Here are some recommended listenings for new generation thinkers.
BiblioFiles is a podcast for lit-lovers. In each of the 40+ podcasts (released on an almost bi-monthly schedule), the Center for Lit crew “continues its quest to discover the great ideas in books of every description, ancient classics to fresh bestsellers, epic poems to bedtime stories.” If you have any interest in books, reading, or the great conversation, you absolutely must listen to BiblioFiles.
Join Holly Packiam and Jamie Showmaker in some delightful discussions that highlight the life-giving benefits of faith, imagination, reading, story, and conversation. One of my favorite podcasts they did was Episode #5 – A Picture Paints A Thousand Stories: Why Illustrations Matter. If you have an extra twenty minutes throughout your day, then I recommend listening to these two moms get real about the power of storytelling in the lives of your children.
The Read-Aloud Revival podcast is a fantastic resource for parents, helping equip them with the necessary tools and knowledge to make meaningful connections with their children through literature. I love the podcast because I can hear about new books, practices to implement in my own home when I have kids, studies about literature and reading aloud, and more. Plus, Sarah Mackenzie is just a joy to listen to!
The 5 Leadership Questions podcast is hosted by Todd Adkins, Eric Geiger, and Daniel Im of LifeWay Leadership. In most episodes, the hosts ask five questions of different guests, but they also discuss particular leadership topics. The podcast aims to inform and encourage Christian leaders no matter where they are serving—in the pastorate, the business world, non-profits, or as volunteers. Every episode will leave you with practical takeaways to implement in your daily routine, helping you to grow in character, knowledge, and skills.
Dr. Albert Mohler is a high-profile thought leader in the Christian world and culture at large. One glance at his extensive library, with books spilling off the shelves onto the floor and lining the basement steps, and you know that this man has vasts stores of wisdom to bestow on others. He hosts two podcasts that I would recommend for any person who desires to influence society and culture intentionally. The Briefing is a “daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview”; Dr. Mohler covers significant issues affecting America and the world, generally within 20 minutes. In Thinking in Public, Dr. Mohler interviews other leaders in various fields (business, politics, theology, academia).
This 30-minute weekly program, produced by Truth At Work co-founder Ray Hilbert, provides a unique look at how high capacity Christian leaders live out their faith in the marketplace, how their faith influences their decisions and actions to issues they face as leaders, and how they address the demands of leadership. Bottom Line Faith profiles some of America’s top Christian CEOs, business owners, corporate executives, athletic coaches and personalities, authors, and thought leaders. It’s an investigation of the intersection of faith, work, and leadership that never fails to leave the listener with nuggets of wisdom for life and leadership.
Circe Institute’s Close Reads podcast began as a book club featuring Angelina Stanford, Tim McIntosh, and David Kern. I love the podcast because it’s like an excellent English literature course on-the-go. They pretty much pick books to read, and then have fantastic dialogues and always end their discussions of a given piece of literature by answering audience questions. They are also introducing podcasts on Shakespeare, Films, and Poetry, to name a few, in addition to the contemporary novels and short stories they already read, review, and discuss.
This is the second category of recommended listenings for NGT. For the sake of simplicity and ease of review, I’m just going to provide a list of musicals that are incredible. I do listen to other genres of music, and especially enjoy soundtracks (you must hear John William’s work for War Horse), but I find that musicals impact me the most.
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Studio Cast Recording)
- Anastasia (Broadway)
- Tuck Everlasting (Broadway)
- The Phantom of the Opera (Broadway — Royal Albert Hall)
- Cinderella (Rodgers & Hammerstein’s)
- Les Miserables (Original London Cast)
- Beauty and the Beast (Original Broadway Cast)
- Finding Neverland (Original Broadway Cast)
- The Greatest Showman
- Fiddler on the Roof
- Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast)
- The Prince of Egypt
- Sweeney Todd (Original Broadway Cast)
- Daddy Long Legs (Original Off-Broadway Cast)
- Bright Star (Original Broadway Cast)
- Dear Evan Hansen (Original Broadway Cast)