Thank you to Christie Wyman for creating this great Padlet full of inspirational Slicing ideas! As I am wrapping up my teaching day, I needed a quick go-to that I could share that others may be inspired by. I opened it up, and the first idea that my eyes came to was an instant YES: Sharing favorite podcasts.
My favorite time to listen to podcasts is when I am hiking with my dogs, Reece & Dug. I also find that the 30 minutes in the morning when I am getting ready for work is another great time to jump into a podcast. I may not reach the end, but most of the shows I listen to are easy to start, stop, and return at a later time.
My introduction to podcasts began in the genre of children’s books. Matthew Winner has a wonderful show called The Children’s Book Podcast. Matthew is an elementary school librarian, and let me tell you, this guy knows books. And he knows what quality books look like and sound like. Through listening to him interview authors and illustrators, I have come to view the read alouds I choose through a much more critical lense.
Heinemann Publishing has a great podcast that is another favorite. Authors of current professional publications are most often interviewed, giving listeners a front row seat to hearing the latest in instructional practices across all content areas, K-12.
Lately my favorite podcast has been The Bible Binge with Knox and Jamie. I mentioned these two in my Day 2 Slice. In this podcast, they take a story from the Bible and retell it through the lense of present day pop culture. They assign the roles in the story to current celebrities, putting a twist to these ancient stories. Their intent is not to be disrespectful of these stories or the Bible in general, but to give listeners a unique recap of stories they have likely not seen through the eyes of the 21st century.
Another podcast I look forward to listening to and always getting a good laugh from is For the Love with Jen Hatmaker. I like Jen because for me, she’s relatable. I’m a little older than her, but you know, once you pass the 40-45 year mile marker, the age gap tightens. We all begin to share the same challenges and disappointments, and begin lamenting the aging process in all its glory. Jen embraces yet pushes back on all of these issues and more – and she does it with contagious humor.
I also really like Your Move with Andy Stanley. There are plenty of pastor leaders out there to choose from, but I would be hard-pressed to find another who is as straight-forward, easy to listen to, and makes biblical teaching and learning so accessible. He is innovative, passionate, and has dedicated his life’s ministry to reaching audiences far and wide with a simple desire to help people make better decisions and live with fewer regrets.
Finally, just last December I stumbled upon a new podcast that started in January called The Bible Recap. If you’ve ever wanted to read through the Bible – the entire Bible – this podcast walks with you each and every day as you follow a chronological Bible reading plan on You Version. The host, Tara-Leigh Cobble gives a 5-7 minute recap of the day’s reading, helping listeners make sense of, and find life application to scripture.
Do you have a favorite podcast? Share them in the comments below. If you’re new to podcasts, find an app on your phone and peruse the top shows in a genre that interests you. My bet is you will be amazed, as I was, how deep and wide the choices are. It’s incredible to see how many people out there have something to say – and how many people there are waiting to listen.