Need a suggestion? Here’s what we love to listen to on the road.
Have you jumped on the podcast bandwagon? If you spend any time in your car at all, podcasts just might be your next favorite thing, assuming you haven’t already discovered them. Here are some of the best podcasts to listen to while driving. If you don’t see your favorite on our list, give us a shout. We’d love to add your picks to our list of podcasts for driving.
Why do people love podcasts so much?
We live in the age of multitasking. Reading and watching television take all our attention…podcasts don’t. While there’s a lot to be said for a good Netflix binge or getting lost in a good book, they require the use of more than one of our senses. Podcasts don’t.
You can find podcasts that entertain, educate, inform…whatever you’re into, there’s a podcast out there dedicated to it. And, because we lead busy lives and we’re in the car A LOT, we love the portability of podcasts. If you haven’t gotten into podcasts, we’ve started you out with a list of suggestions that are great for listening to in the car and anywhere else you happen to be.
Some of the Best Podcasts for Moms
If you’re a parent, you know it can be an isolating experience at times. There are tons of mom podcasts out there to inspire you, make you laugh and let you know you’re not the only one who Febrezes your kid in lieu of a bath. I mean…in theory. Ahem.
Parenting podcasts are great podcasts for driving. Are you a mom of school aged kids? You probably feel like you live in your car, right?
Zen Parenting Radio
Married couple Cathy and Todd are Zen Parenting Radio. They teach self-awareness through pop culture and promote mindfulness and humor.
Me before Mom
If you’ve ever felt like you’re losing your identity to parenthood, Me Before Mom by Bert Anderson is one to give a listen to.
The Empowered Parent Podcast
The Empowered Parent Podcast is a great collection of all types of parenting topics.
The Badass Breastfeeding Podcast
The Badass Breastfeeding Podcast is your resource for all things breastfeeding – like that’s hard to figure out. Their motto is “breastfeeding without bullshit” so you know you’ll get straight talk on this topic.
And yes, it’s a thing. Mom Brain podcasters Daphne Oz and Hilaira Baldwin, two women who have seemingly flawless lives, share the realities, the responsibilities and the commonalities of life raising kids.
A Full Life
A Full Life shares how to have fun on a dime, be a “baller on a budget,” and live a full life on less.
The Carpool Moms
The Carpool Moms covers entertainment between soccer drop offs and PTA meetings. Anybody who loves terrible puns, gossip and red carpet reports will enjoy this one
Podcasts to Help you Plan for Vacation
Trying to figure out how to make the best use of your time off? Travel podcasts are a great way to get inspiration. Here are just a few of our favorite travel podcasts for driving.
Disneyland with Kids
For families planning Disneyland vacations Disneyland with Kids Podcast is a great resource. The 4 co-hosts break down everything you need to know to have a magical vacation.
If you’re looking for a travel podcast that’s withstood the test of time check out Amateur Traveler. Chris Christensen has been podcasting for 15 years and has an extensive collection of broadcasts. If you want to go there, chances are he’s already been and has the scoop for you.
Girls Talk Travel
Girls Talk Travel is a tell it like it is travel resource for women. Give it a listen and support your female travel content creators!
Travel with Rick Steves
Rick Steves is a world-renowned travel expert. If you’re planning a trip to Europe, don’t skip out on this one.
Extra Pack of Peanuts
Extra Pack of Peanuts focuses on travel hacks and destinations and how to travel on a budget. The show features destinations, tips and often lists of their favorite whatever, from restaurants to locations.
Podcasts to Listen to While Driving – True Crime and Thrills
There’s a lid for every pot – meaning there’s a podcast for every person, no matter what they’re interested in. True crime was by far the most popular category in my unofficial poadcast poll. Whether you want podcasts for driving or podcasts to listen to while you’re cooking dinner, true crime is where it’s at, according to many.
Is true crime your jam?
Up and Vanished
Up and Vanished is an investigative documentary- style podcast hosted by Payne Lindsey. The series investigates missing persons cold cases by reviewing old leads, interviewing witnesses and towns people, and on-site investigation.
Serial is an investigative journalism podcast hosted by Sarah Koenig, narrating a nonfiction story over multiple episodes.
Last Seen is a podcast about the world’s most notorious art heist from the Gardner Museum in Boston. Almost 30 years later, the theft still remains a mystery.
In the Dark
In the Dark is a podcast produced by American Public Media. Hosted and narrated by Madeleine Baran, and produced by Samara Freemark, the series features investigative journalism and in-depth reportage from APM Reports, the investigative reporting and documentary unit of APM.
Crime Junkie is a true crime podcast hosted by Ashley Flowers and co-hosted by Brit Prawat, located in Indianapolis, Indiana.
My Favorite Murderer
My Favorite Murder is a weekly true crime comedy podcast hosted by American comedians Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark.
Sword and Scale
Sword and Scale is a bi-weekly American podcast exploring nonfiction stories of true crime. It featured a variety of narrated true crime stories intertwined with interviews with criminals, witnesses, victims, authors, 911 call audio, witness testimony, trial audio, interrogation tapes, music, and sound effects.
Arts and Entertainment Podcasts
These suggestions are a mishmash of pop culture and creative interests. It’s a pretty eclectic list so if you don’t see your love language here, rest assured there is probably a podcast that talks about that thing you’re really, really into.
The Office Ladies
Are you a fan of The Office? If so, The Office Ladies is for you. The Office co-stars and best friends, Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, are doing the ultimate The Office re-watch podcast for you. Each week Jenna and Angela will break down an episode of The Office and give exclusive behind the scene stories that only two people who were there, can tell you.
This one’s for the music lovers. Remember the liners notes on albums? You bought an album and it came with an accompanying narrative: a digression, an aside, a backstory—maybe even an invented history. We intuitively understood that great music required not just listening but conversation between the artist and the audience and the audience and the rest of the world. Broken Record is a podcast that restarts those conversations.
My Dad Wrote a Porno
My Dad Wrote a Porno is a British podcast hosted by Jamie Morton, James Cooper, and Alice Levine. Each episode features Morton reading a new chapter of an amateur erotic novel, titled Belinda Blinked, written by his father under the pen name Rocky Flintstone.
Noona ARMY Podcast
The Noona ARMY Podcast covers the particular challenges and aspects of being a middle aged BTS (K-pop boy band) fan. It also touches on sex, feminism, race, mental health, etc. through the topic of BTS. Are you a boy band fan? Do you like quirky and eclectic? Virginia might be your new bestie.
Here’s a hodgepodge of favorite podcasts that don’t really fall into any of the above categories. Will you find a new fave for your next driving trip on this list?
Armchair Expert – Dax Shephard
Armchair Expert is a weekly podcast hosted by American actor, director, and writer Dax Shepard and Emmy-nominated Monica Padman. Each podcast features Shepard and Padman interviewing celebrities as well as journalists and academics about “the messiness of being human.”
The Popcast with Knox and Jamie
The Popcast is a pop culture lover’s dream come true. They have everything from The Bachelor recaps to “Picking the Worst Tom” of 2019, you’re sure to find something that piques your interest.
This American Life
This American Life is an American weekly hour-long radio program produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media and hosted by Ira Glass.
By the Book
By The Book is half reality show, half self-help podcast, and one wild social experiment. Join comedian Jolenta Greenberg and her skeptical friend Kristen Meinzer as they live by the rules of a different self-help book each episode to figure out which ones might actually be life changing.
Mobituaries is hosted by correspondent Mo Rocca. It features obituaries of important people as well as places and practices forgotten by history
Keep It is a podcast featuring pop culture, politics and what happens when they smack into each other at alarming speed.
Binge Mode is a pop culture podcast produced by The Ringer.
Where to find more Podcasts
It’s impossible to compile a listing of all available podcasts. Besides, new ones are popping up every day. One of the best ways to find more podcasts to listen to is to ask your friends. I was surprised at how many friends I have that are true blue podcast enthusiasts.
Want to keep up with new and trending in the world of podcasts? Check out Pod News, Hot Pod, and Sarah’s Podcast Newsletter, just to name a few. More and more websites you already love are breaking into the podcast game, so if you really love following a site, make sure to sign up for their newsletter so you can stay abreast of updates.
A Girls Guide to Cars doesn’t have a podcast – yet. But listening to all these, we’re inspired!