I am back! Sorry I was away for a week and that this particular blog post will be a shorter one. I work at a Catholic Parish in Pennsylvania as a Middle School Youth Minister and let me tell you, September is a busy month. With all of this being said, let’s talk about what keeps me entertained on the way to work: Podcasts! I commute roughly 45 minutes one way to work and get quite bored in the car, especially on my evening drives home. The morning commute I normally drive half of it in silence and the other half in prayer. I had a professor in college who made the observation that our society constantly surrounds themselves with media and needs to have a break every once in a while to just be. I try to spend my morning commute doing just that. As for my evening commute I like me a good podcast and I thought I would share some of the media I enjoy for you all to check out!
First things first, for Podcasts I use two different listening applications:
Sticher is a great podcast listener application you can use on your phone or on your computer at home. They also have a wide selection of Podcast to choose from that some of the main stream outlets might not. It is also free unless you want premium!
Because I have an android phone, I tend to use Google Play Music a lot. This is a paid subscription site like Spotify or Apple Music. It is not my first choice for listening to Podcasts, BUT it is still quite user friendly and has some great music stations if you are looking for that too!
Now for the Podcast!
The Crunch is a fantastic podcast with amazing segments to keep you entertained for a long drive or just chillin’ at home. Run by one of my co-workers and his friend, Patrick and Ethan discuss a wide variety of topics concerning everything from theology to tweets that make them sad. Hip, hilarious, and heart-warming these two will make you roar with laughter and anxiously wait for their next Crunch release. I highly recommend you check them out.
While it is still up for debate if producer Nick actually exist, Father Harrison and Father Anthony most certainly do. If you are looking for a theologically focused podcast with a unique take of the ins and outs of what it means to be a parish priest, Clerically Speaking is the Podcast for you. Running roughly a mass hour long, Father Harrison and Father Anthony’s chucklesome banter will keep you engaged the entire time. I promise you, they are worth the listen.
I have discussed my love for The Minimalist in the past, but it worth repeating. Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus have written not only books on minimalism, but also create blog posts, documentaries, and podcast on the topic. If you are looking to start curating the items in your home check out their podcast. It is an easy way to dive into the realm of minimalism without feeling overwhelmed.
Jesuitical was one of the first Podcasts I ever listened to. Shorter in length, Ashley McKinless, Olga Segura and Zac Davis cover a wide variety of topics concerning young Catholic’s today. Jesuitical has two wonderful segments that help me keep up to date on the happenings in The Church: The Sign of the Times and Their interview segment. The Sign of the Times is the first segment that covers the most recent Catholic news of the week, while the interview segment allows these three hip editors to interview someone making waves in the Catholic Faith. A very informative podcast with a twits of humor, definitively worth your time.
I hope this helps introduce you to the world of Podcast! Let me know if you are interested in hearing more suggestions on what I’m listening to, reading, or spending my time doing in general; Right now it is work… More work… OH WAIT and more work. All good work though! Thank you again for reading and see you next Wednesday!
Peace, love and my prayers for you,
The Soaring Magpie
“I’m a very strong believer in listening and learning from others”Ruth Bader Ginsburg