Our Favorite Podcasts from 2017

December 15, 2017

Here is a list of our favorite podcasts from 2017. What podcasts influenced you in the past year? What podcasts would you recommend to the readers of iAt? Leave your recommendations in the comments.

99% Invisible–“all about the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about”

Slate’s Culture Gabfest–Listen to Slate’s critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner, plus their guests, discuss what’s happening in movies, books, TV, and more.

Embedded–Host Kelly McEvers takes a story from the news and goes deep.

Filmspotting–“The flagship film podcast” featuring in-depth movie reviews, top 5 lists and interviews.

Freakonomics Podcast–“Host Stephen J. Dubner has surprising conversations that explore the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature — from cheating and crime to parenting and sports. Dubner talks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, social scientists and entrepreneurs — and his Freakonomics co-author Steve Levitt.”

Gospel in Life–“Classic sermons by Tim Keller, Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and NY Times best-selling author of ‘The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism.'”

The Impact–“The Impact is a weekly narrative podcast about the consequences that laws have on real people’s lives, hosted by Sarah Kliff.”

Mere Fidelity–“Mere Fidelity is a weekly podcast hosted by Mere Orthodoxy, tackling a wide range of theological, ethical, social, and biblical topics.”

On Being–“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?”

Pass the Mic–“Pass The Mic is the premier podcast of The Witness. Every month Jemar Tisby and Tyler Burns sit down with voices from across the reformed movement with the mission of addressing the core concerns of African Americans biblically.”

Planet Money Podcast–“The economy, explained, with stories and surprises. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, ‘Meet me at the bar and tell me what’s going on with the economy.’ Now imagine that’s actually a fun evening. That’s what we’re going for at Planet Money. People seem to like it.”

Revisionist History–“Malcolm Gladwell’s journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood. Every episode re-examines something from the past—an event, a person, an idea, even a song—and asks whether we got it right the first time. ”

Rough Translation–“How are the things we’re talking about being talked about somewhere else in the world? From a Ukrainian battlefield to a Somali prison cell, an Indian yoga studio and a Syrian refugee’s first date, host Gregory Warner tells stories that follow familiar conversations into unfamiliar territory.”

Sermon Brainwave (Working Preacher)–“Engaging weekly conversation on Sunday’s Scripture passages.”

Truth’s Table–Hosted by Michelle Higgins, Christina Edmondson, and Ekemini Uwan. “We are Black Christian women who love truth and seek it out wherever it leads us. We have unique perspectives on race, politics, gender, current events, and pop culture that are filtered through our Christian faith.”

The Uncertain Hour–Host Krissy Clark “dives into one controversial topic each season to reveal the surprising origin stories of our economy.”

You Must Remember This–“The podcast about the secret and/or forgotten history of Hollywood’s first century.”

About the Author
  • Liz Moss is the former managing editor of In All Things and the Andreas Center Program Coordinator. Today she is the Development Director for The Tesfa Foundation, serving students and families in Ethiopia. She is ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Reformed Church in America.