Worth A Listen
Podcasts. My favorite way to not only endure (but enjoy!) a long road trip or my commute during rush hour in the mornings. If you’re interested in a good source of entertainment, mental reset, or creative inspiration during your everyday activities, I’d definitely recommend these five podcasts!
1) Creative Muscle
Hosted by five creative humans in Chicago that interview business owners, musicians, and people from all walks of life. Don’t shrug off this one just because you’re not an artist. The goal of this podcast is to help listeners channel their creativity in unique ways that pertain to their own daily lives, seemingly creative or not. It’s also woven together with fun musical performances!
Good For: If you’re feeling creatively frustrated or stuck. If you need a boost of positivity.
Favorite episodes: Pilot: The 4 Elements of the Creative Life, Jeni Britton Bauer (Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams)
2) Glorious in Mundane
This one is hosted by worship leader, singer-songwriter Christy Nockels. She is one of the most wise, lovely humans and her voice is so soothing to listen to. It’s meant to inspire listeners in the mundane parts of their everyday lives. A great podcast for the morning since it’s so calming.
Good for: If you feel burnt out or tired. Self-reflection. If you’re a parent.
Favorite episodes: Conversations Part 1 & 2, His Banner Over Me
RadioLab is an NPR podcast that integrates science and story-telling. It explores our world and stories that you cant believe you haven’t heard before with music, sound clips, and good interviews.
Good for: The curious person who loves to know random facts. Boring road trips.
Favorite episodes: Bigger than Bacon, Watching You Watching Me, Hello, Mau Mau
4) STORY Podcast
This podcast stems from STORY Gathering, which is "an uncommon creative community for storytellers, artists and dreamers who believe that stories matter.” They put on a conference every year which features presenters who are among some of the best writers and artists around. The podcast interviews some of these people and their inspiration and advice for makers. (I haven't been able to find this one on podcast apps. Check it out on Spotify!)
Good for: If you’re feeling creatively frustrated or stuck. Empowerment as an entrepreneur.
Favorite Episodes: Hannah Brencher on Defining Your Creative Process, The Enneagram and How it Can Help You, Your Relationships, and Your Work
5) Knowing Faith
This one is hosted by teachers Jen Wilkin, JT English, and Kyle Worley of Village Church in TX. Whether or not you have a background in Christian theology, it’s a great podcast for everyone who is interested in developing a better understanding of the Bible. I’m constantly learning new things about scripture through this one.
Good for: If you need direction when it comes to the Bible. If parts of Christianity confuse you.
Favorite Episodes: Jesus’ Family Tree, Do You Even Theology, Bro?
If you're looking for a good podcast app, I love the handy app called Stitcher. You can download your podcasts into a playlist and listen to them offline.
I'd love to hear some of your own favorite podcasts, so please share them below!