Mar. 16th, 2017

dalthauser: (Dorie Roo)
I have been a fan of podcasts for a little over 10 years now.  I listen to several religiously, and there are several I select episodes from depending on the subject.  I create a podcast episode playlist about twice a week so I can just hit "play" and listen to episodes of a variety of podcasts while I garden, do housework, or drive in the car.  Even after all this time, I am giddy about the technology - - all this learning for FREE!!

This month a few of the podcasts I listen to regularly have been asking listeners to help get the word out about available podcasts (and podcasts in general) by recommending to people the podcasts they listen to and explaining podcasts to the less than tech savvy people we know.  Ever the joiner - here I go...

What is a Podcast?

Google has a good definition:  A podcast is a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically.  (my note:  you can also stream episodes directly from the podcast's web page without downloading anything to your computer - this works well if you don't have a mobile device)

I will add that podcasts are almost always the spoken word.  There are music only podcasts out there, but they are few and far between.  There are, however, several music related spoken word podcasts.  There are also video podcasts available often referred to as Vodcasts or Video Casts.

What Kinds of Podcasts are out there?

The subject matter podcasts cover is virtually unlimited. Here are some:  Comedy, Religious, News, Gardening, Cooking, Health & Wellness, Literature, History, Foreign Language, Travel, Politics, Hollywood, Music, etc. etc.

Even within a genre, there are sub-genre.  For example News Podcasts...... You have your news reporting style podcasts which basically just tell you what is going on, editorial-style podcasts which reflect the podcasters opinion, panel-style podcasts where groups of people discuss topics, etc.

How you get in on the action......

I'm terrible at explaining technical stuff, so here is the perfect "How To" from Forbes Magazine: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Listening to Podcasts

Podcasts I Recommend.......


Diane Rehm: On My Mind - Diane Rehm is a national treasure.  She had, until recently, a daily NPR radio show with a huge following that was offered in podcast format (like many radio shows are), but she wanted to semi-retire so she gave that time slot up and started this new weekly show.  Of course it's awesome, but I do miss her "Friday News Roundup"

On Point with Tom Ashbrook -  This is another current events type show much like 1A and Here and Now.  I listen to about half of what he puts out, but I always listen to his Friday "Week in the News" episode.

Here and Now - I started listening to this podcast a few months ago on a recommendation from a friend.  It's a daily 2 hour current events radio show available out of Massachusetts that is split up into two one hour podcast episodes a day.  I enjoy this so much I take the time to add this to my playlist every day (though I usually am listening to the previous day's episodes)

1A  -  This is the WAMU radio show that replaced The Diane Rehm Show.  I like the host, Joshua Johnson, very much.  I listen to the Friday News Roundup episodes regularly, and I pick and choose the other episodes depending on interest (he has a lot of really interesting topics!)

60 minutes - This is basically the audio version of the television show.  I don't have cable, so I watch very little television in general.  I love this show though, and I listen to it every week.


WTF with Marc Maron - Marc Maron always puts out great content.  I don't listen to all his episodes because I don't have the time.  If I see he's interviewed someone I'm interested in, I will download it.  I've even downloaded episodes where he's interviewed someone I've never heard of, and I wasn't disappointed.

Here's the Thing With Alec Baldwin - Alec Baldwin is a man of MANY talents! - He is a great interviewer!  Like Marc Maron's show - I don't listen to everything; I download episode topics that I think I'll be interested in.


Stuff You Should Know - I don't listen to every episode they put out, but they do enough interesting topics to keep me subscribed.  Since this really isn't a current events podcast I recommend sifting through their thousands of past episodes.

Quick & Dirty Tips Podcasts - Q&DT puts out several podcasts focusing on various topics (house & home, pets, technology, grammar/math, etc.) I like these because each episode is usually short - like 5 minutes.  I will add them to a playlist in between the longer episodes

I listen to more than I listed, but half the fun of podcasts is discovering them for yourself.  Using iTunes or another podcast App you can search for podcasts.  Sometimes you can find something awesome totally by accident.  :-)



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