For the last couple of years, I've been hooked on podcasts. In the gym, headphones on, I'll listen to episodes of "On the Media" or "The New Yorker Radio Hour" that I missed when they originally broadcast. Recently, though, I've been seeking out podcasts that help introduce me to a community I may not know well. For example, there's Ear Hustle, with stories of life inside prison. Or Second Wave, talking about the lives of Vietnamese refugees who settled in this country after the Vietnam War. Or The Stoop, that addresses what it means to be black and how we talk about blackness. Hearing people talk about their own experiences in their own words is incredibly powerful - and also a great tool for writing. Find all of these on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.