Do you ever get tired of listening to the same song over and over again? Driving hundreds of miles a day can get a little tiresome with just the wide open road and nothing but trees and cornfields to see. Did you know it’s also a good time to learn something new?
 
While you can’t read a book or take a class while driving, you can definitely listen to podcasts. Podcasts have been around for a while now. In case you didn’t know, podcasts are digital audio files available through the Internet or mobile apps to download. Most podcasts are weekly or even daily shows. With podcasts gaining popularity in the recent years, you can find podcasts on just about any topic.
 
Take a look at 10 of our favorite podcasts and let us know your favorites too!
 
Radiolab
 
Radiolab is a mix of science, philosophy, and human experience. Each episode tells a different story often with expert guests. You can learn about anything from why we sleep to how animals think. Episodes are an hour long.


 
Freakonomics Radio
 
Based on the 2005 blockbuster book by University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt, Freakonomics Radio talks about how the laws of economics govern just about everything in life. Each episode discusses a new topic, like parenthood to the Ku Klux Klan. Episodes are about 30 minutes long.
 
The TED Radio Hour
 
Love TED Talks? Well, now you can listen to the podcasts. Host Guy Raz uses various TED Talks to tell stories about themes like love and organization. If you’re a fan of TED Talks then definitely give this podcast a listen. Episodes are an hour long.
 
Serial
 
First released in October 2014 as a spin-off to This American Life, Serial exploded with popularity and even won a Peabody Award. Serial tells one story over weekly episodes. Season one was all about the Adnan Syed case and season two is about the Bowe Bergdahl case. Episodes range from 30 to 70 minutes.
 
Truck Driver 101
 
A veteran driver, host “Big Ken,” has over 6 years of trucking experience under his belt and shares his tips and stories with other drivers in these short episodes. He often talks about the latest trucking news and trends. Episodes range from 4 minutes to about 15 minutes.
 
Trucker Dump
 
Trucker Dump is a humorous podcast and blog that focuses on truck driving and the trucking industry. Hosted by Todd McCann, who has almost 20 years of driving experience, he has seen and heard it all. Get ready for a good laugh. Episodes are under an hour.
 
Celebrity Fitness Trainer Vinnie Tortorich with Anna Vocino
 
Formally known as “America’s Angriest Trainer,” Vinnie and Anna will leave you in stitches. Despite the blunt and often vulgar language, these two offer great insights into health and fitness. Episodes are generally around 45 minutes.
 
You Must Remember This
 
Are you a film or history buff? You’ll love this. Host Karina Longworth examines the forgotten history of Hollywood in these well-researched episodes. Episodes are all under an hour long.
 
Comedy Bang Bang: The Podcast
 
Comedy Bang Bang is a podcast spin off of a weekly live show. Episodes have the same format but vary wildly based on the show’s guest. Guests are invited onto the show to talk about their upcoming projects while the hosts interrupt and question him in character. You’ll be sure to get a good belly laugh going. Episode length varies.
 
Good Job, Brain!
 
Designed to be similar to a live trivia game, this podcast will question your knowledge and teach you a thing or two while you’re listening. Topics range from James Bond to food. Episodes are all around an hour long.
 
There are literally thousands of podcasts available to you through iTunes and Google Play right on your smartphone. Instead of listening to the same song over and over again, why don’t you stimulate your brain a little?

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Great blog Susana. I'm glad someone else likes podcasts too. Here's a link to a blog that wrote that talks about my favorites: https://www.teamrunsmart.com/the-pros/joey-slaughter/august-2014/windshield-university

May 06, 2016 8:08:14 AM

Good info! How many people listen to podcasts now? I know at one time they wee the rage.

May 06, 2016 7:25:10 AM