Gone are the days when I used to get anywhere in less than half an hour. Living in London has changed my perspective on distances and traffic, and I now feel an hour and a half of commuting as just mere minutes. So to feel that I’m not wasting so much time, I’ve started listening to podcasts. All below are available on Spotify (linked), but most of them should be available on your podcast provider of choice. These are all approximately 30 minutes or less, so they’re perfect for a short (in London terms) commute.
1. FT World Weekly
As I don’t want to deter you from exploring the world of podcasts, I decided to go for a weekly news podcast instead of daily, so you can use the other days for other podcasts. The Financial Times World Weekly podcast is the best choice, as it’s also London-based. Of course the news is global, but you get a British view, perfect for the wonderful city you live in.
Running time: 15 minutes (usually less), weekly. Genre: News
2. Welcome to Night Vale
Welcome to Night Vale was the first podcast I listened to and I was hooked. Produced by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, and narrated by Cecil Baldwin, it’s a bi-monthly podcast featuring news and announcements from the fictional desert community of Nightvale. Inhabited by hooded figures, glow clouds (all hail!), and a faceless old woman, this podcast is unnerving, so do not listen at night! The weather is presented in the form of a song (usually unrelated to any meteorological phenomena), making it more light-hearted towards the end.
Running time: around 25 minutes, twice a month. Genre: Paranormal
3. Hello from the Magic Tavern
Hello from the Magic Tavern is produced and presented by Arnie Niekamp. In the podcast, a fictionalised version of the host fell through a magical rift behind a Burger King in Chicago and ended up in the magical land of Foon. Luckily, he has with him his podcasting equipment, so he can host a weekly show, co-presented by the wizard Usidore the Blue and Chunt the shapeshifter.
Running time: around 30 minutes, weekly. Genre: Fantasy
4. 99% Invisible
This podcast explores the overlooked aspects of design and architecture around us. But they use these terms broadly. Each episode touches a new subject, and they’re viewed from different perspectives: history, science, world news, and analysis. I’d classify this more as general knowledge than “design and architecture”, as the podcast teaches us about an abundance of topics, such as Universal Basic Income, Ouija boards, Ikea, kidnapping.
Running time: around 30 minutes, weekly. Genre: Knowledge
5. Coffee Break Languages
There are a few of Coffee Break “Language” on Spotify: German, Spanish, French and Italian. It’s a good way of learning the basics of these languages, especially as you get to listen to properly pronounced language.
Running time: around 20 minutes, approx bi-monthly. Genre: Foreign Languages
Hopefully these are short enough so you can listen to them on your commute! Let us know if you have other podcasts of choice!