I've owned a "smart phone" for six years now. I bought my first phone in March 2009, just after moving to SF from Berkeley. At first the thrill of being able to post immediately online (usually to Facebook), and to send/receive emails instantly was amazing.
Eventually--as for most still amazing things--this thrill faded. As someone with the great fortune to walk to work, my phone became the source of news as I strolled. Of course this presented the risk of running into things, which occasionally happened. But the ability to obtain the latest news from the New York Times and the BBC and Slate was worth it.
For whatever reason, the podcast revolution eluded me. All through those years, as I was scrolling through news apps, a revolution in radio-for-your-ears was taking shape. I knew about podcasting--from reading about it, of course. But I never joined in the fun.
And so it was that, last May, I read in Slate about their new daily podcast The Gist with Mike Pesca. This was the tipping point that caused me to consider podcasting. May 2014 was my final month at Samuel Merritt, and during my walks to work that month I became a Gist (and podcast) fan.
This was good timing, because I brought the joy of podcasts with me during the move to Chicagoland. Now I am a veritable podcast junkie, especially for the Slate podcasts--in my case Gist, Money, Political Gabfest, Culture Gabfest, and Hang Up and Listen (sports). I go on long walks even in cold weather, in partto listen to the podcasts. I'm not sure what took me so long, but I'm glad I'm here.