Making Time to Listen

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There are always more videos, more articles, more media to consume. As a consumer of media, I want to take a step back and look at what I’ve been watching and reading.

Podcasts are a great form of media. I have spent the hour or so journey to university listening to the odd episode, and I’ve really enjoyed it. I can sit back, slip on my headphones, and look out of the train window while listening to people talk.

Listening. It has always been something I’ve struggled with when it comes to media. Audiobooks are not for me because I drift off and forget what’s just happened, and I never have the energy to rewind and listen again. Podcasts, however, are different.

Not once when listening to a podcast did I drift off, because it felt like the podcast was what I was drifting into. Whether the weather outside the window was pouring down with rain or the sun was out and shining on the world, I was always taking in what was being said.

The issue is that I never find the time to listen to podcasts. I am a distance student at university, so I rarely travel or commute. If I’m walking around town shopping or going to the library I find it uncomfortable to be wearing headphones. I want to focus on traffic, people, and it’s a nice break from taking in any media at all.

Because of this, I am setting myself the task of making time to listen. Every day, I am going to schedule an hour where I listen to a podcast. I spend time planning out content for this website, cooking, and cleaning in complete silence. These are the perfect moments for a podcast.

So, here are a list of the podcasts I want to start listening to. Some, I have already listened to a few episodes, others have been suggested by other content creators or I have found them and they look good.

The Ground Up Show

I’ve been following Matt D’Avella on YouTube for some time now and have seen some clips from his podcast. I love his content and this podcast just seems like the right sort of thing for me.

Making Sense

I first heard of Sam Harris when I was watching lots of videos and reading about atheism. Now, he talks more about making sense of life and explores some contemporary social issues. I can’t see myself listening to every episode, but there are a lot that sound interesting. When I was commuting, I listened to his conversations with Stephen Fry and Ricky Gervais which were great.

Sex Power Money

A year or so ago, I went to see Sara Pascoe live which was a great experience. I’ve listened to a few episodes of this podcast and I love it. The topics of conversation that are covered in the episodes are ones that are not talked about much anywhere else. They are done with sensitivity, a sharp intellect, and in an entertaining way.

The Daily Talk Show

Hosted by Josh and Tommy. With over 500 episodes, this podcast has a lot to offer. They talk with a lot of people who I have heard of like the Minimalists and Matt D’Avella, so there are plenty of episodes I will jump right to. I want to see what this show is like. Again, I might not listen to every episode that comes out, but that isn’t the point of this. The point is to try something new.

Do you listen to podcasts? What do you listen to and do you have any suggestions for me? Let me know down in the comments or on social media.

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