2020 Top Podcasts

December 10, 2020
As we wind down the year, iAt will take a look back at 2020: our favorite podcasts, books, and articles. Here is a list of some of our favorite podcasts. We’d love to have you weigh in! What podcasts influenced you in the past year? What podcasts would you recommend to the readers of iAt? Leave your recommendations in the comments.

The Christian Humanist Podcast
with Victoria Farmer

“Three Christians, teachers, and intellectuals gather digitally to hold forth on literature, theology, philosophy, and other things human beings do well. Taking the question at hand utterly seriously and ourselves not at all, the Christian Humanists attempt to record weekly during the school year and take on some interesting questions.”

Critical Faith
with Victoria Farmer

iAt’s Review: “Critical Faith is a podcast that is housed within the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, Canada, and is run by the Institute’s student body. At the start of almost every episode they state their hope that the Critical Faith podcast is a space that fosters conversation about all things faith, fellowship, and society and that it gives its audience a glimpse into the everyday life of the students at the Institute for Christian Worship Studies.” -Jackson Nickolay

Dolly Parton’s America
by Jad Abumrad & Shima Oliaee

iAt’s Review: “It is this cultural phenomenon of Dolly Parton—the woman, the myth, the legend—that the podcast production team of Jad Abumrad and Shima Oliaee jump into with both feet. For the avid podcast consumer these names should sound very familiar. Abumrad is the visionary behind podcasts like Radiolab and More Perfect. Oliaee has produced and reported for Radiolab and worked on the popular TV series Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Both of these artist’s skills in synthesizing detailed reporting and narrative storytelling are on full display in Dolly Parton’s America.” -Jackson Nickolay

with Nate Silver

“Nate Silver and the FiveThirtyEight team cover the latest in politics, tracking the issues and “game-changers” every week.”


The Holy Post
with Phil Vischer & Skye Jethani

“Join VeggieTales and What’s in the Bible? creator Phil Vischer and co-host Skye Jethani (author, speaker, pastor) for a fast-paced and often funny conversation about pop culture, media, theology, and the fun, fun, fun of living a thoughtful Christian life in an increasingly post-Christian culture.”

No Stupid Questions
with Stephen Dubner & Angela Duckworth

“Stephen Dubner (co-author of the Freakonomics book series) and research psychologist Angela Duckworth (author of Grit) really like to ask people questions, and came to believe there’s no such thing as a stupid one. So they made a podcast where they can ask each other as many “stupid questions” as they want..”

Powers & Principalities
with Blake Chastain

“A new podcast focused on the systems & institutions that propagate white evangelical & Christian nationalist power.”


Refugia: A Podcast about Renewal
hosted by Debra Rienstra

iAt’s Review: “Rienstra’s conversations with her guests serve as brief glimpses into the lives of those who are working hard to create places of refugia. They are moments when we get to sit with incredible minds and diligent souls who are directly concerned in creating places of rest. Listening to these people talk to each other, you get the sense that as the listener you are being welcomed into a new space—a space where you get to rest for just a bit, find some refuge, and exit the experience recharged for the work ahead..” -Jackson Nickolay


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