Whether you are a Podcast fanatic or have never listened before, today we want to introduce you to the amazing world of Podcasts and share some of our favorites!
Throughout the month of March, Podcasters have been joining together with the movement #TryPod, to spread the world about Podcasts and share some recommendations. We thought it would be fun to do the same here at EWC!
What is a Podcast? How do I listen to them?*
*If you are already a Podcast veteran feel free to jump ahead to the next section!
First, let’s start off with the basics. For people unfamiliar with Podcasts, let me explain what we are talking about here! A Podcast is (in the most simple and widely understood terms) like a radio show, in that it is a form of audio media. Unlike a radio program, you don’t have to tune in at a particular time to a specific channel to hear them. Podcasts are widely available (usually for free) across the web and can be accessed on lots of different kinds of devices.
Like many people, I access my Podcasts through my phone or tablet using an app. There are lots of apps out there, and I suggest simply Googling “Podcasts apps for [insert your type of device here]” to find an app that will work best for you!
The great think about Podcasts is that you can find one to fit any niche interest you have! They cover everything from philosophy, to languages, to design, to comedy, to pop-culture, to the news! There are limitless Podcasts to enjoy out there. Very often they come in series, so once you have subscribed to one on your chosen app, each episode will show up automatically for you to enjoy!
Finding Podcasts You Enjoy!
It can be a little daunting to dive into the world of Podcasts, and it is sometimes a process of trial and error to find one that you really like. I think I am subscribed to about 50 podcasts at any given time to try them out, but I have about 15 that I regularly listen to. Every day I feel like I hear a new recommendation to dive into!
I have found that the best way to find a new Podcast to enjoy is to either ask a friend for their recommendations (and the title of their favorite episode of a particular Podcast) or to try out the Podcasts advertised on series you already enjoy!
Another great way to enjoy Podcasts is to subscribe to the Podcast version of your favorite radio programs. For Public Radio or BBC Radio listeners, many of the radio programs you already love have a Podcast version of the show available! Listening to the Podcast version of a radio program is a great way to never miss out on content you love. Plus, you can pause it and listen to it at a more convenient time if you need!
Lastly, it’s important to remember that finding a Podcast you can’t wait to share with the people around you is a process of exploration, and trial and error. Many apps let you search Podcasts by category and by rating and listening to a few episodes that catch your eye can help you find a new favorite!
Recommendations from EWC!
Now that we have some of the basics out of the way, we want to share some of our recommendations with you!
Radiolab is the first recommendation I give to anybody looking for a Podcast! It has been a favorite of the EWC team’s now since… well we can’t even remember how long!
They cover topics across the board from science, to history, to neuroscience. Each episode is beautifully crafted with soundscapes that draw you in, and stories that keep you captivated every second. They really are a stellar Podcast!
To get you started here are a few episodes we recommend and have featured here on EWC!
TED Radio Hour
Have you ever watched a TED Talk and wanted to learn more about the person giving the talk? Then you HAVE to listen to the TED Radio Hour!
Each week on the TED Radio Hour, they choose a theme and then share TED Talks and interviews with speakers around that theme. It’s not only a great way to hear more thoughts and stories from TED speakers, it’s also a great way to find new favorite TED Talks!
While they have many incredible episodes to enjoy, here are a few to get you started!
We frequently feature On Being on EWC, and we only begin to scratch the surface on this wonderful Podcast.
On Being leaves you feeling like the most intellectual person in the room after having listened to them. This Podcast features interviews with prominent religious figures, thought-leaders, poets, political icons, and scientists.
The thing that makes these interviews unique is the beautifully philosophical slant the conversations take. You are not only left with shifted perspectives on the world around you, but also a vocabulary with which to express your thoughts. It really is a wonderful Podcast to pair with a quiet moment.
Here are some episodes for you to enjoy!
At its heart, 99% Invisible is a design Podcast but really, it is so much more! Every episode leaves you a little smarter and able to see the secret history and language of the built world around you!
After listening to this Podcast I constantly find myself walking around thinking “I know why that is!” about things all around me. Every episode is a delightful jaunt into a world we normally take for granted.
99% Invisible was the first Podcast I fell in love with, and was probably the primary reason I became one of those Podcast obsessed people constantly throwing recommendations at people!
Here are a few of my favorites to get you started!
Share your thoughts below!
I hope you enjoyed these recommendations and #TryPod for yourself!
It’s very rare that we open up space for comments on an EWC article, but since I am a Podcast fanatic, and because I think that Podcasts are to be shared and enjoyed by everybody, we are making a special exception!
If you have any favorite Podcasts, or tips and tricks for people new to Podcasting (or if you want any recommendations from me) please leave a comment below!
We are excited to hear from you!
Stay beautiful & keep laughing!