Attention Recessionistas everywhere! If you think upgrading your Ipod has to involve switching to At&t and learning how to use a touch-screen, THINK AGAIN! Even old school ipod minis (like mine) can be fresh for the fall with the free and fabulous world of podcasts.
Podcasts aren’t anything new, but my (very scientific) research has shown that way too many people relegate these gems to anti-social Internet geek territory. As a hardcore twitterer who is admittedly very much a part of that scene, I assure you that you can still retain your “I still live in the real world” status as a podcast enthusiast.
Quick definition a la wikipedia: “A podcast is a series of digital media files, either audio or video, that is released episodically and downloaded through web syndication.” Think of it as “on demand” beyond your TV. With a simple click, your itunes library will periodically update itself with ad-less content that is customized to your interests and available whenever you have the time to listen. Podcasts of popular television and radio series like HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” and NPR’s “This American Life” keep you in the loop when you miss them on the air or simply want to replay a favorite moment. Beyond those sorts of well-known shows, you will also find a wealth of wonderful audio and video from outlets that otherwise communicate exclusively in print. There is something wonderfully decadent and refreshing about having your favorite magazines and newspapers TALK to you for a change!
Not convinced? Consider the importance of well-roundedness in the current economic environment. Across industries, it pays to distinguish yourself as someone with a keen cultural awareness and knowledge of current events. Perhaps something you hear on a McKinsey finance podcast is relevant to the work you are doing today? Maybe an opinion from the New Yorker’s Ken Aulleta interview series could inspire you to bring up a new idea in your weekly staff meeting? Podcasts can turn otherwise idle time into gold with minimal effort and NO COST. Take a listen to my top 5 picks and let your imagination wander from there. Welcome to your newest obsession!
- New Yorker Fiction Podcast: short stories from the New Yorker archives read by a famous author each month
- This American Life: The popular NPR series at your fingertips each week
- The New York Times Book Review Podcast: a monthly conversation about contemporary literature
- Harvard Business Review Idea Cast: a monthly discussion with business leaders
- The Onion Podcast: News: remixed and hilarious