I try to walk an hour or so every day, but walking is boring. I need my phone to keep me entertained or I’ll accidentally start running (and running’s hard). So I keep up with my podcasts on my walk, and if you’re like me and need technology at all times, here are some of my favorite podcatching apps and podcasts. (Yea! something iPhone people can use!)
The best Podcatching app for Android is probably Doggcatcher. It’s quite expensive at $6.99 for an app, but it’s mostly worth it. It can automatically scan, search, update, play, everything you would really hope for in a podcatching app. Doggcatcher has a great recommendation and search feature which makes it the best on Android.
However, if you’re a freebie lover like me Google Listen does the trick pretty well. You can’t complain with free, but it does have its own bugs and didn’t perfectly update automatically every time for me. The UI is a little cluttered and clunky, but Listen gets the trick done. I should note that both these podcatchers can import any RSS feeds you have in Google Reader (or the like) and both worked great and easy in that respect.
My absolute favorite podcast is The History of Rome by Mike Duncan. It is well-written, highly entertaining, and semi-most importantly educational. I’ve listened to every podcast since the beginning. Duncan started at the very beginning of Roman history (Romulus, Remus, 7 Kings), and it is now in the period of Constantine. The History of Rome is updated weekly, but you’ll have a lot to catch up if you start now.
My second favorite podcast is Astronomy Cast. Around 30 minutes in length, it packs a lot of basic-to-advanced astronomy in laymen’s terms. Entertaining, educational, and just plain cool. They’re on episode 215 or so, so get to catching up!
My favorite football podcast, not necessarily the best, is the Patriots PFW. You can find your own favorite team somewhere, but since I love the Patriots, and that’s what really matters, I’m giving you this link. 4 or 5 guys talking football without remorse or fines from the No Fun League.
My favorite Android podcast is from Android Central. These guys know what they’re talking about, they get to attend all the events, and have reviews readily available. Updated weekly.
When I was studying French, I usually listened to Coffee Break French to hear people speak basic French and learn a few of the basics. I can’t really speak for the Spanish podcast, but the French was a pretty good little podcast to listen to on the metro. I’m sure there are 10x more Spanish podcasts than French so find your own if you don’t like Coffee Break.
Philosophy Bites is a great way to get the inside on philosophical thinking without having to read monstrous books on modern, ancient, contemporary thought. They usually have academic guests on that speak about their area of expertise or interest. There are plenty of podcasts, and I’m sure you can find something that interests you.
Finally, an all-in-one podcast website, HowStuffWorks. They have How Stuff Works, Stuff You Should Know, Things You Missed in History Class (very annoying middle school-sounding girls, but informative), and Brainstuff. Overall ,very interesting podcasts with things that everyone can learn or just general trivia knowledge. Very cool stuff.
I realize I didn’t suggest an Apple podcatching software, but I’m sure you Apple-heads are aware that iTunes has a great catalogue with a very, very easy-to-use aspect. Most of these podcasts can probably be subscribed to and updated from iTunes. So, lucky you.
Extra podcasts of note: Skeptoid, Essential Tennis, Baseball History, This Week in Google, This Week in Tech, and Buzz Out Loud.