Looking for something new to strike your eardrums? Here I’ll share seven podcasts that get played on my iPhone on a regular basis. I’ve learned many things from these wellsprings of audible information, from the fact that I really must see the new Voyage of the Dawn Treader movie (thanks, Plugged In!) to the fact that some faux fur trim actually comes from domestic cats (thanks, Planet Money… I think).
I’ve been reading the Boundless webzine and blog since way back when I was an undergrad university student (ok, that was only 5 years ago, but it seems like a lifetime). For good advice on relationships and life as a 20-something from a Christian perspective, Boundless is a great place to turn to, whether you’re single, dating, or married. Also, Lisa the podcast host is a riot. She’s fun to listen to.
If my pastor had a podcast, I would love to hear his take on today’s current events. Hmm, maybe I should drop that suggestion in the offering plate next Sunday… In the meantime, I can always listen to Albert Mohler talk about what’s going on in the world today and what it means for us as Christians. He’s a Baptist, just like my pastor, so close enough! The Briefing, as you can tell by the name, is a shorter daily podcast, and Thinking in Public features longer interviews on specific topics.
I did not major in economics, business, or finance, but I find this podcast fascinating. They talk about economics in a way that I can actually understand, with stories about real people instead of just abstract figures. Oh, and in case you’re wondering what the cat fur is all about, download episode #245: A Meat Grinder For Fabric (Jan. 21, 2011).
This is, in my opinion, the best source for family-friendly reviews on the latest movies, TV shows, music, and video games. That’s not to say they don’t talk about R-rated movies. In fact, they do. But they point out the content that some viewers might find offensive, which for me is very helpful in deciding whether or not something is worth watching. It will be even more helpful someday when we have kids in the house, whose little eyes and ears don’t need to be exposed to certain kinds of entertainment.
I remember my mom listening to Focus on the Family on the radio when I was a kid. Back then, it was Dr. James Dobson’s familiar voice that I used to overhear. Even though he’s retired from Focus on the Family now, the podcast is just as encouraging for me now as a young wife as it was for my mom twenty-some-odd years ago. As someone who wants to have a strong, lasting marriage and to be a good mom someday, I really appreciate the solid biblical advice I get from Focus on the Family.
Stuart McLean is a great storyteller. I took one of his Vinyl Cafe books to the cottage this summer and got a lot of odd looks from my husband for my frequent unstoppable outbursts of laughter. Hearing the author read his stories out loud is even more enjoyable. The 15- to 20-minute-long stories follow the antics of a typical Canadian family of four, and McLean has a knack for amplifying the humour in their everyday lives.