You may have heard of the trend that is podcasts. If you think that listening to randoms chatting is not for you, we have some thoughts on this topic. You might want to consider these thoughts before totally trashing the idea. Just a suggestion.
Some of the main benefits of listening to audio content include the ability to feed your brain while achieving other tasks such as commuting to school, varsity or work. Whether you are running around doing errands, exercising, cleaning or painting a picture, podcasts are an easy way to keep your brain engaged and learning as you go.
At this point, the question “What is a podcast?” might be on your lips. Well, a podcast consists of any informational content (whether educational, news and politics or lifestyle and health, etc.) that is recorded as audio content and is broadcast onto podcast software. In general, this content is either informative, humorous or helpful in some way. You can use podcast apps, such as Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or Spotify on your android, or Apple device to download and listen to any audio content you’re interested in for free.
New Trend: Multitasking Mania
This new trend, is actually not so new anymore! It was created in 2004 (that is 15 whole years ago, can you believe it?) by a former MTV video jockey, Adam Curry, together with a software developer, Dave Winer. The original purpose of a podcast, in the ‘iPodder’ software, was to download radio content onto an ipod. Little did they realise it would revolutionise the way we see multi tasking, learning and even ‘zoning out.’ Yip, it is pretty cool.
If you haven’t heard yet, podcasts are the new way to multitask. The main benefit of listening to a podcast over reading is that it allows you to kill two birds with one stone. Your running or exercise routine can become an educational platform for studying new concepts and thinking beyond your normal thoughts. You can listen to a series of podcasts while cooking, cleaning your room or commuting. Whatever the case, you are given the opportunity to learn something new. Where reading runs the risk of triggering heavy eyelids, listening to podcasts will give your eyes a break, and allow you to learn audibly. Podcasts are a winning way forward.
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By listening to podcasts you’ll become a better listener, discover a world of new thoughts and develop interests you maybe didn’t even know you had!
Audio Content you need to know About
In the land of podcasts, it’s possible to listen to almost any topic you’re interested in. You can listen to stories (or how to write a story) as well as educational ones which include a variety of subjects from Science and Biology to English and History. The list is endless. It is helpful to search for your chosen category. Many bloggers have listed their fave ones that are aligned with a range of interests so you are bound to find something that tickles your fancy. The best thing to do is explore for yourself! We have listed just a few that are great for getting your education on below:
- Just Vocabulary
- Hardcore History
- Revolution Health Radio
- Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
- The Moth (Storytelling)
- Revisionist History
- Stuff You Should Know
- Philosophise This!
- The House Of EdTech Podcasts
Some other categories to explore:
Health & Wellness
News & Politics
The Rise of Podcasts
Podcasts have quickly gained popularity with categories catering to a variety of interests. For this very reason, we recommend getting in touch with your inner audio content listener! We will also be introducing an audio blog feature as an alternative to reading the content on our site. Stick around, and look out for this option coming soon.
Something we love about podcasts is the array of lengths you can choose from. Some are up to 1 hour long while others are 10 minutes to 20 minutes long. Depending on whether you’re sitting in traffic or on a 20-minute jog, podcasts can keep you going! 🙂