A podcast is a digital audio file that is recorded by an individual or group of people to either be a single standalone media production or a series of episodes that can be downloaded or streamed through a website or app for listening.
Episodic or series podcasts operate through the use of a subscription and feed model where the listener uses their mobile/digital device or computer to listen to the podcast they have chosen as the creators upload their new content on the internet. Single standalone podcasts are created with a specific topic and audience in mind.
Streaming platforms such as Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify are some of the most popular places for people to listen to podcasts. These platforms will allow users to search for a podcast by category, topic, length, and other parameters. Listening to many podcasts is also great practice for people who are interested in creating their own podcasts. You should make it a habit to listen to podcasts often and sample what other people are creating. Check out the podcast episode featured on this libguide for an example of a professionally produced podcast.
Hidden Brain Podcast
Hidden Brain explores the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior and questions that lie at the heart of our complex and changing world.
There is great comfort in the familiar. It's one reason humans often flock to other people who share the same interests, laugh at the same jokes, hold the same political views. But familiar ground may not be the best place to cultivate creativity. Researchers have found that people with deep connections to those from other countries and cultures often see benefits in terms of their creative output. This week, we revisit a favorite 2018 episode about the powerful connection between the ideas we dream up and the people who surround us, and what it really takes to think outside the box.
Resources for Planning, Writing, Recording, and Editing a Podcast
Google Podcast Creator Program
NPR Training & Storytelling Tips
American University: tools for podcasting