Have you all heard about this newfangled technology called a podcast? Let me tell you, it’s fantastic.
You see, it’s a type of digital media found on the internet which you can download or stream via your computer or mobile device. It’s like a radio broadcast you can listen to at any time. It’s science!
I’m sorry, did you just think you were reading something from 2004? Well, just a few short (nine) years later, yours truly discovered podcasts.
Okay, I’m not that out of the loop. I was aware that podcasts exist.
I also know that one of my favorite authors, David Sedaris*, got his start reading stories on This American Life on the radio and later, on podcasts. (*Okay, he is my most favorite author. I’m not going to pretend it’s Mark Twain. We’re all friends here.)
Well, today I was reading an article about free things to do and it mentioned listening to or creating your own podcast. I didn’t even know where to start so I first went to iTunes and listened to Rick Steves interviewing David Sedaris.
I felt like two worlds of awesomeness were colliding! Rick Steves has a podcast? Then I really started to get into the nitty gritty and looked up the best podcasts on the internet. So many things to listen to that I haven’t been listening to!
I was like a kid in a candy store. Freakonomics? Neil deGrasse Tyson? I don’t even know where to start.
I was listening to my Rick Steves/David Sedaris find wondering why I wasn’t listening to podcasts, like, all of the time when I suddenly heard, “Mommy! Franky is trying to hit me with the light saber!” Oh yeah, that’s why. I haven’t had an office nor a commute, AKA quiet listening time, for quite awhile.
I have so many questions! What are your favorite podcasts? When and how do you enjoy listening to them? With your help, I can become a technologically sound citizen in the year 2013.
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