BYU-Hawaii students give insights on their favorite podcasts and how to listen to them

Written by: 
Bruno Maynez

The popularity of podcasts is rising and BYU-Hawaii students are tuning into their favorites to laugh or learn more about their interests. This form of communication can be entertaining and give insights on current events.

Michaella “Mikki” Stone, a junior from Arizona majoring in political science said, “I listen to podcasts because I enjoy participating in conversation; listening and evaluating conversation is my preferred role as a participant, so podcasts are my dream come true.”

According to Forbes, podcasts are rising in popularity with 112 million Americans listening to them. A podcast, defined by news site The Telegraph, is “ audio show, usually spread across a series of episodes, which can be downloaded from the internet and listened to either on a computer or an Mp3 player. The term, which was coined in 2004, is portmanteau of ‘iPod’ and ‘broadcast.”

Long time listener Paolo Poblete, a sophomore from the Philippines majoring in biology said, “I listened to them when I traveled from home to school. It was a two hour commute. Instead of listening to music, I would listen to podcasts. Podcasts keep me interested and entertained more than music.”

Taking advantage of his commute, Chaz Mckinney, a senior from Utah studying accounting said, “I would listen to them while driving from Saratoga Springs to Salt Lake City. The commute was around 40 minutes to an hour. I would listen to about one or two podcasts a day from Jordan Peterson or the Joe Rogan Experience.”

Thousands of podcasts are available on sites like iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, and Spotify. They are downloadable and compatible for all platforms. According iTunes, many genres such as comedy, history, and health are available. Poblete said, “I think everyone has their own tastes and interests. Podcasts can be really specific and people can learn more about their interests through them.”

Seeing the potential influences podcasts have, Mckinney said, “Jordan Peterson, a podcast host, describes it as ‘a Gutenberg-Revolution’. Gutenberg invented the printing press but Peterson says it’s bigger than that because not everyone can read but everyone can listen. The spoken word has a larger reach than the written word.”

Michaella Stone, a junior from Arizona majoring in political science, highlighted the niche nature of podcasts and said she listens to podcasts about Harry Potter and one called Lore. She also subscribes to a local show called the Xeno Podcast. Michaella Stone said, “These three podcasts are my favorite because who doesn't love over-analyzing Harry Potter, scary stories, and intelligent people from BYU-Hawaii.”

Carly Stone, a senior from Arizona majoring in English, said, “I listen to podcasts because they are a convenient, fun, and different way to get information. I love that there is such a broad range of topics and genres of podcasts because it appeals to all of my interests.”

One of the reasons Mckinney enjoys listening to podcasts is because it’s passive learning to him. He explained people don’t always have time to read, but will have time throughout the day to listen and fill up the silence. He feels like its an effective use of the day. Mckinney said, “I want to be an entrepreneur and I learned more about being an entrepreneur from podcasts than I have from school. It’s a way to learn more about what I want to learn.”

Envisioning podcasts as an effective way to spread and store information, Stone said, “I also think that they can be used to catalog information like interviews.  Imagine if students one hundred years from now are analyzing a book from an author alive today. If a podcast is recorded with that author, students can hear about the book from the author's own voice. Podcasts are another way to archive this information.”


Date Published: 
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Last Edited: 
Thursday, October 11, 2018