Pump Up the Jams: Podcasts Flock Carriers Are Listening To
Looking for a way to make the time fly by during your drive? There’s nothing like a good podcast to while the hours away on a long haul. Sure, the radio is a faithful standby, but a podcast gives you a far more intimate and personalized experience. It’s like having your favorite comedian, historian, athlete, expert, or musician right there with you in your rig.
The diversity of shows available in Podcast Land means there’s a little something for everyone. From to great trucking tips to guilty pleasures, we’ve compiled a list of 10 Flock-approved podcasts to add to your daily routine and keep you entertained (and awake!) on your next trip from sea to shining sea.
For the Hardcore Haulers
Billed as a show for “truckers, potential truckers, and curious non-truckers,” Trucker Dump podcast has been a faithful highway companion for 10 years running. Fellow truck drivers share tales from the road meant to spark conversation and thought around the trucking lifestyle and industry as a whole. From reviewing trucking apps to debating the merits of calling out “bad truckers,” there’s a little something for everyone.
Stay up to date on the latest goings-on within the transportation industry with this weekly breakdown. What the Truck?!? hosts Tim and Chad offer insightful (and often hilarious) commentary on everything from the impact of tariffs on logistics to the naming conventions of hurricanes (and how to protect your freight from them).
For the Trivia Buffs
Did you know that the Olympics once had a race strictly for elderly ladies? Or that the first trampolines were made of walrus skin? You would if you listened to No Such Thing as a Fish, a BBC-produced podcast wherein a group of witty Brits bring you their favorite facts they each unearthed over the course of the previous week.
From King Henry VIII’s contributions to modern spacesuit design to the ability of crows to hold grudges for generations, you’ll leave each episode with more probably useless, but always entertaining, knowledge than with which you arrived—and your drive will undoubtedly be a whole lot more entertaining.
You know what they say: When in doubt, leave it to the pros. On Know Nonsense, two pro quizmasters put each other to the test, along with special guests they often invite to join in the fun. You’ll also learn how to become a quizmaster yourself, with tips on finding the best obscure knowledge with which to stump your friends. Play along and pretend you’re at an actual trivia night, all while the miles pass behind you on your way to your destination.
Bonus: the episodes are usually at least an hour long, so stockpile a few before you hit the road for plenty of quiz-tastic entertainment.
For a Spine-Tingling Thrill
The ladies of My Favorite Murder are unashamed and unapologetic in their love for all things true crime. Though their subject matter is admittedly morbid, hosts Georgia and Karen manage to make otherwise grim horror stories positively funny. Each week they break down both famous and little-known crimes, from the Manson murders to the Power Rangers murders (no, we’re not kidding). Be forewarned, though: this show is not for the faint of heart… or ear. Prepare for expletive-ridden banter of the highest (and wittiest) degree.
Told in a breathy voice tailor-made for true crime, Phoebe Judge’s Criminal is podcast gold. Twice monthly, she delves into stories that are a little more nuanced than your typical murder mystery. You’ll meet “people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, and/or gotten caught somewhere in the middle”: from a mother searching for the bodies of her two children, to a daughter whose identity was stolen by her own mom. Beautifully produced and often left open-ended, each episode will suck you in as the miles sail underneath your tires.
For a History Lesson
If you want to kill some serious hours on your drive and receive an unofficial PhD in world history at the same time, look no further than the History King himself, Dan Carlin.
In Hardore History, Carlin breaks down famously important eras and events into incredibly detailed series that are narrated with passion and enthusiasm. You’ll live through the rise and fall of Sparta and discover the hidden origins and unreported aftermath of the atomic bomb. And with most episodes clocking in between the 3-4 hour mark (some are as long as 6 hours!), a full series could last for your entire drive (or two, or three!).
For those who prefer their history lessons to come in smaller, more conversational chunks, bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History podcast is lighter fare containing equally weighty lessons.
Gladwell focuses on the parts of history that have often been “overlooked and misunderstood.” Live interviews and archival audio create a rich tapestry of little-known events and their trickle-down effects into the modern day. How did three people walk away with completely different memories of a top-secret U.S. research project in 1960s Saigon? Why does country music make us cry, but rock music does not—and how does that contribute to a divided America?
And perhaps most baffling: why did McDonald’s change is French fry recipe? A history lesson, indeed.
For a Great Giggle
A good laugh can make hours feel like mere minutes, and you’ll get plenty of laughs listening to Scott Aukerman and his revolving door of big-name guests. The likes of Zach Galifinakis, Sarah Silverman, Neil Patrick Harris, and Weird Al Yankovic have all shared airtime, with many episodes beginning as interviews and devolving into a comedic free-for-all.
Described by one listener as “the most consistently funny show out there,” Comedy Bang! Bang! offers another plus for truckers: episodes tend to run well over an hour, giving you more hilarity in between each rest stop.
The McElroy brothers are not experts, as they make sure to disclaim prior to each show. But that won’t stop them from dispensing hilarious “advice” to listeners who write in seeking help (or, more often, just a good laugh). Devoted fans also send in questions they’ve culled from the much-lambasted Yahoo! Answers website, providing endless fodder for ridiculous rants. Prepare for much brother-on-brother comedy crime and tangents on such topics as whether shrimp go to heaven and the selling points of haunted dolls on eBay.