What is a podcast?
A podcast is an audio program that you can listen to on your computer or mobile device. Unlike the radio, you can listen to podcasts anytime you want, at your own convenience. You can stream or download a podcast automatically using a podcast player.
Media organizations such as NPR, magazines and newspapers, and other organizations (like the library!) have podcasts. But so do regular people who record podcasts in their own homes, which means you can find a podcast on just about any topic you’re interested in.
Listening to podcasts
On your computer:
- Stream from the podcast’s website
- Stream from Overcast
- Stream from Google Play
- Use an app such as iTunes
On your mobile device:
- Use Google Play or Podcasts, Apple’s built-in app
- Use an app such as Overcast (iOS) or Pocket Casts (iOS and Android)
You can search for new podcasts to listen to in podcast players, but there are also several websites that make it easy to discover new podcasts.
Browse the most popular podcasts by topic and subtopic. This site indexes the most popular podcasts by number of downloads.
Browse by topic or search by keyword.
This fun podcast discovery tool highlights specific podcast episodes chosen by a panel of experts from listener recommendations.
A roundup of the week’s best podcast episodes from the AV Club.
The Wisdom Project
An oral history podcast produced by the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the University of Kentucky Libraries. The Wisdom Project isn’t updated frequently, but it’s very well produced and is a great podcast for Kentucky history fans.
From the Southern Foodways Alliance, Gravy shares stories of the changing American South through food. The recent episode “Corned Beef Sandwiches in the Delta” profiled a synagogue in Greenville, Mississippi. For 130 years, members of the Hebrew Union Congregation have hosted a community meal that brings together people of all faiths.
Unscripted conversations between everyday people. You may have seen the Storycorps bus in Lexington recently—it travels around to different cities across America recording people’s stories. You may not want to listen to this one on your way to work because of all the feels.
This American Life
A very popular weekly public radio show with themed episodes. Each show includes a variety of stories on that theme. Recent episodes: “I Am Not a Pirate” and “It’ll Make Sense When You’re Older.”
Books and Bites
And last but not least, check out JCPL’s own podcast. Each month, librarians bring you book recommendations and discuss the bites and beverages to pair with them.