101Intro to Podcasts
Hey there! Welcome to Podcasts 101, and welcome to the introductory course of NBN’s Podcast Curriculum. We’re excited to have you.
Now, you might be thinking any number of things: What is a podcast? How do I find one? Is there one that I would like? When do I listen to podcasts? Those are all good questions, and throughout this series, we will answer just about all of them.
Think of a podcast like a radio show that you can download and take with you. At their core, a pod is an Internet-hosted program made available to download in MP3 format. Podcasts usually come in episodes, and they are usually pure audio (although, some video podcasts do exist).
Based off of that, you might think that podcasts are all news-based or lecture-based, and a lot of them are, but as the medium has grown, the topics have become more and more diverse. As you will see throughout the rest of our Curriculum, there are podcasts about everything. Movies, music, politics, technology, even knitting and paranormal activity! Some podcasts are only a few minutes long (you can listen to them while walking to class) and others can run for an hour (better for the treadmill at SPAC). The format brings a terrific amount of flexibility and accessibility. Beginners can plug into something easy and bite-sized (or byte-sized — heh), and people looking to go in-depth can almost certainly find an expert going on for hours about their favorite subjects.
This is a perfect medium for the Northwestern student. Knowledge is currency at our university, and what better way to become an expert at something than to hear other experts break it down for you? As you explore the rest of the classes in NBN’s Podcast Curriculum, you will be exposed to more links and resources for podcast consumption than you may have ever had before. There is something here for you, and if for whatever reason there is not, our final class gives you the means to find that podcast you are sure to download — we promise.
So go and explore the other courses we have to offer. This is as comprehensive as your current major, but we guarantee there is none of the homework. Good luck!