Part of increasing my productivity and trying to get myself working with a good schedule is learning both how to effectively multitask, and how to never waste good listening time. I am almost never not listening to something. In fact, as I type this, my house is experiencing a very rare quiet. I forgot to put music on before I settled in to write and even my cats are quietly relaxing by windows instead of tearing the house apart like the maniacs they are.
I love listening to music and try to frequently switch up what I listen to while I’m working. I also enjoy listening to podcasts and watching/listening to informative videos. But it’s hard to feel productive if I’m just sitting and watching or listening to something. So, I’ve started listening to podcasts during my workouts, while I’m cooking, and even while I’m cleaning the house (instead of my usual music). This has actually helped my active productivity remarkably! If I have a new podcast episode loaded up that I really want to listen to, I find something that needs to be done around the house (there is always something) or put on my workout gear and get to work cleaning or exercising.
I have a wide range of interests and things I like hearing about, and that definitely comes out in my podcast lineup. Since I’m always interested in what others are listening to, I thought I’d share my podcast subscriptions.
Calvinist Batman and Friends
This is a really fun podcast. Each week, the popular Twitter anon Calvinist Batman hosts an author to talk about their most recent book and the topic that this person writes about. “Bruce” brings in a good variety of fascinating people, and I always love discovering new books to read. Here is the description:
Join Calvinist Batman as he brings on a guest each episode and talks about a different cultural and/or theological issue. The guests cover a wide range. Some are popular conference speakers and well-known pastors and others are unknowns or anonymous Christians accounts on Twitter. Each guest has deep integrity and brings something unique and valuable to the discussion.
The most recent episode that I listened to was Echoes of Eden. Batman writes in the episode notes: “I was so excited to have an episode where art and theology met and a good conversation was held on the gospel and art. Jerram Barrs and I talk about a host of things but mainly the two things I just mentioned.” This was a great episode to listen to, and I hope to be able to pick up the book discussed, Echoes of Eden, soon!
Calvinist Batman also has another podcast that I recently subscribed to and look forward to listening to soon: Calvinist Batman Reads Systematic Theology. Join Master Bruce as he creates systematic theology audiobooks, 20-30 mins at a time. Starting with Geerhardus Vos’ “Reformed Dogmatics” and moving on to others after that, listen as Calvinist Batman reads the wealth of knowledge that the master theologians of the past have left us. If you like this, also listen to the original podcast “Calvinist Batman & Friends”.
This is a great podcast if you are a woman who wants to hear from solid women about various theological issues. I enjoy hearing what Coleen and Ashley have to say about things like education, women’s roles, and purity culture. I also appreciate the way Coleen and Ashley are respectful of others and of each other, even when they disagree on something. This podcast is a refreshing break from all the fluff and me-centered theology of many women’s Bible studies.
Theology Gals is a podcast by women on Reformed Theology. Coleen and Ashley bring a biblical, reformed Christian perspective to the table. They discuss theology, studying God’s word and the importance of applying it to the Christian life.
Mortification of Spin
I only just recently subscribed to this podcast, but I have really enjoyed what I have heard so far. One of the hosts, Aimee Byrd, wrote one of my favorite theology books: No Little Women. Carl Trueman, Todd Pruitt, and Aimee Byrd discuss various theological issues, and also occasionally bring in guests to talk about their books or issues that they preach or teach on.
Mortification of Spin is a weekly casual conversation about things that count. Carl Trueman, Todd Pruitt, and Aimee Byrd serve up a humorous, informal podcast with bite. Join this engaging and thought-provoking conversation on the challenges the Church faces and what counts in the Christian life. Served up with a healthy dose of germane cultural references. Hear for yourself if British accents carry more weight…
I just recently got back into true crime stuff, and have enjoyed “reconnecting” with an old favorite podcast and discovering a new one!
Okay, so, this is actually an older podcast that isn’t producing new episodes any more. A friend discovered and recommended this podcast to me back in 2014 when it was first airing.
Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial unfolds one story – a true story – over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns. Sarah won’t know what happens at the end of the story until she gets there, not long before you get there with her. Each week she’ll bring you the latest chapter, so it’s important to listen in, starting with Episode 1.
The podcast ran for two seasons. I am currently listening back through season one, and then will listen to season two. I also plan to listen to S-Town once I finish Serial, and then will start listening to This American Life regularly (if I end up liking it). Lots of great stories to hear and behold!
My Favorite Murder
This is one that I just recently started listening to. I had heard about it in various places around the internet, so I decided to give it a try. Two friends who are huge fans of true crime tell favorite tales of murder and mystery each week on this podcast. They do long episodes where they tell each other these true crime stories as well as “minisodes.” These minisodes are filled with stories they get from their listeners about hometown crimes. It’s a fun podcast to listen to, but fair warning, there is swearing.
Relatable with Allie Stuckey
Allie Stuckey is the girl behind the blog The Conservative Millennial. Allie brings a refreshing and balanced look to the very frustrating recent political scene. She’s honest, funny, and not afraid to tell it like it is. You don’t have to even agree with her to appreciate what she has to say. What I really appreciate about Allie and her blog and podcast is that she talks about politics from a Christian perspective. Not only that, but she makes it clear that her focus is God first, then politics.
Upbeat & in-depth, Relatable navigates the latest in culture and politics from a Christian, millennial perspective. Every week, Allie breaks down the news in a way that makes sense, telling you what you need to know, and—more importantly— why you should care.
LeVar Burton Reads
One of my favorite shows as a kid was Reading Rainbow with LeVar Burton. I loved hearing about different books and learning about the history behind the books and discovering more on the topics in those books. Burton did an incredible job of getting kids to want to read and to love reading. Reading Rainbow was a childhood staple, and I’ll never forget how much I loved that show.
So when I discovered that LeVar Burton has a podcast, you know I had to subscribe! Each week, Burton picks a short story, and reads it to you on his podcast. I just subscribed to this podcast this week, and I am looking forward to many great hours listening to LeVar Burton read literature, just like when I was a kid.
This may seem like a lot of podcasts, but when you consider that each podcast drops an episode at most once a week (a couple do release some more often than that), and all the opportunities for listening (cleaning, cooking, exercising), it’s really not that many. I love having something like these podcasts to listen while I am doing things. It helps move my work along as well as makes me feel more productive. What podcasts do you listen to?