Nowadays there is a lot of quality and diverse information available in podcast format. In these digital audio files you can learn about different experiences and opinions, which is a good way to keep up to date in any sector or subject.
Podcasts have become very popular in recent years. Nowadays we can find podcasts on any topic, being Spotify perhaps the best-known platform, although there are many others that also offer this service; Google Podcasts, iVoox, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, Castbox, and Amazon Music among others.
The reasons for listening to podcasts can be manifold. And best of all, you can do it, wherever you are.
There are many genres of podcasts, for meditation, for film buffs and series lovers, education, motivation, general culture, politics, science, technology, economics, among many others. If you choose a good podcast that catches your attention, you will always be on the lookout for the next episode and you will be able to continuously increase your knowledge of the subject.
A good podcast with an original personality also creates communities. On their social networks they ask for your opinion, they can hold networking events and bring together their podcasting audience, it’s a way of socialising with people who like the same things you like. There is an opportunity to meet amazing people through discovering that podcast.
With traditional media, we listen to what they want us to listen to, except with podcasts, it’s the opposite, many make you feel like you’re right there with them.
Podcast producers and creators have the freedom to talk about many topics that perhaps in another media, “wouldn’t look right”. They can be themselves, give their opinion, create controversy and sometimes even tell the truth.
When you are doing another task, you can listen to a podcast. Many people do this while getting ready in the morning or while commuting. But even when you are at work, there are many moments you can use for a podcast.
It depends a lot on the task you are doing. It’s ideal while doing administrative tasks that don’t require a lot of attention. Or while you’re running or at the gym.
I’m sure it’s the same for you. There will be things that require a type of concentration that is incompatible with full attention, and others that allow you to listen to a podcast without affecting the quality of your work.
In other words, you can do two activities in one – now that’s productivity.
Admittedly, in all jobs, there are tasks that we like less. They can be boring, repetitive and of little added value. But, as they are necessary, there is no choice but to do them. As these tasks are often compatible with listening to a podcast, audio content can be a way to motivate you to make progress in your work. Especially if it is a fun and entertaining programme, for example, if it is about humour or interesting information.
Some people are motivated by music, but a podcast can be just as good a motivational tool, and I see that as one of its main benefits.
We propose 5 excellent and varied podcasts on UFOs, TED talks, design and architecture, curiosities of National Geographic and construction in Spanish:
The Alien UFO Podcast
My mission is to investigate all things that are part of the wider the UFO phenomena. Each week I am looking into a different aspect of this fascinating field and go in depth into the evidence that is all around us. I am looking at UFO sightings, alien abduction, historical cases and other related phenomena. I interview researchers in the field and people who have had very real experiences.
As an organizational psychologist, Adam Grant believes that great minds don’t think alike; they challenge each other to think differently. In his new show, he has lively discussions and debates with some of the world’s most interesting thinkers, creators, achievers, and leaders—from Lin-Manuel Miranda to Brené Brown to Mark Cuban, and Olympic medalists to Nobel laureates to Oscar winners. By diving inside their minds, Adam is on a mission to uncover bold insights and share surprising science that can make us all a little bit smarter. Tune in to Re: Thinking with Adam Grant. You might just be inspired to let go of some old ideas and embrace some new ones.
Presented by designers Amy Devers and Jaime Derringer, Clever talks about designers as visionaries, problem solvers, critical thinkers and rebels, but above all, as humans. They publish candid and revealing conversations with the important personalities who shape the objects, systems and environments of our world.
Featured episodes: Furniture Designer Claudia Washington, Graphic Designer and Artist Paula Scher, Architect and Educator Elena Manferdini, Industrial Designer Carl Gustav Magnusson.
Overheard at National Geographic
In 2022, we’ll journey into the Amazon to solve the mystery of a boiling river, to the South Pacific to search for the legendary aviator Amelia Earhart, and to K2, the world’s second-highest mountain, where a team of Nepalis has rewritten mountaineering history. We’ll also venture into some of the world’s most isolated forests with an engineer who turns old cell phones into poacher-tracking devices. And we’ll join a team of climbers and scientists searching for rare frog species that have evolved on cliffs rising out of Guyana’s cloud forests. Our weekly show begins January 18, hosted by Peter Gwin, Amy Briggs, and the editors and producers of Overheard.
Sounds Like Infrastutructure
When working well, the infrastructure we use is all but invisible. Its seamless integration into our daily lives means we rarely stop to think “How did this get here?” Sounds Like Infrastructure reveals the secrets and stories behind some of the world’s biggest infrastructure projects.