I’ve driven many, many miles in the last few months, from my 2100-mile vacation road trip to commutes for school. Music is great for some of the driving (Helloooo new Ed Sheeran album!), but podcasts have also become a source of entertainment out on the open road. Podcasts are more interactive than music, and keep my brain moving. And some of them are laugh-out-loud funny! Here are some of my favorites:
- Ali on the Run Show: After reading Ali’s blog and following her on social media for years, I was all in when she launched a podcast. In each episode, she interviews runners who are also models, entrepreneurs, businessmen, and more, talking about how running is woven into their lives. An hour long each, these always make me want to lace up my shoes and go for a run. There are 12 episodes so far, so I suggest starting from the beginning.
- The Popcast with Knox and Jamie: Y’all, I guffaw at least twice during every episode. Their tagline is “dedicated to delightful idiocy – educating you on the things that entertain, but do not matter.” For example, this weeks episode was about Disney princesses, and all the things you did or did not ever want to know about them. With 186 episodes, you would be safe to start listening anywhere. If you ever see me laughing while I’m out running, this is probably what I’ve got playing.
- Presidential: The Washington Post put together 1-hour shows on each of the 45 presidents. Obviously 60 minutes isn’t enough time to cover an entire presidency, so the host takes a different (unbiased) spin on each of the terms. You’ll learn something new with each of them, and realize that there’s been some great presidents, and also many a dumpster fire. Regardless of party lines, these are a good listen. I recommend starting with George W. Bush, and go from there.
- Awesome Etiquette: The great-grandchildren of Emily Post, one of the original etiquette experts, host a Q&A style podcast that takes modern etiquette issues and gives suggestions and solutions. They use the lens of consideration, respect, and honesty, and provide framework to manage day-to-day issues. They also refresh listeners on timeless questions, like when to send gifts, or which fork to use first. Any episode will serve as a good jumping off point!