It seems like I am often late to adapt to new technology. For example, by the time I got my first iPhone, Apple was on their 3rd edition... and I don't have an iPad or any other sort of tablet computer... and I have yet to purchase a Blu Ray player and kind of doubt that I ever will... and if my parents hadn't bought me an eReader in 2010 because I was too stubborn/confident I wouldn't like the technology to purchase one for myself, who knows if I would have embraced them as I have!
Similarly - I was late to embrace podcasts. I heard people talk about listening to podcasts and thought - 'oh I should check those out.' But I never did - until I updated the iOS on my iPhone this past fall and realized that the podcast ap was automatically downloaded onto my phone. Suddenly it became so easy to check out podcast so I finally did - and totally fell IN LOVE with them.
Now, rarely a day goes by when I don't list to part or all of a podcast. I listen to them on my walks to work, on my drives to and from Phil's or wherever it is I am going (although listening in my car isn't great as I have to use the speaker on my phone since my car is too old for blue tooth technology), when I am running, or when I am cooking.
I'm always curious to hear what others are listening to as it helps me find new podcasts to listen to so I thought I'd share some of my favorites.
Serial - I have to start off where it all began. After hearing other friends rave about this podcast, I had to check it out and it definitely lived up to all of the buzz. In the first season of this podcast the host, Sarah Koenig, goes back and researches a murder that occurred in 1999 to try to confirm whether the person who was convicted was actually guilty. The first season is over but the host is working on a 2nd season and I can't wait to see what it's about. If you have never listened to a podcast, this is a great place to start!!
Bookriot - If you love books then this is the podcast for you! In this podcast, the hosts talk about what's new in the world of books. They cover news stories, book awards, and new books that are coming out, among other topics. My to-be read list has grown considerably since I started to listen to this podcast but the hosts have inspired me to check out books that I might not have heard of or decided to read if they hadn't spoken so highly of them! They release a new episode each week and each episode is about an hour long. They also have two other podcasts that are great - Dear Book Nerd which addresses questions from listeners about life, love and literature, and Reading Lives which is a podcast that interviews authors and others that work in the book industry.
Dear Sugar - Those who loved Cheryl Strayed's book, Tiny Beautiful Things, should check this podcast out. Even if you haven't read her book, you should still listen. In the podcast, she answers questions from readers about all sorts of problems such as family dynamics, trust in a relationship, and domestic violence. The two hosts, Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, answer the questions with such insight and compassion. Even if I can't relate to the question that is being asked I feel like I always come away with a bit more insight/understanding about different topics and issues. They released their pilot episode in December and a new episode didn't drop until this week but now they will be dropping episodes (which last about 1 hour) every 2 weeks.
Invisibilia - This is a new podcast created by NPR that explores the intangible forces that shape human behavior – things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. The episodes are about things like what causes fear and whether the thoughts we dwell on are really reflective of who we really are. They release a new podcast each week and the length of each podcast is around an hour.
Start-up - This is a podcast that follows the journey of a former This American Life producer (another podcast I love) as he starts a new business. You get to hear him pitch (and totally botch) his business idea to one of the most successful venture capitalists in the world, and he talks about the other challenges of starting a business, from balancing work and life and figuring out the right amount of sustainable growth. It's fascinating to listen to and I appreciate how brutally honest he is about the whole experience.
It seems like podcasts have really gained popularity in the last year. I think it's awesome that a medium that is very similar to radio has become so popular!
Do you listen to podcasts? If so, what is your favorite? If you don't listen to podcasts, I highly recommend that you check them out! They are free, fun, informative and entertaining!