Over the last year I've seen my consumption of information transition from reading to listening. I've always been a huge fan of good-ole' fashioned terrestrial radio and an avid listener to all things NPR. I've found for most of 2017, I've moved away from print information to podcasts.
Three Reasons To Listen To Podcasts
- I'm Learning More And Faster - I've never been a huge audio book fan. But, I have been sucked right into the world of podcasts this last year. There's a podcast out there for just about every interest. Most of my listening falls into the "cultural" category. Listening to podcasts gives me a level of diversity and opposing views I just wasn't getting from other media sources.
- Exercise Is More Fun - I walk long distances. This year I completed walking my third half marathon. Some podcasts are more conducive to walking than others. I have to make sure I'm not slowing down my walking pace if I get sucked into the dialogue. Those long walks go a whole lot faster when I'm engaged in a topic.
- It's Made Me A Better Podcaster - I've co-hosted more than 85 episodes of the Entertainment Law Update Podcast. Listening to other podcasts has given me an awareness of what's appealing to consumers of podcasts. This is where I give a huge shout out to my co-host Gordon Firemark who makes sure we always have great sound quality.
Four Podcasts I'm Listening To
- Girls Gone WOD - I'm quickly approaching my three year anniversary of participating in Crossfit. Gasp. If you know me you will find it very hard to believe I intentionally lift heaving things and on occasion run, row, and do burpees. Girls Gone WOD is the "first female-hosted lifestyle podcast dedicated to discussing CrossFit(R), body image, eating healthy, getting strong, and balancing life, work, husbands, babies, glitter eyeliner, avocado toast, and happy hour." If you have passion for getting healthier, you need to listen. It gets "real" fast. #GGW
- What Should I Read Next? - This is the podcast for people who love to read. I have discovered so many wonderful new books. The podcast has helped me hone the types of books I enjoy and don't like at all. I'll avoid dysfunctional family drama at all costs. I will gobble up non-fiction books that involve humanly insane physical challenges. Is that a genre? "What Should I Read Next is the show for every reader who has ever finished a book and faced the problem of not knowing what to read next. Each week, host Anne Bogel interviews a new person and finds out their tastes. Then, she makes recommendations about what to read next." #WSIRN
- Happier With Gretchen Rubin - Duh, who doesn't want to be happier? I feel a kinship to the co-host Gretchen Rubin as she is a recovered lawyer turned journalist. Each week Gretchen and her sister Elizabeth Craft discuss life hacks and habits that can help us to achieve more and hopefully bring about some happiness in our lives. "Gretchen Rubin is HAPPIER, and she wants you to be happier too. The #1 bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before gets more personal than ever as she brings her practical, manageable advice about happiness and good habits to this lively, thought-provoking podcast. Gretchen’s co-host and guinea pig is her younger sister, Elizabeth Craft, a TV writer and producer living in Los Angeles, who (lovingly) refers to Gretchen as her happiness bully." #HAPPIER
- S-Town - S-Town is a seven episode podcast that will rock your world. While all my other podcast recommendations are ongoing, S-Town takes seven episodes to explore the life of one man in small-town rural Alabama. You must listen. Stick with it. S-Town is from the producers of SERIAL and This American Life. "John despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life." #STOWN
Let me know what podcasts you enjoy and what I should read next. Please leave me a comment.
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