As someone who is always on-the-go, I spend a lot of time in the car listening to the radio. Somewhere around 2006, I started listening obsessively to talk radio (NPR, mostly), and I often craved certain shows that I somehow seemed to always miss. With the fast-developing technology of podcasts, that was easily solved. Now, I listen to podcasts constantly: in the car, in the workshop, while grading work... It's become a family obsession, too; my young children often beg me to put on the latest episode of Radiolab or This American Life. My daughter went through a phase where she was in love with The Diane Rehm Show.
I obsess over podcasts because they present me with the opportunity to expand my learning into every second of every day. I can learn about topics that I would otherwise have no chance to learn about. Some of my topics of interest are economics, behavioral economics, psychology, neuro-biology, politics, sociology, history, the Supreme Court, law, current events, philosophy, and much more! I love learning, and this convenient technology allows me to fill my time with learning, even when I'm busy working on other things. I like to know what's going on in the world, how people function, and I adore a good story. Having this variety in my download list allows me the freedom to pick the topic or story I'm interested in for the moment and indulge in auditory bliss. One of my former students even started her own podcast, The Bad Taste Crimecast, and so I just had to add that to my list, as well!
Below, I've listed some of my favorite podcasts: