12 Podcasts Guaranteed to Make Your Commute Easier

Kayla Matthews 08-02-2017

It’s both boring and frustrating, but many of us do it every day… Yes, it’s the daily commute 5 Apps to Improve Your Daily Commute Many of us spend more days per year commuting than we do on leave. What if we could speed up or improve that commute by using technology? It turns out we can. Read More . Some 76 percent of American workers drive to work alone each day, according to the latest data available from the U.S. Census Bureau. This translates to about 109 million people in the U.S. driving to work on a daily basis.


There is at least one way to spice up your daily commute. You can discover and listen to new podcasts 5 Places to Discover New Podcasts That You'll Love Love the idea of podcasts, but have no idea where to get started? Here are five sites that can help you find the best podcasts on the planet. Read More , which can help speed up your journey to work and teach you something in the process.

Here are 12 podcasts that will help make your daily commute much more bearable.

1. Who? Weekly

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Have you ever been in line at the grocery store and realized you don’t recognize any of the faces on the covers of the tabloid magazines? If so, the Who? Weekly podcast is for you.

Hosted by Bobby Finger and Lindsey Weber, this podcast originally launched as a newsletter. It gives you weekly updates on who’s who in the current world of pop culture. In addition to keeping you entertained, Who? Weekly will help you stay on top of your water cooler game when it comes to pop culture topics.


Listen to it onSoundCloud | Stitcher | iTunes

2. Code Switch

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Code Switch is a podcast from NPR that deals with the often-complicated topic of race. In each episode, journalists of color discuss the latest race-related topics as honestly as possible.

Race isn’t always the easiest subject to discuss. However, just because something isn’t easy to talk about doesn’t mean we shouldn’t talk about it. This podcast will likely make you feel uncomfortable at times, but it will also educate and inform on an important topic.


Listen to it onStitcher | iTunes

3. Lore

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The tagline for Lore tells you just about everything you need to know: “Sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.”

Aaron Mahnke writes, produces, and hosts the bi-weekly podcast, which has picked up a number of awards over the past couple of years.


The true historical stories featured on Lore will keep you riveted and wanting your commute to last even longer.

Listen to it onSoundCloud | Stitcher | iTunes

4. Homecoming

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There are plenty of podcasts that deal with real-life topics The 15 Best True Story Podcasts for Real Crazy Stories Here are the best true story podcasts with real crazy stories that'll make your own life look dull by comparison. Read More . But there are also some fictional podcasts created solely for entertainment. Homecoming is one of those.


The podcast stars a handful of recognizable actors, including Catherine Keener, Oscar Isaac, David Schwimmer, Amy Sedaris, and David Cross. The thriller keeps you wanting to know what happens next, which will make your commute fly by.

Listen to it onSoundCloud | Stitcher | iTunes

5. Embedded

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Kelly McEvers hosts another podcast entry from NPR, and this one takes a deep look at a very specific topic.

The podcast basically puts listeners in the shoes of a different person each week, whether it’s a player in the NBA’s minor league or a nurse addicted to painkillers.

Listen to it onStitcher | iTunes

6. The Adam Buxton Podcast [No Longer Available]

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British comedian Adam Buxton hosts this interview-driven podcast, in which he chats with a different guest roughly every two weeks.

The episodes are relatively lengthy, with most clocking in at an hour or more, giving you plenty of interesting material to listen to on the way to and from work.

Listen to it onSoundCloudiTunes

7. Crimetown

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Unless you live near it, you probably don’t know a whole lot about Providence, Rhode Island.

That will change when you listen to the engrossing Crimetown podcast from Gimlet. Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier co-host the podcast, which aims to look at real-life crime Pre-Crime Is Here: How Police Assign a Facebook "Threat Score" The social media monitoring capabilities of the Fresno police department, trialling a controversial piece of software called Beware, have caused a stir. Are police are actively scoring a threat rating based on YOUR Facebook posts? Read More in cities across the country.

First up is organized crime in Providence, where corruption is surprisingly rampant. Each episode of Crimetown runs between 35 and 40 minutes, a good sweet spot for many commutes.

Listen to it onSoundCloud | Stitcher | iTunes

8. In the Dark

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In the vein of Serial and Making a Murderer, the In the Dark podcast spent its first season taking a deep look at one case. In it, journalist Madeleine Baran examines the case of Jacob Wetterling, a Minnesota boy who disappeared in 1989.

The case puzzled authorities for years until it was finally (and surprisingly) solved in 2016. The nine-episode first season should keep your commutes interesting for at least a week, and there’s good news: American Public Media is working on a second season of In the Dark.

Listen to it onSoundCloud | Stitcher | iTunes

9. You Must Remember This

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If you’re interested in movies and Hollywood, the You Must Remember This podcast is a must-listen.

Each episode of the series tells a story from the first century of Hollywood, many of them looking at big-name actors such as Kirk Douglas, Frank Sinatra, and Joan Crawford. Film journalist Karina Longworth created the podcast, which is distributed by Panoply and Slate Magazine.

If you’re looking to learn about the true history of some of the brightest stars from Hollywood’s past, give You Must Remember This a shot on your next commute.

Listen to it onStitcher | iTunes

10. World Football Phone-In

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The popularity of soccer 8 Super Websites for Soccer Fans A list of eight of the best websites all soccer fans should bookmark. Some specialize in news, others in opinion, some focus on goals, others on statistics. All are valuable repositories for the beautiful game. Read More has grown significantly in the U.S. over the past decade, but it can still be tough to find hard-hitting news and in-depth analysis from experts who know the world game. That’s were BBC Radio’s World Football Phone-In comes in.

Each episode of the weekly podcast features two guests. One is Tim Vickery, a soccer historian with a particular expertise in South American football. The other guest spot rotates experts from other regions, including North America, Europe, and Africa.

If you’re into sports outside of the U.S., World Football Phone-In will make your Monday commute much livelier.

Listen to it onStitcher | iTunes

11. Bad With Money

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As the title indicates, Bad With Money deals with a topic we’re all familiar with: money.

That said, this isn’t the type of financial podcast that will give you tips from experts on how to maximize your income and curb spending habits. Rather, host Gaby Dunn chats with a variety of actors, comedians, artists, and others about the things money can make us do.

In the end, the podcast is truly entertaining, but it can also teach you a thing or two about how to manage your money A Beginner's Guide to Managing Your Money with Mint When it comes to free online budget tracking, Mint is king. Read More .

Listen to it oniTunes | Stitcher

12. Distraction Pieces

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If the goal of finding a good podcast Compelling Storytelling: 12 Podcasts to Listen to on SoundCloud SoundCloud isn't all about the music. It also has a robust Storytelling section full of compelling podcasts. Here are 12 of the most compelling storytelling podcasts you can stream right now on SoundCloud. Read More is to keep you intrigued during the otherwise boring daily commute, Distraction Pieces fits that bill perfectly. Spoken word artist DJ Scroobius Pips hosts the series, which can be described as in-depth conversations with a variety of interesting people.

One week you might get a doctor chatting about the science of recreational drugs, the next you might hear an electronic dance music artist on the craft of creating and recording a hit record. No matter what you get, however, Distraction Pieces will help your commute ease by in no time.

Listen to it onStitcher | iTunes

What Do You Listen to on Your Commute?

Like taxes or visiting the dentist, the daily commute is something that many of us dread but still have to do.

Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be painful. You just need to figure out how to make your commute easier. Try a handful of these podcasts and you may even start looking forward to your daily commute.

What’s your go-to podcast for driving to and from work? Please let us know in the comments below.

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  1. David Lapage
    February 12, 2017 at 12:47 am

    Matt and mattingleys ice cream social is a super funny podcast!! Also Geek Shock is fantastic!

  2. likefunbutnot
    February 8, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    As usual, I'm going to recommend Risk!, a storytelling podcast that is both profound and frequently meant for adults; the Moth and Snap Judgment, both true-life storytelling that are meant for broader audiences.

    I also like both The FlopHouse and How Did This Get Made, where comedians tackle genuinely bad movies.

    I'm a big fan of the Stranger's Savage Love (sex advice) and Blabbermouth (left-of-center political discussion) podcasts; and of Maximum Fun's Jordan Jesse Go, Judge John Hodgman and Stop Podcasting Yourself (all variations on a common "a couple smart guys basically just goofing around and being funny", though Hodgman's is also concerned with resolving minor matters of internet justice) and Dead Pilots Society (full readings of rejected TV comedy pilots by talented performers).

    However, my two absolute favorites are the now-sadly-concluded Thrilling Adventure Hour and ongoing Welcome to Night Vale, which are both wonderful audio fiction.

    Since I spend most of a typical work day with headphones on, I actually don't have a problem listening to four or five hours of podcasts on days when I'd rather hear human voices than music. I actually keep up with all of the above without too much difficulty.

    • Justin Klyczek
      February 10, 2017 at 12:14 am

      I have two:

      1. Good Job Brain - trivia goodness and family friendly
      2. But Why? - my 6 year old LOVES this one