6 Entertaining Podcasts for the Road

The Best Podcasts For The Car

Want to find a way to keep yourself awake and entertained in the car? It’s not easy to do and still keep your eyes focused on the road. Unless you’re listening to a really engrossing audiobook or even an entertaining podcast.

Yes, what’s old is new again. While podcasts have been around for years, they actually had the ability to go mainstream as early as 2005 when Apple’s iTunes offered support for them. However, they really picked up steam in 2014 when, “Serial,” an addictive NPR podcast that delved into a true crime story, gained the attention of millions. It reportedly broke iTunes records as the fastest-downloaded podcast in history. Although you can still listen to the original series, many people were anxiously awaiting Season 2 for their weekly dose of intrigue. Luckily, it’s baaaack!


First, we have to talk about “Serial,” for obvious reasons. If you’re new to Serial territory, it’s a podcast from the creators of This American Life. Sarah Koenig hosts and narrates the episodes. Serial unfolds one story – a true story – over the course of a whole season. Season 2 of the podcast deals with the case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Bergdahl is an American soldier who was held for five years by the Taliban and arrested for desertion on his recapture. Considered a “mystery podcast,” it makes new discoveries each episode along with Sarah as the investigation unfolds.

However, if Serial isn’t your thing, these other five podcasts will entertain you wherever you’re driving.

“Freakonomics” Radio

Next up, this weekly podcast is a spinoff of the best-selling book by the same name. The book’s award-winning authors, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, question why things happen the way they do. As they say, they explore “the hidden side of everything.” Topics have included “Is college really worth it?” “The truth about online dating,” and “How we can save money without even trying.” The tone is smart and sometimes quirky. Each episode will definitely keep you thinking, even after it’s over.

“This American Life 

Now, if you liked the feel of “Serial,” you’ll definitely enjoy “This American Life.” “Serial” was this program’s spinoff series. Hosted by Ira Glass, each episode of “This American Life” dissects a fascinating true story. These range from mysterious to light. For instance, a popular episode investigates the true story of two children switched at birth in Wisconsin. They interview all of the family members involved to get their reactions upon finding out the truth. Additionally, another episode examines the nation’s top “party schools.” Moreover, they question what makes these colleges party destinations. Sarah Koenig (“Serial’s” narrator) also narrates many “This American Life” episodes.

“Little Kids, Big Questions

If you’re a parent or grandparent of a child age 0 to 3, you won’t want to miss this insightful (and helpful) podcast. The host Ann Pleshette Murphy was a past contributor to “Good Morning America.” She interviews a different expert each episode. Listeners learn about many of the most common issues facing parents of babies and toddlers. These include establishing self-esteem in the early years or techniques to help your child sleep through the night.


What shapes human behavior? That’s the question this podcast tackles each week. For example, one episode asks us to examine our relationship with fear. Strangely, it informs us about one of the only people in the world that is biologically incapable of experiencing fear. Scientists have studied her story, and her interview in “Invisibilia” is the first time she discusses her experiences. Also, NPR co-hosts and science reporters Lulu Miller and Alix Spiegel (two of the creators of “This American Life”) narrate each episode. The podcast launched at No. 1 on iTunes and had more than 5 million downloads within the first month of its release. You will be hooked by the first episode!


As this podcast’s website describes, “Criminal is a podcast of a crime. Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.” With a “Serial”-like reporting style, you’ll zip through each engrossing 20-minute crime story episode. Many call this the real-life version of “CSI” or “Law & Order.”

Written by Jenny Muslin for MakeItBetter.net.

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