PRI’s The World
The World is PRI’s daily news show that reports news, as the name might suggest, from around the world. What makes it a standout is how the reports connects listeners to topics and people from around in the world in surprising ways — making bus riders in Bogota relevant to morning commuters in San Francisco — while covering some of the most interesting news of the day.
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.
Left, Right & Center
Left, Right & Center is a weekly 30-min podcast assembled by one of Los Angeles’ radio stations. The debate forum of the podcast allows its host Josh Barrow, Robert Scheer (on the left), Rich Lowry (on the right), and their special guest to analyze politics, policy, and culture from every angle.
The award-winning show hosted by investigative journalists Goodman and Juan Gonzalez is unique in it’s independence. If you took media theory 101 (or you listen to On the Media), you know just how unique and important independent news media is—making it arguably the most essential news podcast of the bunch.
Slate Political Gabfest
Slate’s Political Gabfest is a weekly news round up, discussed by host, David Plotz and, usually, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. Their politcal analysis is on point and their repartee adds some levity to the top stories of the week.
On the Media
Award-winning On the Media is one of the only shows dedicated to covering media news Hosts Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield talk about how the news is covered, regulated, and disseminated. They examine threats to free speech, the element of transparency, and hidden agendas with both intrigue and authority.
The Takeaway, hosted by Emmy and Peabody winner John Hockenberry, hosts conversations about the topics that matter with national news leaders. Live reports from the field and listener call ins round out the show and provide an extremely diverse analysis.
As investigative reporting gradually vanishes from American print and broadcast news, podcasts and radio try to stem the tide. Reveal, the Center for Investigative Reporting’s radio show and dedicated podcast, is one such example. In the hour-long show, Reveal aims a spotlight at each topic it covers, remaining interesting and analytical while covering topics of urgent relevancy.
If the daily news leaves you feeling frustrated and depressed, Citizen Radio might be the podcast for you. The show covers news mainstream media often neglects, in a similar fashion to Democracy Now, but with a lot more swearing and humor. Journalist Allison Kilkenny and comedian Jaime Kilstein navigate the show between righteous outrage and comedic analysis.
Vox’s The Weeds
News website Vox’s brand-spankin’-new podcast, The Weeds, digs into the nitty gritty of policy thoroughly enough to satiate even the biggest policy nerds. In a conversational format, editors Ezra Klien and Sarah Kliff — along with writer and policy nerd Matthew Yglesias — discuss how policy changes the public, and in turn, how the public changes policy.