I’m a heavy consumer of audio. I’ve always enjoyed radio, and much preferred it over visual media. With podcasting, we are living in the golden age of audio. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I have a commute that is about 35 minutes each way I’ve gotten some good listening in over the past couple of years. Sometimes, I’ll listen to audio when I run, but generally not. I listened to 11 books on Audible in the past year. As far as podcasts, I tend to binge listen to certain podcasts rather than trying to staying up with the latest episode Lately, it’s been Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History and his series on World War I, “Blueprint for Armageddon.” Others I listen to are: This American Life: Ira Glass and his cohorts are some of the best storytellers I have found. The production is of the highest quality. When I’m in the right mood, it’s the best podcast ever!. However, I notice the ironic, melancholy air sometimes tends to have a depressive effect, so usually switch to something else when I start to notice this.
The Christian Humanist: Three College English professors tackle a theme each episode. The themes are wide ranging and the discussion is edifying and enjoyable. These guys really make you think and don’t talk down to you.
Startup: Alex Bloomberg, formerly of Planet Money and a contributor to This American Life, narrates the story of starting up his own business. Great storyteller. Self depicting. Hilarious blunders. I’m not up to date on this but get the feeling he’s going to make it despite his mistakes.
Third Coast Audio Festival: A podcast that curates audio from both terrestrial radio and the internet, this podcast is rather eclectic. It has a sort of radio drama feel, and is rather eclectic.
What do you listen to? I’d love to hear your recommendations!