I was first introduced to podcasting by Todd Burns, my editor at [Stylus Magazine](http://stylusmagazine.com). He was way out in front on that, bringing readers the Stycast far more often than they deserved. Sure, it may have sounded like a painful eye problem, it was much further ahead of its time than I realized.
Since then I’d describe my relationship with podcasts as aspirational; I treat them like I would challenging books or a Bela Tarr movie. I find myself loading up on interesting shows that are all over the map, only to find the badge of unheard shows growing daily. I’d delete them from my iPod and forget about them for months before skulking back to them like I needed to take my medicine. What was it about them that turned me off?
Were they too amateurish? Too professional? Simply too long?
While they may not have become the entertainment juggernaut the podcast pioneers thought they might become, podcasts have come of age rather nicely. There are several I listen to regularly, including Jesse Thorn’s Bullseye, a few Earwolf shows and The Low Times, hosted by Philly ex-pats Maggie Serota and Daniel Ralston, along with some guy Chuck Woolery blocked on Twitter. I’m also watching a few from TWiT.tv in an effort to get more out of my iPhone and iPad. See? I told you I was aspirational!
I still overreach: will I ever really listen to the Leonard Lopate show? Some episodes of The Moth are so serious!
What are your favorites? Tell me about them!