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So you’ve snagged your first job out of college or grad school (congrats!), invested in work-appropriate clothes, and planned your quickest route to the office. While you might have the perfect playlist ready to go, why not take advantage of the time you have traveling to be productive — learn new things that could help you at work, and also be entertained.

Take it from us, it’s great starting the day armed with knowledge, without having lifted a newspaper. Tune into everything from whimsical narratives out of Latin America to honest stories on what it takes to be successful.

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Stuff Mom Never Told You

If you ever wondered about what other women go through from a sociological perspective, then girls-next-door gender experts Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin are your cup of tea. Their audio podcast explores just that through their abundant research, curiosity, and energy on topics like Dolores Huerta’s legacy, Latina stereotypes in pop culture, and the history of Chicana feminism. Check this website for new episodes.
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NPR’s Latino USA

Journalist Maria Hinojosa is a kick ass storyteller whose pieces about the Latino community will not only inform you but leave you feeling as if you were able to walk in someone else’s shoes. Her Latino program is also the longest running on radio for Latinos from all walks of life. Weekly podcasts available on iTunes every Friday.
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WTF With Marc Maron

Comedian Marc Maron started this podcast in 2009 at what seemed like one of the lowest points of his career — he had been fired from a radio station and was sneaking into their studios to launch this — but the show has turned his career around. The podcast features free-form style interviews with fellow comedians and actors such as Amy Poehler, Robin Williams, Elizabeth Banks, Conan O’Brien, Amy Schumer, Louis C.K., and Lena Dunham who discuss what it takes to succeed. Weekly podcasts available on iTunes every Thursday.
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Radio Ambulante

This award-winning podcast is headed by Peruvian-born novelist Daniel Alarcón and has been called the Spanish version of NPR’s This American Life for good reason. The radio program tells Latin American stories from a supertalented community of storytellers from a Mexican’s father’s custody battle for his U.S.-born children to an interpreter’s personal account on working with the late President Hugo Chávez’s interpreter. Check this website for new episodes.