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What is a Podcast?

PODCASTS: are a digital audio file and are similar to a radio show to listen to, made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device. They are typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically. Most are free. Some offer paid versions that include bonus features. Sometimes, podcasters have shows archived at their website, and will sell them to users for a small fee per episode. Yes, you can listen in a browser on your computer with no software, and on tablets.

iPhone – How to find and subscribe to the Apple podcasts app to listen to podcasts.

  1. Use the Podcasts app already downloaded on your phone to find and play free shows.
  2. Open the Podcast app and go to the search page (click on the magnifying glass button in the navigation at the bottom).
  3. Discover shows: Tap Browse to see Featured shows or Top Charts. You can also browse by categories or content providers.
  4. Search by title, person, or topic: Tap Search, then enter what you’re looking for.
  5. Subscribe to a show: Tap the show to see its information page, then tap Subscribe.
  6. Tap Listen Now.
  7. To download an episode for offline playing, tap the Download iconIf you don’t see the Download iconthe episode is already downloaded.
  8. To get notifications whenever a new episode is available, tap the Notification Settings button.

Android phone – How to find and subscribe to your favorite podcast in the Google Play Music app Google Play Music Icon.

  1. Launch the Google Play Music app from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the menu button on the top left of the screen. It’s three horizontal lines.
  3. Tap Podcasts.
  4. Search for a podcast through one of three methods: i. Top Charts: A limited collection of podcasts that are either promoted or have the most listeners. This is the “main page” of Google Play Music podcasts. ii. All categories: Tap this to reveal a list of categories. The top rated podcasts in each category will appear when you tap each one. iii. Search: Tap the search button on the top right of your screen to search for podcasts by title or subject matter. Podcasts appear under the Podcasts heading in your search results.
  5. Tap the podcast to which you’d like to subscribe.

Websites for podcast ideas:

61 Best Podcasts of 2020 from Esquire

The 15 Best Podcasts to Listen to in 2020 from The Manual

The 25 Best Podcasts of 2020 so far from Marie Clair

The Best Podcasts for Teens from SheKnows

10 Must-Listen Podcasts for Tweens & Teens from Parent Map

10 Must-Listen Podcasts for Tweens and Teens from Commonsense Media

A few podcast ideas to try: Once you look in to podcasts on your device, you’ll  find a great selection that suits your interests.

Levar Burton Reads podcast for adult story time.

Meet the Author podcast to listen to your favorite authors’ being interviewed.

Myths and Legends podcast for the retelling of the world’s best myths and legends.

Comedians with podcasts.

True Crime podcasts.