There’s nothing quite like the open road. Whether your next road trip is solo, with friends, or with the kiddos, you’ll need something to keep you occupied while the miles roll by.
We scoured the web and are sharing the top podcasts for road trips.
1. Ted Talks Daily
This podcast came highly recommend from Romper who explains, “Ted Talks always stimulate new thoughts and ideas delivered by experts and individuals who have an excess of knowledge to share on a subject.”
Every weekday, TED Talks Daily brings listeners the latest talks in audio. Host and journalist Elise Hu presents thought-provoking ideas on every subject imaginable — from Artificial Intelligence to Zoology, and everything in between — given by the world’s leading thinkers and creators.
2. WOW in the World
This podcast for kids was recommended by AFAR Magazine which is known for inspiring travelers and guiding them to have deeper and more fulfilling travel experiences. Of course, road trips are a common way people travel.
This podcast features hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz as they share stories about the latest news in science, technology, and innovation. Stories that give kids hope, agency and make us all say “WOW”!
3. The Cramazingly Incredifun Sugarcrash Kids Podcast
KOA is one of the go-to campgrounds for road trippers in the United States. It’s therefore not surprising that they too have recommended this podcast in their list of the best podcasts for road trips.
The reason this tongue twister of a name for a podcast made their list? “This podcast is all about tapping into your sense of wonder and adventure, for both kids and adults.” They went on to say that it’s “fabulous for you and your kids to enjoy together — to learn some things, but also to let your imagination stretch and really have fun.”
4. Tools in the Shed
It’s not surprising that Tools in the Shed made CarsGuide top pick for the best podcasts for road trips considering they produce the show. Still, it certainly sounds like a great show if you’re into cars. They said, “CarsGuide’s own Tools in the Shed podcast is a great way to learn about all that is happening in the car world. Of course, we’re biased.”
5. Here's the Thing
This podcast featuring Alec Baldwin, takes listeners into the lives of artists, policy makers and performers. Baldwin sidesteps the predictable by going inside the dressing rooms, apartments, and offices of people we want to understand better such as Ira Glass, Lena Dunham, David Letterman, Barbara Streisand, Tom Yorke, Chris Rock and others
6. Dolly Parton’s America
Condé Nast Traveler is the authority on travel, and they feel that Dolly Parton’s America is the number one podcast for a cross-country road trip.
The magazine said, “If you’re not a Dolly convert already, you will be after listening to the 12 episodes in this brilliantly edited show from Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad and Shima Oliaee.”
The show “traces Dolly Parton’s stratospheric rise from her humble-holler upbringing in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee to her total domination of the international country music scene.”
7. The Dropout
Bustle recommends this podcast because of the controversies surrounding Elizbeth Holmes – the founder of the now defunct medical company Theranos. They said, “The podcast is the result of a three-year investigation by ABC News, and tracks Holmes’ growth from early childhood to her years at Stanford to the stratospheric rise and downfall of Theranos. And yes, it also addresses all that controversy about Holmes’ voice, too.”
8. You’re Wrong About
This podcast has shown up in our lists of the best podcasts before. PopSugar originally recommended this podcast due to the fact that in each episode “hosts Michael Hobbes and Sarah Marshall look back at public figures and noteworthy events, and reconsider these topics with a present-day lens, like the OJ Simpson case and how Yoko Ono and John Lennon’s relationship affected The Beatles.” They went on to say that “these episodes will definitely get everyone talking.”
9. The Joe Rogan Experience
Men’s Journal says this is one of the best podcasts to “keep your attention as you go from point A to point B.” The magazine also said you never know what’s going to happen in his shows. “In one episode, Rogan and his guest might drink whiskey, get high, and wield Samurai swords, but they’ll also broach topics like the end of the universe and whether or not we’re actually living in a simulation (actually, that was just Elon Musk’s interview).”
This podcast came recommended from Lifewire who says “the production is flawless, and reporter/host Sarah Keonig’s stays largely out of the way of the story.”
Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life. The show unfolds one story – a true story – over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns.
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