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Our Favorite Podcasts for Traveling

Our Favorite Podcasts for Traveling

As we spend many hours per day on the bicycle, we have found one thing that keeps us sane, connected to society, and avoids boredom: Podcasts. One of our favorite things to do when meeting other cyclists is to compare our podcast lists and discuss recent episodes. And so, since we think you should benefit from our podcast swaps, we’ve decided to share this information with you. Checkout our favorite podcasts for traveling list below and let us know your favorites.

Politics/World

StarTalk Radio

  • Featuring the authoritative Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill “Climate Change Deniers Suck” Nye, StarTalk explores a variety of topics ranging from space exploration, to politics, to an interview with Bill Clinton about the Human Genome Project. The podcast is adding new content weekly and I highly recommend it if you’ve got a small science itch that needs to be scratched while on the road. I don’t listen to every episode, but when something perks my interest, I thoroughly enjoy it.
  • Recommended for: Those who are science curious, but not in full dork mode.

Freakonomics Radio

  • Produced by the famed WNYC Studios, Freakonomics Radio takes a look at everyday life though the lens of human nature. Content involves deep dives into present day issues with loads of “what-if scenarios.” For example, “Is Migration a Basic Human Right?” or “Is the World Ready for a Guaranteed Basic Income?”.
  • Recommended for: People who are curious of the world and question the current model in which we live.

Reply All 

  • This is Gimlet media at its best and Reply All always delivers. A mixture of humor, intelligent conversation, and what the hell, pop-culture about the Internet. One of my favorite pieces of this show is the “Yes, Yes, No” where the hosts test each other’s knowledge about Internet content until all three fully understand the content and are thus “Yes, Yes, Yes.”
  • Recommended for: People who enjoy the Internet and it’s bizarre array of humor. No need to be a geek to enjoy this podcast, just an understanding for interesting stories and loads of humor.

Food 

Gastropod 

  • Gastropod is a relatively new podcast that covers interesting food topics through the lens of science and history. Gastropod takes a dive into specific topics without boring your brain. No need to wiki the content, co-hosts Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley will take you through a journey that is both entertaining and educational. A few favorite episodes include “Kombucha Culture”, “Grand Theft Food”, and “Caffeine: The World’s Most Popular Drug.
  • Recommended for: Those who like to eat food and want to know more about the history of it.

Food for Thought: The Joys and Benefits of Living Vegan

  • Considered one of the flagship podcasts for animal rights and vegan living, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau (CPG) talks the talk and walks the walk in living a compassionate life filled with touching stories, heartbreaking realities, and food-based travel destinations. If you want to know more about becoming vegan or living a vegan lifestyle, this is a fantastic podcast to check out. CPG has also created the 30-day vegan challenge that enables non-vegans to follow a straightforward and simple path to adopting a compassion-based lifestyle.
  • Recommended for: People that are interested in living a healthy and compassionate based life. Or that are vegan-curious. 

Storytelling

Embedded (NPR)

  • Embedded is one of my favorite podcasts and one that I wish had more content, but the nature of doing in depth research and investigation takes time and I’m willing to wait for the goods. From opioid addicts in the States to the unsafe streets of El Salvador, Embedded goes where others don’t and covers news stories with deep dive journalism. Do yourself a favor and listen to any episode and appreciate the countless hours spend on creating a journalistic masterpiece.
  • Recommended for: Listeners who don’t just want headlines, but want the details of world stories.

This American Life (NPR)

  • This legendary podcast is always at the top of the charts and for good reason, Ira Glass delivers weekly stories that touch the soul and explore the best and worst of people. The storytelling is masterful and is a can’t miss on my radar.
  • Recommended for: Listeners who appreciate insightful storytelling that isn’t regular news.

Radiolab (NPR)

  • Radiolab is hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich and is considered WYNC Studios star podcast. Singular topics meet curious minds and the outcome is usually interesting storytelling where Jad and Robert peel back the onion of the story. Radiolab has been my go-to for many years, especially when I want something unpredictable and mind exploring.
  • Recommended for: Listeners who appreciate a unique stories and history through the microscope of two of the best radio/podcast duos in Podcast land.

The Moth

  • The Moth can be described in five words: Stories told by real people. One of the best examples of crowd sourcing storytelling at its best. Often producing hilarious, touching, and often crazy stories from listeners. Bored? Put on the Moth, you’re guaranteed to be in awe by real world experiences shared through organized events. The Moth is one podcast that Jen and I enjoy listening to together. It makes for many laughs and inspiring stories.
  • Recommended for: People who want to hear about the crazy world in which we live.

The Dirtbag Diaries

  • Dirtbag Diaries is Outside Magazine in your ear, only better. Want to feel inspired to get outside and explore? Follow Fitz Cahall and his team as they share stories of people who practice live to play lifestyle. The Dirtbag Diaries is the podcast I turn to when I need some outdoor inspiration and a pick-me-up.
  • Recommended for: Those who enjoy being outside and/or living vicariously through others triumphs and failures.

Education / Learning

Hidden Brain (NPR)

  • Hidden Brain debuted in late 2015 and immediately was a top list hit. With a focus on what our brain does behind the scenes, it’s no wonder that Hidden Brain tickles our mind and curiosity. At great place to start is Episode 1 with a focus on Switchtracking – a pattern in conversations that deteriorates progress and derails dialogue. This was especially useful for Jen and I when navigating difficult exchanges.
  • Recommended for: Those who want to learn more about things that weren’t exactly covered in school or by mom and dad.

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Got some other podcasts that you really dig? Please share them below in the comments section as we’re always looking for new material. 

Dave Hoch

Dave finds joy in supporting a vegan, intentional, and spiritual lifestyle. When he’s not jamming out to Phish and reggae, he’s running, volunteering at animal rescues, playing in nature, and being alive.

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