10 bingeable podcasts to bring on your next road trip
The days are getting shorter but your bingeable podcast queue just got longer. We’ve rounded up 10 bingeable podcasts across several genres to bring on your next road trip or wherever your travels take you.
Learn motivational tools to help listeners become the greatest versions of themselves on “The Mindset Mentor.” Get your dose of true crime with “National Park After Dark” for morbid nature enthusiasts. Dive into historical events and how they impacted the world on “One Year” and “Slow Burn.” “Against The Odds” shares stories of resilience ranging from a soccer team’s escape from an underwater cave in Thailand to a woman held hostage by Somali pirates. Check out these podcasts and more on our bingeable list.
The Mindset Mentor
Host Rob Dial teaches people to become the masters of their own lives by blending neurology, neurobiology, psychology, and cognitive behavioral therapy. “The Mindset Mentor” shares this knowledge for listeners seeking change in their lives, tools to make a plan, and find success. Dial’s expertise and passion have inspired millions of people to become the best versions of themselves. Check out over 1200 episodes of this Kast Media series.
National Park After Dark
Audioboom Studios’ true crime series “National Park After Dark” is hosted by friends and nature enthusiasts Cassandra Yahnian and Danielle LaRock. “Park Predators” listeners might enjoy episodes covering tragic events, survival tales, dark histories, and more in over 80 episodes.
Slate Podcasts’ “One Year” brings listeners through America’s struggles and people’s stories, focusing on 1 year each season. This season, Josh Levin covers 1986 to explore the year’s most shocking moments, forgotten stories, and lesser-known narratives. Levin and guests are sharing 1986’s most transformative moments that shaped culture, politics, religion, and science. Past seasons centered on 1977 and 1995.
Radiotopia’s “Ear Hustle” shares stories from people’s time in prison, post-prison life, and outside stories from the San Quentin State Prison in California. The series is hosted by producer/former inmate Earlonne Woods, artist Nigel Poor, and Rahsaan “New York” Thomas. Rahsaan has been in prison since 2000. “Ear Hustle” was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2020.
Each of “Slow Burn’s” seasons tells the biggest stories from the 20th and 21st centuries. The moments that indelibly changed American culture and politics, causing seismic waves across the continent. Past seasons covered the Rodney King’s beating, the LA Riots that caused a tangible shift in the 1990s, the United States’ invasion of Iraq in 2003, the rise of David Duke, the murders of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., Bill Clinton’s impeachment, and Watergate. Each with eight 45-minute chapters, “Slow Burn” has been waiting for you to listen.
Turns out Victoria’s Secrets are worse than we thought. “Fallen Angel” is going back to the conception of the lingerie brand to confront the ways it has influenced sex, beauty, and desire through the generations. This Campside and C13Originals podcast looks at Les Wexner, the man who has been the head of the company for decades, and his association with Jeffrey Epstein, along with speaking to the real angels who bore witness to what goes on behind the curtain.
Breaking Waves: Seattle
Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice Chains all called Seattle home, and subsequently, we all called Seattle the home of grunge. “Breaking Waves: Seattle” is looking at the scene that defined ’90s rock, from its local roots to its radiowave domination. From its rise to its fall, its triumphs and tragedies, “Breaking Waves: Seattle” talks to the people who made this scene what it was and are looking to the people carrying it into the future.
By now, you must’ve heard the name Elizabeth Holmes. Once called “the next Steve Jobs,” she now faces decades in prison for fraud. Her company, Theranos, and its technology could have put millions at risk, but how did she do it? The first season of “The Dropout” looks at just what happened at the ill-fated company, while the second season follows her tumultuous case in court and the verdict.
NPR’s “No Compromise” is the winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Audio Reporting for reporters Lisa Hagen and Chris Haxel exposée on the far-right gun group No Compromise. Along with WAMU’s Guns & America, they are exposing how the three Dorr brothers have created a pro-gun group beyond the NRA, seeing them as too amenable on gun control. The story spirals deep into their ultra pro-gun Facebook, their family’s extreme religious beliefs (that has sought to eliminate public education, outlaw homosexuality, and replace all laws with Old Testament rules), and how they got so many people onto this uncompromising gun movement.
Against The Odds
“Against The Odds” tells incredible stories of resiliency that will inspire you. From the Thai soccer team that was trapped in a cave, John McCain’s story as a prisoner of war, the Chilean mine collapse, and more, this Wondery podcast shows survival against all odds.