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Top Podcasts for Truck Drivers in 2024

Picture this: The radio stations just aren’t playing the right tunes today. Maybe the service in the area you’re cruising through is shoddy and all you’re getting is the local banjo station. You need something to fill the silence as you’re coasting through the mountains or while you’re waiting in line for the delivery location to open up.

Podcasts are the answer!

Depending on the music app you’re using the most, you could just look up the most popular, or the more recent updates, and be inundated with results (there’s currently over five million podcasts available right now!) There’s a podcast for every mood, for every genre, and a different set of hosts for every kind in between.

So where to start?

We asked our drivers what they like to listen to on the road, and narrowed down some popular choices that have a wide variety of episodes to choose from. Take a look:

Best Trucking Podcasts

Talk CDL

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TalkCDL is a show that discusses all things trucking, from current events in the industry to surveys and more.

Red Eye Radio

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Red Eye Radio is a radio talk show turned podcast that airs overnight, and is targeted towards truckers or any other person working non-conventional hours. They speak on current events, pop culture, and even national weather forecasts.

Melton’s True Blue Podcast

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This one is one of our personal favorites! In our show, our employees interview truck drivers and other office employees to give the inside information on what it’s like working at Melton Truck Lines.

Hammer Lane Legends

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Hammer Lane Legends is hosted by Brian Merkel and Brian Shipper, and brings on truck drivers to discuss their crazy stories from the road. Between these episodes, the hosts create episodes discussing other subjects amongst themselves.

Best Comedy Podcasts

Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend

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After decades of interviewing celebrities on Late Night, Conan O’Brien takes to this weekly podcast to talk with comedians, celebrities, and fans about what they’re passionate about and stories from their personal lives.

TigerBelly

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Bobby Lee doesn’t take any topic off the table with his podcast, TigerBelly. Him and his friend Khalyla bring on all sorts of guests to discuss anything and everything.

Office Ladies

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Two stars of The Office, Jenna Fischer (Pam) and Angela Kinsey (Angela) break down each episode to discuss behind the scenes secrets, inspiration behind the story and jokes, and more. Occasionally, another actor from the show will make a guest appearance!

The Pat McAfee Show

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This podcast, produced in collaboration with ESPN, is for sports fans who like to stay updated. This podcast updates daily with the latest news in all things sports, while keeping things interesting with a panel of cohosts.

Best Commentary Podcasts

The Joe Rogan Experience

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One of the most popular podcasts in the world, The Joe Rogan Experience features comedian Joe Rogan hosting a variety of famous guests. They discuss many topics like current events, politics, comedy, and more.

Armchair Expert

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Dax Shepard hosts this commentary podcasts focusing on listening to people’s stories they might not otherwise tell. Guests range from A-list actors, to scientists, to fellow listeners, with stories that focus on stories about challenges and setbacks, and what they learned by making it through.

The Way I Heard It

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This podcast, hosted by Mike Rowe, aims to discuss current events and pop culture in a different light. He also invites on a variety of guests to help carry the conversation and discuss stories and events from their personal lives.

Fly on the Wall

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Like the name suggests, this podcast is a discussion-driven show meant to make you feel like a fly on the wall, listening in to stories from the entertainment world with their guests from the industry. They also release another, more freeform style of episode once a week called Superfly.

Best Health and Science Podcasts

Huberman Lab

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Want to learn more about how your mind works? Tune into Huberman Lab, hosted by neuroscientist Andrew Huberman. He discusses why your brain functions the way it does and tools to change behaviors to live a better life. He also brings on other professionals to discuss topics related to their field.

Nutrition Diva

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This podcast, hosted by nutritionist Monica Reinagel, aims to break down the field of nutrition to help you make the best food choices for your health, as well as confirming or denying the latest nutrition hacks seen online.

Smartless

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Celebrities Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Sean Hayes discuss all kinds of subjects and focus on uniting people from different walks of life. Each week, one brings a guest that is a mystery to the other two to foster organic conversation. Guests include former presidents, A-list actors, singers, and more.

No Stupid Questions

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No Stupid Questions is hosted by psychologist Angela Duckworth and executive Mike Maughan, Each week, they ask each other the questions they’ve always wanted to know, no matter how seemingly stupid.

Best Story-Telling Podcasts

Critical Role

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If you’re a fan of fantasy stories and/or tabletop roleplay games, this podcast is for you! Tune into these several-hour long episodes where voice actors play through fantasy-themed campaigns as their characters.

High Rollers

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Another podcast focused on fantasy roleplaying, High Rollers follows a DND campaign with Dungeon Master Mark Hulmes as the players explore a fantasy world and complete quests. Their latest campaign as of May 2024 is Altheya: The Dragon Empire.

Lore

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This podcast, which is also a TV and book series, discusses various dark stories from real times in history. Sprinkled in between main episodes are episodes that delve into more related stories and details from their latest main episode.

Cautionary Tales with Tim Hartford

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Host Tim Hartford wants to tell you real life fairy tales from history, and discuss what we can learn from other’s mistakes. He also brings in the occasional guest to help tell the stories.

Best True Crime Podcasts

Crime Weekly

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If you are a fan of true crime, tune into retired police detective Derrick Levasseur and Youtube creator Stephanie Harlow to discuss famous crime stories, as well as giving updates on ongoing cases and current events.

Murder with My Husband

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This husband-and-wife podcast duo put a unique spin on the true crime genre – wife Payton discusses crimes and mysterious cases that fascinate her with her husband Garrett, who decidedly dislikes all true crime topics.

Into the Dark

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If you’re a fan of Payton Moreland from Murder with My Husband, join her for her solo podcast where she discusses more true crime cases, conspiracy theories, and supernatural hauntings.

Mile Higher

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This podcast focuses on all things paranormal, strange, and creepy. From unsolved true crime cases, to conspiracy theories, to other unexplained phenomena, husband and wife John Thomas and Kendall Rae cover it all, inviting the occasional guest to help tell their stories.

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