As a New Yorker, you are always on the go. With this perpetual motion comes a constant need to being doing two things at once. As soon as you move here, this itch never goes away – actually, it gets worse. To solve this busy mind need, I have turned to podcasts, the most brilliant thing since Netflix. Now while you’re waiting for the subway, finishing a project, or working at a part-time job you can also be listening to Ira Glass or Jad Aburam tell you the mysteries of the world. Don’t know these names? Well soon they’ll be your best new friends, secretly arguing with them when people are not in the room.
My personal favorite podcasts are This American Life (hosted by Ira Glass), Radiolab (hosted by Jad Aburam), Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and The Moth. All of these podcasts are not exactly “news” related but are more fun facts related – the things you always wanted to know but never cared to look up. Like one of my favorite Radiolab episodes is on Chuck Close and how he can’t actually distinguish faces (which is ironic because he a portrait painter). Another favorite is all about Typhoid Mary and if she was a real person (cutting to the point – she was). They are inspirational, humorous and sometimes the idea that sparks a new project. An easy way to listen to all podcasts or just WNYC is to download the Stitcher Radio App. You can then tailor your account to your needs and it will let you know when a new podcast is available. Also This American Life, Radiolab and Freakonomics have great websites where you can listen to podcasts all the way back to 1997 ( I am slowly working my way through every This American Life ever).
So instead of getting that twitch in your foot when you are feeling impatient in the City that never stops, cool your jets and get into the public radio spirit. You never know what you may learn!