7 Podcasts That Will Make Your Commute Enjoyable
Bad news: Commuting to work is inevitable. Great news: Your commute doesn’t have to be frustrating or boring. The perfect commute podcast can save the day. The average one-way commute is 26.1 minutes, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s enough time for one episode of The Daily. If you hit traffic, How I Built This With Guy Raz is a good option for those seeking inspiration from the world’s most innovative entrepreneurs and idealists. Commuting by car, train, you name it, there’s no better way to pass the time than consuming educational and inspirational audio content. What’s your favorite podcast to commute with from the list below?
1. The Daily
Not enough time or maybe, too overwhelmed to scroll through today’s headlines? The Daily is the perfect antidote. New York Times political journalist, Michael Barbaro, gets behind the headlines of the biggest stories in today’s paper. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, ready by 6 a.m. Perfect for your morning commute.
2. What Next | Daily News and Analysis
Do you find yourself scrolling mindlessly through headlines and images in your bed before dozing off to sleep? You’re not the only one. News is everywhere. It can be overwhelming and “extra.” Mary Harris knows this well, so she has brought us the ideal podcast for our commute home. What Next is from Slate sums up the biggest stories of the day and gets us thinking…what next?
3. Oprah’s Master Class: The Podcast
Want some great company on your commute? Oprah handpicks some of the most respected and renowned actors, musicians, public figures and athletes to be featured on her Master Class Podcast. Enter the worlds of Jay -Z, Justin Timberlake, Ellen Degeneres, Shaquille O’Neal, Reba McEntire, Dwayne Johnson and Jane Fonda, (just to name a few). Oprah knows how to pick ‘em.
4. Pod Save America
Are you not ready to give up or go insane over the current state of politics? If so, Pod Save America is for you. Hosted by four former aides to President Obama, you’re in for a bullshit-free conversation about what matters. Co-hosts Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer, and Tommy Vietor interview different journalists, politicians, comedians, and activists. You’re in for a freewheeling conversation about politics, the press and the challenges posed by the Trump presidency.
5. How I Built this with Guy Raz
Buckle up for you long commute and press play. Guy Raz interviews entrepreneurs from some of the biggest and most well known companies, such as LinkedIn (Reid Hoffman), Rent The Runway (Jenn Hyman), Cisco Systems & Urban Decay (Sandy Lerner) and many more. You’ll quickly get lost in these stories and forget you’re driving.
6. 10% Happier with Dan Harris
This is the perfect mid-week pick me up podcast for your Wednesday morning commute. Dan Harris, skeptical ABC newsman, promotes meditation as a practice to improve your life. If you fall in love with the podcast, check out Dan’s bestselling book, “10% Happier” and his app — “10% Happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics.” This show will get you thinking about ambition, enlightenment and mindfulness.
7. Ellen on the Go
Enough from us. A Castbox user says it best:
“I cannot express how much joy Ellen on the Go has brought to my commute! Only a few pods in and I’ve laughed and cried so hard the car next to me probably thinks something is wrong, ha! I really needed this in my life right now so thank you!!–B.”