I am a bit of podcast junkie. I honestly don’t know how many podcasts subscriptions I have, but I have several new episodes every day and usually have one going when I’m working out, driving to get the kids (or, if the kids are in the car, listening to one of their podcasts), or just doing things around the house.
There really isn’t any overarching theme to my podcast choices–I listed to news and politics, book commentary, entertainment goings on, history shows, etc. My plan for these “Podcast Talk Tuesday” posts is to share one podcast each time with you all.
I battled with myself about what podcast I would start with. News and politics shows are dominating my feed at the moment, as one would expect with the current shambolic state of the world. However, I decided to go a different route. Or, perhaps more accurately, I decided to go for one of the podcasts that I consider to be the antidote to the current state of the world.
I have a few of these podcasts, and I’m sure I’ll share them all as time goes one. This one, however, was a limited series and is now complete. If you decide to check it out, you can listen to it all. And I recommend that you do.
Like probably everyone else, I grew up with Fred Rogers. I remember being hypnotized about his slow speech and I wished that all grown ups indulged in imagination as he did. My mother wasn’t a fan of the show (but, like many grown ups, she couldn’t understand anyone being so imaginative), but I still found a way to watch it. When my kids were little, I would DVR decades old episodes that our PBS station would air early in the morning. And, through their eyes, I recaptured the wonder of my own childhood.
Then, the world changed. It became a spiteful, frightening place with national leaders preaching hate and division, ridiculing anyone who dares to question them. Finding Fred reminded me of Mr. Roger’s message which, once reassuring, is now revolutionary.
Host Carvell Wallace dives deep into the message of Fred Rogers, interviewing those who knew him and those who were touched by him. I will admit that this may be the only podcast that made me cry. And, at the same time, it reminded me that not all is lost. We just need to remember what Mr. Rogers taught us.
Have you listened to Finding Fred? Do you have any podcast recommendations for me?