A combination of broadcast and pod, short for Apple iPod, a podcast is an episodic audio or video program available for download via the Internet. Podcasts span a range of subjects, lengths, and publishing schedule.
Podcasts are a great way to learn new information and/or be entertained. Podcasts are:
- 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.
Another great benefit of podcasts is that you can download them to your smart phone to listen to while exercising, commuting, and working.
I listen to a variety of podcasts including political commentary, screenwriting, investigations into the paranormal, grammar tips, and literary history and news. It is possible that none of these may appeal to you. That’s fine. Search for the podcasts that will be interesting.