21 Awesome Podcasts to Listen to While Driving

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Whether it is on an everyday commute, or a special road trip, large amounts of driving can soon become tedious, and sometimes music just won’t do the trick. The perfect solution comes in the form of a show that you can carry around in your pocket, and listen to at your leisure–the podcast.

Podcasts have had something of a boom in the last year or so–call it the Serial effect–but there are so many podcasts out there, that when you are looking for one that perfectly suits your personality, it can be hard to sift through all of them to get to the one that you like. So to help you out, we have put together a list of some of the best podcasts that are out right now, from a variety of categories. Though this list is obviously not comprehensive, there’s a good chance that you’ll find at least a couple on here that you really like. So read on, and get listening!

sports

Men in Blazers
After the USA’s success at the World Cup, you might be looking for a way to get into soccer. Men in Blazers is run by two Englishmen in the States, and is a fun listen, even if you know nothing about the sport.

Football Weekly
Again, this podcast is about soccer, not American football, but it is run by some journalists from UK paper The Guardian, and focuses on the English Premier League.

Jalen and Jacoby
If you are a basketball fan, look no further than this podcast, run by Jalen Rose and David Jacoby. They certainly “give the people what they want!”

The Rich Eisen Show
And for football (NFL), the Rich Eisen Show will provide you with smart analysis and excellent interviews, all with a sense of humor.

Ross Tucker Football Podcast
Sometimes you just can’t beat the perspective of a former player, and Ross Tucker gives you just that with his NFL podcast.

entertainment

Nerdist
Chris Hardwick is everywhere these days, but he is perhaps still best known for his hugely popular podcast. As a result he has some of the best interviews out there, and this podcast is a must for any fan of pop culture.

NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour
One of many excellent NPR podcasts, Pop Culture Happy Hour has the latest news and discussion on anything from books, movies, television, comics, and beyond.

Filmspotting
Filmspotting is run by two film critics and provides in-depth discussion on anything movies.

The Movie Crypt
For something a little broader and a little lighter, this podcast covers the movie industry, and with a lot of colorful language.

Pitch
If you love music beyond the casual listener of the radio, this podcast delivers the stimulating discussion that might just speak to your soul.

comedy

Call Chelsea Peretti
Comedian Chelsea Peretti entertains as she calls complete strangers and talks nonsense with them. Trust us, it’s hilarious.

Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig
Much as the title suggests, YouTube star and talk show host Grace Helbig talks to a new guest each week about…well, nothing.

WTF with Marc Maron
A very popular podcast, if you are a fan of in depth celebrity interviews and cutting humor, this is the podcast for you.

Comedy Bang! Bang!
Irreverent and hilarious–fans of the show, and fans of comedy in general will love it.

You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes
Pete Holmes has a gift for extracting the very best out of each of his guests, providing interviews that are funny, deep, entertaining, and…you guessed it, weird.

news

While a lot of people prefer to listen to news commentary podcasts that suit their personal political leanings, there are a few really good podcasts for those who are just looking for regular updates. They are as follows:

BBC Global News Podcast
NPR Hourly News Summary
PBS News Hour

cars

NPR Car Talk
If you are a fan of Top Gear, NPR’s Car Talk is the next best thing in podcast form. If you love cars, you won’t be disappointed.

TopSpeed
Another great and informative podcast for anyone who has a passion for automobiles.

Talking Cars
Consumer Reports’ talking cars is a video podcast, which makes it more of a bonus option (don’t watch while driving!), however it is worth checking out if you are a looking for the latest car news and views.
 

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