What is a podcast and how do they work?
A podcast or generically netcast, is an episodic series of digital audio or video files which a user can download and listen to. It is often available for subscription, so that new episodes are automatically downloaded via web syndication to the user's own local computer, mobile application, or portable media player.
What’s so great about them?
A couple of things! First off, they are subscription and on-demand. Don’t have time to listen to the whole episode now? No problem; it will be available from the web or directly from your device, if you choose to download it. Second, they are very interest specific. Where Talk Radio can be a variety of subjects covered from show to show, most podcasts stick to a theme. Third, there are tens of thousands to choose from. Fourth, and most importantly, it’s entertaining and almost impossible not to learn something!
Where do I start?
You can find your podcast app in the App Store for download to your computer or on your smart phone. Enter the app and start exploring. You can download older episodes for a listen and when you find one that you like, you can subscribe and new episodes will be downloaded automatically.
How much does it cost?
Nothing. They cover costs through sponsors, donations and the occasional commercial.
What should I listen to?
Here are a few I listen to. Personal preference only;
1. Fire Engineering Talk Radio – variety of fire related topics
2. Average Jake – back-seater talking fire stuff
3. Fit to Fight Fire Podcast – firefighters talking with firefighters
4. Firefighter Toolbox Radio – like it sounds
5. * Jocko Podcast – personal discipline and leadership ( probably my favorite )
6. This American Life – mix of stories from Chicago Public Radio. Very highly rated.
7. The Tim Ferriss Show - personal performance
8. Real Time with Bill Maher – comedy/politics
9. Ted Radio Hour – highlights from TED speakers
10. The Tony Robbins Podcast – self-awareness
Give’em a listen and see what you like.
Many of you may already be listening in to your favorite presenters so share them with the Team and let’s get learning (and entertained).
If you have a personal favorite, send it back to me so I can check it out.
Now go get listening!