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Listen up: Plug in some earbuds and avoid any and all weird conversation on MUNI. We’re about to make your ride to and from work a million times better.

If you’re not already on the podcast bandwagon, it’s time to join. Here are nine podcasts to make your commutes speed by. Those work emails can wait.

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Aspen Public Radio

“AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN RADIO”

THE GIST: Cooks Illustrated editor and publisher Christopher Kimball hosts this weekly hour. It’s a perfectly seasoned blend of tips (say, how to broil a bell pepper), equipment advice (the best tablet stand for cooking) and chef interviews.

LISTEN IF YOU LOVE… Longtime food podcast The Splendid Table

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Another Round/Facebook

“ANOTHER ROUND”

THE GIST: We heart Terry Gross, and we’ll never stop listening to her insightful interviews. But turn the humor up a notch with this podcast, which has its hosts getting a little tipsy while talking about everything from pop culture to racial profiling, plus interviews with important figures like Hillary Clinton.

LISTEN IF YOU LOVE… Fresh Air on NPR

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Stuff to Blow Your Mind

“STUFF TO BLOW YOUR MIND”

THE GIST: From weird human anatomy facts to the science behind our love of junk food, this podcast is what you might get if you put Mary Roach in the room with radio host Ira Flatow.

LISTEN IF YOU LOVE… Science Friday on NPR

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Freakanomics

“FREAKONOMICS”

THE GIST: Don’t be scared away. The authors of the best-selling bookFreakonomics deliver digestible sound bites about questions we know you’ve asked, like “Do more expensive wines taste better?” and “Was your college education really worth it?”

LISTEN IF YOU LOVE… Great watercooler chitchat

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World Science Festival

“ASK ME ANOTHER”

THE GIST: Hosted by Ophira Eisenberg, this weekly show is like game night with your best friends. It’s got trivia, brainteasers, music and comedy--including a recent episode with author Curtis Sittenfeld about her Laura Bush obsession and the similarities between Pride and Prejudice and Fifty Shades of Grey.

LISTEN IF YOU LOVE… Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! on NPR

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BBC

“BBC GLOBAL NEWS”

 THE GIST: Get the day’s top stories in 30 minutes or less, thanks to this twice-daily podcast of news from around the world. Listen on your way to and from work to keep up-to-date on current events.

LISTEN IF YOU LOVE… BBC’s Newshour but don’t have 60 minutes to spare

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Revelist

“ALICE ISN’T DEAD”

THE GIST: Get lost in this creepy fictional podcast from the guys behind the popular Welcome to Night Vale. You’ll follow an unnamed protagonist, who works as a truck driver, on a quest to find her wife [[correct?]] who everyone believes to be dead. Along the way, you’ll encounter flesh-eating monsters and other supernatural phenomena. It’s strangely captivating, and your commute will go by in a flash.

LISTEN IF YOU LOVE… Serial and The Black Tapes

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Book vs. Movie Facebook

“BOOK VS. MOVIE”

THE GIST: For each episode, hosts Margo and Margo choose an adapted film and go head-to-head about the differences between the original books and the movies they’ve become--from Jaws to Like Water for Chocolate

LISTEN IF YOU LOVE… An analytical book club and reel talk

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Spirit of 608

“SPIRIT OF 608”

THE GIST: If you love fashion, are pro women in business and want to know the backstories of your favorite brands, download this show now. Host Lorraine Sanders interviews female entrepreneurs at the forefront of fashion, technology and sustainability--including Minted’s Mariam Naficy, Who What Wear’s Katherine Power and Modern Citizen’s Jess Lee.

LISTEN IF YOU LOVE: Yahoo Style’s Unbuttoned, R.I.P.

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