I wanted to point you to a few outlets that are keeping tabs on what’s good in the world of podcasting.
The Onion’s A.V. Club has a column dedicated to what they liked this week. Podmass tends to repeat itself with a few shows they love deeply (the last four articles mention 99% Invisible), but they do listen to quality stuff.
Gawker put out a list called “Listening to the Radio Is Cool Again: 8 Smart Podcasts You Should Hear.” Again, a solid listing from a place that doesn’t talk about podcasts often. We see a few things that tend to slip under the radar (like the excellent but more adult Love + Radio and Audio Smut), and a few things that you have hopefully have listened to before.
What you consistently see on lists like these are shows either directly produced or supported by public radio. Public radio is doing some of the best storytelling in the audio space, and shows outside the public media spectrum that tell great stories tend to get a lot of attention paid to them by public radio. Aside from resources, public radio shows also tend to lend some credibility to their shows that the average podcaster doesn’t have.
It’s interesting to see what other media outlets like. Whether you like or respect those outlets or not, it puts a perspective on what we are doing. Shows like these are what tend to get a lot of attention.