The Five Podcasts That Get Me Through My Commute

I work about thirty-five miles outside the city of Austin, so podcasts are essential to my sanity. These are the ones I can always count on to get me to work and back in one piece.
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    Daily Tech News Show
    Tom Merritt has been in the tech news podcasting game for more than a decade now, and I can't think of a more professional, impartial, or clever individual I would rather have keeping me fresh on the latest and most relevant technology headlines. A daily rotation of excellent guest hosts adds fresh and diverse opinions. If you're into technology, you need to be listening to this show.
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    Hello Internet
    Individually, Brady Haran and CGP Grey are both well-known and well-respected YouTube creators. Together, they produce one of the most interesting and entertaining audio shows I've ever come across. I often disagree with much of their opinions and outlooks on various topics, yet I look forward to every fortnightly episode. It's just two really smart guys talking about stuff.
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    Song Exploder
    I'd be lying if I said I listen to every single episode of Song Exploder, but just the episode detailing Sylvan Esso's "Coffee" was worth me hitting the subscribe button. Hrishikesh Hirway's soothing voice guides the listener into the minutiae of the songwriting process and interviews some of today's best artists -- indie, mainstream, or otherwise -- about how they got a beautiful something out of pure nothing.
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    It's A Thing
    Trends? Buzzwords? Theories? Tom Merritt and Molly Wood of Buzz Out Loud fame have teamed up again to further explore an idea that originated as part of another CNET podcast called Gadgettes. The duo have an outstanding chemistry and their insights are always illuminating, cringe-worthy, and hilarious.
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    Mad Dogs & Englishmen
    I know that most of the li.st community will likely want nothing to do with me for recommending this one, but I'll be damned if Charles C. W. Cooke (a fellow four-namer) and Kevin D. Williamson aren't two of the finest political writers living today. Luckily for the universe, they team for a podcast when they can get a break from charting the course for true conservatism in the modern world. If you worship Vox Media or you're a fan of Woodrow Wilson, I recommend you pass on this one.