“So I was listening to this one podcast…”
My husband estimates that I start a sentence this way about three times a day. He’s probably not far off. I’m always listening to podcasts and bringing them up in conversations. Last year my friend Katie shared a huge list of her favorite podcasts and many of my top-picks are on there too. But today I’m sharing a few new (or at least, new to me) podcasts that have been grabbing my attention recently. (All links are to iTunes, but you can find most of these on Google Music, Stitcher, etc)
The Liturgists Podcast
Start with: Episode 24: Christian Nationalism
This podcast has sparked many great discussions between me and my husband. The hosts are progressive Christians who are willing to delve into difficult topics and have unflinching discussions. They have some great guests as well!
Missing Richard Simmons
Start with: Where’s Richard?
I’ll be frank: I never thought I would be so interested in a podcast about Richard Simmons. I had a vague knowledge of his disappearance from the public eye, but I hadn’t kept up on the story. This podcast investigates his sudden vanishing and it is EXCELLENT (and it is just getting started so if you want to listen in real life it would be easy to catch up).
Prophetic Imagination Station
Start with: Connie Comes to Town
If you grew up evangelical like I did, you may be familiar with a little radio show called Adventures in Odyssey. In this brand new podcast D.L. Mayfield (a writer I admire) and her husband discuss and critique episodes of AIO. Think of it like Gilmore Guys for post-evangelicals. I seriously should have started this podcast myself because I’ve spent a lot of time rehashing those old episodes.
How To Be A Girl
Start with: Episode 1: Mama, I’m A Girl
In this podcast a mom shares her experiences raising a transgender daughter. I love conversations about psychology and parenting so this is a good combination of the two. It’s given me more empathy and awareness for families like these and I’m glad for that.
Pray As You Go
Start with: today’s date!
This is a short prayer service on a podcast run by British Jesuits. They combine prayer, Scriptures, music and a short reflection into a 10-15 minute episode for each day of the year. I love listening to it as I get ready in the morning. (You do have to go into the feed and manually download new episodes each week as they don’t keep the entire years worth of episodes up)
Terrible, Thanks for Asking
Start with: In Love and Memory
Just a warning: if you listen to this podcast, you might cry. A lot. I still love it. The host, Nora, gives people permission to talk about how they’re really doing. They have covered all sorts of topics: suicide, brain injuries, miscarriage, infertility, sexual assault, murder and cancer. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart. But I love this idea of talking about those taboo topics honestly. Nora is a funny, gracious host for this podcast. I think you’ll like it.
Is that the weirdest mix of podcasts ever? Probably. But they’re all good.