Best Current Affairs podcasts — News analysis and documentaries (Updated September 2017; image)
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PBS NewsHour
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Analysis, background reports and updates from the PBS NewsHour putting today's news in context.
 
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The Documentary
Daily
 
The best of BBC World Service documentaries and other factual programmes.
 
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60 Minutes
Weekly
 
60 Minutes
 
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Inside Europe | Deutsche Welle
Weekly
 
Inside Europe | Deutsche Welle
 
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FRONTLINE: Audiocast | PBS
Monthly
 
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.
 
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Correspondents Report
Daily
 
The ABC's overseas reporters give their interpretation and analysis of the week's major events.
 
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Reveal
Weekly
 
There’s More To The Story
 
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BFM :: Bila Larut Malam
Weekly
 
BFM is a 24 hr independent radio station based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia focused on business news and current affairs. Core programs include business news, market reports from Malaysia and other regions and interviews with various business personalities.
 
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Newsweek (Cantonese)
Weekly
 
Key events of the week reviewed in this Cantonese programme. In the special features, BBC correspondents, contributors and listeners present the world from different angles.
 
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Reason Podcast
Weekly+
 
Founded in 1968, Reason is the planet's leading source of news, politics, and culture from a libertarian perspective. Hosted by Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Matt Welch, and other Reason journalists, our podcast explores "free minds and free markets." It features provocative, in-depth interviews with authors, comedians, filmmakers, musicians, economists, scientists, business leaders, and elected officials. Keep up to date on the latest happenings in our increasingly libertarian world ...
 
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Weekend Roundup
Weekly
 
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.
 
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What's in the News
Daily
 
CBS Radio News Correspondents take a closer look at one of the day's stories.
 
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20/20
Weekly
 
ABC's 20/20 is the primetime news magazine program featuring newsmaker interviews, hard-hitting investigative reports, exclusives, compelling features and medical mysteries.
 
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From Our Own Correspondent Podcast
 
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.
 
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The Inquiry
Weekly
 
The Inquiry gets beyond the headlines to explore the trends, forces and ideas shaping the world.
 
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The Compass
Monthly+
 
The Compass - exploring our world.
 
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Fault Lines - Audio
Daily+
 
Looking deeper into the US and its place in the world.
 
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Analysis
Monthly+
 
Programme examining the ideas and forces which shape public policy in Britain and abroad, presented by distinguished writers, journalists and academics
 
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WorldLink | Deutsche Welle
Weekly
 
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.
 
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UNICEF Podcast
Rare
 
A new global radio service from UNICEF focusing on the health, education, equality and protection of children. Hosted by Blue Chevigny with UNICEF correspondents from around the globe.
 
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The Briefing Room
Monthly+
 
David Aaronovitch presents in-depth explainers on big issues in the news
 
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Crossing Continents
Monthly+
 
Series focusing on foreign affairs issues
 
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Global development - The Guardian
Monthly
 
Every month we’ll explore the key issues affecting billions of people across the developing world. Recent editions have looked at why 75 million of the world’s poorest children can’t access education, why El Niño has worsened the food shortages in Malawi and Zimbabwe and how big data offers new tools to help countries meet their development goals
 
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World in Progress | Deutsche Welle
 
News, Analysis and Service from Germany and Europe - in 30 Languages
 
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GroundTruth
Rare
 
Global reporting on the front lines of the planet's most urgent issues — from terrorism to global warming to income inequality. Veteran correspondent Charles Sennott partners with the next generation of reporters to tell stories that will change the way you see the world and the journalists who cover it.
 
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Witness - Audio
Daily+
 
Bringing world issues into focus with courageous and inspiring human stories.
 
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The Context
Weekly
 
The Context is a weekly podcast that discusses the context of current events. No opinion, just comprehensible, need-to-know context so you can speak intelligently about things that are happening in our world.
 
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101 East - Audio
Daily+
 
A weekly current affairs programme on the issues that unify and divide Asia.
 
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The Pulse MV
Monthly
 
Full show page: https://thepulsemv.wordpress.com/The Pulse is a podcast-style radio program geared towards an NPR audience. The goal of the show is to bring local perspectives to national news headlines, while also telling stories about people near and in Skagit county, Washington.My name is Denny Muia, I’m a freelance radio journalist currently living north of Seattle, Washington. I began my career in journalism because I enjoy listening to people’s stories. I tried my hand at print journal ...
 
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Uitzending gemist Reporter Radio
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Uitzending terugluisteren van Reporter Radio
 
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There are quite a number it seems, of so called micro-nations, which claim to be independent states but aren't recognised by governments. Hywel Griffiths reports.
 
The Authors XI cricket club was formed in London in the 1890s as a place where writers could gather, talk, play and drink. The team has had various incarnations since, the most recent when they were revived five years ago. Steve Cannane reports.
 
Yemen has been devastated by a multitude of tragedies, all of them man made. The war has left millions on the verge of famine and Yemen is now also in the middle of the largest ever cholera outbreak. Sophie McNeill reports.
 
Our South-East Asia correspondent returns to Manila, a place of risk and death, where everyday life is filled with chaos and cold blooded executions. Adam Harvey reports.
 
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Correspondents Report
 
On today's show: South-East Asia correspondent Adam Harvey returns to Manila; Middle East correspondent Sophie McNeill speaks to doctors who have just returned from Yemen; BBC's Hywel Griffiths visits Sydney's micronation, the Principality of Wy; And our Europe correspondent Steve Cannane joins the Authors cricket club;…
 
Podcast moderator Alex Goldmark speaks with Drs. Adefunke Ekine and Judith-Ann Walker â€" both scholars in the Echidna Global Scholars Program at the Brookings Institution â€" about their ideas to improve learning opportunities and outcomes for girls.
 
In this year-end episode of Beyond School Books, guests from the past year share their perspectives on peacebuilding.
 
Youth delegates from the Children's Climate Forum outline the many issues their countries are facing in relation to climate change.
 
UNICEF Myanmar Chief of Child Protection Anne-Claire Dufay talks about helping children cope with life after the cyclone.
 
Podcast moderator Shia Levitt talks to UNICEF Education Senior Adviser Changu Mannathoko and Director of Programs at Pratham Institute and co-chair of the Learning Metrics Task Force Rukmini Banerji about putting learning at the centre of education.
 
Indonesia Communications Specialist Lely Djuhari discusses the earthquake in West Sumatra.
 
On World Humanitarian Day, UNICEF speaks with 2 women who are giving back to their communities and changing the lives Africa's next generation.
 
Podcast moderator Rachel Bonham Carter talks to Grand Chief Edward John, Gabriele Papa and Krysta Williams about the right of indigenous peoples to education that is appropriate to their cultural methods of teaching and learning.
 
Peter Yel, 16, reports on high food prices in Southern Sudan.
 
UNICEF podcast moderator Kathryn Herzog speaks with UNICEF Ambassador and NBA player Pau Gasol about the importance of early education.
 
Podcast moderator Femi Oke speaks with child development specialist Cassie Landers and Evelyn Margron, of Haitian Foundation Tipa Tipa, about integrating innovative playgrounds into Haitian schools.
 
UNICEF podcast moderator Femi Oke speaks with UNICEF’s Principal Adviser, Gender Rights and Civic Engagement, Dr. Anju Malhotra, on the role of education in ending child marriage and enabling girls to reach their full potential.
 
A youth from Monrovia, Liberia, wants to be an engineer but can’t afford the university fees.
 
Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, a non-profit organization that works to reach gender parity in the computing fields, speaks to podcast moderator Alex Goldmark about why girls should be key players in that sector.
 
JUDY WOODRUFF: Senator John McCain today dealt a serious blow to Republicans’ latest effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. In a statement, the Arizona Republican rejected a reform proposal by fellow GOP Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy. The move leaves his party’s leaders with diminishing hope of repealing President Obama’s signa ...…
 
JUDY WOODRUFF: And in the day’s other news: Rescuers in and around Mexico City combed through mountains of debris, desperately searching for signs of life. The death toll from the 7.1-magnitude quake has now climbed to at least 293. More than half of those have been in the capital. We will take a closer look at the scope of the destruction late ...…
 
JUDY WOODRUFF: Hurricane Maria continued her march across the Caribbean, still as a powerful Category 3 storm. Puerto Rico is dealing with a dam failure in the western part of the island; 70,000 people are in the process of being evacuated. Damage estimates have already reached $45 billion for the Caribbean islands in the storm’s path. And all ...…
 
JUDY WOODRUFF: As we reported earlier, the death toll in Tuesday’s earthquake in Mexico neared 300 today, as rain hampered rescue efforts in the capital, Mexico City. In a moment, William Brangham will have a look at how the city has sought to harden itself since the last big quake in 1985. But, first, William joins me again tonight from Mexico ...…
 
JUDY WOODRUFF: As we reported earlier, Senator John McCain’s announcement that he will not vote for the Graham-Cassidy Republican health care bill tosses the fate of current Obamacare repeal efforts into serious doubt. We look at what all this could mean, and at a couple other issues, with Senator Tim Kaine, Democrat from Virginia, who was his ...…
 
JUDY WOODRUFF: But let’s go right now to Shields and Brooks. That’s syndicated columnist Mark Shields, as you just saw, and New York Times columnist David Brooks. The only thing better than seeing you guys once is seeing you guys twice, three times. MARK SHIELDS, Syndicated Columnist: Just a great… (LAUGHTER) JUDY WOODRUFF: So, the health care ...…
 
JUDY WOODRUFF: Now a look at some must-reads for this fall. Jeffrey Brown has this special edition of the NewsHour Bookshelf. JEFFREY BROWN: And this time, we’re turning for recommendations to two authors with new or recent books. Louise Penny is the author of the popular murder mystery series featuring the Quebec chief inspector of police, Arm ...…
 
War of words between President Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un, new republican-led efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, new research on climate change, recovery efforts for Mexico City following a devastating earthquake, the situation in Puerto Rico following the destruction of Hurricane Maria, and an Illinois math teacher stops s ...…
 
A teacher is being praised for stopping a student with a gun. CBS's Steve Kathan has "What's in the News".
 
Join us on the road: DW's Neil King and Gabriel Borrud explore what it takes to be German and how migrants and refugees are integrating into German society. We visit Neil's old school in Germany, attend Friday prayers at a mosque, talk Islamophobia with the AfD, and get to jam with a unique German-Turkish rock band.…
 
JUDY WOODRUFF: Grasping for a sliver of hope. A life-and-death drama played out today, two days after a 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico City and the surrounding region. The death toll stood at 245, with more than 2,000 hurt. Our William Brangham is there, and filed this report. WILLIAM BRANGHAM: From dusk to dawn, and all through the day, they dug ...…
 
JUDY WOODRUFF: And now to Hurricane Maria. The confirmed death toll across the Caribbean rose to 19 today, nearly all of them on the island of Dominica. Reports also began coming in of widespread damage on Puerto Rico, after it took an all-day pounding on Wednesday. John Yang has that story. JOHN YANG: Across Puerto Rico today, more rain. In so ...…
 
JUDY WOODRUFF: From natural disasters to nuclear diplomacy, President Trump ordered new sanctions today aimed at crippling North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The order allows for targeting individuals and companies that trade with North Korea, including foreign banks. The president made the announcement during a lunch with So ...…
 
JUDY WOODRUFF: And in the day’s other news: President Trump’s one-time campaign chairman Paul Manafort is acknowledging that he offered private briefings to a Russian billionaire tied to the Kremlin. But a spokesman says that the offer was — quote — “innocuous” and that no briefings ever occurred. The Washington Post reports that it happened ju ...…
 
JUDY WOODRUFF: Separate from North Korea, President Trump has made no secret of his disdain for the Iran nuclear agreement, which was struck by the Obama administration, five other world powers and Iran. He’s long said he wants to renegotiate the 2015 accord, and he soon faces another deadline on how to proceed. The president denounced the agre ...…
 
JUDY WOODRUFF: This hurricane season has seen one devastating storm after another. Harvey, Irma and now Maria have left communities in ruin in their wake and put a spotlight on the problems plaguing the U.S.’ National Flood Insurance Program. That’s the subject Paul Solman tackles on our weekly economics series, Making Sense. LENI SHUCHTER, Peq ...…
 
JUDY WOODRUFF: This week, as President Trump addressed the U.N. General Assembly in New York, repeating his America-first approach to world affairs, Bill and Melinda Gates were also in town, hosting a conference to unveil the results of a three-year Gates Foundation study assessing progress on some of the world’s major health issues. I spoke wi ...…
 
JUDY WOODRUFF: Now we continue our look at the Southern U.S. border, a series in partnership with the USA TODAY NETWORK. Titled “The Wall,” it explores the complex world of those who live along the border, and how President Trump’s proposed wall might affect them. Tonight, a visit to some ranches in Arizona whose owners have seen plenty of chan ...…
 
"The [Juggalos] have their own language, they have their own leaders, [and] they have their own ways of talking to each other," says Reason's Paul Detrick, who covered the group's march on Washington last weekend. "They exist in this strange world of their own."Who are the Juggalos? In a nutshell, they're fans of the rap duo Insane Clown Posse ...…
 
Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, says she wants to know why 400,000 Muslim Rohingyas have fled into Bangladesh. The UN says what's going on seems "a textbook case of ethnic cleansing". But why are the Rohingyas facing persecution in the first place and why aren't regional powers in Southeast Asia willing to do more to condemn it and ...…
 
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Inside Europe | Deutsche Welle
 
Accusations of totalitarianism in Spain over Catalonia’s independence vote - The mosques behind jihadist cells in Barcelona - Flying high with NATO over Russian war games - Paying for a ticket with your hand in Sweden – Behind the mask in Minsk - Justice for rape victims in Bosnian war? - Ukrainian veterans head to the Invictus Games in Canada ...…
 
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Inside Europe | Deutsche Welle
 
Click on the links below to listen to reports from this week's edition of Inside Europe, DW's award-winning radio program with features from around the continent.
 
Panama’s idyllic islands are threatened by a rising sea, but one community has a plan. Could their efforts provide a model for other communities?
 
Scary moments at Yankee Stadium have triggered new talk about fan safety. CBS's Steve Kathan says it's "What's in the News".
 
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Crossing Continents
 
Panama's idyllic islands are threatened by a rising sea, but one community has a plan... The Guna Yala archipelago is made up of dozens of tiny, tropical, low-lying islands off the Caribbean coast of Panama. They are populated by the Guna people - Latin America's most fiercely independent, and many would say, most savvy, indigenous group. But t ...…
 
World in Progress is a 30-minute radio show that connects the dots in a globalized era.
 
During the Cambodian genocide in the 1970s, nearly all of the country’s musicians were killed. But in a strange twist of fate, music saved the life of a Cambodian boy named Sovann. Now a U.S. citizen in Lowell, Mass., he’s trying to make sure Cambodia’s music traditions live on. Across town, a 9-year-old boy seems uniquely gifted to do just that.…
 
North Korea continues to rattle the world with its rapidly advancing weapons programme. Diplomacy with this Hermit Kingdom is broken and UN sanctions have little effect curtailing the nuclear ambitions of the country’s enigmatic leader Kim Jong–Un. As its closest neighbour and biggest ally, can China solve the growing threat - with whatever opt ...…
 
We meet people trying to build a democratic society from the ground up, find out what's needed to keep a democracy healthy and learn what elves and trolls have to do with it all.
 
CBS's Steve Kathan has the story of cruise ship passengers who helped out in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. It's "What's in the News".
 
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The Documentary
 
In 2015 Liz Parrish performed a risky experiment - on herself. She took a gene therapy entirely untested on humans in the hope of “curing” what she says is a disease: ageing. Her gamble was criticised by some in the scientific community, but she is not the only one that thinks scientific advances will help humans live longer healthier lives.…
 
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