Finding sample PodCasts

Finding sample PodCasts

I am about to start my own podcast, but first need to see some successful podcasts. It involves history, politics and conspiracy theories.

Any suggestions?

I have an iPhone, so how do I begin the process of using my phone for PodCasting? I would like to see the iTunes interface...

Can you direct me?

Thanks.
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Martin NguyenHelpDesk TechnicianCommented:
In the Podcasts app in the iOS app store, you can view the top charts for History and Politics podcasts, so you can see what types of podcasts are the most popular currently in iTunes.

As for using your phone for podcasting, I believe many podcasters actually record on their desktop or laptop computers, as this provides them with better/easier to use editing tools to refine their audio recordings. Also, they would have better access to higher quality microphones with this set up.

Regards,
Martin

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Owen RubinConsultantCommented:
I would suggest  using Google to Google what you are looking for.

For example , I Googled "History and Politics podcasts" and got this:

About 195,000,000 results

The top hit looks promising:

The 25 Best History Podcasts You Need to Listen To

25 Best History Podcasts To Listen To Right Now - Uproxx

Pod City: 19 History Podcasts to Delight Your Brain | Mental Floss

Looks like a good place to start!
curiouswebsterSoftware EngineerAuthor Commented:
Thanks.

I will record on my PC with my Shire mic. and use Audacity to edit each segment.

I noticed that a length of under 20 minutes is a positive thing for each segment.

I am still a bit confused about Episode versus Segment and did not find a sample that answered that question.
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Owen RubinConsultantCommented:
Episode is a release on a day, and is made up of one or more segments.

Try to stay under an hour as a rule of thumb.

Also consider having a second person, either a cohost or guests. Shows with more than one person tend to do better. Banter is a good thing.
Martin NguyenHelpDesk TechnicianCommented:
I agree with Owen, listening to podcasts who have cohost(s) that can provide conversational banter is a huge plus for listenability. You will want to avoid having a "yes" person who agrees with everything and echoes what you say, but the don't have to be the polar opposite either. Just another informed viewpoint to show an enlightened discussion really makes a podcast easier to listen to.

20 minutes is a good amount of time for each segment in your podcast, as this gives a lot of time to go over a topic in depth, but not too much time so a listener gets topic fatigue. I've heard podcasts where the host and their cohost talk about a variety of things for the first 15 minutes, then the host interviews a guest for 15 minutes, and then the host and cohost talk about a specific topic for 15 minutes and this provides a good variety of content.

Have you listened to any podcasts before? You can take notes on their episode structure and try to emulate that with your podcast. Or look at their reviews and see what people liked or disliked to keep in mind as you create your own.
Owen RubinConsultantCommented:
Good comments Martin.
curiouswebsterSoftware EngineerAuthor Commented:
thanks
Owen RubinConsultantCommented:
So the real answer is that there is no real answer. Every podcast is different, so you need to find a style for yourself, and then build upon it.  Listening to podcast and find the ones you like, and that keep you listening. If you find yourself getting bored after 5 minutes, figure out why and don't do that. Likewise, if you really like a PodCast, listen to a few and try and understand what they are doing that is keeping your interest.

But remember, some topics are more interesting than others, or will have bigger audiences. Do not get discouraged if your numbers do not go big right away.
Owen RubinConsultantCommented:
Good luck.

Really surprised that my very first comment did not get picked as an alternate answer though.  But thanks for the points just the same.
curiouswebsterSoftware EngineerAuthor Commented:
I just realized I can pick two as the solution. This is a new UI andI am still getting used to it...

Thanks.
Martin NguyenHelpDesk TechnicianCommented:
Glad we were able to help newbieweb. And thanks for accepting Owen Rubin's comment as an answer as well, he provided some good links, and some great commentary in his 2nd comment.
Owen RubinConsultantCommented:
Thanks to both the newbie and Martin.
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