How podcasts are making people smarter

Podcasting

With the increasing popularity of podcasting, there has been a rise in the number of podcasts actively hosted, meaning there is a variety of different shows and ways for people to be entertained and educated. I recently came to learn about the variety of genres podcasting has, I thought it was mostly music and audio books because that’s all some of my friends and family listen to. I never stepped foot in the world of podcasting, mostly because of now also incredibly popular apps like Spotify which have an incredible array of music choices I like. With my recent discovery of the podcast folder on Spotify, I now find myself listening to TED talks on my way to school, or comedian storytelling while I’m in the car with friends. There is much more than that to podcasts, there is a podcast for any preference or mood; all for free. I found listening to podcasts is one of the best ways to learn while you’re doing something else. With the increasing number of listeners, broadcasters have been able to put out better content for their followers. With features such as President Barack Obama being hosted by comedian Marc Maron on his “WTF” podcast, or leading Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton chatting with Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton at their show “Another Round” it’s no wonder how podcasts have been breaking broadcasting records. People love the convenience of information or entertainment on demand, and I find podcasts to be the best source for anyone relaxing or on the go.

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