Friday, October 10, 2008

i'm listening

Yesterday I wrote that I had discovered podcasts and enjoying several different ones as I take my walks. Here I want to share two of my favorites.

This American Life (
from Chicago Public Radio
Each week this podcast showcases 1-4 (usually 2-3) separate stories, all with a common theme.

I thoroughly enjoy these stories. They're human interest stories told in first person, and I find them fascinating. I'm a believer that the more I know about others and the rest of the world, the more I learn about myself, God's place in my life, and how I might minister to others. These stories gives me a glimpse into other people's live.

I should mention that I have come across a couple of episodes that I didn't care for and some have some mild language issues.

My favorite episodes: Going Big, Settling the Score, Life After Death

Speaking of Faith (
from American Public Media
Speaking of Faith is public radio's conversation about belief, meaning, ethics and ideas. Each week, Krista Tippett asks writers, thinkers and theologians to discuss how religion shapes our lives.

This podcast has more of an informational tone than a storytelling one as is This American Life. But I find it just as fascinating, if not more. I have learned so much through these podcasts and they have given me reason to reflect on what I believe and why. They stimulate my thoughts and actions.

Speaking of Faith also has a great website where they offer episode synopsis', blogs, discussion guides, full interviews, and other resources. I can spend hours on this one website.

My favorite episodes: The Origin and Impact of Pentecostalism, The Spirituality of Parenting, Rick and Kay Warren at Saddleback, The Faith Life of the Party - The Right, The Faith Life of the Party - The Left

Those last two podcasts, The Faith Life of the Party - Left and Right were so good and very enlightening. I recommend that everyone listen to this as we enter into such an important election.

You can listen to or download these podcasts through itunes or directly through their websites. If you have any questions on how to do that, feel free to email me. I have listened to some other podcasts, mostly sermons by different pastors/ministers. If I find one, or more, that I feel as strongly about as the two I've mentioned here, I will post about them, too.

If you listen to podcasts and have a favorite, I'd love to hear about it. And if you start listening to the ones I've mentioned here, let me know what you think.


Tammy said...

Hi Diana!
Hmmm, I am so non-techy and it always takes me a few years to catch up! So I don't have an ipod...but loved hearing what all you can listen to!

Feel free to stop by and enter my giveaway- it ends tomorrow at noon>

Good to visit you again!

Short Stop said...

Jason is always listening to podcasts. I'll have to ask him what his faves are.

MightyMom said...

thanks for clearing that up. So instead of music it's more like talk radio?

(I don't do well with talk radio)

but you have got me thinking again about when to start walking. There's a lot of music I'd love to hear and can't play at home......

Amber said...

I honestly have never watched a podcast before. I'm off to check it out!

Lori said...

I've never watched a podcast either.
I've finally posted Diane.
Did you get my email? Email back when you can.

Barb said...

didn't make a comment yesterday, but you have discovered a whole new world - so to speak.

Earl Moser listens to podcasts and told Lee about them a couple of years ago.

We don't have an Ipod though - yet!

VeRonda said...

Wow, I haven't listened to podcasts, but I will most certainly research this to see what I'd like... It sounds very interesting AND, I like that the topics seem to be array.

Ken said...

Missed ya, But I'm back!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info, always looking for good things to read or listen too.
Have a great weekend:)