If you've heard the word but aren't really sure what it is, a podcast is a series of spoken, audio episodes, often focused on a particular topic or theme. Simply put, a Podcast is talk radio, but on demand.
I'm pretty new to podcasts. I had heard the term podcasts many times, but for some reason I thought it was a platform for politics and business and so I pretty much wrote it off. Then a friend of mine told me she loved podcasts, and since she was neither political nor a business person, I asked her why. Like me, she was a fan of true crime books and, apparently, there are dozens of true crime podcast series out there. She also told me she listened to podcasts about health, nutrition, TV, movies and more.
I had no idea that I was missing out on a whole world of discussions, stories and information simply because I never bothered to find out what podcasts were all about. So, I looked into it, and now I'm totally hooked.
I love to read, but I don't always have time to sit down and spend time with a good book and podcasts are now my favorite alternative. Some episodes are as short as 10 minutes and some as long as an hour, but most fall in the 20-30 minute range. I can listen to an episode while I'm driving to the grocery store, while I'm cooking dinner, when I'm cleaning house or any time I can't be holding a book in my hands.
Although there are many apps where you can listen to podcasts like RadioPublic, Castbox and Podbean, I use Stitcher for a couple of reasons.
Stitcher is available on iPhone, iPad, Android, Alexa and Google Play. Since I like different devices for different things (my computer is a Mac, but my phone is Android, I have Alexa on my Portal, and I use Google home in my kitchen), I love that I can download and use Stitcher on all of my devices. Stitcher is free, but if you want to go Ad free and have access to exclusive originals, you can pay $4.99 per month or a one-time fee of $35.00 for a full year. Stitcher is also one of the few podcast services that lets you search for individual episodes and gives you recommendations based on what you are already listening to.
Since today is Menopause Monday, here are my recommendations for some great podcasts I've listened to that are all about menopause.
Menopause Morph hosted by Pauline McCarthy
Experts from many fields giving advice to help women thrive through their menopause and emerge as the amazing women nature intended us to be. Episodes include:
Meditation for Menopause
Unusual Menopause Symptom - Tingling in Extremities
Vaginal Dryness and Improving Libido
Not Your Mother's Menopause with Dr. Fiona Lovely
The podcast features patient stories, health advice and Dr.Lovely's own special take on mind, body and spiritual healing for women of all ages and stages. Episodes include:
Depression and Inflammation
Your food cravings aren't you, they are your biology
Sweaty and Pissed
Comedian Leanne Morgan and nurse practitioner Karen Nickell discuss the realities of menopause and the female midlife in a way that is both informative and funny. Episodes include:
Foot Swelling and How to Avoid Sex in Compression Thigh-highs
Hellish Hormonal Headaches and the Beauty of Botox
Have you Got Anything Sagging?
I encourage you to give podcasts a try. There is some truly entertaining and fascinating content out there, and maybe instead of book club, I'll host a Martini's and Murder night for my friends to come over and talk about our favorite True Crime podcast episodes.