International Podcast Day 2022: Designerd Picks

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  1. a digital audio file available on the internet for download to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, with installments regularly posted for subscribers via an online platform or service.

  2. auditory episodic adventures proven to stimulate the brain without visual strain or mental overload. Great for filling the void during that afternoon jog, upcoming road trip, or midnight snack attack.

  3. the ultimate ear fodder for maximum geekery, the kind of content we nerds eat, drink and live!

These delectable drops of acoustic knowledge range in style, format, and content — delivered directly to your digital devices. As their popularity and scope continue to expand so does the world's eagerness to discover what they have to offer.


Wondering what podcasts are out there, or what types of content they cover? The answer is everything!!


As of 2021, more than 2 million active podcasts ride the radiowaves, and more than 48 million episodes have been recorded. Most 'casts fall into one of the following formats: interviews, conversations, monologues, storytelling, roundtables, theatrical, or hybrids of any combination.


Lengths vary as well. Some guide listeners over many weeks through multipart chronicles of historical significance, others drop one-time quick-hit nuggets of know-how. As far as topics, nothing is off limits — from mysteries to music, motos, magic, management, medicine, marketing, maps, and more... even the letter 'M'!


We love these little audio files so much that for this #InternationalPodcastDay, our team curated a custom collection spanning a cornucopia of topics that help each of us to pass the time in our own way. Read on to find out what made our list!


Ologies

submitted by: Georgia Brooks, Jr. Visual Designer

Humorist and science correspondent Alie Ward asks smart people stupid questions and the answers might change your life.


Each episode leaves listeners with a pocket full of science knowledge and charming, bizarre stories about what fuels these professional -ologists' obsessions.


"I love this podcast because it introduces me to and teaches me about weird and wonderful topics I had no idea about!"

Listen to: Ologies


How Did This Get Made?

submitted by: Kelly Strodl, Digital Marketing Director

"Have you ever seen a movie so bad that it’s amazing?" Comedians Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas review films and report back on what stood out to each of them, what didn't make sense, and sprinkle a cadre of hilarious trivia throughout.


"Not your typical satirical B-movie review, this is a true love note to funky film. We love to play these on our road trips to pass the time, keep our minds fresh, and just laugh through the doldrums of a long drive up the 5!"

Listen to: How Did This Get Made?


The Dollop

submitted by: Angeline King-Kovach, Jr. Visual Designer

Stand-up comedians Dave Anthony & Gareth Reynolds, read tales from U.S. history and provide insightful commentary that is both eye-opening and hilarious. A fun way to learn more about the chronicles of America's past, it keeps the listener engaged and laughing.

"I often felt I really did not absorb history super well back in school, yet Dave and Gareth's ridiculous natural rapport manages not only to engage and genuinely suck me in, but it also keeps me positively gagging at the delectable shade they throw."

Listen to: The Dollop


Goal Digger

submitted by: Melody Julius, Art Director

Jenna Kutcher delivers a live-workshop style business podcast that helps you redefine success and chase bold dreams. You'll train with experts on how to dig in, do the work, and tackle your biggest goals along the way.


"Jenna is a photographer turned influencer who has had fantastic success using social media tools to build her empire. I particularly listen to this podcast for Pinterest tips - it's the unsung hero of social media marketing!"


Listen to: Goal Digger


99% Invisible

submitted by: Allison Milmoe, Project Manager

In this long-running podcast host Roman Mars nerds out on all things surrounding us in the "built world."


Topics have ranged from razzle-dazzle painted WW2 boats to the battle of NYC skyscrapers and how the *bleep* button originated.


"I always find it fascinating and it's often about something I didn't even know existed."



Listen to: 99% Invisible


Smartless

submitted by: Todd Kennedy, Art Director

Featuring the combined comedic brainpower of Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett, this podcast connects and unites people from all walks of life to learn about shared experiences through thoughtful dialogue and organic hilarity.


In each episode, one of the hosts reveals a mystery guest to the other two before kicking off. What ensues is a genuinely improvised and authentic conversation filled with laughter and newfound knowledge for all.

Listen to: Smartless



Mysterious Universe

submitted by: Todd Kennedy, Art Director

Mysterious Universe covers news around the strange, extraordinary, weird, wonderful and everything in between. UFOs, UAPs, MIB, Bigfoot, Secret Societys, and much more.


Debuting in 2006, it has grown a huge following and millions of downloads globally. High production values and the host’s refreshing approach makes this podcast stand out from others like it.



Listen to: Mysterious Universe