Becka Wall | @beckawall

The morning commute is quite possibly the worst time of day. You have to wake up early, leave bed, get dressed and then it takes 30 to 45 minutes to get to work. Blech.

Never fear – these killer podcasts are here to make your morning commute waaay better. 

2 Dope Queenz

image00Jessica Williams from “The Daily Show” and Phoebe Robinson, who works on “Broad City,” come together once a week to commiserate about sex, romance, hair journeys living in New York and their favorite comedians. Not convinced? Episode titles include: “Dad Bods,” “Billy Joel has the Softest Hands,” and “You Can’t Touch My Fanny Pack.”

The Hamilcast


I don’t know about you guys, but my S.O. is getting REEEEAL sick of me quoting “Hamilton”  and telling him  I refuse to leave the bar early because I’m not throwing away my shot(s). Fear not – The Hamilcast is your safe space. Hosts Gillian Pensavalle and Bianca Soto inject “Hamilton” jokes and puns into their conversations about “Hamilton” SoulCycle, bringing the musical into the classroom and seeing the live show. BONUS: If you want to read the Chernow biography of Alexander Hamilton that inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda to write the musical, they read  one or two chapters at a time each week, making it a super easy to keep up with.

My Brother My Brother and Me


My Brother My Brother and Me is – you guessed it – about three brothers, who happen to be absolutely freaking hilarious. They answer Yahoo! Answers questions with their terrible advice, and have a number of spin-off podcasts worth checking out – like one where they play Dungeons & Dragons with their dad.

West Wing Weekly


If you, like me, tend to just rewatch “The West Wing” over and over and over again, and squeed with joy when Alison Janney recently made an appearance to lead a White House press briefing, this podcast was made for you. Joshua Malina, who joined the show in the fourth season, and West Wing super-fan and podcaster Hrishikesh Hirway get together to with political bigwigs and stars of the show (they’ve already had Janel Maloney and Dule Hill on!). BONUS: It’s really fun to watch the show week-by-week and hear their reactions to it. It’s almost like watching when it aired for the first time.)

Beyond The Ceiling


Every other week, co-hosts Katie Breslin and Christy Carter sit down with women who are making the world a better place in interesting, creative ways. They believe “women can empower other women by sharing stories and lifting as we climb.” The podcasts are conversational, fascinating and  the perfect jolt of inspiration you need right before conquering that morning meeting.

To read our previous review of Beyond The Ceiling, click here.

Throwing Shade


Before you keep reading, do me a favor – click on their website. How are you not bought in yet? Every week, co-hosts Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi come together to “take all the issues important to ladies and gays and treat them with much less respect than they deserve.” I find myself snort-laughing at their conversations about everything from abortion rights to Secret deodorant.