Conversations, VOLUME 11

Vital Conversations – Podcast Roundup – August 23

Five New Must-Listen Podcast Episodes!!!
Sarah Bessey on Madeleine L’Engle, Localism,
Lies My Teacher Taught Me, MORE


These podcasts can be downloaded from the iTunes store
or from the links below.


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[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”0310353408″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”168″]Introducing Sarah Arthur‘s new podcast on Madeleine L’Engle, The Madeleine Podcast,which augments her new book, [easyazon_link identifier=”0310353408″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L’Engle, Author of A Wrinkle in Time[/easyazon_link]. The first episode features Sarah Bessey, noted blogger and author, talking about Madeleine’s literary legacy.


The Strong Towns podcast recently featured a great conversation on the importance of localism. This conversation follows in the vein of the controversial book, [easyazon_link identifier=”0815731647″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]The New Localism[/easyazon_link], (read a critique here) and David Brooks’ recent column on localism. Localism may be a necessary response to the paralysis of national and global institutions and levers of change. But that doesn’t mean that we should reject the goal of having a large, scalable impact on the world through our actions, says episode guest Ben Brown. In an age of polarization and tribalism, Brown suggests, “the only way you can get big done is to demonstrate how the little works. Then scale up.”




[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”0743296281″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”162″]NPR’s Codeswitch Podcast featured an in-depth look at James Loewen‘s classic book, [easyazon_link identifier=”0743296281″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Lies My Teacher Told Me[/easyazon_link]. This episode asks: what gets written into our textbooks? NPR education correspondent Anya Kamenetz, and author James Loewen talk about about this classic book.


[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”0316551244″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”160″]Beth Macy’s new book on the opioid crisis is getting a lot of good press. The NY TIMES Book Review Podcast recently posted an episode with an interview about the book.“ We’re all connected, we’re all at risk of this,” Macy says about what she has learned reporting on the opioid crisis. “It’s everywhere.”  Also on this episode, Lovia Gyarkye talks about Chibundu Onuzo’s [easyazon_link identifier=”1936787806″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Welcome to Lagos[/easyazon_link] and Jennifer Schuessler discusses a controversy in the world of poetry.


[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”333″ identifier=”0830841237″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”166″]And finally, on the OtherWise podcast, Casey Tygrett talks with Mandy Smith, author of [easyazon_link identifier=”0830841237″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]The Vulnerable Pastor[/easyazon_link], about vulnerability and the changing church. The  conversation moves through key ideas like lament and joy then on to the important question gender roles and leadership and how God opened the door for Mandy to be one of the first (and only) female senior pastors in a church tradition that historically prohibited women from being in that role.


C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at:

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