5 Podcasts to Improve Your Daily Commute – Part 2

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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

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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.

2. Invisibilia

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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.

3. Criminal

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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

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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.

5. Nerdette

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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).

We want your recommendations! What podcasts do you love? Why? 

  • I HIGHLY recommend Garance Dore’s Pardon My French– absolutely charming and conversational! I also recommend Lady Gang, which is laugh out loud funny and slightly obnoxious (in a good way).

  • Sandy S

    Love Burnt Toast from the editors of the website Food 52. They discuss recipes, cooking tips and all sorts of food topics.

  • Emily M

    ‘She Does’ is amazing!! Really great to listen if you’re a creative and looking to be inspired by other creatives’ stories.

  • One of my favorite podcasts is Being Boss! Emily and Kathleen share really actionable and useful advice on how to create a dream business and I love that they’re really themselves on the podcast. They also get a little woo woo from time to time and offer inspiring talks.

  • Wendy

    The Readers is delightful!!

  • I’m a big fan of The Lively Show by Jess Lively. I listen every week! Everyone: Go listen to an episode now 🙂
    After reading this article, I think I’d like to give “Another Round” a go, too 🙂 Thanks for sharing these new podcasts!


  • Beth

    Longest Shortest Time- great for #momstuff
    Girl Boss Radio
    A Few Things with Claire and Erica- feel like I’m chatting with my friends
    Modern Love
    Shondaland: Revealed- great for those with Scandal addictions

  • Becca

    “All of the things” is a great one too!

  • Verbalgoldblog

    I love learning new tips like this. I definitely am always on the lookout for more interesting ways to pass my time

  • Tamara

    I love my podcasts during my commute. Anna Faris is Unqualified and The Moth are some of my favorites.

  • Annie

    “Tea with Alice” thoughtful comedy based Aussie podcast that it gentle, funny and philosophical. Might only be context specific to Aussies though 😉 although she does interview international comics like Alex Edelman

  • I am OBSESSED with Straight Up with Stassi and The Bitch Bible for reality TV and pop culture commentary and Freakonomics for interesting talks about different topics.

    I’m excited to listen to these on my commute!

    • butcept

      Freakonomics is on mine, along with the mentioned Criminal. I’ll add Hidden Brain, which is nice and short but gives a great psychology overview on things. A mini-freakonomics when it freakonomics delves into psychology or socio-psychology.

  • Kind of late to the party on this article, but I have to definitely recommend Stuff You Missed In History Class – also by How Stuff Works. I was turned on to that before I started listening to SMNTY, and I’m in love with both. Super entertaining, incredibly enlightening, and definitely engaging.