I drive for work. A lot. Roughly 6-10 hours per work week are spent behind the wheel of a car, driving at a rate of speed that would suggest I either have a woman about to give birth in the car or that I need to use the restroom rather urgently. The drives can be mind-numbingly boring, which makes long days in the car all the more exhausting. But the experienced traveling salesman knows there are no such things as long roads trips, just poor driving entertainment. Here are the podcasts that I've been listening to while traveling the last few months that have made even the longest of drives fly by. May they make your long drive to your spring break destinations be that much better, productive, and maybe even help you learn a thing or two.
Hidden Brain with Shankar Vendantam is a podcast my wife and I first gave a shot while driving to the U.P. this past summer. It's consistently the most fascinating podcast out there, with a wide array of topics, guests, and insights that keep it fresh listen after listen. Topics can be super heavy, as was the case of a recent episode documenting decades of sexual harassment by contemporary American Playwright Israel Horowitz. But episodes can also be light and even hilarious, as with the episode on modern slang. Check it out for yourself.
It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders is my go-to when I need some positivity and good vibes. You probably remember Sam as being the best part of the NPR Politics Podcast before, during, and after the 2016 Presidential election. It's Been a Minute put's Sam's positive attitude and easy-going attitude on full display, while still providing political interviews, culture news, and some awesome guests from various news outlets. Try Sam on for size here.
Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill is sort of the opposite of It's Been a Minute. It's pretty much always heavy with the latest political news and certainly pulls no punches when it comes to facing even the most complicated topics of the day head-on. If you're worried about political bias, and you should be, Intercepted is unique in that it really goes after every political party with equal parts criticism and sarcasm. The host, Jeremy Scahill, is one of the best interviewers in the game, and he's an expert at getting, well, experts on the various topics he's covering, rather than just political talking heads that make the rounds on the various cable outlets. Intercepted probably isn't for everyone, but it's certainly worth giving a try.
I also love Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, and I'll also sprinkle in The Art of Manliness from time to time. If you have any podcasts that I should add to my rotation, be sure to let me know.