I’m status post a 10 hour round trip solo road trip, and feel like it’s my duty to give a shout out to these podcast friends who kept me company along the way.
I lean toward podcasts that tell a story and really delve deep into someone’s life or teach me something new. Nobody wants to feel like they’re wasting their time when there is so much amazing content out there, whether it’s in the form of music, TV shows, podcasts, or audiobooks.
So to all the commuters, dishwashers, and dog-walkers, here’s a few that have helping me learn/laugh/think:
Warning: very NPR-heavy as their content and production is just so good. I swear they don’t pay me (because they have no money).
1. Invisibilia: Alright, alright. I was late joining the bandwagon, but it’s good for a reason. It is “a series about the invisible forces that shape human behavior.” My favorites were “Secret History of Thoughts” – the segment on “locked-in man,” and “How to Become Batman.”
2. Death, Sex, & Money: I just devoured these little 20 minute forays into other people’s lives. “A podcast about the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation,” Highlights included, “Cheating Happens,” and the interview with Ken Jeong, who had the sweetest things to say about his wife.
3. Call Your Girlfriend: “A podcast for long distance besties everywhere,” Ann Friedman (of pie chart fame) and her bestie, Aminatou Sow, chat about smart girl things and help you realize it’s perfectly acceptable to talk about your period, diva cups, and the presidential debates all in one phone conversation.
4. Magic Lessons: In case you didn’t realize, Elizabeth Gilbert (my eat, pray, love hero) wrote a book expanding on her TED talk on creativity (I know you’re thinking, “real original!“). It might be a marketing scheme to sell more books, but if you’re like anyone I know and are made to create, it’s a wonderful listen.
5. This American Life: Because duh. And also because how much do I love Ira Glass.
6. Planet Money: Finance in general is a topic that both terrifies and fascinates me because I know so little about it. “Pay Patients, Save Money” was a really interesting take on one company’s approach to battling skyrocketing healthcare costs.
It’s not a definitive list, but it’s a good start, I think. My commute is 3x as long since I’ve moved, so please let me know if I’m missing out anything!
Photo: Woods Canyon Lake. I caught a fish.