When you’re looking at a four day drive averaging 8 1/2 hours per day, you’ve got to have something you enjoy listening to.
Music is awesome, but sometimes it’s more fun to listen to a story or a talk show to pass the time. Over the past four days, we’ve been driving from Texas to Oregon and I’ve made a list of some podcasts to listen to while driving.
An old favorite of Jeremy’s is Radiolab. A podcast based out of NYC, the hosts, Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, tell stories that blend science and the physical, emotional world around us.
Radiolab quickly became one of my favorite podcasts, mostly because of the variety of stories they tell. Each episode is about an hour long (they have shorter episodes every so often) and they usually tell 2-3 stories in each episode about all kinds of things.
Whether you’re a science nerd or a general lover of knowledge, Radiolab has got something for you.
2. The RV Entrepreneur
As you all know, Jeremy and I live in our RV full time. While we are super new to this lifestyle, we have followed the journey of Heath and Alyssa Padgett for over a year now. Heath started a podcast in which he interviews other individuals and families who have taken their careers on the road.
Cascaded in humor and liveliness, The RV Entrepreneur is a valuable resource to anyone looking into the RV or mobile entrepreneurial lifestyle.
From the creators of This American Life, and hosted by Sarah Koenig, Serial tells the stories of individuals with unusual pasts in crime.
Serial offers its listeners the chance to hear one story at a time told in a fluid and stylistic way. Mixing audio from the victims, potential perpetrators, and journalists, Serial is a creative take on unique real crime stories.
3. Up and Vanished
In the same vein as Serial, Up and Vanished is an investigative podcast based on research and speculation about the missing person’s case of Georgia resident Tara Grinstead.
Payne Lindsey tells the untold story of what happened to Tara. Originally supposed to be a one season podcast, Lindsey extended the podcast to two seasons in an attempt to provide all the information available on what happened to Tara and why.
I’m a big fan of investigative podcasts about true crime, and while Lindsey’s episodes seem redundant at times his desire to share the truth about what happened to Tara is what hooked me.
Another NPR favorite, hosted by Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel, weaves together the art of story, creativity, and truth about the invisible forces that control us. Whether that be emotion, behavior, ideas, or assumptions Invisibilia presents a unique portrayal of the very essence of human behavior.
Side note, before Invisibilia, Lulu Miller was a producer on Radiolab. So, if you enjoy what you hear from one podcast, you’ll probably enjoy the other.
5. Ask Me Another
If you’re into light hearted podcasts, Ask Me Another is a great way to pass the time and have fun while on the road.
New guests every week, puzzles that will make your brain hurt sometimes, and lively hosts make for a unique but entertaining hour.
6. Jim Harold’s Campfire
Jeremy will make fun of me for throwing this in because it isn’t for everyone. Jim Harold’s Campfire is a virtual campfire podcast where Jim Harold takes callers from all over the world who tell their stories of ghost encounters, extra terrestrials, and general spookiness.
I enjoy hearing the stories and perspectives of people from across the globe tell their tales of the beyond. No matter what you believe, you’re sure to be entertained.