Top Podcasts to Listen to Before Bed

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About one in seven adults has chronic insomnia. And, up to one in four women have symptoms of insomnia. Podcasts have stepped in to fill the need for helping people unwind and get to sleep. They can be great for turning off the myriad thoughts that won’t stop after a busy day. Podcasters offer everything from meditations to calming bedtime stories, and the ever-growing popular genre of ASMR-trigger podcasts. We’ve compiled a wide-ranging list so you’re sure to find something you enjoy that will help you relax before bed.

Check out our complete list in the Podbean app…just look for the “Podcasts Before Bed” topic.

Guided Sleep Meditations

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https://podcast.momentsofmagic.com/

Creative Whispers ASMR Podcast

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https://creativewhispers.podbean.com/

The Calm Kids Podcast

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https://calmkidspodcast.podbean.com/

Happiness Spells

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https://happinessspells.podbean.com/

The Meditation Podcast

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/y5pwf-2f0ed/The-Meditation-Podcast

Sleep With Me

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/quew8-36027/Sleep-With-Me-Podcast

Sleep Whispers

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/gwn43-3f672/Sleep-Whispers-Podcast

Sleep Meditation Podcast – ASMR Sleep Triggers

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/t2nnf-69b57/Sleep-Meditation-Podcast—ASMR-Sleep-Triggers—Calm-Nature-Sounds-and-Relaxing-Music

Deep Energy 2.0

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/3r29w-349c1/Deep-Energy-2.0—Music-for-Sleep-Meditation-Relaxation-Massage-and-Yoga-Podcast

Sleep with Silk: ASMR Triggers

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/cwy2m-3bd01/Sleep-with-Silk-ASMR-Triggers-Podcast

Nothing much happens; bedtime stories for grown-ups

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/kijdc-6b6d8/Nothing-much-happens-bedtime-stories-for-grown-ups-Podcast

Daily Meditation Podcast

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/xrtdg-5e122/Daily-Meditation-Podcast

Sleep and Relax ASMR

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/tvjti-4fcb7/Sleep-and-Relax-ASMR-Podcast

Stories from the Borders of Sleep

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/khsm6-358ce/Stories-from-the-Borders-of-Sleep-Podcast

Meditation Station by Stin Hansen

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/mpd6w-2f104/Meditation-Station-by-Stin-Hansen-Podcast

Meditation Minis Podcast

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/tcsw7-3abfb/Meditation-Minis-Podcast

Sleepy

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/p2p5c-6d2a2/Sleepy-Podcast

The Podbean Podcast App is Now Available on Apple CarPlay

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Wilmington, DE – March 20, 2019– Podbean has made it easier than ever to enjoy your favorite podcasts on-the-go. The Podbean app is now available on Apple CarPlay.

About CarPlay: Available on select cars, Apple CarPlay is a smarter, safer way to use your phone in the car. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, listen to music and podcasts, all in a way that allows you to stay focused on the road. Just connect your phone and go.

CarPlay supports Siri voice controls or works with the touchscreen or car’s controls. So, you can safely and easily navigate the Podbean app to discover and play podcasts. You may not even mind being stuck in traffic anymore!

If you are a podcaster, make sure to share the good news with your listeners so they know how convenient it is to use the Podbean app while on the road.

Quick and Easy Guide to Podcasting for Lawyers

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Why podcast?

Podcasting is an ideal medium for showcasing your expertise and communicating to clients and potential clients. Here are a few things that make podcasting stand out:

A growing audience: Almost ½ the U.S. population had listened to a podcast. Podcast listening is booming and will continue to with connected cars, Google and Spotify getting into the podcasting game, and the rise of smart speakers. Because most podcast listening is done during daily activities and there are far fewer podcasts than blogs, it’s a medium with a lot of opportunity.

The right audience: Podcast listeners are loyal, educated and affluent. They have strong brand loyalty (in this case, the brand being you and your expertise).

Building trust and connection: There is a different kind of connection that comes with being in someone’s ears. Understanding increases 500% when using audio versus written communications.

Podcasting Smarter: Repurposing Your Expertise, Content and Resources

Even if you see the potential benefits, you might be thinking this is just another thing that will take up a lot of time. Of course, it can take up a huge amount of time, but there are smarter approaches and tools to make it easier.

First, consider your format and how you might repurpose content you already have or use your podcast to meet multiple practice goals. For example, you might take a look at your website statistics. Examine your most popular blog posts (or the ones readers spend the most time on or that create the most leads). Start by repurposing those topics into podcast material. You could simply read the blog posts. Ideally, though, you can use them as a guide while adding a bit of personality or discussion that may not be there in the post. As you practice, you’ll become more adept at what works for audio. As a lawyer, you likely already have a high level of verbal communication so you have what it takes!

Another ideal format some lawyers may want to consider is doing short, daily updates or “bites” of knowledge. This might be answering a quick FAQ in your area of expertise, giving a legal update or talking about legal cases or topics in the news. This way, that one blog post could make a week or more of podcasts and keep people coming back. The good part of this strategy is your podcast can easily be repurposed again as an Alexa Flash Briefing, reaching perhaps another audience.

Many popular podcasts take the format of an interview show or have multiple hosts. You may consider doing a podcast with other lawyers in your firm or network. Even attorneys from two specialties can create a nice dynamic. This can work especially well for different, but related areas. Similarly, interviewing other experts (legal or related professions) can make the podcast interesting and bring in more listeners. The interviewee will share the podcast with their network, so it’s an easy growth strategy. This can also be a good way to build relationships with other professionals who refer to you (or who could).

There are as many possibilities as you can think of with podcasting formats and styles. But, as you can see, you can strategize to simplify the process or use the podcast to meet other business needs and professional goals.

The Simplest Way to Make a Podcast

The other concern you may have about starting a podcast is getting special equipment and figuring out the technology. But, just like video has gotten as easy as sitting in front of your computer or phone, so too has podcasting.

You may want to invest in a good microphone, but you can actually start out just using your phone and earbuds (they’re surprisingly good with sound quality, especially if you’re in a quiet environment). Since the environment often has a bigger impact on sound, find a quiet, non-echoey room (closets are great; carpeting and some blankets or padding can help).

The Podbean app is one example of an audio recorder built right into an app on your phone…this one made specifically for podcasting. With the free Podbean app, you can record, add sound effects and music (a number of tracks provided, plus you can import your own), do basic editing and upload the podcast to Podbean to distribute (or export for other services).

For those who want to learn more about producing good quality audio or are ready to make some upgrades, here is a well-detailed list of Five Steps to Recording a Quality Podcast.

You will need a place to host your podcast files so they can be easily distributed via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, various podcast apps and online. Generally, website hosts are not equipped for this so you should investigate dedicated podcast hosting companies. Podbean podcast hosting, for example, starts for as little as $9/month (with a free starter plan also). All the podcast hosting companies offer the basic file hosting and distribution, but many also offer a suite of built-in tools to help you publish, promote and perhaps even make money from your podcast.

As you examine whether to start a podcast, think about why you want to do it. You don’t need to get too caught up in making it perfect to start or investing in a lot of expensive equipment. There are also numerous professional resources if you want to get expert help with any aspects of podcasting. The important part is to consider your goals and the most efficient way to accomplish them. Podcasting can be the perfect tool for many goals within your practice…and now’s the time to get started!

Join our Facebook community, Podcasting Smarter, to share tips, get resources and more–whether you have a podcast or are thinking about starting one.

Podcasts to Celebrate International Women’s Day

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International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on March 8th. The theme this year is #BalanceforBetter. International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first​ ​IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland.

In celebration of this day and #BalanceforBetter, we’re highlighting some podcasts that celebrate women, highlight important women’s and gender parity issues and empower us all!

The Broad Experience Podcast

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Women’s experiences at work can be challenging, rewarding, and downright ugly – sometimes in the same week. The Broad Experience sparks candid conversations about women, men, careers, and success.

Fierce Girls

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From athletes to aviators, scientists to spies, this podcast tells the inspiring tales of some of Australia’s most extraordinary women.

Unladylike

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Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin (formerly of Stuff Mom Never Told You) share stories from rule-breakin’ ladies, tackle important questions and offer a solid dose of delightful feminist rage.

The Waves: Gender, Relationships, Feminism

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A weekly conversation about news and culture examined through the lens of gender and feminism. Join the hosts—including Invisibilia co-host Hanna Rosin, New York magazine’s Noreen Malone, Slate Podcasts’ June Thomas, Slate staff writer Christina Cauterucci, Topic’s Anna Holmes, and audio producer Veralyn Williams—for frank discussions about the ways gender shapes everything.

The History Chicks

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Women have been pushed to the fringes of significant cultural, scientific, and political achievements for a long time. The History Chicks aims to correct that imbalance and ensure that the legacies of amazing women are remembered today and in the future.

This is just the start…check out the Podbean app’s topic “Women’s Day” for a wide array of podcasts to help celebrate!

Top Podcasts for The Oscars

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It’s that time of year…glamour, movie stars and cheering on your favorite films of the past year…the Oscars! Are you an armchair movie critic or just love checking out the stars’ style on the red carpet? Well, we have some podcasts you’ll love. They cover everything from the history of Hollywood and red carpet ceremonies to movie criticism and Oscar news.

Visit the Podbean app to find the topic “Oscars” where you can explore a wide array of podcasts to get all psyched up for the Oscars and keep the excitement going year round!

The Countdown: Movie and TV Reviews

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http://thecountdownpc.podbean.com

Epic Film Guys Podcast

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http://www.epicfilmguys.com

All This and the Oscars Too Podcast

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/9b6u4-54de8/All-This-and-the-Oscars-Too-Podcast

The Awardist

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/shqcj-6ce0c/The-Awardist-Podcast

Pop Culture Happy Hour

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/ay6if-11ddb/Pop-Culture-Happy-Hour-Podcast

The Reel

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/d5acf-72454/The-Reel-Podcast

Little Gold Men

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/c25nt-38a5a/Little-Gold-Men-Podcast

Fighting In The War Room: A Movies And Pop Culture Podcast

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/s3ia4-33845/Fighting-In-The-War-Room-A-Movies-And-Pop-Culture-Podcast

FilmWeek

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/5hk8s-1580a/FilmWeek-Podcast

Collider Factory

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/pn8yz-2f305/Collider-Factory-Podcast

The Frame

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The Hollywood Outsider

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/ndt4i-3487a/The-Hollywood-Outsider-Podcast

 

 

 

Podbean wants to buy you a ticket to Podfest 2019!

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We love podcasting conferences….they’re a great way to get out from behind the mic and interact with fellow PodPals, learn a lot, share your woes (and find solutions) and have some fun.

We’re headed back to Orlando for Podfest 2019. We’ve been supporting this event since the start and we want to cover your ticket so you can attend too ($297 value).

Podfest 2019 Details:

  • Dates: March 7-9, 2019
  • Location: Wyndham Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida
    Tickets are $297, but we’re going to buy tickets for 20 Podbean podcasters.
  • Want to learn more? Check out the Podfest website and the conference schedule.

Here’s how you can win a free ticket to Podfest 2019:

Fill out our Google form with your information before Tuesday, February 19th.
We’ll give tickets to the 1st 20 podcasters who apply (you must have an active podcast hosted on Podbean and this cannot be applied to already purchased tickets). We will email you with the information to get your free ticket.

For everyone attending, make sure to stop by the Podbean booth to say hi to the Podbean team and meet some fellow members of the Podbean family (and get some free stuff)!

Podbean Supports Last Episode Only (Last1) Feed for Alexa Flash Briefings

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You can now easily get a properly-configured feed for an Alexa Flash Briefing using your Podbean account. There’s no need to do anything special or go to any extra efforts, we’ve set it all up for you!

Simply go to “Settings”–>”Feed/iTunes”–>”Advanced” in your Podbean account. Scroll down and you will see “Last1 Feed”. This feed has been configured to only contain your last (most recent) episode, as required for Alexa Flash Briefings (or any other need you may find).

This allows you to use your standard podcast feed with all episodes as usual for Apple Podcasts and all other podcasting distribution, but to also be properly set up for Alexa Flash Briefings. To understand more about Alexa Flash Briefings, read our guest expert’s article on what they are and why you might want to do one.

Podbean Unveils Enhanced Audio Recorder and Editing Features in its App

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The Podbean Podcasting App’s Audio Recorder Function Offers a Range of New Effects and Post-Production Tools

Wilmington, DE – January 24, 2019– The Podbean app features an audio recorder function, allowing podcasters to record and publish audio podcasts right from their iPhone or Android devices. The newly-released version of the app provides a robust suite of recording and editing features for the podcaster to create even better audio.

The latest version of the Podbean audio recorder provides a rich library of free background music in various styles and moods that podcasters can use in their recordings. It also offers special effect sounds, tone adjustment, and echo effects to mimic different surroundings. After recording, podcasters can use the editing features to cut the audio, merge two recordings or split recordings. Podcasters can also import background music and other audio files, as well as export their recorded audio to easily use other professional editing tools or repurpose content.

“As we all do more on our mobile phones, we’re encountering more podcasters who want to be able to record and publish on the go,” said David Xu, Podbean’s CEO. “We released the audio recorder in the app in 2016 and have continued working to make it more functional for podcasters producing mobile audio. This is the first in a series of upgrades to the recording and post-production features in the Podbean app.”

For an overview of features, visit Podbean’s audio recorder page. You can download the Podbean app free from the App Store or Google Play. Podbean is seeking feedback to continue improving and enhancing the audio recorder for podcasters. Contact Podbean Support to provide feedback or get help.

Podcasts for Entrepreneurs

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New year new goals. 2019 is here and no matter where you are in your entrepreneurial journey, it is crucial to keep yourself improving. We’ve selected some high-quality podcasts for entrepreneurs to help you get more productive and creative. You can listen while having a break, commuting to work or anytime you need inspiration.

Entrepreneurs, it’s not A, but B strategy.

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This strategy podcast gives crystal clear advice for marketing, growth strategy, and business development.

Forex Q&A

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The “only Forex podcast in the world that gives you an unfair advantage over the competition”. This podcast gives you answers to all the questions you’ve ever wanted to know, answered by a professional prop trader. You won’t get conventional answers here, but “no nonsense” advice that will help you make money.

The Introvert Entrepreneur

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The Introvert Entrepreneur Podcast is a lively space for conversation, learning and sharing. Through interviews and discussions, it talks about business and life from an introvert’s perspective, providing resources, advice and inspiration. Show topics fall into four general categories: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Relationships and Personal Growth.

The 7 Minute Mentor

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Build and grow your business with seven minutes a day.

Mixergy Startup Stories

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Business tips for startups from entrepreneurs with proven success.

The Tim Ferriss Show

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Tim Ferriss is a self-experimenter and bestselling author, best known for The 4-Hour Workweek, which has been translated into 40+ languages. Newsweek calls him “the world’s best human guinea pig,” and The New York Times calls him “a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk.” In this show, he deconstructs the secrets behind world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, chess, pro sports, etc.), digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and hacks that listeners can use.

This Week in Startups

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The most interesting and illuminating stories from the world of entrepreneurship and innovation.

The MFCEO Project

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Do you really want to fulfill your own true potential? Learn how to build a real business with Andy Frisella on The MFCEO Project. Andy is an entrepreneur, CEO, author, and public speaker. He’s built a $100+ million empire from nothing; and on the MFCEO Project he shares how you can achieve such success. His podcast covers entrepreneur basics like money, marketing, and management. But it goes further with information on goal setting, productivity, the success mindset and more. Learn what it takes to truly live the “100-0 Lifestyle”. Don’t just learn to win. Let Andy teach you how to run the score up on your competition and dominate in your business.

The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes

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The School of Greatness is a podcast hosted by Lewis Howes, New York Times bestselling author, lifestyle entrepreneur, former pro athlete and fellow Entrepreneur contributor. He offers five-minute episodes about inspireation, businesss, entrepreneurship, health and relationship every Friday.

The Podbean Podcast App’s Top Podcasts of 2018

 

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2018 was another exciting year for podcasting. The popular Podbean app for Android and iOS continued seeing growth in podcasts, listeners and engagement. We’re excited to announce the top podcasts from 2018 in a number of categories. Certain topics, such as true crime and investigative shows, continue to be popular but it’s also exciting to see a diverse range of types and styles of shows doing well.

Most Popular

The top 10 podcasts by listens/plays in the Podbean app. Podbean’s top 10 most popular podcasts of 2018 were: The Joe Rogan Experience, Critical Role, Stuff You Should Know, My Favorite Murder, True Crime Garage, The Ben Shapiro Show, Serial, Last Podcast on the Left, The Adventure Zone and The Daily.

Hottest New Podcasts

These podcasts, new to the Podbean app in 2018, hit the scene with a bang, bringing in top listen to stats among new shows. The Teacher’s Pet was top on this list.

Global Influencers

These podcasts demonstrate global listener popularity. They hit the top 100 for the most number of countries. For example, the #1 Global Influencer, Stuff You Should Know, is in the top 100 for 134 different countries. The #10 Global Influencer, Welcome to Nightvale, made the top 100 for 112 countries.

Most Comments

Actively-engaged audiences help podcasts grow. We see evidence of this, as podcasts actively engaging with listeners via comments in the Podbean app show solid growth and many also show up on the most popular list. Any podcast can submit/claim their listing in the Podbean app to engage with listeners and manage comments. It’s a great way to extend the podcast into a conversation.

Highest Retention Rate

These podcasts achieved the highest four-week listener retention rate. Their retention rates are around 70%. This reflects podcasts attracting and maintaining loyal fans. Coming soon, all podcasts (hosted on Podbean or not) will be able to check out their listener retention rate on the Podbean app for free.

Top 10 in Each Category

We’ve also listed out the most popular podcasts (listens/plays in the Podbean app) for each podcast category. Check out top podcasts in “Arts”, “Business”, “Comedy”, “Education”, “Games & Hobbies”, “Government & Organizations”, “Health”, “Kids & Family”, “Music”, “News & Politics”, “Religion & Spirituality”, “Science & Medicine”, “Society & Culture”, “Sports & Recreation”, “Technology”, and “TV & Film”.

Congratulations to these podcasts and to all the podcasters who put out quality content in 2018! The Podbean team wishes you happy podcasting in 2019 and beyond.

Check out the entire list of The Podbean Podcast App’s Top Podcasts of 2018. To learn more about Podbean visit www.podbean.com. Get the Podbean podcast app in the Apple app store or Google Play store and try out all its great features for both listeners and podcasters.