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Best Current Affairs podcasts we could find (updated November 2019)
Best Current Affairs podcasts we could find
Updated November 2019
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Boy, politics really has gotten hideous, hasn’t it? And protests seem a lot more violent than they were a couple of years ago. Are things getting worse? Could the U.S.A be on the road to a second civil war? Robert Evans says ‘Yes!’ and by the time you’ve finished listening to ‘It Could Happen Here’, you will too.
60 Minutes
Get the biggest scoops and best storytelling on television from 60 Minutes - on your schedule. Now you can listen to the show in its entirety every week. 60 Minutes is the most successful broadcast in television history with more than 80 Emmys under its belt. 60 Minutes is also the only show to obtain interviews with every American president from Richard Nixon to Donald Trump.
The Inquiry
The Inquiry gets beyond the headlines to explore the trends, forces and ideas shaping the world.
Today in Focus
Hosted by Anushka Asthana, Today in Focus brings you closer to Guardian journalism. Combining personal storytelling with insightful analysis, Today in Focus is The Guardian's daily podcast that takes you behind the headlines for a deeper understanding of the news, every weekday.
Download the latest documentaries Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.
The Intelligence
Get a daily burst of global illumination from The Economist’s worldwide network of correspondents as they dig past the headlines to get to the stories beneath—and to stories that aren’t making headlines, but should be.
Beyond Today
One big question about one big story from the news - and beyond - every weekday. Tina Daheley and Matthew Price search for answers that will change the way we see the world.
Today, Explained
News comes at you fast. Join us at the end of your day to understand it. Monday to Friday. All killer, no filler. Hosted by Sean Rameswaram. Featuring the finest explainers from Vox and more. Produced by Vox and Stitcher, and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network.
From prisons to protests, immigration to the environment, Peabody Award-winning Reveal goes deep into the pressing issues of our times. The Atlantic says “the experience of each episode is akin to a spoonful of sugar, even when it’s telling a story about Richard Spencer’s cotton farms or a man’s final days as a heroin addict.” Reveal is a project of The Center for Investigative Reporting and is co-produced with PRX. The show is hosted by Al Letson and partners with reporters and newsrooms ar ...
Inside Europe | Deutsche Welle
Insight, wit and analysis as BBC correspondents, journalists and writers take a closer look at the stories behind the headlines. Presented by Kate Adie and Pascale Harter.
Front Burner
Front Burner is your essential daily news podcast, brought to you by CBC News & CBC Podcasts. Every weekday, award-winning investigative journalist Jayme Poisson takes you deep into the stories shapin ...
Skimm This
In today’s world, context is clarity. "Skimm This" breaks down the most important stories of the day and explains why they matter. All in 10 minutes. Every Monday through Friday. All at 5PM.
The Signal
The Signal is the ABC's daily news podcast that helps cut through the noise to cover the biggest stories, explaining not only what is happening but why. It's an entertaining 15-minute show, perfect for the daily commute.
Every Monday, the libertarian editors of the magazine of “Free Minds and Free Markets”—Matt Welch, Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Peter Suderman—discuss and debate the week’s biggest stories and what fresh hell awaits us all.
Delivering the Mueller Report, in audiobook-style format, without political commentary. Due to the wide public interest in the "Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election," this project started with the belief that quality audio of the report should be available for anyone to hear -- and not hidden behind a paywall or require a subscription. For many of us, reading through the report page-by-page is too time consuming. This is the report, availabl ...
America's premier investigative documentary series since 1983. We answer only to you.FRONTLINE presents audio versions of select full-length episodes for listening on the go. Want more full-length FRONTLINE Audiocasts? Please leave a review and let us know what you think.
The Compass
The Compass - exploring our world.
Don't have time for a full news hour? Listen to the PBS NewsHour, segment by segment. Our full coverage of politics, science, arts, health, national and international news is included in this feed in easy-to-digest 5 to 10 minute segments. Segments are published each night by 9 p.m. Is this not what you're looking for? Don't miss our other podcasts for our full show, Shields and Brooks, Politics Monday, Brief but Spectacular, and more. Find them in iTunes or in your favorite podcasting app.
Programme examining the ideas and forces which shape public policy in Britain and abroad, presented by distinguished writers, journalists and academics.
Each episode will go deep on a big story you’ll definitely want to hear more about. We’ll share with you our best investigations (think private prisons, electoral skullduggery, Dark Money, and Trump's Russia connections), and informative interviews with our reporters and newsmakers. We're hoping to make your week more informed with the stories that really matter, told by us, the folks you trust for smart, fearless reporting.
The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.
Background Briefing is daring narrative journalism: Australian investigations with impact. Our award-winning reporters forensically uncover the hidden stories at the heart of the country’s biggest issues.
Intelligence Squared is the world’s leading forum for debate and intelligent discussion. Live and online we take you to the heart of the issues that matter, in the company of some of the world’s sharpest minds and most exciting orators. Join the debate at www.intelligencesquared.com and download our weekly podcasts every Tuesday and Friday.
The Next Episode
Chatting through the stories that matter. Hosted by Ben Zand and Linda Adey. Soundtracked by BBC Music Introducing.
The Briefing Room
David Aaronovitch and a panel of experts and insiders present in-depth explainers on big issues in the news.
Start Here
A straightforward look at the day's top news in 20 minutes. Powered by ABC News. Hosted by Brad Mielke. Winner of the 2019 Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Innovation.
The Quicky
Do you find the news cycle overwhelming? Depressing? Confusing? Boring? Endless? Then you need The Quicky. Mamamia's daily podcast that gets you up to speed on the top stories, then deep dives on one topic you want to know more about. It's the easiest and most enjoyable way to get across the news every day.
The ABC's overseas reporters give their interpretation and analysis of the week's major events.
The Russian campaign to meddle in the 2016 US Election was only part of President Vladimir Putin's big plan. Season 3 of Russia, If You're Listening looks at where the scheme to destroy western democracies began, the damage it's done, and where it might end.
File on 4
Award-winning current affairs documentary series investigating major issues at home and abroad
ABC's 20/20 is the primetime news magazine program featuring newsmaker interviews, hard-hitting investigative reports, exclusives, compelling features and medical mysteries.
The Guardian's Audio Long Reads podcasts are a selection of the Guardian’s long read articles which are published in the paper and online. It gives you the opportunity to get on with your day whilst listening to some of the finest journalism the Guardian has to offer: in-depth writing from around the world on immigration, crime, business, the arts and much more
Get the biggest scoops and best storytelling on television from 60 Minutes - on your schedule. Now you can listen to the show in its entirety every week. 60 Minutes is the most successful broadcast in television history with more than 80 Emmys under its belt. 60 Minutes is also the only show to obtain interviews with every American president from Richard Nixon to Donald Trump.
World at One
Forty-five minutes of news, analysis and comment, with Sarah Montague.
DW English
Deutsche Welle (DW) is Germany's international broadcaster and a trusted source for reliable news and information, providing content in 30 languages to audiences around the world via TV, radio and online.The flagship channel DW provides analysis and insights to viewers around the globe, reporting on important issues in English 24/7. Continuous news reports, special features and talk shows cover everything from business, science and politics to culture and sports, DW brings people closer to w ...
WorldLink connects global voices: People around the world tell their own stories and help us understand what political, economic, cultural developments mean for their lives. Listen to emotional stories that show the human element behind the headlines.
Go behind the numbers of mass incarceration in America, in this 4-part series hosted by CNN's Van Jones. Hear from a range of voices, as Van and his guests explore what's behind the staggering number of individuals locked in the criminal justice system, and discuss solutions to what has become a national epidemic. And for more on the criminal justice system, check out "The Redemption Project with Van Jones," airing Sunday nights at 9 PM ET/PT, beginning April 28th on CNN and CNN.com/go, or v ...
'The Weekly Post' covers major stories from across the week from here at home and around the world.
The Tip Off
Welcome to The Tip Off- the podcast where we take you behind the scenes of some of the best investigative journalism from recent years. Each episode we’ll be digging into an investigative scoop- hearing from the journalists behind the work as they tell us about the leads, the dead-ends and of course, the tip offs. There’ll be car chases, slammed doors, terrorist cells, meetings in dimly lit bars and cafes, wrangling with despotic regimes and much more. So if you’re curious about the fun, com ...
In the war on terror, who is it that we’re really fighting? “Caliphate” follows Rukmini Callimachi, who covers terrorism for The New York Times, on her quest to understand ISIS. For more information about the series, visit nytimes.com/caliphate. This series includes disturbing language and scenes of graphic violence. Producer: Andy Mills; Reporters: Rukmini Callimachi and Andy Mills; Managing Producer: Larissa Anderson; Editors: Wendy Dorr and Larissa Anderson; Associate Producer: Asthaa Cha ...
Weekend Roundup
Our CBS News team in Washington wraps up the news of the week and goes deep into the major stories with CBS News correspondents. It's the end-of-week news magazine show you can take with you wherever you go. (046510)
News, Analysis and Service from Germany and Europe - in 30 Languages
Media criticism, news analysis and investigations with host Jesse Brown. The #1 Canadian podcast.
Time-poor? Never get around to watching or reading the news? Aware you’re not quite as on top of what’s happening in the world as you should be? Well, The Daily News In Brief from SheerLuxe.com is the weekly podcast bringing you the scoop on the breaking news and current affairs you need to know. Subscribe, keep listening and stay informed. You can also get your daily dose of news sent straight to your inbox each morning by signing up to The Daily News In Brief newsletter here
A weekly roundtable about Indigenous issues and events in Canada and beyond. Hosted by Rick Harp.
From Syria to Staten Island, a new generation of journalists are reporting on the ground, documenting the most important stories of their time. Hosted by Charles Sennott, founder of The GroundTruth Project, in partnership with WGBH News.
Broadcasting House
The Sunday morning magazine programme with a fresh approach to the news and discussion about the big stories of the week. Presented by Paddy O'Connell.
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It’s a dilemma that confronts much of Indigenous media: with so much of our time spent working to counter, correct and contextualize mainstream misinformation, do we not risk becoming “This Week in Settler Colonialism”? Does routinely responding to routine violations of our lands and lives see us become all-consumed by what the State does and d ...…
There is widespread terror in the largely Francophone country’s English-speaking region. Both hardline separatists and the army target civilians with shocking brutality. In a Central Asian valley, a tangle of borders and exclaves that stretch back to Soviet times is making travel difficult—and sometimes deadly. And an experiment in Estonia to p ...…
In a special edition of Start Here, presidential impeachment proceedings begin for the fourth time in American history. Brad and the rest of the ABC team have every square inch of the Capitol covered, breaking down testimonies as the first witnesses are sworn in. Like the show? Leave a review: http://bit.ly/ReviewStartHere Follow @StartHereABC ...…
Two years after a campaign of brutal violence and mass rape forced almost a million Rohingyas to flee Myanmar, there's still no clear plan for their repatriation.Today, neighbouring Bangladesh hosts the majority of them, but compassion is turning into resentment as tensions simmer amongst locals.Sarah Dingle travelled to the world's biggest ref ...…
The latest round of elections in Virginia brought in a new Democratic majority to the state Legislature. It’s the first time Virginia’s government has been fully Democratic in 26 years. The question now is: What will the Democrats do with all that power? Entrench their newfound majority through partisan gerrymanders or seek a bipartisan solutio ...…
Don Cherry drafts his first Quillette essay: “The Day the Social Media Mob Came for Me.” Also, opinion writing in Canada post-Margaret Wente turns out to be mostly the same. Freelance sports writer and Burn It All Down podcast co-host Shireen Ahmed joins us. This episode is supported by Freshbooks, Audible, Hover and listeners like you. Please ...…
Disney Plus is the latest streaming service on the block, with a library stretching from those classic animated movies from your childhood, to new Marvel blockbusters. It joins Apple TV, Netflix and Amazon Prime. But this ever-growing number of digital companies don't play by the same set of rules as traditional broadcasters. They are largely t ...…
In September 2019 violence broke out in the city of Johannesburg. Many people were beaten, at least 12 were killed, and shops were looted and burned down. The perpetrators were mainly poor black South African men, and those attacked were predominantly immigrants from other African countries and from Asia. This just the latest in a long line of ...…
Scotland correspondent Libby Brooks tells Rachel Humphreys how the chaos of Brexit has put independence back centre stage at this election. Plus: Sayeeda Warsi on the Conservative party’s enduring problem of Islamophobia. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocusBy The Guardian
The first public hearing in the impeachment inquiry was held today. Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains the significance of the testimonies given by Ambassador William Taylor and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary at the State Department. (Transcript here.)
Wednesday marked the first public hearing of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, which is looking at whether Trump violated his oath of office and jeopardized U.S. national security by pressuring Ukraine to conduct investigations to benefit him politically. Yamiche Alcindor, Lisa Desjardins, and Nick Schifrin join Judy Woodruff to rev ...…
Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., is the highest-ranking Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee, which will play an important role in the impeachment process. He joins Judy Woodruff to discuss his impressions from the inquiry's first public hearing, including that there was "nothing new" shared by witnesses William Taylor and George Kent, a ...…
Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., is a member of the House Intelligence Committee, and she questioned witnesses William Taylor and George Kent during the impeachment inquiry's first public hearing Wednesday. She joins Judy Woodruff to discuss why she thinks President Trump is guilty of "committing bribery," how her Republican colleagues are in "loc ...…
For a variety of reactions to the first day of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, Judy Woodruff speaks with Walter Dellinger, acting solicitor general under President Clinton; C. Boyden Gray, former U.S. ambassador to the European Union under President George W. Bush; Mieke Eoyang of Third Way National Security Pro ...…
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Washington Wednesday, prompting protests by Kurdish Americans and others outside the White House. Erdogan received a warm welcome from President Trump, but some Republicans in the Senate expressed concern about the friendly treatment only weeks after the Turkish military aggression in Syria that bo ...…
In our news wrap Wednesday, new Israeli airstrikes targeting Islamic Jihad fighters in the Gaza Strip killed 26 people, including at least three minors, in the area's heaviest recent fighting. Israel's defense minister urged against Palestinian reprisals. Also, protests in Lebanon resumed after its president warned of more delays in forming a n ...…
FRONTLINE investigates the promise and perils of artificial intelligence, from fears about work and privacy to rivalry between the U.S. and China. The documentary traces a new industrial revolution that will reshape and disrupt our lives, our jobs and our world, and allow the emergence of the surveillance society.…
FRONTLINE investigates how President Trump turned immigration into a powerful political weapon that fueled division and violence. The documentary goes inside the efforts of three political insurgents to tap into populist anger, transform the Republican Party and crack down on immigration.By FRONTLINE
The impeachment inquiry hearings into President Trump finally went public today. There was the usual partisan drama, but also some important new developments. We’ll break down the case Democrats hope to make and how a second phone call with Ukraine could strengthen their impeachment push. Meanwhile, privacy activists are cheering a new court ru ...…
Last week American rapper TI told the world about how he takes his teenage daughter for yearly gynaecological visits to check that her hymen is still intact. Today, we delve into the history of this humiliating ritual, and find out what it’s actually like to get it done. CREDITS Host/Producer: Gemma Bath Executive Producer: Elle Beattie Audio P ...…
Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have been going on for months now. In the past few days the violence has escalated and schools are being closed for safety reasons. The row centres on a fight for national identity. For Hong Kong protestors this is a fight for freedom from influence from mainland China. For the Chinese authorities it is a fig ...…
On Monday a police officer in Hong Kong shot an unarmed 21-year-old protester at point-blank range. Later that day a middle-aged man was doused in petrol and set alight after arguing with protesters.Five months in, there seems to be an explosion of violence in the battle for Hong Kong. So just what is China's latest tactic?…
Political parties are trying to win your vote online. Hosted By Julia Belle. Featuring Dom, Jenef, Joe, Josie, Pricilla and Ryan. With the BBC's Joey D'Urso and Maryam Ahmed. #TheNextEpisode // TheNextEpisode@bbc.co.ukBy BBC Radio
Protecting the world's languages // Scots Gaelic in decline // The last valley of Aranese speakers in the Pyrenees // The heritage of ancient BabylonBy DW.COM | Deutsche Welle
Molotov cocktails are flying and live rounds have been fired. Once-peaceful pro-democracy demonstrations are transforming into violent confrontations—and neither side seems willing to back down. The agricultural revolution that has swept much of the world has still not reached much of Africa; we look into the seeds of the problem. And why Colom ...…
Congress will swear in its first witnesses in impeachment proceedings against President Trump. The Supreme Court listens to the landmark DACA case, and issues a surprise decision on another. And chaos in Hong Kong swirls further out of control. Like the show? Leave a review: http://bit.ly/ReviewStartHere Follow @StartHereABC for exclusive conte ...…
Hong Kong resembles a war zone. Twenty-four weeks after millions demonstrated against a Chinese extradition bill, violent clashes between protesters and police are worse than ever. For this episode of the Mother Jones Podcast, host Jamilah King talks with Denise Ho, one of the most prominent leaders of the pro-democracy movement. Ho is an award ...…
Today, when the House Intelligence Committee comes to order to host the first public impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump, Michael McFaul knows better than most what will happen next. Not only did he serve at the State Department with several of the individuals publicly testifying this week, but he himself testified to the Adam S ...…
Over the last five years, more than 50 criminal cases have fallen apart after a judge found a police officer gave false or misleading testimony, according to a CBC News investigation. Today on Front Burner, we talk to reporters Chris Glover and Stephen Davis about what they found when digging into judges' rulings in these cases, and what the po ...…
Divya Arya looks at what happened in India at the height of the Cold War, and afterwards as the Berlin Wall came down, 30 years ago. She explores the rich politics of a country which chose not to pick a side during the Cold War. Where realpolitik and clever diplomacy have been key components for Indian leaders on the world stage from Jawaharlal ...…
Julian Borger in Washington DC on how the US is preparing for wall-to-wall coverage of the impeachment of Donald Trump, which moves to public hearings today. Plus Peter Walker on Jo Swinson and the Liberal Democrats: is their campaign yet to take off?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/infocus…
The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on President Trump's move to end protections for migrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.The Obama-era program, known as DACA, currently blocks some 660,000 people from deportation. National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle and Bipartisan Policy Center's Theresa Cardinal Brown join Amna Nawaz to di ...…
In our news wrap Tuesday, ousted Bolivian President Evo Morales went into exile in Mexico, after first appealing for peace in Bolivia and expressing gratitude to the Mexican president for protecting him. Also, protesters in Hong Kong blocked traffic and battled police in a series of confrontations. They were met by tear gas and rubber bullets, ...…
The House impeachment inquiry will go public Wednesday, with its first open-door hearing on Capitol Hill. Members of the House Intelligence Committee, both Democrats and Republicans, will have opportunities to question two key witnesses in the ongoing investigation around President Trump's dealings with Ukraine. Nick Schifrin joins Judy Woodruf ...…
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court denied an attempt by Remington Arms to block a lawsuit filed by families of the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, who argue the maker of the AR-15-style rifle should be held liable for its marketing of the military-style weapons. Robert Spitzer, author of "Guns Across America," joins William Brangham to disc ...…
The impeachment inquiry has moved quickly, with more than a dozen witnesses, nearly 2700 pages of testimony and, now, public hearings. But how did we get here? Lisa Desjardins and Yamiche Alcindor take a look back at key events in the Ukraine saga and the previously obscure U.S. officials who will play important roles in the upcoming hearings.…
Attacks and reprisals between Israel and its enemies occur regularly, now and then exploding into all-out war. In particular, Israeli security is threatened by militant groups like Hamas in the south and Lebanon's Hezbollah to the north. Ryan Chilcote reports from two Israeli border communities about how families there are seeking a normal life ...…
Media companies are spending billions to try to lock in Americans' entertainment dollars, and on Tuesday, the Walt Disney Company took its efforts to the next level with the launch of Disney+. But with such a broad assortment of streaming services available, how can consumers decide on the best entertainment options for them? NPR television cri ...…
The Supreme Court heard one of the biggest cases of the term: whether the Trump admin can end DACA. That’s the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program started by President Obama in 2012. We’ll explain the Trump administration’s case for getting rid of it, and how hundreds of thousands of immigrants could be affected. Meanwhile, Bolivia’s ...…
Today the Supreme Court heard the case about a border patrol agent who shot and killed a 15-year-old boy. Ian Millhiser explains why it could make holding federal agents accountable a lot harder. (Transcript here.)
Dodgy diamonds, missing millions - and the victims failed by justice.It starts with a phone call. Cynthia Tuck, a retired nurse and widow in her 80's, is charmed by a man offering her the chance to help put her grandchildren through university. All it would take is a small initial investment. Fast forward three years and Mrs Tuck has lost her e ...…
We’re currently in the midst of what’s being called the most dangerous bushfire week in Australian history. Fires are burning right up the Eastern seaboard...but firefighters are particularly concerned for the Greater Sydney, Greater Hunter and Illawarra Shoalhaven areas, where a catastrophic fire danger rating is in place. In today's episode o ...…
In November 1989, 30 years ago this month, the collapse of the Berlin Wall ushered in a new era of democracy in Eastern Europe. But today, with populist strongmen like Orban in Hungary and Kaczyński in Poland on the rise, the future of democracy in the region looks uncertain. In this episode we were joined by Ivan Krastev, the Bulgarian politic ...…
The question of whether to stay or go stopped being a hypothetical for thousands of Australians this week.So what separates one group from the other?Today's episode is about the decision making process for people who find themselves in the path of a bushfire.
Last month in Sodermalm, a gentrified part of Stockholm, an explosion tore through an apartment block. Residents were left shocked and the bomb squad was called out. That night two more explosions happened in two other parts of the city. In fact, since the beginning of 2019 there have been over 100 explosions in Sweden.Right wing commentators h ...…
Mon-Thurs: Analysis of news and current affairs, presented by Sarah Montague. Fri: Analysis of news and current affairs, presented by Mark Mardell.By BBC Radio 4
Unprecedented mass protests have caused chaos in Hong Kong’s public sphere – but what has it meant for private life? How have they affected the increasing number of couples who have married across the divide, with one partner from Hong Kong and another from the Chinese mainland? BBC World Affairs correspondent Paul Adams hears from one such cou ...…
Unprecedented mass protests have caused chaos in Hong Kong’s public sphere – but what has it meant for private life? How have they affected the increasing number of couples who have married across the divide, with one partner from Hong Kong and another from the Chinese mainland? BBC World Affairs correspondent Paul Adams hears from one such cou ...…
Indoor plants aren’t as good for you as you might think, why 12 million seahorses died (and more importantly, why they should live), and a few hundred “bird brains” join a very exclusive club.By DW English
The Trump administration has long wanted to scrap the “Dreamers” scheme, which allowed illegal immigrants who came as youths to stay in America. The question is whether the programme’s founding was legal. An emissions debate has infuriated Dutch farmers, and the debacle may threaten Holland’s long history of calm negotiation. And we ask why Dis ...…
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