10 Great Podcasts to Listen to on the Road

By TPH Publisher Piper Klemm Ph.D. 

For a long time I was overwhelmed with the amount of media coverage accessible in seemingly endless forms of technology, while also balancing my yearning to stay informed on the news of the world. I found it hard to find time to read or watch the news, while also keeping up with the demands of work and travel. When I learned about podcasting, it was a game-changer for me. Finally I could soak in quality information without compromising my time or energy.

This March, hundreds of hosts from radio shows big and small are encouraging listeners to introduce someone to a new podcast.  Their challenge to listeners; teach a friend, relative or coworker how to listen to podcasts, and introduce them to a whole new world of learning. On NPR, listeners will be asked to share stories of why they listen and their favorite podcasts using the hashtag #trypod. In the world of fast-paced social media sharing and news gathering, why sit down to listen to a podcast? Over one-third of Americans have listened to a podcast since 2016, according to Edison Research, with that number increasing annually in the last five years. While there are many Americans who are unfamiliar with even the term “podcasting” several well-recognized news organizations like The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Slate and many more see the potential and benefits of listening and sharing news via podcasts, according to Pew Research Center.  Forbes writer Seth Porges said, “I listen to podcasts at many of the moments that I would have once found myself listening to music. Podcasts aren’t books, and can be easily consumed while engaging in another activity. They are a commuter’s best friend.”

Below are my top 10 favorite podcasts, that are especially great for listening while traveling, heading to different barns and horse shows, or while working. 

  1. 99% Invisible
    99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world. With 150 million downloads, 99% Invisible is one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes.
  2. Freakonomics Radio
    Freakonomics Radio is an award-winning weekly podcast with 8 million downloads per month. It can also be heard on public radio stations across the country, on SiriusXM, on several major airlines, and elsewhere. Host Stephen J. Dubner has surprising conversations that explore the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature — from cheating and crime to parenting and sports.
  3. Planet Money
     Imagine you could call up a friend and say, “Meet me at the bar and tell me what’s going on with the economy.” Now imagine that’s actually a fun evening. That’s what Planet Money is going for. Planet Money produces a twice-weekly podcast and create radio stories for Morning Edition, All Things Considered and This American Life. They also write a blog.
  4. The New Yorker Radio Hour
    The New Yorker Radio Hour is a weekly program presented by the magazine’s editor, avid RemnickProduced by The New Yorker and WNYC Studios.
  5. Fresh Air with Terry Gross
    Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio’s most popular programs. Each week, nearly 5 million people listen to the show’s intimate conversations broadcast on more than 624 NPR stations across the country, as well as in Europe on the World Radio Network. In 2015, Fresh Air was the No. 1 most downloaded podcast on iTunes.
  6. Serial
    Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial tells one story—a true story—over the course of a season. Each season, they follow a plot and characters wherever they take us. Each week they bring you the next chapter in the story, so it’s important to listen to the episodes in order. For more information on how to listen, click here.
  7. Stuff You Should Know
    Charles (Chuck) Bryant co-hosts the Stuff You Should Know podcast, a platform he uses to educate the public about common things and how they work.
  8. Good Job Brain
    Good Job Brain consists of Karen, Colin, Dana, and Chris. They love pub trivia, breakfast cereal, portmanteau words, and animal facts! This project started as a Kickstarter initiative back in December 2011, and they just want to share their love of trivia with others by making this podcast.
  9. Horses in the Morning
    The first live morning show with an equine theme. A light, lively, entertaining daily look at the horse world and the people in it.  Hosted by Glenn the Geek and Jamie Jennings (see hosts bio). The show will include entertaining conversation, out of the ordinary guests, numerous regular horse related segments, listener call in, contests, giveaways and so much more.
  10. Plaidcast
    The Plaidcast is a weekly horse show inspired gab fest hosted by Piper Klemm, PhD, publisher of The Plaid Horse magazine, and USEF “R” judge, rider, trainer and Plaid Horse editor Sissy Wicks. Guests include Olympian equestrians, top hunter/jumper and equitation riders, trainers, horse show managers and industry insiders. Plus in depth convos on topics that matter: horsemanship, collegiate equestrian, the state of our sport and horse show how to’s for riders at every level. Hear insider stories about how The Plaid Horse magazine comes together every month. One episode each month is devoted to the mental side of your ride with nationally recognized Mental Skills Coach and author Tonya Johnston (Inside Your Ride). Don’t miss an episode!

There are many different ways you can listen to a podcast. Click on the links above to learn more about each podcast and instructions on how to listen. For the Plaidcast, read the instructions below.

There are many ways to listen to the Plaidcast through the Horse Radio Network. Click on the selection below to learn more and search Plaidcast to listen in:

About the Author: Piper began her tenure as the Publisher of The Plaid Horse Magazine in 2014. She received her B.S. with Honors in Chemistry from Trinity College [Hartford, CT] in 2009 and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 2012. She is an active member of the hunter/jumper community, owning a fleet of lease ponies and showing in adult hunter divisions.
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