Book and Podcast Round-Up

Here are some good things I’ve read and listened to in the last month or so:

Podcasts:

Ask Science Mike, Episode 86, Live in Nashville. This was so much fun to listen to and laugh out loud funny at times. I’m a new listener to this podcast and came to it from The Liturgists.

Joe Rogan Experience, Episode 53, Stefan Molyneux. This episode introduced me to someone who I do not agree with on most points but who was fascinating to listen to and challenged me to think about things in a new way. I love that! I don’t know where I first heard of Stefan but I saw mention of him being on this podcast so I downloaded this episode from August 2014 to hear more about his ideas (he’s an anarchist, btw, but also has really great ideas about non-violent parenting).

Fresh Air, How Trump’s Candidacy Has Divided Right-Wing Media. I am particularly interested in how Republicans have responded to Trump’s run for president. I have great admiration for those on the right who do not support him from a moral and ethical standpoint. I find their position to demonstrate great courage and a true commitment to their conservative beliefs and values in a time when that kind of position can get you ostracized by your closest friends and colleagues. I think we should all take their example and examine whether we are more invested in our institutions or our values. It can be surprisingly easy to confuse the two.

The RobCast: Pete Rollins on God. This was a multipart series that was just fascinating to listen to! There are so many amazing and intelligent and wise people out there thinking and talking about big picture religion and theology and I love listening to them even as a non-religious person!

I’ve listened to every episode of these podcasts in the last few months:

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

The Girl Next Door

The Popcast

Books: 

You can see the books I’ve read recently and what I thought of them on Goodreads. If I had to pick a top three from the last three months they would be:

The End of White Christian America, Robert P. Jones

The Course of Love, Alain de Botton

All Things Cease To Appear, Elizabeth Brundage