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Radio Read Along (Podcast)

Last week, I introduced you to BiblioFiles, my very favorite podcast. This week, I’ll introduce you to Radio Read Along—my other very favorite podcast. (I get to have two very favorite podcasts because both are produced by the Center for Lit crew, so really, they’re parts of an excellent whole.)

But rather than tell you what both podcasts have in common, I’m going to tell you how they differ: BiblioFiles is filled with meaty discussions about great books, while Radio Read Along introduces listeners to great books worth discussing. Part audio book, part discussion group, part book club you wish you actually belonged to, Radio Read Along takes listeners chapter by chapter through classic literature and concludes each book with a BiblioFiles-style discussion.

This is a two-pronged podcast: first, the full story, read aloud delightfully by one of the Andrews family (usually, but not always, Adam). Then, the discussion. The BiblioFiles discussions are wonderful and often send me out hunting for the books under examination. But Radio Read Along gives me the full story first. By the time I reach the discussion episode (at the end of the book or, for longer books, every ten chapters or so), everything—the story itself, my thoughts on it, the scenes I loved or did not understand, my questions—is fresh in my memory. These episodes are like tiny, highly-concentrated literature courses.

Radio Read Along (a podcast) | Little Book, Big Story

But I am not the only one in our family reaping the benefits of this podcast.

On a sick day, Sarah listened to Peter Pan (joyfully read by Megan Andrews) in full. Later, we listened to the discussion together and she said happily, “Mom, that was really fun.” (Which leads me to believe that either my kids don’t know much about fun, or they know better than most what fun really is.)

Mitch and I have been listening to Great Expectations separately and discussing it, enthusiastically, when we’re together. Lydia, too, has joined us: she read Great Expectations on her own, but she and I listen to the discussion episodes in the car on the way to her ballet class. Like Sarah, she has loved and laughed aloud at them (and even preferred them over her favorite CDs).

So. I am a fan of Radio Read Along because I enjoy it. But I love it more for the way it has oriented our family discussions around literature and taught us how to ask good questions and how to respectfully disagree with one another. We are learning a lot about reading literature from Radio Read Along, but I think we’re learning a lot about being a family, too.

Radio Read Along
A Center for Lit podcast

BiblioFiles (Podcast)

I used to listen to many podcasts—homeschooling podcasts, history podcasts, writing podcasts, theology podcasts, sermons. But now, I only listen to two. There are a lot of reasons for that, but I’m not sorry: these two have compensated me handsomely for letting all the other podcast episodes pile up, ignored. And I think you’ll love them both. I’ll share one with you this week, and the other next week.

First: BiblioFiles.

Perhaps you heard Adam Andrews, one of the BiblioFiles hosts, on Read-Aloud Revival long, long ago. Or perhaps you’re familiar with his family from their online homeschool community and resource, Center for Lit. Perhaps his name is new to you. No matter. He hosts BiblioFiles alongside his wife Missy and their adult kids, and listening to them discuss classic literature, and all the history and ideas associated with it, is delightful.

The BiblioFiles Podcast, from Center for Lit | Little Book, Big Story

Though the topics vary and the format changes occasionally, BiblioFiles is a discussion podcast: that is, one that allows the listener to sit in on a discussion without feeling awkwardly silent, like she should contribute something but egad! The other speakers are so smart! This podcast is part seminar, part animated dinner discussion, part ever-lengthening book list, and I can’t get enough of it.

I mentioned that there were reasons I’ve lost the thread of nearly all the other podcasts I listen to, and there are several: our schedule has changed, my interests have changed, and so on. But the main reason is that this podcast has eclipsed all others: BiblioFiles is somehow an education, history, theology (and yes, even writing!) podcast in one. It might be—dare I say it?—the perfect podcast.

To Get You Started . . .

Here are a few of my favorite episodes:

The First Thanksgiving
The High School Booklist Game
The Lit, Period series
On Censorship & Book Banning

And if you’re already a fan, which episodes are your favorite?

A Center for Lit podcast