Beginner Podcatching for David Letterman

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Author: Matt Roberts, Community Production Manager

David Letterman was recently a guest on WTF with Marc Maron, a long running and popular podcast, and also one of my favorites. It is a great listen and you can get it here. Letterman starts the conversation by congratulating Maron for being a pioneer in the format and admitting that though he had heard of the show, he had never listened to a podcast before listening to an episode in preparation for being a guest. He actually said that he didn’t know how to find them!

I am a big fan of Letterman, but this made me cringe a little because he seems like a very smart guy, certainly successful and talented, but not knowing how to find a podcast, COME ON! It seems so simple to those of us who are already listening to podcasts, but there is obviously at least a perceived barrier to access if even people like him can’t find them.

In my opinion, part of the problem may be option overload. Not only is there an ocean of content out there, but there are multiple ways to catch that content. Many of us like that kind of choice which is probably  part of the reason podcasting is gaining so much popularity. However, this seemingly limitless decision making might seem daunting to some and so they just decide not to try in spite of all the buzz. And to compound the frustration, jerks like me are saying that it’s simple!

But I swear, I am not trying to be a jerk! I really believe that you will find that it’s easier than you thought . I also think that if you’ve been curious about podcasts, you will really enjoy what you find when you know how to find them.  

Below is a super simple step-by-step guide for finding podcasts written for David Letterman or anyone who has not listened to a podcast even though they might have been interested. We don’t think podcasting is going away too soon, so try this out and let us know if it was simpler than you thought.


Method: Search for it like a website.

What you will need:

  • Internet connected device

  • The ability to use a search tool like Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.

Steps:

  1. Go to your favorite search tool and search for a podcast.

    • You will probably have more luck if you search for something a trusted source recommends. I dare you not to find the episode I mentioned earlier by using this search term: “Letterman WTF Podcast”

    • You could also use more general search terms like subject matter, or a person’s name and the word “podcast”. As always, use caution when visiting unfamiliar websites and keep your anti-virus software up to date just in case.

  2. Click on the link in the search result that is closest to what you want.

    • Most podcasts will have a website where you can play and/or download episodes.

  3. Look for the word “Episodes.”

    • Each site will be slightly different, but most will have a link or a button to browse episodes if they are not listed on the landing page you are viewing.

  4. Look for a play button (usually a triangle), and press it.

    • If you don’t see one next to the episode on the list, click on the episode to open that page and you will probably see both a play button and a download link.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • If you can search for something online, you can do this. No new apps to learn.

  • Almost all podcasts are accessible this way.

Cons

  • You have to actively seek out new episodes when they come out by visiting the website after they are released.

  • Even though most of the time you will get good search results at the top of your list, results may vary and may include results that are not podcasts.

This is just one of the ways to find a podcast. Try it out and at least you’ll be able to say that you know how to find podcasts. If you tried something similar to this in the past and it didn’t work, try again. All of the technology involved has almost certainly improved since then.  

Check-in to the blog next week for Advanced podcatching where we’ll talk about apps, feeds, and subscribing.