If you're a frequent reader of HTJL, you may know that I went from "not getting" podcasts to being a podcast whore pretty quickly. And once the terrible events of November 2016 took place, my podcast addiction spiraled out of control.
As you probably know by now, I work from home, so I no longer hear NPR on daily commutes. And in March, my boyfriend got me an Amazon Fire TV, so I ditched cable pretty quickly, and no longer see TV news now. So podcasts have become my link to the outside world (really, I have a gym and a pool in my building too, so my reasons for ever leaving this building have dwindled significantly).
However, despite diving head first into podcastland, I was still doing a daily routine of opening each of my favorite podcast websites on my computer's browser and checking to see if they had posted new episodes yet. I had a cycle for every day. Until my tech-savvy boyfriend introduced me to the iPhone podcasts app.
OK, so I get that this has been on my phone all along. In fact, it's an Apple app which means I couldn't even get rid of it if I wanted to. But before when I had subscribed to a podcast here or a podcast there, it started downloading them for me automatically, and before I knew it, I had the always-dreaded #storageproblemz.
So if any of you out there are like me (i.e., too lazy to explore what your phone can already do for you), I will tell you, you can customize this shit! You can add podcasts to your feed, make it so you don't get notifications, and set it so they don't download, but you can stream them. After all, I'm at home ALL THE TIME, so I have access to the wiffy and won't have #dataproblemz.
Best of all, you can make an "Up Next" playlist and order them however you want to listen to them. If you're like me, sometimes you're in the mood for different things -- news and politics, foodie stuff, true crime, comedy, etc. I like to binge my podcasts that way. And so I'm launching a series of my favorite podcasts by topic for your listening pleasure.
Since all this was really inspired by Our Orange Fuhrer, this week I'm starting with national news and politics.