Modern day life is all about being entertained 24/7; most of us no longer zone out on our commutes to work, opting instead to tune in to audio entertainment in the form of podcasts. To meet our ever-increasing demand, there is an ever-increasing supply of programs that can be tough to sift through. To help populate your playlist based on your morning mood, we’ve put together a list of the best podcasts–new or just notable–to serve as soundtrack to your commute:
Office Hours: If you want to work in fashion, particularly on the editorial side, this new podcast is going to be a must-listen. Each episode features conversations between College Fashionista founder Amy Levin and fashion and beauty insiders like SELF EIC Joyce Chang and Marissa Smith from Nylon. The Office Hours podcast launches February 2 and will air bi-monthly.
Back to Work: While a podcast about productivity may not sound like the most compelling way to spend your morning commute, this award-winning program tackles everything from how to best organize the content on your computer to in-depth discussions on how to make healthy decisions on where you’re investing your time.
Happen to Your Career: This premise of this podcast rejects the adult belief that only a lucky few get to like what they do for work every day and gives solid advice, direction, and inspiration for those who feel stuck in a career that falls short of their dreams. The Tim Ferriss Show: This podcast, hosted by the author of The 4-Hour Work Week, interviews uber-successful people in a variety of fields (e.g. Rick Rubin, Neil Strauss, and Arnold Schwarzenegger) and breaks down their experiences into specific tools and strategies you can use to achieve your goals.
In Need of a Laugh
Guys We F*cked: Sex-positive comedians Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson actually interview real, live guys they’ve slept with in this hilarious, anti-slut-shaming podcast.
Mortified: Though this podcast isn’t always funny, listening to adults share the most embarrassing things they created in their youth (e.g. diaries, letters, etc.) will inevitably cheer you up just by virtue of how human each episode is.
Employee of the Month: Comedian Catie Lazarus interviews celebrities like John Stewart, Broad City's Ilana and Abby, and punk musician Kathleen Hanna on the ins and outs of their jobs.
Girl on Guy: Archer actress/comedian Aisha Tyler interviews guests like Taye Diggs, Questlove, and Jay Mohr about ‘things guys love’ like ‘video games, action movies, comic books, sex, drinking, bar fights, and blowing sh*t up.’ Under Aisha’s expert hand, this podcast is laugh out loud funny.
Bodega Boys: Bronx-based comedians Kid Mero and Deus Nice have acquired a long list of celebrity fans for their off-the-cuff podcasts, which basically just consist of candid conversations between two natural-born comedians.
Another Round: Buzzfeed staff writers Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton cover everything from police brutality to squirrels, usually while drunk. Guests have included Hillary Clinton, Aparna Nancherla, Roxane Gay, and Uzo Aduba.
Thirsting for Knowledge
Call Your Girlfriend: If you can’t call your girlfriends en route to work to gab and rant, you can do the next best (or even better) thing by tuning into this podcast. It covers all things pop culture and girl-specific--don’t expect Nobel Peace Prize-winning content, but do expect a cathartic, ‘girls night out’ type of experience.
Slate’s Double X Gabfest: Journalists Noreen Malone, Hanna Rosin, and June Thomas cover everything from ‘the pussification of America’ and the objectification of male politicians to adult coloring books and Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” video.
Startalk Radio: Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist and cosmologist who sits down with a fairly random list of celebrities (e.g. Susan Sarandon and Bill Clinton) for this nerd-friendly podcast covering a wide range of topics including ‘the secret of magic,’ ‘the science of Family Guy’, and whether or not Mars will be a good place to raise your kids.
The Read: Much like Call Your Girlfriend, but with a totally different set of perspectives, The Read’s hosts Crissle and Kid Fury tackle the latest pop culture happenings with brutal honesty and tremendous humor.
Mystery Show: In this podcast, This American Life producer Starlee Kine does solve mysteries, but not necessarily the type you might expect. She investigates things like how tall Jake Gyllenhaal is and why Britney Spears was photographed carrying a certain author’s book out of a restaurant one night, and somehow makes both the journey and the destination compelling.
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