“You are what you eat.” But what your brain consumes is just as important as what your body consumes. These days, much of what we consume is through media, both audio and video.
I’ve written before about the free audio education I received over eight years working in pharma while in seminary and grad school. I thought it would be interesting to share what’s in my podcast feed, and solicit suggestions for new audio food for thought. What do you listen to, and why?
Here’s what you’ll find on my phone on any given day:
- Anything produced by the Cato Institute, including the Daily Podcast, Event Podcast, media appearances by scholars, Free Thoughts from libertarianism.org, and Liberty Chronicles. Cato is the premier libertarian academic policy institute (think-tank). Their scholars always have insightful commentary on a range of topics. Whether you lean to the left or to the right or somewhere in between, you will find interesting and informative material from Cato.
- EconTalk. Probably no single “academic” teacher has influenced the way I think about the world than Prof. Russ Roberts, the host of Econtalk. Economics is not about money–it’s about how to get the most out of life. I have listened to every episode at least once, many twice, some multiple times. I live a much richer life because of Econtalk.
- Three podcasts by FiveThirtyEight, including the Politics Podcast, Hot Takedown (sports), and Panic City: A Podcast for the Roiling Emotions Inside of Every New York Mets’ Fan.
- Issues, Etc. Theology, politics and culture from a confessional Lutheran perspective. While I don’t always agree with everything on the show, I appreciate the analysis. Particularly interesting are the studies of church history–those are the best.
- OnScript. Great interviews with biblical scholars and theologians about their latest research.
- Naked Bible Podcast. Hosted by Dr. Michael Heiser, this podcast covers all sorts of obscure and interesting Bible topics.
- Daily Office Lectionary in the ESV.
- Growing in Grace, sermons from First Presbyterian Church of Mt. Holly–our ECO “home church.”
- Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History.
- And of course, Out of Exile.