Podcasts for Writers

I’ve rediscovered podcasts. Since the dawn of Lent last month, I’ve walked at least twenty minutes a day, usually in the wee hours of the cold morning. I started in silence, but realized life in the suburbs is never silent. I progressed to music, but realized that music had me doing math in my head as I tackled the stairs in my hilly neighbourhood (if this is the fifth song I’ve listened to and each song is 3 minutes, how long till I puke?).

So I rediscovered podcasts.

Here are 4 I’ve listed to recently and have adored.

CBC’s The Current. This daily current events program interviews Pamela Druckerman, author of Bringing Up Bebe, a book which describes the difference between French childrearing practices and North American ones. In short, French kids are better eaters, French kids are better behaved, and French mothers don’t sacrifice their identity in the name of motherhood.

CBC’s Q: Q is a fantastic radio program that combines pop culture and current events. In this episode, host Jian Ghomeshi interviews Stephen King on his new book, 11/22/63. The interview is intelligent and wide ranging, covering topics including a comparison of the Kennedy years to the Obama years as well as more universal questions around fate and tragedy. At the end of the interview, King himself said, “Wow. That was a good one.”

CBC’s Spark. Spark is a fascinating weekly radio show/podcast that highlights new technology and trends. Here, host Nora Young interviews Baratunde Thurston on Marketing Your Book in the Digital Age. Thurston is the Director of Digital for The Onion (and also a comedian, as one would expect an employee of The Onion to be). It’s a must-listen for any writers in 2012.

Michael Hyatt’s podcast. Hyatt is a popular blogger and writer on leadership. I especially enjoy his thoughts on social media. The most recent episode I listened to is 10 Ways To Generate More Blog Traffic. I enjoyed it and learned a couple of nuggets. If you’re short on time, read Hyatt’s post of the same title here.

Do you listen to podcasts? If so, which ones?
Alternatively, what have you been reading lately that has piqued your interest? 

About Leanne Shirtliffe (Ironic Mom)

Leanne Shirtliffe (a.k.a. Ironic Mom) is a humor writer who lives by the motto, "If you can't laugh at yourself, laugh at your kids." She is the author of DON'T LICK THE MINIVAN: Things I Never Thought I'd Say To My Kids, the picture book THE CHANGE YOUR NAME STORE (May 2014), and MOMMYFESTO: We Solemnly Swear...Because We Have Kids (Nov 2014).
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5 Responses to Podcasts for Writers

  1. edrevets says:

    I would die if I listened to anything while I walked around in Cairo, but I think that the only good thing about a commute of any kind is the opportunity to listen to music, books on tape, and podcasts. That’d be cool.

  2. Elena Aitken says:

    I will admit. I’ve never listened to a podcast. I tried once to listen to one on my computer and about twenty minutes in, realized I wasn’t paying any attention at all. I clearly don’t have the focus.

  3. Good choices Leanne and, hey , who doesn’t love Jian’s show whatever form it’s in? I’m like Elena and drift off if I try to listen on the computer but out walking they make the time fly by!

  4. NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. Makes me cackle. And if I’m honest, is where I get most of my news.

  5. winnwords says:

    I really like listening to a podcast called, “Grammar Girl.” Lots of quick (and humorously presented) tips on grammar use.

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