Audioburst is Kid-Approved

Everyone knows that storytelling is the oldest form of an educational aide. Parents and grandparents passed down history and information from one generation to the next. However, through time, the delivery method of these stories changed. From direct word of mouth to books, then onwards to TV, video and beyond.

With so many mediums to choose from, one might stop and ask: Is one method better than another? Might there be benefits for kids focusing on using aural means over video or text alone?

Benefits of Audio

In an article from 2015, The Atlantic discusses why the brain is captivated by audio stories. The article explains that the advantage to audio is that “listening to audio allows people to create their own versions of characters and scenes in the story….unlike looking at a written page, (audio) is more active, since the brain has to process the information at the pace it is played.”

This intense engagement is particularly helpful for kids in the classroom. In a post on KQED.org, Linda Flanagan explored how audiobooks can help kids learn. Teachers and school librarians found that when children have exposure to audio content, it increases vocabulary, improves reading skills and grabs the attention of kids who might otherwise be restless.

 

Audioburst to the rescue!

Audioburst recognizes the need to interact with children aurally, and we are working to provide a wide selection of children’s programming in our library. Our content consists of an array of podcasts that focus on either interesting facts or storytelling, providing kids audio that is not only educational but fun!

Some of the shows that can be found in the Audioburst library:

All of these shows are lively and guaranteed to keep kids actively engaged whether at home or on the go. Of course, in the words of LeVar Burton, “You don’t have to take my word for it!” Here is a sampling of the type of kid-approved audio Audioburst aims to deliver:

 

Keep an eye out for upcoming announcements about how Audioburst is capturing the imaginations of children and adults alike. In the meantime, don’t forget to visit Audioburst Search for all of your news, sports, and entertainment needs.

5 Podcast Networks to Explore

If you’re like us, you’re always on the hunt for a new podcast to add to your rotation. The trouble is that sometimes wading through the options can become overwhelming.  Luckily, there is a way to make the search a little less stressful–podcast networks!

Podcast networks are helpful for both listeners and content creators alike. If you are a listener, then podcast networks make finding a new show easy by curating quality content and putting it all in one place for you to find. If you are a content creator, then being part of a podcast network can help increase your revenue and broaden your listener base.

There are many well-regarded networks out there, but to get you started, here are five podcast networks that we know you’ll love:

#1 Maximum Fun

Headquartered in Los Angeles, Maximum Fun was founded by San Francisco native, Jesse Thorn. The network began with Thorn’s college radio show, “The Sound of Young America,” an interview-based show which was later rebranded “Bullseye with Jesse Thorn.” The network boasts over 30 affiliated podcasts and also hosts the annual convention, “MaxFunCon,”  a three-day gathering of creative people that features live comedy, podcast, music, and educational sessions.

 

Here’s a clip from a recent episode of “Bullseye” where Jesse talks to Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce, co-creators of the new Netflix show, “One Day At A Time.”

 

#2 Gimlet Media

If you’re wondering how Gimlet Media began, you don’t need to look any further than the first season of their inaugural show, StartUp. In a bold move, Alex Blumberg chronicled the experiences he had while launching Gimlet Media in StartUp’s first season. This story is also the subject of an upcoming ABC sitcom, “Alex, Inc.” in which Zach Braff plays Blumberg’s character.

Beyond StartUp, Gimlet hosts approximately 15 shows which cover a wide range of topics, covering everything from science to Black culture.

In this segment from Gimlet show, “Reply All,” hosts Alex Goldman and PJ Vogt explore the practice of ‘drop shipping,’ starting by investigating what happened when a man ordered a watch he found in an Instagram ad.

 

#3 Radiotopia

Radiotopia is a podcast network run by the Public Radio Exchange (PRX). They currently have just under 20 podcasts on their roster, including shows such as “99% Invisible”, “Ear Hustle,” and a new show entitled “This Is Love.”

 

In this clip from “This Is Love,” host Phoebe Judge helps tell the story of a couple’s challenges when attempting to become legally connected in a time before the legalization of same-sex marriage.

 

#4 Panoply Media

Panoply Media is a podcast network started by The Slate Group that is home to almost 200 podcasts. In addition to Slate produced podcasts, Panoply partners with many other big-name companies, such as Vox, New York Magazine, Sports Illustrated, etc. to offer quality content.

 

In late 2017, Slate launched a podcast entitled “Slow Burn.” Hosted by Leon Neyfakh, the show tackled the Watergate scandal and received significant positive press. Click to the left to get a taste of “Slow Burn.”

#5 Wondery

Wondery was launched by former CEO of Fox International Channels, Herman Lopez. The network is backed by 20th Century Fox and has nearly 20 shows currently produced under the Wondery name, as well as an extensive list of partner shows.

Some popular titles under the Wondery brand include “Sword and Scale,” “Dirty John,” and the podcast adaptation of the National Geographic Channel’s hit TV series, “Locked Up Abroad.”

Last year Wondery came out with the show, “I Hate My Boss,” which despite the title, was a work advice podcast designed to help you love your job. The show is returning this month, rebranded as “Safe for Work.”

 

To tide you over, here are hosts Liz Dolan and Larry Seal fielding a listener question on how to cope with managing a team who are losing their jobs to outsourcing.

 

Finally, a Bonus Tip:


The Audioburst Search Engine is a great place to look for a new podcast. All you need to do is type in a keyword, hit enter, and you may just stumble onto the show you never knew you needed–check it out!

6 Podcasts By Women That You Need to Listen To

We’re excited to share our top picks for podcasts by women that you should be listening to. We love that podcasts have become such a powerful source for diverse and strong female voices all over the world, and here are just a few of our favorites.


1. 2 Dope Queens
We wouldn’t be doing our jobs right if we didn’t include 2 Dope Queens on a list of top women-hosted podcasts. Phoebe Robins and Jessica Williams are the BFF hosts who bring on their favorite fellow comedians to join them to chat about various topics like sex, romance, and race. They don’t hold back and they don’t beat around the bush. Long story short, they’re hilarious! Don’t miss out.

Ready to give ’em a shot? Listen to a clip of their latest show here:

2. Call Your Girlfriend
Hosted by two fantastic women, Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow, Call Your Girlfriend originated from a weekly long-distance call between two besties. They started recording their calls, inviting guests to join in, and the rest is history.

These two women noticed a trend in male-dominated podcasts, and wanted to change that. They also highlight awesome women doing awesome things: actresses, journalists, writers, producers, etc. Listen to a recent clip here:

3. Radio Cherry Bombe

Radio Cherry Bombe features host Kerry Diamond as she interviews the coolest, most interesting women in the world of food. All the women who are making it happen as restaurant owners, chefs, bakers, food stylists, food writers, or women who just love talking about food, this is the podcast for you.


4. Stuff Mom Never Told You
Podcast hosts Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin talk about well-researched topics that affect women today and throughout history. Learn about interesting stories in women’s history, activism, and women in the workplace. We love that they relate these topics to modern women and also tie them back to their historical origins.

5. Being Boss
Need a little confidence boost as a boss lady? Hosts Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson talk about the universal problems that face women in the workplace, and they bring on expert guests to give advice on how to build a business, manage a team, deal with burnout, and so much more.

This is a great podcast for creative entrepreneurs and business owners who want to know that they’re not alone!

6. Selfie with Kristen Howerton and Sarah James
Self-care is so important in today’s day and age. We love listening to BFFs Kirsten Howerton and Sarah James tackle conversations about food, sleep, health, and friends. They take a lighthearted and vulnerable look at all the questions we ask ourselves, or maybe at the questions that we should be asking ourselves.

Did we miss any incredible podcasts by women that you love to listen to? Let us know in the comments!

6 Creepy Podcasts That Will Keep You up at Night

During the Halloween season, there’s nothing like settling down with a hot cup of apple cider and digging into a real-life horror story. We’ve rounded up our favorite creepy podcasts to get you in the mood. If unsolved murder mysteries and strange small town disappearances get you going, these are the podcasts for you. A fair warning, they are not for the faint of heart, enter if you dare…

1. Hollywood and Crime | Wondery

Think you know everything there is to know about the Black Dahlia murder? Think again. Hollywood and Crime is an extremely well-produced, engrossing twist on the Black Dahlia case, that actually extends to cover the grisly murders of other young women around the same time frame. The crimes are brought to life with audio recreations, similar to old radio plays, allowing listeners to peer back in time.

“When I said good night, she was with him, the young guy. That’s the last time I saw her…” – The Silk Stocking Murder | Hollywood and Crime

2. Crimetown | Gimlet Media

Obsessed with how crime culture differs from city to city? From the creators of HBO’s The Jinx comes a podcast that explores just that. In its wildly successful first season, Crimetown covers corruption and extreme mob violence in seemingly idyllic Providence, RI. The only downside? Once you’ve binge-listened to the entire first season, you’ll be begging co-hosts Zac Stuart-Pontier and Marc Smerling for more.

3. True Crime Garage

If you like your true crime with a dose of fun, True Crime Garage will be right up your alley. Every week, hosts Nic and the Captain cover a new case from both the headlines and local real-life horror stories, going into painstaking detail yet presenting heavy content in a light-hearted way. Bonus: Their website features supplemental video footage and images from the crimes so you can be the judge.  

“We see this a lot, somebody commits a crime and really follows it as almost an obsession and sometimes you can be caught that way.” – The Devil Did It | True Crime Garage

4. My Favorite Murder

If you’ve already binge-watched The Keepers and Making a Murderer on Netflix and you’re eager for more, My Favorite Murder may be the best way to get your fix. This horror-obsessed duo, which consists of Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, seem to have an encyclopedic knowledge of strange murder lore. Their madcap delivery replete with creepy historical tidbits will make sure you never sleep again.

5. Sword and Scale

Lock your doors and engage your security system before you press play on this one. Sword and Scale covers the dark underworld of the criminal justice system and stops at nothing to get to the bottom of the story. From a Christian TV personality who was charged with child pornography to online feuds that turn deadly in real life, the stories range from disturbing to enlightening to downright terrifying.

“Some acts are far too inhumane to have an explanation. Some cases are far too outside the norm to be able to assign a reasonable motive.” – Episode 101 | Sword and Scale

6. Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine

It may be hard to believe but just 100 years ago, medicine was considered a barbaric profession. With little to no internal imaging available, doctors blindly cut into patients who, more often than not, ended up bleeding out on the table. Enter Sawbones, a podcast that digs deep into history to reveal strange and at times horrific medical treatments that were considered normal. Come for the gory stories, stay for the witty banter between hosts Dr. Syndee McElroy and her husband Justin.

“Maybe some mercury, it was a very common cure for syphilis.” – Inside a Doctor’s Bag | Sawbones

The Best Podcast Events to Attend This Year

Mark your calendars, because we’ve got your guide to the top podcast events in the next year! The podcast community is incredibly strong and supportive, and we love events that bring together both audiences to share knowledge, experience storytelling in-person, and build communities.

Here are our top favorite podcasts events for the year:

Podcast Movement

  1. Podcast Movement (Philadelphia)
    July 24-26, 2018Over 2,000 podcasters attended this conference last year. There are nearly 100 different sessions designed to help aspiring podcasters get started, to refine current podcasters’ skills, and to share knowledge from experts in the industry. If you’re looking to truly add value from a podcast network, this is the place to be.

    There’s also an Expo Hall where the top software and hardware vendors in the podcast industry are ready to share their technological advances with attendees.

  2. Podfest Multimedia Expo (Orlando)
    February 8-10, 2018Podfest has expanded over the years to cover a broader range of media: Youtube, livestreams, blogging, filmmaking, online communities, and more. Clearly, they’re seeing the trend that content creators are moving towards multimedia efforts for storytelling. Whether you’re just starting out as a beginner, or you’ve been podcasting for years and are looking to hone your skills and network with other like-minded content creators, Podfest is a great community.

    It’s also set right next to Disney World in Orlando, so you can combine it with a fun family vacation!

  3. NYC Podfest (New York)
    April 6-8, 2018Every year, the NYC Podfest features some of the biggest names and talents in podcasting, entertainment, media, and pop culture in front of a live audience. It’s an opportunity to hear from a few of your favorites on stage in an intimate setting.

    Previous guests have included Hold On with Eugene Mirman, and the Lore Podcast!

  4. Mid-Atlantic Podcast Conference (Philadelphia)
    September 7-8, 2018The Mid-Atlantic Podcast Conference, otherwise known as MAPCON, originally started out as a Facebook group connecting podcasters across the mid-Atlantic states.

    The conference is designed specifically for podcasters, to guide them through the step-by-step process of creating and growing a successful podcast. Every year, speakers and panelists who are experts in podcasting and online marketing teach attendees how to build an audience, create a community, and monetize their content.

  5. Now Hear This! Podcast Festival (New York)
    SeptemberThis festival features 25 live podcast performances by major podcasts, including Comedy Bang! Bang!, How Did This Get Made?, and Levar Burton Reads. With added meet-and-greet opportunities and immersive fan experiences, this is one of the best events for a podcast fan to attend.

    While this festival already happened in September 2017, we can’t wait to see what 2018 has to offer.

  6. Werk It Women’s Podcast Festival (Los Angeles)
    OctoberBranded as the only all-woman podcasting festival on the planet, this festival features speakers, mentoring sessions, workshops, live podcast tapings, and networking opportunities for women in the industry.

    It’s produced by WNYC Studios, which also happens to be the creator of podcast favorites like Radiolab, Freakonomics Radio, and 2 Dope Queens.

  7. LA Podcast Festival (Los Angeles)
    OctoberLos Angeles is home to so many forms of entertainment, and has also been riding the wave of new media like podcasting. The LA Podcast Festival schedule is filled to the brim with comedy shows, podcaster interviews, and panels for podcasters to learn about topics like “Gear Talk” and “Guest Etiquette.”

What podcast events are you going to this year? We’d love to hear from you in the comments about events you’re excited about attending.