We’re lucky to live in the very wonderful age of podcasts. I mean it. When you spend a lot of your day driving, sitting at a computer, or doing any sort of mindless task (ok driving shouldn’t be mindless), it’s nice to listen to another human talk about something interesting. Whether it’s a gripping unsolved murder mystery or an insightful Ted Talk, podcasts are a great way to break up your day. Plus, they’re free! That means you can try it, not like it, and then delete it without any guilt. And because I love podcasts so much, I’ve put together this fancy list of what I think are the best podcasts to listen to on the way to work (or pretty much anywhere).
Best Podcasts for Your Commute
A lesser-known podcast but absolutely fantastic, The Phileas Club is hosted by Patrick Beja with rotating guest hosts from all over the world with all different backgrounds. Patrick himself is French, but he’s had co-hosts from Saudi Arabia, the U.S., Thailand, and a ton of other places. They talk about major world events and what is going on in the countries that the co-hosts are from. It’s a great way to learn about different cultures and get an outside perspective on world events.
I feel like I have to recommend Serial because, well, pretty much everyone does. Also because it’s SO FREAKING GOOD. I was most captivated by the first season where Sarah Koenig dives deep into the story of Adnan Syed. He was arrested for the crime of killing his girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, but still maintains his innocence today. From Sarah’s masterful narration to her relentless investigation, this podcast is absolutely riveting.
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If you listened to Serial and loved it like I did, you probably want to find another mystery to listen to. Up and Vanished is the perfect one. In it, Payne Lindsey tackles the cold case of Tara Grinstead, a beauty queen that mysteriously vanished over 11 years ago. This is Payne’s first podcast but he does a great job of not only reporting on but also investigating Tara’s disappearance.
If you’re not into the whole crime drama thing, Ted Talks are great for those of us who are just curious about stuff. With episodes like “My son was a Columbine shooter. This is my story,” and “4 ways to make a city more walkable,” you’re bound to gain insight into a whole bunch of things. It’s worth noting that you can download a podcast feed for a number of different genres of Ted Talks, and can even download the video. They also have Ted Radio Hour, which is a longer episode that compiles several talks around a common theme.
Radiolab is another podcast that will appeal to the naturally curious. They describe themselves best, “Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.” The hosts cover all kinds of topics and discuss them like you would discuss them with a friend.
This one is great for lifelong learners who want to know more about everyday life stuff. From taxes to the limits of moral capitalism, this show covers everything. It basically talks about all the things we feel like we should know or have an opinion on, but don’t know enough about.
Any entrepreneurs out there? This is for you. The Bearded Tog is hosted by Adam Mason, who we had the honor interviewing here at Honestly Mag. His podcast is geared towards helping listeners make their dream into a sustainable business. Between his own experience and the guests he brings on the show, he gives his audience a genuine, candid look at what it takes to make your business work.
If you’re looking for some downright interesting stories on how some famous businesses got started, listen to How I Built This. From Kate Spade to Crate and Barrel, this podcast makes starting your own business seem attainable. Plus, it’s super interesting to hear how these companies that many of us are very familiar with got started.
So there you have it. If you’re looking for something to entertain you on the way to work but don’t want to dive deep into an audiobook, try one of these podcasts (or all of them).
What’s your favorite podcast? Just comment below!