Discover intriguing new podcasts to add to your playlist.
Between homeschooling, keeping the house reasonable, getting time outdoors, and all the other demands on my time, it seems I rarely have time to read anymore.
For years, I’ve combated this with copious use of audiobooks in the car, but sometimes I crave more than a good story.
While podcasts can be stories, they’re more often like sitting in on a talk or discussion.
You know when you’re overhearing conversation at the next table over, and the subject is fascinating and the discourse respectful, and you linger over your coffee just so you can listen to more of the conversation?
Podcasts do that too, without the societal taboos of eavesdropping.
But after awhile, your podcast list can get a bit stale.
If your playlist is in need of refreshing, take a look at this list I’ve gathered to expand our minds (not in a magic mushroom kind of way, though I do have a great recipe from nomnompaleo.com for magic mushroom powder….)
With the exception of Stonechats, none of these podcasts are about homeschooling. Instead, they cover a wide variety of topics that make us think and are enjoyable to listen to.
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- Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
- This I Believe
- Bulaq Podcast — the Arabist
- Myths and Legends
- Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast
- Nature Guys
- British History Podcast
Philosophy Podcasts for the inclusive homeschooler
The first two podcasts are about reflecting on our beliefs. It doesn’t matter what spiritual tradition your beliefs stem from; it’s about getting down to core values and really thinking about them.
1. Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
It’s the English class you didn’t know you missed and the meaningful conversations you didn’t know you craved.
This podcast creates time in your week to think about life’s big questions. Because reading fiction doesn’t help us escape the world, it helps us live in it.
Each week, we explore a central theme through which to explore the characters and context, always grounding ourselves in the text. We’ll engage in traditional forms of sacred reading to unearth the hidden gifts within even the most mundane sentences.
On this podcast, we ask: What if we read the books we love as if they were sacred texts?
2. This I Believe
This I Believe
This I Believe, Inc. publishes a weekly podcast of selections from their award-winning public radio series. Each week a different person reads an essay they have written about their most deeply held beliefs.
Literature and Culture Podcasts
Ready to move on to specific cultures? Let’s visit the Middle East and North Africa, China, and then travel the world learning about legends from around the globe.
3. Middle East – Bulaq Podcast
Bulaq Podcast — the Arabist
BULAQ is a podcast about contemporary writing from and about the Middle East and North Africa. It looks at the Arab region through the lens of literature and at literature through the lens of current events.
4. China – Romance of the Three Kingdoms
Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast
This podcast is an attempt to tell the story of the classic Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms in a way that’s more accessible to an audience who did not grow up in the culture and society that it has permeated for hundreds of years.
It’s kind of like an audiobook, but instead of just a straight reading of a translation, it’s conversational storytelling infused with occasional brief background information and history lessons to help give you the context you need to understand and appreciate this great work of classic Chinese literature.
5. Legends from Around the World
Myths and Legends
This show brings you folklore that has shaped our world. Some are incredibly popular stories you think you know, but with surprising origins. Others are stories that might be new to you, but are definitely worth a listen.
These are stories of magic, kings, Vikings, dragons, knights, princesses, and wizards from a time when the world beyond the map was a dangerous, wonderful, and terrifying place.
Podcasts that go with a Charlotte Mason education
These last three didn’t fit into any particular category. Trying desperately to shoehorn them into one, I came up with Odds and Ends.
But they all support a Charlotte Mason homeschooling mindset.
6. Stonechats – Secular Charlotte Mason
Stonechats where we wax eloquent about all things related to homeschooling from a Charlotte Mason perspective.
(Disclaimer – I am one of the hosts of this show)
7. Nature Guys
Nature Guys podcast connects you to the exciting natural world right in your own neighborhood. These nature connections will help you be cool, calm, collected and ready to make a positive difference in the world.
8. British History Podcast
British History Podcast
History is human. History is drama. History is our story, and it belongs to all of us.
The BHP is a chronological retelling of the history of Britain with a particular focus upon the lives of the people. You won’t find a dry recounting of dates and battles here, but instead you’ll learn about who these people were and how their desires, fears, and flaws shaped the scope of this island at the edge of the world.
A variety of podcasts to fill your mind
These are just a few of the podcasts that fill my subscription list. What podcasts do you love?
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