Month: February 2016

My favorite podcasts

podcasts-are-awesomeI mentioned that I recently installed the Pocket Casts app, which means that I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts again.

I love listening to podcasts, and my mix is fairly eclectic.

These are my current favorites:

  • The Moth Podcast – The Moth is like the memoir version of TED. People go on stage and tell stories about their lives. Those stories are recorded and then The Moth Podcast plays some of the best. Many of these stories quite literally make me laugh out loud.
  • Startup by Gimlet Media – I’m somewhat torn about including this on the list, but I’m super hopeful for the future. I *loved* Season 1, but Season 2 was a big disappointment. One of the big difference between Season 1 & Season 2 was that Season 1 was almost real-time where Season 2 was kind of like a post-mortem talking about things that had happened a year or more earlier.
  • This American Life – “From WBEZ in Chicago, it’s This American Life.” If you like listening to random stories about things happening in the U.S. (and sometimes around the world) This American Life is great.
  • Action Army Podcast – A relatively new podcast from my friend Jason Zook (also occasionally includes his partner Caroline Kelso). He talks about his entrepreneurial experience and gives advice on how his listeners can take action in their own lives — whether it’s personal or business.
  • Serial – It’s hard to catch lightning in a bottle twice. Serial Season 1 was awesome. Serial Season 2 is good, but not great. Both seasons are definitely worth a listen.

Podcast review: A great way to listen to podcasts on Android

Years ago, I used to listen to a lot of podcasts. I would mostly listen to them at work, and I used iTunes.

One of the apps on the “do not install” list at my current job is iTunes, and I’ve struggled to find a podcast app that I really liked — especially one that worked well on Android.

About six months ago, I saw someone mention a podcast app called Pocket Casts. They mentioned it wasn’t free, but it was totally worth paying the $3.99.

There were a handful of podcasts that I had started listening to again (Serial, some of the stuff from Gimlet Media, and a few others), so I decided it was worth it to at least try.

I’m super happy I tried it out. I love this app. Searching for podcasts you know about is super easy, and it also has a great “discovery engine” to find podcasts that you might be interested in watching.

The app makes queuing up a playlist super smooth, which makes it super easy to set up an hour or two of episodes.