In Honor of Tony Kornheiser returning to the internet, here are some of my recommendations!
I have been listening to podcasts since before they were called podcasts. They were called netcasts when I first started listening. But then Apple took them, organized them, called them podcasts and released them via Itunes. This was 2005. To understand how long ago this was, in technology terms, the Iphone had not yet been released, wifi was rare, and you had to plug your Ipod into your computer. Apple believed or didn't think that someone would want to plug an Ipod into more than one computer. So, if a podcast was released during the day, while I was in class, I would not be able to download it until I got home. But I had a job on campus at Brandeis University at the the time, and it involved a lot of data entry, and podcasts helped me focus. So I had to find a way to update my podcast from my work computer, I had to fool Apple. so I had to hack my work computer at Brandeis (Sorry Graduate Student Information Office) to fool my iPod and Itunes into thinking that my work and home computer were the same (honestly, it was not as hard as you might think.) It was a stupid policy Itunes had..oh no a rant is coming on...happy place...podcasts....
Anyway, people who know me keep asking what podcasts I listen to because I listen to a massive amount of them. I talk about them all the time. In a weird way, they have become almost like bands to me. So now, instead of telling someone the best DMB or Pearl Jam albums (Lillywhite Sessions and Versus,) I would tell them what podcasts to listen to and the best episodes to download..
I have more than I will ever actually listen to. I don't listen to what would be called the All-Star level podcasts. I don't listen to This American Life, or Serial, or Radiolab. Why? Because I like to listen to podcasts that sound and behave like I am hanging out with people I would consider friends. Friends who are way smarter than I am. Which is why I talk about them to my real friends all the time, because I want to share my experiences of listening. There is certainly nothing wrong with Serial or RadioLab or this American Life, but it is not why I listen to podcasts. I listen because I want to be with "my people."
So who are my people?