My Favorite Podcasts!

My Favorite Podcasts!

Over the past few months, I have discovered that there are some pretty cool podcasts. I have a fairly long commute (about an hour to work and an hour ten to an hour twenty coming home). While I enjoy music as well, I have started listening to podcasts during my drive home. With that said, today I would like to share my 5 favorite podcasts.

The Briefing

The Briefing recorded by Albert Mohler. The show’s tagline describes it quite well:”a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview.” Anything that happens, and any story published in a major newspaper, is fair game. Rev. Mohler breaks down the world view behind events/judicial decisions, and discusses the consequences of taking that world view to its full logical conclusion. I enjoy it because it causes me to think. I remember one day not long after I started listening, I saw a news story and I said to Chris (who also listens to the Briefing) “I bet Al Mohler will talk about that”, and sure enough, he did!

Frequency: Daily Monday through Friday

Episode Length: 20~25 min

Website: www.albertmohler.com

GymCastic

Many people don’t know this, but I am a gymnastics fan. I discovered GymCastic after randomly searching for gymnastics podcasts shortly before the World Championships last October. Their coverage of that competition blew me away. They released hour and a half long podcasts almost daily, from Glasgow, Scotland (where the competition was held), summarizing the results of that day’s events. They do thorough coverage of US gymnastics, which is not limited to the few major elite meets in the states, but also includes covering collegiate gymnastics meets and telling whatever news they can find about the elite training camps. (For non-gymnastics fans, elite gymnasts are the ones who are trying for the Olympics this summer). GymCastic also covers international gymnastics. This includes countries in the “Big Four” – US, Russia, Romania, China – as well as gymnasts from countries not as well known, such as the Netherlands (even before they shocked everyone by making the team final at worlds this year). They also often interview gymnasts to get their perspectives.

Frequency: Weekly on Wednesdays, with extra episodes around major meets.

Episode Length: 1-1/2 hours

Website: gymcastic.com

The Blimey Cow Podcast

I have been a fan of Blimey Cow’s YouTube videos (Messy Mondays) for a couple of years at least. A discussion of their videos is a topic for a different post. I naturally gravitated towards their podcast as well. The podcast varies in topic, but often includes non-spoiler discussions of upcoming Messy Monday videos. They also play games, such as random trivia and Hashtag Hashtag (where they pick random hashtags and then read tweets containing those hashtags from Twitter).

Frequency: Every other Friday

Episode Length: around half an hour

Website: The Blimey Cow website (blimeycow.com) is down, but I will also do a quick plug for their videos here (www.youtube.com/blimeycow), which are published weekly on Mondays.

Dear Future Josh

Josh from the aforementioned Blimey Cow has a podcast of his own titled “Dear Future Josh.” In it, he discusses topics related to content creation and self employment (and whatever else is going in his life that he decides to talk about). In part, I have to give some credit to this podcast in my decision to start a blog. His two greatest pieces of advise about starting to release content are consistently: (1) If you want to start, just do it and don’t worry about being perfect at the beginning and (2) Pick a schedule and stick to it consistently.

Frequency: Weekly on Wednesdayish

Episode Length: around half an hour

Website: dearfuturejosh.com

Serial

Serial is sort of a murder mystery series, except based on a real murder case. Several of my coworkers were all into this podcast several months ago. At the time, I heard that the podcast discussed a man being already in jail for the crime, and that the reporter “investigating his case” never really resolved anything proving him either guilty or innocent. Those two items, combined with a then-disinterest in podcasts in general, made it sound uninteresting. I had pretty much forgotten about it, until Blimey Cow did a parody of Serial which I found really fun. I gave the original Serial podcast a try and was hooked after one episode – was this man really guilty, or was he wrongfully convicted? I was several episodes in before I found out it was based on an actual case, and that was only because I saw a news article about the man convicted of the “Serial” crime having a hearing to possibly get a new trial – thanks in large part to questions raised by the podcast over whether his attorney had done a proper job. As I write this, that hearing has concluded but the ruling has not yet been announced. The show is now on Season 2, but I am still in Season 1, which is riveting.

Frequency: It looks like season 2 is being released every other week, but all of season 1 is available.

Episode Length: varies, half an hour to an hour

Website: serialpodcast.org

6 months of marriage!

6 months of marriage!

As of Monday (the 1st), Chris and I have been married for 6 months! It is kind of hard to believe.

In some ways, it feels like we have been married for forever, in the best of ways. I think – has it really only been six months?

We have hit a daily routine. We have learned how we can both get ready in the morning, without getting in each other’s way. Although, I have to admit that this mostly means that I lay in bed for 20 min after Chris gets up. He starts work enough earlier than me that even with my commute being significantly longer than his, he needs to leave nearly half an hour sooner than I do.

We have developed a set of favorite go-to meals. At home, we enjoy ravioli and mozzarella sticks, pot stickers, hamburgers, chicken bakes from Costco. “Date night” is often Thursday – Chris works a 4-day week, so that is the start of his weekend. About half of our dates land us at the In-N-Out around the corner from our house.

In the evenings, we read our Bibles together – paragraph by paragraph, discussing as we go. We read through and discussed Hebrews, and are now a little over halfway through Revelation.

Our weekends are settling into a routine as well. The last couple weeks, we have started going to the gym. Chris is working to gain muscle and stay in shape. My focus is more on preparing for the 5k I want to run later this year. I am also doing a little bit of weight training, to gain some muscle myself and to support Chris in his aspirations. My personal best bench-press is a whopping 20 lbs. 🙂

At the same time, there is still so much for us to learn. We can’t quite read each other’s minds – at least not yet. We are still learning how to communicate – sometimes one of is talking about one thing, while one listening thinks we are talking about something entirely different. Usually those conversations include something along the line of “well, why would you want to do that?” followed by laughter after we realize the misunderstanding. But, we are getting there.

All in all, I have to say that the last six months have been awesome. I look forward to the next six months, and many years after that still to come.