How Podcasts Can Passively Teach You Anything

Evolving Architect / 'How Podcasts Can Passively Teach You Anything'

If you've been reading my writing for long enough, you'll know that I'm practically obsessed with podcasts.


For me, it just comes down to three, simple reasons:

  • It's free and accessible anywhere
  • I choose what to listen to and when
  • The content is as varied as I want it to be

Today I just wanted to help you understand how you can use podcasts to learn anything and how to do so with almost no effort at all.


A few years ago, I got really down on radio. It was repetitive, full of advertisements, and not really playing the music or conversations I was interested in. It's not that radio was all bad, it was just hit or miss. I never knew what I was in for and it felt a bit like playing a game, hoping each time I turned on my car that I'd hear something worthwhile.

And no, satellite radio wasn't much better. There's more variety with satellite, I'll give you that. But it's still a series of the same songs played on a loop so that you'll hear that one song at some point in the day.

We all have things to do and places to be. Why put yourself through the hassle of fishing through hours of the same, old content just to forget why you started listening in the first place? Passive, but not very helpful.


You can make the podcasts do all the work. It's true. You just need to search for something you're interested in, download a couple episodes, and you're off!

Now if you liked that, consider this. You probably spend about 30 minutes to an hour+ each way to work every, single day. If you think about it, you're spending somewhere between 1-3 hours a day just sitting in a car, on a bus, or on a train, waiting for the commute to end.

Maybe you listen to music. Or perhaps you read the newspaper. But what if you could combine the passive act of listening to music with the knowledge you'd gain by reading the paper or a good book? Uh, huh. You guessed it. Podcasts.

You can either use an mp3 player or even just your phone to learn about everything from business, to world news, other languages, how to write, or even how to play accordion! Ya know, just in case the urge struck.

You're already along for the ride, why not get something back that help you evolve over time?

Just think about it. If you spent 1 hour a day, five days a week, for 40 weeks, you would have spent 200 hours over the course of a year learning a new skill that you could then take into your job, your career, and your life.

Or, ya know, you could keep waiting for that one song you love to show up again, and again, and again.

Your choice.

Thanks for being awesome!



If you're new to podcasts, get a few through iTunes, Stitcher, or Soundcloud, and try filtering them into your week. Here are some fantastic recommendations to get you started by topic:

Entrepreneurship // The Fizzle Show
Interviews // Nerdist
Architecture // Archispeak
Video Games // Kinda Funny Gamescast

Thanks for reading! If you enjoyed it, please pass it on to someone you know. It would mean a lot to me.

This post has been adapted from the original entry from the member-exclusive Evolution Weekly on July 17, 2016. Sign up today and get entries like this sent directly to your inbox!

Michael LaValley

Buffalo, NY