‘Tis the season for gridlock traffic and sweet potato pies; leftover turkey and delayed flights. Instead of your usual Mariah Carey holiday station loop on Pandora, delve into these animated podcasts that’ll make your travel time feel like a breeze and stimulate those brain cells while doing it. And if you’re not up on podcasts yet, get hip to this amazing wave of audio entertainment that can be streamed or downloaded straight to your mobile device for your listening pleasure. Consider your commute forever changed.
Childhood besties, Joymarie and Cortney, serve up a weekly dose of candid career commentary with a side of sass.
2. Another Round
Buzzfeed’s Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton cover everything from race, gender and pop culture to squirrels, mangoes, and bad jokes, all in one boozy show.
A series about what it’s really like to start a business.
4. Stuff You Should Know
How do landfills work? How do mosquitos work? Join Josh and Chuck as they explore the Stuff You Should Know about everything from genes to the Galapagos in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
5. CreativeMornings Podcast
What does it mean to live a creative life? CreativeMornings, a breakfast lecture series for the global creative community, brings some of our most remarkable and inspiring archived talks—from hometown heroes to design legends to community leaders—straight to your headphones.
6. Am I Allowed to Like Anything?
Nowadays, kinda feels like our critiques don’t hold true worth unless we act skeptical before we act open minded. As if we live in this culture where it’s never cool to be like, “Hey, I like this, I enjoy this. Let me tell you why.” Publicly. Darian Symoné Harvin hops on record with friends in media, journalism and entrepreneurship to talk about things they legitimately like, and why.
7. Call Your Girlfriend
A podcast for long distance besties everywhere. Co-hosted by your new BFFs Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow.
8. Music Popcast
New York Times music critics Jon Pareles, Ben Ratliff, Jon Caramanica and Nate Chinen talk each week about the latest pop music news, the top songs, the best albums, the biggest stars — and the up and coming stars you haven’t heard of yet.
9. Your First 10k Downloads
Your First 10k downloads is a podcast hosted by veteran podcasters, Chris Cerrone and Laci Urcioli. They help new and established entrepreneurs, online business owners, and podcasters looking to grow their audience to 10k listeners and beyond. Their quick and short episodes give you the tips, tricks, tools, strategies, and actionable content for growing an audience.
Podcast artwork and descriptions pulled from iTunes.