I’ve been on the road a lot recently, constantly back and forth across North Carolina. And if you aren’t aware of how long of a state this is, trust me, it’s long. But I actually enjoy driving if I have something good to listen to. I’m all for blasting the music, but I realize that doing a post just on bands you should listen to would only intrigue those of you with the same taste in music. So instead, I’m focusing on another one of my favorite things to listen to in the car: Podcasts.
Podcasts are really in their prime at the moment, if you ask me. There are so many great radio producers making podcasts and exploring all that the medium has to offer, that I really think this might be the way radio will head in the future. Much like Netflix and Hulu lets us pick and choose the tv shows we want to watch, podcasts let us choose what radio shows we want to listen to. Sounds great, right? Plus, it’s one of those cool mediums that allows anyone with a microphone to produce their own show.
And I’m realizing now that I have so many favorite podcasts, and I’m sure the list will continue to grow. But for now, here are my top roadtrip podcast picks:
In my opinion the holy grail of podcasts. Both and Jab and Robert are brilliant yet entertaining, and they always seem to talk about things that I want to research later and learn more about. As I listen I’m usually thinking, ‘WHY DON’T MORE PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT THIS?!’ If you listen to them, you can be one the people that does know.
This one is for those of us that like something a little spooky. Aaron Mahnke explores folklore, mysterious happenings, and the supernatural. Some of these episodes are harder to stomach than others, but then again, I tend to be kind of a wimp. I’m always shocked to look up these stories later and find that they are actually true…
Very similar to Lore, but with a British spin. Most episodes feature unexplained happenings in the UK and Europe, and they make for great spooky nighttime driving. Smith has a great voice for radio and tells the stories much like a narrative, though they all seem to be true as well.
If you haven’t listened to the first season of Serial, do it now. I’m usually not one for crime dramas, but I do love a good mystery, and this certainly brought out the detective in me. Serial takes you on the investigation of a real murder of a teenage girl in the 90’s and tries to determine if her convicted boyfriend actually did it (very similar to Making a Murderer, if you liked that show, you like this). Spoiler!: He’s getting a retrial because of the series.
As a lover of all music, and an amateur song writer, Song Exploder is so interesting to me. They interview bands (really just let the band members talk on their own) about their most popular songs. They explain how they wrote it, how they played it, what it’s about, really everything that matters when writing a song. It’s the coolest thing to hear bands talk so candidly about song writing.
NOT one to listen to with your parents. The Heart talks about all things love and sex related, all in a personal narrative setup. Though they don’t always do raunchy episodes; they did do a series about child abuse that was very eye opening and worth a listen, though upsetting in some instances. But usually this one is lighthearted and sure to make you giggle.
I found Love and Radio because they did an overlapping episode with Radio Lab that made me ball my eyes out (I’ll link it here). They do everything from sound explorations that just seem to drift over you, to interviews with people that have great stories to tell. It’s almost like, the beauty in everyday life.
In all honesty, I listen to most of these outside of the car as well. Since I work from home, the apartment can be a bit quiet during the day, so it’s nice to have something going in the background. It always makes the day go by faster, in my opinion.
Do you have any podcasts you are loving right now that you think I would enjoy? I would love to hear about them!