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7 Super-Interesting Podcasts for Your Next Long Run

With the Philadelphia Marathon around the corner and the Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon only days away, surely you’re in the throes of distance training by now, right? Right. But even the most motivated and steadfast runners can become disenchanted by standard pump-up playlists. Here are seven engaging podcasts that’ll have you logging an extra mile just to finish the episode. (Psst: bookmark this post for those dreary, indoor winter runs!)

Comedy Bang Bang // An interview series starring Scott Aukerman and his very funny cohort of industry friends (think: Jon Hamm and Amy Poehler), Comedy Bang Bang features both conversation and character work. The added bonus, of course, is you get to engage your core with all that laughing.

Marathon Training Academy // If your marathon training has you a wee bit obsessed, a podcast devoted entirely to marathons is probably appropriate. Marathon Talk will also fit the bill.

Stuff You Missed in History Class // Perhaps more aptly titled “Interesting Stuff You Missed in History Class,” this podcast delves into fascinating history geekery like the legal debacle between Popsicle and Good Humor and a profile on Calamity Jane, a frontierswoman of legend.

Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! // Produced by NPR, this podcast is a weekly hour-long quiz program that lets listeners play along, answering questions about news and entertainment.

You Must Remember This // Host Karina Longworth delves into “the secret and/or forgotten histories of 20th century Hollywood.” Her measured voice delivers narratives about MGM Studios, Star Wars, Mia Farrow, and other celebs. She posts weekly, so there’s a lot of content in case you get hooked (hint: you will).

Happier With Gretchen Rubin // Paired with her sister, Gretchen Rubin (bestselling author of The Happiness Project) discusses good habits and all-around happiness in weekly episodes. Expect smart, sound advice you can actually implement.

TED Radio Hour // Yep, that TED. In podcast form.

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