How many of you have recently had to start driving back into the office these days? Jumping on that “hybrid” work model? Or maybe you never stopped going to the office depending on your field. Or maybe you’re stuck on public transportation squished between strangers on a bus and desperately looking for a way to pass the time. Either way, I’m sure we can all agree that commuting to work kind of sucks. Podcasts have completely blown up in the last few years and I can understand why. There’s a podcast out there for everybody, no matter the topic! Let’s explore some podcasts that will make your commute a little more bearable…
Hosted by journalist Brendan Francis Newnam, this is a light-hearted travel podcast where he goes places with a different friend every episode, hoping to score an invite to a stranger’s dinner party. He believes this is how you really get to know the people and the culture. Ultimately, he’s right! This is one of those podcasts where you feel like you’re part of the conversation with them, despite listening from hundreds of miles away.
Zero to Travel
A more traditional podcast in the sense that the host, Jason Moore, interviews fellow travellers and gives tips on various travel topics! Jason’s covered a huge variety of content such as budget-friendly travel, becoming a nomad, overcoming personal struggles through travel, and international real estate — truly, the list is never-ending! His content is inspirational, thought-provoking and educational. A must for travel enthusiasts!
One of my personal favourites, in this podcast is the “creme de la creme” of true crime. Each episode focuses on a different story — some have been solved, and others continue to be active cases. Hosted by Ashley and Brit, you’ll love how these two recount the stories of what happened while hypothesizing possible scenarios and recruiting Ashley’s dog Chuck to end the episode.
Another iconic true crime podcast! An autopsy technician and a hairstylist come together to discuss some of the most researched crimes and creepy historical tales. It’s funny (in a slightly twisted true crime way) and captivating. The episodes are typically over an hour long, and guess what? There are almost 400 episodes waiting for you! Even if you drive to work every day, you’ll have something to listen to for a year’s worth of commuting!
Presented by Tortoise Media, Sweet Bobby is the ultimate true crime and catfish crossover experience. Kirat Assi, a successful radio presenter recalls the true story of her insanely deceptive romance with Bobby, a handsome cardiologist. Between Kirat’s relatable personality and Bobby’s manipulation, we end up with this wild story that will keep you entertained, while leaving you completely speechless. A six-part series that’s absolutely worth a listen!
Across its seven seasons, Slow Burn has delved into huge American scandals, such as Watergate, the Clinton-Lewinsky affair, and the murders of The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac, uncovering stories and lesser-known subplots to these events that cast them in a new light. In the latest season, we jump into Roe v. Wade and explore the long journey of abortion rights in the US since the 1970s. It’s definitely a heavy podcast, but you will learn loads!
Between the Fyre Festival and Anna Delvey, we’ve had many scams in the last few years! These scams have been scandalous, outrageous but wildly entertaining. This podcast takes a deep dive into some of the world’s craziest scams, such as the “fake Saudi Prince” and Jen Shah from the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City.
One of the many podcasts from the Ringer Podcast Network, this is a feel-good pod where a bunch of people chat about movies they just can’t stop watching! They’ve covered a huge variety of films, ranging from Titanic, Pineapple Express, Pitch Perfect and Saturday Night Fever. It’s hilarious and gives major nostalgia vibes — an all-around great commuter podcast!
Written by: Sacha Vincent-Toskin