The Wide World of Podcasts

Apple_Podcast_logoDo you listen to podcasts?  Or am I speaking a foreign language simply mentioning them?

I first dipped my toes in ever-so-briefly and then jumped back out of the pod-filled water nearly four years ago now. And up until the beginning of this year I would still have been in the foreign language crowd.  I had a vague notion that I might be missing out and that it was something worth checking out again.

So, about four months ago I tried again, starting with the folk at Freakonomics Radio.  Choosing to listen to episodes that sounded interesting led me back to the water and suddenly there I was, splashing and duck-diving in to the wide world of podcasts.  I’ve subscribed to quite a few and ditched almost as many.  Then I hit Gretchen Rubin’s Happier podcast and I’ve been addicted to my Wednesday night hit ever since.

I even have several children’s story-telling podcasts now, ostensibly for when we’re away or travelling and could do with a bit of variety in our listening entertainment.  Look out for Storynory and see what your kids think.  In the self-help and simplifying your life area, the very popular for good reason, Zen Habits blog has a podcast at Zen Habits Radio.

On the home education front I’m giving Stories of an Unschooling Family a go and it looks very promising. And my newest trial will be with Elizabeth Gilbert’s Magic Lessons, starting this week. I’ll let you know how that one goes.

Naturally I can’t go without putting in a word for the large choice out of the BBC.  With them it’s rather a case of what not to listen to.  Please don’t get too lost in the myriad of choices.  (If you think I’m joking, I’m not.  They have close to 500 podcasts!)  I’m restricting myself to one at a time, and currently that means I’m slowly working my way through A History of the World in 100 Objects.

Folk have been happy to recommend a number of podcasts to me, and my list of trialists is growing.

What would you add, if you are a podcast fan?  And why?

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