Sometimes, you just need a break from staring at your phone screen. And now, there are moreoptions than ever to choose from, with celebs like Anna Faris, GwynethPaltrow and Harry Potter’s Evanna Lynch fronting podcasts that deal with anything from relationship woes and living well, to being vegan. In Singapore, a growing number of independent podcasters are also creating great content. All you have to do is download, and plug in.
"Unlike books, podcasts let you stay informed while you enjoy the view."
YOU’LL GET SMARTER – WHILE GETTING BORING STUFF DONE
Podcast host Davelle Lee used to read on the train during her commute, but found it hard to concentrate when the train got crowded. “It was easier to just plug in,” she says, adding that podcasts take her mind off monotonous tasks like laundry or washing the dishes. Tryswopping out music for a podcast on your next run. It’ll make it less painful.
YOU CAN DEEP-DIVE INTO STUFF YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW ABOUT
Podcasts are like Netflix – on-demand, and you consume only what you want. And unlike radio, which plays more generic content to suit most palates, podcasts delve deep into specific topics. “Choosing a podcast is a lot more deliberate and intimate,” says Davelle. It helps that we’re spoilt for choice now, with podcasts available on platforms like iTunes, Soundcloud, and most recently, Spotify.
YOU GET A RANGE OF OPINIONS IN A SHORT TIME
If you’re the sort who enjoys hearing different points of view, podcasts are your jam. Many of them feel like you’re listening in on an intimate convo between friends, and it’s likely you’ll learn something new along the way. For Jon Wang, one of four co-hosts on local socio-political podcast Longkang Kitties, a discussion is always important. “We never have a conclusion or a point that we can all agree on. I’m more conservative in my views – I want to bring that across in a podcast, and do it in such a way that doesn’t turn people off right away,” he explains.
YOU ABSORB IDEAS,NOT JUST PRETTY FACES AND PICTURES
Sometimes, having someone tell you what’s going on is easier to take in than reading a book or newspaper. And the fact that you’re not distracted by a pretty face or gorgeous images (like in Youtube vlogs) means you’ll probably focus better on the ideaspresented. Let’s be real – when it comes to actresses, singers and influencers, how they look and dress totally informs the way we relate to them.
WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO
For fans of true crime, Serial is an investigative podcast hosted by journalist Sarah Koenig that delves into high-profile murder cases. Highly regarded, it won the Peabody Prize in 2015 for its compelling storytelling.
Being friends with bad texters,what it means to date someonewith “no personality”, and yoga phobia – the episodes (hosted by writer Davelle Lee) navigate social anxiety and make you feel less alone in the world.
Produced by The New York Times , this is a collection of stories on love and loss. Actors Kate Winslet, Uma Thurman and Jake Gyllenhaal are among the famous names who have lent their voices to moving essays about relationships – between friends, family members and significant others.
Anna Faris Is Unqualified
Not sure if you should date your male besties your boyfriend a commitment-phobe? Actress Anna Faris plays agony aunt and dispenses advice in thgoofy, laugh-out-loudpodcast. Expect appearances from her amous pals like Kristen Bell, Elizabeth Olsen and Jimmy Kimmel.
Do Not Clique
Hosted by Fariqqin Anuar, who creates social media content for a gym, these one-on-one conversations with famous names in Singapore let you get to know them better. Local musician Benjamin Kheng of The Sam Willows and funny girl Munah Bagharib have made appearances.
HOW TO HOST YOUR OWN PODCAST:
» You gotta have a point of view
Davelle Lee of Some Scuffs focuses on social anxiety, while Anngee Neo and Jon Wang of Longkang Kitties work on inspiring conversation about what’s going on in Singapore.
» Don’t stick to the same format
Bring in guest speakers so that your show doesn’t get predictable, and for a variety of views, says Anngee.
» Have musical breaks
Davelle gets a sound engineer to compose music for each episode so that listeners don’t get bored.
Fariqqin Anuar of Do Not Clique updates his podcast’s Instagram page to interact with listeners on a regular basis. Be consistent with posting new podcast episodes to build a following. Host podcasts on iTunes and Soundcloud for free.
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