The best podcasts for your next flight

15 May 2015

If you're looking for something different to pass the time on your next flight, plugging in your headphones and chilling out with a podcast is a great way to unwind on the home stretch of a business trip.

Podcasting has been around for more than 10 years and has steadily carved out a niche as one of the internet's most diverse and accessible entertainment sources.

Podcasts deliver talkback radio on demand and with a mammoth variety of topics and presenters available, they're easy to consume and most are free to download to your mobile device.

No idea what to listen to? The Corporate Traveller team has compiled a list of some of the best shows in online podcasting.

Fire up you smartphone or tablet, head to your online store and have a listen to:

Freakonomics Radio 

Ever wondered what school teachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Or wanted find out the real truth about real estate agents? Freakonomics Radio discusses all this and more. An extension of Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner's bestseller Freakonomics, this show explores the patterns and insight behind real world phenomena. Covering everything from economics to sports to politics to business, Freakonomics Radio consistently ranks in Australia's top 10 subscribed podcasts. 

SModcast

Join director Kevin Smith of Clerks, Chasing Amy and Dogma fame and his long time producer partner Scott Mosier as they skewer pop culture, current events and various non-sequitur topics in their weekly show. Smith's irreverence and Mosier's cool wit is always entertaining and frequently hilarious. Regarded as one of the podcasts that helped launch the medium into the mainstream, SModcast has run for more than 300 episodes with the hosts' self deprecating humour at how they inexplicably managed to stay afloat in show business proving a winning formula with subscribers.

Conversations with Richard Fidler

Renowned Australian journalist and radio personality Richard Fidler talks to some of Australia's most influential people. Some guests are household names, others are quiet achievers you may not have heard of but all have story to tell. Fidler's guests come from a wide variety of backgrounds including comedy, journalism, performing arts, medicine, politics and technology and at an average length of just under an hour, they're ideal for short-haul domestic flights.  

Welcome to Night Vale

One of the strangest shows in the podcast world, Welcome to Night Vale takes the form of a radio newscast reporting on bizarre events taking place in the fictional town of Night Vale. The show's absurdist comedy stems from the Night Vale setting where all manner of unexplainable incidents involving extra terrestrials and the supernatural happen regularly. Part Twilight Zone, part Douglas Adams, Welcome to Night Vale is great way to escape from reality after a long day at the office.

BBC Business Daily

Catch up on what's going on with the world's economy and international business from one of the world's most trusted news sources. The BBC's Business Daily bulletin offers 20 minute insight pieces into the biggest news and current affairs topics affecting the global economy. 

StarTalk Radio with Neil deGrasse Tyson

The planets, the solar system, black holes, particle accelerators and more are on the agenda in this informative show hosted by the Director of New York's Hayden Planetarium, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Discussing everything from the universe, new technology and the Earth of the future, the show is surprising friendly to the layman and Tyson's infectious enthusiasm for everything cosmos related is guaranteed to rub off.