*Originally published on Rogue.ph, I’ve included a portion of the post here. If you want to start listening to podcasts and are looking for more feeds to subscribe to, read the full piece there.
I’ve stopped listening to the radio.
Am I alone in feeling tired of the back to back to back advertisements? The fifty or so songs played on repeat? The DJ’s talking, but not really saying anything? For the longest time, this was a quiet frustration of mine. The twenty or so stations available stopped being interesting. This frustration didn’t make my commute any better. Then I discovered podcasts.
Podcasts are audio recordings uploaded to the internet. The beauty of the medium is that you can subscribe to a multitude of shows and the latest episode is downloaded automatically into your phone. Podcasts are one of the fastest growing forms of media in the world.
When I discovered podcasts, I was skeptical. I thought of the DJ’s who would drone on as I was waiting for a song to play on the radio. The skepticism faded quickly as I realized that I could tailor the podcasts to match my interests. NBA news? Check. Interviews with interesting people? Check. Entrepreneurial tips? Check. Entertaining stories? Check.
Here’s a list of podcasts that are currently on my player:
Marc was one of the first to start a podcast. He did it way back in 2009, long before it was hip to have one. WTF also happens to be one of the first shows that got me interested in the medium. One of the earlier ones I remember listening to was an interview with Radiohead frontman, Thom Yorke. Considered a master interviewer, he has since talked to many notables like President Obama, Will Ferrell, Lorne Michaels and Keith Richards to name a few.
Note: His latest 50 episodes are available. For the older episodes, there’s a paywall.
Widely regarded as one of the top podcasts in the world, This American Life spawned a storytelling style that was imitated throughout the podcasting universe. Generally every episode has a theme and different stories based on that theme. They are true masters of the art of storytelling. Personal favorites are 129 Cars, Birds & Bees, and Abdi and the Golden Ticket.