One of things that makes my 40 minute commute to work bearable is that this is my time to catch up on my podcasts. It is so much better than having to listen to those annoying DJ’s in the morning, the constant stream of commercials on the news radio, or the same songs over and over on your favorite radio station.
What is a podcast you say ?
Really, seriously … okay sorry I live in Silicon Valley. A podcast is a digital audio or video file that you download or stream onto your computer or smartphone. These podcast episodes are usually released on a weekly or monthly basis. Think of it as a radio show over the Internet.
I have an iPhone and was originally getting my podcasts through the iTunes store. Typically the podcasts are free, at least the ones I listen to. Now I have switched to InstaCast, which automatically keeps track of my subscriptions and keeps it up-to-date. It streams the audio so I no longer have to download through iTunes. Yeah!!!
Here is my current playlist:
Brain Burps by Katie Davis – love, love, love it. The show is funny, lighthearted, and rich with different types of content:
- Author interviews – Chapter Books, Middle-grade Books
- Book reviews – PB reviewer Julie, she gives entertaining, descriptive reviews
- Take 5 Marketing tips – useful for all your writers/illustrators out there
- Katie will answer questions sent in by listeners on kidlit (children’s literature)
Brain Burps podcast is a must listen for anyone interested in children’s writing. About a month ago she did an interview with Verla Kay, which was fantastic. For those of you who don’t know Verla Kay’s message board gets up to 1 million hits a month, it’s a great resource for children’s writers. Click here for the interview.
The podcast is also good for parents, librarians, teachers who have an interest in literacy and children’s books.
Some other people she has interviewed recently are:
- Pam Allyn, a literacy advocate in the US and Internationally
- Tom Angleberger, author of The Case of the Origami Yoda and Darth Paper Strikes Back. After hearing the interview I am just dying to read these books now.
Other podcasts that I listen to are:
I Should be Writing – General writing tips by Mur Lafferty an author, magazine editor.
Grammar Girl – Weekly 8 min segment on a grammar topic by Mignon Fogerty.
Kidsmomo Book Review – Short book reviews targeted for a kid audience
NPR Book Podcast – Weekly round-up of book reviews from other NPR shows.
Are there any podcasts you really enjoy? Does anyone know of a good podcast for kids, maybe something to do with telling jokes?