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5 PODCASTS TO ENHANCE YOUR MORNING COMMUTE

5 PODCASTS TO ENHANCE YOUR MORNING COMMUTE

Looking for an easy way to stay current with world events? With the new year underway, perhaps you've decided to change a few habits? Podcasts are a great and fun way to absorb new knowledge without changing an ounce of your normal routine!

Staring at a screen for 7 to 8 hours, can make picking up a book seem like a chore after a long day at work. I find that by listening to podcasts on the train, during lunch, and while working out I can stay engaged with events taking place around the world, and still reap the satisfaction of storytelling without committing to a 300 page book!

Below are 5 of my favorite and most impactful podcasts along with a reason for why they should be on your playlist!  

  1. Snap Judgement: Each episode is comprised of two or three first person narratives that share a common theme bringing storytelling to life (i.e. "Cross to Bear," "The Fall Guy," "Mystery Man"). The introduction is narrated by the host, Glynn Washington, while the jazzy beats curated by Leon Morimoto draw listeners into the story.  The short real-life stories in this podcast provides a great post-work alternative to watching TV or reading a book, and the hour-long episodes are the perfect length for my commute to and from work! [RELEASED: WEEKLY]
  2. Planet Money: Explores investigative stories like unfolding the lifecycle of a t-shirt by interviewing cotton farmers to factory owners (Listen: "The Afterlife of A T-Shirt"). Have you ever wondered what makes the Birkin bag such an exclusive and highly coveted fashion must-have (Listen: "Bagging a Birkin")? Topics like these go beyond just current events to investigative research on topics you've always thought about, but never knew the answers to. [RELEASED: TWICE-WEEKLY] 
  3. This American Life: Launched in Chicago, TAL debuted in 2005 and went national in 2006, and has won numerous awards and recognitions for its true journalistic coverage of stories. Every week the show has a team, and puts together different kinds of stories based on that theme. TAL is not a radio show in the traditional sense as it is not formatted like a news show or a talk show, rather it is like a movie for the ears. The stories TAL shares takes you to remote parts of the world sharing experiences that otherwise may not have crossed your radar. For starters check out "Something for Nothing," "Switched at Birth," and "Same Bed, Different Dreams." Time Magazine named host, Ira Glass, the best radio host in the country. And in 2014 TAL released it's first spinoff show "Serial" currently in it's second season, also reaching notable national acclaim.[RELEASED: WEEKLY]
  4. Happier with Gretchen Rubin: It's like having two best friends who give great life advice in your pocket all the time. The two sisters offer bite-sized nuggets of wisdom on good habits and happiness that are practical, manageable, thought provoking, and easy to try at home on your own! They cover all sorts of topics ranging from how to keep your sanity around family during the holidays to reducing anxiety around organization. [RELEASED: WEEKLY]
  5. Slate's The Gist: Trying to keep up with the news and culture? Mike Pesca offers an objective, thorough, and succinct summary on everything that you'll be talking about with friends and family. He is witty, weird, and incredibly smart and makes digesting the news a breeze! [RELEASED: DAILY]

Which Podcasts are your favorites? Comment below, and I'll check them out!

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