Happy Monday Everyone!
Welcome to the first blog in a series of blog’s I’ll be creating called ‘My Top Ten‘! This week’s Top 10 is about my favourite political podcasts (yes, this genre needed it’s own list lol).
First things first, I’m a massive politics geek. Podcasting has become one of my favourite ways to stay informed about international and local relations, and I also think it’s important to get a varied diet of the news we’re taking in outside of the mass media.
If the Trump administration, the Brexit referendum, the Somali famine or the French presidential vote are things you’d love to know more about, then then TRUST ME, this list is for you!
10. Talking Politics
Airs weekly. Hosted by David Runciman
This one is for my fellow Brits out there. Talking Politics is created by a team of lectures from the University of Cambridge. David Runciman and his regular panel discuss regional and international politics along with famous novelists, comedians, historians, philosophers – and even a few politicians – and ask them what they think is going on. Find it here.
9. The New Statesman Podcast
Airs twice a week. Hosted by Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush
This is another one for the Brits out there! Created by The New Statesman team, Helen and Stephen discuss some of the new intricate details of UK politics each week, and they make a fantastic team to listen to. Click here to find it.
8. See Something Say Something
Airs weekly. Hosted by Ahmed Ali Akbar
If listening to political reporters/ lecturers discuss politics isn’t for you, it’s worth giving this great podcast created by the team at Buzzfeed a go! Every week, BuzzFeed’s Ahmed Ali Akbar gathers folks together to drink tea, tell stories, and talk about being Muslim in America. A much needed change from the regular voices of politics. Follow this link to listen.
7. Andy Parsons: Slacktivist Group
Airs monthly. Hosted by Andy Parsons
Still too much seriousness? This podcast will for sure have you giggling like a weirdo in public. Famous British comedian, Andy Parsons gives his take on the last months events along with a panel of other MPs, journalists, experts & ‘read-a-couple-of-newspapers’ comedians. ‘Slacktivist Action’ is basically a club for passionate political complainers and is a monthly guilty pleasure of mine. Click here to listen.
6. Pod Save the World
Airs weekly. Hosted by Tommy Vietor
This podcast gives me chills! Cohosted by some of the biggest names in politics, each week we hear Tommy Vietor, a member of former President Obama’s National Security Council, bring us behind the scenes into White House Situation Room meetings and secret negotiations through a series of conversations with people who were there. Find it here.
5. The 45th
Airs bi-weekly. Hosted by Rabia Chaudry and featuring Susan Simpson and Sarah Basha
If you’re a regular podcast listener, these names should fill you with so much excitement! A relatively new podcast, centring around the administration of the United States’ 45th President, podcating MVP’s Rabia and Susan are joined by Sarah Basha to dissect the week’s news with medical-like precision. A brilliant female-led view into politics. Click here to listen.
4. With Friends Like These
Airs weekly. Hosted by Ana Marie Cox
What nudges this show up the list is its interesting take on political discussions. Ana Marie Cox, the Senior Political Correspondent for MTV is joined weekly by guests (often Republicans) who don’t share her viewpoint. Although at times frustrating to sit through, Cox does a fantastic job of listening rather than arguing, encouraging us all to do the same. These tough conversations definitely need to be had. Check it out here.
3. Slate’s Political Gabfest
Airs weekly. Hosted by Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz
According to iTunes, this is has been voted the ‘Favourite Political Podcast’. While not my number one, I can definitely see why it’s up there. It’s like listening to a chat really smart people would have while hanging out together after a couple glasses of wine. It ditches the formality of some of the other political podcasts and breaks down the week’s news with easy to follow language. Find it on iTunes.
2. Under the Skin: With Russell Brand
Airs weekly. Hosted by Russell Brand
This is an ABSOLUTELY fantastic podcast hosted by famous comedian Russell Brand. Brand decided to start podcasting fairly recently, inspired by his Masters study (which he just so happens to be doing at the same university as me! Of course, no bias here!). His topics are less ‘political’ and slightly more ‘academic’ and could be a bit content heavy for the non-political scientists out there. But with his fantastic line-up of guests every week, I would still recommend it wholeheartedly. Check it out on iTunes.
1. Pod Save America
Airs twice a week. Hosted by Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor
From the same team over at Pod Save the World, these four former aides to President Obama bring humour and youth back to the genre of politics.Their hilarious conversations are made even better by the calibre of their guests (including Obama himself!) and their ability to not take themselves too seriously. If their were a podcast to save the state of politics in the United States at the moment, this would be it! I know you’re tempted… listen here!
Are there any political podcasts I should check out? Leave me a comment and let me know.
Also, stay tuned for more of my Top 10s on other podcast genres, fiction, television, and fashion + beauty.