Six *Brilliant* Short Podcasts For Your Commute (Because Podcasts Are Too Long)

Podcasting is the future of audio entertainment. Radio doesn’t allow the freedom and creativity that the podcasting culture does. Whether you want to talk about music, people or just do funny sketches with your friends, the accessibility and diversity of podcasting makes it such an exciting platform.

But, to be frank, some of these podcasters are kidding themselves if they think I’m going to commit two hours every week to their voices. The average London commute is somewhere between 40-55 minutes a day, podcast lengths should reflect this.

If you don’t have time for these 90 minute audio slogs, here are six short podcasts for those of you with average commuting times.


1. Savage Lovecast 

You’ll have to excuse the cheesiness of the host but this is the best in love advice podcasts in one. With over 500 episodes that are under an hour each, this is great for anyone interested in relationships, sex and other people.

2. Song Exploder

An absolute must for any music fans, Song Exploder host Hrishikesh Hirway interviews artists of all sizes about their favourite songs and asks them to deconstruct the meanings, instrumentals and production for our entertainment. Each episode clocks in about 15-25 minutes.

3. 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”. One recent episode, for example, features how the fashion industry maps trends and how they can predict what’s going to be in season months before anyone else.


4. Global News Podcast

The easiest way to catch up on world events across the week. The BBC create two bulletins a day featuring all you need to know about our planet earth. Perfect for your trip into work and your return journey.

5. The Memory Palace

An interview podcast that covers all the quirky and niche parts of history that your education would have missed out. Learning does always have to take hours or involve books!

6. Dial-A-Stranger

While there hasn’t been a new episode since 2012, this 100 part series features two strangers talking to each other about anything and everything. If you need a feel-good pick-up throughout your commute, this will do the trick.