Are you one of the more than 73 million Americans who listens to a podcast at least once a month? If not, it's time to find out what you're missing! As the Dalai Lama says, "When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new."
There are literally hundreds of thousands of podcasts— available for free through iTunes and other apps—that allow you to learn about a huge range of topics. Podcasts' mobility, ease of use, and accessibility mean that you can listen while you are working out, commuting to work, or cooking dinner.
Longwood Leading the Way
Longwood's own Day After Graduation which recently launched its second season. “Our goal is to tell the unique experiences and surprising life happenings of Longwood alumni and friends who are out in the real world, working hard, finding great success and also learning from their mistakes,” says Ryan Catherwood, assistant vice president for alumni and career services.
Each 20- to 35-minute episode—modeled after popular podcasts like NPR’s This American Life—typically focuses on two stories linked by a common theme.
Available Now and Coming Soon!
Two episodes show the range of stories featured on Day After Graduation. "Big Fish, Small Pond" tells the stories of Katelyn Stillman '08 and Hannah Kearney. Longwood alumna Stillman, a performer on Carnival Cruise Lines, talks about being a celebrity while on board the ships and reconciling that with her dreams for a bigger future. Kearney—who has earned three medals in two Olympic games as a skier—talks about her journey to Olympic heights and her current life as a college student in her 30's.
An upcoming episode features the haunting story of Amy Bradley who disappeared in 1998 while on a cruise with her family and has never been found. Her disappearance has been reenacted on the television show "Vanished." The episode features Ryan Catherwood's interview s with both the FBI agent reviewing the cold case and Amy's brother, Brad, the last person to see her.
Day After Graduation is free and available online and through iTunes, Soundcloud and Stitcher Radio.