I average four hours in traffic for my daily commute to and from work.
When people ask how I do it, it’s an easy answer – podcasts.
Podcasts are a great way to take your mind off of the bumper in front of you, and grants you the opportunity to be productive behind the wheel.
While the selection of podcasts available are limitless, here are 5 of my favourite podcasts that touch upon several interests of mine.
This was actually the first podcast I subscribed to.
Being a regular listener since 2013, I’ve grown used to laughing alone in my car while taking the QEW to Toronto.
The great thing about this podcast is that it’s just an hour long. 60 minutes of one of the most famous comedians today, ranting and raving about what he’s been up to.
When listening you get the feeling of a real ‘fire-side chat’, as if you’re grabbing a beer with Bill while he shoots the breeze.
One thing to keep an ear out for is towards the end of the podcasts, he answers fan emails which will surely leave you laughing hysterically (either at his inability to read out-loud, or the no holds barred advice he provides).
Also, if he doesn’t agree with the advertising he’s been sponsored to talk about, he’ll certainly show it (it’s become a norm for him to be dropped by advertising); it’s hilarious.
When it comes to strictly comedic podcasts – this is for you.
This podcast may very well be the most popular podcast on the internet.
At this time of writing, it currently has 988 episodes that touch upon any given topic that you can find.
What makes JRE so great is that they can be fairly long (if you have a long commute like I), feature amazing guests (most of which are specialists in their fields) and discuss important topics.
There have been countless episodes that have gone viral on YouTube for their quality, and the conversations that take place are some of the most interesting things you will hear.
From fellow comedians, to former Navy Seals, all the way to world renowned researchers and scientists – the JRE will absolutely have something for you to listen to; and in great length.
Despite being a comedian, this podcast is not entirely heavy in humour. It’s mostly a hybrid of conversational/humour/information.
If JRE is the king of comedy/oddball topics in the podcasting world, the Tim Ferriss Show is the king of business/self-growth.
Author of 4 New York Times bestsellers, Ferriss has a knack for digging deep into highly specialized topics.
What’s great about this podcast is the thorough blog that is kept up-to-date by Ferriss. If your craving more information after an episode (which surely will happen), you can go to his blog to find more to read on about the topics that were discussed.
If you’re looking for the cream of the crop in podcasts, this is the place to start.
Although last on this list, it is the first when it comes to a podcast that focuses on one specific topic – history.
I never figured I was much of a history buff, but exploring the different eras that are covered on this podcast intrigued me.
After listening to little over 24 hours of one ‘series’ – World War 1, I cannot suggest this podcast enough.
Yes that’s right, 24 hours for one ‘series’.
Not only does Carlin go into every gritty detail when covering a specific event, he does so in a way that leaves you on the edge of your seat.
The great thing about his format is that not only do he discuss the events in great detail, but he also provides direct quotes from the sources he uses from the research he has conducted.
This provides the listener with a true feeling and understanding of the matter that is being discussed, which makes the episode all the better.
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Since I mentioned JRE, here’s an article that I mentioned it in as well.
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