Monday, August 31, 2009


Lisa turned me onto podcasts about a year ago, telling me I simply had to listen to Rosary Army. At the time I didn't have an iPod or any other version of an MP3 player, but she would play the podcast - excitedly pointing out they too have a "cloffice" - everytime I went anywhere with her in her car. Eventually, I downloaded all four of the Rosaries to pray in my office, and I even saved one onto my daughter's MP3 player to take with me on a business trip that required a long plane ride.

Last year my husband gave me an iPod Touch for a joint Christmas/birthday present and I started building my own library of music and podcasts. Geez, there are a lot of podcasts available on iTunes and other resources such as SQPN!

Lisa advised me to start with Secrets of Battlestar Galactica and I thoroughly enjoyed the final season listening to Jeff & Zina talk about the cultural and religious references found in the series. It reminded me of being in college, sitting up late having intelligent, academic, discussions with other history or English majors. I even found myself talking back to the podcast as I listened.

Also at Lisa's recommendation I started listening to Daily Breakfast with Father Roderick, Catholic under the Hood, and Catholic Moments. Since going to the Catholic New Media Celebration, I've subscribed to nearly a dozen new podcasts and am trying to weed through them to find out which ones I really prefer. A few new favorites are clearly emerging, but I'm having trouble finding time to listen to them all!

So, how many podcasts do you listen to?
And when do you listen to them?

I can't listen at work, because I've discovered that I need the part of my brain that listens consciously to think about what I'm working on, as opposed to having music on in the background.

I listen while I'm doing something solitary like painting the hallway trim or riding my bicycle around the neighborhood. Occasionally I'll listen while I'm preparing dinner and last week I listened in the car while driving back from a conference in Austin, though I really dislike driving with the earbuds in my ears.

I've discovered my family really doesn't like me listening to podcasts when they're around. You know the old adage that the kids don't need you for anything until you pick up the telephone to make a call. It's true with putting earbuds in your ears and turning on a podcast. In the evening it's one thing to sit on the couch with my husband and watch tv together, but it feels rude to sit on the couch and listen to a podcast while he watches television. Why? Is it because listening to a podcast is such a solitary activity?

We were driving to Oklahoma City last month and while my husband is driving I feel as though I can read a book and not be rude, but the minute I put in the earbuds I felt as though I was ignoring my family. I know this probably isn't the case; trust me when I say that my husband will tell you I ignore the family plenty when I read.

If you have any suggestions for me on how you manage your podcasts or even how to prioritize what you listen to and how often, please leave me a comment! I know I could use the advice!


  1. How funny! I didn't know you would start with us. :-)

    I have the same problem with podcasts too. Right now I have a backlog of over 100+ podcasts. But that is also due to the fact that I just subscribed to more of them. Usually I only have 20-50 unheard shows.

    I have often caught up with these podcasts by listening to them while doing housework, driving, and distance running. In fact, many of my running friends catch up with shows that way.

    Also, when there is music or a long intro you can fast forward. I often do that with the Technopriest, Catholic Family, and iPadre. If I have time I listen to the songs, but mostly I skip through.

    I actually quit Leo Laporte's TWIT because it routinely ran way too long. (There is only so much Dvorak I can take in one sitting!)

    Also, I make a playlist of the shows I really want to listen to so I don't have to pick one out after one ends.

    If your husband and/or family have similar interests then you may want to consider listening all together. Belkin makes a transmitter, but they are really flimsy (we have gone through two and have sworn off of them). However, you could consider getting speakers in the meantime, unless you have a MP3 player hook-up for the audio system of your car. The kids and I often listen to the Daily Breakfast, iPadre, and the Catholic Family Podcast. My 3-year-old (at the time) even used to crow like a rooster right before the crowing on Fr. Roderick's intro.

    With Catholic Mom and Catholic Spotlight podcast I would have to pick and choose from the titles, which are fortunately specifically named so what-you-see-is-what-you-get.

    I think that is all I can think of in the way of tips. Hope that helps.

  2. Thanks Zina! Now you understand why I came across as the biggest "fan" at the CNMC. :)

    I have about ten subscriptions right now, and I'll admit I'm listening to Catholic Foodie, CUTH, and SaintCast with some regularity. But I have found many more than I like. It's reassuring to know that others have a big "backlog" of podcasts in their MP3 players as well!

  3. My ipod contains mostly music and my car has a port to connect it to the radio so I don't have to use ear buds. But when I listen to music on it at home while I'm cleaning or cooking I tend to "repel" my teenage daughters. The reference for this is

    Praise Him with the timbrel and DANCE; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Psalm 150:4

    I only listen to praise and worship music so by the time dinner is ready, the curtains are all closed, doors shut, and I'm all praised up and ready to face anything. (yeah, the girls close curtains and doors for fear of someone seeing their mom praise the King of Kings) I feel like King David dancing through the streets while his wife was mortified! (except I wear more clothes) lol Ok that is a stretch.

    With that confessed, when I listen to teachings, or preachings etc. I tend to play it so everyone can hear. I think that they need it as much as I do. Even if they don't listen to the whole thing, God's word doesn't return to Him void. My teenage girls are generally not interested in podcasts but if I watch a Christian show on TV, they will watch with me.

    I have a huge log of podcasts on my computer and I tend to only keep so many on my ipod at one time. You can switch them out after you hear them and keep a log of ones to hear again, even rename them so you can find them better.

    I hope you find soemthing that works for you.

    You are Blessed and Highly Favored!


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