I thought it might be a good idea to explain podcasts and RSS feeds to my readers and then list out the podcasts I like best.
So here is a quick introduction to RSS feeds:
RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication”. It is a way to easily distribute a list of headlines, update notices, and sometimes content to a wide number of people. It is used by computer programs that organize those headlines and notices for easy reading.
Most people are interested in many websites whose content changes on an unpredictable schedule. Examples of such websites are news sites, community and religious organization information pages, product information pages, medical websites, and weblogs. Repeatedly checking each website to see if there is any new content can be very tedious.
Email notification of changes was an early solution to this problem. Unfortunately, when you receive email notifications from multiple websites they are usually disorganized and can get overwhelming, and are often mistaken for spam.
RSS is a better way to be notified of new and changed content. Notifications of changes to multiple websites are handled easily, and the results are presented to you well organized and distinct from email.
RSS works by having the website author maintain a list of notifications on their website in a standard way. This list of notifications is called an “RSS Feed”. People who are interested in finding out the latest headlines or changes can check this list. Special computer programs called “RSS aggregators” have been developed that automatically access the RSS feeds of websites you care about on your behalf and organize the results for you.
(RSS feeds and aggregators are also sometimes called “RSS Channels” and “RSS Readers”.)
For the more technical people, RSS is an implementation of the Observer design pattern. When used in a distributed or enterprise environment, it is called Publish/Subscribe design pattern. You can implement it with technologies like message queues, and that’s one of the things I do at work (sometimes).
So, if you look at the front page of my blog right now, you can see some little item lists from sources like Reasonable Faith and Investors Business Daily. Those are RSS feeds supplied by those people. My blog is subscribing to those feeds and display the last 5 items from each feed. And whenever those sources publish something new, then the content of what is displayed on my blog’s front page changes to show the new item.
On my home computer, I subscribe to lots of RSS news feeds, which is one way of finding news stories for my blog. The software I use for this at home is my Chrome browser pointed to the Feedly RSS aggregator web site. You have to have a gMail account to use Feedly. You can read about how to add RSS feeds to Feedly here. If you don’t want to have a gMail account, then you can use a desktop application like RSS Owl and add feeds to that. On my Android phone, I use a application called gReader and add feeds to that.
I also have RSS feeds for podcasts so that I can see the new ones that people make and then download them and listen to them. I use an Android application called Podkicker for subscribing to podcasts. It also downloads them and plays them. Usually, I download them when I am at home and listen to them on the road.
Anyway, without further ado, here is my list of favorite podcasts:
Name: Weekly Standard Podcast
Name: FRC – Washington Watch Weekly – Tony Perkins
Name: FRC – Daily Commentary – Tony Perkins
Name: The Briefing – Al Mohler
Name: Banter: American Enterprise Institute
Name: Uncommon Knowledge – Hoover Institute – Peter Robinson
Name: Ruth Institute Podcast – Jennifer Roback Morse
Name: Intelligent Design: The Future – Various
Name: Reasons to Believe – Science News Flash
Name: Reasonable Faith Podcast – Kevin Harris and WLC
Name: Apologetics 315 Interviews – Brian Auten
Name: Please Convince Me Podcast – J. Warner Wallace
Name: Stand to Reason Please Convince Me Podcast – J. Warner Wallace
So, if you’re looking from some good podcasts, those are the ones I recommend. Please don’t feel badly if your favorite podcast is not listed here. You can leave a comment and tell us all what it is.