Listening well is a skill often taught and practiced in the classroom, practicum, listening lab, and the spaces in between at The Seattle School.

So it’s no surprise that many of us enjoy listening to podcasts, whether for educational purposes or for sheer enjoyment of a particular show. It’s an opportunity, in one sense, to take education outside of the classroom and workspace and engage themes from a fresh, often humorous perspective.

Shows we find ourselves listening to while working and learning from home are those that are more relationally-oriented, probably because they align so well with the school’s core themes and mission. From the banter of the co-hosts to the topics they cover, here’s a list of some of our favorite podcast shows this summer:

On Being

Krista Tippet & Co.

Krista Tippet and Company are guided by “deep thinking and social courage, moral imagination and joy.” That mission alone puts words to what we hope for society. We appreciate their breadth of guests and the learning that emerges from curiosity and deep listening.

Makers and Mystics

Stephen Roach

Connected to The Breath & the Clay Creative Arts Movement, this podcast is “for the art-driven, spiritually adventurous seekers of truth and lovers of life.” In one episode, Stephen interviews John Eldredge about his latest book, Get Your Life Back: Everyday Practices for a World Gone Mad about the need to slow down and take time to rediscover beauty in everyday practices. Apple Podcasts

Other People’s Problems

Hillary McBride

You may recognize her voice from the ever popular Liturgists podcast as host Hillary McBride shares client’s therapy sessions with anyone who wants an inside look into a therapist’s office.

Terrible, Thanks for Asking

Nora McInerney

A refreshingly honest show, Nora McInerney isn’t afraid to tell the truth about what she’s feeling and invites guests who tell their stories with the same level of openness. We recommend starting with the episode “9 Things” to get a feel for what to expect from her show. Another recent favorite is “The Gift” featuring Dr. Edith Eger.

Call Your Girlfriend

Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow

Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow are whip smart, voracious readers, and civically engaged. They have stretched our thinking, cracked us up, and challenged us to show up in the world differently. We’ve learned so much from these friends.

Between Us

John Totten and Mason Neely

Two psychotherapists, one native to Seattle, host a weekly podcast where they “explore what is happening between therapists and patients—from both sides of the relationship.” Apple Podcasts

A special thank you to the Marketing and Communications team for their contributions to this list.