If you’re going on a business trip…The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes.
If you want to know how some of the biggest names in business rose to the top or even just their morning routine, you’ll find your answers on Lewis Howe’s very popular podcast. Some of our favourite episodes are with Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert, Shark Tank investor Daymond John and motivational speaker Tony Robbins.
If you’re travelling with your bestie… Call Your Girlfriend with Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman
These besties call each other for a chat every week and we get to listen in on whatever is on their minds, which usually involves a dollop of pop culture, a smattering of politics, and a bit of menstruation news. Super smart and funny.
If you’ve got about 7 hours to kill… S-Town hosted by Brian Reed
This is a record breaking podcast, having been downloaded 10 million times in four days and we bet if you polled those 10 million people and asked if they binged listened to this podcast about a quirky man and the goings on in his small rural town (known as Shit Town), 99% would say YES. Get ready for epic twists and turns.
If you loved Serial… Criminal hosted by Phoebe Judge
These bite-sized true crime episodes which are satisfying partly because Phoebe’s voice is dreamy but mostly because, unlike so many true crime podcasts, most have a conclusion. We especially like Episode 31 American Dream and Episode 67 Milk Carton Kids, the story behind how missing children ended up on milk bottles.
If you want to expand your knowledge base… The Infinite Monkey Cage
It’s not often you get asked to explain quantum physics, but if you’d listened to this science podcast presented by scientist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince, you’d be able to. They make heavy but fascinating concepts accessible and entertaining.
If you love advice… Dear Sugar Radio hosted by Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond
You know Cheryl as the woman who hiked USA’s Pacific Crest Trail and then wrote the bestseller Wild, which was turned into a movie starring Reese Witherspoon. Anyway, she and Steve Almond have teamed up as agony aunts, dolling out THE BEST advice on a range of topics from broken hearts to career failings to porn. Even if you think the episode’s topic won't relate to you, it still makes for wise listening.
If you love a good interview… WTF with Marc Maron
Jon Hamm, Cindy Crawford, Al Gore, Aziz Ansari, Lena Dunham… You name them, Marc’s interviewed them. We feel Alec Baldwin’s podcast Here’s The Thing should also get a mention here because not only does he nab interviews with the big names (he has the connections after all), but he also chats with them in odd places such as dressing rooms, which makes for interesting listening.
If you’re into celebs a little further down the food chain… Who? Weekly, hosted by Bobby Finger and Lindsey Weber
We first heard about this podcast after an episode with Spencer Pratt (you might remember him as Heidi’s evil boyfriend/husband in The Hills) garnered attention thanks to his honest and revealing insights into the world of reality TV and reality TV stars. (Listen to it – it’s fantastic.) To be honest, we didn’t think a podcast about less-than-D-list celebrities would be worth mentioning, but it’s our addictive secret listening.
If you’re fine with laughing in public places… Hamish & Andy
If you don’t get to listen to them live on the radio, this is the easiest way to listen to the pair who really do spew forth comedy gold.