Keeping up with the world is difficult, especially in the new digital age. From social media feeds to television binge watching, traditional radio has taken a backseat. Radio hosts and other personalities with something to say have started using podcasts to increase their audiences. Podcasts make it easy for the listener to download or stream shows at their convenience. Here are five local podcasts that will help you plug into what’s happening in DC.
The Kojo Nnamdi Show
www.thekojonnamdishow.org

The Kojo Nnamdi Show is hosted by DC local Kojo Nnamdi. The native of Guyana became host in 1998, taking the reins from Derek McGinty. The show runs from noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and covers news, politics and social issues affecting people in DC, Virginia and Maryland. On Fridays, he broadcasts a political show with Tom Sherwood called “The Political Hour,” focusing on political news in the DMV area. Nnamdi has won dozens of awards, including Best Radio Personality in the 2014 Washington City Paper’s Best of DC Poll and induction into the Hall of Fame of the Washington, DC, chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2014.

The Circus Life
www.thecircuslife.com

If you like music and listening to stimulating interviews with musicians, you’ll want to sample “The Circus Life.” Anchored by Virginia’s own singer-songwriter Justin Trawick and engineer Sean Russell, the show features interviews with local and regional bands along with the occasional national acts. Trawick keeps the show flowing, getting insight on the interviewee’s music and life in general. The Circus Life also plays guests’ music, making it a great way to plug into the local music scene. 

The Goat Rodeo
www.goatrodeodc.com

The Goat Rodeo is one of the newest additions to the DC podcast scene. Named for its flagship show, the podcast network is determined to bring back the art of conversation in radio. The first episode begins on a Metro train, a nemesis for a majority of Washington commuters and a metaphor for all of Washington. The startup covers news, culture and politics, plus interviews with people like Congressman Mike Honda. The new network also has shows that cover music, geopolitics and Americana. Shows can be streamed live or downloaded from Soundcloud.

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Local News WAMU 88.5
www.npr.org

If you are new to podcasts or have a small attention span, the local news podcasts from WAMU are right up your alley. The station publishes several three minute podcasts each day, covering news in DC, Virginia and Maryland. Topics include political events, news and features. The podcast has even put together a piece on solar storms, as explained by the Capital Weather Gang. Subscribe through iTunes or via RSS.

Washington’s Drive At Five With Larry O’Connor
www.audioboom.com

The commute home is the perfect time to catch up on the news of the day. But sometimes your commute time doesn’t quite lineup with the live broadcast. WMAL and Washington’s Drive at Five has partnered with audioBoom to give listeners a second chance to hear the show on their own time. Catch up on interviews with local and national newsmakers, local DC news and more with host Larry O’Connor. Daily episodes can be streamed live at audioBoom or downloaded via iTunes.

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Christa Emmer is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in broadcast journalism. She has experience as a news writer, editor and producer in television news. Follow her on twitter @ChristaEmmer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.