I started a new job last month and with it came a decent-length car commute. This means that I’m spending roughly an hour to an hour and a half each day in the car. That’s a lot of time to kill.
I’ve found that using it by listening to podcasts as opposed to listening to music has made the trip go faster, keeps me learning, and makes the time at least feel more productive. I’m pretty new to listening to podcasts regularly, so I’m always open to suggestions.
Without further ado, here are 5 podcasts I’ve been obsessed with that have made my commute easier.
This podcast is released each weekday morning and is around 20-minutes long. Michael Barbaro from the New York Times runs through the most important stories of the day but spends most of the episode going in-depth on a specific topic. Here are some of my favorite episodes I’ve listened to lately.
Prosecuting R. Kelly
The Path to Curing H.I.V.
Obviously, this podcasts gets dated fast, so it’s best to jump into the most recent episodes.
I’m so late to the game on this one but one of my coworkers recommended this and it has me laughing, crying, and letting out loud gasps all in the same episode.
Jonathan Van Ness (JVN) is the beauty expert on Netflix’s Queer Eye and everything you love about him in the show and more is on display here. Each episode features a question about something that JVN is curious about and explores it. I’ve been running through the backlog and here are some of my favorites so far: (needless to say, every episode I’ve listened to has been golden so far)
Can Your Vote Really Make a Difference? With Nancy Pelosi
Who Gave You Permission to be So Cute? With Karamo Brown
What’s Your Origin Story? With Bobby Berk
How Do We Find Our Voice? With Tammy Baldwin
Who Are You, Tan? With Tan France
How Do You Know If Your Bae Is The One? With Dr. Stan Tatkin
This is a newer podcast by the editorial team at LinkedIn. Each week the host and a guest talk through the ways that the workforce is changing. Because it’s a newer podcast there are only a few episodes up right now and I’ve enjoyed it so far. It’s the perfect way to start your Monday morning.
This podcast is thoughtful, engaging, and it talks about stuff that we all struggle with in the workplace.
My favorite episodes so far:
How to Make it as an influencer with Aminatou Sow
Seth Myers on Nurturing Talent
Elizabeth Gilbert on Career Versus Calling
99% Invisible is about all things design and architecture. The idea of the show is to take things that we see and interact with every day (mostly in the background) and bring them forward and really unpack them. Examples of past episodes include the modern home layouts, cartoon sound effects, and Christmas.
There are so many episodes and I’ve barely scratched the surface with this one but have thoroughly enjoyed the episodes I have listened to so far. If you need a place to start, here’s what I suggest.
Usonia Redux (about The Tomb of the Unknown)
Classic Cartoon Sound Effects!
The Known Unknown (this one blew my mind)
This podcast is about Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos. I’m not into most story-telling podcasts because I feel like they take too many episodes to really get into the plot. Not this one.
This short series is only about six episodes long and each one is packed with so much information and first-hand accounts of what happened at Theranos and it literally leaves you on the edge of your seat. I’ve been obsessed with all things Theranos lately and have consumed so much content on it, this is some of the best.
I recommend just listening to this one from start to finish. You won’t want to leave your car or turn it off, I promise.
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