Podcasts are the new millennium version of a radio show – plus a touch of audio book flavor. Podcasts do for radio shows what streaming has done for TV shows, offering more niche topics and longer story lines. Topics range from sports to serialized stories to self-health to science to comedy – and everything in-between.
Podcasts can be listened to via your smartphone, computer, or any other internet-connected device.
“S-Town” is a story of an eccentric man who reaches out to a New York journalist alleging corruption and a covered-up murder in the Bibb County town of Woodstock. It is a classic piece of Southern Gothic storytelling. There may be people you know mentioned in the podcast. The name is pejorative, the characters colorful, and the scrutiny of the town a bit unkind, so there is a touch of resentment in Woodstock about it. However, the production is well done, and the story is gripping.
To find out more, listen to the podcast.
Where to Find Podcasts
- On Spotify: Search for the name of the podcast you want
- On iTunes: In the store, under the category “Podcasts”
- Google the podcast’s name (like “S-Town”), and listen through the production’s website
- Download a podcast app on your phone, like Soundcloud or Stitcher
Podcasts to Try
- “Welcome to Night Vale” – A spooky serial, and one of the top podcasts of the last few years. It’s perfect for the Halloween season.
- “Happier” by Gretchen Rubin – Bestselling author Rubin does 20-minute segments (good for a listen while running errands) with her sister, where they discuss tips on how to be happier.
- “Nerdist” – Popular with young men; topics range from film and comics to science.
Also, check out iTunes’ “Top 10 Podcasts” and “New and Noteworthy Podcasts” lists on the iTunes app or website. Find new favorites!