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Guide to Podcasts


Podcasts are extremely popular these days, largely because there’s a podcast about everything, from history, science, and technology to true crime, sports, and myths. With such a wide variety of topics and new podcasts launching every day, it’s impossible not to find one that piques your interest. Maybe you’ve heard about podcasts, but don’t really know where to start. If so, read on to find out what podcasts are and how to listen to them.

What are podcasts?

Podcasts are the updated, internet-age version of old-time radio programs people listened to before television. Like radio shows, podcasts are short, informative, and entertaining, and they’re great background noise for multitasking and can be listened to anytime, anywhere. Podcasts are released as episodes on a set timeframe, and that timeframe varies from podcast to podcast. Some release daily or weekly while others are monthly or bi-monthly.

How do I listen to podcasts?

You can tune in to podcasts using any internet-enabled device. Many podcasts have their own websites where you can access an episode archive and listen to the latest podcast. Others are accessible via apps downloaded to your device, such as Apple, Google Play, iHeartRadio, and Spotify. These four apps, and many others, are free to download, but there are also some that require payment. If you aren’t sure which app is best for you or your device, Podcast Insights has a great list of podcast apps for both iOS and Android devices. Once you decide on an app and have it downloaded, check out the podcasts they offer and give one a try. After you find one you like, you can subscribe to it so that you’ll get notified when new episodes are released.

Now that you’ve learned all about podcasts, it’s time to listen to one! What better place to start than with PLYMC’s Podcast! The podcast covers library programs, books, and community interests, and it’s released once a month via Facebook. Happy listening!

Kelly M.

Kelly is an Adult Librarian in the Canfield Unit at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. She earned her Master’s in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2019. Kelly loves all things bookish, from playing word games to dabbling with creative writing. And, of course, reading as many books as possible from all genres, though she especially enjoys romance and YA novels. Kelly also likes crafting, baking, listening to country music, and spending time with her family.