I’ve added a new page to the blog – podcasts. The blog already had an apps page for Dutch apps (games or informational) so I thought it might be interesting to add a page for my other interest, podcasts. I actually started listening to podcasts late last year, around the time of the Serial craze. Serial wasn’t the one that hooked me to listening to podcasts, though. I’d probably say Strangers or 99% invisible was.
What is a podcast?
An audio file which can be downloaded off the internet, generally in installments (weekly, monthly, randomly). The topics can be anything – Strangers was just… stories/memories, heartfelt, sometimes sad. 99% invisible is a podcast about design. Little facts about things you never thought about. For example, one of the more recent episodes was about the bathysphere, a crude device from the 1920s for descending deep into the ocean depths.
What do you need to listen to it?
I listen on my phone. If you have an iPhone, it comes pre-installed with the Podcasts app. I have recently switched to Overcast, which has a very handy feature of skipping backwards or forwards by 30 seconds – useful if you listen to podcasts at work like I do and get distracted. It’s free, but I am liking it enough that I might actually donate the suggested 5 euros to unlock all features someday soon. Apple TV also has the Podcasts app. But most of the podcasts also have a website, so it is possible to listen from your computer as well.
What are some of my favorite Dutch podcasts?
Unfortunately, I don’t have many. There obviously isn’t as much choice as what you would get in English. If you listen to any others please comment!
Echt gebeurd (“Really happened”) – definitely my favorite Dutch podcast. It’s another true story type podcast, but in Dutch. The speakers are random people who have a story to tell. There are studio recordings once a month in Hilversum (with an audience present). I am just not a fan of the episodes where someone reads out of their diary from their teen years, so I skip those.
“Bij Echt Gebeurd vertellen mensen op een klein podium mooie, bijzondere of grappige verhalen over iets dat ze zelf hebben meegemaakt.”
Toendra (“Tundra”) – this is a newer podcast. It comes from VPRO, and is – you guessed it – more stories/documentaries. You can see what my favorite type of podcast is.
“Radio Doc brengt de nieuwe serie Toendra, met even onwaarschijnlijke als meeslepende documentaires. Elke zondag om 21.45 uur op NPO Radio 1, als onderdeel van Radiodoc.”
Radioboeken (“Radio books”)- I actually found this one in podcast form this past week. I’ve know about the internet website for a while, but didn’t get the impression that they also had a podcast. It is books in radio format – stories that are not written down. Either from Dutch or Belgium writers (with some South African stories in Afrikaans mixed in). This one is definitely more difficult to translate and it requires more of my attention, so it’s a bit harder to listen to at work.