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Podcasts

Podcasts have seen a noticeable spike in recent years. And those concerning your particular interests are no exception.

Podcasts allow you to listen on the go – in your car, on the treadmill, playing over your speaker while you workout. There are even podcasts specifically designed to help you fall asleep!

And best of all, the vast majority of them are FREE

Formats of Podcasts

Although there are many different formats and types of podcasts out there, two basic differentiations rise above the rest:

  1. Video Podcasts
  2. Audio Podcasts

Video Podcasts have specific technical requirements and also limit the scenarios in which you can consume this type of content since it’s mainly based on you actively “watching.”

Audio Podcasts conversely can be consumed by almost any Podcatcher or Podcast / Music App. So we will mainly focus on the Audio ones. 

Genres or Types of Podcasts

There’s a Podcast out there that fits your interest – that’s for sure.

Some podcasts have died out – they made a bunch of episodes, told their story, explained what they needed to do. And then they stopped.
Or maybe it just wasn’t as successful as the hosts liked, so they gave up. Regardless of the reason, there’s some great stuff out there. So don’t worry if it looks like something is dead in the water if the content does not need to be timely or current.

For example, a Podcast on Chinese History may have finished up in 2015, yet there are still thousands of episodes available for you to listen to and learn.

There are podcasts on many topics: Fictional Radio Shows, Interviews with successful entrepreneurs. There are podcasts on how to speak foreign languages, inspirational podcasts, and so much more. 

Popular Podcatchers / Podcast Players

Podcast Listening Programs

This list is by no means an exhaustive list of tools to listen & subscribe to Podcasts, but it gives you a good starting point. These are all available free, and some have Premium subscription options. Give them a try and figure out which one works best for you.

And then look at our list of Recommended Podcasts and subscribe, listen, learn, enjoy!

Understanding the Podcast Listings

We’ve compiled a variety of Podcasts for you to check out. From those focused on General Martial Arts or the Internal Arts of TCMA in particular to Mandarin Chinese Language to China Today and much more – we’re sure you’ll find something in the listings you’ll enjoy!

Aside from the categorization of the podcasts, there are a few things you should understand within the actual listings. Let’s take a look at a sample listing, shall we? 

Sample Podcast Listing
Sample Podcast Listing

You might not be able to see the image, especially if you’re on a mobile device, so let’s break it down.

On the left side, you’ll see the Logo for the Podcast. On the right, you will find information about the Podcast. First, you’ll see the Podcast Title.

Below this, if the Podcast is no longer active, but there is enough available quality content, then you will see a notice stating such.

Next, is the Podcast Description, taken from their listing in iTunes.

Under that, you’ll see two buttons – one for the Podcast’s Website (if they have one) and one for the Podcast’s iTunes entry.

Whatever method or device you have or decide upon, we figure that the information provided should be enough for you to get in on the action.

Sit back, subscribe, listen, learn and enjoy! 🙂 

Podcast Categories

Pick the type of Podcast you might be interested in below.

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