I might be late to the party here, but I’ve just started listening to podcasts. And I cannot get enough.
(Confession: Podcasts always seemed nerdy to me. Like you like something SO much you just want to listen to a radio station that talks about NOTHING BUT THAT! Why would I ever do something like that?)
But then I started commuting, and got really tired of listening to the same old music, and I got bored with audiobooks I downloaded from the library.
I tried NPR, but I didn’t love it. There were some stories I really wanted to listen to, but there were topics I didn’t want to listen to, either, and I’d turn it back to music or need to find something else to listen to, and I’d end up annoyed with everything.
Then Mel from Stirrup Queens posted about a podcast called “Start Up” that she was enjoying. I was in the midst of trying to figure out what I wanted to do next with my career, and so I figured it was worth a shot to listen to it and see how it went.
Oh my god, it was amazing. A real STORY. About a company, and people, and starting a business, and it was perfect, because it was telling me how to start a business – and what not to do. A whole new world was opened up to me.
I have gone from “Start Up” to “Mystery Show” to “Serial” to “Undisclosed” to “Welcome to Nightvale” to “Jesse vs Cancer.”
The ones that capture me the most are the ones that have a story that continues every week, a hook that keeps me coming back.
And I need a new one to listen to. I’ve thought about “This American Life,” because I know the stories will be great, but I worry that it’ll be more like NPR.
So this is where I want to ask you all for recommendations.
Do you listen to podcasts? Which ones are your favorite? Any recommendations for me?