Listening to a Podcast
Sometimes I feel like I live in a bubble. I teach English, hang out with English speaking friends, eat at McDonalds, and listen to English podcasts. Does anyone else share my passion for podcasts?
I got into podcasts in 2008. Podcasts are free audio and video programs that cover every topic under the sun. My interests tend to be in technology especially mobile technology, and there are a number of great podcasts on this topic: Verge Mobile podcast, Engadget podcast, etc.
But this morning I decided to listen to a Moth podcast. Moth is a live storytelling event that started in New York, but we also hold Moth events here in Hong Kong. I’ve actually told stories three times (to a live audience) here in Hong Kong. In the US it is considered a honor to be chosen to tell your story to a paying audience. But here in Hong Kong, because this is so new, anyone who has the gumption to stand in front of a live audience and share a story is given the opportunity. My first story dealt with teaching in New York.
Well at the last Moth show in Hong Kong (on December 1st) I shared a story about running the New York City marathon and getting over a broken heart. The host randomly asked an audience member how they came to discover the Moth event in Hong Kong and he answered that he was a big fan and listened to the Moth podcast regularly. As a fledging Moth storyteller myself I thought I should download this podcast from iTunes (it’s free) and listen to a story or two.
This morning bleary eye with coffee-in-hand and running a little late I fired up an episode on the MTR. I was immediately transfixed by the story of a man and his troubled relationship with his father. This is how it is suppose to be done! I was so moved by his story. This activity seem appropriate because I was actually on my way to teach a story telling class at a local high school.
So, if you own a iPhone or have some kind of mp3 player I’d highly recommend the Moth podcast. If you live in Hong Kong and would like to tell a story to a live audience drop me a comment and I’ll put you in contact with the owner of the comedy club where live Moth events are held monthly.