My best friend (Majestic Locklear — yes, that is his real name) told me about podcasts on January 13, 2011. I only know the date because the app he told me to use, Stitcher Radio App, tells me my join date each time I open the app. It also tells me I’ve listened to over 2796 hours of podcasts. He also told me about a paid app to use named Downcast that I’ve used even more than Stitcher. Reader, I admit, I have a podcast problem.
There are so many things I have learned from podcasts that I would not know otherwise. Some information is useful and some has a .03% chance of me ever using that information again.
Thanks to podcasts like Stuff You Should Know and Stuff To Blow Your Mind, I know about:
- Jean Paul Sartre
- How NASCAR began
- The history of peanuts
- Penile transplants
- Gene editing
Podcasts are great to listen to while doing other things: at the gym, driving a long distance, driving a short distance, on the bus, walking through town, cooking, cleaning your toilet, and so many other situations.
Podcasts are excellent because they are personal. Unlike audiobooks, you can get to know the podcast hosts and hear their points of view on many different topics. Developing a personal relationship with the host(s) makes the listening more meaningful.
Podcasts have boosted my creativity, knowledge, and listening skills. They have given me new interests and are great to chat with friends about. Even if your friends haven’t listened to an episode, it can still be interesting to talk about.
I bet you’re waiting for a long list of podcasts I love, that you may love, but you may not, because we’re not the same person, but you’re hoping since I’ve listened for years, they won’t all be worthless. Well dear Reader, I hope not to let you down:
- Radiolab (science/philosophy/human experience)
- Hardcore History with Dan Carlin
- Invisibilia (human bahvior)
- This American Life (storytelling)
- Song Exploder
- Gastropod (food)
- Modern Love (stories of love, loss, and redemption)
- Science Vs
- Startalk (space)
- Democracy Now! (independent news)
- A History of the World in 100 Objects
There is a podcast for almost every topic. There are podcasts for fictional storytelling, serial killers, philosophy, food, language learning, nutrition, and many more.
Do you already listen to podcasts? If so, fantastic! Tell me some of your favorites that you believe would interest anyone. We look forward to your recommendations, Reader.
Until next Drew Dropping, au revoir.