Hitting the road this holiday weekend? You’ll have some company. AAA says American drivers “are on track to pay the lowest Labor Day gas prices since 2004.” A possible result: “55 percent of Americans say they are more likely to take a road trip this year due to lower gas prices.”
So while you may rejoice at the pump you may curse the hordes of motorists joining you on the asphalt these next few days. While spinning your wheels, literally and figuratively, here are a few podcasts to consider to make the ride more interesting.
Breakdown. My brilliant colleague Bill Rankin’s first season explored the case of a man convicted after a fire burned his neighbor’s house, killing her. The case had more twists and turns than a country road, and I promise you will be smarter after listening to his methodical yet entertaining examination of the judicial system. Season 2, focusing on the Justin Ross Harris case, is in progress.
Bill is a friend I admire greatly so I admit to having not a small amount of bias here, but let me say this: I was so obsessed with Serial that I joined a Serial podcast club and actually downloaded that plinky soundtrack to my phone. Yet I thought Breakdown was better.
Strange. I just met the creator of this intriguing podcast, Dallas Morning News Arts & Culture editor Christopher Wynn, at the Society for Features Journalism conference in Austin. His podcast is as riveting as it is simple: He found several people to share their true-life tales of the bizarre. Want to make the better part of an hour fly by? Play this podcast.
Stuff You Should Know. Chuck Bryant and Josh Clark will teach you a little of everything from the offices of How Stuff Works at trendy Ponce City Market.