Podcasts are “digital audio files made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically,” according to Google. Apple and Spotify have apps that have countless podcast series that tend to “curated collections” meaning what they think by popular demand is defined as “cool.” They do this to attract younger audiences.
Now at this point, the question may just be “Why is this relevant?” Well, as of March 19, 2020, Los Angeles County has been publicly ordered to stay home ( called “Safer at Home” – really inventive). This was caused by the desire to flatten the curve of COVID-19, an infectious disease caused by a newly identified coronavirus. With idle hours to do as we wish, many have taken an interest in listening to podcasts. Influencers, celebrities, hosts have seized this opportunity to create installments of their material during this quarantine. Many creators have stumbled upon issues, Crime Junkie, for example, has recently been criticized for releasing uncredited information in their episodes. Within the last couple of days, Crime Junkie has taken down 5 Episodes, which raises the question, could we be listening to other podcasts that are sharing inaccurate information. Misinformation can have a multitude of unforeseeable effects, which may be perilous to many.
As of a week ago, I started listening to a podcast called “Song Exploder,”to which I was initially introduced by rising Youtube Star, Claudia Suleski’s “7 Habits That Helped Me Get My Life Together!” – YouTube Video where she promotes podcasts as a way to multi-task and learn in an effortless style. Song Exploder invites guests such as Tame Impala, R.E.M, Meek Mill, and more to take apart their songs in detail, and “tell the story of how they were made. Each episode features an artist discussing a song of theirs, breaking down the sounds and ideas that went into the writing and recording”.
Podcasts can be equivalent to watching a youtube video or other social media outlets as a fun way to learn on the go while doing other things at the same time. They’re not just for “older” generations. Creators such as David Dobrik (“Views”) and Jenna Marbles (“Jenna & Julien”) have amusing podcasts.
If a person is wary about listening to a podcast, fret not, there is a podcast on all things Tom Hanks (“Talkin’ Tom: Pod Hanks Tomcast”). Having said that, there are over 550,000 podcasts to listen to on Apple Podcasts or Spotify in over 100 languages. To those connected to the news, listen to “The Daily” from The New York Times. For those with questions about life, take a listen to “Unlocking Us with Brené Brown.” For those still not convinced, there’s an abundant amount of topics to browse such as: comedy, sports, history, society & culture, news, and many more.