Message from our Director of Religious Education
"It’s not true I had nothing on, I had the radio on." – Marilyn Monroe
I got to demonstrate my radio dial tuning skills when my husband and I relied on a battery operating AM/FM radio while we didn't have electricity for 7 days post Irma. It inspired a remembrance I had from my time as a social worker with Big Brothers Big Sisters at Venice High School. We had a short ice breaker activity in which the adult mentor and the student separately filled out answers to the same questions and then shared their responses. One question was, "What was your favorite television program when you were a younger child?". I was meeting with a mentor and student the week after they had been introduced and I asked the student what she had learned about Betty since they met. The student replied with a combination of sympathy and astonishment, "Do you know that there wasn't any television when Betty was a child!". I'm sure some of you can relate to the student and some with her mentor.
That brings me to my new-found love of podcasts, a listening medium. They are often in a series format, much like the radio shows of days gone by. Apparently, I am not alone. In an article from this summer, I learned that in the U.S., approximately 65 million people (1 in 4 Americans over age 12) are listening to podcasts. Yes, the majority of listeners are age 25-54, so I'm wondering how many of you are listening. I encourage those of you that haven't to give it go! The options are endless. Recently, even the prisoners of San Quentin have begun podcasting!
You can tune in through your computer or mobile device. Here are some ideas:
‘The Daily Podcast’: through the NY Times (20 mins per day, 5 days a week)
‘This American Life Podcast’: especially the Bowe Bergdahl series and S-Town
‘Homecoming Podcast’: from Gimlet Media-a Hollywood type psychological thriller
‘On Being Podcast’: Look for Krista Tibbett's interview with civil rights icon Ruby Sales
‘Creating Our Own Lives Podcast’: again, with Krista Tibbett
Do you have favorite podcasts? If anyone has an interest in gathering to listen to a segment and discuss or learn more about how to find your way into the world of podcasts, let me know .