Podcasts worth downloading for your commute

The commute needn’t be suffered in silence. In fact, if you’re not enjoying quality audio entertainment on your drives, you’re doing it wrong. With these podcasts in your arsenal, that in-between time on the highway or in traffic can also be used to destress, learn something new, or just giggle a bit. Just try not to gasp or giggle too loud if you’re taking public transportation.

All Songs Considered


This has everything you want in a music podcast: interviews with amazing artists, explorations of different movements, genres and aspects of the industry, and “New Music Fridays” so you can get some recommendations you may not have heard of. It’s a must for every music-lover to find out more about old favourites and expand the repertoire.

The Best of Car Talk

As far as automotive audio entertainment goes, it doesn’t get much better than Car Talk, the iconic NPR radio show that ran from 1977 to 2012. It’s funny, insightful and  It even won a Peabody Award in 1992. If you haven’t discovered Car Talk, lucky you, because Click and Clack (the mechanic brother hosts) are a delight, and not just for


Missing & Murdered


The Missing & Murdered podcast finally gives the dozens of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada justice. While it might not always be the level of justice of tracking down their perpetrators, it gives these women a voice again. It’s one of the most gripping true crime podcasts out there, especially since it hits close to home. Once you’re finished binge-listening to its two seasons, check out Someone Knows Something, another CBC podcast focused on solving cold cases.

If Then

If you’re looking to make your commute more productive, If Then will bring you all the most relevant tech industry news. Hosts April Glaser and Will Oremus describe these news items in an accessible and interesting way. Every businessperson, even you’re not necessarily Elon Musk, should be keeping up on these stories, and If Then is the best way to do so.

Every Little Thing


ELT episodes are perfect for when your commute is shorter, and for when your attention span is a little shorter too. Every episode explores a different intriguing topic, answering questions you didn’t know you had, from “How do you spot a spy?” to “Why are used car ads so insane?” and “Are pirate peg legs really a thing?”. And those are just few of the episodes from the most recent season. You’ll learn something new, and have a great topic to talk about at the water cooler or over dinner.

Welcome to Night Vale

If you’ve been lamenting the death of the radio drama, your mourning was premature. Welcome to Nightvale is over 130 episodes in and showing no signs of slowing down. This is a great drama for fans of The Addam’s Family, or just people who love a story about a small town that’s just a little bit… off. Best not to say too much more, so you can find out for yourself.

99% Invisible


We all know that our cities’ infrastructure is important, but how often do you actually think about it? Join host Roman Mars as he explores the functions and flaws of many parts of our hometown’s designs (and just daily life) that we take for granted. Find out why Chinatowns didn’t look like the China they were meant to be mimicking, why sidewalk curbs are the way they are, and why we break bad news the way we do. And with over 300 episodes, you won’t run out of learning material anytime soon.

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HDTGM revels in the joy and confusion that only really really bad movies can bring. Top-tier comedians Paul Sheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas are the regular hosts, with a funny friend joining them for every episode. The podcast has a cult-like following who dress in costume for the live shows, and come up with songs for different segments. You’ll be in stitches.




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