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    Updated on Aug 31, 2020. Posted on Feb 1, 2016

    22 Fantastic Podcasts To Make Your Commute Less Shitty

    Being stuck in traffic was never so much fun!

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    1. Pop Culture Happy Hour

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    NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour is a spirited discussion of books, movies, music, television, comics, and just about anything else on the minds of "Monkey See" blogger Linda Holmes and a revolving door of special guests.

    2. How Did This Get Made?

    Earwolf.com

    Comedians Jason Mantzoukas, Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and a cavalcade of hilarious guests talk about the best worst movies that were ever made, and it will keep you laughing all the way home.

    3. Doug Loves Movies

    douglovesmovies.com

    Doug Benson really loves movies. If you do too, you'll enjoy playing along as Doug and a handful of celebrity guests play a grab-bag of movie trivia games and talk about their favorite films in front of a live audience.

    4. Call Your Girlfriend

    callyourgirlfriend.com

    Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow bring you the "podcast for all the long-distance besties out there." You will want to call your own BFF after listening in as these two charming, smart, and hilarious women discuss the important things in life like rom-coms, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, casual racism, and general pop culture news.

    5. The Read

    thisistheread.com

    Bloggers Kid Fury and Crissle take hip-hop and pop culture's most trying figures and read them to filth, and it is fucking delightful.

    6. Ask Me Another

    npr.org

    Hosted by Ophira Eisenberg, NPR's weekly quiz show featuring puzzles, trivia, and word games played in front of a live audience is addicting. With a weekly celebrity VIP (Very Important Puzzler), including the likes of Ellie Kemper, Uzo Aduba, and Sir Patrick Stewart, it's also a really good time. Get into it.

    7. Theater People

    theaterppl.com

    The ONLY podcast featuring full-length interviews with Broadway's elite including Tony Winners, theater legends, and up-and-coming stars of the Great White Way. Host Patrick Hinds, an incredibly passionate theater lover, can't hide his genuine admiration for his guests, making for some really wonderful and insightful talks that feel more like conversations between friends than interviews.

    8. Vulture TV Podcast

    newyorkmagazine.slate.libsynpro.com

    Calling all TV addicts: New York TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture TV columnist Margaret Lyons, and Vulture TV editor Gazelle Emami take a deep dive into all things TV, and drive the cultural conversation around what makes great television forward. These people love TV more than you hate rush hour traffic.

    9. New York Times Book Review

    nytimes.com

    For those interested in the literary side of pop culture, this podcast from The New York Times is not to be missed. Sunday Book Review editor Pamela Paul is joined by the world's top authors and critics for passionate discussions about books, culture, and ideas.

    10. Dinner for Fiends

    dreadcentral.com

    This cleverly-titled podcast for horror fans, hosted by the editors of Dread Central, celebrates the genre and gets down to what's going on in the cinematic horror world.

    11. Reply All

    gimletmedia.com

    If you're reading this list, chances are you spend some of your time on the internet. Reply All is a podcast dedicated to "how people shape the internet and how the internet shapes people." It's a fascinating exploration of internet culture and humanity in the modern world.

    12. Talking TV With Ryan and Ryan

    talkingtvwithryanandryan.libsyn.com

    You know when you get to work and ask around to see who else is watching that show you need to talk about, but nobody is? Maureen Ryan and Ryan McGhee are, and they want to talk about all of the shows in a thoughtful, critical, and knowledgable manner and you can't help but enjoy it!

    13. Nerdist

    nerdist.com

    Chris Hardwick, often accompanied by Jonah Ray and Matt Mira, talks to celebrities about "what it really means to be a nerd." Being stuck in traffic is so much more fun when you're geeking out with everyone from Stan Lee to Aziz Ansari — and with more than 750 episodes to date, you have an incredibly eclectic guest list to choose from!

    14. WTF with Marc Maron

    wtfpod.com

    WTF is way more than just another podcast featuring a comedian interviewing celebrity guests. Marc Maron really gets to the heart of what makes his guests tick, and sometimes even sorts out some personal beef, like the time he and Louis C.K. talked about their falling out and rekindled their friendship. Slate called the interview the greatest podcast episode of all time in a 2014 list. Oh, and even President Barack Obama sat down for WTF interview. Thanks, WTF.

    15. Gilmore Guys

    gilmoreguysshow.com

    Whether you've loved Gilmore Girls for years, or are just catching up on Netflix in preparation of the upcoming four-part revival, this podcast is everything. Veteran fan Kevin T. Porter and Stars Hollow newbie Demi Adejuyigbe jump into each episode, sometimes with very special guests, to analyze and discuss the beloved show, from a place of genuine fandom. They've even scored interviews with members of the cast and creative team, including Scott Patterson, Liza Weil, and EMILY GILMORE HERSELF, Kelly Bishop. Where they lead, you will follow.

    16. Kumail Nanjiani's The X-Files Files

    feralaudio.com

    New or old fans can of The X-Files can watch along on Netflix and join Silicon Valley's Kumail Nanjiani and guests as they discuss episodes of the iconic series. More than just an in-depth episode recap, Kumail digs up old message board comments and tidbits from the original '90s airings of the series and it's a gift from the internet gods. The truth is out there, indeed!

    17. Here to Make Friends

    itunes.apple.com

    Whether you love The Bachelor or just love to hate-watch it, this hilarious and lovingly snarky HuffPost podcast hosted by Emma Gray and Claire Fallon will get you through every episode of The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and Bachelor in Paradise.

    18. Watch What Crappens

    watchwhatcrappens.com

    This gleefully irreverent podcast hosted by TV bloggers Ben Mandelker and Ronnie Karam affectionately pokes fun at Bravo's reality TV fare, including Top Chef and all incarnations of Real Housewives. Shit. Gets. Real.

    19. Anna Faris is Unqualified!

    annafarisisunqualified.com

    One-half of America's most adorable couple, Anna Faris is pretty fucking charming and amazing in her own right. Listen and be delighted as Anna and her celebrity friends take real calls from listeners and give their best advice on love and life.

    20. Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler

    girlonguy.net

    Tagged as "a podcast about stuff guys love, brought to you by the ultimate guy's girl," Aisha Tyler's fascinating show explores themes of "art, culture, booze, comedy, family, physical injuries, psychological bruises, action movies, rock music, ninjas, zombies, failure, success, sacrifice, video games, and blowing shit up." Offering up funny, powerful, and insightful interviews, Girl on Guy is really for EVERYONE.

    21. Idle Thumbs

    idlethumbs.net

    This is a go-to source for all things gaming. Hosted by video game journalists and developers, it bills itself as "a weekly video game podcast full of in-depth discussion and absurdity." If you're into gaming at all, this is the place to hear from true experts.

    22. Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig

    nottoodeep.com

    YouTube star Grace Helbig's podcast is pretty much the opposite of WTF with Marc Maron. This giggle fest focuses more on the silly and superficial moments with her guests, mostly other YouTube personalities. It might not hit you right in the feels, but you just might laugh so hard you end up crying anyway.

    You can also check out these awesome BuzzFeed original podcasts: Women of the Hour, Another Round, Internet Explorer, and Rerun!

    Enjoy the ride!

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