Efficient and Fun Techniques for Listening to Podcasts

Listen to podcasts accessibly in the ways that are easiest and best for you with this extensive event from Mystic Access. Created from a blindness perspective. Demos on apps available via iOS, Android, and many additional listening options are also covered. Over 3.5 hours of audio material.


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Aren’t podcasts awesome? They keep us entertained, educated and informed, make us laugh when we’re feeling blue, and teach us about that next great tech or kitchen gadget, amazing health or science breakthrough, or movie we simply must see. Life is certainly richer with podcasts to enjoy.

But have you ever struggled to access and listen to your favorite podcasts? Maybe you find the process frustrating, complex, or overwhelming? Would you prefer a different platform, additional listening options for certain situations, or just to know what other listening methods are out there?

Introducing Efficient and Fun Techniques for Listening to Podcasts, Mystic access’s comprehensive four-week event presenting you with various options to make your listening experience easy, enjoyable, and, of course, accessible.

In this event, created from a blindness perspective, you’ll discover a plethora of listening avenues on iOS, Android, the Mac and PC, specialized players, voice assistants, and much more. Bran new to podcast listening and unsure where to start? The demos and information shared here should give you plenty of helpful ideas. More advanced? There’s likely something here for you, too, whether it’s a different app to try, a unique voice assistant command, or a new podcast (shared in the demo examples) to spark your interest.

What is it?

This is a four-week event taught by two blind instructors, Chris and Kim Nova, who between them have decades of podcast listening under their belts. we even run our own successful bi-weekly podcast. We’ve watched podcasts come into their own over the years, and the number of available listening platforms broaden and increase over time. We’re happy to share demonstrations, as well as our own experiences with the apps, players and other methods we offer here. Of course, you get to decide what works best for you, and we’re delighted to provide the tools to hopefully support you in your listening decisions.

How does this work?

We’re conducting this event a little differently than those we’ve offered in the past. When you join, you’ll be invited to a course mailing list where you can chat with other participants about all things podcast, ask us questions about the event material, and, perhaps best of all, help co-create this event directly with us. Is there an app you really want to know more about? Want to know how to access podcasts on a particular player? If we have access to the hardware or software in question, we’ll take your suggestions and feedback into consideration and make this course happen in the way that most benefits you! Join us to share about those items you most want assistance in learning.

The event will be delivered as three approximately 75 minute audio recordings beginning on October 4, 2021.

  • Session One: iOS podcast apps will be covered here, including Overcast, Castro, iCatcher, Downcast, Overcast, Apple Podcasts, and Pocket Casts.
  • Session Two: This session is all about Android apps for listening, including Podcast Addict, Podcast Republic, Doggcatcher, and Google Podcasts. We’ll also look at some cross-platform options, including Pocket casts for Android, Stitcher, Podbean, and others.
  • Session Three: No smart phone? No problem! This time we’ll discuss options such as the Victor Stream and Trek from Humanware, listening via notetakers, listening online, using
    QCast, and manually adding podcasts to your favorite player. We’ll also dive into other methods such as Amazon Music, Spotify, and, of course, those trusty voice assistants!

You’ll receive access to the first session on October 4, the second on October 11, and the third on October 18. They’ll be sent as links to the mailing list, but you’ll also find them in your Mystic Access account — a new session will appear on each of those three Mondays.

Get your questions answered live

While the mailing list will be available long before the event begins, and you have access to it any time throughout, we’re also offering a 90-minute Q&A via Zoom to answer additional questions. This is another great opportunity to chat with other event participants whom you’ve met via the mailing list, talk with Chris and Kim, and get advice and tips on listening to your favorite podcasts in the ways you most want. This live session is on Tuesday, October 26 at 8:30 PM ET, and will be recorded and made available to you afterwards.

Even more to enjoy.

This event will also be made into a DAISY product after it’s over, and as a current participant, you’ll receive it for no additional cost. It’s our way of saying “thank you” for coming on this journey with us.

Finally, if you’ve ever thought about creating your own podcast, we’re offering a six-week live course on the process, also beginning in October. All participants of the Efficient and Fun Techniques for Listening to Podcasts event will receive $10 off of that course. No pressure to join, of course… just a little extra goody from us to you.

Your investment for the Efficient and Fun Techniques for Listening to Podcasts event is only $34. We’re really excited to share this material with you, and thank you so much for your interest.

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