You may have heard about podcasts and their recent popularity. Podcasts are similar to talk radio and are easy to access online or on your mobile device at your leisure.
A podcast is an online show that is only audio. It is similar to a radio talk show, but is available at your convenience. Podcasts typically have a release date and time when a new episode is available to download, then you can listen whenever is best for you. Podcasts can last anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour.
Podcast genres vary and can cover popular topics such as sports, comedy, politics, true crime, and more.
Generally, podcasts are set up the same way as your average radio show with aspects like a host and interviewees. Each episode has a theme or tells a portion of a story.
The point of a podcast is to experience at least one of the following by the end:
You have many different options when it comes to listening to a podcast. Most podcasts have websites that you can stream the episodes through. If you want to listen from your mobile device, there are apps that you can download for streaming. Some of the most popular ones are the following:
Helen Zaltzman, British comedian, hosts a weekly podcast on etymology and language. Each episode lasts 22 minutes.
Between the Liner Notes
This podcast is for all the music lovers out there. It is a documentary-style podcast hosted by Matthew Billy who discusses music, why it is the way it is, and the history of music. Each monthly episode picks a specific angle to discuss in detail.
The Comedians’ Comedian
Briton Stuart Goldsmith is the host of this interview-driven podcast. Goldsmith discusses anything and everything about comedy with anyone who is involved in the comedy world. Each episode is about digging up information on comedy and comedians rather than your typical stand-up approach.
You have heard of home improvement shows, but have you ever listened to a podcast that gives you more insightful details? This podcast is about having professionals answer questions and breaking down how they would tackle a DIY project. The monthly podcast features a new home improvement project for those who are curious. In addition, the podcast supplies links to videos that help you with you DIY project.
Criminal is a bi-weekly podcast that is hosted by Phoebe Judge. Each episode runs under 30 minutes and covers topics like justice, love, and death. Criminals shares a new story in each episode and is bound to have a topic that will catch your interest.
Michael Barbaro, New York Times investigative reporter, launched this podcast to present the top news of the day in an authentic, informal way. Barbaro interviews other reporters and gets their process on their infamous stories. New episodes are released every morning and can easily be incorporated into your daily routine.
Longform targets writers who do not limit themselves to just reading and writing. The podcast is hosted by Aaron Lammer, Max Linsky, and Evan Ratliff. Each weekly episode spotlights a different editor, writer, director, etc.
This podcast stars the This American Life team and breaks down what is going on in the economy. Anyone who is a fan of NPR’s “Marketplace Morning Report” and “Planet Money” will enjoy this podcast that discusses the same topics.
Last Seen is a classic “whodunit” that shares and discuss the most famous art heist in history. Each episode dives into the details of the trial and all of the pieces stolen from the Gardner Museum of Boston.
Pod Save America
This podcast focuses on liberal politics. The format of the podcast is easygoing with witty banter on current events. Episodes star famous names such as Seth Meyers, Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor, Katie Couric, and many more.
The Guided Meditations podcast is hosted by psychotherapist Tara Brach. Brach helps guide listeners through calming discussions that work for your mind and body. While the episodes are short, they are known to be effective in helping listeners destress from everyday life or a particularly long day.
Good job, brain!
The Good job, brain! podcast is aimed at trivia lovers. Each episode is set up as an interactive quiz show where you can showcase your random trivia knowledge. This podcast can be done alone or with family and friends.
Lux Radio Theater
Lux Radio Theatre podcast is now available on iTunes, but originally, it was produced as a radio show during the 1930s-1950s. The podcast has adapted several films and stage plays with famous voice actors. Lux Radio Theater is commonly popular among seniors because of the likeness to old time radio.
Podcasts may seem like a foreign concept when you first hear about them, but they are similar to other forms of entertainment that are constantly evolving with time. After learning about the options available to you, sample a few of the options that sound interesting to you to see if podcasts are for you.