Just a few years ago, the podcast was a way to hear radio on your own schedule, or a mouthpiece for amateur creative types. Not so today, when as many as 40% of Americans listen to audio on digital devices. Given the tens of thousands of podcasts available to get you through long car rides or gym visits, we wanted to find some of the best.
Beth Murphy is chief marketing officer at www.sticher.com, one of the biggest aggregators of internet radio and podcasts. Stitcher recently announced The Stitcher Awards for the best podcasts of 2012. Here are some of our favorites:
1. Best News and Politics: BBC Global News
The best stories, interviews and on the spot reporting from around the world including highlights from Newshour, Newsday and World Briefing. Up to 30 minutes compiled twice a day from the 24 hour News coverage from the BBC World Service.
2. Best Food and Cooking: Go Fork Yourself
Chef, author, and host of Travel Channel's "Bizarre Foods," Andrew Zimmern chats with fellow food fanatic and traveler Molly Mogren. Every week Andrew and Molly will chat about what is going on in the world of food and travel. Catch up on what Andrew and Molly are up to, hear their takes on the latest food and travel news, and get recommendations for what to check out the next time you're on the road.
3. Most Original Show: How To Do Everything
We're half advice show, half survival guide. We answer all your questions, from how to find a date, to how to find water in the desert.
4. Best Episode of the Year: WTF with Marc Maron Podcast 8/12/2012
Comedian Marc Maron is tackling the most complex philosophical question of our day - WTF? He'll get to the bottom of it with help from comedian friends, celebrity guests and the voices in his own head.
For all of Stitcher's 2012 Podcast picks, check out The Stitcher Awards.