Before today, I had never really explored the world of podcasts. I had heard of them, but I had no idea what they actually were. In my head, I envisioned podcasts as some kind of book-on-tape 2.0, and who really listens to those except for kids who can’t read and old people? But when I looked at podcasts on iTunes, one of the biggest podcast aggregators, I was pleasantly surprised. The site offers way more than children’s books and NPR. You can listen to sports broadcasts from ESPN, find out random facts from howstuffworks.com, and even learn a foreign language from one of the many language courses.

But why listen to a podcast when you can watch the actual show or see the actual event take place? The main advantage of podcasts is how portable they are. They are available when you want, where you want and as you want. Perfect for the morning metro commute or walk to class. Plus, you can subscribe to a certain podcast and automatically receive new episodes as they are released. They may sound boring or weird, but if you check it out I promise you will find something you like.