Without a doubt, podcasts have been a major influence in my life. From keeping up to date on the latest geek news, reading through the Bible in a year, to learning how to manage money and win financially. There's content for every interest.
A lot of people say they can't listen to podcasts because they require "too much focus." They can't work and listen - they find themselves focusing on the podcast rather than their work: "It's too distracting." Podcasts are often relegated to those times - running, in the car, on trips, on the bus, etc. Those are certainly great times, but I think they're missing out on some wonderful content.
My secret, and the reason I'm able to listen every day? I've taken the speed reading approach and have applied it to listening to podcasts: "Be willing to skim." Put another way, I have choices for ambient background noise. I can ignore the random noises going on around me, I can choose to listen to music to cover them up, or I can intentionally choose put amazing/educational/inspirational content there.
Kelly's Top 10
- Ted Talks Education The world's greatest educators, researchers, and community leaders share their stories and visions.
- 1 Year Daily Audio Bible Life has its challenges. Don't go through it alone.
- House of #EdTech Chris Nesi explores how technology is changing the way teachers teach and the impact that technology is having in education.
- MacBreak Weekly (Video-HD) Hosted by Leo LaPorte the latest in Apple News.
- Travel with Rick Steves Hour long show where he talks about favorite travels in Europe, as well as the U.S. and the rest of the world.
- Joel Osteen 30 minute message of hope. Gotten me through some tough times.
- Moving at the Speed of Creativity ed tech and digital literacy, but sometimes history, science, or other educational topics.
- Dave Ramsey Funny, informative show about real life and how it revolves around money; manage and budget, get out of debt, build wealth, and live in financial peace.
- Kim Snyders' Beauty Inside and Out NY Times bestselling author and clinical nutritionist.
- The Unbeatable Mind with Navy SEAL CDR's 5 mountain training path of developing your Mental, Physical, Emotional, Intuitive, and Heart self.
- CAT FooD, a/k/a "Teaching, Learning, and Everything Else." Interviews with higher education faculty and staff.
- Digital Campus. Conversation about current events in education, libraries, museums, and information technology. I've been an occasional guest.
- Ed Radio. Stephen Downes' list of education audio. This leading commentator and innovator occasionally podcasts his presentations (RSS feed).
- JISC podcasts. Presentations and interviews on the nexus of technology and education in Britain.
- Radio Higher Ed. Interviews and discussions about higher education.
- Teach Better. Discussions about pedagogy with an emphasis on higher education.
- Teaching in Higher Ed. Very practical show on being an instructor, with an emphasis on self-improvement.
TWiT. Now a series of podcasts and video channels on different aspects of current technology.
In Our Time (BBC Radio 4). Superb, high-speed conversations about history, science, and culture.
- The Memory Palace. Short, moving, lyrical glimpses into the past through very curious stories.
- 99% Invisible. Meditations on architecture and the built environment, with a Memory Palace-like eye for intriguing stories.
- Rumble Strip Vermont. The best podcast about Vermont life.