Everyone is listening to podcasts now, right?
I don’t know what took me so long to jump on the bandwagon, but when the first season of Serial was all anyone was talking about, I jumped on and have yet to turn back. From listening to them while at the gym, taking a walk, or even while I’m cooking dinner, I love when I find a good podcast I can’t turn away from.
Brandon and I were actually taking a road trip, when we started listening to that season of Serial. Then when I drove with my little sister from Nashville to Michigan we listened to quite a few episodes of My Favorite Murder. Even when I’m driving my short 3 minute drive to work, if I’m in the middle of a good podcast, I’m squeezing in some listening time.
With summer in full swing, road trips are on a lot of people’s to-do list. Road trips are always exciting at first. However a couple hours in, we are usually ready to find ways to pass the time as quickly as possible. Between the trip with Brandon and the trip with my sister, I’ve learned that there is no better or quicker way to pass the time then listening to a good podcast. Especially one that will suck you right in.
So if you are headed out on a long summer road trip or just a couple hour drive to visit friends/families, here are 7 popular podcasts perfect for your summer road trip that will help pass the time.
7 Popular Podcasts To Listen To On Your Summer Road Trip
My Favorite Murder
My Favorite Murder is in a discussion format podcast between two comedians, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. Each episode they recap a murder with funny commentary. I’m not going to lie, hearing abour murders or listening to murder based podcasts can really start to freak me out, but with the commentary and back and forth between these two ladies, they make it entertaning and even funny at times. This is a great podcast if you are looking for just a couple hours of listening. You don’t have to start at any certain point so, just find the one that sounds interesting and give it a listen!
Serial Season 1 & 3
Probably one of the most popular podcasts of all time, Serial, is always my number one recommendation for people. If you listen to podcasts you’ve probably heard of it, but I couldn’t not include it on the list.
Season 1 of Serial is about the murder of Hae Min Lee that took place in 1999. Her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, is the one arrested for her murder, but has claimed innocence since his arrest. Syed is still currently in jail and this season of Serial is out to prove what really happened to Hae Min Lee. This is one you will want to listen to consecutively. So plan on this one for a longer road trip. You’ll get sucked right in and not want to turn it off.
Season 3 of Serial follows the Criminal Justice System in Cleveland while looking at the everyday ordinary cases that come up. I know it doesn’t sound that interesting, but you will be baffled by how the Criminal Justice System seems to never quite get it right. Episode 6, “You in the Red Shirt”, is particularly disturbing. You don’t have to follow this season in any particular order as each episode follows a different case. However it is definitely one you’ll want to follow through with.
Oprah SuperSoul Conversations
I’ll probably get a lot of hate for this, but Oprah was not really someone I followed super closely. THEN I started listening to Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations and I get it.
One of the more popular podcasts, Oprah SuperSoul Conversation is an episode by episode podcast, so nothing you have to follow in a particular order. But if you feel like being inspired, motivated or in need of a mind shift, give some episodes a listen. She has interviewed EVERYONE, from Jimmy Kimmel to Deepak Chopra. Some of my favorites have been with Elizabeth Gilbert, Eckhart Tolle, and of course Brene Brown. Suzie Orman also has a couple episodes that are all about women and money and incredibly inspiring.
When people first started recommending Armchair Expert, I wasn’t really sold. Dax Shepard has never been someone that I thought I’d care to listen to. However this podcast is both so informative and so funny. Win-Win.
Dax interviews a lot of celebrities, comedians, actors/actresses. However he also has his Experts on Experts episodes where he interviews people such as Bill Nye and Esther Perel. No matter who he interviews you will definitely have a good laugh and learn something as well. Some of my favorites are the two where he interviews his wife, Kristen Bell. The interview with Brene Brown is also really good (and funny)!
This podcast, like Supersoul Conversations is in an interview format. It is a good once for quick road trips or to listen to several episodes for a longer trip.
The Dropout was recommended to me by a friend and I quickly got sucked in. I finished all 6 episodes within 2 days. It was one of those that I would sit in the car for even after arriving at my destination just to fit a few more minutes in.
The Dropout is about Elizabeth Holmes and the rise and fall of Theranos. I didn’t know much about this whole case prior to listening to it, but now I am just fascinated. This girl convinced so many people of this idea she had, had people investing millions of dollars, poaching Apple’s employees and it all turned out to be a fraud. I can’t wrap my head around the fact that she got so far into what she did. It is fascinating to hear what ex-employees/investors have to say about the situation.
This is one of the more popular podcasts, but one that is worth the hype. Dirty John is a true crime podcast that follows the life of John Meehan. John is basically a con artist who convinces a wealthy business woman, Debra Newell, to marry him within months of meeting through internet dating. But Newell eventually catches on to his lies and conniving. The podcast recounts all of the abuse and manipulation she endured through their relationship.
Dirty John is a story format, so it’s definitely best for a long road trip. Again, once you start it you won’t want to turn it off. You will once again be baffled by how people can be so convincing
Happier with Gretchen Rubin
The Happiness Project was one of the first “self-help” books I ever read, so when I saw that the author, Gretchen Rubin, has a podcast I was excited to take a listen. Gretchen offers up plenty of great advice as well as practical tips to incorporate throughout your day/life. It’s a great podcast to listen to when you are looking for a little uplift in mood.
Happier is another episode by episode podcast however there are plenty of episodes to listen to. It’ll be a perfect one to listen to several episode on a long road trip or just a couple on a short trip.