15 Podcasts for Your Drive to Work

A curated podcast list by
Morgan DeLisle
Creation Date May 24th, 2019
Updated Date Updated July 3rd, 2019
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Perfect podcasts to get you ready for the day. There are three categories: General News (what you'd expect to see on tv but safe for your commute), Entertainment News (podcasts covering music, movies, tv, books all on your drive), and Other Interests (for those of us who like sports or random facts or money or tech to come on the drive with us), all with my personal thoughts, which are highly prized.

General News

CNN's The Daily DC
CNN has the best political director in the business and every morning Monday through Friday David Chalian will lay out what you need to know from the world of politics.
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Covering the major issue of the day, David Chalian gives you a quick inside look at Capital Hill. Using sound-bytes, talking to reporters and stating the facts, The Daily DC keeps you up to date with the most important parts of US politics. Plus, episodes only runs for twelve minutes on average, making sure you can get all the information you need before you get to work.
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The Daily
This is what the news should sound like. The biggest stories of our time, told by the best journalists in the world. Hosted by Michael Barbaro. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, ready by 6 a.m.
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Telling one major story per episode, The Daily offers a quick overview right at the beginning of the day's focus and what the episode covers. Using an in-depth interview, recordings, and news reports, this show doesn't rely on music or effects to create an immersive experience; it just tells compelling stories that keep a listener's attention effortlessly. Personally, I love that the journalist hosting the episode always seems to ask the questions I'm thinking, making sure I walk away with the entire story. Plus, the last few minutes of the episode are spent letting you know what other major news stories you should be paying attention to so you don't miss anything. The Daily boasts an average runtime of 24 minutes, perfect for your commute.
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Up First
NPR's Up First is the news you need to start your day. The biggest stories and ideas — from politics to pop culture — in 10 minutes. Hosted by Rachel Martin, David Greene and Steve Inskeep, with reporting and analysis from NPR News. Available weekdays by 6 a.m. ET. Subscribe and listen, then support your local NPR station at donate.npr.org.
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NPR has done it again with a quick and easy daily news update perfect for people who are busy. Boasting the typical radio news show sound, Up First wastes no time getting to the top stories of the day, just without the commercials and constant replaying over and over of the day's news cycle. With a super clear, clean, and straightforward format, Up First tells you what story it's going to discuss, offers up a sound-byte or headline, and then hears from an expert on the topic being discussed. With a wide network of reporters around the world ready to discuss the most current events, Up First is bringing you the most important stories in only 13 minutes per episode on average.
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PBS NewsHour - Segments
Don't have time for a full news hour? Listen to the PBS NewsHour, segment by segment. Our full coverage of politics, science, arts, health, national and international news is included in this feed in easy-to-digest 5 to 10 minute segments. Segments are published each night by 9 p.m. Is this not what you're looking for? Don't miss our other podcasts for our full show, Shields and Brooks, Politics Monday, Brief but Spectacular, and more. Find them in iTunes or in your favorite podcasting app.
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If you've ever looked into PBS NewsHour podcasts, you know that there are several to choose from, including Politics Monday, Supreme Court, Shileds &Brooks, Science, Health, Brief but Spectacular, Business, Art, and the Full Hour. But PBS also offers PBS News Hour Segments, where little, three-minute episodes allow you to choose which stories and topics you're most interested in and listen to only those. Yes, you read right, three-minute episodes, making sure you get the information you care most about in the shortest amount of time possible. Which means you can either listen to multiple episodes every day or even check out another one of the podcasts on this list!
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NBC Nightly News
Listen to "NBC Nightly News," providing reports and analysis of the day's most newsworthy national and international events. This audio podcast, updated each weekday evening by NBCNews.com, brings you the day's show in its entirety. For more from "Nightly News", visit http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news
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Honestly, if you've ever watched the nightly news, you know exactly what this podcast sounds like. With only minimal adjustment from the recording of the television show (I'm assuming after listening), NBC Nightly News does have frequent mentions of videos or pictures, but they don't entirely detract from the show. We still get several major news stories, related recordings, and expertise from top reporters. Personally, I liked how quickly this podcast moves from story to story, which probably helps keep the run time at only twenty minutes. making sure you know everything you need to either right before bed or the next day on your drive to work.
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CBS Evening News -- Full Audio
Listen to the flagship daily evening newscast on your schedule. The CBS Evening News offers all the latest breaking national and world news and insight into all the stories that impact your world. Original reporting, now when you want it. (154991)
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This is another very television-news-repackaged show, but it more than gets the job done and is safe to listen to while driving. Offering a wide variety of stories to its listeners, CBS Evening News keeps things moving quickly and keeps you up to date. Plus, you get to hear from experts on every story without having to tune in at a particular time every night. With an average runtime of twenty minutes, this is a perfect briefing to start, or end, your weekday.
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Entertainment News

Pop Culture Happy Hour
Pop Culture Happy Hour is a fun and freewheeling chat about the latest movies, television, books, comics and music.
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Pop Culture Happy Hour releases an episode every couple of days and they run about half an hour a piece. Those episodes cover movies, tv shows, music, and celebrity news, spending the majority of the episode on one topic and then letting listeners know what other industry news the team is excited about that week. When I listen, I love the fact that the hosts sound like old friends, the guests join right in, and the whole show feels like me and my friends talking after we go see a movie together or finish the same book. With opinions and ideas that are well-articulated without being too serious, Pop Culture Happy Hour just feels like a good time while keeping you up to date on all the latest happenings in the entertainment industry.
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Culture Gabfest
New York Times critic Dwight Garner says “The Slate Culture Gabfest is one of the highlights of my week.” The award-winning Culturefest features Slate culture critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner debating the week in culture, from highbrow to pop.
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Culture Gabfest recognizes that, when we talk about our favorite movies or tv shows or books or music, we have a personal connection to those things. I love when we all admit that things like Game of Thrones and The Avengers hold a special place in out hearts, but Culture Gabfest adds to that the industry insight you need to analyze your favorite forms of entertainment. With episodes that spoil movies and episodes that analyze as deeply as you could ever want, Culture Gabfest makes sure you know what people are saying about your favorite, latest phenomenons.
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The Read
Join bloggers Kid Fury and Crissle for their weekly podcast covering hip-hop and pop culture's most trying stars. Throwing shade and spilling tea with a flippant and humorous attitude, no star is safe from Fury and Crissle unless their name is Beyoncé. (Or Blue Ivy.) As transplants to New York City (Kid Fury from Miami and Crissle from Oklahoma City), The Read also serves as an on-air therapy session for two friends trying to adjust to life (and rats) in the big city. The Read is part of the LoudSpeakers Network and is published every week on iTunes, iHeart Radio Talk, Soundcloud & Stitcher.
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If you've ever wished for two hilariously entertaining best friends that let you sit in on their conversations, The Read has everything you want. Unapologetically black and undeniably funny, Crissle and Kid Fury tackle anything and everything in pop-culture. Covering major news, answering questions from listeners, and most pressing opinions on what's going on in the world, these hosts operate without a filter and with a lot of careful thought on the topics. The run time may be an average of two hours, but trust me, the show is more than worth it and releases new episodes every few days.
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The Watch
Every week, The Ringer's Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan -- longtime friends and pop culture addicts -- break down the latest in TV, movies, and music.
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Probably one of my favorite parts of The Watch is that the show notes break down exactly what will be discussed on the episode and what times each section starts at. Beyond the super helpful notes, The Watch also boast two hosts who just feel like old friends and break down movies from the business side, the entertainment level, and the narrative perspective. Plus, the duo laughs often and presents ideas that make sense but don't take themselves too seriously. All in all, if you need a one hour update on the most important piece of news in the entertainment industry for the week, The Watch is here to help you out.
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Other Interests

Curiosity Daily
The award-winning Curiosity Daily podcast will help you get smarter about the world around you — every day. In less than 10 minutes, you'll get a unique mix of research-based life hacks, the latest science and technology news, and more. Hosts Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer will help you learn about your mind and body, outer space and the depths of the sea, and how history shaped the world into what it is today.
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Curiosity Daily is one of my favorite short-form shows, teaching listeners a couple of new things in under fifteen minutes every day. Cody and Ashley play off of each other super well and take turns presenting listeners with a few well-researched bits of trivia or a new discovery. From why people like black coffee to how inertia works, Curiosity Daily will make you smarter on every commute while keeping you entertained for every minute of the day's lesson.
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Back to Work
Back to Work is an award winning talk show with Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin discussing productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more. Hosted by Merlin Mann & Dan Benjamin.
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Back to Work is the kind of show that you'll love if you fall in love with the hosts, Dan and Merlin. The show takes some rambling digressions into the duos life, but along the way they divulge all sorts of productivity, communication, work and life tips to keep you updated on the latest ways to do your best in all parts of your life. So, if you're down for an hour chat between to old friends that will teach you more than you ever expected, Back to Work is the show you've been looking for.
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First Take
First Take is always a heated discussion as Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and guests debate about the day's top stories.
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Let's be honest, if you are looking for a sports news podcast then you've listened to enough of sports talk shows to know exactly what this one is going to sound like: a couple of ex-athletes passionately explaining their opinions on the latest news across all sports. If that's what you were picturing, First Take is exactly what you want, with two episodes a day, each an hour long and with show notes that tell you what's covered per episode. ESPN has the inside look at all things sports and is ready to make sure you know everything that's happening in the world of sports.
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Daily Tech Headlines
The essential tech news you need every day in 10 minutes or less.
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We all know that few industries move as fast as technology, with new inventions, businesses, and updates coming out every day. Daily Tech Headlines wastes no time and gives you all the news you need to stay informed in just five minutes an episode. With a host that simply states the facts of what's happening and keeps things moving, this really is the perfect podcast for all your tech needs and fits easily into your morning commute.
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WSJ Your Money Briefing
Your must-listen for valuable money and market stories from The Wall Street Journal. Each weekday our journalists from Heard on the Street, the Intelligent Investor and other popular features share insights on investing, markets, taxes and retirement planning.
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Nothing says responsibility like checking in with the Wall Street Journal, and Your Money Briefing makes it easy and painless to do just that. Running only eight minutes per episode, this show offers a quick overview of all things financial for the layman before going in depth on one story in particular. That story, whatever it may be, is explored by the host and an expert for a few minutes to make sure you understand even the most complicated financial news of the day. So if you want to know where all our money is going, this is the podcast for you.
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