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Podcasts and Podcasting

It seems like we've been hearing that podcasting is "The Next Big Thing" for several years now. However, like most things that have been tagged with that title, instead of bursting into the mainstream podcasting has slowly built up a significant following.

According to 2018 data from Edison Research:

  • 44% of Americans have listened to a podcast
  • 26% of Americans listen to podcasts monthly
  • 33% of Americans ages 25-54 listen to podcasts monthly

If you want to know more about podcasting, you should start by listening. The easiest way is to use the app that likely came pre-installed on your smartphone, Apple Podcasts (iOS) or Google Podcasts (Android). These apps help you find podcasts, subscribe to them, and listen to them on your phone. You can also listen to podcasts on apps/websites like Spotify or Stitcher, or more robust podcast apps like Pocket Casts.

So what can you listen to? Pretty much anything you could possibly want to. There are over 500,000 active podcast series on iTunes (Apple Podcasts) that range from mystery to comedy to educational to news and beyond. University of Minnesota Extension produces several podcasts. I have produced the podcast "Working Differently in Extension" for several years, and there are a lot of podcasts for personal and professional development.

Here are some options to get you started. Search for the titles in your podcast app and given them a listen.

  • Sound Ag Advice (NDSU Extension)
  • Vital Connections On-Air (UMN Extension)
  • UMN Extension Nutrient Management Podcast
  • UMN EXT Youth Development Podcast
  • Working Differently in Extension (Bob Bertsch)
  • t3: Changing the Conversation (Center for Social Innovation)
  • Swine Extension (UMN Extension)
  • Green Side Up (U. of Illinois Extension)
  • TED Talks Daily
  • Hidden Brain (NPR)
  • Invisibilia (NPR)
  • Science Vs (Gimlet)

If you are already a podcast listener, what are your favorites? Please add them to our list of Extension, Educational and Other Helpful podcasts (Google Doc - NDSU login required).

Bob Bertsch, Web Technology Specialist, 701-231-7381

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