Podcasts And Periscope – My Top 5 Picks!


My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence. – Edith Sitwell

So I’m a stickler for using my time well, you know the vibe; if you’re doing dishes you can listen to an audio book, if you’re doing your hair and makeup you can listen/watch a periscope video, if you’re driving you can listen to a podcast or your favourite preacher! Yep, I’m all over this, everyday!

If you saw my post last week you’ll know I use audio books, I’ll keep that list updated every month, but I’m not including that info in this post!

So here are my top 5 listening loves right now:


 1.  Read-Aloud Revival

This podcast is all about building your family culture around books. This is not just for home educators although the host does homeschool her children she’s careful to be inclusive in her questions and content.

Two of my favourites are her interview with Susan Wise Bauer and her lovely chat with Sarah Clarkson from Storyformed – check it out book fans!

2.  On Being with Krista Tippett

On Being is a Peabody Award-winning public radio conversation and podcast, a Webby Award-winning website and online exploration, a publisher and public event convener. On Being opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? We explore these questions in their richness and complexity in 21st-century lives and endeavors. We pursue wisdom and moral imagination as much as knowledge; we esteem nuance and poetry as much as fact. 

I just LOVE this podcast and I feel like I’m passing on a treasure by sharing it with you but it’s too good to keep to myself (smile). These conversations that accompany me whilst cleaning my kitchen and doing my dishes feed my poetic soul, stretch my capacity for language and constantly remind me why I took sociology at University! I also love this conversational style of broadcasting and I try to emulate it in my small community radio show. Two of my favourites are her treasured interview with poet Mary Oliver on ‘listening to the world’ and her inspiring conversation with Mary Catherine Bateson on ‘composing a life.’


3.  Charlotte Gambill

“So much of the growth we could have had is lost because of the people we feared, or the opinions we allowed to redirect us.”
― Charlotte Gambill, The Miracle in the Middle: Finding God’s Voice in the Void

I love Charlotte; she’s a Yorkshire girl doing it large for Jesus! We both started life in the same church in Bradford many moons ago, and she’s now Senior Pastor at Life Church with her husband Steve. I like her down-to-earth style, her straight from The Word content and her lovely, lively personality.

She’s a mother, author and a mighty fine preacher – I learn from her style, her content and her leadership.

Here she is in action if you want to take a look! You can find lots on YouTube of course; there’s no regular pattern to her content on the web but I keep an eye out most weeks.


A picture may be worth a thousand words, but live video can take you someplace and show you around.

So, if you haven’t discovered it yet, Periscope is the new phenomenon launched this past summer that has just gone wild! Periscope is a new live stream video app linked with Twitter that allows you to do live broadcasts about anything you want! I tried to start broadcasting myself but either my android phone or my home wi-fi doesn’t like it and it has been unsuccessful, but I can still watch them!

I don’t give Periscope a lot of time and I only watch scopes that have good content and are worth my time; so here are two I watch regularly:

4.  Money Saving Mom (Crystal Paine) – this is linked to her Katch account so you can catch up on her scopes.

Crystal is a mother, home educator, author and successful business woman; I’ve actually been reading her blog for around 10 years but only recently has she sprung to ‘success’ and I’m cheering her on. Her scopes talk about blogging, business, time management and book reviews – so right up my street!

5.  Chalene Johnson

Chalene is a fun, inspiring entrepreneur and business woman. She’s a leader, amazing communicator and a forerunner in the fitness industry! I find her motivating; her content isn’t always what I need so I don’t check in every day but there are generally a few a week that have really helpful content around ‘getting it done’ that relates to me right now!

There are a few more podcasts that I’m trying out at the moment but haven’t heard enough to put them on my fav’s list, but I am enjoying them…I’ll keep you posted!

I’d love to hear from you, who are you listening to at the moment?

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