For the Love of Podcasts

A lot of people listen to podcasts because they want to learn something and be entertained along the way. ~ Alex Blumberg

I’m one of those people mentioned in the quote above. I love learning new things or hearing more about what I already know through conversations. And if I can laugh along the way, that’s a bonus. Podcasts, especially, afford me the opportunity to listen in order to understand than to respond. I love that immensely. And so, below are some of my favourite podcasts:

1. Audio Poem of the Day

I used to receive a poem a day through my inbox. When I couldn’t keep up with reading, I switched to the audio version. It’s less effort, and I enjoy listening to a poem before I start my day.

2. Wild Words Podcast

Wild Words by Nicole Gullato is one of my go-to writing blogs. I absolutely like this writer’s approach to writing and creative life. Nicole believes that a writer’s life is lived in seasons, and she explores this topic in her podcast.

3. The WISER Podcast

The WISER by Wits University is a scholarly podcast. If you are not a scholar, don’t let that discourage you. Because from a variety of topics and depth of conversations, you’ll surely gain more insight and perhaps on things you never thought to investigate.

What initially drew me to this podcast is my need to stay informed about South African literature and current discourse. For instance, through this podcast I discovered a South African writer, Noni Jabavu. A writer, I’ve never read but share some similarities with, “I belong to two worlds with two loyalties…” I hope to share more about my experience reading her work in some future posts.

Some of My Favourite Podcasts

4. Songwriters & Original Songs Podcast

SOS by John Nicholson is a fairly new but delightful podcast about making music; a mix of conversations and songs. The host chats about songwriting and original works with songwriters, and for the benefit of a wider audience. In fact, if you are a musician or songwriter, John is currently looking for collaborations to feature in his upcoming episode. Interested in chatting about your work? You can find John’s email from the Facebook page!

5. Michelle Obama Podcast

A friend who knows that I’m a huge fan of Mrs O introduced me to her podcast. I’m always eager to hear what she has to say. In this first series, she chats about relationships that make us who we are. What I love most about this podcast is her accessibility; the way she demonstrates, by being herself, that we all are rich through relationships we have with our loved ones.

So, I hope you take some time and check out these podcasts. And oh, I do dabble in podcasting myself as you can see in the image above. But how about you, are you a podcast fan, producer or both? I’d love to hear what conversations interest you.

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Khaya Ronkainen
Khaya Ronkainen is a writer, poet and blogger. Her blog focuses on poetry and creative nonfiction, and also features poets and their books.


  1. Thanks for the wonderful list of links, Khaya. I tend to listen to books, so haven’t dived into the realm of podcasts yet. Some of these sound interesting and worth the try. Thanks for sharing!

  2. As a matter of fact, I have a business-related podcast I started with a friend. It’s moving very slow at the moment as we are both busy with other things.😊

  3. I should check a few of these out. A lot of the podcasts I listen to I found on my NPR app, like Code Switch, Latino USA, and All Things Considered. I’ve also been listening to a kids’ podcast called Time Storm, which is about time traveling twins, and Myth Taken, which goes through episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

  4. I, too, am a lover of podcasts. My old time favorites are Lightspeed Magazine (short science fiction and fantasy) and Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me (a weekly news radio show that’s super funny… and, often, the only way I can stomach the news). I’m adding Poem of the Day to my list. I like it much better than the poetry podcast I currently listen to. I enjoy their selection, but their long-winded analyses drive me bonkers.

  5. Thank you for the selection, Khaya! I have not delved into podcasts yet, but it is on my list of things to learn to do.

  6. The title of the weekly news radio show is funny enough to attract interest. It sounds like a great way to take in all the gloomy news, nowadays.

    I haven’t tried listening to stories via a podcast. I don’t know, maybe I should try that out, some day.

    I’m glad you added Poem of the Day on your list, it’s one of my favourite ways of consuming poetry.

    I also listen to another Poetry podcast as shown in the pic. Yeah, I agree the analyses can be long. But I don’t mind that much because they serve as an antidote to insomnia. 😀

  7. You’re welcome, Lavinia. I hope you enjoy some of these. And yes, learning a new skill is always good. Good luck with producing your own podcast, it’s fun but a very time-consuming exercise!

  8. In these times we are spoilt for choice aren’t we …
    Many thanks for sharing some selections here.

    Have a great weekend.

    All the best Jan

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