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Paula Faris shines a light on her top 21 stories of 2021


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Promotional photo by Paula Faris, 2021 |

Emmy Award-winning reporter Paula Faris explored the 21 best episodes of her “Faith & Calling” podcast in 2021 and said she found that, overall, every topic on her show featured highlight the singular theme that people are looking for “a new way forward” after a few difficult years.

Former co-host of “Good Morning America” ​​and “The View” on ABC, Faris kicked off a new podcast series on AccessMore this month with her husband, John, where the couple picked out the 21 best stories. that they covered in 2021.

In the three-part podcast series, Faris and her husband reflect on “The Seven That Got Us Talking”, “The Seven Places That Caught Our Attention” and “The Seven Things That Keeps Us Going”. Podcasts are a mix of pop culture and hard news.

After reviewing all 21 episodes, Faris found they all had a common theme.

“I can’t believe this all happened last year,” Faris told The Christian Post in an interview which can also be viewed below. you just have to assess what we’ve all been through and what happened.

The TV personality, who recently moved from New York to South Carolina after finishing his career at ABC, said the common theme of everything that has happened this year in his list of the best 21 is that people are looking for something “different”.

“I think people just want something different. The pandemic forced us to ask ourselves what we were doing and why we were doing it? Said Faris.

“2020 was crazy. 2021 is kind of like we’re looking to figure out what’s important and we’re putting it into action,” she added. “So I think it’s fair [us] trying to navigate our new normal and what that new normal looks like. “

Faris argued that many people are looking for a “new way forward”.

“This is one of the common themes that I have found in a lot of the stories that we talk about,” she continued. “I don’t want to go back to the old one. It gave us that emboldening that maybe we didn’t have before.”

The mother of three noted that just because life was a special life before that doesn’t mean it has to continue like this.

“Let’s accept that kind of empowerment and emboldening that this moment has given us, [and the] right and create a new way forward for all of us, ”Faris advised.

Some of the people and topics featured in Faris’ podcast series include: Simone Biles and Mental Health, Britney Spears and Her Guardianship, the Capitol Riots, Texas Abortion Law and COVID-19 Vaccines, between other subjects.

Faris said: “Some of my favorites [topics discussed] are like the emergence of Ted Lasso, it’s my husband’s wheelhouse, the pop culture genre. But I like to get carried away by the space race and all that is going on to go into space.

The “Faith & Calling” podcast was launched shortly after Faris and her husband moved to South Carolina in 2020. The show features Faris speaking to celebrities and influencers about the Faith and the Calling of their life.

“God just gave me this persistent game, I guess it’s a gift. I also say I’m a little nosy,” the media personality said of how she managed to get people to open up to her on the podcast. “I just had this tenacity that God gave me and I tried to use it as a force.

AccessMore is a sister company of Christian companies KLOVE and Air One. The Michigan native was approached by AccessMore to launch the podcast and said the timing was perfect.

“God just opened that door and I love having conversations; I love talking to people. I’ve always been a talker. Interviewing – in terms of journalism – is what I really love about journalism. , it’s those sit-down interviews. Not that much reading the news every night – that doesn’t get me going, she told CP.

“What motivates me is talking to people and finding out what their weak points are and what their struggles are and what we can learn. We can find strength in their struggle. I love telling people stories to give us that side of them that others don’t get to see. That’s why I wanted to do the “Faith & Calling” podcast.

Faris said she was leading the podcast “through a lens of faith because I’m a Christian and I’m a believer, and I ask others to open up about their faith.” Although not all famous guests are believers, she said everyone spoke about universal truths that impact everyone.

“I’ve never been able to separate my faith from who I am because it’s a fundamental part of who I am. So it’s really natural to have these conversations because my faith is really who I am. It’s the heart of everything I do, ”she continued. “We are called to shine our light wherever we are and the light shines in dark places. So just shine and let yourself be used by God wherever you are placed.”

Faris said she hopes to take the next season of her podcast on the road in the New Year and also plans to launch a media platform in January called Carry Media that caters to working moms and mothers. “Celebrates, advocates and advocates for all working mothers through disruptive and intentional multimedia storytelling,” according to the website.

Faris said she was inspired to start the site after suffering burnout as a working mom.

“This is something that God has put on my heart to do, to really stand up and defend and celebrate the working mother,” Faris added. “We really want to beat the drums for working mothers and celebrate and defend them through our disruptive storytelling. So pray that I can continue to handle this well.”

Jeannie Ortega Law is a reporter for The Christian Post. Contact her at: jeannie.law@christianpost.com She is also the author of the book, What is happening to me? How to beat your invisible enemy Follow her on Twitter: @jlawcp Facebook: JeannieOMusic