#LibrarianCommute – Kate Byrne shares her podcast addiction

Photo: 'Roscoe considers recording a podcast' by zoomar CC-BY-NC

Photo: ‘Roscoe considers recording a podcast’ by zoomar CC-BY-NC

I spend about an hour and a half each day commuting to work at my Library. I used to read but found this difficult on full buses and obviously out of the question if I drive to work. Then a year or two ago I discovered podcasts.

I love listening to podcasts on my way to work. It’s a great way to wake up my brain and to hear an interesting story or learn something new.

I’ve found lots of favourites too. Some of my must-listens are:

Science & ‘Interesting Facts’ Podcasts

Business and Economics Podcasts

Interesting stories about the world

I’m always looking for new podcasts to listen to, so share your favourite podcasts in the comments so I can add them to my list!

– Kate

Kate Byrne, Director of Technical Operations International Librarians Network


  1. […] read or play games on my phone and sometimes listen to podcasts like Kate, but mostly I listen to audio books. I can’t read a book on the bus as I get motion sickness […]

  2. I’ m really enjoying Mamamia’s “Just between us” because it’s not from the USA for a change but Australia, and it’s 2 very straight talking women over 40! https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/just-between-us/id978545927?mt=2

  3. My favorite podcast is the one I make with five great people: Lost in the Stacks, the one-and-only a Research-Library Rock’n’Roll radio show. You can find us on iTunes or at http://lostinthestacks.libsyn.com/

  4. Hi colleagues,
    I’m a podcast addict, too, and bluetooth headphones are of a great help when it rains !
    90% of the podcasts I am listening too are in french, I find most of them here :

  5. Emma Jean · · Reply

    Hi Kate,

    I’m podcast crazy too, in fact we have very similar tastes – Thanks for sharing
    Here are a few that I really like (that are not on your list yet 🙂
    The Broad Experience – hosted by Ashley Milne-Tyte – a conversation about women, the workplace and success. http://www.thebroadexperience.com/
    Reply All – about the internet but actually fun – https://gimletmedia.com/about-reply-all/
    Mystery Show – https://gimletmedia.com/show/mystery-show/
    Wiretap from CBC – http://www.cbc.ca/radio/wiretap

  6. Thanks for the article and links. My fav is TED Talks. http://feeds.feedburner.com/tedtalks_audio

  7. I listen to a lot of BBC4 podcasts http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4. As well as The Infinite Monkey Cage there is also The Life Scientific, Inside the Ethics Committee, Inside Science, Four Thought, Making History, Books and Authors, Thinking Allowed . . . .

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