendations in multiple categories. Really like a podcast show and don't want to miss an episode? Hit the subscribe button and new episodes will automatically be sent to your phone. New podcasts are created every day, so the selection is plentiful. Go explore!

Does a podcast have video?

There are mixed opinions about this, but by strict definition, if you can call it that, a podcast is audio only. Add video and you have a vlogcast, a combination of video and podcasting, although that lovely word hasn't really caught on. It's really a video! So any video can be a podcast, but a podcast doesn't have to include video. Get it? Now you do. 

The best part about a podcast is that you can multi-task while you listen: driving, traveling, working out at the gym, gardening, housework, grocery don't need to "view" any screen. 

Rate and review podcasts!

Like a podcast? Make sure to give it a review on iTunes. Apple Podcasts are ranked by your reviews. It's important so help the Dr. Xmas podcast by writing a quick review if you like the show. Go to How to leave an iTunes rating or review for a podcast from your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Launch Apple's Podcast app.
  2. Tap the Search tab.
  3. Enter the name of the podcast you want to rate or review.
  4. Tap the blue Search key at the bottom right.
  5. Tap the album art for the podcast.
  6. Tap the Reviews tab.
  7. Tap Write a Review at the bottom.

Have a question?

If you have a question or want to know more about podcasting, reach out! We're happy to answer any questions you might have about the podcast world.