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Getting stuck in traffic is THE WORST. Since moving to Cleveland I’ve learned the hard way – taking Interstate 90 West to get downtown at 5:30pm is not the best way to get there. Or if you’re heading South on 77 after work, good luck! I’m also no stranger to a long commute. I started listening to podcasts about two years ago, and it literally changed my life. An unexpected slowdown or accident on the freeway no longer bothers me. Here is a list of my top ten podcasts to listen to while you’re stuck in traffic.

Top 10 Podcasts to Listen to While You’re Stuck In Traffic

1. NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour.

Lasts on average 45 minutes. Pop Culture Happy Hour is a lively chat about books, movies, music, television, comics and pretty much anything else that strikes a nerve, all in a weekly roundtable from NPR. Features “Monkey See” blogger Linda Holmes and an occasionally rowdy cast of characters. New episodes come out every Friday. It’s prefect for catching up on all the week’s new movies, TV shows, and award show moments.

2. Freakonomics Radio.

Have fun discovering the hidden side of everything with host Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the best-selling “Freakonomics” books. Each week, hear surprising conversations that explore the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports. Dubner talks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, social scientists and entrepreneurs — and his “Freakonomics” co-author Steve Levitt.

3. Stuff You Should Know. 

This podcast is low key funny. The hosts Josh and Chuck have a dry sense of humor that I can relate to. They break down complex topics like “How The National Security Council Works”, to the odd ones like “Why Are Whale Strandings Still a Mystery”. Join Josh and Chuck as they explore the Stuff You Should Know about everything from genes to the Galapagos in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

4. 2 Dope Queens.

Join the 2 Dope Queens, Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams, along with their favorite comedians, for stories about sex, romance, race, hair journeys, living in New York, and Billy Joel. You’ll probably recognize Jessica Williams from The Daily Show and her BFF Phoebe Robinson had her own podcast called “So Many White Guys (which I highly recommend). Together, they are hilarious. I wish they were my friends in real life.

5. Throwing Shade. 

Throwing Shade is the political comedy podcast hosted by Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi who deliver their fresh takes on pop culture, women’s rights, and LGBT rights with hilarity and vulgarity. Erin and Bryan have such great energy together. It makes me feel like I’m chatting with the gay best friend I never had!

6. NPR’s How I Built This.

Always under and hour long. How I Built This is a podcast about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built. Each episode is a narrative journey marked by triumphs, failures, serendipity and insight — told by the founders of some of the world’s best known companies and brands. If you’ve ever built something from nothing, something you really care about — or even just dream about it — check out How I Built This hosted by Guy Raz @guyraz. My favorite episodes include Virgin with Richard Branson, Warby Parker created by Dave Gilboa & Neil Blumenthal straight out of college and Instagram from the minds of Kevin Systrom & Mike Krieger.

7. The Combat Jack Show.

If you like all things HipHop you need to listen to this show. The host, Reggie Ossé aka Combat Jack, is a Brooklyn native who has worked in the music industry and was the former managing editor of The Source. Combat Jack interviews film directors, actors, music artist and producers on the hustle, grind and shine. The undisputed #1 HipHop podcast, the Combat Jack Show features interviews with HipHop icons & the most in-depth conversations about music, news, culture & race.

8. My Favorite Murder

My best friend Laura got me hooked to this one. The episodes are pretty long, so if you’re on a road trip or stuck in stand-still traffic, settle in and listen. If you love watching Forensic Files or The First 48 you’ll love My Favorite Murder. Ready yourself for a murder adventure hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, two lifelong fans of true crime stories. Each episode the girls tell each other their favorite tales of murder, and hear hometown crime stories from friends and fans. Check your anxiety at the door, cause Karen & Georgia are dying to discuss death.

9. Death, Sex & Money

Death, Sex & Money is a podcast about the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation. Host Anna Sale talks to celebrities you’ve heard of—and to regular people you haven’t—about the Big Stuff: relationships, money, family, work and making it all count while we’re here. Anna just aired a two-part series on student loan debt. She interviews real-life people about the shame and secrets surrounding their student loans.

10. Real Talk With Ashley.

This podcast offers a daily dose of positive energy and affirmation. Originally I started following Ashley on Twitter and then started listening to her show. I love all the positive quotes she tweets. Through this unique podcast Ashley wants to show people that you don’t have to be “perfect” or fancy or filtered to show up. If you ever need the reminder that there is no perfect and that is absolutely NO reason to not try, to not take off the “masks” the flash the filters…people love and connect with authenticity, realness, the grit and the open heart.

What are some of your favorite podcasts? I’m always looking for something new to listen to. Share in the comments section below.