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If Every Blog isn’t Just a Diary, Then Every Podcast isn’t Random Talk

For those moments when music isn’t hitting the spot, watching the boob tube not an option, or audio book listening focus isn’t gonna happen.Insert the podcast. Informal or not, what’s your flavor?

I myself listen to several podcasts. Why because frankly they’re handy!  I’m out and about A LOT, and I’m sure many of you are too. The beauty of podcasts is that they’re portable and pause-able. I find them truly perfect to listen to when walking or hiking, during long trips in the car, on a bus, in a plane, while doing errands, cooking, or simply lounging.

For every genre or topic you can think of, there’s a podcast for that. On Podcast Alley.com for example, they have the following genre list of podcast and number of available shows.

Arts  (2397), Business  (3087), Comedy  (4926), Education  (2281)    Environment  (171)   Food and Drink  (291), Games & Hobbies  (448)   General  (49882)   Government & Organizations  (20), Health  (1814), Kids & Family  (98), Music  (10928), News & Politics  (1123)     Religion & Spirituality  (2752), Science & Medicine  (68), Society & Culture  (1915), Sports & Recreation  (1428), Technology  (5014), Travel  (569), TV & Film  (1337)

National Public Radio (NPR) has a great assortment of professional quality podcasting programming.


From their homepage selection, cruise on over to their podcast directory and you’ll find many a professionally produced and structured show, with all the originality, and enriching of topics that NPR is known for.

A couple of my favorites are

  • NPR: Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!

“NPR’s weekly current events quiz. Have a laugh and test your news knowledge while figuring out what’s real and what is made up.”

(Visit this podcast’s gem of a website, if you know what’s good for you!)

Updates: Saturdays at 5 p.m. EST; Duration: approx 50 minutes

  • NPR: Snap Judgment

“Snap Judgment is the smoking-hot new show from NPR. Winner of the Public Radio Talent Quest, Glynn Washington delivers a raw, musical brand of storytelling, daring listeners to see the world through the eyes of another.”

(Again I can’t urge you enough to peruse this this podcast’s  webpage.)

Updates: Weekly; Duration: approx 60 minutes

Example show: Monsters – Snap #319

This week Snap hunts the biggest game of all. Amazing stories about terrifying creatures–from mythical beasts to man-eating crocodiles. From PRX and NPR, Snap Judgment proudly presents, “Monsters.”

The various styles, formats, and scripting of podcasts make them each unique. These are not only professionals, these are your neighbors, colleges kids, moms and dads, young, old, couples, people far and wide welcoming you into a conversation.

To reiterate, I not only want to be a podcaster (http://www.indiegogo.com/interestingreminders) I’m a mega listener too. My old school second generator iPod Nano should be remained as a podcast storage container, because I listen to music on there only a fraction of the time. Curious what else fills my subscription list?Aside two great ones I already listed here (Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me; and Snap Judgment), I listen to a varied assortment.

My news fix is supplemented with the friendly, humorous, and oh so informative Sex Nerd Sandra podcast. (here.) Hosted by  a passionate LA based sex educator, and nerdist.com blogger.

“Listen in as the endlessly curious sex educator Sandra Daugherty and her comedian co-host, Dave Ross explore the fascinating world of human sexuality. With tell-all interviews, juicy topics, tips and more, Sandra and Dave keep it fun, keep it sex-positive and keep it real.”

Then there’s the Relevant Magazine Podcast. (here.) Which serves as an audio supplement to their successful God. Life. and Progressive Culture magazine. Their supremely entertaining podcasting format has been best described as, what a lunch with the staffers at Relevant would be like. Oh, and they through in interviews and musical performances from cover stories. (If only all my favorite magazines had podcast editions…that would be rad.)

For a good long while I listened to the Official Grey’s Anatomy podcast from ABC. It was hosted by the show’s creator Shonda Rhimes, and Betsey Beers. I’m pretty sure new episodes cease to exist, but when I was listening to this show’s discussion show, I was lovin’ it.

And last but not least, I’m currently awaiting the return of –now don’t judge me!!–the silliest of the bunch, a podcast series called Twilight Series Theories. (I like the Twilight books and movies, so sue me! haha!) The show literally consists of two sisters (we’re talking fun, adult women) from Texas who love the Twilight Series, and hope to entertain you and inspire you, as they thoroughly discuss the Twilight Series and all the movie news and excitement. They gotten to attend movie premiers, meet much if not all of the cast, and they’re simply two ladies having fun chatting. (here.)

Those are my staples, but I mix i up rather frequently too. Do any of you readers have any podcast suggestions??If so, drop me a link in the comment section below.  I’m always up for hearing something good!


Did you know?

Churches, prisons, and the police,  “oh my”, all across America are getting more involved in the podcasting realm? Yes, it’s true.

What other industries do you think could make use of this medium?



About maggie.

Maggie Barnes is a nonprofit and for profit business content specialist / social media consultant; and social sciences web writer interested in everything from psychology and sexuality, to technology, race, and economics. She is passionate about good communication and information accessibility.


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