Happy Monday, everyone! Here's what I've been thinking about lately.
1. Did you make a New Year's resolution? If so, have you found a podcast that's helping you keep it? I set a few different goals at the beginning of the month, and one of them is to do more reading (I tend to reach for a podcast over a book when I've got an extra twenty minutes). Anyway, at around the same time, I stumbled upon the great new podcast What Should I Read Next? and it's been so helpful in keeping me interested in and excited about reading. I've finished three books in the past month which far exceeded any expectations I had, and while listening, I've compiled a long list that I'm eager to check out.
I'd imagine there's a podcast out there to help with any resolution. Only Human has set up a program for those with workout goals, Note to Self is doing a challenge this week for the infomaniacs out there, Writing Class Radio would be a great aide if you'd like to write more, and I can't imagine a more inspiring podcast than Magic Lessons for those who want to do more creating. So what are you listening to that's helping you stick to your goals? Anything?
2. Another question -- have you tried Howl? It's the paid podcast subscription app that calls itself the "Netflix of podcasts." I haven't, but this article describing Issa Rae's exclusive new audio drama Fruit may have convinced me to do a free trial. The new show is coming in just a few days and it sounds fantastic. But I'm a little wary of Howl for one not-very-good reason: a couple years back, I got hooked on Oyster -- the "Netflix of books" -- and it shut its doors for good earlier this month. It just wasn't a sustainable business model. And now, I'm afraid of falling in love with another subscription service only to have it taken away later on. I know, this is not a good excuse. The book and podcast industries are incomparable and it sounds like Howl is already moving in a different direction by offering original content. But I'm curious to hear -- have you tried it, and if so, what are your thoughts, good or bad? If you haven't, why?
3. And finally, did you see Jad Abumrad's "brief but spectacular take on why radio will never die" for PBS NewsHour? He talks about the reason he loves audio, how his show Radiolab has become more of a podcast and less of a radio show over the years, and how growing up as an immigrant kid gave him the perfect eye for journalism, all in the span of two minutes. It's definitely worth a quick watch. But beware, the sea of "brief but spectacular" videos on the site is addicting!