A lot of people think of podcasts as uninteresting audio recordings of someone talking to themselves. Not true! I want to share with you some of my favorite podcasts I subscribe to and listen to at least semi-regularly. I manage my subscriptions and downloads through iTunes. Podcasts is time shifted audio making existing programs available when I want and where I want and enabling new content niches where radio might never go.
- On the Media, a New York public radio program about the media industry including newspapers, radio, television, and online media such as websites and blogs. On the Media is released every Friday around 6 p.m. San Francisco time and does not air on local radio until 3 p.m. on Sunday. Downloading this program allows me to listen to the show anytime over the weekend.
- NPR Technology, a summary of technology stories from across the NPR network. The weekly show comes out on Wednesdays and lasts about half an hour, and is good material for my walk to work in the mornings.
- Coverville, cover songs from all over the world and across all genres. I first started listening at episode 82 and its Disney cover songs. Oddities such as techno versions of Disney tunes had me hooked.
- CocoaRadio is all about developing in Objective-C for Mac OS X. Every episode makes me want to start coding new apps for Tiger, the latest version of the Mac operating system. Blake Burris interviews Mac developers from all over the world and talks about their development process, background, and products.
I usually discover new podcasts by word-of-mouth or through links from the hundreds of weblogs I read daily.
If podcasts are new to you, try out a few in your favorite topic area and you may be surprised at what you find!