Overview

A podcast is an audio file made available online for listening or download. Podcasts can be enhanced with music, video, and text.

Resources

How I Made A Podcast Michael Hennessey. Part of his "Poetry, Sound, Media, and Performance blog. See also his Autopoetics Workshop

A Crash Course in Audio Editing Michael Hennessey. Part of his "Poetry, Sound, Media, and Performance blog. See also his Autopoetics Workshop

Podcasting 101: A Guide To Getting Started True to its title, this article provides basic information about getting started with podcasting.

How to podcast, Part 1: Getting started Got an idea for an online show? Here are some things to know before you start buying equipment

How to podcast, Part 2: Recording your show Some basic information about recording your podcast

Your Moment of Audio Zen: A History of Podcasting A presentation by Jason Scott at Notacon 3, in Cleveland, Ohio, 7 April 2006. Covers a variety of subjects related to "podcasts" and "podcasting" including how to create podcasts.

Recommended podcasts

99% Invisible
About design, architecture and the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world. Produced by Roman Mars.

Theory of Everything
With the tagline, "Personally connecting the dots. All of them." this podcast by Benjamen Walker has got to be interesting. And it is. Enjoy connecting the dots.

The Definitive List of Audio Drama Podcasts
Twenty-two podcasts selected by the author, each with a definite slant toward post-apocalyptic, weird, supernatural, creepy, and mysterious. The provided descriptions sound interesting. I started with Archive 81 (for its premise that we are listening to recordings by an archivist right before he disappeared), The Message (for its "serial, but fictional" approach involving a message from aliens), and Wolf 359 (for its conceit of using the audio logs of a communications officer of a spaceship on a research mission).

Design Matters
By Debbie Millman. Features interviews with designers, artists, writers, change agents, educators, and cultural leaders.

Fugitive Waves
Produced by Peabody Award-winning The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva) who create radio stories and multimedia for National Public Radio and public broadcast. Among the many great programs they have produced, a must listen is The Sonic Memorial Project (with Jay Allison) and Lost and Found Sound (see below).

Funky16Corners
A blog, a webzine, and an archive focusing on soul, funk, jazz, and rare groove, all from OG vinyl. Features podcasts of the Funky16Corners Radio Show broadcast Fridays at 9:00 PM on Viva Radio.

HowSound
A bi-weekly podcast on the backstory to great radio storytelling produced by Rob Rosenthal for PRX and Transom.

In The Dark
A collaborative project between radio producers and radio enthusiasts who intend to change the way we think about spoken-word radio by portraying and curating it outside its traditional settings.

Lost & Found Sound
An eclectic gathering of historical and entertaining stories of American life woven together with lyrical sonic transitions and surprising audio artifacts.

The Memory Palace
Written and produced by Nate DiMeo, whom you may have heard on pubic radio (All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Marketplace). These podcasts pop up now and then. When they do, be sure and listen.

The Moth
True stories told live. Launched in his living room in 1997 by poet and novelist George Dawes Green, The Moth recreates summer evening storytelling sessions from his childhood in Georgia. A hole in the screen porch allowed moths to enter, attracted to the light. Green and his friends called themselves The Moths. Today, The Moth is a non-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. Offerings include mainstage, storyslam, moth community education programs, moth podcasts, and The Moth Radio Hour. Follow the tell a story link to submit your story to The Moth.

The New York Crimes
Two twenty-something brothers living an aimless existence in Brooklyn, are recruited by a reclusive writer to be private investigators for his company, an underground detective agency made up of over-educated and directionless young people in their twenties. A modern radio drama podcast in four parts. A great model on many levels.

Radiotopia
from PRX (Public Radio Exchange), this collective of the best story-driven radio shows on the planet is a new model for audience engagement and podcast distribution. Radiotopia is the home of several of the podcasts noted above. A resource well worth your time and effort.

Radio Diaries
By Joe Richmond. An NPR-sponsored non-profit organization that gives people tape recorders to report on their own lives and histories. The result: extraordinary stories of everyday life.

Shortwaveology
Podcasts and short audio documentaries about the shortwave radio spectrum and the culture of long distance listening by David Goren.

The Shortwave Radio Archive
A collection of historic and current day recordings from the shortwave radio spectrum. Interested in shortwave radio? SWLing.com is a great guide to SWLing (Short Wave radio Listening), news, and reviews.

Strangers
From Lea Thau, Peabody award-winning producer and former director of The Moth (see above) this podcast focuses on true stories about people we meet, the connections we make, the heartbreaks we suffer, the kindnesses we encounter, and the moments of self discovery.

Third Coast International Audio Festival
A weekly podcast by Katie Mingle, called Re:sound, remixes weekly documentaries, music, field recordings, and found sound. Listen to past podcasts here, as well as library audio files in the spotlight, winning audio work from Third Coast Festivals, short audio documentaries, and audio from the Third Coast conferences.

Too Much Information
Too Much Information, by Benjamen Walker, is the sober hangover after the digital party has run out of memes, apps and schemes. Host Benjamen Walker finds out that, in a world where everyone overshares the truth 140 characters at a time, telling tales might be the most honest thing to do.

The Truth
A new, original story every two weeks, each one exploring unusual approaches to telling stories with sound, each one a short film without pictures, movies for your ears. So, The Truth is dramatic fiction, great writing, performances, rich sound design—revitalizing the craft of audio fiction.

The World of Modern Radio Dramas
Ryan Estrada describes his favorite "radio fictions," many of which are available as podcasts.

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