“If you want to stand out as a leader, a good place to begin is by listening.”
– Richard Branson
This little purple app on my iPhone makes me deliriously happy:
Podcasts are certainly not a new thing to me. I had to create a three-part series for my Advanced Broadcast Production class at Longwood in the spring of 2011.
It was certainly interesting, but given that I hate / absolutely loathe the sound of my recorded voice, it was a challenging assignment.
Then, fast-forward several years.
For my personal phone, I upgraded from a non-smartphone to an iPhone 6 almost a year ago.
About a month into this new experience, my wonderful husband officially introduced me to the Podcasts app, and I haven’t looked back.
As I started playing around, I discovered that National Public Radio (NPR) had a lot to offer. So, I started there.
It was information overload. There were way too many to choose from!
Now that I’ve settled into a regular routine, I love listening to these episodes in my car. I almost always play at least one episode to get me through the drive to and from work, five days a week. My commute is roughly 30 miles, and it takes anywhere from 35-45 minutes to get to and fro (sometimes longer), so these anecdotes have definitely kept me entertained!
Here’s my current podcast playlist (alphabetical order):
- Ask Me Another
- Casefile True Crime
- Fresh Air
- Myths and Legends
- Remarkable Lives, Tragic Deaths
- The Nerdist
- The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe
- This American Life
- Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories
- Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!
Out of this list, there’s seven that are produced by NPR, and I love all of them.
Ask Me Another and Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! both satiate my game show and trivia palates on a weekly basis. I’m actually hoping to get on both programs, at some point.
I love learning about history and cool stories – Most of these podcasts give me that fresh feeling every week!
The Nerdist is hilarious – I love the cast of characters that Chris Hardwick gets to interview! The best part is I get to pick and choose what I listen to, and when I want to do so. Recently, he’s interviewed the likes of Neil deGrasse Tyson, Mayim Bialik, Summer Ash, and Sarah Jessica Parker!
Several of the podcasts that I subscribe to have a “seasonal” format. Embedded, Invisibilia, and Serial have done this. It’s like a TV show – They produce a certain number of episodes, and then take a break to prepare for the new season.
It can be frustrating at times, but I know these men and women are hard at work and dreaming up even bigger things!
I’m always looking for new or interesting recommendations. If you have any podcasts that you crush on or love to listen to, I’d love to hear them!
Also, here’s a thought:
- If you were to dream up an idea for a podcast, what would you do, and why?
Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂