If you’re tired of news and want something different to listen to to improve your English, Audiofiles may become your new best friend. Audiofiles is the audio version of longform journalism – what I have called “more than news, different than fiction.”
More than a year ago, I introduced several good sources for a new kind of non-fiction reading, called long form journalism – well, not new, but newly popular. And I published several lists of articles in Something to read.
I have just discovered a similar source of listening material called Audiofiles, a web site to “share and discover great radio.” Audiofiles’ producers select what they believe to be the best radio programs from networks, radio stations, and producers in the U.S. and Great Britain. It’s a great source of listening material for high intermediate and advanced English learners.
When you go to the Audiofiles web site, you’ll find a seemingly endless list of stories to choose from, beginning with the newest additions to the list. You’ll find a brief description of each story, the names of the producer and source, the length of the story, and the date it was first broadcast.
In the sidebar, you can choose stories by mood – awesome, dark, dreamy, fascinating, funny, etc. – and by type – all-time favorites, art & culture, business, documentary, humor, interviews, etc. You can also select stories by producer, source, or length – less than 10 minutes, 10-30 minutes, and more than 30 minutes.
If you want to learn about new stories on Audiofiles, you can follow them on Twitter.