I am loving podcasts at the moment. I usually spend many hours in my car travelling when we have to go somewhere and get sick of my music, so podcasts and audio books make the trip fly by. Here are a few I have been enjoying lately.
Ok – lets talk about this shall we. Two Fat Expats. I have been listening to this for just over a week now, catching up on their first 8 Episodes. I was a little slow to the party. Anyway, I was ironing away yesterday loving them sick, they were wrapping things up and I was getting sad that it was over and they were going to leave me to do my ironing alone. Then BAM – they do a little shout out to MISS CHARDY!!!! I nearly pee’d my pants. Could have ended up with a burt hand over all the excitement. They said hello, had a little chat about my blog and where I live, can you even imagine how thrilled I was. No, I don’t suppose you can….. Mr Chardy didn’t seem to understand last night when I told him… O well, all of you bloggers out there will be hearing me.
So who are the Two Fat Expats? Kirsty & Sarah are two expats living the phat life over in Doha Qatar, in the Middle East. Their lives are absolutely fascinating. They are both married, Kirsty has 4 children and Sarah has one little girl. They both have their own blogs, as well as the Two Fat Expats. Kirsty blogs at 4 Kids, 20 Suitcases and a Beagle and Sarah is over at Lady Sadies Emporium. Kirsty’s life is mind boggling to me, she has had all four of her babies in different countries. I am still catching up/stalking her on her blog, but from what I can gather so far, her and her family have lived in Jakarta, Canada, Houston, Libya and now Doha, Qatar. I am pretty sure there are a few other countries/cities. But you get the gist. Their lives are so different from mine. I have always had a fascination with the Middle East, I am not sure why, but I really do love hearing about life over there, I think because it is so far from my day to day happenings. When Kirsty was saying hello to me on her Podcast she was saying how amazing my life was and how far I have to drive to get to a party etc etc and I was just standing there with my mouth open thinking, how on earth can you think my life is one bit interesting when you have lived all over the world and just jump on a plane and pop over to Kuwait for your daughters softball game?
So head on over and check out their podcast. You can link to it directly from the Two Fat Expats website. I will have further instructions at the end of this post on how to download and give reviews on iTunes.
Thanks Sarah & Kirsty, you both crack me up. Keep it real guys, can’t wait for the next episode.
Over the Back Fence is a podcast by one of my all time favourite bloggers…… Baby Mac. Of course it is!!! My friend FF got me hooked on Baby Mac and then hooked on this podcast Over the Back Fence. There are quite a few seasons so if you start now, you will have many episodes to keep you going for quite some time. Beth and the “Neighbour” have a general chat for around half an hour. I just loved the podcasts because I could relate to most things they spoke about, you know, where you are nodding your head thinking “are we related because I am pretty sure you could be my sister”. I found myself laughing out loud and nodding in agreement to most things they spoke about.
This was the very first podcast I ever listened to …… last year….. I know – it is because of that big rock I live under. I can’t believe I had never listened to them before. I am always a little late to the party, but better late than never, right?
So thanks Beth, I still re-listen to these podcasts (and may or may not have one playing in the background as I type this post).
Conversations with Richard Fidler
I am new to Conversations, but have always loved him if I ever managed to catch him on ABC radio. Through this podcast it doesn’t matter if you can’t tune into the radio to hear Conversations, you can listen to them anytime. I really have only listened to two of his podcasts and they were just brilliant. They were:
The podcasts go for around 50 minutes so keep you going for a good while and really suck you in. Richard Fidler is a great interviewer. He has a real knack for asking the right questions.
Hamish & Andy
These guys are hilarious. I am sure you have heard of them, unless you have been living under a bigger rock than me. So I probably don’t need to go into this one too much. FUNNY – onto it!
Thank God it’s Friday
You may have heard this on ABC Radio. Usually a panel of 4 talented comedians. Different each week, ranging from Jean Kittson, Anthony Ackroyd, Tommy Dean, Jennifer Wong, Subby Valentine, Luke Heggie, Rebecca De Unamuno, Myf Warhurst, Wendy Harmer and of course the host of the show Richard Glover.
I stumbled across this one after doing a search for any podcasts interviewing funny lady Judith Lucy.
And lastly I have heard rave reviews about Serial. I started listening to this yesterday and have already rolled the first 5 episodes. It is amazing what you can get done while listening to a podcast, makes things much more fun too. I actually thought this was a tv show on Foxtel, people were hooked, but no – turns out it is a podcast. Now I know why they were hooked. I am too.
I just love listening to podcasts while doing all the boring mundane day to day jobs…. folding washing, ironing, jogging, hanging washing out (ha – as if I do this anymore…) etc.
How to Download and Listen to a Podcast
There are a couple of ways you can listen to a podcast. Sometimes they have a website. We will use “Serial” as an example. So you can go to www.serial.org and listen to it from the website. This is called “Live Streaming”.
Or you can download it and listen to it anytime, this way, it is there ready to listen to and you don’t need internet connection. Perfect for travelling.
Podcasts on iDevices
First you need to download the “Podcast” App. Go to the App Store and search for “Podcasts” and download onto your iDevice.
Once you have the App downloaded you can then use this App to search for any podcasts you want to listen to. You can subscribe to their feed and download as many podcasts as you like. Very easy.
Podcasts on Androids
Use the Stitcher App from Google Play. Search for “Serial” (for example) and click on the plus (+) sign to add to your favourites list. Click on Favourites List. To Download an episode, click on the gear in the upper right hand corner.
I use my iPhone to listen to the podcasts. I downloaded the “Podcast” app from the App Store and then used this app to search and download the podcasts I want to listen to. By downloading the episodes rather than live streaming you can listen to them when ever you like, and you don’t need an internet connection – very handy when travelling for hours on outback roads.
Podcasters (is that even a word) love reviews. So if you love a podcast please review it. This helps them get into the “New and Noteworthy” section of iTunes. To write a review, head over to the actual iTunes website. Search for the podcast and then click on Review.
Have you listened to any of these? What did you think?
Over to you. What is your favourite Podcast? I am always on the look out for a new one to listen to. So spill….