five(ish) friday podcasts

Friday, September 21, 2012

My podcast list is embarrassingly long. Well, I’m not sure if I’m actually embarrassed by it. I grew up in a house where the radio turned on in the morning when we got up and not turned off again until we sat down for dinner. There really aren’t too many great radio stations anymore, so the soundtrack to our home is half music/half podcasts. I’m used to a radio station that mixes talk programs with music segments, so my children are getting a similar upbringing. We listen to a lot of podcasts in the car and mostly music at home. This crazy visit schedule we’ve had for the past 6 months has resulted in us spending a minimum of two hours in the car three days a week, not counting regular errands. While not as horrific as some people’s commutes, I’m sure, that’s still a lot of audio media consumption.

Usually I do five things on Friday, but I just have way too many podcasts to limit to just five. I’ll stick to five categories – will that make it apply? This list looks intimidating. It’s not as bad as it seems. I don’t listen to every single episode of every one of these, especially the daily ones. I skip the ones with topics that don’t pertain to me – I’m not an empty nester, I don’t care about snakes, and so on. Some of these podcasts are irregularly put out, so I listen to them only when there’s a new episode…every once in awhile. Someday I’m going to have a newer phone with the podcast app, and then my listening will be even more streamlined. Someday.


1) Edutainment – Some of these are more educational than entertaining; some are more entertaining than educational. Several that would technically fit here, I had to put in the last category. (But doesn’t NPR always deserve its own category?)

The Moth Podcast
Here’s the Thing
This American Life
WNYC’s Radiolab
Freakonomics Radio
How to Do Everything
Stuff You Should Know
The Simple Mom Podcast
The 9 Thumbs Podcast

2) Sermons – I get a lot of input from other churches. I can’t even imagine going back to a world where the only message I would hear is the one from my home church every Sunday.

Ginghamsburg Church Video Sermons
Mosaic Video Podcast Craig Groeschel
Renovatus Church Audio Podcast
Timothy Keller Podcast
North Point Community Church
The Village Church – Sermon Audio

3) Other ‘religious’ podcasts – Most of these are more traditional radio programs. I just like them how I like my TV – on demand, with ability to skip commercials. Also, half of these are a half-hour or even less. Which I like.

Relevant Podcast
Catalyst Podcast
FamilyLife Today with Dennis Rainey
Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast
Steve Brown, Etc.
Key Life with Steve Brown
If God is Real with Jennie Allen
Midday Connection
The Phil Vischer Podcast
Neue Podcast

4) Adoption/Foster Care – Self-explanatory? I think so. The first podcast is weekly, but half are about infertility which I am not tremendously interested in at this point in my life, so I just delete all of those episodes. If you are interested in foster parenting or adoption, listen to Tim and Wendy’s Foster Parenting Podcast. Every episode, from the beginning. You won’t be sorry.

Creating a Family: Talk about Infertility and Adoption |Blog Talk Radio Feed
Foster Parenting Podcast
Our Foster Parenting Experience
Fostering with Love Podcast: The Journey of a Foster Parent

5) NPR – I have a great affection for NPR. The only downside to listening to public radio programs as a podcast is that you are not the recipient of the famed musical interlude that is all too prominent on most public radio stations.

Talk of the Nation
NPR: Fresh Air Podcast
NPR: TED Radio Hour Podcast
NPR: Pop Culture Happy Hour
NPR: Tiny Desk Concerts
NPR: Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me


Good grief, that’s a long list. I hope you’re not frightened away from me forever. If I were absolutely forced to pick one from each category, I would choose the purple ones. Are there any podcasts you love that I’m missing? This list is fairly fluid. I start new ones; I let some go. I’d love new recommendations!

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