I often cite books and articles or web pages in my writing but rarely mention podcasts. I’ve recently started listening to more of them and wanted to highlight some of what I’m listening to. If you have an interesting podcast that deals with education, philosophy, martial arts, or similar veins, share it with me. If you are already listening to some of the bigger names, such as the Joe Rogan Experience or the Lex Fridman Podcast, check out some of these below.
In recent months, my fascination with all things language and philosophy led me to the Dawdler’s Philosophy Podcast. Harland Grant and Ryan McKenna are often off-the-cuff in their manner, but I enjoy listening to their insights, particularly Harland’s philosophical outtakes considering they line up with my own in many cases.
While working on a few initiatives at my college, I found the Tea for Teaching podcast. This is an excellent resource for educators, whether K-12 or higher education. I love that they discuss neuromyths, memory, and learning theory. If you are a martial arts coach, some of the information in these podcasts are great for helping understand how people learn, focus, and develop skills.
A fellow Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and free thinker, Darrell McClain, hosts his podcast called The Darrell McClain Show. I love Darrell’s show because of his diverse interests, which he lists a few being politics, economics, philosophy, science, and literature. I love these topics as well. I particularly love his views on free speech.
I stumbled onto the Breaking the Digital Spell podcast while researching Neil Postman and his contribution to Media Ecology. The podcast is labeled a religious show, and it has a bent toward Christianity. But don’t let that fool you. The show’s essence is to investigate what media, particularly social media and big tech, are doing to our minds and lives.
These are just a few shows I’ve been checking out over the last few months. I still read more than I listen, but stealing a few minutes when I can to hear what others think is important to me. Reading a book isn’t always convenient (unless you are using Audible, which is different). But, whether it’s on the ride to work or while taking a shower, we can all find a little time to listen to a few insights.
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