Listening In


Listening In

Listening In is a half hour interview program that features discussions with newsmakers and thought leaders, hosted by Warren Smith. Listening In goes beyond talking points, for real and in-depth conversation. Each week, Warren chooses knowledgeable guests and meaningful topics, and brings a depth and level of candor not often found in mainstream media. In this way, Listening In personalizes the stories and perspectives of its guests, resulting in highly engaging and memorable programming. You’ll hear conversations with popular musicians, Christian thought leaders, makers of movies and television, respected authors, and key political leaders.

Jun
16
A conversation with Les Sillars

This week, Warren Smith talks with author and journalism professor Les Sillars. Sillars teaches at Patrick Henry College and has been a regular contributor to WORLD over the years, and serves as the editor of WORLD's MailBag.

Jun
8
A conversation with Craig Detweiler

This week, Warren Smith talks with the author of a new book on selfies, social media, and the digital age: Craig Detweiler.

Jun
1
A conversation with Greg Thornbury

This week, Warren Smith talks with Gregory Alan Thornbury, the author of a new biography of Christian rock pioneer Larry Norman.

May
25
A conversation with S.D. Smith

This week, Warren Smith talks with the author of The Green Ember series of children's books: S.D. Smith. Smith, known to his friends as Sam, didn't take a conventional route to becoming a best-selling author of children's and young adult books. By his own admission, he was not much of a reader when he was a boy, and for most of his early adult life he had a career completely outside the literary world, working for a time as a delivery driver to support his family.

May
18
A conversation with Karen Swallow Prior

This week, Warren Smith talks with author, speaker, and Liberty University professor Karen Swallow Prior.

May
12
A conversation with N.D. "Nate" Wilson

This week, Warren Smith talks with N.D. 'Nate' Wilson. Wilson is the author of more than a dozen books and he writes mostly young adult fantasy books. He is perhaps best known for his 100 Cupboards trilogy of books.

May
4
A conversation with Eric Eichinger

This week, Warren Smith talks with Eric Eichinger, who has just written a new biography of Olympic great Eric Liddell. Eichinger is in some ways an unlikely biographer for one of the Christian church's best-known and beloved figures. Eichinger was a theatre major in college and then became a Lutheran pastor. But like Olympic great Eric Liddell, Eric Eichinger was a track star in high school and ran varsity track at Michigan State University. Eichinger also lived and ministered in China early in his adult career.

Apr
28
A conversation with Larnelle Harris

This week, Warren Smith talks with Gospel Music Hall of Fame member Larnelle Harris.

Apr
20
A conversation with Jim Palmer

This week, Warren Smith talks with Jim Palmer, the executive director of Orange County Rescue Mission, in suburban Los Angeles, California. OCRM has several facilities that range from Restoration Roasters, a coffee shop, to the Double R Ranch, a working horse ranch where men, women and children who have been abused or abandoned, have the opportunity to work with animals.

Apr
13
A conversation with Randy Stonehill

This week, Warren Smith talks with Christian music pioneer Randy Stonehill. Stonehill has produced more than 25 albums, and he has a new one in the works.

Apr
6
Conversations about life, racism, and other issues affecting the church

This week, Warren Smith discusses life, racism, and other issues affecting the church with a host of guests, including pastor Rick Warren, Kristen Hawkins, president of Students for Life, Lila Rose of Live Action, Del Tackett, former president of Focus on the Family, and John Perkins, one of the leading evangelicals to play an active role in the civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s.

Mar
30
A conversation with Andrew Peterson

This week, Warren Smith talks with singer, songwriter, novelist, and movie producer Andrew Peterson. Peterson is perhaps best known as a singer and songwriter, with more than a dozen critically acclaimed albums in his discography. He has written novels, including the four-volume Wingfeather Saga. In 2016, he raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars to fund the first phase of turning Wingfeather into an animated series.

Mar
23
Conversations about movies and movie making

This week, Warren Smith discusses movies and movie making with actor Jim Caviezel, Sony's Rich Peluso, and Matt Baer, the producer of the movie Unbroken.

Mar
16
Conversations with college presidents

This week, Warren Smith talks about the state of Christian higher education with three college presidents: Dr. Billy Wilson of Oral Roberts University, Dr. Everett Piper of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, and Dr. Richard Land of Southern Evangelical Seminary.

Mar
9
A conversation with conservative leaders

This week, Warren Smith talks about the state of the conservative movement with Tony Perkins, Sam Brownback, Jim DeMint, David McIntosh, and Becky Norton Dunlop.

Mar
2
A conversation with Mark Joseph

This week, Warren Smith talks with author and film and record producer Mark Joseph, who has made a life out of helping cultures who have difficulty communicating understand each other. Joseph is the son of missionaries to Japan, is fluent in Japanese, and has produced documentaries for Japanese TV. Joseph is also an award-winning record producer who has worked with Lauryn Hill, P.O.D., Switchfoot, Lifehouse, Sixpence None The Richer, Kirk Franklin, and others. He has also written a number of books, including 'Rock Gets Religion: The Battle for the Soul of the Devil's Music.'

Feb
23
A conversation with Phil Cooke and Jonathan Bock

This week, Warren Smith talks with authors and Christian media experts Phil Cooke and Jonathan Bock about their new book "The Way Back: How Christians Blew Our Credibility and How We Get It Back." Cooke is a working producer in Hollywood and has a Ph. D. in theology. Bock is the founder and president of Grace Hill Media, which has marketed more than 500 major motion pictures and television projects to Christian audiences worldwide.

Feb
16
A conversation with Joel Beeke

This week, Warren Smith talks with author, pastor, and seminary president Joel Beeke. Beeke is a passionate and learned advocate of the Puritans and Reformed theology. Beeke has written 100 books, and his 100th book is called "Knowing and Growing in Assurance of Faith." It is Beeke's latest treatment of what has become an important preoccupation of his career and a key idea of Reformed theology. Beeke is the president of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Feb
12
A conversation with Ken Boa

This week, Warren Smith talks with author and speaker Ken Boa. Boa's books do not make best-seller lists, but they are read year after year by Christians who want to deepen their relationship with God. His new book, "Life in the Presence of God: Practices for Living in Light of Eternity" is a book that draws on the spiritual classic by Brother Lawrence 'Practicing The Presence of God,' as well as more recent books such as 'You Are What You Love by James K.A. Smith. Boa holds doctoral degrees from Oxford University, Dallas Theological Seminary, and New York University.

Feb
2
A conversation with Christine Dente

This week, Warren Smith talks with Christine Dente, one half of the husband-and-wife duo Out of the Grey. In addition to their music, they've raised three children, own a music library and licensing company, continue to do session work with other artists, and Christine has a blog and a new book, "Lifelines."