Podcast Recommendations

Environment and Eco-Anxiety

  • Outrage and Optimism Outrage + Optimism’s energetic hosts Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac and Paul Dickinson, and their brilliant guests share expert opinions along with healthy doses of both outrage and optimism that will leave you feeling informed and energized.
  • Climate Town Rollie Williams and a ragtag team of climate communicators, creatives and comedians are here to examine climate change in a way that doesn’t make you want to eat a cyanide pill. Get informed about the climate crisis before the weather does it for you.
  • Climate Change and Happiness is a show for people around the globe who are thinking deeply about the personal side of climate change and their mental health and wellbeing. Clinical and environmental psychologist Thomas Doherty and climate emotions scholar Panu Pihkala talk about their research, and experiences as individuals and parents. They model how to cope with climate stress and build capacity for hope and happiness.
  • How to Save A Planet Climate change. We know. It can feel too overwhelming. But what if there was a show about climate change that left you feeling... energized? One so filled with possibility that you actually wanted to listen? Join us, journalist Alex Blumberg and a crew of climate nerds, as we bring you smart, inspiring stories about the mess we're in and how we can get ourselves out of it.
  • Climate and You How can you - personally - face the truth, stay strong, and take action in the midst of an ongoing climate and ecological emergency? Former wildlife biologist, Zen priest, and climate activist Domyo Burk offers weekly episodes to help you stay engaged with the climate crisis in an authentic and sustainable way.
  • Climate Changed offers intimate interviews and conversations around some of the most pressing questions about faith, life, and climate change. Hosted by Ben Yosua-Davis, Director of Applied Research, and Nicole Diroff, Program Director, and produced by Peterson Toscano, the podcast features acclaimed guests such as Corina Newsome, Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, poet Criag Santos Perez, and many more, all exploring what spiritual leadership looks and feels like in a climate-changed world.
    • Climate Changed Podcast Party: Join podcast hosts Nicole Diroff and Ben Yosua-Davis, along with podcast producer Peterson Toscano, to listen to some favorite moments from the most recent episode and reflect together on some of its themes. Our party will include activities and conversation based on our Season 2 podcast discussion guide.  

General Faith and Spirituality

  • On Being: “A Peabody Award-winning public radio show and podcast. What does it mean to be human? How do we want to live? And who will we be to each other? Each week a new discovery about the immensity of our lives. Hosted by Krista Tippett.” Examines universal themes of life through discussions with politicians, artists, scientists, etc. Recent episodes include “David Trueur: Language Carries More Than Words” about the Ojibway language, and “Ta-Nehisi Coates: Imagining a New America.”
  • BBC Heart and Soul: “Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.” Recent episodes include “Walking the Kartarpur Corridor for Guru Nanak,” “Joining the mosque I planned to destroy,” and “A female rabbi in training.”
  • Ministry of Ideas is a podcast dedicated to investigating and illuminating the ideas that shape our society. It is an initiative of Harvard Divinity School and is featured in the Boston Globe Ideas Section. 
  • Holy Hurt What is spiritual trauma? How does it impact us? And are there paths toward healing? In this series, Hillary McBride (PhD, RPsych, RCC) explores these questions, sharing her research, clinical experience, and embodied approach, and engaging with other mental health professionals and people with lived experience of spiritual trauma.
  • Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: “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 [Harry Potter series]. 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?”
  • Tara Brach: ”Tara Brach, Ph.D is an internationally known meditation teacher and author of bestselling Radical Acceptance and True Refuge. Tara shares a weekly guided meditation and talk that blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices. The podcast addresses the value of mindfulness meditation and self-compassion in relieving emotional suffering, serving spiritual awakening and bringing healing to our world.”
  • The One You Feed: “The One You Feed podcast uses the parable of two wolves at battle within us as a jumping-off point for meaningful discussions about how to live skilfully amidst life’s inherent challenges. Each week on The One You Feed podcast, the show’s host, Eric Zimmer, talks with experts such as scientists, authors, researchers, psychologists, thought leaders, spiritual teachers, and public figures about how listeners can act their way into a better, more fulfilling life. These conversations center around offering listeners powerful but practical tools that they can use in their daily lives so that they suffer less and live with more joy, love, peace and fulfillment.” Episodes include “Jeff Warren on How to Meditate with a Busy Brain.”
  • The Liturgists: “The Liturgists Podcast is a genre-bending, chart-topping exploration of the most interesting and pressing topics of our time through the lenses of art, science, and faith.” “The Liturgists are a global community working to subvert the barriers our society builds around religion, race, gender, ability, and sexuality. Our work is centered around compelling discussion, non-judgmental community, and thoughtful, evocative art.We believe there is room at the table for all who are hungry.” 
  • All Together: “From the Pope to Patti Smith -- All Together is dedicated to exploring how religion ideas, ethics and spiritual practices inform and shape our personal lives, our communities and our world. Host Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush is the Executive Editor of HuffPost Religion, which is America's most widely-read religion website.” 

Faith-Specific

  • The RobCast: Progressive Christian pastor Rob Bell looks at the Bible, sometimes in conversation with a celebrity guest. He considers how his liberal interpretation of Christianity fits in with daily life.
  • A Bahá'í Perspective: “A Bahá'í Perspective is a podcast of biographical interviews of people who have either chosen the Bahá'í Faith as a way of life or who have a relationship with the Bahá'í Faith.”
  • #GoodMuslimBadMuslim: “The #GoodMuslimBadMuslim monthly podcast featuring Tanzila "Taz" Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh is about the good and the bad of the American Muslim female experience. But you know, satirically & disturbingly hilarious.”
  • Maxwell Institute Podcast The Maxwell Institute Podcast is where faith and scholarship have a nice conversation over lunch. Scholars from the Latter-day Saint tradition and beyond talk about faith, history, scripture, philosophy, theology, and more.
  • Buddhist Geeks: “Buddhism, meditation, mindfulness, society, technology, Tibetan Buddhism, vajrayana, vipassana, zen. Bringing Dharma to Life”
  • Inciting a Riot: “Inciting A Riot isn't just a blog concerning all things related to politics, people, and paganism; it's also a PODCAST! That's too many p's. I'm sorry. The podcast has exclusive content including: music, spirituality, sociology, etymology, book reviews, tips & tricks, as well as a host of new segments and topics added all the time!”
  • Sermon Slam: From Jewish Public Media, “SermonSlam is a poetry slam for sermons, poems, stories, narratives, plays and anything else short and on topic. We record live and post selections online.”
  • Treyf Podcast: “Treyf is an anarchist Jewish podcast recorded in occupied Tio’tia:ke (Montreal), Kanien’kehá:ka territory. The show features discussions about radical leftist politics and history, highlighting perspectives often excluded from mainstream Jewish spaces.”
  • Quaker Faith & Podcast: “Most Quakers today were not raised Quakers. In Britain, that’s as high as 87%! That’s a lot of religion education to pick up, and smaller meetings often have trouble providing education for the full learning curve from newcomer to seasoned Quaker. We hope to make it easier to learn what Quaker[s] believe. Plus, there’s a lot of variation in Quakers. Education can help us steer away from thinking “those other kinds of Quakers aren’t real Quakers.”
  • Tell Them, I Am: “Tell Them, I Am is about the small moments that define who we are and who we are not. The stories are universal. The voices are all Muslim. With a new episode every weekday this Ramadan, host Misha Euceph opens a window into the lives of Tan France, Alia Shawkat, Ramy Youssef, Reza Aslan, Mercedes Iman Diamond and others.”
  • Stories We Tell: “Judaism has a deep and rich tradition of storytelling, of passing down stories from one generation to the next. To carry on that tradition, Stories We Tell, from ReformJudaism.org, will share a new story with you every Thursday. […] each episode will give you a new story to reflect on and discuss with the people in your life.”

Interfaith and World Religions

  • The Talking with God Project began as public scholar and interreligious leader Méli Solomon's personal search for answers to her questions about the liturgy and elements of the weekly synagogue services she was attending. Over the years, it has evolved into a much larger conversation with practicing Jews, Christians and Muslims.
  • Research on Religion Podcast: “Our goal for this podcast series is to make scholarly research on religion interesting, relevant and accessible to a broad audience. We intend this audience to include other scholars, clergy members and any one else who has an interest in religion. The conversational format of our podcast is designed to facilitate a jargon-free discussion of major topics within the social scientific study of religion.
  • Spirits and Spirituality: “Recorded live at the Museum of Jewish Montreal, join talk radio legend Tommy Schnurmacher, the Rabbi Avi Finegold and a rotating, round-table panel of guests from the arts, the media and the academic and religious communities for a bi-weekly conversation on faith and life over a couple of cocktails.”
  • Interfaith Voices: “Interfaith Voices is an independent public radio show fostering interfaith understanding by providing engaging conversation about religion, across many traditions and beliefs. We explore how faith intersects with culture, public policy, and the news of the day.” Episodes include “Faith communities respond to rising hate,” “Trans in the Eyes of God,” and “Modern paganism, ancient spirituality.”
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