Q. I really liked your article on Overcast and it got me thinking that I should try podcasts. I want to keep current on a lot of topics but I don’t have much time to read. Podcasts sound like a great way for me to learn more, stay up-to-date and be entertained.
How can I find podcasts that are relevant to me? No offense, but I’m not a tech fan. I like The Wonder of Tech, but that’s about all the tech I want to hear about.
I have my own business so I’d like podcasts for entrepreneurs. I also do yoga, but I’m thinking that may be too visual for podcasts? I have a special needs child and I’d love to find podcasts about parenting. Also, I like “Guilty Pleasure” TV, like Pretty Little Liars, Game of Thrones, and reality shows. Hearing podcasts about the latest episodes could be a fun escape from my world.
I have no clue where to find podcasts about my interests. Any suggestions on where to begin?
A. Excellent question! I’ve heard from quite a few Wonder of Tech readers since Overcast: My Favorite Podcast App Just Got Better! Like you, they’re wondering how to find podcasts on topics other than tech.
No worries, many, if not most, Wonder of Tech readers aren’t tech fans. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to find podcasts on any topic!
Podcasts can be a current and convenient source of information and entertainment for you. Thousand of podcasts are available for you to listen to at your own pace on your own time.
Podcasts are generally free, so try out some episodes to see if you like them, then subscribe to your favorites. Sample podcasts to see if you like the content, pacing, personality of the host(s) and sound quality.
Listening to Podcasts
You can listen to podcasts on your iPhone, Android phone, tablet and/or computer. You can listen to individual episodes or subscribe so that you get every episode when it’s released.
You can also stream or download podcasts, depending on how much space you have on your device and whether you have Internet connection when you want to listen.
Audio vs. Video Podcasts
Many podcasts come in both audio and video formats. You may be able to find video podcasts that are helpful to you, if you want to watch and listen.
Note that video podcasts can use up more storage space on your device and use up more of your monthly data if you stream or download them when you’re away from Wi-Fi.
Searching for Podcasts
Searching for Podcasts can be different from searching for other things. You may want to search by keyword, category, or most popular. Plenty of resources are available to help you find the best podcasts for you, including apps, directories and search engines.
You can search for podcasts using apps, they can be a source of information about new podcasts, and use a different app to listen to them. The app with the best source of information about podcasts may not be your favorite app to listen to podcasts.
Once you find a podcast you want to try, search for it in your favorite podcast app to download episodes and subscribe.
You can use iTunes to find podcasts of interest. You don’t need to have an iPhone or use Apple’s Podcast app. You can download iTunes onto any computer and then search for podcasts.
iTunes can show you podcasts recommended by Apple, New & Noteworthy podcasts and podcasts that are the most popular each week.
See which podcasts and episodes make the top 10 or search by category. You can also check out the New to Podcasts section in the menu on the right. There you’ll find podcasts arranged by categories such as:
- Kids & Family
- Fitness & Nutrition
- TV & Film
You can download iTunes to your computer free from the Apple website. If you don’t want to bother downloading iTunes, check out Podbay.fm which shows you the most popular podcast rankings on iTunes.
Podcast Award Winners
Podcast fans recently chose the Best Podcasts of 2015 at the Annual Podcast Awards. You can find a list of the 10 best podcasts in each category and see which podcasts won the top awards.
and more. Each podcast listed has links to its website so you can find the podcasts easily.
You can check out the award winners and nominees at the Podcast Awards website.
Overcast, my favorite podcast app, has a helpful discovery section. Tap the + in the upper right corner of the screen to see recommendations from Overcast in various categories. If you’ve linked your Twitter account to Overcast you can get recommendations from people you follow on Twitter.
Overcast will also recommend podcasts for you based on podcasts you’ve listened and subscribed to using the app.
Overcast is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch in the iTunes App Store.
To discover popular podcasts and some hidden gems, check out these podcast directories:
- Podcast 411
- This American Life
- Podcast Thing
- Podcast Pickle
- Podcast Alley
- Frogpants Studio Network
When in doubt, you can always search Google for:
Best ________ Podcast
Also try Pinterest Guided Search to find podcasts of Interest. You can even start a Pinterest board with pins of podcasts to check out later or to share with others.
Have you tried podcasts? Which ones do you recommend? How do you find new podcasts? Share your thoughts with us in the Comments section below!
* Podcast image (edited) courtesy of Colleen AF Venable via Flickr and Creative Commons