#trypod: There's Something for Everyone


There's Something for Everyone

A campaign started at NPR and spread through the podcasting community has asked listeners to tell a friend to #trypod - as in 'try a podcast'.

Podcasts are essentially on-demand radio shows, generally available as part of a series. You can subscribed to as many as you want, receiving notifications when new episodes are released, and almost all of them are free. You only received podcasts that you are subscribed to, so no spammy notifications from anyone else vying for your attention. Most podcasts are audio only, though in recent years video podcasts have become more prevalent.

I listen to podcasts a lot. While I'm driving (one hour round trip to work five days a week, plus errands), while I'm in the studio, while I'm cleaning.  I use podcasts to keep up with what's happening in the world and then to amuse myself as a distraction from what's happening in the world.

There are podcasts for practically every topic and circumstance under the sun. music? fitness? video games? keeping your kids preoccupied? comedy? business management and marketing? learning a new language? insomnia? news and politics in any direction?


I'm sure you get the point. There are a million and four podcasts, so if you don't like the first one you try, don't give up. Try a few. When you find one you like, look for related podcasts and go from there.

There are a few different ways to listen to podcasts. If you have an iPhone or iPad, there is a podcast app preloaded on your phone. For Android phones and tablets, the Play Music app has podcasts, or you can download an app like Stitcher, TuneIn Radio, or Pocket Casts. On your computer, you can use iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or look up the podcast individually and check their website.

Podcasts are an interesting combination of modern and traditional technology. An old radio show 'round the fireplace meets the smart phone, or an audiobook that releases a chapter a week of a story... that's never been in book form before.

Looking for somewhere to start? Keep reading below. Have a suggestion for a podcast you think I might like? Leave me a comment or tweet me.


Design Matters with Debbie Millman is a thought-provoking internet podcast, which profiles industry-leading graphic designers, change agents, artists, writers and educators. 


Art Supply Posse is all about reviewing art supplies, interviewing art makers and inspiring all of us to use our art tools more often.


Covering topics like finding better clients and online portfolios, The Deeply Graphic Design-Cast is hosted by three successful, working designers with a wealth of real world experience to draw upon, so listen close! 


Make It Then Tell Everybody is a show dedicated to finding out how comic artists and illustrators do what they do, hosted by Dan Berry.


Deep (and not-so-deep) conversations about home improvement, design, and life at home. Tune in for weekly episodes filled with casual decorating advice, DIY stories, and a smattering of home related games, along with what’s new around the house and interviews with designers, bloggers, TV personalities, and more. Sherry and John Petersik are the married duo who began chronicling their home improvement adventures in 2007 on the blog Young House Love. And, well, now they have a podcast.

I followed John and Sherry's blog for a few years before they took a break from blogging in 2014, so you can imagine how excited I was when I heard they were starting a podcast. As much as I loved the blog, I think an auditory medium like podcasting suits their personalities even better. 


I've found that we creatives often veer off course, forge our own paths and don't always fit a particular mold. We tend to be a multifaceted bunch and Creating Your Own Path seeks to find common ground among us all. 


A Few Things with Claire and Erica drills down into the nitty-gritty of two to four finds— food, beauty, technology, literature, you name it—and often features a guest who has insider intel to contribute.


Join Tsh and co-hosts Stephanie Langford, Erin Loechner, and Haley Stewart as they chat the ins and outs of great books, the glory of travel, and a hygge-filled home on The Simple Show.


Host Dana Cowin conducts intimate interviews with brilliant, powerful women in the food world. Speaking Broadly provides lessons and inspiration for anyone looking to succeed in any industry.


Elise Gets Crafty is a show of small business knowledge and thoughts on goal-setting, motivation and creativity.

The podcast that got me into podcasts in the first place, Elise Gets Crafty features interviews from successful small business owners - especially women - on topics ranging from social media management to the frustration of the phrase "work-life balance".

"Growth doesn't have to mean bigger and better, growth can mean deeper and stronger." - Elise Blaha Cripe, February 22, 2016

"You can always try something new... and with that is the knowledge that very little is actually permanent." - Maggie Whitely, September 16, 2015


What Should I Read Next is the show for every reader who has ever finished a book and faced the problem of not knowing what to read next. 


The Queer Life is amplifying the voices of otherwise under-represented minorities: bisexuals, women, gays, lesbians, people of color, poor, trans*, polyamorous, and those with otherwise radical existences that challenge the status quo. 


Using science and storytelling, Hidden Brain reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships.


Death, Sex & Money is a show that gets very personal about the dilemmas we all share. Death, Sex & Money is a podcast about the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation. Host Anna Sale talks to celebrities you've heard of—and to regular people you haven't—about the Big Stuff: relationships, money, family, work, and making it all count while we're here. The podcast launched in May 2014 and is produced by WNYC Studios in New York.

Anna Sale is an excellent storyteller, but she's even better at getting people to open up about the deepest, darkest parts of themselves. Focusing on the real struggles that people often deal with alone, she weaves episodes from guests and sometimes listener contributions on all sorts of poignant, comedic, and thought-provoking topics. 

"I always love when people are like, 'I just speak it and I claim it and I receive it and I have it.' And I'm just like, 'How the fuck do you do that? Teach me how to do that!' - Tracy Clayton, January 11, 2017

"And at some point I realized that I was - I was beating myself up in an effort to impress God. I was making myself feel worse. And over the years, I have found that I have become not just like fully atheist but like devoutly atheist. [...] Because if I have to accept the idea that somebody chose this for me, that’s - I can’t accept that. I can’t get there. That’s too hard. But if I can just accept that it’s just, you know, an accident of biology, I can do that." - Diane Gill Morris, December 9, 2015


One of our problems from the start has been that when we try to describe This American Life in a sentence or two, it just sounds awful. For instance: each week we choose a theme and put together different kinds of stories on that theme. That doesn't sound like something we'd want to listen to on the radio, and it's our show. So usually we just say what we're not. We're not a news show or a talk show or a call-in show. We're not really formatted like other radio shows at all. Instead, we do these stories that are like movies for radio. There are people in dramatic situations. Things happen to them. There are funny moments and emotional moments and—hopefully—moments where the people in the story say interesting, surprising things about it all. It has to be surprising. It has to be fun.


You know how every day someone asks "how are you?" And even if you’re totally dying inside, you just say "fine," so everyone can go about their day? This show is the opposite of that. Terrible, Thanks for Asking is a funny/sad/uncomfortable podcast about talking honestly about our pain, our awkwardness, and our humanness, which is not an actual word. 


How do landfills work? How do mosquitos work? Join Josh and Chuck as they explore the Stuff You Should Know about everything from genes to the Galapagos in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.


Pop Culture Happy Hour is a lively chat about books, movies, music, television, comics and pretty much anything else that strikes a nerve, all in a weekly roundtable from NPR. 


The TED Radio Hour is a journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think and create. Based on Talks given by riveting speakers on the world-renowned TED stage, each show is centered on a common theme – such as the source of happiness, crowd-sourcing innovation, power shifts, or inexplicable connections.

TED Radio hour combines past TED talks on related topics from multiple different speakers with new and original interviews with the speakers, allowing for a back and forth on the topic that traditional stage talks don't allow for.

"Linguists don't usually get to see language changing right now and this quickly. So yeah, it's a feast. And so for example, LOL. If you text now or if you are someone who's aware of the substrate of texting the way it's become, you'll notice that LOL does not mean laughing out loud anymore. It's evolved into something that is much subtler.[...] It's a marker of empathy. It's a marker of accommodation." - John McWhorter, December 13, 2013

"I recently was at a friend's house, and their 5-year-old was getting ready for bed. He was standing on a stool by the sink brushing his teeth, when he slipped and scratched his leg on the stool when he fell. He cried for a minute, but then he got back up, got back on the stool, and reached out for a box of Band-Aids to put one on his cut. Now, this kid could barely tie his shoelaces, but he knew you have a cover cut so doesn't become infected and you have to care for your teeth by brushing twice a day. We all know how to maintain our physical health and how to practice dental hygiene, right? We know it since we were 5 years old. But what do we know about maintaining our psychological health? Well, nothing. What do we teach our children about emotional hygiene? Nothing. How is it we spend more time taking care of our teeth than we do our minds?" - Guy Winch, November 6, 2015


In With Friends Like These political columnist and culture critic Ana Marie Cox sits down with liberals, conservatives, and other people you should know for an open, funny, in-depth conversation about what divides us - a show about listening instead of arguing.


The day's top stories in Global News from BBC News compiled twice daily in the week, once at weekends.


With weekly roundups and quick takes on news of the day, you don't have to keep up with politics to know what's happening. You just have to keep up with NPR Politics.


In Beyond the Bubble, Kristin Roberts hosts a weekly look at what's happening inside the D.C. political bubble—and what that means for the battleground states beyond.


Welcome to Night Vale is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. Turn on your radio and hide.

Welcome to Night Vale is unsettlingly charming and cheerfully ominous in a way that is unique to podcasts and even storytelling in general. Welcome to Night Vale has launched its modern dark romanticism from podcast to social media to live shows and beyond.

“Worry less about the person you once were. Or the person you dream you someday will be. Worry about the person you are now. Or don’t even worry! Just be that person. Be the best version of that person you can be. Be a better version than any of the other versions in any of the many parallel universes. Check regularly online to see the rankings.”


Join our survivors as they band together and discover that zombies are far from the worst thing in a post-apocalyptic L.A. where the rules of human decency no longer apply. Who is lucky enough to say "We're Alive"?


Alice isn't Dead follows a truck driver searching across America for the wife she had long assumed was dead. She encounters towns literally lost in time and a conspiracy that goes way beyond one missing woman.


Dr. Bright provides therapy for the strange and unusual; The Bright Sessions have been recorded for research purposes. But these are not your typical patients - each has a unique supernatural ability. The show documents their struggles and discoveries as well as the motivations of their mysterious therapist.


LifeAfter is a mini-series that follows Ross, a low level employee at the FBI, who spends his days conversing online with his wife Charlie – who died eight months ago. But the technology behind this digital resurrection leads Ross down a dangerous path that threatens his job, his own life, and maybe even the world.


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