We’ve all been there. Sitting on the bus heading to work in the morning and wishing there was a better way to use the time. Sure, you can listen to that Billie Eilish album for the 18th time, try to beat your high score on CandyCrush, or just stare listlessly out the window as the city flies by. But instead, why not use that time as (drumroll, please) productive podcast time? 

We are truly living in the Golden Age of podcasts and there is no shortage of fascinating and relatable content on tons of podcast apps. So we compiled a list of our favorite podcasts to help you start your day on the right foot.

The Journal

The Journal is a podcast put out by the Wall Street Journal and Gimlet Media. It’s a clever blend of current events and business. So usually they’ll take a story that’s all over the news and discuss and analyze it from a business perspective. 

A few of their recent episodes include the Boy Scouts of America filing for bankruptcy, the Trump impeachment, and the Coronavirus outbreak. 

We can’t recommend The Journal highly enough. 

Stuff You Should Know

Stuff You Should Know, or SYSK for short is a delightful and informative podcast from Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant. It covers, like the title suggests, a number of things that the podcasters feel that everyone should probably know. 

It’s really a perfect title for the show because there is no other common thread between the episodes other than the fact that you should know it. The topics they cover are all over the map; from Hawaiin Night Marchers to Mexican Jumping Beans to How to Use a Bidet. 

Even more than the subject material of SYSK, the chemistry and humor of the two hosts, Josh and Chuck, is amazing and never gets old. They’re both incredibly smart, well-researched, and hilariously funny. Their dynamic is pretty infectious. 

The only downside to SYSK is that there’s a chance you might chuckle out loud on the bus or subway, and that’s rarely a good look. 

The Joe Rogan Experience 

Former MMA commentator turned podcaster and interviewer,  The Joe Rogan Experience consistently gets rated as one of the top podcasts in the world. He gets millions of downloads every month and always has extremely high-profile guests on the show. 

Unlike the first two Podcasts on this list, The Joe Rogan Experience is usually pretty long, with some episodes reaching up to two hours. But the time usually flies by because of Joe’s skill as an interviewer and the interesting guests he always gets. 

From politicians to movie stars to thought leaders, Joe has the most diverse guest list of any podcast that we know of. Just as an example of the wide array of his guests; he’s had Bernie Sanders, Jordan Peterson, Elon Musk and Neil DeGrasse Tyson all on the show at one point or another. Think about that for a second. A socialist presidential candidate, a psychology professor/bestselling author, a serial entrepreneur, and an astrophysicist. 

You really can’t go wrong with Joe. 

Revolutions

This one is for the history nuts out there. 

Mike Duncan, the critically acclaimed podcaster/historian behind the History of Rome podcast, started his Revolutions podcast in 2013. The idea of the podcast is to go into detail about major revolutions in world history. To name a few: The American Revolution, the Mexican Revolution, the Russian Bolshevik Revolution, and the French Revolution are all covered. 

The format of the Podcast is really interesting as well. Each season is another major world revolution, and within each season there are chapters. Each chapter is a self-contained event in the background or context of the revolution being discussed. Sometimes there are as many as 35 chapters in a season and each chapter is only around 25 minutes long. This format allows Mike to go into detail about each event and element that led up to major world revolutions. 

If you love history, politics, and war; then this one’s for you.

How Did This Get Made?

How Did This Get Made is a podcast that goes through the most ridiculous and terrible movies that were ever produced and takes them apart. This is all done while trying to answer the question “How did this get made?” 

HDTGM is hosted by the well-known comedians/actors: Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas. 

It’s a good time all around with HDTGM and we heartily recommend it as a lighter option for your daily commute. 

Enjoy Your Commute!

Here at Hip, we believe in upgrading your commute to being a premium and enjoyable ride. That’s why we created a user-friendly app, premier busses with reserved seats, and easy pickup times to make sure that your commute is the highlight of your day. Now that you’re armed with some awesome podcasts, we’re confident that frustrating commutes will become a thing of the past.