Podcasts can make every part of your day a bit better, and Wondery is a great way to listen to them. It has a free and easy-to-use app, as well a large variety of podcasts, including fan favorites and Wondery originals.
If you’re a big podcast fan, be sure to check out Wondery+ too. It’s Wondery’s subscription service, and it comes with benefits like early and ad-free listening, exclusive content, Dolby enhanced spatial audio and more. That’s why Wondery+ is the #1 podcast subscription on Apple Podcasts in the US, UK, and Canada. As a HuffPost reader, you can also get an exclusive three-month free trial here, so you can test it out to see how you like it. Check out the list below to find the right podcast for every activity in your day.
For Road Trips
Got a long trip ahead of you? This has the engrossing stories (and episode backlog) to keep you entertained. Each season covers a different famous corporate rivalry, so you can learn all about how each one got started and what they’re like today. Hear about Coke and Pepsi, Hearst and Pulitzer, the “Late Night” wars, and so many more. Start listening to Business Wars here, and if you want to stay ahead of the competition, subscribe to Wondery+ to get exclusive content.
Another intriguing one that’s perfect for long car trips, this podcast takes a closer look at some of America’s biggest scandals. Learn all about big time news stories like Watergate, Iran Contra and Edward Snowden, as well as some that you may not have heard as much about before, like the Boston College Gambling Scheme and the Hare Krishna murders. New episodes come out every Tuesday, but to get the inside scoop, you can subscribe to Wondery+ for early episode access.
This podcast could change your commute from the least favorite part of your day to the best. The hosts are famous comedians Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, and Sean Hayes, and they have fun joking around while interviewing their weekly guests. In the past, they’ve had huge names on the show, including John Mulaney, Tiffany Haddish, George Clooney and LeBron James. Download an episode here before your next commute, and subscribe to Wondery+ to get new episodes a week early.
If you’re looking to make your commute productive, instead of just a time to sit idly, try listening to Ten Percent Happier. Host Dan Harris explores scientific techniques like meditation that can help you improve your happiness (and stay cool while you’re stuck in traffic). The main thesis of the show is that anyone can train themselves to be happier, just like you can train a muscle at the gym. Give it a listen to see how meditation can improve your life, and for an extra bit of happiness, try Wondery+ to get episodes a week early.
Adulting with Michelle Buteau and Jordan Carlos on the Exactly Right network will keep you laughing while you’re en route to and from work, the grocery store, or if you need company during any other adulting tasks. NYC-based comedians Michelle Buteau and Jordan Carlos welcome friends to the show and together they answer listener questions with honesty and humor. Recent guests include comedians and cultural commentators Maeve Higgins, Sarah Cooper and ALOK. Download episodes and subscribe to Wondery+ in the Wondery App to listen a week early.
For Working Out
Against The Odds is not only captivating, but it can also help you stay motivated during your workouts. In each season, hosts Mike Corey and Cassie De Pecol tell a different epic tale of survival from people who refused to give up. Start at Season 1 to learn about how an international team of divers rescued the boys soccer team from a flooded Thailand cave, and listen all the way through to the latest season about a group of high schoolers stuck on Mount Hood during a storm. Once you catch up, make sure to sign up for a Wondery+ subscription, so you can enjoy early access to the newest episodes.
If you’re less interested in finding motivation, and more interested in staying engaged until your workout is over, this engrossing podcast is the one for you. It’s hosted by Candice DeLon, a retired FBI agent who analyzes murderers and other heinous criminals to try to understand how they could commit such terrible crimes. Listen here to learn about infamous killers like Jack The Ripper and the Unabomber, and keep your workouts feeling fresh by getting the latest episode early with Wondery+.
For Family Time
Your kids will love Melon’s House Party, a musical podcast about a small dog that’s friends with objects around the house. It’s a great way to keep the little ones entertained, whether you’re playing it in the car, while they’re getting ready for the day, or when you’re all trying to wind down at night. Now’s the perfect time to start this podcast too because Season 2 is premiering soon! Catch it on Sept. 7, or get it a week early with Wondery+.
Take your kids on an exciting adventure (without having to leave your home or car) with this fun podcast. It follows seven-year-old Cairo as he explores his big city and learns important lessons about things like courage, safety, and sharing. Join him by listening here, or set off on your adventures a bit early by subscribing to Wondery+ to get new episodes first. Catch up now before the new season premieres on Aug. 29!
Another great way to teach your kids while also keeping them happily entertained, Whose Amazing Life? details the lives of famous historical figures, explorers, artists, scientists and more. Your kids will love learning about fascinating and inspiration people like Jane Goodall, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jacques Cousteau and so many others. Listen to the new season, which premieres Sept. 2 on Wondery+.
Imagined Sleep is here to help you softly drift off to sleep each night. The perfect podcast to put on when you’re trying to avoid a night of tossing and turning, it has soothing soundscapes from different environments, like a “Starry Desert Night” and “Under the Blue Sapphire Sea.” It’s a Wondery+ exclusive, so sign up for a subscription here, then enjoy a great night’s sleep.
Meditations for the Day is another great choice for winding down. Each episode has a different guided meditation that can help you recenter and reset. Some episodes are made for certain times of day, like morning or night, while others are designed to help with techniques, like self-care and anxiety relief. This is another Wondery+ exclusive, so sign up here to enjoy this relaxing listen.