Michelle F. is a fourth-year graduate student at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Newfoundland and Labrador.
I love listening to podcasts. They give you an opportunity to be entertained while avoiding sitting in front of a TV or computer, staring at a screen. We do enough of this in our daily lives. When listening to a podcast, you can actively listen and be engaged but also do something else productive. I like listening to podcasts while cooking dinner or going to the gym. Anything that can keep me on an elliptical for 20 minutes without being completely bored is a bonus!
I’ve learned recently that there are certain things I like about podcasts. Firstly, I prefer to hear about an actual story rather than just a discussion about a certain topic. Secondly, the storyteller needs to be engaging. These are two things that The Moth excels at.
The Moth podcast is an accumulation of real stories told by real people. This podcast has its own web player that works on both your phone and laptop, where you can scroll through the list of stories and just add ones that sound interesting to your playlist. The length of your playlist is up to you; you can skip through stories if they turn out to be not very good. You can also stop and return to your playlist whenever you’d like. You can search by the title of the story or by the storyteller, which is great if you find a storyteller who is engaging or funny, or you can search by tags, if you’re in the mood for a certain topic.
There are a variety of storytellers on this podcast—different ages, races, cultures, and sexual identities. You can find someone you relate to—or someone you don’t, but you want to learn their story anyway. The stories range from 2 to 20 minutes, which is perfect for the attention span I have (as well as those of most students). It’s great for listening to short stories when riding the bus on your way to class or waiting for an appointment at the doctor’s office.