What is a podcast?

An introduction

According to Wikipedia, a podcast is "an episodic series of digital audio or video files which a user can download and listen to." Fun fact: the word "podcast" is a portmanteau of iPod and broadcast.

No matter your interest, there's a podcast for you.

A few of my favorites

Personally, I enjoy podcasts about:

  • True Crime
  • Technology and Internet Culture
  • Comedy

My top three:

My Favorite Murder Reply All Last Podcast on the Left

Podcast Suggestions

More information about my go-tos (and whether or not you can listen to them at work)

Podcast Name Genre Favorite Episode Profanity?
My Favorite Murder True Crime, Comedy Episode 35, "A Small Foreign Faction" Yes - profanity and graphic content
Reply All Technology, Comedy Episode 44, "Shine On You Crazy Goldman" No - unless otherwise specified at the top of the episode
Last Podcast on the Left True Crime, Comedy Episodes 189-191, "9/11" Yes - profanity and graphic content
This American Life Storytelling, Various Themes Episode 492, "Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde" No - unless otherwise specified at the top of the episode
Radiolab General Science, Research "Fault Line" No - unless otherwise specified at the top of the episode
The NoSleep Podcast Fictional Stories "Penpal 1-2" No
Note to Self Internet Culture, Technology "Is My Phone Listening in On Me?" No
Popular Music: The Podcast Music Episode 015, "Love on Top" No
Lore Folklore, Urban Legends Episode 8, "The Castle" No
StartUp Business, Storytelling Season 3 Episode 4, "Dear Music Fans..." No
Criminal True Crime Episode 71, "A Bump in the Night" No
The Dollop American History, Comedy Episode 200, "Otto in the Attic" Yes
Call Your Girlfriend Current Events Episode 19, "Office Candy Dish" Yes
TLDR Internet Culture Episode 8, "The Pace Picante Salsa Robot Has Gone Haywire" No - unless otherwise specified at the top of the episode
Mystery Show Mystery, Storytelling Episode 5, "Source Code" No
Sampler Varies Depending on Theme Episode 27, "This Feels Terrible!" No
My Favorite Murder in Boston Ira Glass in Durham Last Podcast on the Left in Carrboro