I have become a big fan of podcasts this year. I listen to them when I am making jewellery and when I am travelling, particularly when I am commuting into London for work. I find they help pass the time and keep my mind occupied.
A podcast is an audio episode, similar to a radio programme. You can download them to a device e.g. a smartphone, iphone, tablet or ipad. Once they are downloaded you can listen to them on the go (you can listen to them via 'streaming' but this can be costly on your mobile data so downloading while you have wifi is best).
Here are my current top five favourites (although I am finding more all the time!)
The Undisclosed podcast is my current obsession!
I first heard of Serial from one of my students and became hooked on that and I recommend it if you haven't heard it. In fact, you have to listen to Serial before you listen to Undisclosed.
Serial and Undisclosed look at the case of the murder of Hae Min Lee in Baltimore. Her ex-boyfriend was convicted of the crime and is still in prison but there is reason to doubt that he did it (I certainly don't believe he did based on the evidence I've heard on Undisclosed).
Both these podcasts are a fascinating look at criminal investigation and I listen to the episodes multiple times while I'm out and about.
Happier is a weekly podcast by Gretchen Rubin and her sister Elizabeth Craft. Gretchen Rubin's most recent book is called Better than before and I will do a review of it on the blog before long as I think it is fantastic.
On the podcast Gretchen and Elizabeth discuss how to create good habits, increase happiness and give themselves gold stars and demerits for things they've done during the week.
At this very moment I am listening to the latest viberide mix (mix 87). This is a funk music podcast and the mixes are released every three weeks or so. Each mix tends to be an hour or so of a mix of funky tunes from the 70s, 80s and more recent tracks. There are also some shows featuring specific artists including Herbie Hancock, Nile Rodgers and Prince.
I guess this is about music taste and viberide is spot on for me. Give it a try!
Magic Lessons is the podcast of author Elizabeth Gilbert. She has an upcoming book due out in September called Big Magic which is about creativity which I am really looking forward to reading. In this podcast she talks to a member of the public who has a creativity challenge and offers advice. She then talks to another creative person to discuss the case. She has so far spoken to Rob Bell and Cheryl Strayed, Ann Patchett next week.
Creative living with Jamie is one of the first creativity podcasts I started listening to and I love the format. Jamie Ridler is a Canadian artist and podcaster and interviews people about their creative process. It's fascinating to hear about different types of creativity and overcoming stumbling blocks.
Frankly, I realise these podcasts sum me up pretty well!
What have I missed? I'd love to hear about the podcasts you love. Please let me know in the comments below