Podcasts have become a thing of particular relevance in the past 10 years. Podcasts offer on-the-go discussions and talks on almost every subject you can think of, which is one of the reasons they’re so popular-regardless of your interests, everyone can find a podcast for them. And podcast creation, usage, and listening, only continues to grow. According to Convince and Convert Media, in America alone, “Podcast listening grew 23 percent from 2015-2016”, an impressive statistic, one that absolutely surprised me. In addition, in 2016 it was measured that, “57 million Americans listen to podcasts.”
These raising statistics come as a result of the mobility available when it comes to both producing, but especially listening to podcasts. “In 2014 most podcasts were being listened to on a computer, which restricted consumption windows.” With the creation of portable cell phones such as iPhones, iPads, and tablets, you can listen to podcasts whenever and wherever you go. iPhones even have an application folder dedicated specifically to podcasts.
In addition, there is also now freedom in terms of timing, or they time which you can listen to a podcast. In previous years, the time constraint which used to cause a lot of people not to tune in is no longer an issue. Consumers don’t have to wait at the computer while a podcast is delivered live. Instead, people are able to subscribe to the podcast of your their choice, download it, and listen to it whenever they please. Whether it’s in the car in the morning on the way to work, at the gym, or even while making dinner, the freedom podcasts offer is unmatched. There is no longer any time or environmental limit.
I, personally, do not listen to very many podcasts. However, one I enjoy and listen to religiously is NPR’s “Embedded“, hosted by Kelly McEvers. The show looks into news stories, but goes into great detail and depth gathering personal viewpoints that large media companies will often brisk over. The podcast puts you in the shoes of people who went through it, or are going through it, and gives a background and viewpoint you don’t often get. Especially on topics you wouldn’t otherwise be informed about, at least in such a close, and personal way. Topics range widely, as the way news events occur, examples include police encounters, to high school closings, and suicide attempts. Regardless of the podcast’s subject Kelly McEvers keeps listeners entertained with the unique viewpoint she projects on her show.
Although all the subjects of the Embedded podcasts are interesting, one of my favorites has been a five day documentary ‘High Highs and Deep Lows’:Doctors Without Borders in South Sudan. Kelly McEvers actually traveled and spent a week in South Sudan at MSF (A doctor’s without boarders hospital) and her podcast explains her experience along with an interview with Jason Beaubien, one of the doctors on site. The podcast was very powerful hearing Doctor Beaubien’s reports of his every day life and what he experiences at the hospital, both the good and the bad. I won’t spoil it for anyone who hasn’t heard it, but I highly recommend tuning in and hearing for yourself!
After learning about podcasts, their history, and the creation of them my professor assigned our class the task of creating our own podcast. I evidently wanted to do something that pertains to me, and something I enjoy discussing, and a result I decided to do my podcast on my personal experience in Barcelona. Here it is! I hope you enjoy!