My Podcast Playlist
(Last updated April 9th, 2018)
I enjoy music, but when I commute and exercise, I prefer listening to podcasts. From news, technology, Christian living, and marriage, there’s always something up in the queue. In fact, sometimes I don’t get a chance to listen to every episode of these, but I do my best to keep up with most of them.
Dr. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, publishes this Monday through Friday. He calls it “a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian world view.” Episodes typically run about 20 minutes. (He does take off the month of July and most of the month of December.)
NPR publishes this Monday through Friday, hosted by Rachel Martin, David Greene, and Steve Inskeep. They “guide you through the day’s news,” focusing on political news in the absence of other stories, but also providing on-the-scene coverage of news happening around the world. Episodes typically run around 10 minutes.
Todd Friel hosts this radio program Monday through Friday that is also recorded and distributed as a podcast. It used to only be available by subscription, but in October 2017, they opened it up to the world. Todd discusses news items and Christianity in a very straightforward way; sometimes you laugh, and sometimes you say “Ouch!” Episodes run right at 50 minutes.
Focus on the Family
Jim Daly and John Fuller host this Monday through Friday; the podcast is an ad-enhanced version of their daily radio broadcast. They focus on, well, the family, and all its aspects - from parenting, marriage, adoption, or living for Christ in our world, their guests run the gamut. Episodes are 28 minutes.
The Happy Rant
Barnabas Piper, Ted Kluck, and Ronnie Martin “cheerfully - if not sarcastically - rant about all the things that don’t matter all that much (and some that do).” It’s a mostly not-so-serious take on current events, both within the church and outside it. Episodes publish on Monday and typically run between 30-45 minutes (though Barnabas and Ted have been known to record a sports-themed episode and release it later in the week as a bonus episode).
Greg and Sharon Ross brings us “forgotton stories from the pages of history.” They will typically have one longer story a week, a few shorter ones, discuss listener feedback from previous episodes, and take turns having each other solve a “lateral thinking puzzle,” where they start with a strange-sounding situation, and they have to ask yes-or-no questions to determine what really happened. Episodes publish on Monday and typically run right at 30 minutes.
That Sethany Show
Seth and Bethany Mandel sit down each week and discuss politics, culture, and user feedback. They both lean center-right politically; Seth is the op-ed editor of the New York Post, and Bethany is a stay-at-home mom who also a senior contributor to The Federalist along with other endeavors. They are also married to one another, and their pitch-perfect dialogue provides an entertaining look at current events. Episodes publish on Monday and run 45 to 50 minutes.
Brandon Smith and Trevin Wax discuss some of the more confusing or controversial passages of Scripture, determining what they believe it means, then discussing how one should preach or teach that passage in a congregational setting. It is sponsored by the Christian Standard Bible, and their discussions center around that translation. Episodes publish on Monday (though not every Monday) and run around 20 minutes.
Bay Vista Baptist Church
This is my church, and I produce this podcast for them. It’s always good to let the Word brought by Bro. Danny Nance have a second run at my heart. Episodes publish on Monday and usually run between 30 to 45 minutes.
The Way I Heard It
Mike Rowe hosts this podcast “for the curious mind with a short attention span.” He researches and presents an unfamiliar story about a familiar person or organization, much in the way Paul Harvey used to do with his The Rest of the Story radio broadcasts. Episodes publish on Tuesday and - with intro, ads, and story - run about 10 minutes.
Olivet Baptist Church
A friend of mine pastors this church, and I also produce this podcast. Bill Collum, Jr. preaches through books of the Bible, not skipping the passages that may be difficult to hear or understand. Episodes publish on Tuesday and typically run between 30 and 45 minutes.
Delight Your Marriage
Belah Rose, author of the book Delight Your Husband, hosts this podcast to encourage wives in their marriages. While it is generally geared toward wives, husbands can benefit from hearing the thought processes behind she and her guests as they tell their story or work through a topic. Episodes publish on Tuesday and run around 30 minutes, though it’s not uncommon to have shorter or longer ones.
Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell host this podcast about Microsoft’s .NET Framework, Azure, and related technologies, although no technology stack is off-topic. They typically interview someone and dig in deep on a particular topic, and they often record several interviews at conferences, getting way more in-person interviews than they otherwise would have. Episodes publish on Tuesday and Thursday and run 50-60 minutes.
Steve Gibson, the man who coined the term “spyware” when he observed the way software was behaving, hosts this show along with Leo Laporte, the man who founded the TWiT (This Week in Tech) podcast network. They run down security news, explaining it in an understandable way, and go in-depth when required. Episodes publish on Wednesday (or late Tuesday night) and run 2 hours.
Skip Heitzig does both expository and topical preaching, and this podcast contains his Sunday and Wednesday sermons. He brings the Word in a personable style with a contemporary flair, yet he does not water down the Scripture he teaches. Episodes publish Wednesday and Sunday, and typically run between 45 and 60 minutes.
Scott Hanselman hosts this show he describes as “Fresh Air for Developers.” He usually talks one-on-one to a person about their passion, whether it is directly or merely tangentially related to technology. He also strives to talk to people who may be underrepresented in the current tech culture; they get exposure, and the listener gets a broadened view. Episodes publish on Thursday and run right at 30 minutes.
Jonah Goldberg, Senior Editor of National Review and a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, chats with guests from varied backgrounds who seem to have one thing in common: the ability to clearly articulate a conservative position on the topic at hand, in an interesting, engaging, and entertaining manner. Sometimes there’s a main topic of discussion, and other times, they tackle a panopoly of topics and issues. Episodes are released on Thursday (and other days, if more are available) and typically run between 1 to 2 hours.
Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!
Peter Sagal hosts NPR’s lighter take on the week’s news, along with scorekeeper and announcer “legendary anchorman” Bill Kurtis. Each show has a panel of three comedians or comedy writers who are “competing” for points; call-in guests play some of the games (where they can win “scorekeeper emeritus” Carl Kassell’s voice on their voicemail); and they interview a famous guest, having them play a game totally unrelated to their fame. Episodes publish on Saturday and run 50 minutes.
The Dirty Christian
Drew Koehler hosts a weekly live-stream at his site The Dirty Christian; he records the first 30 minutes of that stream and releases it as a podcast. Drew is learning ministry while doing ministry; his transparency is refreshing, and his zeal is not waning. Episodes publish Saturday or Sunday and last 30 minutes.
Infrequent or Irregular
Thinking in Public
Dr. Albert Mohler hosts this discussion of “front-line theological issues, and the people who are shaping them.” Most episodes are an in-depth interview with the author of a book, where they discuss the analysis that author provided, along with some interesting findings that did not make it into the book being discussed. Episodes usually run between 45 to 60 minutes.
Jonathan Stark hosts this podcast as part of his consulting business, helping professionals see the lunacy in billing for projects by the hour, and providing strategies for a better way. Episodes post when he has something to say, and can be anywhere from a 5 minute quick study to a 30 minute interview with other professionals who have also had success pricing their services on the basis of the value their customers receive.
This Developer’s Life
Scott Hanselman and Rob Conery host this homage to NPR’s This American Life, focusing on a distinctly human aspect of technology or software development. As both of them have many irons in the fire, this one does not publish very frequently; however, each episode is very well crafted and edited, and will find its way into my “up next” list in short order. Episodes are typically 60 minutes.
These are chapel messages from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Various speakers encourage students on a variety of topics; it’s really difficult to nail down one or two to put in the description here. Episodes publish Tuesday and Thursday when classes are in session, and run around 30 minutes.