I am usually late to the game on cultural phenomena.
I started binge-watching 24 on Netflix when the show was already in its fifth season.
I first became enthralled with Mad Men seven years after it first hit the airwaves.
I didn’t start listening to the Beatles until 30 years after they broke up.
(Granted, I was not alive for the first eleven of those years, but still …)
Every now and then, though, I find myself ahead of the curve. Such is the case with podcasts.
I have been sampling and subscribing to podcasts since slightly after their inception, which Wikipedia pegs as somewhere in the 2004-05 range. Ten years later, the field seems to be catching up; podcasts continue to inch closer to mainstream use, and several of them have become legitimate moneymakers for their producers.
(Mine, by the way, is not one of them. I don’t make any money from the Telling The Story podcast; I simply do it, much like I write this blog, for the joy and value it brings.)
Last Saturday, facing a five-hour road trip by myself and feeling overloaded on recent music, I decided to scour the landscape for new podcasts. I was not disappointed. Ten days of binge-listening later, I find myself again excited for the future of a medium that finally seems to be getting its legs.
Here are three podcasts I’d recommend to anyone interested in a mind-expanding good time: (more…)