Discovering the Community: Doug Pagitt Radio

Doug Pagitt Radio brings a fresh voice to Spreaker, as well as a middle ground in discussions on politics and faith. Read on as Doug explains how he approaches and introduces different points of views on controversial topics.

Do you mind introducing yourself?

My name is Doug Pagitt. I host a show with the tagline “Religious Radio That’s Not Quite Right”.

This is not a typical religious show – we are fun, fast paced and not mean.

And, it is not politically right. The Show has an IndeDemoCan spirit recognizing that all political perspectives have a point, and those who identify with a political parties do so for reasons that make sense to them. We want to hear from all perspectives.

The program carries a hopeful, optimistic, contrarian attitude. We like seeing the other side of an issue, asking questions and pursuing truth beyond catch-phrases and prefabbed answers.

We invite news-makers, thought provokers, and interesting people of all kinds as guests on the show for long-format interview.

I’m a pastor in Minneapolis at a church with the same attitude as the show called Solomon’s Porch.

Great, wonderful to meet you! When and how did you decide that you wanted to become a part of the politics/faith discourse?

As a pastor, author and public speaker I have long been engaged is public issues of faith, but in 2004 it became clear to me that we needed not only new outcomes in our politics, but new ways to think about issues. I was struck by how often good hearted people found themselves in complete frustration because they could not possibly understand why others thought the way they did.

All of these struggles only intensified when religion was put into the mix.

I conjectured that the issue was, in part, due to the fact that people really did not understand the other person’s argument.

When someone seems ill-informed or a fool, then there is no reason to listen to the person.

So, I sought to find ways for people to actually listen to each other to the point that they could articulate the persons argument as well as they could.

I decided I wanted to try and model that.

Quite the admirable endeavor. How did you start podcasting? Had you already been doing it before coming to Spreaker?

I started my show in 2008.

I was on BlogTalkRadio for a year, then moved to a progressive commercial radio station in Minneapolis, AM950, for 2 years. Then I found Spreaker.

And we’re happy to have you. How do you prepare each show?

I try to have a guest scheduled for each week. I work on the show in my mind during the week and then put the final flow together on the morning of the show. The show runs 1:30, and I structure it in 15 minutes segments in my mind. So, there are 6 segments. I try to pace the segments with chit-chat, content, fun bits and something particularly poignant for the day. I have a regular cast of guests and co-hosts that I call the Side-kicks.

Have you ever thought twice before broadcasting something?

I worry quite regularly about what I say and what I air. Not that I am trying to hide something, but because humor can turn dark very easily and can create an unappealing setting for open discussion. But, without humor open discussion can be so boring no one will listen.

What do you do to reach listeners? Do you rely on social media, or do you use other channels of communication?

I use my website, Facebook Page and personal Profile, and Twitter.

Has this podcast helped you personally or professionally?

I find it to be one of my favorite parts of my week, so it means a lot to me personally. It is work, but more like a personal hobby. And, yes it is a crucial integrated part of my business life as a pastor, an author and speaker.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Thanks for providing such a great tool as Spreaker. One part of work is doing social media training for non-profit leaders, churches and businesses and I encourage them all to start a show on Spreaker.

Thanks so much for the great interview Doug, and keep up with the great show!


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