But this week, more than reading, I have been discovering podcasts! I don't know why I never listened to them before. I think I had an idea that they cost money, though many of them are free. Which is awesome. I like to listen to them when I go to the gym now, as then I can just listen to a show and by the time I'm done with it, I'm also done with my workout! It's nicer sometimes than listening to music, which can get very repetitive and boring.
What podcasts do you listen to? Do you have any suggestions for me? The ones I currently subscribe to are:
NPR - This American Life
NPR - Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me
NPR (WNYC) - Radiolab
NPR - Planet Money
BBC History Magazine
I am a huge fan of This American Life and of NPR in general. Realistically, if I had time, I'd probably subscribe to many more of their podcasts (such as Prairie Home Companion). It is interesting because in some ways, the ability to podcast has given radio new life and really made it relevant to so many more people than before. I never realized how much information could be shared in such interesting, dynamic ways, through sound.
My current wish list podcast is one I heard about through BBC History Magazine. It is by Amanda Vickery, whose book The Gentleman's Daughter I thoroughly enjoyed. Her other book, Behind Closed Doors, is also on my wish list. I found out that she did a series of thirty episodes on private lives through British history- from the time of the Tudors through the Victorian era. She includes private diaries, first-person accounts, songs and all sorts of exciting things! I want the collection a lot, but am not currently willing to pay for it. But if anyone already owns it and would like to share it with me... I'd be ok with that :-)
So now I'm a podcast addict! I have a long plane ride coming up in a few weeks, numerous trips to the gym before that, and a long car trip after. If you have any podcasts you swear by, please let me know! I'd love to subscribe and discover more.