Listening to Podcasts
Listening to Podcasts
I listen to a lot of podcasts. In fact, I don’t listen to much in the way of music on my IPod anymore. I have about 20 different podcasts that I’m subscribed to. Some are technical podcasts about website building and maintenance. Others are about the American Civil War. Yet others are self-help types.
Some are professionally produced, complete with music and video. Many are done by someone in a basement or spare room. Some are like blogs with stream of consciousness orations.
The podcasts that I’ve winnowed through are usually easy on the ears with a decent level of technical sound so the listener can understand the presenter.
I listen to a couple of interview shows and I’ve determined that there is a pattern with them, at least with the several that I like. I really like the shows where the interviewer doesn’t already know all of the answers. I love when the interviewer thanks the subject by saying that he or she really learned something new from the subject.
After all, that’s what learning is all about. When an interviewer knows everything, how can they ask the right questions? How can they expose ideas to their listeners if they don’t ask penetrating questions?
I really don’t like television interviewers who talk over their guests. You see it all of the time today. Someone who is being interviewed is constantly being interrupted or talked over. How can we learn anything if the subject isn’t allowed to speak. I didn’t tune in to listen to the anchor. I tuned in to listen to the guest. It seems that everyone on Fox News follows this style, because Bill O’Reilly made it very successful.
Some poor interviewers seem as if they’re required to prove their knowledge by dueling with the guest on the chosen subject. It really drives me crazy when an interviewer dominates the interview. Let your guest speak. Those types of podcast don’t last very long on my IPod.
I listen to a lot of Civil War podcasts because I have a large Civil War site. I’m always looking for really interesting ideas to research and write about. Anyone can write about the well-known battles, and I do, but it’s the almost obscure things that really interest readers. Stories about brother against brother or father against son. They have an emotional hook that keeps the reader’s attention.
Podcasts come and go. They have a life of their own. The podcast presenter runs out of ideas or enthusiasm and one day there are no more new episodes. Just like life!
I’ve been considering a podcast about the Civil War. As I’ve looked for material on ITunes, I realized that there wasn’t very much. I also determined that I might be able to do a better job. Perhaps, you’ll hear me on an IPod near you in the future.