I've been listening to podcasts since I was probably 12 or 13 years old. Sure, listening to people talk on a radio show is pretty far from a regular tween practice, but I couldn't get enough. No one really understood what a podcast was, and that's why the only podcasts that existed were for nerds like me. I used to listen to Engadget, Gonintendo, and a few others. I listened to them while riding my bike or while laying in bed at night. My iPod nano probably had more podcasts than music on it.
In the past few months, we have entered a podcast renaissance; they have finally joined the mainstream. Podcasts are for runners, commuters, and people doing menial tasks at home. Part of the reason I have a 128 GB iPhone is so I can fit as many as I want on my phone. (My drive to work is typically about 30 to 40 minutes) I'm probably juggling 15 or so different shows on my phone, and they are all extremely different. Here are the top five you should be listening to now:
(be aware, a lot of these have language and some crude humor since some of them are guys just being funny and shooting the breeze. If you're cool with that, then you'll probably enjoy them.)
#5 The Nerd Machine: Picking Favorites
If you ever watched the show Chuck, you're probably pretty familiar with Zachary Levi. After his hit network show, he went on to work on a company that talks about all things nerdy and fun. Recently, probably about 3 weeks ago, he and others started a podcast where they introduce categories (movies, favorite places to travel, pretty much anything) and everyone goes around picking their favorite things in that category. Pretty simple premise. It's new so it isn't perfect, but I could see it becoming really great in the future. Definitely something to look out for.
I love movies and talking about movies, and that's what these guys do. They discuss a movie that have come out recently, and go around talking about what they like an don't like about them. That's about it. I find myself agreeing most of the time, but I just like listening to other opinions from time to time.
#3 The Nerdist
You've probably heard of Chris Hardwick, because he's pretty much everywhere you turn nowadays. (The Talking Dead, @midnight) He runs a podcast where a famous guest comes on the show, and he talks to them for about an hour. He's had guests like Morgan Freeman and most recently, Adam Savage from Mythbusters. The shows range from really funny to really interesting, because the types of guests he has had differ every episode. (Hilary Swank came on a couple days ago) It's not necessarily just for nerds, I think most people can enjoy it.
#2. Start Up
Alex Blumberg is trying to start a podcasting company, and he records his process. He shows us the things that you don't typically hear about when starting a business like pitching to investors, finding a business partner, and coming up with a name. He records conversations about his business with his wife, and is extremely honest about everything. It's very much like an audio documentary, and it's pretty dang cool. If you're interested in starting a business, I don't see how you could miss this one.
Who isn't talking about Serial? It's like bingewatching a show, except you're just listening. A woman essentially is trying to solve a real murder through journalism and interviews with the people involved. The case was closed in 1999, but it's being reopened because it was so thin that Sarah Koenig isn't convinced they got the right guy. It's incredibly interesting, and you won't be able to wait until the next episode. I think there are 8 episodes out now, so you better get started.