One Day A Podcast Saved My Life


We all know how brain numbing and basically….tedious the daily commute to work can be. Whether you’re driving in your car and stuck in traffic or rammed on slow and jam-packed public transport, the following podcasts have helped some of our Read Optics team during their daily slog into the happy and fun workplace that we call the Read Optics HQ (ok, so maybe it’s not ALWAYS 100% happy and fun). If you have any great podcasts to share with us, we would love to hear from you. Let’s cheer up our mundane mornings!

RO_PODCASTS_060814_2The Read

Hosted by bloggers Crissle and Kid Fury, it’s a weekly show in which the pair shares their unfiltered opinions on celebrity news and offer advice to listeners. Then they deliver their Read, a segment in which they go off on someone or something that has irritated them in the past week.


Actor, comedian and TV host (currently fronting @midnight on Comedy Central) Chris Hardwick is constantly working, but still finds time to upload a weekly podcast with an amazing guest. Usually accompanied by fellow Nerdist comedians Jonah Ray and Matt Mira, Hardwick interviews legends such as Tom Hanks, Larry King and Joan Rivers. Pop culture aficionados will also appreciate his wildly obscure references.

Welcome to Night Vale

The creators of this podcast want to bring you back to the radio days of yore. Writers Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor spin a bimonthly podcast tale that recounts the eerie occurrences of a fictional desert town called Night Vale.

StarTalk Radio Show by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Astrophysicist and science TV personality Neil deGrasse Tyson is on a quest to make people care about space. Celebrity guests often join the scientist, helping him break down brainy topics such as string theory.


Cracked obsessively merges comedy with knowledge. Editor-in-chief Jack O’Brien and cohost Michael Swaim happily riff on a number of thematic fun facts, so you can laugh and learn something.


This one’s for the aspiring and self-proclaimed film buffs. Hosts Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen are honest, eloquent film critics who have in-depth conversations about movies and actors you love and hate. It feels like taking a free college course (which is about right, since Kempenaar has taught multiple courses at the University of Chicago).


WTF with Marc Maron

Let’s hear it for comedy’s favorite cult treasure, the inimitable Marc Maron. Peruse any list that proclaims “best podcasts of all time!” and Maron is sure to be near the top. If alt-comedy and lengthy interviews with people like Louis C.K. are your bag, this podcast is tailor-made for you.

The Bret Easton Ellis Podcast

That’s right, the bad boy author behind American Psycho and Less Than Zero is in the podcast game. Ellis kicked off his inaugural episode last November with controversy magnate Kanye West. Ellis is obsessed with all things art and has since courted the likes of Marilyn Manson, Chuck Klosterman and Judd Apatow.

99% Invisible

Created by Roman Mars, the show covers design, architecture and the “99% invisible activity that shapes our world,” according to the website. Mars delves deeply into fascinating topics such as the history of the magazine cover and revolving doors, making you feel smarter about niche topics.

How Was Your Week with Julie Klausner

Author and comedic personality Julie Klausner is your friend who doesn’t mind talking about anything. The series kicks off with a sort of stream-of-consciousness-style monologue from the comedienne, which then delves into an interview with her guest of the day.

Do you have a favourite from the above or if you have something you love listening to, send us the link and share the love.

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