Woo! You guys! I just had a super fun weekend with my husband at the first annual (hopefully) PODCON in Seattle. It was a great weekend of podcasts, podcasters, and podcast listeners.We got to watch live tapings of several of my favorite shows, and podcasts I’d never heard about before. It was so much fun!
And I got a lot of knitting done.
Because what’s better than a fantastic podcast? Knitting while listening to your favorite podcast.
They’re basically made for each other.
If you’re not on the podcast bandwagon yet, they’re essentially independently-produced radio shows that you can sign up for with an app on your phone or computer. Some are from bigger names (NPR has a huge collection of podcasts, as well as some podcast “networks” like Earwolf, and Maximum Fun), but a bunch are just made by people who are passionate about something, know how to use a microphone, and want to share their excitement.
Think about them as on-demand, specific radio shows. News, fiction, comedy, science- it’s all there!
I want to share a couple of my current favorites, if you’re looking for something new to listen to.
Every weekday morning, I start my day by listening to Up First from NPR. It’s a 10 to 15 minute little synopsis of the important news of the day. It’s a great, succinct, wrap up from a reputable source of news every morning, hosted by the folks that put on Morning Editon.Another podcast I listen to as soon as it goes live is My Favorite Murder. Now, I realize this might be a little dark or grizzly for some people, but I gotta admit, I love a true crime story. The hosts of MFM share interesting stories of crime (usually murder, but not always), with a weirdly positive spin- they talk about mental health, personal safety and other positive things between all that death. (And it’s really funny… I know I’m not selling it correctly, but I promise, it’s good.)If My Favorite Murder is too dark for you, then Wonderful! might be just what you’re looking for. It’s hosted by a very charming husband and wife team, and the concept’s so simple, I wish I had come up with it myself! They literally spend their hour each week talking about things they think are wonderful. You’ll get music recommendations, you’ll learn about cool animals and non-profits, and you’ll be reminded of great TV shows and board games from when you were a kid. (It’s silly, but Wonderful! is really wonderful.)