Podcasts are, in my humble opinion, the ultimate commuter companion. They offer the intellectual stimulation of reading a good book but are as stress-free as listening to music, and you can easily turn one on when you’re in the car and need to keep your hands on the wheel.
Last year, I made a list of five podcasts to entertain you during your daily commute. I hope those podcasts have served you well on your daily trek to and from the office, but I thought it was time to shake things up a bit. Change is good every once in awhile, don’t you think?
Here are five (additional) podcasts to keep you entertained on the go:
1. New Yorker Radio Hour
I LOVE this podcast for one very specific reason: I enjoy reading The New Yorker but rarely have time to sit and read through the magazine each and every week. So the podcast keeps me up-to-date on their biggest stories (and brings in fun guests like Amy Schumer and Julia Louis-Dreyfus) without the serious reading commitment.
A fun, fascinating podcast fronted by two female NPR alums? Sign me up! Invisibilia focuses on “the invisible forces that shape everyday life,” dissecting and examining the things you may not think about but that affect you in a big way.
Serial fans, this one’s for you. Real crimes, suspense and thrills, no clean endings, and honest, documentary-style reporting. Be warned, though: The episodes are addicting but only come out once a month.
4. Another Round
Picture this: Smart, funny women getting drunk and recording it. That might sum up Another Round (Buzzfeed’s latest podcast) well enough. Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton tackle big topics like race, politics, and equality, but their lips get looser (and the jokes sillier) as the drinks keep pouring.
Men have historically dominated “geek culture” and the women behind Nerdette were sick of it. Whether they’re talking tech, Sci-fi, pop culture, or history, it’s refreshing to listen to smart women encourage listeners to consume media with a critical eye (or ear).