We often try to cut down on our daily commutes as much as possible, seeing it as lost time. With these podcasts in your arsenal, that in-between time can also be used to destress, learn something new, or just giggle a bit. Just try not to gasp or giggle too loud if you’re taking public transportation.
How Did This Get Made?
HDTGM revels in the joy and confusion that only really really bad movies can bring. Top-tier comedians Paul Sheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas are the regular hosts, with a funny friend joining them for every episode. The podcast has a cult-like following who dress in costume for the live shows, and come up with songs for different segments. You’ll be in stitches.
Missing & Murdered
“Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo” host @connie_walker explains how how her critically acclaimed podcast about a missing Cree girl came to be and why it’s important. Discover it and more through @cbcpodcasts pic.twitter.com/dNt5mrOFFd — CBC (@CBC) August 15, 2018
The Missing & Murdered podcast finally gives the dozens of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada justice. While it might not always be the level of justice of tracking down their perpetrators, it gives these women a voice again. It’s one of the most gripping true crime podcasts out there, especially since it hits close to home. Once you’re finished binge-listening to its two seasons, check out Someone Knows Something, another CBC podcast focused on solving cold cases.
Welcome to Night Vale
If you’ve been lamenting the death of the radio drama, your mourning was premature. Welcome to Nightvale is over 130 episodes in and showing no signs of slowing down. This is a great drama for fans of The Addam’s Family, or just people who love a story about a small town that’s just a little bit… off. Best not to say too much more, so you can find out for yourself.
All Songs Considered
Happy New Music Friday! In your podcast feed now, hear this week’s rundown of records you need to hear today, including: @whitedenimmusic @BandofNOTHING @OlafurArnalds @Bas @Interpol https://t.co/hkTJcr6Srg — All Songs Considered (@allsongs) August 24, 2018
This has everything you want in a music podcast: interviews with amazing artists, explorations of different movements, genres and aspects of the industry, and “New Music Fridays” so you can get some recommendations you may not have heard of. It’s a must for every music-lover to find out more about old favorites and expand the repertoire.
Self-driving cars are so 2018—what about *flying* cars? On this week’s @ifthenpod, @WillOremus and @Aprilaser with the former head of “urban aviation” at Uber. Listen now: https://t.co/c1jGFySpcn pic.twitter.com/xHjBhAvnjw
— Slate (@Slate) August 2, 2018
If you’re looking to make your commute more productive, If Then will bring you all the most relevant tech industry news. Hosts April Glaser and Will Oremus describe these news items in an accessible and interesting way. Every businessperson, even you’re not necessarily Elon Musk, should be keeping up on these stories, and If Then is the best way to do so.
Every Little Thing
— Every Little Thing (@eltshow) August 27, 2018
ELT episodes are perfect for when your commute is shorter, and for when your attention span is a little shorter too. Every episode explores a different intriguing topic, answering questions you didn’t know you had, from “How do you spot a spy?” to “Why are used car ads so insane?” and “Are pirate peg legs really a thing?”. And those are just few of the episodes from the most recent season. You’ll learn something new, and have a great topic to talk about at the water cooler or over dinner.
One of my favorite podcast episodes this year: @99piorg’s exploration of #airconditioning and its impact on homes and #architecture. Note: WAY more interesting than it sounds https://t.co/XgcCq9mKrT — Jay Siegel (@jayrsiegel) August 20, 2018
We all know that our cities’ infrastructure is important, but how often do you actually think about it? Join host Roman Mars as he explores the functions and flaws of many parts of our hometown’s designs (and just daily life) that we take for granted. Find out why Chinatowns didn’t look like the China they were meant to be mimicking, why sidewalk curbs are the way they are, and why we break bad news the way we do. And with over 300 episodes, you won’t run out of learning material anytime soon.