When I first began my 25-minute morning commute last year I thought I would spend my time listening to audio books, but I’m still having trouble embracing the whole audio-book sensation. I think I’m just more of a visual reader and don’t really feel like I’ve “read” a book if I just listen to it. I don’t know. Anyway, instead of listening to books, I’ve turned to listening to podcasts. I’m pretty late to this game, and guys, there are SO many to listen to! Who knew? (Well, probably most of you, but the whole podcast thing is new to me).
I thought I’d share with you some of the ones I’ve been listening to…
The Popcast – This podcast, all about pop culture, features the dynamic duo of Knox McCoy and Jaime Golden. It may come as a surprise to those of you who know me well that I like to listen to a show on pop culture. It’s true I’m not one to keep up with the “latest and greatest”. Over half the celebrities that are mentioned I have no clue who they are, but it doesn’t matter. It’s more about the banter and dialogue. This pair is delightful and I’d listen to them talk about pretty much anything.
Stuff You Missed in History Class – This podcast has apparently been around a long time, since they now have 700+ episodes under their belt. The current hosts are Tracy and Holly and they do a fabulous job. The topics presented are interesting and well-researched. The episodes are told in a story-like fashion, but with commentary. Most episodes seem to be around 30 to 40 minutes, which is perfect for me, because it means I can usually finish listening to the episode in the same day I start it.
Grammar Girl – If you’re nerdy like me, you’ll enjoy this podcast with “quick and dirty” grammar tips. With each episode being 15 minutes or less, this is a great podcast to listen to if you only have a few minutes.
Sorta Awesome – Hosted by a combination of moms, Sorta Awesome is a fun discussion about a variety of things the hosts consider “awesome”.
Dear Book Nerd – Book Riot has a variety of literary podcasts, several of which are enjoyable to listen to. If you’re on the lookout for new and current books to read, they are a good place to go for new ideas. The “Dear Book Nerd” podcast has a librarian host who has has a guest co-host for each episode, usually an author. The pair read some listener questions and then answer/discuss them. The Book Riot staff seems pretty liberal in general, but I still enjoy listening to the bookish banter.
These podcasts have made my morning and afternoon drives much more enjoyable. I don’t watch much tv, because I’d rather spend my down time reading, so these podcasts are a form of media that give my brain some stimulation and connect me a little better to the world I live in. I like that they fit nicely into that little space of time that would otherwise be mundane.
What about you? Do you listen to podcasts? What are your favorites?