As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I am cutting back on news. Instead I have started to listen to podcasts, especially when commuting. Podcasts have become “the new radio” according to Wired. For me, podcasts hark back to the old days of radio before radio became ‘talk radio.’ This may sound snobbish, but modern talk radio has lowered the level of conversation.
Podcasts are becoming increasingly popular, reports Mashable:
There’s a new thirst for great audio content … Now, podcasts have hit the mainstream, and those of us who prefer them to traditional radio have a very different perspective on what kinds of voices we expect to hear.
I’m finding that radio these days is ‘junk-filling’. Verses from the Christian Old and New Testament point out the importance of keeping junk out of your mind.
Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts – Proverbs 4:23 (Good News Translation)
Letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace – Romans 8:6 (New Living Translation)
I listen to a range of podcasts to learn, to gain insight and ideas, to be inspired, and to help and deepen my faith.
These are the podcasts I follow.
Ideas, and business and tech news
BBC Radio podcasts
- Analysis https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006r4vz
- Great Lives https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qxsb
- In Our Time https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qykl
- More Or Less https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qshd
- Seriously https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p021gdts
- The Why Factor https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00xtky9
- World of Business https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nrwfk
Curious Minds https://www.cmpod.net/
FT Tech Tonic https://www.ft.com/tech-tonic-podcast
Freakonomics Radio http://freakonomics.com/archive/
Solutionist Thinking with RMB http://www.702.co.za/podcasts/204/solutionist-thinking-with-rmb
Tech Central https://techcentral.co.za/category/podcasts/
The Economist Radio http://radio.economist.com/
The Business of Story https://businessofstory.com/
Everyone Hates Marketers https://everyonehatesmarketers.com/
National Public Radio How I Built This https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510313/how-i-built-this
Openview Build https://openviewpartners.com/podcast/
John Piper Sermons https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/ryt9e-35599/John-Piper-Sermons-Podcast
Joyce Meyer Enjoying Everyday Life Radio – on iTunes.apple.com
Living on the Edge with Chip Ingram – on iTunes.apple.com
Pastor Rick Warren’s Daily Hope https://pastorrick.com/listen/
Your Move with Andy Stanley – on iTunes.apple.com
Looking at the list makes me aware of the need to carefully select the podcasts I should listen to. I don’t listen to all the podcasts from everyone, for some I have only listened to one or two. The danger of not being highly selective is that there might become so many that I don’t get to listen to the episodes I want.
My commute takes 25-30 minutes and by listening to podcasts during the commute, I believe they put me in a better mood, give me new ideas to try out, and provide encouragement and affirmation that I need.
Have you dropped radio for podcasts, and if so, what is your experience? Tweet me if you want to recommend a podcast.