When I’m commuting, exercising, or cleaning, I’m usually also podcasting. I love being able to listen to what I want, when I want — and being able to skip an episode if it is not interesting. In the spirit of New Year’s “Top Ten” lists, the following are my top ten favorite podcasts of 2010:
(1) NPR: Religion – Not long ago my car radio was almost always tuned to NPR. Recently I have taken to listening selectively to my favorite NPR segments. Since I’m a big religion nerd, I love being able to listen to the religion-themed excerpts of “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered,” and other NPR programs without necessarily having to listen to each of those hour-long shows each day.
(2) NPR: StoryCorps – Continuing the NPR motif, StoryCorps is the shortest program on the list. Episodes are an average of only 5 minutes, but include consistently compelling and moving interviews with ordinary people.
(3) NPR: All Songs Considered – A good source of music I might otherwise never hear.
(4) NPR: Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me – There’s no funnier way to keep up with current events.
(5) Real Time with Bill Maher – Maher is tendentious on the topics of Western medicine, religion, and marijuana use; however, he has great guests and original opinions on almost every other subject. Another entertaining way of keeping up with politics.
(6) Buddhist Geeks – Another shorter podcast, averaging only about 20 minutes. Sometimes you can gain perspective on your own religion by being in dialogue with other traditions.
(7) Sounds True: Insights at the Edge – Tami Simon taps into her years of experience as founder of Sounds True to interview a diverse spectrum of spiritual teachers.
(8) St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church – Since I’m usually the one preaching each Sunday, I like to listen to other people’s sermons as well. Typically I only listen to the ones by Sara Miles.
(9) Freakonomics – I appreciate the unusual, left-brained, coldly-rational perspective of economics meets culture.
(10) Filmspotting – Great for finding new additions to your Netflix queue or motiving yourself to catch up on classic cinema.
What podcasts do you look forward to most that aren’t listed above?