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2018 Podcasts, Books and a YouTube channel

I’m combining all of my favorite media into one post this year. So, here we go:


The End of the World with Josh Clark
Terrifying and interesting. Josh does a great job breaking down complex science in ways that normal people like me can understand. I think this podcast should be a pre-requisite for being a human.

So cool to see a show by the local Oregon Public Broadcasting be listed as one of the top podcasts of the year by iTunes. Bundyville is also terrifying and interesting, but sheds light on some of the ways strongly held religious ideas can cause so many problems.

Last Seen
I listen to a bit of unsolved mysteries, but they’re usually pretty heavy as they’re dealing with homicides. Last Seen is fun because it’s about an art heist instead. The largest unsolved art heist in history which ends with digging up a hole behind a house in Florida.

The RFK Tapes
Another mystery podcast. This one gets into all of the potential conspiracy theories in the Robert Kennedy assignation case. You’ll definitely see it in a new light.

Couples Therapy
I’ve been watching Casey Niestat’s YouTube channel for the past 3 years since he started daily vlogs. He and his wife Candice started a podcast this last year and it is super easy to listen to. I love that they don’t give answers and advice, but just talk about the beauty and difficulties of life.

StarTalk Radio
Just found this one at the end of the year, and I’ve only listened to a couple episodes. I’m starting to get into Neil deGrasse Tyson. I listened to his episode called Exploring Earth’s Oceans with Slyvia Earle and Famine Cousteau and was amazed. I want to try more.

Someone Knows Something
I love David Ridgen’s work, and this season of SKS was produced really well, and I think helped the family in the case heal and process the events. That’s my favorite part of David’s work; he doesn’t come off as trying to use the family for a story, but to help the family by telling their story.


The Divine Dance by Richard Rohr

Salvation by Allegiance Alone by Matthew W. Bates

Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (My interview with him.)

Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans (My interview with her.)

Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown

Lies We Believe About God by Wm. Paul Young


Casey Niestat
I’ve been watching Casey for a while. Love how he edits.


2017 Reading List

Each year I compile all of the books I read the previous year. It’s largely great for me to reference back, but I also hope it may help you if you’re needing some book ideas! You can see my reading list for 2016, if you’re interested.

I’m really excited about reading in 2018. I recently joined Buffer, and one of our goals at Buffer is to encourage growth and learning. In keeping with this goal, we provide unlimited books for teammates!

Quick note here: I only try to read books that I think I’m going to love of course, but I’ve added a thumbs up to the books below that I would highly recommend.  The books I read it 2017:

  • Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans
  • Finding God in the Waves by Mike McHargue
  • The Sin of Certainty by Peter Enns
  • Faith Unraveled by Rachel Held Evans
  • A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans
  • The Bible Tells Me So by Peter Enns
  • A Farewell to Mars by Brian Zahnd
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About God by Rob Bell
  • What is the Bible by Rob Bell
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  • Blue Horses by Mary Oliver
  • Cross Vision Greg Boyd
  • Sinner’s in the Hands of a Loving God by Brian Zahnd
  • Falling Upward by Richard Rohr