From Pastor Jason:
"I often get asked where I learn about all the strange things I seem to know. My number one source of intellectual stimulation is podcasts. Podcasts are like radio shows but that you can download or stream to play whenever you want. To me the benefit of these over television shows, news, or documentaries is that because there isn't the need to have video or to fill time, podcasts can go more in depth and take a more nuanced approach. Also they can cover a wider range of topics and have more niche focuses. The benefit over books is that podcasts can be taken to go and can be listened to while driving or while doing another activity like cooking or exercising.
I think podcasts can be very useful for families and for high school students. For one, they can be used as points of shared interest. You can listen to them as you drive together and talk about the ideas presented. Secondly, I think it can help high school students to discover their interests and passions. Finding a podcast that you love about a topic you didn't realize was fascinating to you can open up a whole world of new learning. Especially with so many high school students wondering what they want to study or where God is taking them, going through podcasts can be an easy to help discover the interests that God has given to you. For this reason I have separated the podcasts by topics.
A good way to use this is to challenge yourself or your children to listen to the podcasts of things that they are interested in. For instance, many young people think they want to go into video game design. But if you get bored by "Longform" or "Cane and Rinse", then maybe it's not actually something for you. On the other hand, you may find a big idea in "RadioLab" or "TED Radio Hour" and suddenly discover a whole new pursuit. Maybe you get hooked on "Inside Science" or "Memory Palace" and want to pursue a career in research or history.
So I hope that in these podcasts you and your families will find new wonders of God to explore and pursue."
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