The (Continued) Zeal of a Podcast Convert
For the original in this series, see The Zeal of a Podcast Convert.
In July, I started listened to podcasts, apparently swept up in an ascendent trend of spoken-word audio. We are, it seems, in a golden age of podcasting. Many things have happened in the podcast medium and to my listening habits since then (including my spending a total of 6 days and 8 hours of time listening, according to my pod catcher of choice, PocketCasts), so I figured it was time for part two of this series, such as it is.
First, and most significantly, we lost Grantland:
No podcast today.— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) October 21, 2015
Here, Bill Barnwell of the Grantland NFL Podcast, during what was suspected to be a walkout of sorts at the sports / pop culture site. In fewer than two weeks’ time, Grantland would be gone.
My first lineup of podcast listening included three from the Grantland network — now, sadly, it includes none.
Next, I got some new tools, namely a new car with bluetooth audio. Here’s what I’m working with:
Here were my available tools:
- 2015 Toyota Corolla
- Entirely too many pairs of headphones purchased over the years on the advice of The Wirecutter
- Moto X (2013) smartphone on Republic Wireless Call + Text + .5 GB data plan
- A daily (on weekdays) 25-minute commute in either direction.
Oh, and we dropped cable TV service at our house last week.
So, what am I listening to? Up from an original lineup of 12, I now keep 21 podcasts in rotation. First, some originals remain. They are nearly perfect expressions of the form:
Somewhere in the late summer or early fall, these now-regulars entered, all of which are much more hit than miss:
- The Awl
I have begun listening to some of last year’s blockbusters, too:
The newest of the bunch are:
And sadly, let us pour one out for the dearly departed:
Finally, I’ve been keeping up with Nick Quah’s hot pod newsletter, which has been a source of inspiration for new things to listen to while I drive, do the dishes, and shred documents in my office on Sunday afternoons. Some things that I’ve heard have been truly life-changing, and almost everything has been excellent entertainment.
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