Great Podcasts for Summer Road Trips

 

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In the past year since I wrote “Podcasts That Are My Jam Right Now” I’ve searched out and listened to dozens of podcasts. While Tango and I are in the car for hours on our summer road trip, we’ve been circulating through several of my newfound faves. Many of these are perfect for binging on for hours on end (If you’ve ever driven across the state of Texas, you know that’s one long ass day). In no particular order, here are the ones I’ve loved:

Binge-Worthy Podcasts:

{S-Town}

A crazy mystery, a sharp turn, a beautifully told story.

Favorite Episode: Ep. 1 Chapter 1.

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{Start Up – Season 1}

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I loved the first season of Start Up when I first heard about it last fall and was drawn in instantly.

Favorite Episode: Season 1, Ep. 1 “How Not to Pitch to a Billionaire.”

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Dirty John

You’re gonna wanna slap this woman, but the ending of this 7 episode show is so satisfying.

Favorite Episode: Ep. 1 “The Real Thing”

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Outdoor Podcasts:

The Outside Podcast

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Outside Magazine has started their own podcast about outdoor adventures and the Science of Survival. It’s really cool/morbid to hear real-life stories being dissected into scientific stages. What is acutally happening in your body when you expereince hypothermia after getting lost in the woods? What about when you get struck by lightening while climbing? How does your body respond to 120 degree temperatures in the middle of the desert? Find out.

Favorite Episode: Ep. 3 “The Devil’s Highway”

They’ve also recently added an interview spinoff! The episode below, about the real life version of the “most interesting man in the world” was fascinating…

Favorite Interview: Ep.01 “Robert Young Pelton”

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The Enormocast

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This climbing podcast has been going for over 4 years, but I just discovered it via an Outside Magazine article on outdoor podcasts. Host Chris Kolous interviews different climbers in each episode and they tackle current events in the climbing world, backstories from different climbers’ triumphs and failures, and mostly make you feel like you can enjoy climbing even if you’re not actually doing any at the moment. It helps keeps the climbing stoke alive! I’ve been listening from the beginning and am currently on episode 75 of 104.

Favorite Episodes:  Ep. 11 on Craig Demartino’s 100 foot fall and leg amputation and Ep. 51 & 52  Lynn Hill’s Interview

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Miscellaneous:

Dear Sugar

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Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, and Steve Almond host this advice rearing radio show where they take anonymous writers’ questions on real life problems. People write in about their relationships, their addictions, jobs, their ups and downs.  A lot of these letters can be really messy, but I’ve never listened to an episode that I didn’t get something out of for myself.

Favorite Episode: This Ep.  “Friends W/ Benefits, Foursomes, and other Messy Relationships”

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Undisclosed  – Season 2

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If you were obsessed with the Serial podcast, you need to continue the case by listening to the first season of Undisclosed. It picks up the case where Sarah Koenig left off. This new season is about an all new case: The State vs. Joey Watkins – A similar story of a murder trial where someone was convicted under an enormous amount of questionable “evidence” and has resulted  in the convicted being in jail for the better part of the last two decades. If you’re up for some murder mystery/wrongly convicted/public justice action, this new season’s case is right up your alley.

Favorite Episode: Ep. 1  “The Panama City Incident”

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Science VS. 

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This podcast literally just launched in the U.S. (it was previously produced by the Australian Broadcasting Company) last week and after listening to the first two episodes, I can already tell I’m going to be obsessed (figuratively, not literally). You know it’s a big deal when I can listen to just one episode and already commit to sliding over that “Subscribe” icon in the settings. Host Wendy Zuckerman takes hot topics, usually controversial ones, and puts them to the test (literally) to see if there’s any scientific evidence to back them up. Topics like the benefits of attachment parenting and the real dangers of fracking are first ones to be scrutinized under the microscope. The ones coming up this season:  Is there really such a thing as the G-spot? Is organic food really better for us? I’m excited to hear what the scientific studies have really found…

Favorite Episode: Ep. 02  “Attachment Parenting”

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Whew! Ok. There are enough to get you going. Enjoy!

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