Do you listen to podcasts?
If you do, you’re one of 20% of the US population who do. If you don’t, I gotta tell ya, you’re really missing out.
Podcasts started out as a fad that some of us oldsters thought would phase out, but it doesn’t appear to be the case.
I got turned onto podcasts when I figured out I didn’t have to wait for my local public radio station to broadcast my favorite shows. I have a few podcasts I listen to regularly, and others I listen to intermittently. Here are my faves.
BackStory is my absolute favorite podcast. I first heard the show on public radio when I lived in Dothan, AL, but my current local radio station doesn’t broadcast it. BackStory takes current events, such as advocacy in journalism, and discusses the topic from a historical perspective. For instance, think advocacy journalism is a new phenomenon? Nope. Ida B. Wells was considered an advocate journalist because of her writings on lynching, but hers was one of the few voices out there telling the truth about lynching. White journalists typically assumed those who were lynched had committed the offenses they were accused of.
I love that BackStory gives me a historical perspective that, at times, changes how I see what’s happening today.
On the Media is another public radio show turned podcast that covers the media and 1st Amendment issues. This week’s show covers how Wikileaks played the media. It also addresses how the media has covered Trump’s budget as well as how the budget affects Americans.
Hidden Brain uses scientific research to help explain some current events. Why do so many Americans believe vaccines lead to autisum even though there is absolutely no evidence to support their stance? Shankar Vedantam presents neuroscience studies to explain why we discount facts to believe what we want to believe. Fascinating stuff to me.
During the month of March, podcasts are asking each listener to tell others about what they listen to and why, using the hashtag #trypod.
How about sharing with us what podcasts you listen to and why. I’m always open to try something new!