New podcast for me, and best podcast ever in my opinion. Especially for learning! And you have to love the title. It is…
学問のススメ – “Special Edition” (ラジオ版) (Gakumon no susume – radio)
(Why is the title great? Because Fukuzawa Yukichi, who was all about enlightenment, published a book in the 1870s called “Gakumon no susume.” In other words (and in my words), “The furthering of knowledge/study.” This podcast takes the same name, somewhat sincerely and somewhat tongue-in-cheek.)
The mission: Learn things that you either didn’t learn in school, or that you forgot. The format: Interviews with a variety of interesting people, from authors to reporters to photographers to athletes. Why? It’s interesting, you’re exposed to many different fields, and for Japanese learners, it’s fast-paced but obviously a great source of vocabulary on different topics and practice listening to “real Japanese” at native speed, intended for the average layperson. And best of all, it’s free!
You can download individual episodes, or subscribe via the Japanese iTunes store. (You don’t need an account or Japanese credit card to download episodes that are free – just change your location to “Japan” at the bottom of your iTunes Store home screen and search for the title. If you’d like to find more podcasts, just browse away by topic!)