As we unveil our favorite podcasts of 2018, it is a good time to reflect on the act of listening.
When we are mindfully aware of our senses, we are rarely speaking. We are absorbing – listening, seeing, touching, tasting, smelling. Podcasts and good radio ask that we listen.
Podcasts create a world co-created by the listener. The best programs bring the listener in via comments, Twitter, and old-fashioned, landline phone calls. The podcast is not an end to itself but part of a larger conversation.
That said, here are our favorite podcasts of 2018: