Podcasts: Getting Geeky


Braden Powell and Mini Tupai

What’s a podcast? A digital audio file made available on the Internet for download to a computer or mobile device. They are typically in a series and can be automatically downloaded to subscribers. Podcasting has been around since 1996 and is continuing to grow in variety and popularity.

A podcast is a relatively new way of entertainment and news. Broadcasts happen daily, from millions of podcasters around the world. There is literally a podcast type or station for everyone. From sports updates and interviews, to political views, and opinions; there is something for all kinds of people. Broadcasts range anywhere from five minutes to more than two hours long. The podcast app is easy and simple to use, and you can create playlists of podcasts and save channels so that you can immediately follow up on the next installments of the series you are currently following. You can also catch up on series you miss because they are archived into the app waiting for you to listen to or download later.

Podcasts make keeping up on current events interesting and easy, because some podcasters dedicate their channels to discussing topics in headlines and of current scandals happening in the world today. You can submerge yourself into action packed stories that range from romance, to apocalyptic worlds that zombies have overrun. Whatever you are craving at the moment, there is something to fulfill you intellectually.

If by a small chance you cannot find one that you enjoy wholeheartedly, then it is easy to set up and record your own. You can have your ideas and voice heard. It’s fairly simple to download the app, name your channel, and hit the record button. The possibilities are endless. You can stick with just audio, or you can branch to webcasts, that can include images, and even videos to aid in your broadcasts.