Podcasts and How to Listen to Them

Hi Mum,

Following on from our conversation yesterday, I am going to lay out here how you can listen to podcasts, and I also recommend a podcast that I am sure you will enjoy.

What is a podcast?

A podcast is a recording, either audio or video, that anyone can make and publish online that people can download and listen to. They will vary in format from a five minute description of something, a tool, a concept, etc, to a four hour analysis or story of a specific topic. They can also be a copy of other recordings put together to share in that persons presentation of the information. A podcast is typically a series of episodes on a certain topic.

How to Listen to a Podcast

You can listen to a podcast on almost any type of media so the first thing you might do is work out when you would typically listen to a podcast and then you will know how long you have each period to listen for.  I typically only listen to podcasts driving to and from work, or anywhere in the car for more than five minutes.

You can listen to a podcast on your computer or a mobile phone or a tablet or even download the files and put them on a mp3 player. I listen from my phone and download them while at home with unlimited internet for listening in the car. I also download them off my phone to my pc so I keep a copy of them, as they are typically in mp3 format, that way I can share them with friends that do not know how to listen or just want a cd in the car, or maybe the older episodes are no longer available online.

How to Listen:

  • Listening on a Computer – you can go to the podcast webpage and just click on the episode you want and it will play through your speakers or headphones.

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  • Listening on a mobile device (phone/tablet) – The best way is to download a podcasting app, such as Podcast Addict (here is aguide on how I use this app), and then search for the podcast you want, or copy and paste in the link from the website. Then you subscribe to the podcast and download the episodes you want.
  • Listening on a mp3 player – You will need to go to the podcast website and download the podcast episodes you want to listen to and then plug in your mp3 player using USB and transfer them to the player.

Which Podcast Do I Recommend for you Mum?

The podcast I recommend to start with, as we discussed on the phone, is Hardcore History by Dan Carlin.  there are several series and I think the Blueprint for Armageddon is a great place to start.  There are six episodes, each about 4 hours long.

I hope you enjoy listening Mum and please let me know you go. Of course, if you have any problems please give me a call.


P.S. The other podcasts I listen to are:

  • The Tim Ferriss Show – My favourite podcast and most listened to, basically interviews of successful people from all fields.
  • Jocko Podcast – My second favourite podcast, based on leadership with a military focus, including translations to the business world. Jocko, and his mate Leif, wrote a book titled Extreme Ownership, which I listened to on Audible.
  • The Smart Couple – The Smart Couple podcast seems to be a great podcast focused on relationship advice that has so far been excellent.
  • Over It and On With It – Christine Hassler has a knack for getting to the root of personal issues and helping people to realise it themselves.
  • Kwik Brain – Some great tips on here for learning.  This where I learnt F.A.S.T. as a way to learn anything (Forget what you think you know; be Active by asking questions and getting involved and curious; be in the right State for learning awake, hydrated, posture is good, focus on the lesson/listen; learn as if you are going to Teach the subject). I heard about Jim Kwik through Christine Hassler.
  • Deviate – “Because the Best Things in Life are Off-Topic” is the tagline.  I have just started listening and seeing where this goes.  I heard of Rolf Potts and this podcast through Tim Ferriss and he wrote the book Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel, which I listened to on Audible.
  • Metta Hour Podcast – I’ve just started listening to this because I have an interest in the Buddhist philosophy.  I heard about Sharon through Tim Ferriss.

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