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I know what you’re probably wondering: who are you, and why should I give a damn about your favorite podcasts? Well, that is a question for the philosophers. The point is that I’ve been listening to podcasts for quite some time, and I’ve got some recommendations that I think you’ll like.

And if that’s not enough to convince you, too bad. You already clicked on the article. You might as well see what it says.

#1 The Joe Rogan Experience

PodcastNot everyone is a fan of Joe Rogan’s off-the-cuff, conversational style and his fixation on fighting, comedy, and psychedelics. That’s fine; the real gems of this podcast are the guests. From Chris Hadfield to Lance Armstrong to (most recently) Elon Musk, The Joe Rogan Experience has had many interesting and controversial guests over the years, and whether you agree with them or not, they sure are interesting to listen to.

Whatever your topic of interest, you are sure to find a thought leader (or thought provoker) in that field by perusing through the hundreds of episodes that have been recorded so far. That’s Why The Joe Rogan Experience is one of my absolute favorite podcasts.

#2 Welcome To Nightvale

PodcastAlso known as “the most difficult podcast in the world to describe to your friends”, Welcome To Nightvale is a scripted podcast that highlights the happenings of the sleepy little desert town of Nightvale, as told by the host of a seemingly-normal radio show. The podcast takes a comically absurd view on themes of the scary, strange, and supernatural by trying to show us what daily life might actually be like in a place where strange was the new normal. A sentient glowing cloud that wants to join your PTA meeting despite not having anything that even resembles a child? In Nightvale, why not?

Welcome To Nightvale isn’t just one of my favorite podcasts; it has quickly picked up a cult following among podcasting fans for its quirky writing style, and has even gone on to tour a live version of its show all across the United States and Europe.

#3 The Jocko Podcast

PodcastJocko Willink is a badass. Ex-navy seal turned podcaster, Jocko breaks the mould of the macho tough guy with his surprising emotional intelligence, attention to detail, and care for others. Sure, his podcast mainly focuses on personal betterment, his experiences in combat, and the concepts of good and evil, but he relates this content in a way that is easily accessible by just about everyone.

The Jocko Podcast is a gentle, not-so-gentle reminder that those gruff, muscular people that wear string tank tops to the gym and grunt loudly during their sets actually have important insights to share with the world.

Oh, and his podcast episode titles all sound like chapter titles of the most intense self-help book you’ve ever read. If that’s not enough to make this one of your favorite podcasts too, I don’t know what is.

#4 Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History

PodcastAn oldie but most definitely a goodie. Dan Carlin has a grasp of history that all historians should aspire to. When I was in university, I took a history course on the Persian and Assyrian empire out of genuine interest. That is, until that genuine interest was bludgeoned out by my history professor like the Assyrians were bludgeoned out of Babylon in 626 --the main difference being that my interest in history experienced a miraculous comeback at the hands of one Dan Carlin.

He paints history like a living tapestry; something that feels genuinely alive and dynamic (unlike your average university lecture). When I listened to the first installment of his King Of Kings series, I found myself not only identifying with some of the characters, I also felt a sense of genuine suspense at what would happen to them next. You have to give King Of Kings a listen if any part of you is curious about the past.

If there was a podcast hall of fame, Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History would certainly be a part of it. And if there was a podcast made about this hypothetical podcast hall of fame, Dan Carlin should be the one to record it.

That’s all well and good, but what about TalkShoe?

Hey, let’s not let the other guys have all the fun. TalkShoe’s directory has loads of great podcasts too, and no matter who you are, you are sure to find something that catches your interest. While you’re at it, why not record an episode today, and see what everyone’s talking about?

Pass Time During The Holiday Season With These Holiday Podcasts

Holiday giftWhether you’re on a flight to somewhere warm, about to get into a car to your meet your family, or are just staying home for the holidays, you are sure to have some free time this December. For both longtime podcasting fans and newcomers to podcasting, now is the perfect time to start listening to some Christmas podcasts to get you into a festive mood.

Even if you’re not the type to celebrate the holidays, you’re sure to like a few of these podcasts. Why? I think you’ll find that there is more to Christmas podcasts than you think.

The Moth Podcast: Holiday Specials

The Moth Podcast is a community storytelling podcast that invites storytellers from diverse backgrounds and histories to share their stories and experiences to a wider audience. The holiday installment of this podcast brings together stories that are between 5 to 15 minutes long, and if you take a liking to them, you can go back and listen to the holiday specials from the last few years.

This American Life: Christmas and Commerce

Listen podcastThis American Life is an American hour-long radio program and podcast that is broadcast all over the states. Every week, they choose a different theme and present stories on it. This Christmas podcast episode is about the intersection between the values of Christmas and the reality of the retail environment that pervades Christmas in the United States.

It also includes the hilarious “Santaland Diaries” story, which was originally broadcast by NPR in 1992 and is about a man who works as an elf at Macy’s department store in New York’s Herald Square during Christmas.

Stuff You Should Know: How Black Friday Works

Speaking of retail, if you’ve ever taken part in the capitalist battle royale that is Black Friday, you might also be interested in how it came to be, and how it works. The Stuff You Should Know podcast is exactly as its title describes; it is a light and easy to follow podcast about stuff you should know, but don’t. Even though this podcast episode originally aired in 2013 and has some now-outdated statistics, you should still find a lot of value in it.

The Truth: Naughty or Nice

DecorationThe Truth is a podcast that makes “movies for your ears”. It is an anthology of short stories about 10-20 minutes that range from the macabre to the light-hearted. This Christmas podcast is about a Christmas elf and his struggle to put kids on the naughty list. What is funny about this little podcast is that it both closely mirrors and pokes fun at the corporate or office environment, complete with office politics, jurisdictional red tape, and unexpected problems.

Stuff You Missed In History Class: The Krampus and Friends Holiday Special

HolidaysAnother easy to explain podcast, Stuff You Missed In History Class, is great at making lesser-known historical events not only accessible and easy to understand, but also fun to learn about. The first episode in this series of Christmas podcasts is about Krampus, which is the cultural antithesis to whom we now know as Santa Claus. Podcast fans who listen to the entire series can also look forward to hearing about Frau Perchta, Caga Tio, and more.

While you’re at it, check out TalkShoe’s directory for more awesome podcasts!

TalkShoe’s directory has loads of publicly hosted podcasts that cover almost every subject you can think of. When you’re done browsing, why not make the most of the new features and benefits that TalkShoe has to offer today and record an episode of your own!

PlanThere are a lot of people out there with podcasts in 2018. There are even more people who want to start a podcast, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. If you are one of the latter group, you should know that saying “I’m thinking about starting a podcast” to your friends and family will definitely invite some follow-up questions.

Before you go trying to start a podcast, you owe it to yourself to set aside some time to write down answers to these 5 questions. Most of them are pretty simple, but having a prepared answer to them will go a long way towards making you seem professional to friends, family, and even strangers who are curious about your project.

1) What is your podcast about?

This is usually the first question people ask when you tell them you want to start a podcast. It is a simple question, but answering well will make you seem like someone who has done all their homework, and knows what they are talking about.

So, what is your podcast about? Have a 2-3 sentence answer that you have memorized, and be ready for this question when you tell people you want to start a podcast. You could potentially earn or lose a lot of interested based on how you answer this simple question, so make sure you have a good answer before moving onto the next question.

You can also consider this as practice for your “elevator pitch” for when you are speaking to sponsors, guests, or other podcasters.

2) What is your podcast called?

IdeaThis is another simple question, but it is just as important as the first. Why? Because good names matter! You owe it to yourself to pick a name that creatively fits into your podcast’s category. A good, funny name can get a lot of attention for your podcast, and if it can also make a great story to tell people, that’s even better.

I recommend that you take some serious time to decide on a name, and not skip this step just because you are in the planning period of starting a podcast. When people know the name of your podcast, they know what name to eventually start looking for when you actually start recording!

3) What made you want to start podcasting?

To anyone who is not aware: there is a secret message encoded in this question. When people ask you what made you decide to start a podcast, they are really asking if you’ve got something interesting to say. Most people are really asking “why should I care about your podcast? Do you have something interesting or unique to say, or do you just want people to listen to you”?

Maybe you’ve been to Cuba so many times that you could map out the entire island on a napkin. Maybe you’ve watched so many episodes of Star Trek that you can recite them in your sleep. Maybe there’s something unique and interesting about your job that no one around you realizes. Either way, no matter who you are, you have SOMETHING to share.

4) Do you have an ‘____’? (piece of audio or podcasting equipment)

Podcast EquipmentCongratulations. If you’ve gotten this far, it means that whoever is talking to you is at least taking your plan to start a podcast seriously. The bad news is that now they are feeling threatened by you, most likely because you have awakened their own latent desire to start a podcast, or some other creative enterprise that they have been putting off.

You can answer honestly, for the most part; there’s no need to inflate the truth for strangers or family members that are feeling threatened. Be honest about what you’re doing, but don’t feign ignorance for the sake of a smooth conversation. You’re allowed to sound like you know what you’re doing!

5) Can I be a guest on your podcast?

GuestsDon’t be surprised by this question, because you might get it more often than you think. Whether or not the person asking you this question is trying to genuinely add value to your work or just ride your coattails is the subject of a different discussion, but the important thing is to have a response prepared. Whether you say yes or no, don’t beat around the bush because it makes you look indecisive. You don’t need to be rude, but you can straightforward if you need to.

And look at it this way: if this person sees the obvious value in your idea to start a podcast, it’s likely that other people will too!

Once you’re ready to hit that record button, start with TalkShoe!

Once you’ve passed the planning phase and are ready to finally start creating, why not make the most of the free features and benefits that TalkShoe has to offer? Record an episode today, and see what everyone’s talking about!

How TalkShoe’s Customer Care Sets Us Apart As The Best Podcast Hosting Service

Recording PodcastWhat does it take to be the best? At TalkShoe, we’ve come to believe that to be the best podcast hosting service, you need to do more than have a free, easy-to-use podcast hosting platform; you need to do the most to help your customers get the most out their time.

Obviously, we’re very proud of our service and how easy it is to create high-quality, shareable content, but this article is about the things that TalkShoe does to show our users that we care.

TalkShoe’s Customer Care Team Are Also Podcasting Experts

Podcast ExpertsIt is an unfortunate truth in the 21st century that everyone has had to deal with bad customer service at one time or another. At TalkShoe, we’ve taken a lot of steps to ensure that the trend is not repeated.

TalkShoe’s customer care staff are podcast enthusiasts first, and TalkShoe representatives second. They are people that you can truly ask about the culture of podcasting, and for their unique perspective.

If there are any questions that you’ve ever thought about asking, whether they are related to TalkShoe or just podcasting in general, consider dropping our team a line at Support@TalkShoe.com

TalkShoe Speaks To Its Users On Every Wavelength

Emailing is the preferred option for most busy professionals because they can multitask and still get their question answered, but let’s say that’s not what’s best for you.

If you are the kind of person who likes searching for their own answers, you can peruse TalkShoe’s support page and learn more about TalkShoe on your own. If you’re more interested in the subject of podcasting and the best practices for making your own content, TalkShoe’s blog has a lot of great, personalized information for how to start podcasting the right way.

And finally, if none of those contact methods work you, there is always TalkShoe Live: a monthly online webinar that teaches you about the ins and outs of TalkShoe’s podcast hosting and recording platform. You can join this webinar live every second Wednesday of the month at 2PM EST, or just listen to the recording later.

The Best Podcast Hosting Service Has The Best Customers

Happy CustomersIf you haven’t guessed it by now, I’ll just let you in on a secret. TalkShoe really cares about its customers, which is why we go the extra mile to provide you with things that you want, or that we think you could benefit from.

We’re absolutely delighted that so many people are being empowered to create podcasts of their own, and enjoy our free service. If you’ve enjoyed content like this blog, and feel ready to record an episode today and see what everyone’s talking about, then we’ll consider our job a success.

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