Podcasts are excellent to listen to while driving. They're often short form, so you get bite-size chunks of information, they're entertaining, and there are plenty to choose from. Here's some that we're currently listening to on our daily commute.
Liftoff, part of the Relay FM network, is a fortnightly podcast about space, the universe, and everything. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand the latest developments as explained by enthusiastic space fans Stephen Hackett and Jason Snell. If you’re interested in space and what’s happening up there in the expanse, this is the podcast to listen to.
Stuff You Should Know
This is one of those podcasts where, if you ask someone what podcasts they listen to, it will always crop up. Stuff You Should Know, fondly abbreviated as ‘SYSK’, is hosted by Josh Clark and Charles W. “Chuck” Bryant, both writers at HowStuffWorks. They’ll have you laughing and holding your breath over almost every topic there possibly could be. There’s a reason why this is one of the most popular podcasts in the world – it gets downloaded millions of times each month.
Reply All is a show about the internet and trained rats, time travel, celebrity dogs, lovelorn phone scammers, angry flower children, workplace iguanas, and more. It’s hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, who launched the show in 2014. Every show has an almost completely different topic, and they’re always unusual and mesmerising.
The Message / LifeAfter
The Message is a podcast that follows the weekly reports and interviews from Nicky Tomalin, who is covering the decoding of a message from outer space received 70 years ago. Over the course of 8 episodes we get an inside ear on how a top team of cryptologists attempt to decipher, decode, and understand the alien message.
It’s important to listen from Episode 1 as this is a theatrical production and won’t make much sense if you just listen to the latest episode. It’s only ten episodes long, and definitely worth listening to. Season 2 has just wrapped up and is a completely different story called LifeAfter, it’s just as good as the first in completely different ways.
Search for “LifeAfter” to find both podcasts.
Serial is a podcast hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial tells one story — a true story — over the course of a season. Each season, they follow the plot and characters wherever they go. When Sarah was recording the podcast, she didn’t know what would happen at the end, this is why the podcast garnered such attention and fame. It’s heart-poundingly good. This is another podcast where it’s important to listen from the beginning, but you’ll be flying through them in no time.