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The 45 Best Podcasts for Your Next Road Trip or Long Flight

The podcasts to listen to on your next long drive or plane ride, whether you’re a history nerd, traveling with kids, or just in need of a true-crime fix..

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Podcasts to download for your next road trip

What takes a road trip from good to great? Hours and hours of top-notch podcasts.

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Summer trips are good for a lot of things: watching scenic landscapes as you wander between states, belting along to epic playlists , and (finally) hopping back on a plane. They’re also good for binge-listening to some of the imaginative and thought-provoking podcasts that are being produced across the country.

A big plus of podcasts is that they represent true democratization of the storytelling space—anyone with a smartphone or voice recorder (and an internet connection) can make one. But that freedom is a double-edged sword: There is a lot to sift through to get to the quality shows, and no semblance of a rating system exists, so it can be difficult to determine what is audience appropriate if you’re listening in a group.

Never fear—we’ve done the work for you. Now that you’ve planned your adventure, here are some of the best podcasts out there (including some family-friendly podcasts!), all perfect for your next long road trip or plane ride, whether you love a good murder mystery or want to laugh for miles.

If you like going to unexpected places

Explore curiosities of the world, download the AFAR podcast, and more.

Explore curiosities of the world, download the AFAR podcast, and more.

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1. The Atlas Obscura Podcast

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Did you know you can visit Hitler’s toilet in a New Jersey car repair shop? Or that there’s a 7-11 convenience store in Baltimore, Maryland marking where the Ouija board was invented? These are the strange facts you’ll glean from the short (roughly 10 minutes) episodes of the daily Atlas Obscura podcast .

2. Travel Tales by AFAR

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In season three of Travel Tales by AFAR , we hit the road. Head to Australia with two sisters looking to investigate their roots. Chug (slowly) down the West Coast on one of the country’s most iconic trains. And join one traveler as he explores what it really means to be Colombian. Our podcast is your ticket to the world—no passport required. Stay tuned for season four, coming in late 2023,

3. Unpacked

In Unpacked by AFAR —our second podcast —we explore life’s big questions. In season two, we’ve expanded our focus. Want to know where you should go in 2023? Or how to deal with climate change–induced travel anxiety? Through a mix of interviews and personal stories, we delve into your deepest travel dilemmas. Because the world is complicated. We’re here to help you unpack it .

4. Outside Podcast

Adventurers yearning to learn about epic rescues, endurance athletes, and what it’s really like to be on Naked and Afraid should tune into this weekly podcast from the team at Outside magazine. In the most recent season, one show is devoted to a story of desperate survival after a man has a stroke while boating in remote Wisconsin. In another, a reporter shares the lessons learned after spending a day chatting with folks riding a ski resort’s chairlift.

5. Zero to Travel

Looking for a show that digs into the reasons to just pack a bag and go? It’s here, from host Jason Moore. This podcast’s longer episodes (one hour-plus) include a deep dive into traveling through Ireland (with a National Geographic expert), a conversation with a blind and partially deaf world traveler, and a thought-provoking exploration of death as a context and inspiration for journeying.

6. National Park After Dark

If Lore was only about stories that had taken place in U.S. national parks , it would sound like this. Hosts Danielle and Cassie are two friends who tell each other true tales set in parks, such as the horrific medical care given at the Battle of Gettysburg, a runner who mysteriously disappeared in Shoshone National Forest, and Diana of the Dunes, a woman who left society to live off the land in what is now Indiana Dunes National Park.

7. Ticket 2 Anywhere

Two best friends, one with a 9-to-5 job and the other with a much looser schedule, discuss travel planning and tips, teasing each other about the limits and potential of their respective lifestyles along the way. Recent episodes explain how to vacation in Bali, discuss whether you should geo-tag your location on social media, and advise on how to ask for time off from work.

If you like fiction

Dive into fictional worlds, from a world where sleep kills to a desert town where every conspiracy theory is true.

Dive into fictional worlds, from a world where sleep kills to a desert town where every conspiracy theory is true.

Images courtesy Welcome to Night Vale and the Edge of Sleep

8. Welcome to Night Vale

One of the best-known fiction podcasts, about a desert town where every conspiracy theory is true , Welcome to Night Vale has been described as “Lake Woebegone as told by Stephen King.” Nine years in, the series—which has spawned several books—is still going strong at more than 230 episodes!

9. What Should I Read Next

On host Anne Bogel’s long-running (370 eps) show about books, she interviews a fellow book lover about the books they love, the ones they hate, and what they are reading now. With their taste in mind, Bogel then thoughtfully make recommendations about what they should read next. Lately, the show has taken a broader view, considering the fate of independent bookstores and other related topics. Perfect for self-proclaimed book nerds.

10. LeVar Burton Reads

Lovers of short fiction should check out LeVar Burton Reads. Yes, THE LeVar Burton, of Reading Rainbow, Roots, Jeopardy , and Star Trek fame, whose velvety warm voice encouraged youngster millennials and gen-Zers to embrace their love of literacy. For each of his 150+ episodes, he selects a short story he loves and reads it. Need we say more?

11. The Edge of Sleep

A fiction podcast with a bang-up premise: A night watchman realizes that everyone who fell asleep one night has died; now he and the other remaining night owls must figure out what happened and how to save the world—without snoozing to death themselves. The original season aired in 2019 and a follow-up has been announced for later in 2023, so it’s a good time to catch up.

If it’s all about the comedy (and culture)

12. don’t ask tig.

Beloved comedian Tig Notaro offers a kind of anti-advice show: She constantly reminds listeners not to ask her for advice and yet they continue to do so, asking questions that range from the silly (Help! I don’t like tea—how do I turn it down?) to the more profound (Help! My mother wants to move in with us. What do I do?). Then she and her celebrity guests give answering them their best shot, anyway.

13. Las Culturistas

Another culture podcast, this one helmed by comedians Matt Rogers and SNL ’s Bowen Yang. Each of the 300-plus episodes includes a mix of deep dives into pop culture, fun bickering, and plenty of criticism (such as the recurring minute-long game “I Don’t Think So, Honey!” about frustrating social and cultural phenomena).

14. Maintenance Phase

A show about America’s horrifying obsession with dieting, weight loss, and body image should not be nearly as funny as this one is. But somehow hosts Aubrey Gordon and Michael Hobbes (formerly of You’re Wrong About ) manage to crack us up on a bi-monthly basis. Such topics as Jordan Peterson’s all-meat diet and Super Size Me ’s microaggressions are mercilessly eviscerated with research and, well, logic.

15. You Are Good

Hosts Sarah Marshall (of You’re Wrong About fame) and Alex Steed discuss popular movies of the last 50 years from a fan’s perspective, leading to thoughtful (and funny) discussions of topics cultural, personal, and metaphysical. Marshall and Steed are joined by a writer or fellow podcaster who chooses a favorite film to discuss—everything from Everything Everywhere All at Once to Newsies.

16. The Hilarious World of Depression

Stand-up comedy meets therapy in this one, wherein famous comedians who also have clinical depression (there are a lot of them!) stop in to chat and joke about it with comedian and host John Moe. Episodes are often very funny, frank, and moving. Recent guests include Joel Kim Booster, Andy Richter, and Jameela Jamil.

17. Sound Thoughts on Art

From the Smithsonian’s National Gallery in Washington, D.C. comes this thoughtful show about the intersection of sound and visual art. Hosted by journalist and musician Celeste Headlee, each episode features a discussion of an artwork held in the gallery and the presentation of a song or composition that ties to it, performed by the creator. A recent episode pairing Renoir’s “Young Spanish Woman with a Guitar” with guitarist Sonia De Los Santos was a stand-out.

18. Go Fact Yourself

This hilarious podcast is also a game show recorded live twice a month. Hosts J. Keith Van Strataan and Helen Hong quiz a visiting celebrity (such as Drew Carey) on their self-proclaimed area of expertise (in Carey’s case, the conversation drills down on game shows). In about an hour, you’ll be charmed by the quick wit and erudition.

19. If Books Could Kill

Ever wonder if those airport pop-psychology bestsellers are worth your time? Hosts Michael Hobbes ( Maintenance Phase) and Peter Shamshiri ( 5-4 Podcast) are here to tell you that those books are most definitely not good. Each episode is a witheringly smart and funny takedown of such tomes as Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers and David Brooks’s Bobos in Paradise.

If you like interviews

Listen to conversations about earworms from the 1990s and navigating the world as women of color.

Listen to conversations about earworms from the 1990s and navigating the world as women of color.

Images courtesy Latina to Latina and 60 Songs That Explain the ’90s

20. SmartLess

Start this podcast for the hilarious hosts: Sean Hayes, Jason Bateman, and Will Arnett. Stay for the premise: On each episode, one of them brings an unannounced guest to chat. Recent visitors include Natasha Lyonne, Brendan Fraser, and Eugene Levy . The conversations are funny, of course, but also full of warmth and heart.

21. Latina to Latina

Bustle contributing editor and host Alicia Menendez welcomes Latinas like comedian Cristela Alonzo, actor Gina Rodriguez, and U.N. General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces to talk about life, challenges, and successes while navigating the world as women of color. Latina to Latina ’ s weekly half-hour episodes have been running since April 2018 so there are plenty to choose from.

22. WTF with Marc Maron

Launched all the way back in 2009, this OG podcast feels vital again. Comedian Maron’s in-depth interviews with famous guests are funny, compelling, and revealing. The guest list is more diverse these days: Hong Chau, Michelle Yeoh, Wayne Brady, and Radhika Jones have already appeared on the show this year.

23. 60 Songs That Explain the ’90s

The Ringer staff writer Rob Harvilla digs into the music that made the 1990s. Each episode focuses on a classic, like “Whoop! There It Is!” or “Semi-Charmed Life.” (Sorry for the earworms!) Harvilla always includes an interview with someone connected to the song, from super-fans who love the artist to music producers who can explain why a song is particularly compelling.

24. Desert Island Discs

Launched all the way back in the 1940s, the (very) long-running BBC Radio show has spawned this podcast, with amazing guests (Adele! Steven Spielberg! Cate Blanchett!) choosing the eight songs, one book, and one luxury they’d take to a desert island in each half-hour episode. Host Lauren Laverne’s blend of interview and musical interludes is engaging and revealing.

25. Normal Gossip

Host Kelsey McKinney welcomes a guest to share, discuss, debate, and laugh at a story of utterly banal (and yet somehow deeply juicy) reader-submitted gossip, such as a years-long family contretemps over . . . what to call Grandma? Each episode is equal parts hilarious and confounding.

If You’re Traveling With Kids

Among the top podcast for kids are two that place girls firmly at the center, including Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls and the Story Seeds Podcast.

Among the top podcast for kids are two that place girls firmly at the center, including Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls and the Story Seeds Podcast .

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26. WOW in the World

From Tinkercast, and supported by NPR, WOW in the World is an educational kids’ show cohosted by Guy Raz and author Mindy Thomas. Learn about black holes, supergerms, AI, and more in every episode, which hits the Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How of the day’s theme in a tone best suited for elementary grades.

27. Wait, Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!

Finding a podcast that older kids (and teens) will want to listen to with adults can be tricky, but NPR’s classic, long-running news quiz is fun for everyone. Host Peter Sagal, announcer Bill Kurtis, and a rotating cast of comedians welcome ordinary people who call in to play, as well as a celebrity guest who agreeably plays a ridiculous game, too. And you can actually catch up on the news by listening!

28. Who, When, Wow!

A fun look at spooky and/or obscure historical stories, hosted by “aspiring time travel detective” Carly Q. Recent episodes dug deep into tales about the Loch Ness Monster and the Mystery of Eilean Mor (the disappearance of three lighthouse keepers in 1900). Episodes run about a half-hour and are perfect for kids ages 8 and up. The podcast website provides additional activities, too.

29. A Way with Words

Slang, new words, dialects, grammar, and word games are a few of the topics that journalist Martha Barnette and lexicographer Grant Barrett discuss on their long-running podcast. They answer callers’ questions about words, discuss vocabulary that’s appeared in the news, and ponder linguistic curiosities from around the world. (If you’ve ever wondered what it means to “talk like a sausage,” this is for you.) While not specifically designed for children, the pair have created a fun, educational, and family-friendly show.

30. Story Seeds

This innovative show pairs a children’s book author with a kid who’s got a story to tell. They collaborate to write that tale, which is read by the author at the end of the episode. Newberry Award winning writers Katherine Applegate and Veera Hiranandani are just two of the collaborators featured, sharing ideas with the young writers about how narrative and creativity work.

31. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

These 20-minute-ish episodes featuring narration about the lives of inspiring women are a good listen for kids ages six and up and for grown-ups, too. This self-described “fairy tale podcast” shares the histories of figures like Frida Kahlo , Harriet Tubman, and Celia Cruz.

32. Brains On!

American Public Media’s science podcast is for curious kids (and adults). Each episode poses an intriguing question—Do plants sleep? How do hearing aids work? Why do we have friends?—and spends a half-hour or so answering it.

If you like true crime

33. my favorite murder.

Since its debut in 2016, My Favorite Murder has been one of the internet’s favorite true-crime podcasts—in large part because it manages to be funny. Comedians and lifelong true-crime fans Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark discuss murders, crimes, and survivors’ accounts, bringing levity to otherwise grisly topics. Tune in for the stories but mostly for Kilgariff and Hardstark’s banter.

34. Last Seen

WBUR and the Boston Globe teamed up to create this fascinating series. The first season covers the world’s largest unsolved art heist, in which 13 irreplaceable works were stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on one night in 1990. They still haven’t been recovered. Subsequent seasons look at other Boston-based stories of things, and people, gone missing.

35. Sold a Story

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True crime encompasses more than murder and art heists; this podcast uncovers an ongoing fraud almost as shocking as a killing. It looks at how most U.S. schools teach reading to children, despite the science behind the concept being absolutely disproven 60 years ago. Emily Hanford researched and hosts this jaw-dropping, six-part series for American Public Media.

36. Bear Brook

A deep dive into a multiple murder case, in which four women’s skeletonized remains were found in New Hampshire over a decade apart. The first season of this podcast from New Hampshire Public Radio untangles what happened and who was responsible for the deaths. The original series ran in 2018, and new episodes, about another murder case involving a coerced confession, dropped in February 2023.

37. The Murder in My Family

For a different perspective on true crime, here, the focus is on members of the victims’ families, each of whom tells the story of how their loved one’s death has affected them. Their ongoing attempts to understand and accept what has happened makes for riveting listening, and the hour-long episodes allow for a more nuanced view than many podcasts.

If you like stories about famous people

38. the plot thickens.

An outstanding podcast from the cable network Turner Classic Movies, The Plot Thickens looks at a specific slice of Hollywood in each season. Season two is the standout, a memorable (and fair) look at the infamous film flop The Bonfire of the Vanities. It’s hosted by journalist Julie Salamon, who was on the film set and knows director Brian DePalma well. The latest season, Here Comes Pam, looks at Pam Grier’s career, hosted by the actress herself.

39. Comments by Celebs

Specializing in people who are famous for being famous (and on Bravo), this podcast thrives on of-the-moment celebrity gossip, with a heavy emphasis on the Kardashians. Hosts Emma Diamond and Julie Kramer are experts on these celebs and provide context and (yes) nuance on the doings of the Vanderpumps, Paris Hilton, Megan Fox, and their C-List ilk.

40. Celebrity Memoir Book Club

Hosts Claire Parker and Ashley Hamilton took the time to read the celeb memoirs you only want to know the highlights from, and they share those insights in this funny podcast. Perhaps the most startling part is realizing just how many famous people wrote (or “wrote”?) a memoir: Common! Lily James! Jennifer Grey! More newsworthy memoirs (like Prince Harry’s) are covered too.

If you’re a history buff

Dive into the archives of the Smithsonian, dig into juicy scandals, and explore historical events with comedians.

Dive into the archives of the Smithsonian, dig into juicy scandals, and explore historical events with comedians.

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41. You’re Wrong About

Hindsight is 20/20—and it’s particularly interesting to revisit the events and public figures of the past with a bit of modern perspective. That’s how host Sarah Marshall approaches her podcast , which reconsiders topics like the Terry Schiavo case, Yoko Ono and the Beatles, and an on-going, discursive exploration of the O.J. Simpson case. Recent stand-out episodes explore stories of survival with adventurer Blair Braverman. A close look at the soccer team whose plane crashed into the Andes was spell-binding listening.

42. Sidedoor

With a collection of more than 154 million artifacts to inspire episodes, the Smithsonian’s teaching possibilities are endless. And what’s better than insider access to the world’s largest museum complex? Insider access in your pocket . The Smithsonian’s podcast Sidedoor lets listeners in on topics ranging from the world’s oldest winery to the life of hip-hop artist J Dilla to an ingenious machine that harvests algae and converts it to biomass that could one day power your iPhone. Another plus? It’s family friendly.

43. You’re Dead to Me

Brought to you by BBC Radio 4, You’re Dead to Me is a fun podcast that “brings together the best in history and comedy.” In each episode, host Greg Jenner and a (generally funny) guest or guests discuss a historical event, topic, or person, such as medieval medicine or Genghis Khan. It’s equal parts education and laughs! This very British show has sadly stopped publishing, but it’s not at all dated.

44. Crash Course Black American History

Writer Clint Smith hosts this 50-episode podcast, which wrapped at the end of 2022. It provides a nuanced and comprehensive history class on Black America in relatively short—15-minutes-long—episodes. Smith starts with the arrival of the first enslaved people to what would become the U.S. and concludes with the Black Lives Matter movement.

45. The British History Podcast

For a truly long-term commitment, start at the beginning of this 400-plus-episode (and growing) podcast. Host and writer Jamie Jeffers continues to make his stately, and fascinating, way through British history. He began with the end of the last ice age and recently arrived at the year 1069. This story originally published in 2018. It was most recently on March 28th, 2023, to include current information.

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Alright, we’ve heard you loud and clear! One of our  most frequently asked questions (besides what camera gear we use !) is what podcasts we listen to on road trips!

Being travel photographers, Berty and I are in the car all. the. freaking. time. This means we’ve clocked plenty of podcast hours learning new things about running our business, gasping at terrible true crime stories, and binge-listening to commentary on the latest Bachelor episodes.

We know there are THOUSANDS of amazing podcasts out there, but we’re here to share our personal favorites with you. We’ll continue to add to this list as we discover new ones, too!

Let’s get listening!

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Psst…. To make it a little bit easier to navigate this blog post, we’re breaking down our favorite road trip podcasts into different categories. This way you can use the table of contents to jump to your favorite genre , and get downloading your favorites ASAP!

Additionally, we are always looking for new shows and recommendations. If you think you’ve found the perfect podcast for a road trip and you want to share it, tell us all about it in the comments below!  If we love it, we’ll add it to our list and credit you for recommending it to us!

Our Absolute Favorite Podcasts For A Road Trip (The Master List)

Easy listening podcasts.

Just want to be entertained? Some of our favorite road trip podcasts to listen to include TV recap shows , commentary from internet celebrities, and fun stories about things that went on in history! Here’s our current list of podcast favorites:

Love To See It

If you’re a lover of The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise, or really any of their many spinoff shows, this is definitely the podcast for you!

Emma Gray and Claire Fallon share snarky and playful commentary and recaps of the latest Bachelor Nation episodes, with comments on its ridiculousness while also loving every second of it.

It feels like the juiciest gossip with your closest girlfriends making for very easy listening on long road trips!

Download Here to Make Friends on iTunes.

The Dirtbag Diaries

Love a good adventure story? Engage in exciting outdoor tales from the rugged cliffs of Denali to the local high school shop class. Hosted by the outdoor brand, Patagonia, The Dirtbag Diaries is filled with inspiring stories that immerse your imagination.

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Office Ladies

Calling all fans of The Office! This is literally the podcast we’ve all been waiting for, an episode by episode recap /behind-the-scenes look at each episode hosted by Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey (Pam and Angela).

They share fun facts about the episode, behind-the-scenes info about the filming on the show, and fond memories of characters and actors alike as they recap episodes with guest speakers and more.

This is one of the best podcasts for a road trip if you love the show!

Download Office Ladies on iTunes.

What We Said Podcast

What We Said Podcast is hosted by Jaci Marie Smith and Chelsey Jade Curtis in a fun, banter-style podcast about life as young creatives . It’s one of the best podcasts for a road trip if you want an easy listening episode.

Best friends in real life, these two talk about everything from funny high school memories , their journeys into entrepreneurship, healthy lifestyles, and more!

We especially love their episodes when they ask the audience to submit a story and they share them in one single episode. It’s fun to hear about bad dates, scary stories, and lots of other random things for a fun podcast for road trips.

Download What We Said Podcast on iTunes.

Young House Love Has A Podcast

This one is actually more of a DIY home podcast than easy listening, but we can’t help but put it in this category for John and Sherry’s fun banter and lighthearted stories about their life at home !

From a very real obsession with LED lights to fun ways to tackle home projects , these two give really practical advice on how to upgrade your home and fit your specific needs.

Download Young House Love Has A Podcast on iTunes.

TRUE CRIME PODCASTS

Sometimes the shock of a truly horrendous murder can keep you alert on the road. (Does that make us bad people by saying that?) Here are some of our favorite true crime podcasts for a road trip that will keep you alert!

Crime Junkie

Crime Junkie is a true-crime podcast hosted by Ashley Flowers and Brit Prawat that gets straight to the facts and tells us all the nitty-gritty details about the strangest, most shocking, and legendary crimes of our past.

Not only do they cover high-profile crimes , but they also share stories about missing persons, conspiracies, and real-time cases for an exciting way to learn about today’s stories.

We love this podcast because of its compelling storytelling , but also its consistent call to action for support on topics that matter most to you. We appreciate that they give shoutouts to local groups that are doing some heavy lifting on some of these cases and that they share ways you can support crime-fighting organizations and make a difference, too!

Download Crime Junkie on iTunes.

My Favorite Murder

My Favorite Murder is hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark and is a true-crime COMEDY podcast. These two genres may not seem like they would go well together, but Georgia’s sarcastic comments and Karen’s witty banter make for easier listening on some of the world’s most unnerving topics.

Come for the murder, but stay for their pre-show back and forth banter as you get to know Karen and Georgia, their personal lives, funny moments from their tours, and more!

Download My Favorite Murder on iTunes.

The Dropout

While this may not be the murderous true-crime podcast you’d expect, The Dropout is still the story of a crime…and it’s true!

Set in the late 2000s/early 2010s, The Dropout tells the story of the Silicon Valley superstar Elizabeth Holmes who became a billionaire with her genius idea of a blood test as small as a finger prick that can detect hundreds of diseases.

From interviews with people closest to her, you soon discover that this isn’t quite the case…and the story is still going on today!

Download The Dropout on iTunes.

POP CULTURE PODCASTS

Who doesn’t love a good internet story ? From viral memes to online sensations, we listen to these pop culture podcasts on road trips to keep us up to date on the latest trends!

The Last Podcast On The Left

The Last Podcast On The Left is hosted by three long-time friends Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks, and Henry Zebrowski, and they share weird, terrible, strange, and outrageous horror stories . They lean into the dark side of history and culture, covering everything from cults to zombies, haunted towns to serial killers, and so much more!

If you don’t mind lots of crass words , dirty jokes , and people raising their voices and talking over one another, you’ll get a kick out of Henry, Marcus, and Ben.

Download The Last Podcast On The Left on iTunes.

Motherhacker

Motherhacker is an extremely binge-worthy story broken up into short 9 15-minute episodes . Only one season (so far), it follows the story of a mother who keeps getting spammy calls to her cellphone in the middle of her hectic and stressful life.

After being scammed, she’s determined to get her money back and enters a deep dark world of online thieves that she can’t escape…

Download Motherhacker on iTunes.

The Facebook Files

The Wall Street Journal and Gimlet present the Facebook Files, an investigative series diving into internal Facebook documents, revealing how the social media mogul works from the inside. From whitelisting celebrity posts to not protecting their users, this is a unique perspective on how the social media giant works. This is an ongoing series!

Read more about The Facebook Files Here.

Reply All is simply a podcast about the internet and life online. From viral sensations, extraordinary memes, and black-market social media username thieves, Reply All breaks down the mystery of it all and reveals the unique and strange humans behind it all.

One of our favorite parts of their show is when their boss comes to the hosts, PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, to break down tweets on Twitter that he doesn’t understand. It’s an incredible program breaking down the nuances of popular culture and understanding how they are interpreted in everyday life. This road trip podcast is a must-listen for any good adventure!

Some of our favorite Reply All Episodes:

  • #102, #103 Long Distance Call (Part 1 and 2)
  • #130 The Snapchat Thief
  • #56 Zardulu
  • #76 Lost In A Cab
  • #83 Voyage Into Pizzagate
  • #29 The Takeover

Download Reply All on iTunes.

PODCASTS FOR LEARNING NEW THINGS

Sometimes the best podcasts for a road trip include learning something new! These contemplative and informative podcasts for road trips will make you smarter, wiser, and ready to learn about a new perspective or idea.

Stuff You Should Know

Satisfy your curiosity with this podcast that takes a deep dive into different topics. Stuff You Should Know is a program by iHeartRadio, and you can download episodes based on your own personal curiosities. No need to commit to a season-long story, pick a random topic that sparks your interest!

Listen To Stuff You Should Know here .

No Small Thing

No Small Thing is a podcast dedicated to living a curious life , and treating every topic with the attention and appreciation it deserves! Scott and Macie are the hosts of NST, and their perfect blend of varying perspectives, generations, and unique guests brings many perspectives to the table when discussing things.

Some of their most popular content is around the Enneagram and defense mechanisms , and they have a huge list of recommended episodes to encourage self-reflection and discovering new things about yourself.

It’s one of the best podcasts for a road trip if you want to self-reflect!

Download No Small Thing on iTunes.

Armchair Expert

Dax Shepard is the host of Armchair Expert and every episode celebrates the disorganized, chaotic journey that is humankind . In each episode, Dax dives in deep with incredible guests that have interesting life stories to share, and we as the listeners get to hear from people from all walks of life.

From actresses to bounty hunters, TV show hosts to psychologists, Dax isn’t afraid to ask hard questions and dive into what makes us unique. As a recovering drug addict himself, he’s not afraid to go deep, and you’ll be rewarded with some of the most honest and engaging dialogues on the internet today!

Download Armchair Expert on iTunes.

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to live in a US correctional facility , East Hustle is giving you the inside scoop! Hosted out of San Quentin State Prison just north of San Francisco, Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor, along with Antwan Williams, bring light to life in prison .

From what they eat on a daily basis to roommate drama to conjugal visits, Ear Hustle brings honest stories about life behind bars to the curious listener. You get to hear life stories of people in prison and the lessons they’ve learned along the way, and all the while growing in a deeper understanding and compassion for the people around you.

Download Ear Hustle on iTunes.

Sleeping At Last Podcast

The Sleeping at Last Podcast is hosted by Ryan O’Neal and his ethereal music is the star of the show.

In each episode, he breaks down one of his songs and everything that went into making it. From specific tempos to chosen instruments, thoughtful lyrics to hidden messages, he shares it all!

One of his most popular sets of episodes is his Enneagram series. Ryan O’Neal crafted a song for each of the 9 Enneagram types and beautifully reflects each type and their unique traits. Just like his other song episodes, he breaks down the thoughts behind the music , with special guest Chris Heuertz giving Enneagram commentary throughout.

Download Sleeping At Last on iTunes.

Invisibilia

Invisibilia is a podcast from NPR (National Public Radio) discussing the hidden forces that drive social behavior . Some of these episodes have been incredibly thought-provoking for Berty and I, sparking interesting conversations on our long road trips.

Invisibilia brings on guests to chat about empathy, vulnerability, fear, and more for a really raw look into the social behaviors of today’s humans.

Download Invisibilia on NPR.

How Do You Deal With…

How Do You Deal With is a podcast by Joelle Riding where she dives deep into questions that many people are too afraid to ask ! From failure to van life to long-distance relationships, Joelle brings on guests that aren’t afraid to tackle these tough topics.

Her welcoming spirit and genuine curiosity to know the heart of her guests really shine through her episodes!

Download HDYDW on Spotify.

PODCASTS ABOUT BLOGGING, SOCIAL MEDIA, + BUSINESS

Are you searching for podcasts for a road trip about bettering your business, blog, or social media strategy? Here are some of our favorite small business podcasts. We learn so much from these people and we hope you can give them a listen!

The Blogging Millionaire

Looking for easy ways to implement new strategies when blogging and writing articles online?

Brandon Gaille shares bite-sized tips on blogging , productivity, and the latest strategies for growing your web platform. His short, 10-ish-minute episodes are packed with information to help you grow your audience step by step in a meaningful and thoughtful way.

Download The Blogging Millionaire on iTunes.

The Influencer Podcast

The Influencer Podcast was one of the first entrepreneurship podcasts we listened to! Julie Solomon is an online course creator, social media marketing expert, and all-around cheerleader for women in the content creation industry .

She brings on inspiring guest speakers , dives deep into topics like growing email lists, connecting with brands, and so much more for authentic influencer goodness!

Download The Influencer Podcast on iTunes.

How I Built This

How I Built This is a podcast by Guy Raz that sits down with the  people who have built incredible companies that shape our lives today.

From the people who created Lyft, Zapps, Lululemon, Away bags, and more, you get to hear from the founders themselves on the humble beginnings of their businesses! We like to listen to these podcasts for a road trip because it inspires us to better our own business.

It’s one of the most inspiring podcasts for a road trip if you are an aspiring entrepreneur!

Download How I Built This on iTunes.

So…what are some of your favorite podcasts for a road trip? Do you like to listen to music, books, podcasts, or a mix of all three? Let us know in the comments below!

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This is a great list! I thought I was a podcast fanatic, but I haven’t heard of a bunch you mentioned here. I definitely want to try out How Do you Deal With…, Reply All, What We Said, and The Blogging Millionaire. I love Dax, Invisibilia, and How I Built This — they are soo good.

The ones that I would recommend are: True Crime: 1) Casefile – hosted by an Australian guy who has an awesome accent. The podcast itself goes into gory details of some of the most horrific murders all over the world 2) Criminal – hosted by Phoebe Judge. This was actually the first podcast I’ve ever heard and I have been loyal since then. She talks about stories of crimes that have happened and interviews the criminal. Not all are quality, but the ones that are make up for it! The ones I would recommend are episode #1 “Animal Instincts”, #51 “The Money Tree”, I’ll actually give you this link since I can’t remember them all haha! https://www.ranker.com/list/best-criminal-podcast-episodes/ranker-podcast . 3) Serial – if you haven’t listened to season 1 of Serial then drop everything and do it now! But I a m assuming you did since this was more popular than Regina George when it came out.

Pop Culture: 1) Binge Mode – if you are a Harry Potter, GOT, or Star Wars fan, this is really great for you! The hosts go into detail of all the episodes and book chapters in a fun and enticing way! This is great listening for longer travel!

Science: 1) Hidden Brain – goes into the science behind why we think and behave the way we do 2) Freakonomics 3) Revisionist History – don’t know if you’ve heard of Malcolm Gladwell, but you need to listen to this regardless! Season 1 is GREAT (but it kind of goes downhill from there). The podcast “explores events in the past that have been overlooked or misunderstood”.

Hi! and WOW! What great recommendations! Thank you for taking the time to make such a detailed list!

Leaving tomorrow for a long trip so thank you! If you don’t know it, download Twain’s Feast by Nick Offerman on Audible. If you love his weird brain and mark Twain, you’ll be smiling and fascinated for about 187 miles

Hi Patricia! I’m so glad you liked our list! Thanks so much for the audiobook recommendation too, we’ll have to check it out!

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The 15 best road trip podcasts

You’re racking up some big miles, you’re done with the radio – here are the best podcasts for a big road trip

Andrzej Lukowski

What is a quintessential road trip podcast? To be honest, there’s no real answer: the best podcast for a road trip is whatever you feel like listening to on your road trip. Still, it doesn’t hurt to have a bit of inspiration, and as a rule, you’re probably after something fun and light rather than difficult and challenging. So that’s what we’ve gone for here, a mix of upbeat music podcasts, gripping stories, big old belly laughs and fascinating trivia. All of them should at the very least keep your mind stimulated and your eyes open as you’re racking up the miles. Safe travels, and keep on podcastin’!

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Desert Island Discs

Desert Island Discs

Okay, the word ‘podcast’ had emphatically not been invented when ‘Desert Island Discs’ launched. Or, indeed, 50 years later. Running since 1942, the BBC’s iconic long-runner features a guest chatting about their life while choosing eight songs that mean something to them, plus the luxury item they’d take if stranded on a hypothetical desert island. It is a simple formula made a winner by the show’s brilliant hosts over the years, and the exceptional calibre of guests, who run the gamut from interesting business figures to huge celebrities. Savvily, the episodes are made available on Apple and Spotify as de facto podcasts, with many classic editions from the vaults nestling up to the new ones. Mixing interesting names with big tunes and a vast archive, there’ll be something fun for your road trip guaranteed here.

Renegades: Born in the USA

Renegades: Born in the USA

Nothing says ‘drivetime’ like Bruce Springsteen. Probably you’ve cranked out ‘Born to Run’ five times already on your road trip. But if you’re going for a more contemplative vibe, you can still enjoy The Boss via this luxury limited-edition podcast that sees him in conversation with the even more famous Barack Obama. ‘Renegades’ is a series of musings on life, the universe and the American Dream, with lashings of music chat inevitably in the mix. Yes, it’s liberal elite babyboomerism writ large. But it’s bloody classy.

A Very Fatal Murder

A Very Fatal Murder

Sometimes a laugh is all you need to pass the miles away: this deathlessly funny parody of true crime podcasts from The Onion is, straight up, a hoot. It follows David Pascall, a New York City reporter who uses an algorithm to determine which small town he should head to to find a hot dead girl he can make a lengthy podcast series about. It only ran for one series, but ‘A Very Fatal Murder’ is a pin-sharp parody of ‘Serial’ et al that should enliven even the most tedious journey, regardless of whether you personally are into true crime.

Song Exploder

Song Exploder

Nothing says ‘road trip’ like blasting a few tunes, but technically that’s a radio show, not a podcast. However, there are lots of great podcasts *about* music, one of the foremost of which is ‘Song Exploder’. Hosted by Hrishikesh Hirway, it’s a deceptively simple concept: for each edition, an artist talks us through the creative process behind one of their songs and… that’s it. Insightful and varied, with a good mix of legacy greatest hits and contemporary songs from cutting edge artists, the 20-minute-episodes are long enough to feel like you’ve learned something, but short enough to feel like you’re flipping between songs. It’s as much about learning to appreciate something new as geeking over a classic.

No Such Thing as a Fish

No Such Thing as a Fish

If keeping the brain teased and stimulated is your goal on a lengthy trip, look no further than ‘No Such Thing As a Fish’, the weekly podcast from the ‘QI Elves’ (aka the researchers for the long-running trivia-based UK game show ‘QI’). Essentially each edition features the rotating cast of presenters - usually four per show - going to bat for their favourite fact that they’ve unearthed that week. The results are inevitably gloriously outlandish, amusingly useless, and utterly fascinating.

SmartLess

You don’t want road trip podcasts to be overly challenging. SmartLess may not be dumb, but it’s the podcast equivalent of a big glossy summer blockbuster, as A-lister hosts Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes and Will Arnott entertainingly shoot the breeze with their A-lister guests. There is a nominal conceit based on the fact that until the show starts the identity of the week’s guest is unknown to two of the three hosts. But that’s not really something you need to get hung up on. The appeal is the massive guests - pretty much as big as it gets - plus the undeniable easy, breezy, multimillion-dollar charm of the hosts.

The Trojan Horse Affair

The Trojan Horse Affair

If you want something a bit more nitty and gritty to dig into on a long journey, why not hook yourself up to the big zeitgeisty podcast of the year. From the makers of ‘Serial’, ‘The Trojan Horse Affair’ is a very deep dive into the titular British scandal, wherein an anonymous letter was sent to a Birmingham city councillor regarding a supposed plot by Islamic extremists to take over the city’s schools, leading to an Islamophobic scare and various toughenings of the law. But an in-depth investigation from reporters Hamza Syad and Brian Reed suggests a thoroughly dubious story behind the letter and the reforms carried out in its name.

The Lovecraft Investigations

The Lovecraft Investigations

Engrossing, accessible, funny and terrifying, Julian Simpson’s brilliant BBC trilogy of HP Lovecraft adaptations - that’s ‘The Strange Case of Charles Dexter Ward’, ‘The Whisperer in Darkness’ and ‘The Shadow Over Innsmouth’ - are binge-listing heaven. Rather than straight adaptations of Lovecraft’s early-twentieth-century cosmic horror stories, they’re modernised as a series of faux true-crime podcasts called ‘Mystery Machine’, in which intrepid hosts Matthew Heawood and Kennedy Fischer investigate a series of unusual cold cases that bring them into contact with beings beyond the scope of human comprehension.

Dolly Parton’s America

Dolly Parton’s America

In this divided era, you’d still seriously struggle to find anybody who doesn’t think Dolly Parton is a living saint. And if you like the country music queen without being entirely sure of her story, this delightful podcast series tells you at length. It’s presented by Jad Abumrad, a US radio host who found out his father is a passing acquaintance of Parton’s and successfully parlayed it into getting access to the country music legend for an affable and energetic series that delves into everything from the enduring power of the song ‘Jolene’ to the delights of her Dollywood theme park.

Things I Got Wrong at Trivia

Things I Got Wrong at Trivia

Billing itself as ‘a pub quiz with friends’, ‘Things I Got Wrong at Trivia’ is a smart but slick trivia-based quiz show in which a posse of question-setting pals attempt to challenge each other - and by extension, us - with a series of tricky but never boring questions. Crafted with love, there are only a couple made a month, but they’re always top quality and feature a host of thoughtful cultural recommendations alongside the quizzing fun.

Newcomers

Another easy, breezy podcast, ‘Newcomers’ basically sees loud, loquacious hosts Lauren Lapkus and Nicole Boyer delve into some film series or other pop-cultural monolith that they’ve allegedly never seen before and do a deep dive with the aid of an expert guest who acts as their guide. Presented in lengthy themed ‘series’ - eg ‘Lord of the Rings’, ‘The Fast and the Furious’ and in 2022, the MCU - the odds are that you the listener are already reasonably acquainted with whatever’s being discussed. that is a large part of the fun, as is Lapkus and Boyer’s game willing to go really deep - their ‘LOTR’ adventures included listening to the 1978 radio version, and even trying their hands at Dungeons & Dragons.

Homecoming

Another really meaty drama in podcast form, ‘Homecoming’ is a serial thriller that features a proper celebrity cast headed by Catherine Keener, Oscar Isaac and David Schwimmer. The short, punchy, expensively wrought episodes follow the story of Keener’s Heidi, a caseworker from an experimental facility treating psychologically damaged combat veterans, including Isaac’s Walther Cruz. ‘Homecoming’ is some years old now and begat a TV series of the same name with an even starrier cast. That probably outstayed its welcome: the OG ‘Homecoming’ is white knuckle perfection.

Ask Us Anything

Ask Us Anything

Another fun trivia podcast, this time from the American magazine Popular Science, the USP here is that rather than the more traditional format of nerds bringing in their own obscure duelling factoids to the table, here listeners pose questions that host Claire Maldarelli and producer Jess Boddy must answer. It’s a simple idea, but thanks to the thoughtfulness, thoroughness and - naturally - good humour brought to bear, even the weirdest enquires yield rewarding answers. Did food taste better 50 years ago? What does space smell like? Find out here!

Solve

This murder mystery podcast has its origins on Snapchat of all places, where the interactive features of the multimedia messaging app allowed followers to take a stab at solving dozens of imagined murder mysteries. Clearly, you can’t do that with a podcast, but the excellent season one of ‘Solve’ (the podcast) featured a different murder each week, with a clue-laden first section followed by a break for listeners to try and figures out who they think did it - perfect for a bit of back and forth with your travel companions on a long journey.

Questlove Supreme

Questlove Supreme

Drummer for The Roots and all-around genial dude Questlove has a delightful music-based podcast, perfect for whiling away the miles. The format of what Questlove describes as ‘a Black, nerd version of NPR’ is pretty simple: he chats –geekily, but entertainingly – with some big musical icon or other about their life and times. What makes it really stand out is the intensive research he does – he reckons he listens to about 200 songs per episode – and the accompanying, integrated mixtape is what really elevates the show. It’s very much based on Questlove’s hip-hop and soul-based musical tastes, but while it’s maybe not going to be a destination for, say, metal fanatics, it’s a very classy listen.

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These are the 12 best podcasts for long road trips

Make your drive better with these great podcasts for road trips.

Mark Stock

Depending on who you are, a road trip may be a necessary evil or something you’ve looked forward to for weeks. Whatever your position is on road trips generally, though, we can all agree that every road trip is made better by a high-quality podcast.

The Memory Palace

Sincerely, x, the only one in the room, sawbones: a marital tour of misguided medicine, my brother, my brother and me, the nosleep podcast.

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This is not to say you shouldn’t embrace the sounds of the road. Nor should you avoid your fellow passengers or overlook that special quiet you get when you’re driving an empty road during the wee hours. But at some point along the way, you might want a little sonic pick me up. That’s where the road trip podcast really comes in handy, an audio copilot that will keep your brain running while the odometer ticks away.

We’ve made a roundup of the best podcasts  to add to your road trip essentials list , and boy, was there a podcast for everything. So whether you’re a fan of history or horror, you just might find yourself taking the long way to squeeze in a little extra listening time. Whatever you’re into, these are the best podcasts for road trips.

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If you want a thorough, even meticulous history-oriented podcast that will, say, take you through the whole of Ancient Rome or the entire tale of the Aztec Empire, then this is not your podcast. If, on the other hand, you want to dive into unexpected places like the dining room at Thomas Jefferson’s home Monticello , the life of Shipwreck Kelly , who claimed to have survived multiple ships sinking, or the summer of 1816, the so-called Year Without a Summer due to ash sent into the air by a Pacific volcano, you’re in the right place. Host and producer Nate DiMeo digs into little-discussed but fascinating pockets of history and crafts short vignettes that bring them back to life.

As gripping as it is enlightening, Sincerely, X is a Luminary-exclusive TED podcast that plunges into the hidden stories that surround us. Each week, host Sarah Kay guides listeners through stories that are “too risky, painful, or controversial” to be shared openly, told by the anonymous people who lived them. From the woman who shares the details of her life in and after a cult to the ex-con who used the pain of his prison experience to lend a helping hand to other inmates, the stories shared on Sincerely, X are raw, powerful, and deeply personal in a way that can only be achieved through anonymity. Kay handles the series beautifully, probing deeper into the details of each story without losing the show’s deep sense of respect for its storytellers and their anonymity. The show is currently in its second season, so combine the newest episodes with the show’s 10-episode first season run, and you’ll have plenty of miles worth of listening.

In 2018, Laura Cathcart Robbins attended a popular retreat with hundreds of other writers, only to find herself surprisingly alone when she arrived. As the only Black person at the retreat, Robbins felt unexpectedly isolated, and the experience prompted her to share her story on The Huffington Post . When people from all walks of life responded by sending her their own stories of feeling “othered,” Robbins realized the connections that can be uncovered by daring to share the stories of our loneliest moments. Episodes begin with guests completing the phrase, “I was the only one in the room who …” and delicately settle their way into stories of pain, loneliness, altered perspectives, and self-realization. On its surface, The Only One in the Room is a podcast about feeling excluded, isolated, and “othered.” What it ultimately becomes, however, is an exercise in human empathy and a beautifully aching reminder of the common ground that lies between us all. Once you start an episode, you won’t want to stop, making the show perfect for whiling away long hours on lonely roads.

Radiolab is almost as tough to describe as it is rewarding to listen to. Equal parts science, philosophy, politics, history, and humanity, the show is wide in scope and rich in heart, and one of the best science podcasts out there. Hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich employ investigative journalism and a warm narrative style to bring you all the scoop on topics that include plant intelligence, driverless cars , medical triage, the U.S. nuclear chain of command, and the history of football. The hosts’ passion for every topic they cover is palpable and infectious. Because of the sheer vastness of the show’s topic pool, you can start pretty much anywhere you like, although truth be told, it only takes a couple of episodes before you find yourself scrolling back to the beginning for complete listening. If you want a driving soundtrack that’s sure to spark conversation and will have you lost in an endless array of worlds you didn’t even know existed, Radiolab is a must-download.

Another podcast giving ear-time to hidden stories is Ear Hustle , from Radiotopia. Hosted by visual artist Nigel Poor and former inmate-turned-full-time producer, Earlonne Woods, the podcast explores the realities of daily life in prison and affords inmates in San Quentin the opportunity to share their stories themselves. The show, which is now in its tenth season, has explored everything from lockdown and falling in love behind bars to death row, and parenting from prison, all while remaining vigilantly focused on the humanity we too often fail to acknowledge in people who are incarcerated. Ear Hustle is not a rubbernecker’s delight, but rather a poignant, haunting, inspiring, and enlightening view of a world so often ignored by those untouched by it. If you’d like to open your mind out on the open road, this show is beyond worthy of a listen.

Another surefire cure for road boredom is the sheer terror that comes from listening to scary stories on a desolate highway in the middle of the night. The NoSleep Podcast is the perfect elixir of spookiness for anyone for whom horror stories are a guaranteed ticket to sleeplessness. The show is hosted by David Cummings, whose dulcet tones are the only source of comfort in an otherwise unsettling experience. He’s joined by a pool of voice-acting talent that turns every tale into a mini audio-drama, complete with eerie music and atmospheric sound effects. Stories are pulled from the popular subreddit of the same name , along with direct submissions from amateur and seasoned horror writers. While creepiness is a constant theme, subjects range from paranormal events to monsters to tales of stalkers and shadowy figures. The show is currently in its 18th season, so there’s plenty of content to make you regret that choice to drive through the night.

Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!

This weekly pod from radio masters NPR and WBEZ Chicago is a raucous, interactive show that mixes current events news with game-show-style trivia. The show is staged and recorded in front of a live audience and features a rotating panel of commentators and listeners who take on the role of contestants. There are a variety of trivia challenges, including Bluff the Listener (in which contestants listen to three stories and choose which one is fake), Not My Job (in which celebrity guests are quizzed on subjects that are nowhere near their field of professional expertise), and, of course, a final Lightning Round. Woven into the trivia games are genuine (but often hilarious) discussions of the week’s news, along with panel predictions on how news stories will eventually conclude. Panelists and guests range from journalists and authors to comedians and performers, including Drew Carey, Mike Birbiglia, Salmon Rushdie, Madeleine Albright, Neko Case, Hannibal Buress, and so many more. If you’re looking for a car-friendly game to replace worn-out standards like Punch Buggy and I Spy, Wait Wait! is a perfect way to liven up a long haul.

There’s a decent trip that the road trip you’re on is going to lead to some pretty places in the great outdoors. This podcast focuses on as much, dabbling in everything from where your brain goes after many consecutive hours on a ski lift to one person’s journey to visit every National Park in America in a single day. Like the publication it stems from, Outside is entertaining and inspires an even broader appreciation of the natural world. Moreover, if you have the time, it’ll nudge you away from the car for an impromptu hike or a slightly different route to see something new.

The name says it all with this highly-listenable podcast. It’s all about the best inventions and how they came to be. From the culinary impetus to redefine and reestablish Native American cuisine to flavored kombucha, it’s all about how things came to be. There are a lot of rags-to-riches tales here, concepts developed in garages or over sleepless nights that are now international brands or big-name retail affairs. Ever wonder how the Leatherman came to be? How about the Discovery Channel? This podcast will explain it all, in colorful detail that will accompany you nicely as you knock out those highway hours.

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What makes a great thriller? It can be hard to put your finger on an answer, in part because the definition of a thriller is always changing. Some thrillers are also great action movies, while others could be defined as great horror movies, or at least horror adjacent. Thrillers exist in a nebulous zone in the middle; they're often fun to watch, but not the same joyride many action movies are, and they're also unsettling without being outright terrifying. The best thrillers are actively helping to define the genre, and that's what makes them so special.

What unites thrillers, though, is that great ones are riveting from their opening moments. They often tell stories of seedy underworlds or criminal enterprises, and they're often unafraid of being racy when they need to be. A great thriller should entertain you, but it should also leave you asking questions when you exit the theater. The thrillers we've assembled for this list all fit that bill to a tee, and have also stood the test of time as greats of the genre. These are the best thriller movies to watch, and helpful streaming information to make sure you can check them out.

Finding a good podcast can be a bit like finding a great vinyl record at the music store. In other words, there are so many good options it can be dizzying and daunting. Worry not, we've engineered a great list of some of the most engaging podcasts out there, worthy of your time and attention.

Interested in a good music podcast? By all means, take that deep dive into Dolly Parton land. Love a true crime podcast? Great, get cozy and be prepared to be a little startled. Here, we're looking at the best overall podcasts that are equal parts engaging and insightful. That could mean one hosted by a great conversationalist like Marc Maron or even one that spotlights individual trees.

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10 Transportive Podcasts to Listen to During Your Next Road Trip

virgin media best road trip podcast

W hether it’s a gripping true-crime story or an extended interview with your favorite celebrity, podcasts make an excellent travel companion on long car trips. But podcasts can also help you learn about the places you’re going—or maybe the places that are still on your list to visit.

Here are 10 podcasts that provide a deeper understanding of regional American culture, from the Pacific Northwest to the Deep South. Add one or more to the playlist for your next road trip to immerse yourself in the stories of the places that are flashing by your car window.

The Dirtbag Diaries

This is Patagonia’s podcast about the outdoors, particularly the Mountain West. The show is filled with stories of adventure on mountains, rivers, and more. While some outdoor lifestyle shows geek out about gear and technique, The Dirtbag Diaries keeps the focus on the humans at the center of each story. Nature is a character, but not the star of the show. The focus remains on people and how nature changes our relationships with each other, which makes each episode even more compelling.

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The Bitter Southerner

virgin media best road trip podcast

The podcast from The Bitter Southerner magazine, in collaboration with Georgia Public Broadcasting, explores what it means to live in the South in all its complexity. It takes a fresh look at some of the region’s well-known tropes, from southern accents to J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy to food like okra. There’s an episode on Waffle House that sticks with me a couple years after I originally heard it in early 2020. After you listen, I guarantee you won’t think about the iconic chain the same way again.

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Peak Northwest

This show from The Oregonian is the most straightforward travel show on the list. Each episode explores something different to do in Oregon and the broader Pacific Northwest. It’s a must-listen if you’re traveling to that part of the country. Learn about overlooked state parks, where to go crabbing on the Oregon coast, and Portland’s dining scene. Even people who live in this region can uncover something new from hosts Jamie Hale and Jim Ryan, as well as the experts they interview.

Black in Appalachia

The Appalachian region technically consists of 13 states from New York to Mississippi and has received a ton of media coverage since the 2016 presidential election. Stories typically focus on white, working-class people and ignore the experiences of Black people living in those places. The Black in Appalachia podcast changes that by centering Black voices and breaking apart cultural and historical stereotypes. Episodes explore the myth of John Henry and the history of Black music from freed and escaped slaves in the region.

New Jersey Is the World

If you ever wanted to put New Jersey into a podcast, this is it. Unlike some of the other shows on this list, New Jersey Is the World is not filled with rich sound design or engaging narrative storytelling. Rather, comedian Chris Gethard hosts conversations about what makes the Garden State so great. He leans into the state’s stereotypes and isn’t afraid to talk about things that need to change. Whether you already love New Jersey like Gethard does or are just N.J.-curious, there’s something for you here.

Driving the Green Book

virgin media best road trip podcast

Traveling in the United States has not always been easy, particularly for people of color. This podcast traces the route that Black Americans traveled from Detroit to New Orleans when they were on tour in the Jim Crow era. The Green Book is the handbook of Black-friendly businesses and other safe havens along the route. The show includes an Apple Maps component so you can follow along the route and see what’s become of the locations in The Green Book today.

Threshold is the perfect show to get lost in on a long stretch of highway. Rather than focusing on one region, it covers our relationship to nature in an immersive way. Each episode is filled with natural sound and rich storytelling. The show’s third season, which won a Peabody Award in 2021, features reporting from Kaktovik, Alaska, the only town in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and a place at the center of the controversy over drilling for oil there.

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Dolly Parton’s America

This show received lots of buzz when it debuted in 2019, and with good reason. It’s a story about Tennessee, but also about American culture more broadly and Dolly Parton’s place within it . Travel inside what the creators call the “Dollyverse”—the world that Parton created and the one she and her fans inhabit. It’s complicated and far from perfect, but the idea of Dolly as a uniting figure is worth exploring as you traverse parts of the country that might be different from where you live.

Makers of the USA

One of the best things about traveling is finding the off-the-beaten-path places that make something unique that you can take home as a souvenir—and that will give you a story you’ll tell for years to come. The podcast Makers in the USA puts a spotlight on artists and artisans from Maine to Maryland. Learn about how they started their businesses and how they connect with their communities. Episodes cover everything from candles to gourd banjos to razors and also discuss how these creators survive in an ever-changing economy and grow their businesses while maintaining artisan craftsmanship.

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No list of travel shows would be complete without mentioning the Golden State. Many people find themselves in California, and Los Angeles specifically, because they see it as a beacon of the American Dream. As you might expect, things are not that simple. Award-winning journalist David Weinberg highlights the complexities in this series from public radio station KCRW. One particularly moving episode chronicles what happens on Friday nights across the city, both before and after the early days of COVID-19.

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The 16 Best Podcasts for Road Trips

Posted by Arthur McMahon September 18, 2020 Updated September 15, 2021

Podcasts are a great way to stave off the boredom of the open road.

Let’s be honest. Road trips can be chock full of beautiful views, tasty food, and interesting roadside attractions, but they don’t often have a thing worth listening to — spouse and children aside, of course.

You need something to tickle your eardrums while you’re out there crushing highway miles en route to your far off destination. Hunting for radio stations can be tedious, and the aging playlist of your favorite songs from high school can only last you for so long. It’s time to add some fresh audio to your road trip rotation.

Best Road Trip Podcasts

Listening to podcasts can help to keep you alert and attentive while driving — and maybe even boost morale during a long road trip too. The best podcasts for road trips will keep you entertained for hours while you let multiple episodes play through without pause.

1. The Best Road Trip Podcast Overall: Outside Podcast

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What we dig: Outside Podcast is a fascinating mix of adventure-focused material that will hold your interest for hours on end.

Combining an outdoorsy theme with high production values and well-developed content from multiple non-fiction genres, Outside Podcast has solidified its standing as our favorite podcast for long road trips. It’s the best show out there for those stricken with wanderlust.

The mission of Outside Podcast is to “entertain, inspire, and inform” its listeners. Its production style is reminiscent of the highly-praised public radio podcasts This American Life and Radiolab, but with adventurous and sporty topics directing the flow of each episode.

The show has four different ongoing programs that serve to mix up the content. It all started years ago with the Science of Survival, a captivating study of what it takes to be self-reliant in extreme circumstances.

Since that initial run, the podcast has branched out with several other popular programs including The Outside Interview, in which Outside Editor Christopher Keyes interviews big names in sports and adventure, Dispatch, which focuses on newsworthy storytelling, and Sweat Science, which dissects the world of extreme athletes.

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2. The Best Story-Driven Road Trip Podcast: Serial

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What we dig: Each season contains a gripping narrative from end to end.

You’ve likely heard of Serial , and you may have already listened to it. This is arguably the podcast that brought podcasts into the mainstream media. Each season of the show has an engrossing narrative that’ll have you on the edge of your seat throughout each and every episode.

The first season aired in 2014. Its 12 episodes are each about 30 to 60 minutes in length. The story is broken down into digestible segments and each one provides more questions than it does answers, leaving you wanting more as the show’s iconic piano tune signifies the end of each episode.

What’s great about this show is that each season provides a provocative story that can be totally consumed throughout the course of a long road trip. The following two seasons focus on different stories, but they’re produced in the same easy-to-consume fashion.

If you haven’t listened to Serial before, now is your chance to dive into the story that turned the world onto podcasts. And if you have listened before, you know it’s worth another go, especially if you’re road tripping with a friend who has never heard it before.

Those who crave even more Serial will be happy to hear that HBO put together the docu-series The Case Against Adnan Syed to recap the popular podcast’s first season and provide a follow-up to the story.

3. The Best Road Trip Podcast for Outdoor Enthusiasts: America’s National Park Podcast

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What we dig: Each episode is jam-packed with the history, stories, and people of the National Parks.

Consider America’s National Park Podcast to be your personal tour guide to the national parks. The couple who run the show weave area history with entertaining stories, politics, visitor and employee opinions, fun facts, and their own experiences in the national parks to create well-rounded overviews of each park.

In fact, this podcast is as informative taking a guided hike with a park ranger. Timely context helps to build a narrative around each park’s history. The juxtaposition of past versus present shows how both politics and nature have shaped each park over the years.

The contemporary stories and opinions provided by park rangers, visitor center staff, and vacationers offer different perspectives, not all of which are positive, about the current status of the national parks.

While this show mostly focuses on providing entertainment and insight for its listeners, many episodes contain logistical information as well. You’ll still want to plan further before you visit a featured park on the show, but you’ll get a good introductory taste of the park’s highlights.

The podcast is managed by the RV Miles Network, and so RV camping is another aspect that is briefly discussed about the parks. The hosts tend to provide useful tips and tricks relative to National Park campgrounds and the nearby amenities.

4. The Best Comedy Road Trip Podcast: My Brother, My Brother, and Me

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What we dig: Laugh out loud commentary and advice doled out by three cockamamie brothers.

Each week the three McElroy brothers of My Brother, My Brother, and Me respond to listener questions or the perplexing queries found deep in the trenches of Yahoo! Answers. The chemistry between these brothers is outlandish and outstanding. A simple question can lead them down a spiraling abyss of hilarity.

This podcast is a lot like listening to your best friends banter about stupid stuff. The conversation rarely turns serious, or intelligent, but it is always a riot.

The show has won multiple awards for its comedy, and it even spawned a short-lived television series starring the trio. They often venture into adult themes and spout crude language, so you may want to reserve this podcast for when the kids aren’t around.

The question-and-answer format repeats every episode, but there are a dozen or so recurring segments that break up the monotony and change up the rhythm of each episode. If you need a giggle to help get you through those long hours on the road, this is the show for you.

5. The Best Road Trip Podcast for Kids: Sesame Street with Foley & Friends

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What we dig: It’s a Sesame Street podcast! Young tykes will love it.

This podcast has not been released yet as of the date of this article’s publication, but from the samples we’ve listened to, Sesame Street with Foley & Friends is going to be a top choice podcast for parents with young children.

The show stars a new muppet named Foley, who is most interested in making weird sounds, and her sidekick Mikee the Microphone. Every one of the 15-minute episodes will focus on an educational theme, such as the alphabet or animal noises.

Though the host is new to Sesame Street, famous guest stars like Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Big Bird will make regular appearances. Recurring segments like Elmo’s Joke of the Day and original songs will mirror the appeal of the venerable children’s television show.

Podcasts for children is a burgeoning genre, and Sesame Street is sure to be a forerunner of even greater programs to come. It’s hard to beat the reliability of Sesame Street’s educational programming, though, and we think adults will have fun singing along and mimicking Foley’s weird sounds as well.

The Best of the Rest

Though these podcasts didn’t grab a “best of” label from us, they’re still binge-worthy shows that deserve a listen. Load up your playlist so that you never run short of episodes to listen to.

6. Dirtbag Diaries

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Dirtbag Diaries started out as a modest outdoor storytelling podcast by a young writer over 12 years ago. Since then, the show has evolved into a conglomeration of outdoor enthusiasts from all ilks sharing their stories of the trail, the slopes, the open sea, and wherever else their wanderings have taken them.

Each episode delves into a grand story, or a series of short stories, that span the range of human emotion and endurance. This show will inspire you, hit you with humor when you least expect it, and showcase both the struggles and triumphs of intrepid explorers from around the globe.

7. Freakonomics Radio

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Freakanomics Radio is an ancient program in the podcasting world. There are hundreds of episodes in its archive, all of which dissect the socioeconomic issues of our modern world.

The show’s tagline “Discover the hidden side of everything…” does well to explain what the show is all about, because its broadness makes it difficult to define. You’ll learn lots of interesting things about topics you’ve never even thought about. It’s a great show for building up your trivia bank, and it will lead to some interesting conversations with your car mates.

8. Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy

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Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate podcast for us fiction-loving nerds. The show is sponsored by WIRED Magazine, hosted by fiction author David Barr Kirtley, and produced by John Joseph Adams of Lightspeed Magazine.

Topics range from video game-inspired cartoons to epic fantasy films to science fiction conventions. The episodes range from one to several hours in length, making this a great show for long stretches of highway cruising. Panel guests frequent the show, including notable sci-fi and fantasy legends like Neil Gaimen, Wil Wheaton, and N. K. Jemisin.

9. Philosophize This!

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The be all end all of philosophy podcasts, Philosophize This! breaks down philosophers and their ideas to their building blocks. Host Stephen West does well to whittle down grandiose concepts into laymen’s terms so that we all can understand what the world’s greatest thinkers were trying to get at.

Each episode, starting with the very first, follows the evolution of philosophy chronologically, making it exceptionally friendly to beginners in the field who wish to start from its genesis. As the episodes progress, so do the depth of the ideas. It’s a remarkable journey.

s-town podcast

To keep it brief, S-Town is an investigative journalism piece in the same style and format as Serial. It was created by the producers of Serial and This American Life.

Fans of Serial will absolutely become fans of S-Town. The setting is ominous, the characters are quirky, and the story is exciting. Host Brian Reed lets the drama of the tale hold its own as his matter-of-fact way of speaking, and interviewing, unveils the truth hidden between the words.

11. Stuff You Should Know

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In each episode of Stuff You Should Know , the offbeat hosting duo digs deep into a specific topic and reveal the answers to just about every question an average person would wish to know about the subject. You can browse through the hundreds of episodes for the topics that interest you or listen to them all to learn something completely new to you.

The show works well for those who want a show they can intently listen to, and for those who want some background noise that doesn’t require their full attention.

12. The Habitat

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The Habitat is a seven-episode docu-series that follows the lives of six well-qualified volunteers who are left to their own devices in a faux Mars-like habitat on a remote mountain in Hawaii. If you’ve ever wondered how people would cope in an off-world biodome, this podcast explores that fantasy in reality.

Humans are humans, even when they’re pretending to be on another planet. The relationships between the individuals are the most compelling part of this experiment. Frustration, love, and toilet troubles are all recurring themes.

13. The Moth Podcast

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Highlighting storytellers from all walks of life and from all over the world, The Moth Podcast is a menagerie of tales both bright and dark. These are the real tales of real people, told live without scripts.

This series debuted live in 2009 as The Moth Radio Hour, putting storytellers on stage to speak their raw, unedited truths. It has since won a Peabody Award and is now broadcasted on over 500 radio stations. The podcast is available wherever you get your podcasts from and will provide untold hours of entertainment.

14. The No Sleep Podcast

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A grassroots podcast built from a small community of horror fiction writers on Reddit, The No Sleep Podcas t is an anthology of all things that go bump in the night. Each episode features one or several hair-raising tales that can serve as the perfect road trip pre-game to your campfire stories.

Most of the stories feature a terrifying realism that pulls you into their prose. Eerie music and sound effects add to the podcast’s spooky atmosphere.

15. This American Life

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The content of This American Life varies from episode to episode. Non-fiction stories are overwhelmingly featured, though short fiction does make it on to the show every so often. A mix of writers and storytellers present a thematic tale, or series of tales, each episode.

These stories are presented through investigative journalism, memoirs, found footage, and all sorts of other mediums that mix up the pacing to keep listeners interested. The stories feel unfiltered and factual, giving the show credence since its inception as a radio show in the mid-1990s.

16. Wild Thing

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Wild Thing is a podcast about “wild places, wild people, and wild ideas” featuring campy topics like Bigfoot, extraterrestrials, and other mysteries that science has left unexplained. The show explores the relationship between science, fiction, and society, and it goes deeper than you would expect.

One reviewer on Stitcher summed up this podcast with a simple question — “What if Serial went hunting for Sasquatch?” This podcast mixes investigative journalism with a bit of imagination. It’s sure to scratch an itch for those who love mystery, folklore, and superstition.

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Arthur loves to walk. It’s as simple as that. Whether it be in the mountains, on the beach, or along the city streets — he believes walking is the best way to experience the world. Thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail was his first backpacking foray, and he hasn’t stopped crushing miles since. Arthur and his wife now regularly travel into the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest seeking new trails to hike.

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No matter your circumstances, downloading a good podcast before setting out for a road trip should be as routine as checking the pressure on your tires. After all, we are in the Golden Age of podcasting, which means there is a bounty of shows to help you pass the time when you're on the open road—whether you’re headed cross-country to Las Vegas or Dollywood and it’s salacious entertainment talk that you seek, or bound for a family get together a state or two away and need a friendly voice to supplement your road trip companion. Here, a few shows to get you started, including deep dives on juicy gossip, laugh-out-loud cultural takes, and memorable interviews with A-listers.

I’ve been a Toaster for over five years and still can’t get enough. There’s a new episode every Monday through Friday, so it’s the perfect light-hearted companion for my hour-long commute to work, daily outdoor walks, and road trips. It’s hosted by sisters Claudia Oshry (better known on Instagram as Girl With No Job) and Jackie Oshry, and together they deliver the Fast Five: the top five stories of the day, breaking down everything you need to know from pop culture to business news to McDonald’s newest McFlurry flavor. The Oshry sisters are smart, hilarious, and have a unique jive that’s unlike any other podcast I’ve binged. — Meaghan Kenny, associate commerce editor  

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It's a beautiful thing to become privy to gossip with which you have nothing to do: Who sent something intended for one pair of eyes only to a Disney World group chat ? Who pretended to be poor when, really, they were rich ? What did you hear through the thin walls of your miserable apartment ? On Normal Gossip, host Kelsey McKinney invites a guest to discuss juicy gossip submitted by listeners. It's completely anonymous and completely fun, with an archive of 40 hour-long episodes plus new ones dropping weekly making this perfect for a cross-country binge. — Charlie Hobbs, editorial assistant

How I Built This There’s no better kick in the pants than binging on the success stories of the entrepreneurs featured in this beloved podcast. Host Guy Raz is a delightful interviewer and his Q&As are both inspiring and humanizing—a good reminder that even billionaires like  Airbnb’s Joe Gebbia or  James Dyson , of vacuum cleaner fame, put their pants on one leg at a time. Most episodes follow a rollercoaster arc that rises, falls, and rises again on the ingenuity and problem-solving skills of its star businesspeople. The biggest takeaway, of course, is a nugget we could all stand to remember: If you don’t ask, the answer will always be no. —Ashlea Halpern, contributor

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Last summer I had a nine-hour drive home from the Ontario lakes to New York City with my sister and her fiancé. We wanted to burn through the journey with an engaging, narrative podcast that would fill the time, and went searching for something vaguely about “Canada.” Wild Boys delivered, and we were captivated for at least seven consecutive hours. Let me give you a preview, from the podcast’s own description: “Two strange brothers, Will and Tom Green, blow into a small Canadian town, telling an unbelievable story about their upbringing. The community, led by a hockey Mom named Tami, rallies to help them. But the boys have a secret.” I mean, hit play already! — Megan Spurrell, senior editor

A not-so-great Netflix show about  The Watcher house in New Jersey got me into this (much-better) podcast last year, around the time when my partner and I started looking to buy property of our own in a historic part of Boston. It’s equal parts HGTV and true-crime stories, and tackles some of my longtime favorite legends, from the Conjuring witch house in Burrillville, Rhode Island, to the Mercer-Williams House murder in Savannah , Georgia. The focus is on the homes’ architectural histories, the people who lived in them, and a deep dive into factual reporting about the infamous stories of what happened in them—so deep that you might find yourself playing detective—alongside the editors of House Beautiful magazine, and often a guest or two who have a connection to the home or its story. — Shannon McMahon, destinations editor

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What  is  the culture that made you say, “Culture is for me?” That central question is answered most weeks by Matt Rogers and  Bowen Yang ’s guests—recent sit-downs feature Andy Cohen,  D’Arcy Carden , Melanie Lynskey, and Michelle Yeoh. But some of my favorite episodes of this weekly podcast, which first launched in 2016 (I started listening a few years ago after going to a live taping in New York City), are the ones with just Matt and Bowen—if you don’t know them by name, you’d recognize them from  Saturday Night Live ,  Fire Island , and  I Love That for You —shooting the breeze, catching up on all things culture: pop stars, reality TV, films, general life happenings. They’re hilarious, their takes on culture are so smart, and they cover an impressive breadth of content. Most episodes are over an hour, making them great to tune in to on road trips, train rides, or long commutes, too. If you’re new to the pod, start with May’s three-part Las Culturistas Culture Awards nomination special—it’ll have you laughing out loud at seminal categories like the ‘Slouching Toward Bethlehem Award for Chicest Book to Hold’ and ‘Meal We Should Have Gotten But Didn’t.’ — Madison Flager, senior commerce editor

This Had Oscar Buzz  

Stuck in Memorial Day traffic on my way out to Rhode Island from Connecticut a few weeks ago, desperate to pee but knowing any detour to do so would be punished by further time spent in the standstill, I needed a distraction. This podcast, hosted by entertainment writers Joe Reid and Chris Feil, kept my eyes on the road and my mind on the past, rather than a future in which I might imminently wet myself. I’ve long been a fan of  This Had Oscar Buzz , in which a typical episode sees Reid and Field perform a port-mortem on a film that failed to receive a single Academy Award nomination despite indications that it might. My drive benefited from a miniseries titled  100 Years, 100 Snubs  (styled after the various AFI lists of the same name). Here, Feil and Reid spend several episodes naming the snubs most atrocious to them since the awards’ inception (I agree with them most strongly on Michelle Pfeiffer for  Age of Innocence  and Jennifer Garner for  Juno ) and then choose somebody who  did  get nominated that year who they would kick out to make room. It’s thoughtful, a little mean, and very entertaining. — C.H.

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Song Exploder So it turns out “Closing Time” isn’t just about last call in a bar. But you wouldn’t know that unless you heard  Dan Wilson , the songwriter behind the Grammy-winning Semisonic, breaking it down for “Song Exploder” host Hrishikesh Hirway. Each 20-minute episode in Hirway’s podcast series features one musician unpacking the nuts-and-bolts of a single song: how it came together, what it meant then, and what it means today. From its debut breakdown of The Postal Service’s “ The District Sleeps Alone Tonight ,” the programming has leaned hard on millennial and Gen-X indie rock, but what’s most fun about the series is how it evolved, incorporating hip-hop (Ghostface Killah’s “ The Battlefield ”), pop (Carly Rae Jepsen’s “ When I Needed You ”), and even classical takes (Yo-Yo Ma’s “ Prelude, Cello Suite No. 1 in a G Major, by J.S. Bach ”). —A.H.

The Sporkful Dan Pashman is the force behind one of the smartest and most awarded foodcasts ever recorded. ( The Sporkful has swept prizes at the Beards, the Webbys, and the  Saveur Awards.) Each 15- to 30-minute episode is a kitchen-sink take, anchored by a playful interview with a YouTube star (cookbook author Claire Saffitz ), celebrity toque ( Jamie Oliver ), rising chef (Washington, D.C.’s  Kwame Onwuachi ), comedian ( Ronny Chieng ), or other grub-obsessed personality. Then, Pashman dives deep, exploring topics like the upside-down world of cannabis-infused edibles or bringing in heavyweight food-sci gurus like  Serious Eats’ Kenji Lopez-Alt for comment . But he also keeps it real, contemplating important food-related questions (“Should you tip for takeout?”) and offering practical tips, like how to make airline meals more palatable. —A.H.

WTF with Marc Maron Comedian Marc Maron has been podcasting since 2009, which makes him the Yoda of this particular audio world. Now on his 1,443rd episode, his roster of A-list guests would give any prime-time awards show a run for its money. In years past, Maron has chatted up Paul McCartney, Anjelica Huston, Hank Azaria, and  Barack Obama (in his garage, no less!), but it was his April 2010 and December 2011 interviews with the late Robin Williams and the late  Anthony Bourdain , respectively, that will stick with listeners for years to come. Equally humorous and darkly sobering, the men spoke frankly about the ravages of drug addiction, alcoholism, and fame. (If you want access to all of the  WTF with Marc Maron episodes, you'll have to sign up for  Stitcher Premium , as only some episodes are available on Apple Podcasts.) —A.H.

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Podcasts offer a unique way to entertain the whole family, especially when the adventure at hand is a road trip. Some general interest podcasts are great for family listening, but there's a rich vein of family- and kid-friendly podcasts . Some are even made in collaboration with real kids.

Whether your family is into science and learning new things, exciting stories, spooky mysteries, or interactive game shows, here are the ones we've checked out that we think are bound to keep everyone entertained.

Best Science Podcast: Wow in the World

Educational and entertaining content.

Family-friendly topics suitable for kids and adults.

Full of fun humor and banter.

Some topics are too complex for younger listeners.

Doesn’t provide enough depth on some subjects.

High energy delivery can be distracting for the driver.

Wow in the World is ideal if you have science-minded kids or your family likes learning. This podcast is designed to ignite curiosity for all listeners by providing captivating looks at various topics related to science and technology.

This podcast is presented in language that kids can understand, with lively hosts and a dash of interactive storytelling, but it’s also interesting enough to keep adults engaged. It has over 300 episodes, too, so you’ll find at least a few topics of interest for your next road trip.

Best Game Show: The Big Fib

Promotes critical thinking.

Both entertaining and educational.

Fun interactive format.

Active participation can be distracting for the driver.

Some younger kids will struggle with the format.

The game show format isn’t for everyone.

This interactive game show experience spawned a live-action version on Disney Plus , but the original is still available on your podcast platform of choice. Each episode presents two supposed experts in a specific field and tasks you and your kids with figuring out which one is on the up and up and which is a big fibber. It’s part trivia game and part detective work, as you’ll need to put on your critical thinking cap to separate truth from lies. Work with your kids as a family to uncover the truth, or play your hand closer to the vest and see who in the family is the best at picking out the big fibber. Each episode is about 25 minutes long, with over 270 to choose from. 

Best Comedy and Songs by Kids: Story Pirates

Stories are written by real kids.

High production quality with professional actors.

Your kids can submit their own stories.

Story quality varies.

Older kids may not be as engaged.

Some stories and jokes are difficult to understand.

Ahoy, family road-trippers! If you’re looking for a fun podcast that mixes stories, comedy, and music, you’ll want to set sail for Story Pirates immediately. Each episode is produced and performed by professional voice actors, with special guest stars ranging from Julie Andrews to Lin-Manuel Miranda, but the stories, skits, and songs are all written by kids. If you have a budding creative in your family, you can even help them submit their own stories that might be featured in a future podcast episode. Episode lengths vary, but they typically run less than 20 minutes each.

Best Serial Mystery: The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel

Performed by actual kids.

High production quality.

Serialized format is great for long road trips.

Story is too complex for younger listeners.

Themes may be too dark for some kids.

Need to listen to the episodes in order.

This serialized mystery podcast features a middle-school-aged cast, making it especially relatable for kids. It’s billed as a thematic cross between Goonies, Spy Kids, and Stranger Things, so parents will likely enjoy it for nostalgia. At the same time, kids will latch on to the suspenseful storyline that makes this the perfect “just one more episode” podcast for a long road trip.

This podcast is heavily serialized, so you’ll probably want to start at the beginning, and your kids will probably want to keep listening long after your road trip is over.

Best Science Podcast for Kids: Tumble

Covers a diverse range of topics.

Includes interviews with experts.

Family-friendly topics that also keep adults engaged.

Some concepts will be too complex for younger listeners.

Requires some focus to follow the more complex topics.

Not great if your family isn’t interested in science.

Tumble combines exciting and engaging storytelling with real science, so it’s entertaining while sneakily adding facts and information. Since it isn’t too heavy-handed, it’s great for science-minded kids and kids who might be less excited about an educational podcast.

Topics range across various family-friendly subjects, with engaging interviews featuring real scientists and interactive science experiments encouraging your kids to ask questions and spur fun family conversations on the road.

Best Debates: Smash Boom Best

Teaches kids how to defend ideas.

Encourages discussion after the episode.

Educational value with fun topics.

Can trigger arguments.

May go over the head of some younger listeners.

Can be distracting for the driver.

This debate podcast pits two concepts against each other, with the hosts each taking up one side or the other. Each debater makes a passionate case for their side, using facts and classic debate tactics that can help your kids learn to form and defend their own opinions in the real world.

The fun part is in the subject matter since this show doesn’t waste any time on boring topics. Instead, the hosts get to argue the merits of pizza vs. tacos, who would win in the age-old battle of electric eels vs. Tasmanian devils, or opine on the relative strengths and weaknesses of the Tooth Fairy vs. the Sandman.

Best What If Scenarios: What If World

Fosters creativity and imagination in young listeners.

Questions are submitted by real kids.

Each episode teaches about different subjects.

Older kids and teens may not enjoy it.

Some episodes are lacking in educational content.

Active listening isn’t promoted so your kid may zone out.

This storytelling podcast is perfect for creative kids, as it takes wild and out-there concepts, like “what if sharks had legs?” and renders them into fun and entertaining stories. Each episode focuses on a single “what if” scenario, often weaving in valuable life lessons about bravery, friendship, kindness, and other positive traits while exploring fun, crazy, and fantastical concepts. Each episode is pretty short, so cue up a single one for shorter drives or load up an entire playlist for an extended road trip. The inventive premises and wild stories often encourage lively post-episode discussions, allowing you to pause at the end and chat with your kids about the implications of what you just listened to.

You can also help your kids submit their own “what if” scenarios that might be featured in a future podcast episode.

Best Anthology Storytelling: Welcome to Night Vale

Engaging storytelling.

Full of dark humor and clever writing.

Plot can be tough to follow for younger listeners.

Some themes may be unsuitable for young kids.

The driver may not be able to follow as it requires attention.

This podcast features a radio show-style narrative with darker and more complex themes best suited to teenagers and adults. The content isn’t scary enough to be inappropriate for most younger kids, but it may not hold their interest as much as some of our other recommendations. Teens and adults will find a fascinating story with cohesive worldbuilding that constructs a vivid world around recurring characters and storylines, even though the anthology style doesn’t require you to listen to the episodes in order or even start at episode one.

Each story is self-contained and focused on the titular setting of Night Vale and its quirky and interesting inhabitants. With over 200 episodes, this one is great, especially for long road trips.

Best Journalistic Non-fiction: This American Life

High quality journalistic work and narration.

Covers a wide range of subjects.

Episodes are thought-provoking.

Episode length can fail to hold the interest of young kids.

Some themes are too complex for young kids.

Some episodes aren’t family-friendly.

This American Life is an NPR classic that gets rolled into a podcast each week, with each episode featuring a slice of American backed up by excellent reporting, compelling narratives, and soothing narration by Ira Glass. It’s aimed at general audiences, so it may not hold the interest of younger children, but the subject matter and content is typically appropriate for the whole family (a warning is mentioned at the start of each episode if the producers feel it might be inappropriate or contain curse words). If you have teens or thoughtful older children tired of content specifically aimed at kids, This American Life will provide a welcome break from that type of content.

Each episode delves deep into a theme, providing a listening experience that’s both entertaining and educational and which can also serve as a jumping-off point for conversations with your teens on various engaging subjects.

Best Fairy Tales and Fables: Storynory

Delivers rich storytelling with high quality narration.

Covers a wide range of cultures and literary styles.

Many stories include a lesson or moral.

Limited interactivity leads to passive listening.

Varying age appropriateness across episodes.

Some themes are too complex for younger listeners.

This delightful podcast features stories based on classic fairy tales, myths, legends, and fables alongside entirely original works. Stories are selected from a wide range of sources, allowing you to introduce your kids to varied literary traditions that go far beyond the basics they’re already familiar with from popular media. The stories are easy to follow, even for young listeners, and have a high production level that should also keep you engaged. Each episode is pretty short, with most falling in the range of 10 to 20 minutes, so they’re just as suitable for faster drives as they are for inclusion on a longer road trip playlist. 

Best Bedtime Stories: Story Time

Creates a cozy, calming atmosphere.

Covers a variety of themes.

Encourages kids to use their imaginations.

Primarily aimed at younger listeners.

Passive listening experience.

Not a lot of educational content.

This colorful series of bedtime-style stories is perfect for loading up as the sun sets on a long day of driving. You may even need to load up on a fresh serving of gas station coffee as this podcast's comfy, cozy atmosphere creates a relaxing environment to help lull your kids to sleep while continuing to entertain.

Each episode is about 10 to 15 minutes long, with themes and language that are age-appropriate for younger kids and themes that range from friendship and family to swashbuckling adventure. The narration is rich and captivating, which helps younger kids visualize the stories and spur their own imaginations. 

Best Music and Stories: Ear Snacks

Fun musical elements.

Episodes are short and sweet.

Parents will enjoy the wit and humor.

Some older teens may not find it engaging.

May be too distracting for the driver.

Some sections require parental interaction.

Ear Snacks is a fun and engaging podcast that captures and keeps a child’s interest on long road trips with interactive segments inviting them to sing, answer questions, and think critically. The hosts are talented musicians and storytellers and cover a diverse variety of subjects that entertain and educate at the same time.

Music features heavily in each episode, including sing-along segments and other interactive content. Topics are more aimed at younger kids than older kids, but each episode is fairly short, so it’s easy to mix things up if you’re trying to satisfy kids of different ages.

Best Question and Answer: But Why

Fun and informative.

Helps start conversations.

Kids can send in their own questions.

Teens and adults may lose interest.

Some topics are too complex.

Requires active listening.

If your kid’s favorite words seem to be, “But why?” then this is the perfect podcast to load up for a long road trip. Each episode answers questions from real kids, so the topics are of genuine interest.

Information is presented in a very accessible way, even for younger kids, while providing enough in-depth information to satisfy older listeners. You’ll likely find that you already know the answers to many of the questions, but many topics, like an exploration of how we learn to read and an exploration of why social media is so addictive, will teach some parents right alongside their kids.

Best Trivia: Trivia for Kids

Play together or competitively.

Interactive and engaging.

Educational.

Can be frustrating for younger listeners.

No replay value.

This fun and engaging podcast will turn your car into a game show arena, allowing each family member to compete to see who knows more about trivia. The kid-friendly topics cover various areas, like geography, history, science, and even pop culture, so you’ll likely find that some family members do better in one while others will excel in the next. The basic format of this game show podcast presents a series of trivia questions, with brief pauses for each player to think about and jot down the answer. You can work together by brainstorming out loud, or each write down your answers silently to see who knows the most. The answers are presented afterward, with fun banter and jokes interspersed throughout.

How to Pick Podcasts for Family Road Trips

Since many families represent a diverse audience of ages and interests, it can be tough to find one podcast that's perfect for everyone. If you're planning a long road trip, don't hesitate to cue up options that will satisfy some listeners more than others. Some of our recommendations are great for the whole family, while others are better for younger kids or teens and adults.

If you're packing a lot of the best road trip gear, like tablets and game systems , it's easy to keep everyone entertained even when everyone isn't especially interested in the current podcast. Since many of our recommendations have episodes that clock in at 20 minutes or less, mixing things up enough that everyone stays happy is easy.

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July 15, 2022

When it comes to setting out on a lengthy road trip, there's nothing better than queuing up an excellent new listen to help the time pass while enjoying the scenery rushing by outside your car window. With that said, there's something particularly special about a good podcast capable of both entertaining and igniting discussions between passengers throughout the drive.

The podcasts we've chosen below represent the best podcasts for road trips, perfect for the ebbs and flows that you'll face during your trip. Maybe you want to listen to tales of true crime and try to unravel what happened; maybe you want to immerse yourself in the depths of history and philosophy; or maybe you just want to get a little support on tackling the day-to-day.

The picks below also feature the type of listens that will help you laugh and engage with others. From scripted podcasts that simply make you laugh out loud to chatty interview-style listens sure to provoke thought and conversation, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Traveling with kids? No problem—we’ve also curated a few of our favorite family-friendly podcasts for listening on those lengthy car rides.

So, buckle in and get ready to crank these podcasts up in your car, whether it be that you are traveling with a friend, your family, a colleague, or even solo. Let’s hit the road!

Best Road Trip Podcasts For Fans of True Crime

Crime junkie.

If you love true stories that keep you on your toes while forcing you to reflect on the real life horrors plaguing out day-to-day, this podcast is for you. From the mysterious stabbing of a 16-year-old in Arcadia, Florida to the tale of a couple with romantic plans on the island of Anguilla later found dead, these 45-to-50 minute stories will keep you guessing until the very end.

Court Junkie

In some cases, the shortcomings and successes of the criminal justice system can be even more fascinating than the crime itself. Find out what happened when a doctor was accused of murder after a series of deaths in the hospital, and when a student was lured into a sex cult by a mysterious man. These episodes, each about an hour long, will have listeners engaged and analyzing the ups and downs of crime and punishment.

My Favorite Murder with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

This fun, fresh, conversational podcast is led by fans of true crime stories Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. In each episode, they discuss instances of past murders, as well as engage with guests who also dig into a variety of hometown cases. Digging into the reasons why these killings could have occurred, as well as investigating and talking about the psychological elements of these murders, Kilgariff and Hardstark craft a great listen for lovers of true crime.

All the Gory Details

This podcast is not for the faint of heart—yet is perfect for those who love a little horror mixed in with your tales of true crime. From a TSA search that leads to a cooler full of human heads to an investigation of a supposed and mysterious body parts business in Phoenix, these stories will send shivers up your spine as you listen, wide-eyed and curious, to all of these unbelievable—but totally true!—occurrences.

Through The Cracks

This podcast tells the chilling story of eight-year-old Relisha Rudd, who disappeared from a homeless shelter in Washington, D.C. in 2014, only to be declared missing far too late. To this day, Relisha has never been found. Proving that there are a lot of gaps when it comes to these type of situations and investigations in our society, you will find yourself questioning what happened, as well as pondering upon why these type of disappearances are not covered as much as others that happen in our society, and why some cases fall through the cracks of our justice system.

Best Road Trip Podcasts For Those Who Love Self-Help

Habits for greatness.

Gretchen Rubin, the author of the self-help title The Happiness Project , leads listeners to follow better life habits, as well as find the best ways to manifest daily happiness in her podcast Happier . From what we can glean from other people's enthusiasm to answering audience questions when it comes to their own habits, this is a cheery listen that will add a bit of pep to any length car ride.

Led by marriage and family therapist Kati Morgan, this podcast moves past the stigmas associated with mental health issues, diagnosis, and treatment. Morgan leads listeners through her tips on how to spot mental illness and when to decide to get help, as well as coping strategies that are useful for all listeners.

Derren Brown's Boot Camp for the Brain

Have you ever felt like you did something totally unexpected—maybe you got into an argument and acted on impulse or even behaved in a way that you never have before? Derren Brown dives into how the brain works and what leads to these sudden reactions as human beings in our daily lives. For Brown, the brain is mostly to blame for a lot of our thoughts and actions, but in understanding our minds a bit better, we can cultivate and keep better relationships with others and our inner selves. If you’re extremely curious about human psychology and love science-driven listens, this one is for you.

Best Road Trip Podcasts For those Who Love to Laugh

2 dope queens.

The titular 2 Dope Queens , besties and comedians Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams, host a podcast filled with laughs. Featuring visiting comics as well as stories about exes, romantic partners, race, hair, and what it means to live in New York City, you'll find yourself giggling along as you relate to each and every one of their hilarious stories.

2 Bears, 1 Cave with Tom Segura & Bert Kreischer

Featuring comedians and best friends Tom Segura and Bert Kreischer, this conversational podcast has the pair hiding away at the bear cave at YMH Studios as they discuss topics ranging from favorite bands to how they became so close to their funniest shared recollections from their time together, all sure to make you laugh out loud.

The History of Sketch Comedy

Hosted by Keegan-Michael Key of the legendary comedy duo Key & Peele, this podcast takes listeners on a fascinating, informative, and hilarious journey through the history of sketch comedy. From the most popular jokes of the Ancient World to the rise of modern standup in cities like Chicago and Detroit, Key explores the many people, places, ideas, and characters that define comedy as we know it today.

Actors Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett make for a truly hilarious trio in this weekly podcast that blends humor with thoughtful, in-depth conversation. The team hosts a different guest each week, with a twist: only one host knows the identity of that week's guest and reveals his mystery pick to the other two at the beginning of the show. What follows are off-the-cuff and often surprising conversations. It's a unique hybrid of improv comedy and genuinely honest interviews with people from a wide range of life experiences.

Best Road Trip Podcasts For Those Who Love Interviews

Growing up p.o.c..

This nine-episode podcast series, hosted by journalist Soledad O'Brien, digs deeply into topics that relate to people of color, getting to the heart of how their lives and upbringings were affected and impacted by their backgrounds, identities, and cultures. Filled with insightful interviews and heartfelt commentary, this podcast will surely entertain anyone who is drawn to human-centered, open conversations.

QUEERY with Cameron Esposito

In this funny but heartfelt podcast, queer comedian Cameron Esposito sits down with a different member of the LGBTQIA+ community each week. Their conversations encompass personal stories, LGBTQIA+ history, queer culture, civil rights, and much more. It’s a great podcast to queue up in the car if you’re looking for something sure to keep yourself—and your passengers—totally engaged.

Latina to Latina

This interview series is perfect for those seeking empowerment and a much-needed perspective on the world, as it delves into topics including finding career success, questions of politics and social sciences, history, power, motherhood, divorce, and mental health, all through the lens of what it means to be a woman of color today.

It's Been a Minute

This powerful NPR station podcast features interviews with people on topics as wide ranging as how are guns showcased in movies, the making of a queer, Asian American-led Pride and Prejudice adaptation, and the art of photographing popular Black musicians back in the 1970s. Blending historical and topical elements, this podcast is apt for anyone obsessed with news, arts, and culture.

Hot Ones: The Classic Interviews

Covering the popular YouTube series Hot Ones , where celebrities eat increasingly spicy wings while answering even hotter questions from host Sean Evans, this podcast features extended cuts of some of our favorite interviews led by Evans, with celebrities such as Tyra Banks and Ricky Gervais. Filled with moments both funny and insightful, as well as vulnerable turns from notable stars, this podcast makes for quite the listen.

Celebrity Interviews with Joey Mitchell

In this podcast, radio broadcaster Joey Mitchell, with 51 years in the business, showcases some of the most interesting interviews with a variety of superstars such as megastar Oprah Winfrey, astronaut Charlie Duke, and music icon Johnny Cash. With behind-the-scenes tidbits added before and after each interview, you’ll gather new insights from unforgettable voices.

Best Road Trip Podcasts For Those Traveling with Kids

Goofus and gallant.

This family-oriented podcast doesn't just entertain—it also adds a sense of nostalgia for older listeners joining their kids for the long ride. Featuring comic strip characters that were originally introduced in the Highlights for Children magazine back in the 1940s, this moral-driven delight is meant to entertain and educate kiddos and adults of all ages.

Circle Round

Who knows kids better than their parents? Led and created by parents of young children, WBUR's Circle Round podcast showcases folktales and fun music for kids ages four to 10, as well as conversations and lessons for kids on core topics such as the importance of being kind, persistence when it comes to reaching your dreams, and the wonders of generosity.

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian: Science Fiction for Kids

This podcast is the perfect science-fiction pick for curious children. The episodes tell the tale of Finn Caspian, an eight-year-old boy aboard The Famous Marlowe 280 Interplanetary Exploratory Space Station, and his adventures throughout space with friends. Told in short, bite-sized episodes, this is a great one to use to engage the kids and keep them entertained until they drift off in their car seats.

Trivia for Kids

This competitive and fun podcast will have kids (okay, and parents, too) shouting answers out loud. Featuring trivia from topics including history, technology, science, and pop culture, this fun listen will keep your family entertained—and engaged in some friendly competition—the whole drive through.

Curious Kid Podcast

This podcast is for kids, by kids. Filled with vocabulary lessons, as well as zany topics including the history of chewing gum and worldly unique animals, this family-friendly listen will leave your kids more curious than ever, sparking the kind of conversations that make for lasting memories.

The Holderness Family Podcast

Featuring YouTube family stars the Holderness family, known for their silly sing-a-longs as well as their hilarious skits, this listen tackles different topics that affect children and parents alike. From the mysteries of Crypto to what ADHD is and how it can affect our mental health to the importance of calling our senators and staying politically engaged, this podcast is full of lessons for the whole family.

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The Best Podcasts For Road Trips

Everyone loves a good road trip, we m ean seriously… who doesn’t? From the sights to the sounds to the company a properly planned road trip could be everything you need for a mental reset; a much-needed vacation from your normal day-to-day. A good road trip helps you to clear your mind, l et go o f the stress of your routine work schedule, and may even improve your mental health .

Road trips are a great way to explore the country by visiting places you only see in pictures or on the map. With tons of possible road trip destinations worth visiting , the beauty of it all lies not only in the destination – but in the journey to the destination as well. Now this is where we come in .

Trust us whe n we s a y your road trip experience isn’t complete if you don’t have the right podcast to listen to along the way. Depending on who you’re making the trip with, the right podcast can keep the entire crew awake. Not to mention intrigued, excited, AND informed. All within the space of the starting point to the finish point. 

There are different types of great podcasts available, be it for family road trips, couples, or friends. Likewise, there are also podcasts for those times you just want to let off steam by driving from one end of the country to another.

If you’re more into long-distance travel, be sure to check out our roundup of t he best travel podcasts to see what you might be missing out on and get the in side scoop on your next popular destination. 

Today we’re strictly talking about road trips. We’ll be sharing a roundup of interesting podcasts – perfect for cruising along the highway.

best podcasts for road trips

Back To The Beach

Kristin Cavallari and Stephen Colletti star in Back to the Beach , where they are officially reliving all of our favorite moments from “Laguna Beach: The Orange County”. And, let us just say – we are totally here for it . If you and your besties used to binge Laguna Beach as we did. Then, you are going to love all the behind-the-scenes tea as you cruise to whatever beach you are hitting for spring break. Start with fan-fave episodes like “ The First to Go ” and “ The Last Dance ”.

TSC Him and Her

Hosts Lauryn Evarts and Micheal Bosstick have an interactive podcast in Him and Her where everyone is carried along. It has a mix of everything from health, relationship, marketing, business – you name it. Whatever your fancy is, questions and answers about it will be provided on Him and Her . It is one of the fun podcasts for road trips around now and episodes like Life Advice For Young Adults – A Roundtable Conversation Ft. Jordan Becerra & Nico Becerra will make every second of your road trip count.

Best of Both

Road trips can be an effective way to learn, unlearn, and relearn some life lessons. Interesting podcasts like Best of Both will go a long way to help with achieving this. The hosts are Margo Oshry – a full-time influencer and Nicole, a law school student with a robust social life. Both share their quality insights and experiences across a wide range of topics. Like celebrity gossip, dating in NYC, trending topics and so on. Set your road trip in full flow with 30-minute episodes like “ Everything’s a lie “, ” Ugly Headbands and Depression “, and “ A Bounty of Icks” .

Gabby Bernstein coaches listeners in this real-time Q&A podcast where she speaks on Becoming the Happiest Person You Know . Gabby, a #1 New York Times best-selling author and speaker is joined by inspirational guests from different spheres on the podcast from time to time. She and her guests have relatable conversations with listeners. Mostly on issues that we can all relate to and learn from in just under 45 minutes per episode. Episodes like “ How To Find A Way Through Every Block ” and “ Release Stress and Feel Grounded ” are top favorites.

The Bad Broadcast 

On a road trip where you plan to let loose and be free from your routine life? A no-holds-barred podcast is your best bet for the experience you desire. This is what Madi Murphy offers in The Bad Broadcast . Each episode always brings smiles and comedic relief. Madi always has something to say about everything, making this one of the best comedy podcasts for road trips. You cannot go wrong with episodes like “ THE THINGS THAT HAUNT US ” and “ SOCIALLY SPOOKY “.

Friend of a Friend 

The world presents a new set of up-and-comers and game-changers and there is so much that we can learn from them. Olivia Perez helps to tap into their wealth of knowledge here with every episode of Friend of a Friend featuring a new bright mind across different fields. Special episodes like “ How To Run A Company Like A Creative with Jacklyn Johnson ” and “ Making a Masterclass with Joe Holder ” will surely make your road trip worthwhile.

Circle Time

In Circle Time , you have a podcast that brings t o ligh t the issues of adulthood in a relatable way for all to learn from. This podcast is best for long road trips with friends. We love how it can set the tone for some of those serious topics that you won’t readily talk about. Host Kelsey Kreppel opens up on her struggles , wins , and experiences in her formative years. You cannot go wrong with this podcast as you see the world through Kelsey’s eyes while relating it to yours.

Looking Up With Dr Deepika Chopra

Dr . Deepika Chopra (aka The Optimism Doctor) displays her wealth of knowledge on the science of happiness in this quality podcast. She coaches listeners with evidence-based practices to inspire them towards optimism, hope, and resilience. Looking Up is an interesting podcast for long road trips. It is sure to give you answers to questions you never knew you were asking. Episodes like “ Adapting to Change With Pia Baroncini ” and “ Recovering From Rock Bottom With Ryan Haddon ” will open you and others on the road trip to the science of happiness and how to benefit from it.

You’re Gonna Love Me

Kate Maloney changes the landscape on this podcast by showing both sides of the coin of those who have judged or have been judged by others. Being one who has been on the receiving end herself, Kate shares her experiences with other guests on how to move from judging to loving. This podcast is best for road trips with friends as there is room for everyone to relate and learn some valuable life lessons about friendship and kindness . Episodes like “ If You Can’t Love Yourself, How You Gonna Love Someone Else ” and “ Nothing is Forever With Chriselle Lim ” are best suited for long road trips with friends.

Recovering From Reality

Break away from the norm by using Recovering From Reality to heal as you embark on that road trip of self-care and recovery. Mental health advocate Alexis Haines uses every episode to normalize struggles that seem bigger than life and show a path to true healing health . Interesting and useful episodes like “ Our Brains Aren’t Broken, Our Society Is With Johann Hari ” and “ Improving Your Intuition With Laura Day ” makes this a useful podcast for long road trips.

Everything is the Best

Things aren’t always as they seem… with most people simply making the most of every situation to bring out the best that they can. This is the premise for this special podcast hosted by Pia Baroncini and her array of friends. Many of which are recurring guests on the show. This weekly podcast will help you life’s struggles and inspire you to be the best you can be. It’s an interesting podcast that can serve as a proper get-me-up for long road trips with episodes like “ An Emotional Solo Pod -My Relationship With My Body ” and “ Shooting the Shit With Jason Stewart “.

The Blonde Files Podcast

Get the inside scoop on how to do it right. With everything from health to cosmetics, fashion, and wellness with your new bestie Arielle Lorre. Arielle brings a friendly voice to this podcast as she speaks on multifaceted interests. All to help her listeners have the best life they can have. Each episode is over an hour long and with quality episodes like “ How To Manifest The Life You Want with Lacy Phillips ” and “ All About Fertility With Dr Natalie Crawford “, you can relax and drive safely while on your road trip.

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Life With Marianna 

Marianna Hewitt is the co-founder of Summer Fridays (a skincare line). She is also a top personality on social media with over a million followers. A nd the host of Life with Marianna. Join her on this podcast to see life through her eyes. And, see what it takes build a brand as well as lead an entrepreneurial lifestyle. She offers followers who want to achieve more quality insights on this podcast alongside her network of brand founders, influencers, and top personalities. Make the most of your road trip with the girls by listening to episodes like “ 9 Life Changing Habits With Marianna ” and “ 11 Things I Learned In My 20s + 30s “.

Good Instincts

Shira Barlow is sure to keep your taste buds salivating all through the road trip. Follow along as she opens you up to all you have been missing in your relationship with food. She’s got all you need to know about food in the podcast. So, don’t be surprised if there are stops during the trip to fulfill some new cravings along the way. She also shares views on other cultures, health, lifestyle, and societal issues in short episodes like Love On The Brain , 4 Practices To Boost Your Focus , and What’s for Dinner with Pamela Salzman . 

What We Said

Best friends Jaci Marie and Chelsey Jade Talk bring you a fun and interesting podcast in What We Said . No topic is off-limits with the girls as they give their views on anything they get their hands on. What We Said is an example of a fun podcast for long road trips with episodes like “ juicy polls ”, “ are you toxic or am I? ” and “ Answering Unique Questions! ”. 

Absolutely Not

Host Heather McMahon gives it all in this electric and humor-filled podcast. Making it one of the best comedy podcasts for road trips. Absolutely Not has everything you need from Heather as she answers questions , gives TED talks , hosts intriguing interviews , and every other thing you can think of all in different 1-hour episodes. This podcast will keep everyone on the road trip grinning and laughing from the beginning to end.

Set everyone in the car into a frenzy with The Toast with Jackie and Claudia Oshry as you set out on your road trip. It is one of the best comedy podcasts for road trips as the hosts talk about every trending topic from celebrity tea, trending issues, fashion trends, and even hot reality TV gossip . In The Toast, there is a wide range of episodes to select from as you go from stop to stop on your road trip.

Note to Self

Join in on every conversation with Payton Sartain as she offers a personal voice on a wide range of topics in Note to Self . Payton engages in interesting conversations on every podcast episode. And, offers unique perspectives on issues such as relationships, personality, character, and values needed in our present day. The podcast is filled with an array of top podcasts like “ The Top 10 Things I’ve Done For Myself in My 20s (So Far) ” and “ Quit Doing Sh*t You Hate ” that will surely make your road trip that much more worthwhile.

Pursuit of Wellness

Nothing inspires more like a personality with a transformation story that was against all odds. This is the reality of Mari Llewellyn as she shares her victories over childhood trauma, mental health stress, and relationship struggles in this super relatable podcast. Pursuit of Wellness is an interesting podcast for long road trips as Mari gives heartfelt and honest insights on how to turn your life around. Perhaps, you’re heading out on the road trip with a couple of issues, episodes like “ How I Saved My Own Life, Borderline Personality Disorder & My Transformation ” and “ Working in Hollywood, Binge Eating, Fat Camp & Learning To Love Yourself ” might just be what the doctor ordered.

Probably a Podcast

Laugh your heart ou t with your road trip bestie s with one of the best comedy podcasts for road trips around. Shannon Ford is the host of Probably a Podcast and her aim isn’t just to motivate you – but make sure you turn every grin upside down and see the upside of life. The episodes are mostly 1-hour long and every minute serves up comedic relief that keeps you laughing till the end. Check out top episodes like “ 73 Questions With Shannon Ford ” and “ Bras in Balthazar ” and thank us later.

Bone Marry Bury

Looking for a murder mystery to get you and the crew all intrigued throughout the trip? Look no further. Bone Marry Bury is a quality podcast where hosts Sarah Hyland and Harvey Guillén take us through the reality of Allie and Gabe as they chart a special (and suspenseful!!!) course through New Year’s Eve. Get ready for a fascinating experience with every 30-minute episode. And follow Allie’s plans to get down with, marry, and kill three different people at the same party. All in just under one month. The suspense is literally killing us already. 

A Thing Or Two

Join hosts Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo on A Thing Or Two. They give their two cents on a wide range of topics you’ve always wanted to talk about. From topics on couples’ interactions to handling relationship grief , this podcast has all it takes to make your long drive with that special someone worth it. The hosts also lay down their experience with design and architecture in this podcast. All while branching out to talk on topics like beauty, food, literature, and technology. So there really is something for everyone here. 

Work Party is the perfect podcast for any woman heading on a road trip for self-discovery and self-reflection. Host Jaclyn Johnson shares all the best career tips. In addition to real stories about the failures and successes of women in the workplace. She promises to motivate you to bring the best out of yourself and your career/business with episodes like “ The Key to Innovation with Ruth Davis ” and “ How To Build a Business That Solves a Problem with Aasiyah Abdusalam “.

Not Skinny But Not Fat

Amanda Hirsch keeps her fans and followers intrigued with this fun and interesting podcast about everything pop culture. From celebrity gossip to trending news and entertainment stories, Amanda uses her sarcasm and wit to keep you up to date. This is a fun podcast to listen to while on your road trip as she offers you an inside scoop on the stories you’re seeing on social media with a pinch of her comedic theatrics to boot. Trust me, it is a fan favorite that will keep you wanting more with every episode.

I Am America

I Am America is a wonderful example of a special podcast series best fitted for road trips. If you weren’t planning a road trip earlier, you will after listening to I Am America . Tracee Ellis Ross shares insightful and interesting audio portraits about stories around our country. From Black Men and Feminism to growing children in Harlem , the podcast focuses on stories in different communities that affect the country and shaped it into what it is today. 

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 The right podcasts make for the best road trip.

Road trips are meant to be fun and exciting, so don’t settle for anything less. When you’re on your next road trip, make sure you set the mood by picking out the right podcast. Whether it’s a trip with that special someone, a summer family road trip, or a time-out with the crew, there’s always a podcast to make it more memorable.

Asides from the podcasts above, there are still a host of other entertaining and intriguing podcasts to select from for your road trip. You can also check out some of our other podcasts that can help in making your journey more memorable and impactful HERE .

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8 of the best podcasts to listen to on your road trip

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If you’re tired of the same music playlist or looking for some travel inspiration on your road trip, it’s time to dive into the world of podcasts. From extraordinary travel stories and hidden travel gems to handy tips and tricks, here are 8 of the best travel podcasts for your next long drive or road trip. 

1. Armchair Explorer

Armchair Explorer podcast

If you want to hear the stories of the world’s greatest travellers and adventurers, this is the podcast for you. Hosted by award-winning travel writer Aaron Millar, the podcast is delivered fortnightly in a documentary-style format. Aaron drawing the best stories out of his guests set to immersive music and cinematic effects. It’s all about thrilling and inspiring travel tales from the road and Aaron himself describes it as “no long-winded interviews, just straight to the heart of the action”. 

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There’s the story of Alice Morrison, who walked the entire length of Morocco. There’s extreme bike-packer Cat Jaffree who competed in the toughest mountain bike race on earth. The travel author Oscar Scafidi who paddled down Angola’s longest river. The biologist Doug Chadwick who ventured into the Gobi Desert in search of the world’s rarest bear. From the Antarctic wilderness to the depths of the ocean, there’s no place this podcast doesn’t explore. And if Earth gets too boring, you can even fly up to the International Space station with John Herrington, the first Native American astronaut.

Listen here: Armchair Explorer

2. The Travel Diaries

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As the number one travel podcast in the UK, you’ve got to add The Travel Diaries to your list of road trip podcasts. It’s a weekly series, with presenter Holly Rubenstein interviewing celebrity guests about the travel experiences that shaped their lives. Holly describes the show as a great way to be taken away to far-off lands from the comfort of your home. 

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Past guests have included Michael Palin, Dev Patel, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Lyn Hughes, Simon Reeve, Tony Wheeler, and more. You’ll hear about everything from their earliest childhood memory to their most important travel experience, plus all their best travel stories in between… And you’re sure to get inspired for your very own adventure.

Listen here: The Travel Diaries Podcast

3. Zero To Travel

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If you want to explore all things travel – from epic journeys to travel budget tips – Zero To Travel is one of the best road trip podcasts for you. Presenter Jason Moore has over 15 years’ experience travelling the world and shares his passion with weekly shows. Jason and his interviewees discuss everything from why we travel to how we can travel better. You’ll get tips to help you travel smarter, with topics like ethical animal travel and how to stay safe on the road. 

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You’ll also hear incredible tales like the visually impaired cyclists who took on a 16,000-mile journey from Argentina to Alaska. Plus there are episodes where Jason answers listener questions, so whether you’re new to travel or an experienced explorer, you’re sure to hear something fascinating on this podcast.

Listen here: Zero To Travel

4. JUMP With Traveling Jackie

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Looking for travel inspo on your road trip? You might just find it here. Formerly known as The Budget-Minded Traveler, presenter Jackie Nourse now calls her podcast JUMP with Traveling Jackie… And it’s sure to empower you to make the jump into travel! Jackie is all about inspiring her listeners to get out there and gives lots of practice advice like how to make travel affordable, how to budget, and how to stay safe when travelling. 

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She gives insider travel tips and even shares hidden travel gems found around the world. And if you’ve got a specific question, the podcast holds regular ‘ask Jackie’ sessions where she answers listener questions.

Listen here: JUMP With Traveling Jackie

5. Amateur Traveler

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If you’re interested in a specific destination, this is the podcast for you. Host Chris Christensen focuses on a different place in each episode, such as Hawaii’s Big Island, or an experience like a safari in Botswana. You’ll learn everything about the destination like what to do, see and eat. Chris even provides a useful one-week itinerary. 

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But the show doesn’t just focus on the well-known attractions. Chris also delves into the hidden gems and lesser-known places. He interviews people who live in or are well-travelled in the destination so you’ll get insider tips. And since the podcast has been running since 2005, there are over 700 episodes and destinations to explore… Perfect for those long road trips!

Listen here: Amateur Traveler

6. Wander Woman

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Famed for her love of adventure, travel writer and photographer Phoebe Smith presents this award-winning podcast. You’ll dive into her world as each episode takes you on a behind-the-scenes journey to new places. Phoebe interviews locals, shares detailed descriptions, and uses thrilling audio clips for an immersive experience. 

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You’ll get off the well-worn path and hear about lesser-known places, incredible wildlife experiences, conservation heroes, and more. The podcast features a Travel Hack of the Month with handy travel tips and tracks. There’s also a Wander Woman of the Month, which shines a light on amazing female travellers.

Listen here: Wander Woman Podcast

7. Flight of Fancy

Flight of Fancy podcast

If you prefer bite-sized episodes, Flight of Fancy is perfect for you. Hosted by travel journalist Ben Groundwater, the podcast shares weekly 40-minute episodes on all things travel. He interviews travel professionals on everything from dream journeys like the Trans-Siberian railways to how to travel with kids. 

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He talks about how travel can mend a broken heart and how to survive airports and long layovers. You can find out what really happens on a European bus tour or how to improve your travel photography. You’ll learn why travel is more difficult for the LGBTQI+ community and how travel will change in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s even an episode on the secrets of a great road trip… Perfect for your road trip podcast list!

Listen here: Flight of Fancy

8. Travel With Rick Steves

Travel with Rick Steves podcast

As a travel writer, author and TV host who has covered worldwide travel for decades, Rick Steves is one of the world’s most famous explorers… So you’ll want to listen to his podcast! The show covers weekly one-hour conversations with guest experts and has a special focus on culture, people and travel.

Rick encourages his listeners to explore the less-touristy places and to become immersed in the culture of a destination. He also talks about the things you can do in each place to learn about the local way of life. He even has a website where you can find more information about different destinations. 

Listen here: Rick Steves

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The Best Road Trip Podcasts

Whilst a road trip by definition conjures images of fun and adventure, sometimes getting to your destination can be, well, a bit boring! So why not listen to a podcast? They come in all shapes and sizes, covering pretty much any topic you can think of, and there is something for everyone.

I have been laughing, gasping with shock and genuinely intrigued on my journey to find the best podcasts for your next road trips. From laugh out loud comedy to true crime and fiction podcasts, we’ve got you covered with the best podcasts for road trips out there! So buckle up, and enjoy listening, wherever you may be heading.

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Fancy A Laugh? Then These Comedy Podcasts Are For You

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This podcast had me laughing so hard I cried, it’s one of the funniest things I’ve listened to in a long time. Jamie Morton’s dad wrote a porno, and instead of being embarrassed, he decided to read it for everyone to hear. Each episode covers a chapter and with the help of his two friends, James Cooper & Alice Levine, it’s comedy gold.

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Hosted by Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas, this weekly podcast is hilarious as it looks at movies that should never have been made. With the help of special guests, they spend each episode ripping apart a movie that should have ended up in the bin not, a movie screen!

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Joan & Jericha are two fictional middle-aged agony aunts who disperse their very original brand of advice to their listeners. This fabulous dark comedy is equal parts shocking and hilarious. Warning – it’s pure filth and not for the easily offended, for everyone else it’s brilliantly funny.

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Three famous guys interviewing a load of other famous people, what’s not to like! Each week one of the three hosts surprises the other two with a mystery guest. It’s funny and features some of the world’s most famous people, telling stories and just shooting the breeze.

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This delightful and funny fictional podcast follows Rudyard Funn and his sister Antigone who run a failing family funeral parlour in Piffling Vale. Full of colourful characters and laugh out loud moments it’s a very British comedy.

If You Love True Crime, Tune Into One of These Binge Worthy Podcasts

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NXIVM (pronounced NEXIUM) was ostensibly a self help community. In truth, it was a cult. This fascinating podcast takes a deep dive into the world of NXIVM, its founder Keith Raniere and Sarah Edmundson, who fought to get out and expose the truth. One of the best true crime podcasts around.

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This is the story of Kirat, who meets Bobby on Facebook. They become friends over time, and eventually, it turns into a full blown love affair. Manipulation, lies and unbelievable deception follow in this story of crazy catfishing.

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This podcast has deception, romance, tragedy and of course everyone’s favourite, money! It is the story of Elizabeth Holmes, and Theranos, at one time the toast of Silicon Valley. Once heralded by Forbes as the youngest female self-made billionaire, Elizabeth was ambitious and, as it turns out, willing to do anything to succeed in her quest to revolutionise healthcare. How did she convince some of the world’s most intelligent men to sit on her board? How did her revolutionary technology put patients at risk? How did she lose it all?

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Run Bambi Run goes back in history and takes a fresh look at the “most glamorous murder case of the 1980s”. Laurie Bembenek, a Milwaukee police officer and Playboy Club bunny, is arrested for the fatal murder of her husband’s ex-wife. Through the course of the trial she became a tabloid fixture and a feminist cause célèbre, and then after escaping prison, a folk hero. She insisted she was innocent but was never exonerated. It’s a gripping exploration that runs fast with the facts but is captivating nevertheless.

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Dr Ruja Ignatova invented OneCoin, a new cryptocurrency. It was described as Bitcoin but bigger, better and easier to use. Over 3 million people joined the OneCoin revolution, Dr Ruja became rich and then she suddenly disappeared. Jamie Barlett presents the podcast and tells a crime story of greed, deceit and a cult like following.

There’s Nothing Like A Good Documentary To Keep Your Ears Glued!

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Fallen Angel looks at the iconic lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret. It investigates the past 40 years of this divisive company and what lay behind the glossy facade. Told by women with first hand knowledge, it looks at how the brand changed the way women thought about sex, desire and beauty.

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Siegfried and Roy performed over 30,000 shows in Las Vegas for more than 50 years, and they made insane amounts of money – over $1 billion dollars. They were part of 90’s pop culture, uber famous, and their shows were always sold out. This documentary looks at the private lives of the two performers, discovering secrets and shocking moments including their tragic final show.

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The Sun King is a fascinating look at the media mogul Rupert Murdoch as told by David Dimbleby. Dimbleby has followed Murdoch’s career for over five decades and tells the story of how he turned The Sun newspaper from a worthy if slightly boring broadsheet to the most popular tabloid in the UK. It also focuses on Murdoch’s spectacular fall from grace and how he has influenced politics in the UK and more recently the USA.

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Bunga Bunga is an eight part series about the former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. The multi-millionaire real estate mogul was elected to office with no experience and ended up being one of Italy’s longest serving prime ministers. The comedian Whitney Cummings follows the story of his rise and epic fall.

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Heidiworld tells the story of Heidi Fleiss, and how she became a powerful Hollywood Madam in the 1990’s. This is an intriguing and in-depth look at how Heidi went from a bohemian Californian girl to Hollywood madam and how it all came crashing down!

For Those Who Love To Travel …Need I Say More?

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Brendan used to have a successful cultural podcast and also a relationship, when they both ended he decided to follow a new dream. Welcome to Not Lost, a wonderful travel podcast where Brendan goes to different places, with a different friend and is invited to a stranger’s house for dinner. Join them as they take us from Montreal to New York and Mexico City.

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This fantastic podcast talks about how to travel the world, forever if you wish, on your terms and within your budget. Jason Moore chats with adventurous people living on the road and covers topics ranging from starting and running a business from anywhere, to surprising ways to earn free travel. Whether you’re an experienced globetrotter or a travel rookie, there’s something here for everyone.

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If you’re a traveller who loves to hike, bike or paddle then this podcast is for you. Kit Parks hosts and each episode focuses on a different adventure. Do you fancy island hopping by bike and boat in Croatia? Or hiking the Camino de Santiago? Both of these adventures are covered along with many more, so listen up and be inspired.

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Amateur Traveler is a location based podcast, and each week focuses on a different place. It covers destinations all over the world, and takes in road trips, national parks, adventure travel and far-flung places. Infomation about culturally rich travel is shared with passion.

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This podcast travels the unbeaten path. Unfolding Maps talks to adventurers about their expeditions and the experiences that shaped them. Host, Erik Lorenz has conversations with globetrotters, who are best-selling writers, award-winning photographers, and critically-acclaimed filmmakers, who share their travel tales – a perfect podcast for the open road.

The Best of The Rest

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A guilty pleasure to be sure. This podcast follows the high court case between Collen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy, the so-called Wagatha Christie trial. A delicious tale of wag gossip with the added bonus that the case will have no impact on the world at large. It has 18 highly entertaining episodes.

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Solve is fast becoming a favorite murder mystery interactive podcast with road trippers. Each episode is a new real true life case for you to immerse yourself in and test your detective skills! Can you solve it? Great for a family road trip, so get your notebooks and pencils at the ready but passengers only please!

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This podcast delves into the mystery that has haunted Connor Ratcliff for the past 21 years. After landing a small part in the 2001 HBO mini-series Band of Brothers, he was unceremoniously fired by Tom Hanks. The reason …he had “Dead Eyes”.

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If you’re a fan of knowing random stuff, then you will love this podcast. Covering topics from Champagne to the El Nino phenomena, the host Josh and Chuck cover it all, with deep dives into the nitty gritty. Interesting, funny and informative.

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Hosted by Ferne Cotton, Happy Place is a weekly podcast that covers subjects about life, mental health, love and everything in between. Ferne welcomes a new guest each week and they discuss what happiness means to them. The first season started back in 2018, so there is lots to catch up on.

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Hosted by Guy Raz, aspiring entrepreneurs will find How I Built This  an inspiring listen, with lots of in-depth discussions with founders and well known entrepreneurs. Life stories are shared in brief before guests delve into how they achieved success, mistakes they’ve made along the way, and lots of lessons learned!

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Best Kid Friendly and Family Road Trip Podcasts

F amily road trips are my absolute favorite way to connect and talk with my children while on the way to family vacations throughout the year.  While my children may not always be able to agree on new music, we can always agree on a perfect podcast! Podcasts are not just for older children or adults, there are so many family friendly storytelling podcast options for the whole family.  If you are taking a long road trip in the near future, check out these best family podcasts to make the trip more enjoyable!

20 Best Kid Friendly and Family Road Trip Podcasts  

National geographic kids weird but true -.

This podcast comes out every day and each episode is only 5-7 minutes making it perfect to keep the focus of little kids!  With a variety of topics like food, birds, natural disasters, pets, planets, bugs and toys this is a great listen for a family.

Wow in the World

Host Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas this #1 science podcast is for kids and adults too!  This weekly podcast dives into stories and news about science technology and innovation.  This is a great podcast for STEAM lovers.

Smash Boom Best

 Does your family like to debate?  If so, this is a good podcast that the entire family will love.  Kids will learn skills like listening and debating as they listen to celebrity guests talk through things like Pikachu vs. Mario, Cats vs. Dogs, Spiderman vs. Batman, Minecraft vs Lego.  These debate style podcast recent episodes are a great way to encourage kids and family members to have their own debates in the car as well!

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

At 264 episodes and counting, this fairy tales inspired podcast is a hit for a long trip.  Based on the bestselling series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, each episode explores the lives of women from the books, encouraging young listeners to ask questions and explore their interests.

National Geographic Kids Greeking Out

Each episode of Greeking Out has content hints at the start and in the description so you can pre-screen the episode for your family. In our travels through the ancient world, we encounter dangerous monsters, epic heroes, disastrous shipwrecks, the quest for immortality, sibling rivalries, gods behaving badly, ancient curses, and, of course, divine intervention. Nat Geo Kids Greeking Out is available wherever you get your podcasts and has a companion book that is perfect while you listen to travel tales as well.

Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel

The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel is a high-quality serial mystery story for middle graders, performed by actual kids. Think Goonies, meets Spy Kids, meets Stranger Things for 8-12 year-olds. Listen along as eleven-year-old Mars Patel and his pals JP, Toothpick, and Caddie set out on a audacious adventure in search of two missing friends. The mysterious tech billionaire Oliver Pruitt might have a thing-or-two to say about their quest, because as he likes to say, To the stars

Melon's House Party

Did you know that the objects in your house sing and speak all day long? They just do so in a key only dogs can hear. Enter, Melon, an eight-pound dog with a thousand-pound heart who is the key to a world that lives right under our noses! She lives in a world full of friends; an always singing record player, a soulless computer, her bookshelf therapist and many more. But her best friend in the world is Couch. No musical adventure is too big for Melon and Couch as long as they can figure out a way to do it together. As Melon learns about herself and the world around her, she shows us how to appreciate the little things in life and the importance of friendship and family.

PBS Kids Keyshawn Solves It

Created by Ed Jenkins, the Keyshawn Solves It podcast is an 8-episode serialized mystery about a 10-year-old African-American boy who inherits a set of keys that can unlock almost any door. With help from his friend Kiki, Keyshawn uses these keys to help solve the mystery of disappearing bikes in his North Minneapolis neighborhood, ensuring that his community's Juneteenth bike parade can go on. Listeners will be introduced to Juneteenth and its origins, as well as to social-emotional "keys to success" such as resilience, self-worth, and responsibility. Geared to children 5-9

Rebel Girls Growing up Powerful

Revolutionize girlhood with the Growing Up Powerful Podcast from Rebel Girls! Join best friends Asha and Jestine as they try to figure out this wild thing called life. Jump in for game shows, mindfulness breaks, advice from experts, and more! A companion series to the new guidebook from Rebel Girls, Growing Up Powerful celebrates the messiness and milestones of growing up. 

Earth Rangers

if you think that animals are amazing, this is the show for you! Join host Earth Ranger Emma as she travels the world to discover the wildest animal facts out there and solve nature's biggest mysteries. With top ten countdowns, an animal guessing game, conservation conversations, and epic animal showdowns, this is a journey you won't want to miss!  There are 85 episodes so you can deep dive during the long hours of a drive.  

Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is one of the coolest serialized science fiction podcasts story for kids (start with Episode 1), told in 15- 20 minute episode lengths for parents to put on when driving around town, or to marathon on road trips, or to bond over before bed.  The story centers on Finn Caspian, an 8-year-old boy aboard The Famous Marlowe 280 Interplanetary Exploratory Space Station. He and his friends Abigail, Elias and Vale are Explorers Troop 301, taking off from the Marlowe to explore uncharted planets, help the occasional alien, and solve a mystery that threatens to destroy the Marlowe. When pressed, we describe it as a "mystery gang" story, sort of like Scooby-Doo in space.

Sesame Street Podcast

Sesame Street is a hit podcast featuring the furry and loveable Muppets of Sesame Street. Sing songs with Elmo, Abby, Cookie Monster and Grover. Learn about friendship, patience and sharing with Bert and Ernie. Celebrate sunny days with all of your favorite Muppets with new episodes every Monday!

National Geographic Kids How We Explore

In this National Geographic Kids podcast, the hosts talk to eleven explorers who contribute to science and exploration through different fields. Learn about the challenges and inspirations they find along the way.  From digging for ancient artifacts to gazing at the stars, these National Geographic Explorers have had adventures in the farthest-flung reaches of the world, and in their own backyards. They are scientists, explorers, and leaders who took risks and overcame problems to be explorers!  

Curious Kids Podcast

Join Jacob and 8 year old Olivia as they learn fun and educational things. They take on different topics each episode with the goal of providing an educational and entertaining experience for listeners of all ages. New episodes every Sunday! 

Story Pirates

Award-Winning Kids and Family Podcast Celebrating the Words and Ideas of Kids. Winner of the 2020 and 2022 iHeartRadio awards for Best Kids and Family Podcast, The Story Pirates Podcast is one of the top three kids and family podcasts in the world. Downloaded over 65 million times and featuring songs and sketches based on stories written by kids,  special guests include top talent and celebrity interviews like Julie Andrews, Kristen Bell, Billy Eichner, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dax Shepard, Bowen Yang, Paul Scheer, Claire Danes, John Oliver, David Schwimmer,  Lake Bell, Busy Philipps, and Cecily Strong.

Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd

Since November 7, 2004 - The first, and longest running, professionally produced audio drama podcast! This family friendly new twist on "old time radio" features the adventures and exploits of the World's Most Brilliant Scientist, Dr. Floyd! Join Dr. Floyd as he tries to thwart the plans of his evil arch nemesis, Dr. Steve, all the while learning about the people and events that shaped the history of the Earth. If satirist Stan Freberg and Jay Ward, creator of Rocky & Bullwinkle, had created Mystery Science Theater 3000 mixed in a little Time Bandits and gave it an educational spin, the result would have been...The Radio Adventures Of Dr. Floyd! The Podcast for Gifted Children and Adults!

Forever Ago

Brains On presents Forever Ago®, a history show for the whole family! Every episode looks into the surprising and fascinating history of things we think are ordinary, but they're not -- like ice cream flavors, video games, baths and more. We make learning about the past fun while teaching listeners to think critically about history.

You are doing to love this award-winning science podcast for kids and curious adults from American Public Media. With new podcasts and funny topics like whats inside a jellyfish and why are birthday parties so fun?  Kids and adults will love this addictive podcast.

Julie's Library - Join beloved icon Julie Andrews for story time! Julie and her daughter, children's author and educator Emma Walton Hamilton, invite you into their library to read their favorite children's books. Every story comes to life with sound, music and activities. Authors, kids and other special guests chime in, too! It's a show that will inspire lively conversations and a lifelong love of reading. Produced by American Public Media.

Circle Round

Created and produced by parents of young children, WBUR's Circle Round adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 3-103. Each 10- to 20-minute episode explores important issues like kindness, persistence and generosity. And each episode ends with an activity that inspires a deeper conversation between children and grown-ups.

As your family hits the open road on your next road trip, tackle long drives with the new episodes from these family friendly podcasts.   This list of the best podcasts includes 20 options that are perfect for younger kids and older listeners too!  These podcasts are engaging, funny, and educational and a great alternative to screen time and sibling bickering in the car!  Enjoy the coolest new stories on these top family podcasts.  

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    01 of 10 An Absorbing Take on the American Classic: The Moby-Dick Big Read What We Like Listening to the classic is an eye-opening experience. Talented cast of 136 well-known and obscure (to some) readers. What We Don't Like Occasionally, a chapter has too many sound effects.

  2. The Best Podcasts to Listen to While Driving

    WHISKEY GINGER Comedian Andrew Santino has a bulging black book of comedy contacts - and he's not afraid to use it! That's how he's able to call upon a parade of hilarious guests to join him on this refreshingly casual interview pod, which sees a few measures of whiskey sipped while the chat flows - his red hair provides the ginger!

  3. The 45 Best Podcasts for Road Trips (2023 Update)

    The 45 Best Podcasts for Road Trips (2023 Update) - AFAR By Aislyn Greene , Sara Button , Shannon Reed • March 28, 2023 The 45 Best Podcasts for Your Next Road Trip or Long Flight The podcasts to listen to on your next long drive or plane ride, whether you're a history nerd, traveling with kids, or just in need of a true-crime fix.

  4. 20 Absolutely Essential Podcasts For A Road Trip (The Master List)

    Post Summary: Best Podcasts For A Road Trip For Long Car Drives Alright, we've heard you loud and clear! One of our most frequently asked questions what camera gear we use !) is what podcasts we listen to on road trips! Being travel photographers, Berty and I are in the car all. the. freaking. time.

  5. 15 Best Road Trip Podcasts for Your Next Epic Drive

    Sunday 10 April 2022 What is a quintessential road trip podcast? To be honest, there's no real answer: the best podcast for a road trip is whatever you feel like listening to on your...

  6. 30 Best Podcasts for Road Trips

    Wooden Overcoats. If you love British eccentricity and long-form fiction podcasts, Wooden Overcoats is the perfect podcast for you as well as one of the best podcasts for road trips. Rudyard Funn ...

  7. These are the 12 best podcasts for long road trips

    10 Sec Kenzie Swanhart cooks up a Chicken Pot Pie We've made a roundup of the best podcasts to add to your road trip essentials list, and boy, was there a podcast for everything. So...

  8. 40 of the Best Podcasts for Road Trips and Long Drives

    If you're stuck, check out these other things to do on a road trip. 1. Culture Kings. Comedians Jacquis Neal and Edgar Momplaisir are the Culture Kings in this comedic analysis of pop culture. Though this podcast is no longer recording, they have over 400 episodes, and plenty of material for the next road trip. 2.

  9. The Best Podcasts to Inspire Your Next Road Trip

    6 minute read By Jenna Spinelle April 20, 2022 11:26 AM EDT W hether it's a gripping true-crime story or an extended interview with your favorite celebrity, podcasts make an excellent travel...

  10. The 16 Best Podcasts for Road Trips

    The podcast is managed by the RV Miles Network, and so RV camping is another aspect that is briefly discussed about the parks. The hosts tend to provide useful tips and tricks relative to National Park campgrounds and the nearby amenities. 4. The Best Comedy Road Trip Podcast: My Brother, My Brother, and Me.

  11. The Best Podcasts for Road Trips

    The Toast I've been a Toaster for over five years and still can't get enough. There's a new episode every Monday through Friday, so it's the perfect light-hearted companion for my hour-long commute...

  12. 14 Best Podcasts for Family Road Trips

    Jeremy Laukkonen Published on September 26, 2023 Podcasts offer a unique way to entertain the whole family, especially when the adventure at hand is a road trip. Some general interest podcasts are great for family listening, but there's a rich vein of family- and kid-friendly podcasts. Some are even made in collaboration with real kids.

  13. The 12 Best Podcasts for a Holiday Road Trip

    Lauren Passell November 9, 2023 Credit: Podcast logo Got a long drive ahead of you? In a car with people full of various tastes? It's road trip season, and if you need a podcast to binge in...

  14. Buckle Up and Listen In to the Best Podcasts for Road Trips

    July 15, 2022 When it comes to setting out on a lengthy road trip, there's nothing better than queuing up an excellent new listen to help the time pass while enjoying the scenery rushing by outside your car window.

  15. 25 Best Podcasts For Road Trips

    The Toast. Set everyone in the car into a frenzy with The Toast with Jackie and Claudia Oshry as you set out on your road trip. It is one of the best comedy podcasts for road trips as the hosts talk about every trending topic from celebrity tea, trending issues, fashion trends, and even hot reality TV gossip. In The Toast, there is a wide range ...

  16. The 16 Best Road Trip Podcasts

    Fiction podcasts can make the best podcasts for a road trip because of the way you can get lost in another world as you drive. Why not try these great stories? Wooden Overcoats This dark and funny sitcom, which is narrated by a mouse, revolves around two competing funeral homes in a small town.

  17. 8 of the best podcasts to listen to on your road trip

    From extraordinary travel stories and hidden travel gems to handy tips and tricks, here are 8 of the best travel podcasts for your next long drive or road trip. 1. Armchair Explorer. If you want to hear the stories of the world's greatest travellers and adventurers, this is the podcast for you. Hosted by award-winning travel writer Aaron ...

  18. 20 Best Podcasts for Road Trips

    The main themes of the podcast are home decor and renovation, but John and Sherry (whose fun personalities make the podcast) cover other lifestyle topics like organization, money, and life with kids, too. 11. Heaven's Gate. (Society & Culture) Heaven's Gate is all about the cult of the same name.

  19. Podcasts for Road Trips: 26 to Keep You Entertained

    Amateur Traveler is a location based podcast, and each week focuses on a different place. It covers destinations all over the world, and takes in road trips, national parks, adventure travel and far-flung places. Infomation about culturally rich travel is shared with passion. This podcast travels the unbeaten path.

  20. 29 Best Podcasts for Road Trips

    Listen here . 4. Dirty John. Dirty John. Dirty John is easily one of the best podcasts for road trips. No road trip is complete without a nail-biting true crime podcast. The serialized podcast Dirty John follows the life of John Meehan and his relationship with Debra Newell.

  21. Best Kid Friendly and Family Road Trip Podcasts

    20 Best Kid Friendly and Family Road Trip Podcasts National Geographic Kids Weird But True - This podcast comes out every day and each episode is only 5-7 minutes making it perfect to keep the ...

  22. Top 6 podcasts for Spring

    Top 6 podcasts for Spring - Virginmedia.ie Six Podcasts You Need To Hear This Spring Keeping track of every exceptional podcast to hit the scene can be a full-time job - but we're doing our best to help!

  23. 4 of the Best Podcasts to Follow this Summer

    LAUREN CONRAD: ASKING FOR A FRIEND Find it here OK, so this one hasn't even landed yet, but we already know we're going to love it! That's because the whole thing is presented by lifestyle expert, fashion designer, bestselling author - and, most importantly, "LC from The Hills" Lauren Conrad!

  24. The Irish Podcasts You Need To Hear

    AN IRISHMAN ABROAD Find it on iTunes here OK, so abroad means it's not in Ireland - but Jarlath Regan gets away with it! Now domeciled in London, each episode sees the host joined by a famous Irish face - and from showbiz to sport, he tends to cover the lot! Interesting interviews and 100% Irish - what more could you ask for on St. Patrick's Week?!