8 of the Best Podcasts to Learn Something on Your Next Road Trip

Learning doesn't have to be confined to the classroom. Enjoy these 8 great podcasts on your next road trip to learn something new.

8 Educational Podcasts For Your Next Road Trip

Listen, learn and drive.

Road trips are a blast. They are filled with roadside attractions, yummy snacks, beautiful scenery, and well, boredom. 

Honestly, I can only listen to my epic playlist so many times before I’ve had enough. That’s when podcasts come in handy. Not only do they help keep you entertained and alert when driving, but the best podcasts can make those long stretches on the highway fly by.


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The Best Podcasts for Road Trips

Here are my favorites for learning while I’m driving and arriving smarter than when I left.

The Way I Heard It With Mike Rowe

This podcast has a unique and different take on topics from pop culture to politics and everything in between. His stories have a twist as you’ve never heard and will keep you captivated for the entire show. 

Atlas Obscura

Each episode is under 15 minutes and takes you deep inside the world’s strange, incredible and wondrous places. The podcast takes you on a tour of the oldest living things, the boiling river in the Amazon to why Hitler’s toilet ended up in a New Jersey auto-repair shop bathroom.


Armchair Expert Podcast

Armchair Expert Podcast

Armchair Expert

Hosted by the hilarious Dax Shepard, this podcast features in-depth interviews with celebrities and experts in their field. Dax and his co-host Monica Padman chat with guests about their secrets to success, funny stories of their life and their inner lives.

50 Things That Made the Modern Economy

Want to know what unique inventions and ideas helped create the economic world, then this is the podcast for you! These short episodes talk about everything from slot machines, sanitary napkins, canned food, and other things that keep the world moving. 

No Small Thing

This podcast is great because it makes you think and realize that even the smallest things can have a major impact on life. The podcast episodes feature ideas of the Enneagram, the controversy of breakfast, and childhood toys. The calm and relaxing conversations will stir up your curiosity in yourself. 

Ear Hustle

This podcast is wildly intriguing about the life inside prison and those living post-incarcerated life. The episodes are often difficult to hear, hilarious and honest, making you want to hear more.

How I Built This Podcast

How I Built This Podcast

How I Built This

This intriguing podcast features the behind-the-scenes of how innovators and entrepreneurs made their vision come to life. The hosts dive deep into some of the world’s most famous companies such as Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, how Jazzericise began in the late 1960s or how Rick Steves backpacked through Europe as an 18-year-old on only $2 a day.

Stuff You Should Know

This podcast is a gold mine. Looking for interesting topics to discuss at a dinner table or feel like you didn’t learn anything in high school history? This podcast has you covered as they discuss topics such as what causes inflation, how MRI works, the history behind the IVY leagues, the purpose of lighthouses, and everything in between.

Road Trip Podcasts

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