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15 Ways to Help Your Favorite Podcasts

Just like you, I have my favorite podcasts. There’s a good chance I’ve listened to every one of Criminal’s 107 episodes so far. I can’t even comprehend how many hours I’ve spent listening to episodes of The Art of Manliness, But Why, Darknet Diaries, and Beautiful/Anonymous.

We get so many hours of pleasure and value from our favorite shows, but it can be hard to find a way to show some love and appreciation back. Below, I’ve listed 15 ways to help out your favorite shows and more importantly, the people behind them.

To finish this fantastically great article, jump over to Medium where I’ve published it.

7 Podcast Episodes I Always Return To

It’s Tuesday night and you’re spent from the work week. (It’s only been two days, people!) Not wanting to make any tough decisions, you go for the ‘comfort food.’

For dinner, you go for some ramen. No, not the instant stuff that will simultaneously take a month off your life but also bring up wonderful memories of those long-lost college years. You go for the good stuff that costs an exorbitant $2.50 and throw in a bunch of yummy extras.

For entertainment, you sink into your couch or bed but instead of learning something valuable on the History Channel, you go straight for Parks and Recreation reruns. It’s l-i-t-e-r-a-l-l-y the best thing to rewatch.

The question though is why we don’t tend to do this with podcasts. I guess one answer is that a lot of people still don’t listen to podcasts or have only listened to a very few so re-listening to one seems strange.

Read the rest of this article over on Medium.

How to Create a Podcast Playlist

“Woe is me.”

Past tense.

As someone that has a lot of friends and family asking for podcast recommendations, the best I could do for the longest time was to say something like “listen to Criminal” or “Beautiful/Anonymous is one of my new favorites.” And then I had this grand scheme to write the Podcast Gumbo newsletter where I recommend three podcast episodes each week.

The hardest part of writing that newsletter was including links to the podcast. To make it easier for people, I included a link to the episode on the podcast’s website, a link to the episode in iTunes, and then an Overcast link (for anyone that used my favorite iOS podcast app). Android users? I honestly struggled to cater to them. I even asked some iOS developers if there was any way to create a ‘universal link.’ You can guess the answer to that question. It only requires two letters.

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The Best Podcast Listicle Listicle

Because I write the Podcast Gumbo newsletter about podcasts, I’m naturally looking and finding articles about good podcasts to try. The problem is that nowadays, it seems you can’t get away from every publisher putting out a listicle about their favorite podcasts.

Over the last six months, I’ve saved a bunch and now that I look at the list, it’s pretty absurd and quite frankly, overwhelming. Of course, I don’t want to be overwhelmed all by myself so I’ve decided to put together a listicle of those listicles.

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“If There’s Anything I Can Do For You, Let Me Know”

How many times have you said that to someone? I would argue that it’s the most common statement made at a wake or funeral. I’ve said it so many times and after listening to this podcast episode, I now realize how much of an ass I am.

Podcast link: What Did You Just Say?

Thanks Cancer! is a podcast by two hosts who want to share stories to be a resource for cancer patients. This episode though is arguably better for people that know those with cancer. What should you say to someone after finding out they have cancer? What should you not say or do?

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