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12 Best Podcasts for Your Holiday Road Trips

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Driving just got better

Images: Respective podcasts/Design: Ashley Britton/SheKnows
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Driving just got better

There is nothing that makes holiday road trips go faster than a good story. And podcasts are free entertainment — more than free entertainment. They're the free medium that is blowing up the world right now with their fascinating and in-depth tales.

That being said, there's no excuse not to dive into one of the most popular podcasts around as you travel to visit family and friends this holiday season. Plus, there's a podcast for every unique carful of people. Whether you're traveling with your grandparents or your kids, we've got the perfect podcast for you to start streaming as soon as your tires begin eating up that pavement.

Click through our slideshow to read the synopses and find the story that is sure to make the holidays a little less stressful and a lot more interesting.

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If you're traveling with your boyfriend/husband...

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If you're traveling with your boyfriend/husband...

Considered one of the best new podcasts of 2017, Homecoming is not to be missed.

The first scripted series from Gimlet Media stars Catherine Keener, Oscar Isaac, David Schwimmer, David Cross, Amy Sedaris, Michael Cera, Mercedes Ruehl, Alia Shawkat, Chris Gethard and Spike Jonze.

Homecoming centers on a caseworker at an experimental facility, her ambitious supervisor and a soldier eager to rejoin civilian life — presented in an enigmatic collage of telephone calls, therapy sessions and overheard conversations.

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If you're traveling with your grandparents...

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If you're traveling with your grandparents...

You don't have to be in Hollywood to appreciate these stories about the beginning days of the silver screen form the podcast You Must Remember This.

You Must Remember This is a storytelling podcast exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. It’s the brainchild and passion project of Karina Longworth (founder of the blog Cinematical, former film critic for LA Weekly), who writes, narrates, records and edits each episode. It is a heavily researched work of creative nonfiction. Navigating through conflicting reports, mythology and institutionalized spin, Karina tries to sort out what really happened behind the films, stars and scandals of the 20th century.

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If you're traveling with an acquaintance...

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If you're traveling with an acquaintance...

True stories told live.

Moth stories are true, as remembered by the storyteller and always told live. Listen to the latest episode of The Moth Radio Hour or Moth Podcast, or dip into our library of stories going back to 1997.

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If you're traveling with your sisters...

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If you're traveling with your sisters...

Get happy just in time for the holidays when stressors run high with the podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin.

On her popular weekly podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Rubin discusses good habits and happiness with her sister Elizabeth Craft; they’ve been called the “Click and Clack of podcasters.”

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If you're traveling with kids...

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If you're traveling with kids...

The perfect way to find your Christmas spirit on that road trip is The Christmas Stocking podcast.

Now in its tenth season. Find out where our treasured traditions come from, how people around the world celebrate the holiday, hear heartwarming stories of the season, and some great Christmas music, too, both traditional and original.

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If you're traveling with your siblings...

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If you're traveling with your siblings...

Alice Isn't Dead is a murder-mystery road-trip fiction podcast, so obviously, it's perfect for any road trip.

A truck driver searches across America for the wife she had long assumed was dead. In the course of her search, she will encounter not-quite-human serial murderers, towns literally lost in time, and a conspiracy that goes way beyond one missing woman.

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If you're traveling with your bestie...

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If you're traveling with your bestie...

Holidays are for connecting with the people you love, even your long-distance bestie.

Call Your Girlfriend is a podcast for long-distance besties everywhere, hosted by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman and produced by Gina Delvac. Every week, eavesdrop as Aminatou and Ann call each other to discuss the intricacies of pop culture and the latest in politics. They're highbrow and lowbrow, unapologetically feminist, and not afraid to realtalk each other about everything from menstrual cycles to workplace dramas. 

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Good for all travel company...

#10/13:

Good for all travel company...

A would-be murder mystery transforms into a dynamic look at one man's life in S-Town

John despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.

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If you're traveling with your dad....

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If you're traveling with your dad....

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History isn't your high school history class. Carlin gives history with flair for the fascinating.

Journalist and broadcaster Dan Carlin takes his "Martian," unorthodox way of thinking and applies it to the past. Was Alexander the Great as bad a person as Adolf Hitler? What would Apaches with modern weapons be like? Will our modern civilization ever fall like civilizations from past eras? This isn't academic history (and Carlin isn't a historian) but the podcast's unique blend of high drama, masterful narration and Twilight Zone-style twists has entertained millions of listeners.

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If you're traveling alone...

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If you're traveling alone...

Hoping for love this holiday season? Well, you aren't alone. The NYT column has been brought to life with this podcast, Dear Sugars.

The universe has good news for the lost, lonely and heartsick. The Sugars are here, speaking straight into your ears. Hosted by the original Sugars, Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, the podcast fields all your questions — no matter how deep or dark — and offers radical empathy in return.

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If you're traveling with your mom...

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If you're traveling with your mom...

Families are beautifully complicated. How to Be a Girl will give you all the feels.

How to Be a Girl is an audio podcast mother Marlo Mack produces about life with her transgender daughter. It stars the two of them — a single mom and an eight-year-old "girl with a penis" — as they attempt together to sort out just what it means to be a girl.

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