What is a Podcast?
Podcasting is the new generation of entertainment media that allows listeners to subscribe to radio-style shows available on the Internet. You can subscribe to a show to have it automatically uploaded for free, then listen to the topics that interest you.  

With podcasts, you're no longer strapped with having to wake up early, stay up late, or hunker down at work or in class with headphones on just to catch a radio show—you can choose when and where to listen to shows. It's like listening to a radio show on demand. See our complete show list here.


Where does "Podcast" Come From?
The word podcast is a combination of the word broadcast and iPod. Both words can be misleading because you do not need an iPod (or any portable player) to listen, And it is not a broadcast in the traditional sense of going out over radio waves. It is, simply, a digital recording of a radio broadcast available via the internet with many ways to subscribe and listen.



What is RSS?
Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is a standardised dialect of XML that allows content from one site to be republished (syndicated) by another. Typically used when creating a newsfeed, a RSS-aware program can check a RSS document for recent changes, e.g. to retrieve the latest headlines from a news provider. Grab our RSS feeds here.


What is a "Feed"?
True podcasts allow listeners to subscribe to a feed. New episodes of the show are automatically uploaded, rather than checking the website and retrieving manually. You can listen to any episode any time, and if you have a portable player, anywhere. Grab our RSS feeds here.


How do I Listen?
You do not need an iPod to listen. You can listen on your computer or any other portable media player. Visit cnet.com to learn about the various types of media players available. On vickyandjen.com we provide you with multiple ways to listen. The m4a (mpeg4) is the same method iTunes uses and it will provide you with chapters and linkable locations. The "Vicky and Jen player" is a flash player that plays mp3's.

• Download our widget to keep current on new releases.
• Listen on iTunes in the Kids & Family section.
• Listen from our site. Click on any show title and choose a method from the listen box.



What is iTunes?

iTunes is an all-in-one piece of entertainment software that gives you access to: digital music jukebox, audio encoder and converter, CD ripper and creator, music manager, online music shop, Internet radio tuner and more. Buy music, movies, TV shows, and audiobooks, or download free podcasts from the iTunes Store 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Organize and play everything on your Mac or PC. Then sync it to your iPod and bring it along. Anywhere.

Find our podcast, What Really Matters, on iTunes in the Kids & Family section. If you're not an iTunes user yet, download the latest, free version here:
http://www.apple.com/itunes/


What is “What Really Matters”?
Vicky and Jen’s podcast show is What Really Matters. What makes this show unique is that it is based on the needs and interests of our listeners. Blog discussions and suggestions from our fans determine the wide array of topics for podcast episodes.

The shows include interviews with experts, questions and stories from our audience. We’d like to think of it as an interactive podcast - with interesting guests, audience particpation, and a multitude ideas & resources pulled together from all around the world. Contests and promotions keep our audience involved furthermore.



What are “Companion Pages” on Vicky & Jen’s Site?
Companion pages make our podcast show and website unique. Detailed companion pages on vickyandjen.com coordinate with each podcast episode. Think of them as "show notes".

Resources, including helpful website links, books, articles, related tips and other reference materials, are compiled in an easy to use format. The resources provided on both the website and during the show supplement each other to provide listeners with the most current and comprehensive information for any given topic.

Click on any show title in our complete show list and you'll see the companion page to the interview.