The holiday travel season started this week, and one of my favorite forms of entertainment on the road (or in the air) is podcasts. I love listening to stories today as much as I did when my dad read to me at bedtime. I love interviews because I'm always so curious about how people got where they are today. These podcasts are good for traveling because they're all long-form, but they're also useful for long days at a desk.
WTF with Marc Maron: An old favorite that I still look forward to every Monday and Thursday. Marc Maron interviews comedians, musicians, and others. Known for making guests get emotional. You will laugh, you will maybe cry. Length: about 1-2 hours.
Serial: The podcast EVERYONE is talking about, from the producers of This American Life (another goodie). It's a real-life murder mystery, with each episode as a new chapter. Very juicy, and would be a great binge-listen if you haven't heard it yet. Length: about 30 minutes-1 hour.
Death, Sex & Money: This is my newest favorite podcast. Anna Sale interviews a diverse group of people, from actress Ellen Burstyn to a New York Post dating reporter to a funeral director . They discuss "the things we think about a lot and need to talk about more." Length: about 20-30 minutes.
Radio Cherry Bombe: Cherry Bombe is an annual, female-centric food magazine, and this is their podcast. Host (and cookbook author) Julia Turshen interviews women in the food industry including chefs, business owners, baristas, food stylists, and writers. The interviews are interesting from a foodie standpoint, but I'm also inspired by the stories of these womens' professional success. Length: about 30-45 minutes.
After the Jump: This podcast is hosted by Grace Bonney of the Design*Sponge blog, who also happens to be the wife of Radio Cherry Bombe's Julia Turshen. Grace interviews other bloggers, artists, designers, and creative people, usually with a business-centric theme. They discuss the state of digital content, social media practices, finding inspiration, product development, and more. Inspiring, informative, and — though there are many interview-style podcasts on this list — this one is unique because the information is delivered more as advice and not just someone's personal story. Length: about 30 minutes.
Design Matters: This podcast can be a little insider-y for designers and artists at times, but overall I think anyone in a creative field would enjoy listening to these interviews. I like that Debbie Millman interviews people from different specialties, like book cover design and styling, and different ages. The designers who got their start in the 1960s have much different stories than those who've come up in the digital age. A lot of wisdom is shared. Stefan Sagmeister, Tina Roth Eisenberg, Grace Bonney (the same one from After the Jump), and Wendy MacNaughton + Caroline Paul were some of my favorite interviewees, as well as the just-released interview with Tina + Ryan Essmaker of The Great Discontent. Length: about 30-45 minutes.
Risk!: Another recent favorite. People (famous and not) tell stories that are cringe-worthy. A.D. Miles, writer for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, told a mortifying, hilarious story of digestive issues on a date. SNL's Sasheer Zamata told the tale of her embarrassing interview for a Disneyland Tokyo job. I listened to that one while I took Loki for a walk and must have looked like a crazy person LOL-ing down the street. Length: about 30 minutes - 1.5 hours.
You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes: Comedian Pete Holmes interviews mostly other comedians but also some science and spiritual/wellness-types. All of his podcasts are LONG, which is amazing for a road trip. He's more light-hearted than Marc Maron but still asks his guests deep questions, like what they think about God — and that's always interesting to hear, especially when coming from people like Bill Nye, Jim Gaffigan, Zach Galifinakis... Length: about 1-2.5 hours.