If you have a road trip coming up, listening to podcasts is a great way to pass the time as you drive solo or with company. No matter your interests, you can find podcasts to fit your needs.
If you’re new to podcasts, start by downloading a podcast app to your mobile device. From there, you can subscribe to podcasts and download episodes ahead of time to avoid using data on the road.
Here are five podcasts to add to your listening queue.
“The Torch: The Great Courses Podcast”
“The Torch” podcast is based on The Great Courses, which provides college-level educational content. The podcast offers episodes on an array of topics from professors and experts.
“Discover scientists explaining the latest findings from the fields of astronomy, particle physics, or neuroscience; historians exploring the implications of the latest archaeological findings; medical experts making sense of current health alerts or medical breakthroughs; and literature professors bringing fresh insights to classic literary works,” the podcast description says.
With 70 episodes already available, you’ll have plenty to binge.
Doctor Jen Gunter calls out medical misinformation and explains in clear terms what people need to know. She has no patience for charlatans and is ready to give straight information to listeners.
“You’re constantly bombarded with news stories, ads, and social media posts telling you how to optimize your health — but a lot of these sources that pretend to be backed by science have another agenda,” according to ted.com. “Dr. Jen Gunter is here to bust the lies you’re told — and sold — about your health, debunking some of the stickiest myths out there while helping you to understand how your body really works.”
Whether you’re wondering if you should do a juice cleanse, if you need to drink eight glasses of water a day, or if it’s possible to boost your immune system, “Body Stuff” has the answers.
“Radiolab” will appeal to adults and young people who are interested in learning about scientific topics in an understandable way. It began as an exploration of science, philosophy, and ethics and has expanded as it tells in-depth stories.
“We ask deep questions and use investigative journalism to get the answers,” according to wnycstudios.org. “A given episode might whirl you through science, legal history, and into the home of someone halfway across the world. The show is known for innovative sound design, smashing information into music.”
If you’re a news junkie or simply want to hear the human side of current events, “The Daily” offers insights from professional journalists in the field. They share their firsthand accounts of major news stories of the day.
“This is how the news should sound,” according to the nytimes.com. “Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, hosted by Michael Barbaro and powered by New York Times journalism.”
“But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids”
If you’re traveling with kids, this podcast will help engage them on long drives. “But Why” is aimed at curious kids who constantly ask the question every caretaker recognizes: why?
“’But Why’ is a show led by you, kids!” according to npr.org. “You ask the questions and we find the answers. It’s a big interesting world out there. On ‘But Why’ we tackle topics large and small, about nature, words, even the end of the world.”
Your kids can even send their own questions to the show to potentially have answered in future episodes.