Average Length: 60 minutes
Gateway Episode: "Bill rambles about the Patriots loss"
Stand-up comedian Bill Burr's wandering monologue turns any lonely ride into a carpool. Sticking mostly to current events (which means it’s best when it’s fresh), Boston, his wife, sports, and life advice, Burr's show is economical and snappy, despite being unscripted and long.
For a head-above-water lunch break: The Gist
Average Length: 30 minutes
Gateway Episode: “The Parents of Jordan Davis”
There’s nothing worse than being thrust into a topical conversation in which you find the facts elusive. Two words into a discussion on Russia, and suddenly you’re sounding like Sarah Palin. The Gist collects all the important news stories from planet Earth and packages them into an entertaining half-hour show with host Mike Pesca, who knows something about everything. Return from lunch informed.
Average Length: 10 minutes
Gateway Episode: “Larry King”
Guest DJ Project is a rabbit hole of musical recommendations. In each episode, a B-list celeb takes you through five of his or her all-time favorite songs, offering snapshots of how music folds into everything from daily activities, childhood, and moods. Count on it when you need to rev up the day.