Last updated: 03/20/2017
My current Fav 5:
- Bill Simmons Podcast
- Truth's Table
- How I Made This
- Pass The Mic
- The Axe Files
The last time I took inventory, I was subscribed to over 50 podcasts. I can’t pinpoint when my podcast addiction began, but I know over time it has become one of the primary forms of media that I consume. I’m a believer in making the most of life and the time you have. I’ve found podcasts to be a great way to constantly learn something new about the world and humanity.
I first started listening to podcasts in 2008, when I cut the cord on cable and needed to find something new to fill my time. Early on, I used podcasts mostly to listen to sermons and sports talk, but over time I've started to listen to podcasts on a variety of topics.
I think there are a lot of misconceptions about podcasts. Years ago podcasts might have been limited in their scope, but now I'm positive anyone can find something to pique their interest.
There are thousands of podcasts out there that cover everything from film reviews, to education and hobbies. Are you a teacher or an artist that specializes in animation? There's a podcast for you (here and here). Do you love crafting or stories about the great outdoors? There's a podcast for you (here and here). I did a quick search and there are at least 25 Game of Thrones podcasts on iTunes alone!
Below you'll find an extensive list of my favorite podcasts. If you are new to podcasts, I hope this list encourages you to give them a try. If you're already a podcast user, I hope that you'll find something new. Also, feel free to leave some of your favorite podcasts in the comment section!
Theology & Faith
These podcasts are recordings of sermons from some of my favorite pastors. I typically start my mornings off with one or two of these podcasts. I've found them to be a great way to start the day, and continue to grow in my relationship with God.
Daily Radio Program with Charles Stanley -Dr. Stanley is probably my favorite pastor and teacher. I still remember hearing my mother blast his sermons from the television in our living room. When I graduated college, I became a member of his church and I attended regularly for several years. I've since moved to a different side of Atlanta, but I still love to start my day with Dr. Stanley's podcast.
- Timothy Keller Sermons Podcast - I was a fan of Timothy Keller's books before I stumbled upon his podcast (check out "The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism"). I really love his preaching style and he really breaks scripture down in a unique way.
- Others worth noting - Truth For Life Broadcasts with Alistair Begg, Crazy Love Podcast with Frances Chan, and Your Move with Andy Stanley.
Christian Missions & Culture
These podcasts are great for those interested in following Christ's call: sharing the Gospel with the lost world through God's wisdom and strength. I love these podcasts because they not only challenge you to think about the world around you, but also engage the culture in which you live.
The Calling - One church leader, one calling, one honest conversation. An interview show about the nature of church leadership, the inherent struggles that come with that calling, and the many different ways God has shaped individuals to work within his church.
- Quick To Listen - Each week the editors of Christianity Today go beyond hashtags and hot-takes and set aside time to explore the reality behind a major cultural event.
- Pass The Mic - This is one of my favorite podcasts at the moment. Pass The Mic is the premier podcast of the Reformed African American Network. Tune in every week for engaging discussions and high profile interviews addressing the core concerns of African Americans biblically.
- Truth's Table - "Midwives of culture for grace and truth." Michelle Higgins, Christina Edmondson, and Ekemini Uwan, share their perspectives on race politics, gender, current events, and pop culture that are filtered through their Christian faith.
- Mere Fidelity - Mere Fidelity discusses the shape faithfulness to the Gospel should take in the twenty-first century. They talk a lot about theology, but may take up anything pertaining to politics, culture, or society as well.
- Chasing Justice - The hope of this podcast is to create a cross tribal listenership as they engage in needed spotlight justice issues concerning our nation and the greater global good of humankind. The intent is to explore ideas and methods that are worth considering as we fight for justice as it pertains to God's kingdom and not humanity's.
- Kingdom Diversity Podcast - This podcast is a part of Southeastern Seminary's Kingdom Diversity Initiative that strives to seek and equip students from every corner of the kingdom to serve in every context of the kingdom. They highlight voices and address topics pertinent to God's people in pursuit of the Great Commission.
- Signposts with Russell Moore - Listen in as Russell More, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, talks about the latest books, cultural conversations and pressing ethical questions that point us toward the kingdom of Christ.
- The Christ & Pop Culture Podcast Network - these shows acknowledge the good, the beautiful, and the true in music, movies, television, and the rest of pop culture.
- Q Podcast - Q educates and equips Christians to engage our cultural moment. Listen to the Q Podcast to learn, explore and consider how you can be faithful in our cultural context.
- Others worth noting - Catalyst Podcast, and Cultivated: A podcast about faith and work.
The podcasts in this category are for those interested in going a little bit deeper into theology and the Christian faith. Instead of sermons, you’ll hear lectures, Q&A’s, and discussions on philosophy and science.
Renewing Your Mind with R.C. Sproul - Dr. Sproul has been one of the most influential figures in my life. After I finished my undergraduate studies, I read his book "Lifeviews" and it changed the way I looked at my faith forever. He's one of the most prolific thinkers and writers on Christian Apologetics. This has been one of my favorite podcast for a long time.
- Jude 3 Project - The primary mission of the Jude 3 Project is to help the Christian community know what they believe and why they believe it. Distinctive in its strong emphasis in equipping those of African descent in the United States and abroad.
- Just Thinking Broadcasts - Ravi Zacharius is another theologian and apologist that's had an impact on my life. This podcast mixes biblical teaching and Christian apologetics in order to explore issues such as life's meaning, the credibility of the Christian message and the Bible, the weakness of modern intellectual movements, and the uniqueness of Jesus Christ. The episodes are typically about 25 minutes long, so they are an easy listen.
- Reasonable Faith Podcast/Defenders Podcast - Out of all the podcasts in this category, these podcasts by Dr. William Lane Craig tackle some of the most challenging questions about the faith. He really breaks down Christian doctrine, philosophy, and science. They can be a little challenging at times, but that's what makes them great!
- Ask Paster John - This daily podcast features listener questions to Dr. Piper. The episodes are very short, and it has become one of my favorite listens in the morning.
Marriage & Family
These podcasts speak candidly about marriage, family, faith, and sex.
- Disney Story Central Podcast - If you have young children, this podcast is a must have. "Spark your imagination and listen as your favorite Disney and Pixar stories and characters come to life!"
- AT HOME - This podcast is a collection of conversations about mothering, home life and education. They cover topics that range from the lighthearted and fun, to the heavier ones that include politics, faith, and social issues. This has surprisingly become one of my favorite podcasts.
- One Extraordinary Marriage - This is a podcast that I just stumbled upon a few months ago. I don’t always listen to this one every week, but I’ve gotten some valuable information about marriage and sacrifice from this podcast.
- God Centered Mom - This podcast comes highly recommended from my wife. Heather MacFayden, mother of four boys, interivews guests about staying God-centered in a shaky mom world. Reminding us of our posiition--centered in God's presence and love.
- Free Sex Podcast - The Free Sex Podcast has become one of my new favorites. It’s hosted by two Christian wives, Candice and Katie, who attempt to cultivate grace and freedom to change the conversation about sex. They have open and honest conversations about sex within the boundaries of marriage. Sometimes they bring their husbands on for round table discussions as well.
- Digital Dads - Hosts Brent Basham and Adres Currie, developers by day and dads by night, share the joys and pains of both on this podcast. Join them as they navigate the uncharted waters of raising kids in rapidly changing digital world.
News & Politics
“Stay woke” with these podcast that discuss current news and events from both sides of the table.
The Axe Files with David Axelrod - David Axelrod, the founder and director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, brings you the Axe Files, a series of revealing interviews with key figures in the political world.
- The Briefing - The Briefing is a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview (this podcast tends to lean to the right).
- Up First - NPR's Up First is the news you need to start your day. The biggest stories and ideas - from politics to pop culture - in 10 minutes.
- FiveThirtyEight Elections - This has been one of my favorite podcasts this year. They’ve done a great job covering the Democrat and Republican primaries from a neutral point of view.
- Pod Save America - Four former aids to President Obama, are jointed by journalists, politicians, comedians, and activists for a freewheeling conversation about politics, the press, and the challenges posed by the Trump presidency.
- Embedded - Hosted by Kelly McEvers, Embedded takes a story from the news and goes deep.
If you love music (hip-hop in particular) and great interviews, give these podcasts a try.
Clock Radio Speakers - Hosts Armond & Doc discuss music, media, and anything else they can nerd out about. For millennial hip-hop heads in particular, this is the best podcast out there in my opinion.
- Juan Epstein, Rap Radar, Combat Jack, & Drink Champs - I grouped all of these podcasts together because they all conduct great interviews. They are listed in order of preference, but all of these are great if you love hip-hop. (Note: Explicit language at times).
- Song Exploder - A podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made.
- Dissect - is a serialized music podcast that breaks long form musical analysis into short, digestible episode. The first season was dedicated entirely to To Pimp A Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar (which I've also discussed here.) I look forward to seeing what they discuss in Season 2.
Sports & Recreation
Sports talk and more.
The Bill Simmons Podcast - Bill Simmons first podcast, the B.S. Report, was one of the first podcasts I ever subscribed to. If I were to make a list of my top five podcasts, this would definitely be on it. Simmons doesn’t only talk sports, he has great guests and does interviews with tv and film stars, writers, athletes, and more.
- The Herd with Colin Cowherd - Colin Cowherd has been one of my favorite sports talk personalities for a long time. Even if I don’t always agree, he brings a unique perspective to sports conversations. If I don't have time to listen to the entire show, I usually take 15 minutes to listen to his "opening rant".
- Human Race - Human Race is a podcast from Runners World. Hosted by Rachel Swaby, Human Race focuses on long-form storytelling. Each week, they share a story about runners and the world of running.
- ESPN Network (Outside The Lines, First Take, Around The Horn, PTI, and His & Hers) - If you’re a sports fan, you most likely have watched one of these shows on ESPN. Listen to your favorite ESPN programs at your leisure with these podcasts.
- Others worth noting - The Ringer Networks NBA, MLB, & NFL Show.
Business & Finance
Looking to develop your leadership skills? Want to manage your money better? Or, maybe you just want to hear some interesting stories about how money affects the world around you. If so, you'll sure to love the podcasts in this category.
How I Built This - a podcast about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built. Each episode is a narrative journey marked by triumphs, failures, serendipity and insight - told by the founders of some of the world's best known companies and brands.
- The EntreLeadership Podcast - Lively discussions and tips on leadership and business by some of the top minds in business, like Mark Cuban, Seth Godin, Jim Collins and Simon Sinek.
- Planet Money - The economy, explained, with stories and surprises.
- Freakonomics Radio - On this weekly podcast, hear surprising conversations that explore the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature - from cheating and crime to parenting and sports.
- Others worth noting - Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast and The Dave Ramsey Show.
Society & Culture
I've always loved the social sciences. Anytime I can learn more about anthropology, history, geography, psychology, or sociology, I do it. These podcasts are great to expend your knowledge on a variety of subjects and hear inspirational stories from the people that make the world go ‘round.
- TED Radio Hour - Who doesn't love a good TED talk? Each episode is centered around a common theme based on Talks given by riveting speakers on the world-renowned TED stage.
- Larry Wilmore: Black On The Air - Comedian Larry Wilmore weighs in on the issues of the week and interviews guests in the world of politics, entertainment, culture, sports, and beyond.
- 99% Invisible - I’m new to this podcast, but it’s become one of my favorites. It’s one of the most unique podcasts I’ve stumbled upon. 99% Invisible is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture (it’s not what you think, give it a listen).
- Longform - A weekly conversation with a non-fiction writer about how they got their start and how they tell stories.
- The Art of Manliness - Discussions on topics and issues important or of interest to men.
- Shmanners - Etiquette is not dead.
- Serial - The first season was addictive and the second season didn’t really pique my interest. Regardless, it’s worth checking out.
- Others worth noting - This American Life, Note to Self, and Surprisingly Awesome.
These are some of my favorite podcasts that address black culture.
- Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood - Black Men Can’t Jump In Hollywood reviews major motion pictures with black leading actors. This podcast is timely considering all the controversy surrounding the Oscars this year.
- Code Switch - Journalists of color discuss race and identity.
- For Colored Nerds - Great conversations between two friends, male and female, about black culture.
- Another Round - Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton cover everything from race, gender and pop culture to squirrels, mangoes, and bad jokes all on this boozy show.
- So Well Spoken - A round table to discuss race relations, current events, entertainment and pop culture.
- Others worth noting - The Pennymon Doctrine and PostBourgie.
TV & Film (..and other niche podcasts)
Podcasts about tv, film, and pop culture.
- Nickelodeon Animation Podcast - Cartoon talk! This podcast gives voice to creators and talent from inside and outside of Nickelodeon who brought to life some of the most innovative, hilarious, and heart-tugging animation in the history of television.
- Seincast - This podcast is for Seinfeld nerds only. The hosts of this show spend about an hour each week breaking down every episode of the show in great detail. If you don’t have an obsession with Seinfeld like I do, then look into the hundreds of television podcasts out there. Do you love the Simpsons or The Walking Dead? Maybe you were a fan of Mad Men or Breaking Bad. Whether your favorite show is on or off the air, I’m sure you can find a great podcast out there somewhere.
- Chanel 33 - This is podcast on the Bill Simmons podcast network that covers mostly pop culture, but has also branched out to cover politics as well (see news and politics category above).
- The Totally Awesome 90s Podcast - talk about movies, TV shows, video games, music, and anything else that was made in the 90s.
- Mothership - TV, movies, video games and comic books. Nerd stuff basically.