PodAds Affiliate Program Offers up to $100 Free Ad Credit to New Podcast Advertisers

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Podbean releases new PodAds affiliate program, with commissions for referring podcast advertisers and up to $100 credit to referred advertisers.

Wilmington, DE – December 10, 2018– Podbean has released a new affiliate program for their PodAds podcast advertising program. Affiliates can now earn commissions for referring potential advertisers to the PodAds program. And, Podbean will provide up to $100 of ad credit for the referred advertisers to spend on podcast advertising.

Current Podbean affiliates automatically qualify for the program. They can visit their affiliate page to get a referral link and promotional resources. New affiliates can sign up at https://www.podbean.com/affiliate. Potential advertisers should sign up via an affiliate’s link to get started with podcast advertising and receive ad credits.

PodAds is Podbean’s smart podcast advertising platform, using sophisticated technology to automatically match podcasts with advertising campaigns per the advertiser’s specifications. Campaigns can be targeted to interests and geographies (down to the city level). The ads will be dynamically served to listeners who meet the targeting criteria.

With PodAds, business owners, brands and media buyers can effortlessly start a podcast advertising campaign targeted to their ideal audience. The platform brings greater efficiency to podcast advertising as advertisers can purchase programmatically, obtaining slots in multiple podcasts to meet their goals and fit their budgets. PodAds provides detailed delivery statistics to help advertisers analyze their campaigns’ success.

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Family-Friendly Podcasts for Thanksgiving Road Trips

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The annual Thanksgiving holiday is approaching. Thanksgiving means not only delicious turkey, beautiful pumpkin pies, and family togetherness but also road trips.. 50.9 million people in the United States traveled 50 miles or more from home in 2017.

Podcasts are the perfect way to relax and enjoy your time during the long trip. What’s more, while you’re preparing the feast, waiting for food to cook, or between football games, podcasts can also provide great family entertainment. We’ve selected some family-friendly podcasts as a Thanksgiving treat. We’ve provided one list that’s fun and intriguing listening that the kids will enjoy (and parents too!) and a second list to help improve family relations, get parenting tips, and just make family life better.

Family Fun:

The Saturday Morning Cereal bowl

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The Saturday Morning Cereal bowl is a weekly, two-hour music program for the entire family to enjoy. This isn’t simply kids’ music. It’s two hours of music for all ages.

Superman Radio

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Old-timey radio at its best. The Superman Radio show and commentary.

Children Stories and Joyful Podcasts

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Audiobooks of amazing stories for kids, along with indirect parenting, lessons for kids by kids ,and life issues for adults.

Mirths and Monsters

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A lighthearted and unique look at the world’s myths and monsters.

Short & Curly

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A fun-filled ethics podcast for kids and their parents that asks those big questions. From banning candy to trusting robots, Short & Curly covers it all.

Tumble Science Podcast for Kids

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Exploring stories of science discovery. Tumble is a science podcast for kids ages 8 – 12, created to be enjoyed by the entire family. Hosted & produced by Lindsay Patterson (science journalist) & Marshall Escamilla (teacher).

Wow in the World

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Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz guide curious kids and their grown-ups on a journey into the wonders of the world around them. They’ll go inside our brains, out into space and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology.

A Better Family:

Your Family Dog Podcast

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Do you have a furry family member who’s treasured by the whole family but causes trouble from time to time? This podcast offers simple solutions to common canine problems from professional dog trainers Colleen Pelar and Julie Fudge Smith.

The Adoption and Fostering Podcast

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Conversation & discussion on adopting and fostering, including interviews, key topics and personal stories.

Mindful Parenting in a Messy World with Michelle Gale

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Insightful parenting conversations with mindfulness experts. This podcast is perfect for “parents who long to be meaningfully connected to themselves and their children, even as the demands and complexities of modern life are accelerated”.

Firefly

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The Firefly Friends podcast is for special needs families and therapists. You’ll find episodes on various topics including recordings of their most popular blog posts and educational webinars.

Good Things Radio

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A lively and humorous show focusing on the good that life has to offer with Brooke Taylor. She shares her stories while going through the joys and challenges of parenthood, married life, cooking, pop culture, friendship and her Catholic faith. Additionally, you’ll find many special guests and interviews.

The Cogcast Podcast – Cog Hill Farm & Homestead

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This is a weekly homesteading and farming podcast, discussing topics like: chickens, goats, heritage breed pigs, bees, organic gardening, sustainability, and self-reliance. Get a taste of the fun and simple farm life.

Welding a Family Podcast

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An inside look into two people who are blending their families together. Join Chad and Maria as they openly share the ups and downs of combining their lives.

Coffee Cafe

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Two coffee-addicted dads rate coffee shops and talk about their crazy lives with kids. For Dads or anyone who loves to drink great coffee and laugh.

The Friend You Need

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Old friends who love to talk, Ali and Angela, discuss life and new motherhood from their homes in Las Angeles and San Francisco. The most recent episode is full of Thanksgiving tips!

U.S. Politics Podcasts to Listen to for the Midterm Elections

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November 6th, 2018 is a big day in the U.S….with important elections taking place throughout the nation. With significant races in the balance across many offices and covering many state regulations, there’s much to discuss and learn for voters and people around the world. Want to know more about the senators up for election or the key issues? Podcasts are a great way to keep up with the latest political news and views, but also to get more in-depth than mainstream news can. We’ve selected some podcasts worthy of your time heading into (and after) the midterm elections, covering a range of political viewpoints. We hope they help inform you about these complex issues and maybe even get some insights into what “the other side” thinks.

The Midpod: The Midterms Podcast

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Two moms travel the country to share stories of important and exciting congressional races in the 2018 Midterm elections.

Progressive Voices

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“Always Progressive, Always On.” On-demand progressive talk, with a rich library of podcast archives and the latest discussions on U.S. politics.

Trump Nation

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Trump supporters discussing various issues and commentary.

The BradCast w/ Brad Friedman

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Independent investigative journalism, broadcasting, trouble-making and muckraking with Brad Friedman (BradBlog.com), known for his criticism of election integrity. Originating on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK 90.7FM in Los Angeles, now syndicated around the globe and covering voting rights, media reform and political corruption.

MPR News with Kerri Miller

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Host Keri Miller leads in-depth conversations on news and culture, from Minnesota and around the world. Lots of election coverage and discussion of big issues.

Libertarian

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The Libertarian podcast from the Hoover Institution features a weekly conversation with Hoover senior fellow Richard Epstein on the issues of the day.

The Freedom Report

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The Freedom Report is a podcast that reports on news from “a perspective of economic freedom and personal liberty”. Hosted by Austin Petersen, runner-up for the Libertarian Party’s nomination for President in 2016.

Today’s Issues

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Hosted by American Family Association President Tim Wildmon, Today’s Issues airs every weekday and you can check out the archives in podcast form.

The NPR Politics Podcast

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NPR’s political reporters talk to you about the latest political news of the day and top stories of the week. Keep up with what’s happening leading into the midterms and beyond with these knowledgeable, concise episodes.

Pod Save America

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Four former aides to President Obama are joined by journalists, politicians, comedians, and activists for a conversation about politics, the press and the latest happenings of the Trump presidency.

Best Arts Podcasts

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Podcasts are a good way to satisfy your curiosity or passion for many subjects. Art is no exception. Whether you’re looking for something to add a little creativity to your morning commute or keep you inspired while you when you work on your own art, these podcasts are a perfect companion. Covering everything from visual arts to books, film, and fashion, here are 11 of our favorite arts podcasts:

The Business of Fashion Podcast

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The Business of Fashion has gained a global following as an essential resource for fashion creatives, executives and entrepreneurs. It is described as “indispensable” and “an addiction” by fans.

Speaking With Joy

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A weekly podcast that explores a different theme through three pieces or great art (literary, musical, and visual). A great podcast to inspire creators or to give you a new perspective.

Film Photography Podcast

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Topics cover all film formats (from pocket-sized 110 to medium format), do-it-yourself techniques, digital technologies, motion picture film making and more.

Sunny 16 Podcast

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A show all about the love of analog photography. From cameras to film, pinholes to point and shoots; most importantly, the podcast is dedicated to the people who create amazing art with them. Hosted by Rachel, Ade and Graeme with regular guests from all over the world of analog photography, this is a fun weekly chat for photo fans.

Books in the Freezer – A Horror Fiction Podcast

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A bi-weekly book podcast dedicated to the world of horror fiction.

Fresh Art International

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The podcast collects and shares conversations, commentary, news, and views that inform and energize aspiring and experienced creative individuals working in an array of media and disciplines. Fresh Art International fulfills a commitment to promoting public access to the arts while building a free digital archive that documents the global phenomenon of contemporary cultural production.

An Unexpected Podcast: Talkin’ Tolkien

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The co-hosts delve deep into Middle Earth. Every two weeks, they gather for a book re-read, show speculation and much more for the Tolkien fans who wish to let their imaginations run far and wide.

Swish and Flick: A Harry Potter Podcast

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The podcast dissects all aspects of the Potter series, chapter by chapter. As they reread the series, they’re putting together all their knowledge from the complete canon. They also add in what they have learned from JK Rowling’s Pottermore writings, explore unknown areas with fan theories, and share some of their own theories.

The Doctor Who Audio Dramas

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The Doctor Who Audio Dramas is the world’s longest running fan production of Doctor Who. Started in 1982, this series spans six Doctors, a host of companions, and over 190 stories.

The Swarm

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Two architects at the firm CICADA in New Orleans discuss architecture and design through interviewing creative entrepreneurs making positive changes in the city.

The Naked Vocalist

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The Naked Vocalist is a podcast for singers and singing teachers which shares practical information, including technique, style, health, and business.

Recommended Language-Learning Podcasts

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If you want to learn a language, podcasts are a great place to start or to complement or further your studies. Language-learning podcasts are ideal since you can increase your exposure time to the spoken language.

Whether your goal is to become fluent in a language or learn just enough for travel or to impress international clients, there’s probably a language-learning podcast that suits your needs. Additionally, podcasts aren’t limited to major world languages, and the formats go beyond recordings of traditional language courses.

Here are some podcasts we’d recommend for language learning:

Russian podcast I News in Slow Russian

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News in slow Russian for learners of Russian.

ProperRussian

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A podcast in Russian to help Russian language learners.

ChinesePod

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ChinesePod is the largest provider of Chinese audio lessons on the market. Get their free Chinese learning podcasts so you can listen and learn on-the-go.

Journey to Chinese Fluency

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A show interviewing people who have learnt Chinese from scratch to fluency. Not a language-learning podcast per se, but a great way to get ideas and inspiration.

Changing Scripts: Conversations about the Chinese language involving learners & native speakers

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Conversations with native speakers and learners of Chinese. Not a teaching podcast, but full of interesting stories about learning and using Mandarin, cultural viewpoints and experiences.

One Thing In A French Day

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A small slice of a Frenchwoman’s day — in France and in French. A fun podcast to improve your French! Regular episodes come out on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Intermediate French Podcast

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Learn French in context with interesting topics designed for intermediate learners.

Easyfrench, le français facile!

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This podcast offers conversations in French on a wide range of topics, along with a list of useful words and expressions.

Rock n’ Roll English

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Learn real English in a fun way. An entertaining podcast where the host Martin talks to his friends about everything and nothing!

Real English Conversations Podcast – Listen to English Conversations

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This podcast allows English-language learners to listen to English conversations that are unscripted and natural. Learn conversational American English the way you will hear it in real life. The podcasters have another podcast (below) and additional lessons and resources on their website.

English Phrasal Verbs Podcast

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Free phrasal verb lessons to improve your English conversation skills. Phrasal verbs are an important part of being conversant in English, so this podcast will really advance your proficiency.

Speaking Brazilian Podcast

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Learn Brazilian Portuguese naturally.

¡La Vida en Español!

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Interesting 10-minute conversations in Spanish. Good practice tool for intermediate to advanced Spanish speakers.

Duolingo Spanish Podcast

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True stories for English speakers learning Spanish. The podcast delivers fascinating real-life stories in easy-to-understand Spanish with some English narration. These are not language lessons; they’re life lessons through language.

Learn German by Podcast

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For students and teachers of German as a foreign language, using a new and comprehensive approach.

German Island

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German audio files with accompanying full texts.

Scary Podcasts for Halloween Fun

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Halloween is coming soon. We plan out our creative costumes and look forward to pigging out on candy. Typically, many of us watch horror movies for a dose of Halloween fear. But, we have another idea for getting yourself into the Halloween spirit. Celebrate the spookiness of October with some scary podcasts. Bringing in creepy stories, mysteries, music and sounds, these podcasts might just have you afraid to put your earbuds back on.

Here are 10 of our favorite podcasts to get you into the spooky holiday mood.

Scaredycast – a pod culture paranormal podcast!

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The paranormal, the unknown, the just plain weird! This podcast discusses all the latest spooky news happening in the world, with a new episode every Monday.

Real Ghost Stories Online

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This daily paranormal podcast is exactly what it sounds like: real ghost stories told by real people. These aren’t just mythical tales or spooky urban legends, but real accounts, which makes them even creepier.

Dark Verse

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This podcast’s content ranges from demented entities to gross worlds, undead recollections to philosophical and psychological possessions. You’ll experience the range from twisted, inventive imagery to unhindered terror.

We’re Alive – A “Zombie” Story of Survival

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This is a fictional zombie drama that follows the sole survivors of a deadly viral outbreak that has wiped out most of Earth. Like The Walking Dead, it’s not all rotting flesh and swords in the brain, “We’re Alive” includes emotional moments to keep the drama “alive”.

Snap Judgment Presents: Spooked

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Spooked is an 11-part series featuring short, haunting tales told by the people who lived them. It’s a Snap Judgment spinoff hosted by that show’s engaging emcee, Glynn Washington, who has plenty of unbelievable ghost stories of his own.

The Odd to Newfoundland Paranormal Podcast

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A monthly paranormal variety show, featuring bizarre news, odd but true facts about our strange world and a special guest every month.

My Favorite Murder with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

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One of the most popular true crime podcasts running, with a huge fan base. Lifelong fans of true crime stories Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark tell each other their favorite tales of murder and hear hometown crime stories from friends and fans.

Last Podcast on the Left

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If you’re looking for both real and fictional ghost stories, you’ll probably love this podcast. The Last Podcast on the Left covers everything from demons and slashers to cults and serial killers.

Mysteries Abound

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A podcast about mysteries from anywhere and everywhere – the unusual, the strange, the perplexing and the down-right odd.

Astonishing Legends

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If you liked Unsolved Mysteries, you’ll love this show. The hosts’ mission is to take a look at legendary strange and unusual events from throughout history and interview people who’ve had close encounters with the unexplained.

We have more great recommendations…just check out the “Scary Stories” topic in the Podbean app. Happy Halloween!

New, Improved Podbean Podcast Player

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We’ve made some listener and podcaster-friendly upgrades to our Podbean podcast player. These improvements include:

1.Added quick skip forward and back buttons (i.e. fast forward and rewind). Listeners can go back or skip forward 30 seconds.

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2.Play speed options. Listen at 0.75 speed, normal speed, 1.25, 1.5 or 2x.

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3.More share options. In addition to buttons to share to social networks, listeners can click “subscribe” and will be brought to the podcast’s subscribe page (where they can subscribe via the Podbean app or via RSS feed).

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They can also click the link icon to copy the link, or the embed icon to get the embed code.

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Podcasts for Education

Podcasts for Education

Many of us don’t have the time to keep learning regularly because we are years out of school and busy at work. What’s more, self-education requires the motivation to seek information through various means such as books, documentaries, and the never-ending World Wide Web. Podcasts, on the other hand, allow you to pack in self-improvement to your already busy day with the power of multi-tasking.

Here’s our list of 10 educational podcasts that are worth listening to, covering everything from education itself to language and an array of specialty subjects. Pick one or several to continue your education.

Self-Protection Essentials

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Life is precious, we should protect it carefully. So, this might be the most significant knowledge we could seek. Topics include self-protection and the most important 5 seconds of your life, the time needed to get to safety when attacked and how to not be attacked in the 1st place and protecting yourself with or without a weapon.

Stories of an Unschooling Family

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Want to know more about unschooling? How about radical unschooling? (It’s not as scary or as wild as some people make out!) The host shares ideas, stories, homeschool record-keeping tips and resources.

Origin of Words Podcast

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This podcast focuses on the origin of interesting words, idioms, and slang. This bilingual podcast (Chinese and English) is created by Lewis Sandler in Beijing, China.

Tes – The Education Podcast

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TES, formerly Times Education Supplement, provides resources for teachers. The Tes podcast brings you all the latest news, reviews and opinions from the world of education. Their concept is to get education leaders to talk directly to teachers.

History of Indian and Africana Philosophy

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Peter Adamson teams up with Jonardon Ganeri and Chike Jeffers to represent the philosophical traditions of India, Africa and the African diaspora.

The Ash Holes

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A weekly cigar podcast dedicated to the cigar industry and other shenanigans surrounding it. Hosted by Dan “Pastor Padron” Ledwith, Aaron Noonan and Oliver Nivaud broadcasting live from Studio 21 Podcast Cafe in Salem, NH.

Oh, That’s a Thing!

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A podcast about the real stuff in Sci-Fi movies, from a couple of fun-loving hosts.

The Fisheries Podcast

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This is a weekly podcast sharing stories of the amazing people and projects that make up the fisheries science profession. It’s told in a manner that both scientists and the public will enjoy.

Great Economists (Audio)

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This is the podcast from the Marginal Revolution University video course on the Great Economists taught by professors Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok. In this podcast, you’ll find answers to questions like: Who were the first economic thinkers? What did early economists understand that has been lost to the modern world? You’ll also find a chapter-by-chapter overview of Adam Smith’s.

Talking Space

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A Free and Open Exchange of Ideas and Opinions on All Things Space.

Inside Education

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An Irish perspective on news and stories from the world of education.

Five Steps to Recording a Quality Podcast

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By Jacob Bozarth, Resonate Recordings

Podcasting is incredibly popular these days and the trends seem to show it’s not slowing down any time soon. It’s simple to do and usually not very expensive, making it approachable for many types of people. (You can get more information on starting a podcast here. Podbean offers free starter podcast hosting plans and affordable unlimited hosting.) However, podcasting can have a learning curve to it, particularly when it comes to how to record a quality podcast. This is something I deal with on a regular basis, so I understand how important it is to make sure you have a quality recording for your podcast episodes. To help make sure your podcast recording process is simple, effective and offers you the highest quality, consider these 5 easy steps to recording a quality podcast.

1. Select Quality Podcast Recording Equipment

Podcast recording equipment can be a little daunting, especially since there are several different competing voices that recommend different things. How do you know who has the best and right recommendation? We have found the simplest recording setup happens to be the best option for podcasting, and it doesn’t have to break your bank. Here are our top podcast equipment recommendations:

Podcast Microphone: Electro-Voice RE320
○ USB Microphone – Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB/XLR Microphone
● Headphones: Sony MDR 7506
● Podcast Recording Software: Built in Zoom recording software (Zencastr.com if you are planning to record remote)
● Podcast Recording Hardware: Zoom H6 Portable Recorder
Podcast Equipment Accessories:
Cloudlifter Mic Activator
Microphone Cable
Pop Filter
Microphone Stand

2. Record Your Podcast Audio

A quality audio recording is the foundation for a well-produced podcast. Here are some tips for recording your audio to ensure you get the best sound possible out of your recording equipment.

Recording Tip 1 – Choose the right environment

Your recording environment is perhaps the most important element that can make or break the sound of your recording. The majority of podcasts today are self produced, with most not being recorded in a professional studio environment, which means that the environment you create is incredibly important. First, a good recording space must be quiet (no HVAC, fans, etc.). Second, a good recording space has natural sound absorption. For example, carpeted rooms with furniture or walk-in closets are going to work much better than an empty room with bare floors.

Recording Tip 2 – Proper microphone technique

Once you create an ideal environment you need to think about the basics of the actual recording. When recording there are 2 basic things to ensure good microphone technique:

Distance – Most microphones will have what we call a “sweet spot.” This is the distance at which your voice will sound the best on that particular microphone. When recording narration, the distance from your microphone is everything. A good rule of thumb is to stay about 3-5 inches from your microphone.

Positioning – Getting your mic in the correct position is key. Depending on the type of microphone you are using, the difference between 1-2 inches can make all the difference between clear, warm, and articulate narration and hollow, muddy, or unintelligible narration. Once you have your mic at the correct distance you want to ensure that the front of the microphone capsule points directly towards the source (aka: your mouth).

Accessories – In addition to your microphone, we recommend a few accessories that will help prevent common problems when recording. A pop filter is an affordable tool that goes between your mouth and your mic that stop bursts of air that may cause a pop sound in your recording. We also highly recommend using a mic stand or broadcast arm to help enable you to correctly position your mic while also preventing handling noises.

Recording Tip 3 – Monitor recording levels

Gain – Whether you are using an outboard mic preamp, an interface, a handheld recorder, or a usb mic there should be an adjustable gain setting. But once you have found your adjustable gain setting, what is that magic level you should record your narration? A good rule of thumb is to have your mic peak around -10 to -12 dB. This means at the louder parts of your recording the level should go no higher than -10dB. Most recording devices have these numbers listed on a visual meter. However, if your device does not have these numbers listed, try to stay in the green or about halfway up your meter. If you cannot find a visual meter on your device, well this leads us to our next point…

Monitor – It is important that you have a way to monitor and listen to what you are actually recording. Even if your device has an excellent visual meter to check your recording level, we recommend you be a skeptic and never trust your eyes. In our world, you must learn to only trust your ears. For this reason, we recommend someone always monitor your recording with high quality, closed back headphones when recording. Monitoring your audio in real time will enable you to quickly recognize and address any issues with your recording.

3. Master the Art of Remote Recording

The majority of podcasters have some sort of interview on their show, and more often than not these interviews are conducted remotely as opposed to in-person. There is a right and wrong way to record remotely, and we want to help you know the right and best way to capture a quality remote recording.
*if you don’t do remote recordings for your show, feel free to skip on down to #4.*

Hands down, the 2 best tools to help you capture a quality remote recording are Zencastr and a Zoom H6. We have created in-depth tutorials on how to use Zencastr and the Zoom H6 on our website, but here’s the basics of what you need to know:

Computer to Computer – There are many great options out there for recording a computer to computer remote recordings. In these situations you and your guest will connect, hear each other, and record through a web based audio recording application. The two platforms that we recommend for this are Zencastr and Squadcast. Both of these platforms are designed to record high quality audio and many of our clients use these platforms to do just that. You can also find a detailed review and tutorial of Zencastr here. Squadcast is a newer platform but unlike Zencastr it has a video feature so you and your guest can see each other while recording. If you are have used a video communication platform such as Skype, Zoom, or GoToMeeting you might like the video feature that Squadcast offers.

Double Ender – In this case you and your guest will record each end of the audio locally. Many well known interview style podcasts use this setup and to be honest this is the way to record to capture the highest quality audio for a remote recording. You can record your audio locally to your computer, a DAW, or a handheld recorder. When I get interview requests to record for a podcast, I use the following setup to record the audio on my end: Skype or a phone call to only hear the host, a RE20 Microphone, into a Cloudlifter CL-1, into a Zoom H6 handheld recorder. Once we are done recording the interview, I will upload my track recorded locally on the Zoom H6 to the host or producer so they can edit and mix my track with the hosts for the episode.

Phone Call Recording – There are many apps out there that claim to be a high quality call recorder. In our experience, here is the best way to record high quality (if that exists) phone recordings:
Use a H6 or H5 handheld recorder, along with this cable to plug into the ⅛ output of your smartphone, and the ¼ end into the combo input on the handheld recorder, a microphone for your vocals and a pair of headphones. If you would like to see a sample video of this setup explained and used you can check out this post.

4. Post Production Part 1 – Podcast Editing

Editing your podcast is probably the most tedious and time consuming part of the post production process, but it is an essential step nonetheless if you want a high quality show that will retain listeners. Here are our top 5 tips for editing your podcast. (For more editing tips and techniques, you can check out this resource on podcast editing tricks parts 1 and part 2.)

Podcast Editing Tip 1: Watch your tone

One of the biggest editing mistakes is when there is a sudden shift in tone of the voice. Editing together two different segments of audio or merging different sentences together can be tricky. Not only can there be a change in the tone of the voice, but also a change in volume and a change in background noise or room tone. Another thing to listen for is room reverberation and echo. Sudden cuts at the end of phrases can prevent the natural room reverberation, so it’s best to listen for the end of the “room decay” before making an edit or cut.

Podcast Editing Tip 2: Just Breathe

Another common mistake is cutting off breaths too abruptly or missing breaths all together when making an edit. Cut off breaths occur when a breath is chopped off or incomplete. Missing breaths occur when a breath is edited out due to two different segments being put together. Double breaths can also be a problem when editing. This happens when there are two breaths back to back. All of these errors cause the dialogue to sound unnatural and choppy. When looking at audio waveforms, breaths can be difficult to spot because they are so much lower in volume compared to other parts of dialogue. To make it easier to spot breaths we recommend increasing the size of the waveforms in your DAW.

Podcast Editing Tip 3: Copy/Paste Quality Consonants and Breaths

Sometimes there will be certain consonants and breaths that are problematic and just don’t sound good. For example, a plosive (‘P’ sound) is typically caused by the host being too close to the microphone and by moving too much air through the diaphragm of the microphone. An effective fix to this problem is to copy and paste another ‘P’ sound that isn’t popped and sounds more natural over the problematic area. This is very tedious, but it makes a huge difference in the overall quality of the finished product.

Podcast Editing Tip 4: Remove Lip Smacks/Clicks

Do you ever get annoyed by hearing a continuous barrage of lip smacks? We sure do, and nothing can be more annoying than hearing a lip smack every other sentence. While lip smacks are a natural part of some people’s speech patterns, going through the work of editing out lip smacks and mouth clicks will make your podcast a more pleasant listen. In the end your audience will thank you!

Podcast Editing Tip 5: Use Headphones

One of the most useful tips when editing is to use good quality headphones. Over the ear, closed headphones work great to help isolate you from your editing environment. Listening on headphones will help you hear all of the details and nuances of the voice much better than listening on computer speakers or even on higher quality near-field monitors. This makes hearing subtle details such as breaths much easier.

Now you’ve captured a high quality audio recording and edited out the distractions, you’re ready to finalize your show to go live!

5. Post Production Part 2 – Mixing & Mastering

Having a well edited show is just one part of having a quality podcast. Too often we come across a podcasts that have great and very desirable content, but the audio quality is so bad that we have to turn it off. Sometimes it’s a podcast where one voice is loud and the other is soft; sometimes it’s a distorted, echoey, or noisey dialogue track; sometimes the audio is so “muddy” it seems like the host recorded the show underwater…the list goes on and on. More often than not we hear audio issues that could be reduced and often eliminated had the show been properly mixed and mastered.

Mixing is the post-production process where individual tracks for the podcast are improved and enhanced, so the final presentation sounds great. Mastering is the process of ensuring the overall levels are consistent throughout the episode and making sure the average loudness standard for the episode is met. When podcast mixing and mastering is done well, you provide a distraction free and enjoyable experience for the listener. When this is not done well, listeners are distracted by the poor audio quality of the show and many listeners will quit listening to the podcast.

When mixing and mastering is done properly, the quality of the show goes unnoticed by the listener — which is the best result you can hope for. Proper mixing and mastering allows your listener to enjoy the content of the podcast undistracted by audio issues. Once your podcast has been edited, mixed, and masterd you should export your audio to share with the world as a stereo MP3 file. We recommend your final file to upload to your hosting platform be a Stereo, 128 kbps, 44.1kHz MP3 file. This will ensure the final product is a high quality audio file that is broadcast ready.

Podcasting is a great way of expressing your message for the world to hear. It’s a great creative outlet, an effective marketing strategy and a very approachable way of getting your voice heard by others. No doubt it will take a little work to create a great podcast that people will enjoy, but rest assured that it is possible! By doing a little homework to make sure your recording equipment selection is right, your recording environment is distraction-free and your post-production is on point you can have confidence that your end result will be a podcast that people will love.

About the Author

Jacob Bozarth is the co-founder and CEO of Resonate Recordings. They partner with podcasters, companies, and entrepreneurs to make podcasting easy. Their in-house team of audio engineers provides professional editing, mixing, and mastering for over 200 podcasts. Sign up through this link for 2 free episodes with Resonate Recordings (1 before you pay, and 1 when once you get 20 episode credits or more) You can connect with him at:

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10 Great Podcasts for The Spiritually Curious

10 Great Podcasts for The Spiritually Curious

If you’ve always wanted to explore the world’s great religious traditions, but can’t find time to read in-depth books, attend different worship services or take a spiritual retreat, podcasts are the perfect place to start.

There’s a huge range of faith and spirituality themed podcasts to choose from on Podbean. These podcasts represent a wide range of beliefs (and skepticism) to satisfy your spiritual curiosity. They might challenge you or help you grow, no matter where you are in your faith journey. And, they can be the perfect antidote to modern chaos, bringing some peace and perspective to your commute or daily tasks. Here are some top examples of spirituality podcasts hosted on Podbean.

Buddhist Society of Western Australia

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Dharma talks from the tradition of Buddhist meditation master Ajahn Brahm and Australian Forest Sangha, from various monks and nuns. Presented by the Buddhist Society of Western Australia, serving the world with free inspirational dharma teachings. From the huge library of episodes, you will acquire more information about Buddhism and tools for a more serene life.

Audio Bible | Bible Reading | Daily Devotions | Bible Study | Chapter a Day Audio Bible

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The Bible is widely considered to be the most influential and best-selling book of all time. What better way to explore this collection of sacred texts/scriptures considered by many religious traditions to be a product of divine inspiration and a record of the relationship between God and humans? Useful whether for continued study, daily reminders, or a first exploration into this famous text.

Ascend Podcast

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A weekly episode of thoughts about spiritualty, philosophy, consciousness and more. The hosts always have new questions, concepts, and tools that you can explore along with them.

The RobCast

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Robert Holmes “Rob” Bell Jr. is an American author, speaker and former pastor. Bell was the founder of Christian megachurch, Mars Hill Bible Church. He was named one of 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2011 and has recently been interviewed by Oprah for her Super Soul Conversations. He focuses on “practical spirituality” using a warm, conversational approach to address the shared struggles of humanity.

5-Minute Daf Yomi with Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld

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Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of Ohev Sholom – The National Synagogue provides commentary and insight into the daily Daf (a page of Talmud studied around the world), offering spiritual lessons from the Torah and Jewish tradition.

The Liturgists Podcast

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This podcast makes room at the table for the “spiritually homeless and frustrated”. Michael Gungor, Science Mike, Lissa Paino, and various guests take on topics through the perspectives of science, art, and faith.

Ask Science Mike

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A weekly podcast where Mike McHargue answers questions about science, faith, and life.

WWUTT

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Many of the Bible stories and verses we think we know, we don’t! WWUTT is a daily Bible commentary, committed to teaching sound doctrine and exposing the faulty.

Life & Faith

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Life & Faith is the weekly podcast from the Centre for Public Christianity in Sydney, Australia. Simon Smart, Natasha Moore and Justine Toh interview guests from all over the world. They cover everything from current affairs and social justice to science, philosophy, the good life, TV/film and books, and the place of religion in society.

This Good Word with Steve Wiens

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This podcast created by Steve Wiens reclaims “what’s holy about our humanity” weekly. He interviews writers, pastors and thinkers from a variety of traditions and backgrounds.