From news to comedy, there’s something for everyone in our top 100 podcasts

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Global News

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This podcasts features just what the name implies: World news from around the globe. It consists of two, 30-minute news broadcasts compiled twice a day from the 24-hours news coverage offered by the BBC World Service.

Common Sense

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Dan Carlin is arguably one of America’s favorite political commentators. He took to the Internet after leaving his traditional radio gig behind and created a show that’s smart, thought-provoking, and interesting.

Left, Right & Center

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Left, Right & Center is a weekly 30-min podcast assembled by one of Los Angeles’ radio stations. It features Matthew Miller, Robert Scheer, and Arianna Huffington bickering over politics, policy, and culture.

Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me

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This podcast features a variety of different news-oriented games so you can test your news knowledge against the contestants on the show. Play along and see how well you’ve been following the news this week.

Democracy Now

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The award-winning show hosted by investigative journalists Goodman and Juan Gonzalez has been making the rounds for quite some time now, but it’s still going strong and broadcast on more than 1,000 stations.

Slate Political Gabfest

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You could ignore political news all week, then listen to this podcast on Friday, and be set. Following the same format as the Culture Gabfest, the three hosts bring insightful political analysis and commentary to the roundtable.

NPR: 7AM ET News Summary Podcast

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NPR’s New Summary never pretends to be something it’s not. The five-minute summary recaps some of the biggest news from the past 24 hours, but it gets in-depth.


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Since 2005, this has been a guide to everything from politics and foreign affairs to religion and science. Two experts come up with a list of things to talk about, then discuss them.

On the Media

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Hosts Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield don’t talk about news as much as how it’s covered. They examine threats to free speech, the element of transparency, and hidden agendas with both intrigue and authority.

The Takeaway

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The Takeaway, hosted by Emmy and Peabody winner John Hockenberry, hosts conversations about the topics that matter. Live reports from the field and listener call ins round out the show.

The Economist

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Most news podcasts take a look at the week that was. The Economist points its compass toward the future. Commentators join the show and offer their take on what the next week might bring.

Planet Money

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Initially launched to cover the global financial crisis of 2008 and 2009, the biweekly Planet Money presents an excellent round table discussion, dissecting the state of the global economy (with guests).

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