While you can skim an article or book to get the gist of the content, it’s hard to gauge what’s in a podcast unless you listen to the whole thing. getAbstract’s podcast summaries are great time savers: They tell you the main points covered in an episode – if that’s what you’re after – or help you decide whether the episode is worth your time listening to.
There are over 30 million podcast episodes out there. getAbstract finds and summarizes the most relevant episodes for our library.
In our episode selection, we go for breadth – we usually don’t cover entire podcast series. This way, our users get introduced to many different podcast formats, series and hosts they may not have discovered otherwise.
Never say never though: These two multi-episode investigative reports we found so fascinating that we summarized the whole thing.
Some podcast episodes cover longer group discussions and are more casual in style. They take a long time to listen to but contain nuggets of insights we feel our users should know about. A case in point is a podcast discussion that adds a new dimension to the debate on workplace diversity: neurodiversity.
Neurodiversity – A Vital Aspect of Workplace InclusionChartered Institute of Personnel and Development
This summary on microaggression with Colorblind podcast host Vanessa Echols teases out valuable take-aways from a 66-minute discussion:
When topics around racial discrimination and injustice dominated public debate last summer, we found this episode from the podcast series Seeing White particularly eye-opening. It does an excellent job explaining the systemic, institutional and economic aspects of racism.
Seeing WhiteScene on Radio
During the #MeToo movement, our editors dug out a thought-provoking podcast episode from This American Life on how men accused of sexual harassment can come clean.
FinallyThis American Life
When COVID-19 turned our ways of working upside down, podcasts were an effective medium for business leaders and human resources professionals to share their preliminary best practices and key learnings. Here a few episodes getAbstract summarized during the tumultuous first months of the COVID-19 crisis.
Thought leaders, authors and scholars have new knowledge and insights to share all the time. Putting these ideas into a carefully crafted article or book – as well as finding a publisher – is a lengthy process. That’s why many started to take to podcasting. Celebrity authors like Malcolm Gladwell and Michael Lewis, for example, now produce popular podcasts. So do the authors of the Freakonomics books. Avid readers won’t want to miss out on the content these stimulating thinkers have to share. That said, the podcasts are so well-produced you will probably want to listen to them. But if you are in a hurry, we’ve got you covered:
We invite you to peruse our podcast summaries. Thanks for listening!