As we unveil our favorite podcasts of 2018, it is a good time to reflect on the act of listening.
Podcasts create a world co-created by the listener. The best programs bring the listener in via comments or Twitter or old-fashioned, landline phone calls. The podcast is not an end to itself but part of a larger conversation.
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 only that we listen. These are moments when we hear the sound in the background, find meaning in a song or learn to distinguish bird song in the back yard.
That said, here are our favorite podcasts of 2018: