Best Podcasts for a Road Trip
10 Best Podcasts for a Road Trip This Summer
05.16.19 | Podcasting | By: Rachel Wortham & Matt Hubbard
Going on a road trip this summer and need the perfect content to hold your attention? Whether you are into true crime thrillers or something much more tame like learning how to organize- we have done the dirty work and compiled some of the best binge-worthy audio.
Podcasters are listening (pun-intended) to what their audiences want. Some are even releasing their podcasts as an entire season at once using the “Netflix Approach.” Because of this, there are plenty of podcast seasons you can now speed through at your convenience. These are sure to keep you engaged and you may find yourself looking forward to your morning commute.
RFK Tapes (Season 1) [Explicit]
This ABC News, 7 episode podcast is one you can get through pretty quickly- and you will want to! The Dropout has a very different feel than some of the other podcasts on this list. You will hear about Elizabeth Holmes and her creation of the company Theranos. How did a good-intentioned idea go so very wrong? … This is a very professionally-produced News & Politics podcast. Although a serious topic, it really holds your attention! You can also learn more about this story on HBO’s documentary, The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley.
RFK Tapes (Season 1) [Explicit]
A Must-Listen! Having listened to many suspenseful podcasts, this one remains at the top of my list. Season 1 of Crimetown’s RFK Tapes goes back in time to examine the murder investigation of Robert F. Kennedy. They do a brilliant job of keeping the listener on the edge of their seats. This is a history lesson in itself and really brings to light so many details, theories, and opinions of a case that deserves attention! Crimetown now has their new season The Ballad of Billy Balls that is currently listed in Apple Podcast’s New & Noteworthy podcasts.
Young House Love has a Podcast. This is a great podcast to consider when you need something more light-hearted and upbeat after all of these thrillers! Sherry and John Petersik give some real life DIY advice on making your home loved and cared for. They share all their favorite books, TV shows that I have the exact same taste in- It’s like a one-stop shop to keep me entertained. You will follow along their own journey as homeowners and learn from their mistakes. Extremely addicting! Add this one to your queue for the perfect road trip breather.
I thought I had heard some of the most unbelievable stories out there.. and then I listened to Dr. Death. This Science & Medicine podcast by Wondery is not for the queasy. Laura Beil follows the story of ambitious surgeon Dr. Christopher Duntsch. He was involved in many procedures that seemed to go awry. When patients came forward -the only other thing they all had in common other than their complications were the same doctor.
An extremely different type of podcast than what we are used to… a fictional podcast by Gimlet Media. The podcast stars Catherine Keener, Oscar Isaac, and David Schwimmer and more! This story takes you on a journey that feels more like a TV drama. Speaking of which, this story is now a Prime Original TV Series featuring Julia Roberts. The showrunners explain it best in their description, “Homecoming centers on a caseworker at an experimental facility, her ambitious supervisor, and a soldier eager to rejoin civilian life — presented in an enigmatic collage of telephone calls, therapy sessions, and overheard conversations. The result is an innovative, immersive audio experience — a mystery unfolding across the twelve episodes of Seasons One and Two.”
Hollywood meets the podcasting world. Academy Award winner Rami Malek produces as well as stars in Blackout. This is another podcast with so many elements that feel like a TV show you could stream. Rami Malek plays a radio DJ named Simon Itani undergoing a community blackout. Even the first episode grabs you in with its sound design that is far beyond what you typically hear on the radio or in a podcast. You’re sure to be sucked in!
This brand new podcast from NPR exposes the 1965 murder case of Rev. James Reeb in Selma, Alabama. While three men were tried and acquitted, no one was ever charged. Nearly fifty years later, two journalists return to Selma to expose the lies and corruption that kept the case from being solved. While this podcast is uniquely exposing a specific case in the heart of the South during the Civil Rights Movement, it exposes a greater overarching narrative of systemic racism that still plagues our nation today. NPR uses excellent storytelling to create a thrilling visual medium that will keep you hooked on each episode.
Hosted by Dax Shepard, this show explores the fascinating messiness of what i means to be human and acts as an invitation for guests to be vulnerable and honest about their struggles in life. Armchair expert is ultimately a celebration of the challenges and setbacks that led to growth and betterment. Once you listen to one episode it becomes almost like an addiction. So if you are getting ready for a long road trip alone and need some time for introspection and meditation this podcast is a great idea.
From the producers of Up and Vanished, Tenderfoot TV and HowStuffWorks present this true crime podcast to tell the story of the infamous Atlanta child murders case that rocked the city in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Nearly 40 years have gone by yet questions are still left unanswered. This podcast is perfect for your next summer road trip as it was instrumental in the reopening of its investigation. In late March of 2019, Atlanta police announced they plan to retest evidence found in the case to bring further closure to the victims families. Will this erase any lingering doubt, or blast this case wide open all these years later? Get caught up on the full story and stay updated on the on-going investigation
Dissect, named “Best Podcast of 2018” by the New York Times, looks at the anatomy of particular album song by song one season at a time. Host, Cole Cuchna, closely examines the music and lyrics of each individual song per episode. While he is currently examining Tyler, The Creator’s “Flower Boy”, my personal favorite to bing is season 1 where Cole takes a deep look at Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly.” On your next roadtrip binge an entire season and learn more about the albums you love.
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By: Rachel Wortham
Rachel earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in with an emphasis in Marketing from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. As the New Client Coordinator, Rachel leads the onboarding process, helps facilitate successful podcast launches and provides a seamless transition into Resonates’ various podcast services.
By: Matt Hubbard
Matt earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boyce College in Louisville, KY. Matt first became passionate about the recording arts in high school and he has worked as both an artist and producer. He has toured with prominent indie artists and continues to gig in the Louisville music scene. A podcast addict, Matt’s job is to help podcasters choose the best production services to fit their unique needs.