Podcast Me

Sometimes I’m in awe of the quality and quantity of educational content available at our fingertips. YouTube, Coursera, Khan Academy, Wikipedia, blogs, podcasts…some say that we’re less connected to one another in this digital age, but we sure have the potential to be more educated.

With my focus on board games over the last 6 months in particular, I’ve discovered a wealth of information about games and game design. I work out in my bedroom (no, that’s not a sexual innuendo…or is it?), so at this point I’ve listened to/watched hundreds of video reviews of board games on YouTube (see, it’s not innuendo…or do board game reviews get my juices flowing?)

Game design and Kickstarter-related podcasts have also occupied a lot of my work-out time, brushing teeth time, and walking around naked time (wait, is this entire entry one big innuendo? Not that the size of the innuendo matters–it’s how you use it). I spent November listening to almost every episode of Funding the Dream, and now I’m hooked on a fantastic game design podcast called Ludology. I’d highly recommend both.

I’d love to hear your podcast recommendations. Do you listen to podcasts? When and where?

Also, somewhat related: If you haven’t already filled out this very brief survey with your favorite movie, book, song, etc of 2012, I hope you do so! The results will be shared here in just over a week.


6 Responses to “Podcast Me”

  1. T-Mac says:

    I’ve heard the word “podcast” several times, but I don’t know what it actually is. How would you explain a podcast?

    • Jamey Stegmaier says:

      A podcast is essentially a recorded radio show that never aired live. It’s recorded so people can download it just like a song (a long song) and listen to it at their leisure.

      • Red says:

        That is not entirely true. The only podcasts i listen to are of live radio shows that I can’t catch in their entirety when they are broadcast.

        • Emma says:

          Agreed. I sometimes catch NPR programs that I like on podcasts instead of trying to be near a radio at a certain time of day. I never think of podcasts as unaired though, it’s just a piece of audio content.

  2. Katy says:

    I’ve found that podcasts work out great if you have a subject or area of interest that you are passionate about, and if others (the ones making the podcast) out there are also passionate and have some knowledge to share about that subject.

    I don’t listen to a lot of podcasts, but have sampled various ones from time to time. The only 2 that I’ve listened to with any consistency are the Ricky Gervais podcast (which is all older content I think), and Geek Tangent–a fairly new one a friend of mine is on. Neither of those really focus on any one topic, but rather they discuss a variety of subjects, some of which can be quite thought provoking and others that are just humorous.

    The best application of podcasts I’ve found is either when on long car trips or when working out by myself and wanting something more than mind numbing music to pass the time.

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