Friday, August 14, 2015

My Podcast List

A combination of broadcast and pod, short for iPod, a podcast is an episodic audio or video program available for download via the Internet. Podcasts span a range of lengths and publishing schedule.

Podcasts are a great way to learn new information and/or be entertained. Podcasts are ...
  • Free
  • Easily downloadable - downloads can be scheduled
  • Available for a wide range of topics - current categories at Apple's podcast store include arts, business, comedy, education, games/hobbies, government/organizations, health, family, music, news/politics, religion/spirituality, science/medicine, society/culture, sports/recreation, technology, and TV/film.
  • Asynchronous - you control when and where to listen, including the ability to rewind and fast forward content.

At the time of this post, the blogs I currently listen to are listed below. I pulled the description from the podcasts. Typically, I listen to podcasts throughout the day while I am working or driving. If I find myself losing interest during a particular episode, I stop listening.


Hope Sabbath School (Weekly)

  • Summary: A weekly, in-depth interactive study of the Word of God.
  • Why I listen: This podcast provides a preview of each week's Bible study at church. I am better prepared to discuss the topic after listening.

Official Mark Levin Audio Rewind (Monday-Friday)

  • Summary: Mark Levin has become one of the hottest properties in talk radio. His top-rated show on WABC is now syndicated nationally. He is also one of the top new authors in the conservative political arena.
  • Why I listen: A practicing attorney and constitutional scholar, Mark Levin's academic approach to current political topics provides an insight that other talk show hosts do not. His book recommendations are excellent.

Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (Weekly)

  • Summary: Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Whether English is your first language or your second language, these grammar, punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer. Grammar Girl is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast.
  • Why I listen: English is my first language and my mother was an English teacher, but I still appreciate these practical tips, which have improved my writing.

On The Page: Screenwriting (Weekly)

  • Summary: Join professional script consultant Pilar Alessandra as she demystifies screenwriting and answers your questions about script craft and story.
  • Why I listen: Although I am not writing scripts for TV or film, I find the discussion and different approaches to the craft of story to be applicable both professionally and personally.

The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor (Daily)

  • Summary: Each day, The Writer's Almanac features Garrison Keillor recounting the highlights of this day in history and reading a short poem or two.
  • Why I listen: I like this podcast for the quirky tidbits of history and the short poem. Although this is a daily podcast, I usually download and listen to the weekday episodes.

A Prairie Home Companion's News from Lake Wobegon (Weekly, during the show's season)

  • Summary: Garrison Keillor's signature monologue, The News from Lake Wobegon, a staple of the live public radio program A Prairie Home Companion.
  • Why I listen: Garrison Keillor's conversational style is a great one to emulate for storytelling. Keillor masterfully ties the various fictionalized news events together in unexpected ways.

The Paracast - The Gold Standard of Paranormal Radio (Weekly)

  • Summary: The Paracast explores a world beyond science, where UFOs, UFO, poltergeists and strange phenomena of all kinds have been reported by millions across the planet. The Paracast presents longtime researchers in the field, to shed light on the mysteries and complexities of our Universe and the secrets that surround us in our everyday lives. Join long-time paranormal researcher Gene Steinberg, co-host Christopher O’Brien, and their roster of special guest experts and experiencers, as they explore the realms of the known and unknown. Listen each week to the great stories of the history of the paranormal field in the 20th and 21st centuries.
  • Why I listen: I am rather skeptical about UFOs, and this podcast adopts a similar skeptical approach. Since the alleged events of the alien crash landing in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947, an entire industry has existed, which researches, confabulates, and makes up UFO-related events. This podcast breaks down current events related to the field every week. 

What do you think about podcasts? What podcasts do you listen to?

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