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Four top podcasts I listen to are:
The West Wing Weekly—I loved that show and enjoy the commentary with people associated with it.
The Bible for Normal People—Biblical scholar Peter Enns interviews interesting and provocative people.
The Liturgists—A wonderful space for people who are struggling with their faith (and as a pastor, I like to know about such resources), it also features some interesting discussions about faith and science/ faith and art.
The History of the World in 100 Objects—I loved the entire series from the British Museum.
Santa Barbara, California
I love looking for deals on eBay but when it comes to killing time online, I find myself strangely drawn to extreme sports videos on YouTube like People Are Awesome. I also re-watch team Canada winning the Olympic gold medal.
Lately Krista Tippett’s On Being has been a go-to podcast for my wife, Mayra, and me. I love how Tippett elevates public discourse by way of powerful conversations. Guests range from evangelicals like Eugene Peterson to Franciscan priest Richard Rohr, to conservative talk personality Glenn Beck to scientist Helen Fisher. In a world where it seems people are conversing less and less with others, it’s refreshing to hear people with diverse views offer wisdom from their journey.
Malcom Gladwell’s ten-episode podcast Revisionist History is compelling. Gladwell always seems to have a unique and quirky take on life’s events. He takes ten historical events and places them under a different lens. The interviews encourage listeners to witness history through sports, politics, and even humor, as a way
of reflecting on the present from a different angle.
New York City, New York
I am a recipe junkie. I have severe dietary sensitivities and restrictions, and it’s a fun adventure to look up delicious, healthy recipes that either fit my restrictions or that I can modify. I love reading the instruction text portion of a recipe. I can imagine myself preparing it as I read, and I visualize each step of the process. A lot of my go-to staples fit within the paleo diet, and I follow a lot of paleo blogs.
Paleogrubs.com includes an area to plug in whatever ingredients you have and it will search for compatible recipes—a quick fix for hectic days!
I love Runningwithspoons.com for recipes—everything I’ve tried from that site has turned out beautifully.
Foodfaithfitness.com also has great recipes and fitness tips that I incorporate into my own daily exercise regimen.
In the same health vein, I make a lot of my own cleaning products, skincare products, and home remedies. Wellnessmama.com is a great resource.
My top Instagram pages:
@lauraiz—I can’t get enough of this baby, her deep sleep, and her mother’s love and creativity. It also reminds me of how adorable my three babies were when they actually were babies.
@addyeb_art—One day I will have money to commission an original piece from her.
@tasteofstreep—This just makes me laugh.
Websites I follow: Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, Breakpoint, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, ChristianityToday, Sojourners, Christ and Pop Culture, NPR Code Switch I like to do a lot of reading online about the things I’m passionate about—news, politics, music, entertainment, sports, and of course, organized religion.
A lot of other sites I read are snarky in tone, which also reflects my love of wit—and some I read mostly for the jokes in the comment sections. Some of them (Deadspin, Lexicon Valley) have adult language, but I find their frankness refreshing.
I often wonder how many hours I have spent reading, listening to, and consuming content on topics that range from entrepreneur stories, faith-based identity politics, creativity and innovation, to social activism and institutional injustice. I am mildly obsessed with learning new things and thinking critically about said topics with the deft and nuance of my intellectual and moral heroes/heroines.
Podcasts such as How I Built This, StartUp Podcast, Ted RadioHour, Reply All, The Creative Muscle, and The Ezra Klein Show keep me abreast of issues regarding technology, startups, and the lessons learned from today’s most intrepid entrepreneurs and creatives. Code Switch, Another Round, See Something Say Something, and On Being, with Krista Tippett round out my regularly rotating podcast voices, focused on the dissection of social and cultural issues we currently face.
I also frequent reading blogs and opinion articles from the likes of David Brooks of The New York Times, tech and pop culture writer Luvvie Ajayi, and Pulitzer-prize winning food critic Jonathan Gold.