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Do you listen to podcasts? If so, which ones?

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J. WRITES: It’s only in the last year that I’ve really started listening to podcasts and realizing their benefits, both for entertainment and teaching value. I listen to both fun and serious ones, the silly and the theological, and I’m always curious what others find worthwhile to listen to. So if you listen to podcasts, which ones are your favorites? Why?


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  • Well.. I don’t really listen to podcasts, but I do listen to Adventures in Odyssey and I like it.

  • On the completely silly side of the scale, I’ve listened to Adventures in Odyssey every once in awhile, and on the completely serious scale, I’ve listened to sermons that friends have asked for me to listen to and some of my pastor’s sermons that I’ve missed before…

    I don’t know whether or not that’s “podcasts” though… (I know hardly anything about such things…)

    • Adventures in Odyssey is the most amazing ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Oh yeah, me too! I never came across AIO and Jonathan Park lovers until the Reb! I agree that Odyssey isn’t as good now, but I listen to all the old episodes over and over. I am very dedicated to AIO. Also, I would like to know why they aren’t making more Jonathan Park!

    • Same. I was so upset when the company that produced Jonathan Park went out of business. I still haven’t yet listened to the last one, but my family owns all of them. I’m trying to get my family to take time to listen to it, because if I listen to it without them they’ll kill me ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • We listen to Ask Pastor John every night in our family, and I also listen to some podcasts occasionally to help me in my writing. My dad loves the Briefing by All Mohler, and I used to love Adventures in Odyssey. Well, no. Scratch that. I still love Adventures in Odyssey, but I donโ€™t really listen to it any more. And the new ones arenโ€™t as good. Iโ€™m also not sure if Adventures in Odyssey counts as a podcast. They do have a podcast though, and apparently Wootenโ€™s twin brother is the actor of Samwise Gamgee which is weird because I wasnโ€™t aware that Wooten had a twin brother.

      • Apparently, I just learned that a while ago. *whispers* (Donโ€™t tell anyone I still check whitened.org)

      • I know, right? Samwise Gamgee was my favorite character in those movies. Is it just me, or were those seriously well done?

        • They were good for movies of books, but donโ€™t start talking about the Hobbit or Iโ€™ll murder someone (probably a hobbit.)

          • Yeah, I haven’t read the Lord of the Rings book, but I really enjoyed the movies, and I haven’t seen all of the Hobbit movies, but I loved the book. So I should probably just read them all and then watch them all…

          • But, but I love The Hobbit! *cries* And Narnia was my favorite when I was younger, tbh. John, I don’t know if we can remain friends… ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • Do you? Well, if you truly love the Hobbit (as do I) then you will not speak of the movies which I was trying to say above.

          • Whoa okay, here’s the deal. The book was ten… no twenty times better than the movies, but I thoroughly enjoyed the movies just as movies.

          • Our friendship is on a very thin rope. . .Say something about Connie before I fade from reality

          • *panics* Ahh, John don’t do this to me! You know I love Connie! I’ll always love Connie!

          • *Head hits concrete* *starts dreaming about Connie with a ring shouting something about her precious**I think sheโ€™s talking about Mitch*

          • I’m with you ๐Ÿ™‚ The movies themselves were great and very well done. Were they exactly like the book? Of course not XD Were they entertaining? Definitely! I like to think of them as movies based on the original book, not as an adaptation of the book itself.

          • YES! That’s exactly it! Even though I’m only in the middle of reading The Hobbit right now.

          • Oh dear, no, I wasn’t trying to come across pretentious or rude or anything! I’m sorry if you felt like that!
            I was just remarking on your comment of, “Well, if you truly love the Hobbit (as do I) then…” which felt a little bit presumptuous. I’m sure you know that people can “truly” love the Hobbit *and* love the movie, though, and were just being silly. I was also trying to be a little silly by poking fun at the logic–I didn’t mean to look haughty or arrogant, but looking back at my comment, I did kind of sound that way, didn’t I? ๐Ÿ™ Sorry about that, John–I hope you know I was just kidding!

          • Iโ€™m sorry Kim. I didnโ€™t want to make you feel bad. Itโ€™s a little hard to read peopleโ€™s tones online. I was just teasing since most people might not know that the โ€œNo True Scotsmanโ€ fallacy is, but I wasnโ€™t offended or anything! Btw. I can sort of guess what it is, but what exactly is the โ€œNo True Scotsmanโ€ fallacy?

          • Oh, I thought I’d made *you* feel bad! Good thing we cleared that up ^^

            The “No True Scotsman” fallacy is based on the scenario of someone saying, “All Scotsmen drink beer!” Then someone else goes, “Well… I’m a Scot, and I hate beer.” And to counter, the first guy goes, “Well… no *true* Scotsman would hate beer!” It just doesn’t quite work that way, haha

    • Whoa! The really pretentious twin brother who was forced to do the chicken dance in front of everyone at that charity dinner? That was Sean Austin???

  • Unshackled is a good one. It’s so old, but our favorite radio station used to play it at 9 after Adventures in Odyssey and a half hour sermon by some pastor that I don’t remember. It’s the stories of how people came to Christ.

    Also, if you’re looking for really good sermon series, you should listen to the Old Testament Challenge series by Willow Creek Community Church, and the Covered in the Dust of your Rabbi series by Rob Bell. I haven’t listened to all of those two, but my dad and sister really enjoyed them.

    On the more flippant side, radio drama rocks. Adventure in Odyssey has already been mentioned, as has Jonathan Park, but Down Gilliad Lane is a really good one. And ALL Focus on the Family Radio Theatre(FOFT Radio) is fabulous. They’re the people who produced AIO, but they also have done a bunch of classic books dramatized and stories. They’re absolutely wonderful. I suggest the Father Gilbert mysteries, Oliver Twist, the Secret Garden, the one about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Ben-hur.

    I’m no good on podcasts, though. Sorry! I’ve got some sort of aversion to them because I didn’t like the AIO podcast.

    • So, we listened to Down Gilliad Lane religiously for a time. Those were really good! FOFT is amazing!

      • Every Saturday at 10, after which came AIO. Children Corner music all morning, with those two shows. AIO and Unshackled every night. I love radio. Seriously, why do we have TV? Radio was doing quite well by itself!

        • I’m about a generation behind, in case you noticed. Possibly 2. I always thought I should have bene born in the 1920s, and now I have confirmation…

          • Nope. Our station didn’t play that one. I’m so sad that it sold to another Christian station a few years ago, because the music isn’t quite as varied and they have no radio programs whatsoever. I fee like KLJC had it down pat on what to play and when to play it.

          • I love The Pond! My brothers and I are all teenagers and we still quote the episodes! We used to only have two albums, so we listened to them over and over. We probably could’ve preformed them ourselves, lol!

          • Even the “rap?” I remember the song, but I don’t remember all of the “rap” part.

    • You canโ€™t forget the Chronicles of Narnia. Itโ€™s so weird to see the White Witch as a good guy in Lamplighter Theatre

      • Actually, I haven’t listened to those. They’re wonderful, I’m sure. Everything FOFT does is. But when it comes the the Chronicles of Narnia I’m rather partial to the books and the movies(the newer ones). I think my Narnia imagination is stuck in that mode. ๐Ÿ˜€

        • Wait. . . .um, you like the movies? I can no longer associate with you. . .(Maybe?) I guess thatโ€™s not true. Not the movies! Please. Aaaa. No. Iโ€™m panicking. Iโ€™m having a nervous breakdown. Letโ€™s talk about AIO. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Yep, I actually do, despite some of the discrepancies in the second two movies.

          • Aww, I’m assuming you don’t? I’ll admit that they weren’t done exactly to the books, which was disappointing, but I did enjoy them for the most part. It’s been a while since I’ve seen them, though. Don’t have a nervous breakdown! You can get through this! ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • Prince Caspian was my favorite, even though it wasn’t completely like the book. And the music in those movies, in my mind at least, totally captures the Narnia spirit.

          • YES. Ugh I love the Narnia movies soundtracks. The Chronicles of Narnia are my favorite movies(:

          • That one is my favorite as well! Even though, as you pointed out, it was not like the book. It is not often I meet a person whose favorite Narnia film is Prince Caspian.
            I agree, the music in Narnia is amazing and captivating.

    • Down Gilead Lane is so good! My brothers and I used to listen to the first album over and over because it was the only one we had! We still quote them every once in a while, lol!

  • Phil Vischer, the creator of Veggie Tales, has a great one that can be found at his website. It’s normally him, pastor Skye Jethani, and Christian Taylor and sometimes a guest.

    I also love AIO!!

  • I listen to podcasts from Passion City Church in Atlanta. Louie Giglio is a great pastor who really paints a picture for what he is speaking about. His sermons are fun to listen to and really get me pumped up!

    • I LOVE the PCC podcast and Louie Giglio! Definitely one of my favourites. I’ve been listening to it for years.

  • I don’t really listen to a whole lot of podcasts, but one that I like is called the Inner Tube. It’s done by Josh Taylor from Bliley Cow and Kevin McCreary from Say Goodnight Kevin. It’s about content creation: blogs, podcasts, YouTube, etc. It’s really helpful for someone like me who’s thinking of starting a YouTube channel.

  • I don’t know if this counts. But I listen to my churches sermons that are published as a free podcast. It’s nice to relisten to them cause I learn a ton.

    As for why? Because I like the biblical teaching. And it helps me pass time during my job.

  • I highly recommend going to DesiringGod.com (or maybe it is .org). Pastor John Piper has some amazing sermons you can download. The great thing is, as far as I know, all of his sermons are archived. On another note. If you are interested in science, Radio Lab is a very well produced and thoroughly entertaining podcast. Most of the material is family friendly but certain episodes may be considered “un-Christian” so just keep that in mind if you intend on checking it out.

  • I occasionally listen to podcasts on my iPad. The ones I listen to are our churches sermons.
    If you want to listen to them, there free. Look up York St Church Of Christ on Apple podcasts.

  • Apparently we all love Adventures in Odyssey and our own church podcasts, so I’ll throw something else out there ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I really enjoy listening to Thomas Frank’s “College Info Geek” podcast–he gives awesome studying advice, practical tips about school, college, and work, and is overall a really great guy. I don’t believe he’s Christian, but for the most part his content is all clean and very helpful. (Bonus: his advice is geared towards college students, but I’m still a high schooler and have found all of it really awesome; don’t be fooled by the name!)

  • Sometimes, when I’m at places that have internet, I listen to Ray Comfort’s “The Comfort Zone” and find it worth watching. I assume that’s a podcast X^D young folk these days with all their techno what’s-its :^)

  • I love Anchored In Truth (http://www.anchoredintruth.org/radioprograms) which is good teaching from an excellent guy called Jeff Noblit and The Rabbit Room (http://www.rabbitroom.com/) radio which is really really good. It’s Christian (anyone else hear Goodnight Kevin when they say that??) but creative so it’s not as heavy. When it comes to more general stuff, I’ve recently been struggling more and more to read so I’ve discovered audiobooks which you can find free at LibriVox (https://librivox.org/) and they have loads from every genre including some theology books but it’s all Open Source, not so much new stuff. I recommend Donne’s ‘Holy Sonnets’ and Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ (yep there’s plays on there too, including shakespeare if that might help your schoolwork) . Also, the Goon Show because it’s just bizarre and funny. It’s a BBC comedy show from the 1950s but you can find episodes here at a site devoted to all things goon: http://www.thegoonshow.net/
    Hope that helps! It all depends on what you’re into but these are a few good placse to start. Keep an ear out and ask around. I also like Pirate Chistian Radio and Apologia and David White’s (apologetics guy) stuff but that all can be pretty heavy going at times so again, depends what you’re looking for.

  • I love love LOVE Ted Talk. It’s secular organization that finds really interesting people that talk about their experiences with science or art (but really, it’s a huge spectrum). They’re focus is to make us think differently about how we see the world. It’s awesome. Go check it out ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • I’ve just lately got into podcasts too, so I wanted to jump in! I’m a big fan of The World and Everything In It – a 30-minute weekday news show from World News Group. I also dig Popcorn Theology, Ask Pastor John, and This American Life. The Briefing is really good too (plus, when you’re lazy and don’t want to listen to the whole thing, Dr. Mohler puts out the transcript so you can just read it).

  • Oooh, lots of good ideas! I don’t have any to share, but I’ve been wanting to start listening to podcasts while I clean/work out/whatever, so thanks everybody(:

  • Hey! I really enjoy listening to Radiolab, This American Life, and Freakonomics. Radiolab & Freakonmics tend to be clean, interesting topics. I believe that Radiolab will tell you if the podcast is unsuitable for children before they start. This American Life doesn’t do that so you kinda have to be careful with which ones you listen to. I also occasionally listen to Decker Prairie church of Christ’s recorded sermons (http://www.deckerprairiechurch.org/sermons) and my congregation’s, Kleinwood church of Christ, sermons (http://kleinwood.com/sermons).
    Side note: We just had a wonderful gospel meeting that was centered around Jesus being the answer to our problems. The visiting preacher discussed cowardice, relationship problems, religious division within the church, and racism. I encourage you to check it out! The link is: http://kleinwood.com/sermons/all-gospel-meetings
    ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I listen to Albert Mohler’s The Briefing (World news from a Christian world view) and Just Thinking with Ravi Zacharias (Recorded lectures series). I also listen to some secular podcast that I like a lot: Freakonomics Radio, Radiolab, Ted Talks and The New Yorker Radio Hour.

  • One of my absolute favorites is Wretched by Todd Friel. It is a great Christian radio show that has 2 hrs of podcasts every day, or 15 minute segments daily for free.

    It holds my short attention span very well, and is very good theologically. (reformed-spot on-nothing wonky)

    I have listened to probably 300 hours of it, and love it. http://www.wretchedradio.com

  • The Blimey Cow podcast is pretty funny, and Josh Taylor’s blog on dearfuturejosh.com is pretty fun to listen to.

  • I love love love the Ask Pastor John podcast by DesiringGod. Also, David Platt’s is great, and as far as fun/informative podcasts I love Awesome Etiquette by the Emily Post Institute and College Info Geek’s podcast (great for students in high school too).

  • The only podcast I currently listen to is “Very Serious Writing Show.” It is very far from serious, while remaining informative as well. If you like writing, or even just books, you’ll love it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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