Podcasts let you explore the weird, wide, wonderful world of internet audio; the latest in politics and culture, interviews with celebrities, serial dramas and comedy aplenty.
Podcasts are essentially much like a radio programme, except instead of tuning into frequency, you listen to a recording either online or via an app on your smartphone. With over 30 million podcasts, all of which are free, there’s bound to be plenty that you’ll come to love. Listening to podcasts is simple if you have access to the internet.
You just need to find a podcast platform or app that suits you – here we’ve explained the most common:
ON A WEBSITE
The simplest way to listen to podcasts is on a web browser like Chrome, Safari or Microsoft Edge. You can do this from a computer or from the web browser on your phone/tablet.
ON YOUR IPHONE OR IPAD
If you have an iPhone you can use the Apple podcasts app to listen to podcasts. The Podcasts app should already be downloaded on your phone so search your apps for ‘Podcasts’. If it’s not, go to the app store and download it.
ON YOUR ANDRIOD PHONE
If you have an Android phone you can use the Google podcasts app. Search “Google podcasts” in the play store app to install it.
ON AN ALEXA (VIRTUAL ASSISTANT)
By default, Alexa serves podcasts via TuneIn. If you ask, “Alexa, play the podcast Revisionist History,” she’ll summon the latest episode from the service. While you cannot name a specific episode of a podcast, you can play the one that precedes the episode currently playing: “Alexa, play the previous episode.”
FIND SOMETHING TO LISTEN TO:
Every podcast app has a section filled with recommended shows you can browse. Start there. Some apps have better suggestions than others, but at least you’ll be able to find a few things you might like. When you find a show you’re sure you’ll enjoy, subscribe to it—this adds the title to your list of favorites in the app. Here’s a few to get you started:
Weekly shows about life and events in Camden.
Amazing life stories of people in later life. Each week a different person is interviewed by Chris Heath.
What it says on the tin, every few days they talk on a particular topic of history. With over 300 episodes there’s plenty to explore.
Expertly tells intensely fascinating true crime stories with the help of enthralling sound design and top-notch writing.
This funny and fascinating podcast will prove to be the perfect show for those that have an interest in theatre and of course the legendary playwright.