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THE BEST PODCASTS TO KEEP YOU AWAKE WHILE YOU DRIVE


We did a lot of hours and a lot of kilometers in our girl Frankie over the year, and they wouldn’t have been as fun without a bunch of super entertaining podcasts! Here’s a list of some we listened to and some that were recommended to us by friends. We’ve asterisked our absolute favourites for keeping us awake during those drives when we’d rather be sleeping!


COMEDY

Hamish & Andy*

The Hamish & Andy Show was an Australian radio show and currently ongoing podcast created by and starring comedic duo Hamish Blake and Andy Lee.

It’s hard to put into words how hilarious this podcast is.


My Dad Wrote A Porno*

Imagine if your dad wrote a dirty book. Most people would try to ignore it - but not Jamie Morton. Instead, he decided to read it to the world in this groundbreaking comedy podcast. With the help of his best mates, James Cooper and Alice Levine, Jamie reads a chapter a week and discovers more about his father than he ever bargained for.


Off Menu

Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster is a food and comedy podcast in which guests are invited to select their dream menu by British comedians Gamble and Acaster. Off Menu was launched in December 2018 and was nominated for the 2019 British Podcast Awards in the Best Entertainment category.


Mega

An improvised comedy podcast that pretends to be a podcast created by a mega­church called Twin Hills. The two cohosts, Hally Labonte (Holly Laurent) and Gray Hoss (Greg Hess), riff about their lives and spiritual struggles before introducing another member of the Twin Hills staff or community, who is played each week by a different comedian guest.


TRUE LIFE

S-Town*

John despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.


Loose Units*

Based on the book Loose Units from Penguin Publishing, Loose Units: The Podcast is an exploration of true, untold stories from the most frightening era in Australian policing. Each week, Paul and his dad, ex-police officer John, sit down and delve into cases too surreal, brief or contentious to fit into the book.


Caliphate

In the war on terror, who is it that we’re really fighting? “Caliphate” follows Rukmini Callimachi, who covers terrorism for The New York Times, on her quest to understand ISIS.


My Mum Says My Memoir is a Lie

In 2015, Rosie Waterland published her first book, a memoir. The book is about her childhood, her growing up, and her becoming an adult; all with mentally ill, drug and alcohol addicted parents, child protection, foster care, caravans and couches. Rosie is 30 now, her mum Lisa is now 53. Her mum has finally read the book. She has many thoughts.The first of which is that most of Rosie's memoir is a lie. Now is their time to talk all about it.


Conversations With Richard Fidler

Spend an hour in someone else's life. Conversations draws you deeper into the life story of someone you may have heard about, but never met.


TRUE CRIME

Serial Season 1*

It's Baltimore, 1999. Hae Min Lee, a popular high-school senior, disappears after school one day. Six weeks later detectives arrest her classmate and ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, for her murder. He says he's innocent - though he can't exactly remember what he was doing on that January afternoon. But someone can. A classmate at Woodlawn High School says she knows where Adnan was. The trouble is, she’s nowhere to be found.


Serial Season 2

In May 2014, a U.S. Special Operations team in a Black Hawk helicopter landed in the hills of Afghanistan. Waiting for them were more than a dozen Taliban fighters and a tall American, who looked pale and out of sorts: Bowe Bergdahl. Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier, had been a prisoner of the Taliban for nearly five years, and now he was going home. But then, within days—within hours of his rescue, in fact—public reaction to his return flipped. People started saying Bergdahl shouldn’t be celebrated. Some of the soldiers from his unit called him a deserter, a traitor.


Serial Season 3*

Serial is heading back to court. This time, in Cleveland. Not for one extraordinary case; instead, Serial wanted to tackle the whole criminal justice system. To do that we figured we’d need to look at something different: ordinary cases. A year inside a typical American courthouse. This season we tell you the extraordinary stories of ordinary cases. One courthouse, told week by week.


The Teacher’s Pet*

Lyn and Chris Dawson appear to have the perfect marriage. He's a star footballer and popular high school teacher. She's a devoted wife and mother. They share a beautiful home above Sydney's northern beaches. But when Lyn goes missing, dark secrets are buried. This is no fairytale, but a sordid story of strangely close twin brothers, teenage student lovers, and probable murder.

Special note 1: Due to an ongoing trial this podcast is no longer currently available in Australia.

Special note 2: We were quickly addicted to this podcast, but towards the end found it a bit frustrating - the repetition and ‘journalistic’ approach whereby even the smallest details were sensationalised drove us crazy. We are glad we listened to it but if you find sensationalist journalism annoying, it can be hard to get through the final few episodes.


The Murder Squad

Retired Cold Case Investigator Paul Holes and Investigative Journalist Billy Jensen dig deep into unsolved murders, unidentified remains and missing persons cases. Each week listeners ride shotgun as Holes and Jensen attempt to solve the crime using a variety of methods, from old-fashioned detective work to advanced technologies including familial DNA searches, social media geotargeting, and maybe most important—the skills of their listeners who send in tips and theories, becoming active members of The Murder Squad


Casefile

Fact is scarier than fiction. Covering some brutal subject matter like the Lin Family Murders, Daniel Morcombe and the Port Arthur Massacre, the podcast creator has managed to powerfully marry in-depth research with compassion to build trust with the listener. Each story is extensive in contextualising every event and moment in the case, with the victim’s side of the story at the front. The narrator’s youthful and recognisably Australian voice provides a strange sense of comfort as you delve through every detail of these gruesome stories.


CURIOSITY

No Such Thing as a Fish

No Such Thing as a Fish is a weekly British podcast series produced and presented by the researchers behind the BBC Two panel game QI. In it each of the researchers, collectively known as "The QI Elves", present their favourite fact that they have come across that week.


Invisibilia

Unseeable forces control human behavior and shape our ideas, beliefs, and assumptions. Invisibilia—Latin for invisible things—fuses narrative storytelling with science that will make you see your own life differently.


History

Hardcore History

In "Hardcore History" journalist and broadcaster Dan Carlin takes his "Martian", unorthodox way of thinking and applies it to the past. Was Alexander the Great as bad a person as Adolf Hitler? What would Apaches with modern weapons be like? Will our modern civilization ever fall like civilizations from past eras? This isn't academic history (and Carlin isn't a historian) but the podcast's unique blend of high drama, masterful narration and Twilight Zone-style twists has entertained millions of listeners.


The Dollop

The Dollop is a podcast hosted by American comedians Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds. Each episode centres around an event or person from history selected for its humorousness or peculiarity. Typical episodes feature subjects from American history described by Anthony and commented on by Anthony and Reynolds