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For as much as we have in common, the one thing my husband and I really don’t sync up on is taste in music. I listen to practically everything, from any genre or decade. The few types of music I don’t listen to? Those are the ones he does listen to.
It should be mentioned that there is a cultural and age difference between us, so it’s not completely surprising that we don’t see eye-to-eye in terms of music. Still, it makes our time in the car tricky. He’ll put up with only so much of my music, and vice versa.
Thank goodness for podcasts. On long road trips (we take a couple every year), podcasts are our saving grace. I always make sure to download a few of our favorites so we can stay entertained.
What makes a great road trip podcast?
- It has entertaining stories, facts, and guests
- The topics or stories spark conversation (because you still have a lot of hours left in the car)
- It has single episodes that you can listen to out of context/out of order
- The episode description or show notes provide a clear explanation of the show so you know if it will appeal to your car-mates
- Episodes aren’t too long in length (30-40 minutes is good)
Our Favorite Podcasts for Road Tripping
My husband isn’t really into story or true crime podcasts as much as I am, but he loves the Criminal podcast. Part of it is the sultry voice of the host Phoebe Judge, but the other part is the awesome stories that Criminal uncovers.
Almost all Criminal podcast episodes are single stories that can be listened to out of context. The crimes and people are not related to any other podcast (in a few cases they do release a story in two parts, in which case I usually download both parts for the road.)
Criminal is usually not kid-friendly, so this isn’t a podcast for a family road trip.
2. Stuff You Missed in History Class
I usually like to download the most outlandish episodes of SYMIHC for a road trip. Thankfully, the show’s episode titles and descriptions make it easy for me to see if both my husband and I will find an episode interesting.
Stuff You Missed meets all of the criteria listed above, except that they read listener mail at the end of each episode, which sometimes includes spoilers from previous episodes.
Most episodes of Stuff You Missed in History Class are suitable for kids and teens; the hosts will let you know if any not-suitable-for-young-listeners content is in the episode.
3. Reply All
Reply All is one of my favorite podcasts, and it’s one that my husband enjoys listening to on road trips. I often play segments of the show for him when he comes home from work. (The Yes, Yes, No segment is brilliant and I cannot not share it!)
Most episodes of Reply All can be listened to out of order, but be sure to read the episode description just to be sure. Oh, and most episodes are probably either not suitable for kids, or totally over kids’ heads, so this is really a podcast for adults.
What podcasts have you listened to on a road trip? Do you like my three choices? Leave me a comment and let me know.