Podcasts to Improve Your Commute

Podcasts to Improve Your Commute

I’ve got a career I love and a commute I hate. Listening to podcasts has helped me turn my office commute into me time.  For most of my career (pre-suburb life) my commute was a 30 minutes. The old commute consisted of a 12.5 minute walk, a 15 minute boat ride, and an escalator up to my office. With such a breezy commute, I had no need to listen to podcasts.
My commute now ranges from 45 minutes to 2 hours, on a bad day.  One particular bad day, I spent 3.5 hours in my car on top of my work day.  While I have 5 radio stations to flip between it doesn’t cut it.
My husband introduced me to podcasts and I never thought they were for me because I hate wearing ear buds.  However, in my car I can connect to my iPhone and listen to podcasts through the car speakers.

Here are 5 Podcasts to Improve Your Commute

  1. The DIS Unplugged: Disneyland Edition
  2. Channel 33: Bachelorette Party
  3. This American Life
  4.  House of Carbs
  5. Guys We F****d

These are five very different podcasts and each one responds to my mood on a given day. Not all of them are child-friendly and I’ll discuss that further below. My daughter is only 2 so I never listen to podcasts with her, but some of these would be suitable for younger audiences.

5 Podcasts to Improve Your Commute
5 Podcasts to Improve Your Commute

The DIS Unplugged: Disneyland Edition

The DIS Unplugged: Disneyland Edition keeps me savvy to all things Disneyland throughout the year. It follows a 5 person round table format and covers news, housekeeping, rapid fire, and other interesting events happening in the Anaheim area.  It is available to download Monday mornings.  I began listening 8 months before my Disneyland vacation and it made planning our trip easier.

Each episode is about 1 hour. There is no reason for kids not to listen and in the future I see myself downloading a dozen episodes and binge listening on a family road trip to Disneyland.

Note: If you’re a Disney fan you’ll also want to download “Connecting with Walt” podcast, which is led by Michael Bowling, a Disney historian who is also a member of The DIS Unplugged.  These are longer episodes and cover more of the history side of Walt Disney World.

When to listen: In the morning when you want to get a variety of information.


Channel 33: Bachelorette Party

Surprisingly, my husband is the one that recommended this podcast to me. I’m not techy with my iPhone so I find it a bit confusing having to search Channel 33 and scrolling through the feed to find Bachelorette Party, but it’s worth it.  This podcast is hosted by Juliet Litman and is available to download later on Tuesdays.  The show often has a guest co-host (e.g., another writer at The Ringer, Sports Gal, or a former Bachelor contestant) to help analyze the last night’s episode. Juliet hosts this during each season of the Bachelor, Bachelorette, and Bachelor in Paradise.  Watching the Bach is my guilty pleasure and then listening to another intelligent woman discuss it helps me feel validated for watching this reality TV show.

Each episode is about 45 minutes. If you let your kids watch the Bach then they’ll be ok listening to this.

Note: Juliet also hosts Jam Sessions podcast on Channel 33, which covers the week in pop culture and celebrity news, which is just as good.

When to listen: Wednesday commute home – reward yourself after a long day!

This American Life

If you’ve heard of podcasts then you’ll likely have heard of This American Life and Ira Glass. Each podcast has a theme and three or more “acts” that relate to the theme. Each act tells a story of an event or experience.  This is easy listening and I either learn an interesting fact or something new each episode.

Each episode is about 45 minutes.  The host will warn you if content may not be suitable for kids before an Act commences.

When to listen: Listen on your commute home from work as it will help you transition out of your workday and help clear your mind.

House of Carbs

House of Carbs is a new podcast as of early July, but I’m going all in and putting it on my list.  If you like food, then go download it. I won’t lie, the hosts voice drove me insane the first episode, but after listening to a few I don’t even think of it.  This is the perfect podcast for fans of food – it doesn’t discriminate between fast food or gourmet dishes.   The guests have been stellar from premiering with Adam Rapoport (Bon Appetite Magazine) to most recently with David Chang of Momofuku.

Each episode is about 45 minutes. Kids could listen, but I doubt they’ll have the appreciation for the various food cultures discussed.

When to listen: During morning commute, assuming you don’t have an empty stomach that will growl too loudly from food envy.

Guys We F****d

Let me start with: Not kid friendly. Also, the language sometimes has me rolling my windows up on a hot day and turning on the A/C so I don’t surprise nieghbouring cars with my speakers.

That said, I think Guys We F****d has an important place in society.  As a mom, I need to figure out how to wrap my head around “slut shaming” and this podcast is the “anti-slut shaming podcast.” After seeing this podcast as a top comedy podcast week after week, I decided to download an episode and see what it was about.  Two females host the show and interview guys they f**d or other interesting people. These interesting people might be comedians or employed in the adult sex/fetish industry.  Guests often share a crazy sex story. This podcast is unlike any other and if you want to listen to something that will at times shock you, but also educate you, then give it a try.  Swearing doesn’t shock me and there’s plenty of that on the podcast – that’s the least of your worries.

Each episode is about 1 hour. No kids.  New episodes available on Fridays.

When to listen: On the drive home to get your mind off of work.


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Those are my 5 podcast recommendations. What are yours?

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