17 Podcasts to Listen to While Commuting

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Looking for something to do during your daily commute? Well, then — You should try listening to podcasts! They’re great because you can listen to them on the move. Plus, there are so many out there, covering a wide (and we mean wide!) range of topics. There’s something for everyone — comedy, music, business, movies, motivation and much more! Here’s a list of Tummoc’s podcast recommendations that you can listen to while commuting:

1. Philosophize This!

2. The New Yorker Fiction Podcast

3. Frank Skinner’s Poetry Podcast

4. Stuff You Should Know

5. Every Little Thing

6. TED Talks Daily

7. Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People

8. How to Fail

9. Home Cooking

10. Josh Talks

11. How I Built This

12. The GaryVee Audio Experience

13. HBR Ideacast

14. How Did This Get Made?

15. The Joe Rogan Experience

16. Anupama Chopra Film Reviews

17. Cyrus Says

1. Philosophize This! —  A philosophy podcast for anyone & everyone! The host, Stephen West, is witty and fun to listen to. He knows how to simplify even the most complex concepts for his listeners. We recommend this podcast to anyone who has the slightest interest in Philosophy. Make sure to listen to the episodes in chronological order!



2. The New Yorker Fiction Podcast — On the first of every month, The New Yorker releases a new episode of their fiction podcast. If you’re a fan of the written word, then you must give this a listen! It’s hosted by the New Yorker’s fiction editor Deborah Treisman. In every episode, a writer picks a story from the magazine’s archives that they would then read  and discuss. Among others, the podcast has had Margaret Atwood, Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie as guests. 


3. Frank Skinner’s Poetry Podcast — Frank Skinner — English writer, comedian and actor — is a big fan of poetry! In this podcast, he takes his pick of poems and has a conversation about them with his listeners. And if you’re thinking “I don’t really enjoy poetry”, trust us and give it a chance anyway. He’s converted many who’ve felt that way!


4. Stuff You Should Know —  Stuff You Should Know or SYSK is another great listen for curious souls. Episodes cover a wide array of topics from Science & History to Pop Culture. It’s hosted by Josh Clark and Charles W. “Chuck” Bryant. They give listeners a basic understanding of topics while also entertaining them. 


5. Every Little Thing — On this podcast, questions are sent in from listeners, and answered on the podcast. Questions range from “Why Do We Cry?” to Fruit Flies: Seriously, Where Do They Come From?”. Quite often, you end up thinking to yourself “I’ve always wondered about that!”. That’s part of the appeal — that they’re answering questions from listeners like you. If you’d like to send in a question, send an audio note to elt@gimletmedia.com.


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6. TED Talks Daily—Journalist Elise Hu hosts this thought-provoking, enriching podcast. She’s joined by the world’s great thinkers and innovators. If you’ve ever watched a TED Talk — and we’re sure you have —then you already have an idea of what to expect. As the name suggests, new episodes come out everyday. We definitely suggest adding this one to your daily routine!


7. Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People — Started and hosted by comedian Chris Gethard. The premise is that he would have an hour-long conversation with an anonymous stranger. He isn’t allowed to hang up. What this has created is a series of conversations with complete strangers which can go anywhere. No two episodes are the same, and it’s completely unscripted. Here’s an article that Chris himself has written about the podcast.


8. How to Fail Elizabeth Day is an Author, Journalist and the Creator/Host of the How To Fail podcast. Life is full of ups and downs. Failure is normal, however small or big. This podcast helps normalize failure and takes away the shame associated with failing.  In each episode, a new person speaks about their failures and what these failures taught them. It’s a podcast that will not only motivate you, but also help you heal from the scars of your own failures. 


9. Home Cooking — Home Cooking is a wonderful food podcast by Samin Nosrat and Hrishikesh Hirway. Get cooking inspiration, answers to questions and share your cooking stories & worries. Each episode is (loosely) themed around an ingredient or group of ingredients. Check out their website for extra resources including food ideas discussed in each episode. To top it all, the hosts have great energy and make you want to keep listening. 


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10. Josh Talks — Listen to the stories of Indians who’ve made a name for themselves in their respective fields. From entrepreneurs to activists — Learn from “ordinary Indians who have achieved extraordinary things”. The best part about this podcast is that these real stories from real people double up as real life lessons. Get inspired and learn something new with the Josh Talks podcast. You should definitely subscribe to their Youtube channel too!


11. How I Built This — Aspiring Entrepreneurs! Small Business Owners! Hosted by journalist Guy Raz, this one is a must-listen for you. In each episode, Guy interviews big names who’ve built their own empires. Listen to the stories of Instagram, Canva, Wikipedia, Dell Computers & (many) more! The success of this podcast also led to the “How I Built This Summit” and the “How I Built This” book!


12. The GaryVee Audio ExperienceGary Vaynerchuck is an entrepreneur, CEO, investor & public speaker. He hosts his own daily podcast, and you have got to listen to it! Episodes are a mix of audience questions, speeches, segments from his videos and more. What can you gain from this podcast? Life/career advice, inspiration, reality checks, and business advice. Need we say more?


13. HBR IdeaCast — This podcast by Harvard Business Review is hosted by Alison Beard and Curt Nickisch. Episodes come out once a week, and they feature leaders in business & management. IdeaCast is to the point and teaches you useful lessons in short periods of time. It also strikes a great balance between business, technology, career and world affairs. 


14. How Did This Get Made? — Are you a movie buff? Then you can’t miss out on HDTGM! Comedians & Actors June Diane Raphael, Paul Scheer, and Jason Mantzoukas host this award-winning podcast. Joined by a guest, they look at some of the world’s worst movies and break them down. Basically, they try to figure out “How did this get made?” You’re guaranteed to have a good laugh. For the best experience, watch each movie before listening to the podcast.


15. The Joe Rogan Experience — The Joe Rogan Experience is one of the world’s most popular podcasts. Comedian & television host Joe Rogan has been hosting it for over a decade now. Here, Rogan dives into long (& interesting) conversations with his guests. His guests range from actors to entrepreneurs to political figures and everything in between. Episodes can be lengthy but they’re definitely worth a listen. The series has over 1600 episodes so far. Here’s a list of some of the most popular episodes to get you started!


16. Anupama Chopra Film Reviews — Here’s another one for the film-fanatics! Listen to reviews by Anupama Chopra, renowned film critic and founder of Film Companion. In this podcast, she shares her reviews of films from across the globe. Episodes are quick to consume usually under 10 minutes. You can also watch these in video-format on the Film Companion YouTube channel.


17. Cyrus Says — Cyrus Says is a podcast hosted by comedian, TV anchor and author Cyrus Broacha. And just like everything Cyrus creates, it’s hilarious and relatable. His idea is to have conversations with people who are fascinating to talk to. They talk about life, politics, sports, food and much more!


Happy listening!
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