Best Politics podcasts — Latest in US and world politics (Updated April 2018; image)
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Download and watch full episodes of Real Time with Bill Maher including his New Rules and Overtime segments with his guest panelists. New episodes of Real Time with Bill Maher air Fridays at 10, only on HBO.
NBC News' Meet the Press is the longest-running television show in history, celebrating its 70th anniversary. If it's Sunday, it's Meet the Press with Chuck Todd.
The NPR Politics Podcast is where NPR's political reporters talk to you like they talk to each other. With weekly roundups and quick takes on news of the day, you don't have to keep up with politics to know what's happening. You just have to keep up with us.
Nate Silver and the FiveThirtyEight team cover the latest in politics, tracking the issues and "game-changers" every week.
Pod Save America
Four former aides to President Obama — Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor — are joined by journalists, politicians, comedians, and activists for a freewheeling conversation about politics, the press and the challenges posed by the Trump presidency.
The Skepticrat
Covering politics from the far center
Political Gabfest
Voted “Favorite Political Podcast” by iTunes listeners. Stephen Colbert says "Everybody should listen to the Slate Political Gabfest." The Gabfest, featuring Slate's Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz, is the kind of informal and irreverent discussion Washington journalists have after hours over drinks.
Vox's The Weeds
Everyone is always warning you not to get lost in the weeds. But not Vox's Ezra Klein, Dara Lind, Sarah Kliff, and Matthew Yglesias. They love the weeds. That's where all the policy is. This is the podcast for people who follow politics because they love thinking about health care, economics, and zoning. It is not a podcast for people who like hearing talk about gaffes.
Keepin' it 1600
Four former aides to President Obama — Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor — host a biweekly Ringer podcast to discuss the political world, analyze the Trump presidency, and welcome commentary from journalists and politicians.
A quasi-daily podcast from Slate chronicling Donald Trump's rise to the presidency and his current administration. Jacob Weisberg, chairman of Slate, along with Slate chief political correspondent Jamelle Bouie, and the writer Virginia Heffernan, will be talking to journalists, historians, psychiatrists, and other experts to help explain who this man is and why this is happening, right now, in the United States of America.
Chapo Trap House
Podcast by Chapo Trap House
Provocative, up-to-the-minute, alive and witty, KCRW's weekly confrontation over politics, policy and popular culture proves those with impeccable credentials needn't lack personality. This weekly "love-hate relationship of the air" features three of the most insightful news analysts anywhere. Click on the "comments" link below to post your thoughts and comments.
A weekly discussion about politics, hosted by The New Yorker's executive editor, Dorothy Wickenden.
Congressional Dish
A podcast highlighting corporate influence on the bills passed by Congress. Follow @JenBriney on Twitter
Loud, fast-talking and deceptively funny, this politically-independent "forward-thinking pragmatist" looks at the events shaping our world through a uniquely American lens. It's smarter than you think, and faster than you expect.
The Run-Up
The election is over. But the story has just begun. Michael Barbaro, who has covered the last two presidential races for the Times, hosts our twice-weekly conversation about the biggest stories and surprises coming out of the campaign. The show features Times political reporters, Opinion columnists and data analysts. You’ll also hear interviews with key players on the political scene. It’s the access and authority The New York Times does best.
POLITICO's top reporters dive into the political landscape, the latest numbers that matter, and detail what's really happening behind closed doors. They're people who spend Friday nights poring over poll numbers or the latest Federal Election Commission reports — so if you want to understand how the modern politics game is played, this is the podcast for you. New episodes every Friday, hosted by Scott Bland.
Today's political debates, particularly on cable news, talk radio and blog comments can be limiting. In this podcast, Bruce Carlson applies as much history as possible to the politics of today.
Light, humorous roundtable discussion of news and politics by real people across the political spectrum. Real debate without the hate!
FT World Weekly
Each week, we focus on one of the major international stories making headlines, drawing upon the Financial Times's team of foreign correspondents and analysts to make sense of world events. Presented by Gideon Rachman and produced by Hannah Murphy.
So That Happened
An inside-the-beltway show that's truly for beltway outsiders. Each week the HuffPost Politics team offers an entertaining alternative to the Sunday shows you've stopped watching. Along with their outside the beltway guests, join Arthur Delaney and Elise Foley as they analyze the news of the week and explain why it should matter to you.
Hosted by CNN's Jake Tapper, State of the Union features interviews with top newsmakers on politics and policy - covering Washington, the country and the world.
Ana Marie Cox, political columnist and culture critic, sits down with liberals and conservatives, pastors, writers, activists, and other people you should know for an open, funny, in-depth conversation about what divides us - a show about listening instead of arguing.
FT Politics
Discussion and analysis of UK politics from the Financial Times' political commentators and correspondents. Presented by Sebastian Payne.
The Hagmann Report provides listeners information about current events and historical topics that transcend the political right-left paradigm and delve into the real issues behind the sugar-coated news. This unique, father-son detective duo uses their investigative abilities and resources to aggressively research and report on issues left untouched by the corporate media and those that exist beyond the scope of the non-traditional media. The show addresses many issues once considered mere fo ...
Each week, Foreign Policy’s editors triage the big issues of the day with emergency room-like urgency and some mayhem. Pulling from FP’s impressive roster of contributors, the panel’s collective varies from week to week. Foreign Policy is the world’s leading media organization dedicated to providing leaders in business, finance, and government with real time insight and analysis into global affairs. As authoritative as it is dedicated to challenging wisdom, FP is unique in its ability to bri ...
POLITICO takes you behind the scenes with Washington's power players to uncover what's really driving politics and policy in the nation’s capital. Hosted by Isaac Dovere.
Corbyn! Trump! Brexit! Politics has never been more unpredictable, more alarming or more interesting. TALKING POLITICS is the podcast that tries to make sense of it all. Each Thursday, in Cambridge, David Runciman will talk to his regular panel along with novelists, comedians, historians, philosophers - and even a few politicians - and ask them what they think is going on... Democracy is feeling the strain everywhere. What might happen next? How bad could it get? As it unfolds, TALKING POLIT ...
1947 is a new podcast from NBC News, featuring Chuck Todd, Moderator of "Meet the Press." 1947 features in-depth conversations with notable figures to go beyond politics. Each episode showcases a single conversation, centered on a guest who has been invited to discuss art, culture, news and of course, politics.
A weekly conversation on politics with Ken Rudin, from MPR News
The United States of Anxiety: Culture Wars introduces you to people who have been battling to shape America’s political culture for decades. We profile culture warriors, past and present, who have influenced debates over race, religion, science, sexuality, gender and more. We connect those debates to real people, with real stakes in the outcome. We’re filling in the blanks – aiming to answer questions you didn’t even know you had – and we’re asking, what are you willing to fight for? WNYC St ...
The Pollsters
Politics. Policy. Polling. Pop Culture.Explore what America's thinking with two of the country's leading pollsters-the bipartisan team of Democrat Margie Omero and Republican Kristen Soltis Anderson. In this weekly podcast we take a fresh, friendly look at the numbers driving the week's biggest stories in news, politics, tech, entertainment and pop culture. Along with the occasional interview with pollsters, journalists, and other industry leaders, we'll lift the hood on the numbers revealin ...
Engaging interviews and discussions of elections and the political issues of the day
Quorum Call
No one knows Capitol Hill and the corridors of Washington power like National Journal, and now NJ brings you Quorum Call—a weekly podcast on Congress, policy, and politics. Hosted by National Journal's veteran reporting team, new episodes of Quorum Call will be available every Monday.
The Ticket 2016
The Ticket: A Presidential Podcast from The Texas Tribune and KUT News. Each Week KUT's Ben Philpott and the Tribune's Jay Root provide a rundown of the week's campaign actions and bring you interviews with people who make a living working on, covering or commenting on the campaigns.
Listen to Mark Shields and David Brooks analyze the political news of the week. Posted each Friday by 9 p.m., the Shields and Brooks podcast includes the full audio of every on-air segment. Is this not what you're looking for? Don't miss our other podcasts for our full shows, individual segments, Politics Monday, Brief but Spectacular, and more. Find them in iTunes or in your favorite podcasting app.
Can He Do That?
Donald Trump’s historic presidency is unlike any other that’s come before it. From a record-setting staff turnover rate to unpredictable policy decisions to an ongoing investigation into his campaign, each episode of this podcast focuses on one aspect of Trump’s time in the White House that raises the question: "Can He Do That?"Led by interim host Martine Powers, the podcast features Washington Post reporters and experts to illuminate the ways Donald Trump can reshape the presidency. And wha ...
Letters & Politics seeks to explore the history behind today’s major global and national news stories. Hosted by Mitch Jeserich.
Majority 54
Jason Kander is an army veteran from Kansas City, Missouri and the first millennial elected to statewide office in the United States. He's traveling the country to help the 54% of us who didn't vote for Donald Trump talk to those of us who did about the most divisive issues in our country.
CNN's The Daily DC
CNN has the best political director in the business and every morning Monday through Friday David Chalian will lay out what you need to know from the world of politics.
Your daily politics update, brought to you by Slate. Hear more Slate articles at Want to hear a daily selection of the magazine’s best stories? Learn more at A SpokenEdition transforms written content into human-read audio you can listen to anywhere. It's perfect for times when you can't read - while driving, at the gym, doing chores, etc. Find more at
The Impact
In Washington, the story often ends when Congress passes a law. For The Impact, that’s where our story begins. We focus on the human consequences of policy-making, what happens in the real world after the government, non-profits, even academic institutions start doing something differently. The Impact looks at policies that work — and policies that need some work — as they make their way out into the real world, with many surprises along the way.
Each week, POLITICO’s Susan Glasser will go backstage in a world disrupted, interviewing leaders in Washington — and around the globe — who can help us understand an international scene that can seem like it’s spinning out of control. The podcast will skip the punditry to feature candid, revealing, news-making conversations about global politics with those who are helping shape it.
Drawing upon his experience as a former chief of staff on the Senate Finance Committee and as an Emmy-winning executive producer and writer of ‘The West Wing,’ Lawrence O’Donnell examines the compelling and impactful political stories of the day. Join him every weeknight.
The New Washington
This limited-run series of interviews from the producers of "The Daily" takes you inside Trump’s Washington. From July through December of 2017, "The New Washington" delivered interviews with the political character you wanted to hear from most that week, with analysis and commentary from Michael Barbaro, Carl Hulse and their colleagues in the D.C. bureau of The New York Times.
Chris Hayes delivers the biggest news and political stories of the day with a commitment to in-depth reporting that consistently seeks to hold our leaders accountable for their actions. Join him as he has brings the nation’s officials, legislators, policymakers, and local activists to the table to address key issues affecting communities across America.
From Town Halls to Political Debates, CNN hosts open forums that give our audience the chance to hear directly from the people shaping their world. Politicians and newsmakers alike answer the tough questions from CNN's top anchors and political experts. Subscribe to get the full, unedited audio from these special events.
From the policy debates to the political fights, today's top newsmakers make sure they sit down with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, which airs weekly on Fox News Channel.
Brian Lehrer leads the conversation about what matters most now in local and national politics, our own communities and our lives.
For 50 years, Washington Week has been the most intelligent and up to date conversation about the most important news stories of the week. Washington Week is the longest-running news and public affairs program on PBS and features journalists -- not pundits -- lending insight and perspective to the week's important news stories.
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During French President Emmanuel Macron's state visit in Washington, Pres. Trump brushed his shoulder in front of the press saying he had "dandruff" on his shoulder. Meanwhile, the two leaders talked about a host of issues including Iran and Syria. This comes as Trump's pick to head VA, Ronny Johnson, faces allegations of misconduct. Peter Bake ...…
On this Tuesday edition we’ll jump around with some headlines and random thoughts. Then take calls on anything we cover here tonight, or anything we covered last night, which was a great show.A quick refresher of last night’s show in case you had anything you wanted to call in with: "Q" Promises a MOAB, David Seaman Toasting Champagne and Decla ...…
Tonight on The Last Word: Reports say that President Trump has told Michael Cohen that Trump has his back – meanwhile, the prosecutor in the Scooter Libby case has said that Trump’s pardon of Libby was a loyalty message to Cohen. Trump hung VA Secretary nominee Dr. Ronny Jackson out to dry during a presser today as new details emerge as to why ...…
The president encourages Ronny Jackson to drop out of consideration for the VA job as questions swirl about the White House physician's past. Then, the latest on the Michael Cohen investigation and what role Jeff Sessions is playing. Plus, we now know Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team sought evidence from the Trump Tower meeting when they r ...…
7:00pm Doug & Joe Hagmann cover the latest news and current events. 7:30pm Jeff Croerer is the host of Ring Side Politics & writer for Townhall. He joins us tonight to discuss a number of issues including the Republican party & 2018 midterms. 8:00pm Author James Perloff joins us to talk about the situation in Syria and the greater middle east. ...…
Sarah, Dara and Matt discuss a Republican farm bill that would impose work requirements on SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) beneficiaries. Then they turn to a white paper on OxyContin and the heroin epidemic. References and further reading: Good Politico article summarizing the farm bill Marion Nestle's piece on the farm bill Wh ...…
Virgil sits down with Dan Canon, candidate for Congress in Indiana's 9th district. They discuss Dan's background as a civil rights attorney litigating some cases you -may- have heard of, his thoughts on dismantling ICE, and his plans to defeat the millionaire failson Republican he intends to run against. ...…
Listen in on the jokes only Bill’s audience got to hear.
Sarah Kendzior, reporter, op-ed columnist for The Globe and Mail, and the author of The View from Flyover Country: Dispatches from the Forgotten America (Flatiron Books, 2018), shares what she learned about America while reporting on the Midwest for Al Jazeera that led to her early prediction of a Trump victory. →Sarah will be reading at Housin ...…
The confirmation hearing for Ronny Jackson as VA Secretary has been delayed indefinitely as lawmakers look into a series of allegations that involve questionable behavior under his leadership. CNN Political Director David Chalian looks into the allegations against Jackson, examines Mike Pompeo's now favorable bid to become Secretary of State, a ...…
Donald Trump's first State Dinner with Emmanuel Macron. Plus, the latest on James Comey and the FBI. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Alex Wagner, co-host of Showtime’s The Circus, contributor to CBS News and The Atlantic, and the author of Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging (One World, 2018), reflects on identity and belonging as she explored a mystery in her own mixed race ancestry. → You can also catch Alex Wagner live in conversation ...…
Jonathan Alter, former editor of Newsweek, analyst for MSNBC, co-host of Sirius XM Alter Family Politics, Daily Beast columnist and the author of The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies (Simon & Schuster, reprint 2014), argues that Democrats should support moderates over more liberal candidates in order to win in this year's midterms -- as he w ...…
Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for politics and policy for WNYC news and co-host of the Trump, Inc. podcast, Eric Umansky, deputy managing editor of ProPublica and editor of the Trump, Inc. podcast, and Ilya Marritz, WNYC reporter, discuss their podcast Trump Inc and the business dealings of Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen.…
Rep. Trey Gowdy, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, says he’s leaving politics to escape the corruption of partisanship. “I enjoy being fair. I enjoy the pursuit of fairness as a virtue,” Gowdy told CBS News in February. In Washington, he lamented, there’s no place for a truth-teller like himself.…
This season of the hit Showtime series "Homeland" seems to be ripped from the headlines --aparanoid President under Congressional investigation andRussian spies trying to destabilize the government. Award-winning actor Mandy Patinkin who portrays NSA Director Saul Berensen stops by to chat about the show, the current political climate and the r ...…
On the brink of another tragic mass shooting incident that happened over the weekend in Nashville, Tennessee by apparently, a mentally disturbed man who was armed with a military-style AR-15 rifle; host Max Pringle, covering for Mitch Jeserich talks to writer, and journalist Patrick Blanchfield [1]. He writes about American culture and violence ...…
Michael Tubbs is the 27-year-old leader of one of California’s biggest cities. And he’s using that position to try out some truly radical policy ideas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Trump hosts a state dinner for French President/bestie Emmanuel Macron, Democrats hope for an upset in an Arizona special election, and the California primaries are too crowded. Then Arizona teacher Kelley Fisher talks to Lovett about her role in organizing the teacher walkout this week.
The Democratic National Committee has filed a lawsuit against the Trump Campaign, and speculation about Michael Cohen is reaching a fever pitch. We also discuss the Waffle House shooting and share our interview with the gracious Mark McKinnon of Showtime's The Circus. Thanks to our sponsors: SmartNews, ThirdLove, and TomBoyX. Recommended Resour ...…
Trump spent the weekend rage tweeting over Russia and Cohen investigations ahead of a visit by French leader Emmanuel Macron, the first state visit of Trump's presidency. This as news the confirmation hearings for Trump's pick to head Veterans Affairs are being postponed after reports and George H.W. Bush is hospitalized. Robert Costa, Ashley P ...…
Tonight on The Last Word: President Trump and The White House continue to claim that the President has absolutely no intention of firing Robert Mueller – however, according to Lawrence, Trump’s history of denying potential firings does not bode well for the special counsel. Jessica Drake, a friend of Stormy Daniels, has corroborated key parts o ...…
It was quite an eventful weekend. Kanye West shocked the world on Twitter, and it seems the fun is just beginning; Devin Nunes dropped another bomb into the laps of the Party that was trying to undermine our Elections; and what is the MOAB? Because of the the weekend's enormity Rob may be in studio...and the beat goes on.Become my boss: http:// ...…
Congressman Maxine Waters joins Chris Hayes to discuss pardons, witness flipping, and the bipartisan push to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Then, new signs that EPA Chief Scott Pruitt's job could actually be in jeopardy. Plus, after a year of President Trump, Republican candidates are still campaigning on Hillary Clinton.…
7:00pm News with Douglas J Hagmann breakdown the latest from the terror attack in Toronto to the FBI Corruption 7:30pm Mellisa "The Honey Bee" Zaccaria with Tracy Beanz join forces to discuss a number of issues starting with what happened with 9:00pm Peter Barry Chowka joins us each Monday in the last hour for analysis on the Media ...…
The team debates whether the Texas Senate race is actually winnable for the Democrat. They also discuss the special election in Arizona and how to responsibly cover polls.
Adam Wollner and Josh Kraushaar discuss Bob Corker's recent comments about the Tennessee Senate race, the politics of Mike Pompeo's secretary of State nomination and the upcoming Indiana GOP Senate primary. Later, Ally Mutnick joins to preview the special election in Arizona's 8th congressional district and break down the fundraising reports fr ...…
Hanya Yanagihara, editor-in-chief of T: The New York Times Style Magazine and author of A Little Life (Anchor, reprint edition, 2016), reflects on how three years in the early 1980s -- from early 1981 until late 1983 -- shaped and changed the culture of New York -- and the world.
CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down the confirmations facing three of President Trump's cabinet nominees this week: Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State, Gina Haspel for CIA Director, and Ronny Jackson for VA Secretary.
George Yancy, Emory University philosophy professor and the author of Backlash: What Happens When We Talk Honestly about Racism in America (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2018), talks about the response to his 2015 column for The New York Times section The Stone entitled, "Dear White America" and the racist vitriol it elicited and asks where ...…
Shelley Mayer, Democratic candidate for NYS Senate 37th district (Westchester) and Julie Killian, Republican candidate for NYS Senate to represent the 37th District (Westchester), discuss their campaigns.
In a long career in law enforcement, the former F.B.I. Director James Comey aimed to be above politics, but in the 2016 election he stepped directly into it. In his book, “A Higher Loyalty,” Comey makes the case to America that he handled the F.B.I. investigations into Hillary Clinton’s e-mails and Donald Trump’s campaign correctly, regardless ...…
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Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of Buzzfeed, and Darren Samuelsohn, senior White House reporter for POLITICO, talk about the latest in national political news.
It’s mid-April, and a reputable pollster is already declaring that the Senate race between Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas is “too close to call,” at 47 percent to 44 percent. It’s Quinnipiac’s first poll in Texas, and the first major poll of one of the most closely watched races in the country. It’s also ver ...…
A conversation on liberal and illiberal democracies and the rise of populism with Yascha Mounk [1]. He is a Lecturer on Government at Harvard University and a Senior Fellow in the Political Reform Program at New America. He is the author several books including of The Age of Responsibility, Stranger in My Own Country and his latest The People v ...…
The 150th episodes of "The More Perfect Union" podcast finds the hosts in violent agreement on some issues, in wide disagreement on others, and even saying nice things about President Trump a couple of times. (Well... sort of nice.) Then the gang looks back on their 150 episodes together and reminisce about their favorite moments.…
This week Owen and Ellie speak to author and comedy script writer John O'Farrell about running for parliament, writing and canvassing for the labour party. Keir the cat features as always!
This week we're joined by Splinter's Katherine Krueger to do a book report on James Comey's "A Higher Loyalty" and learn about ethical leadership from the former FBI director.Read Katherine's piece about Comey's Barnes & Noble event: Order our book at Chapot ...…
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Guest anchor Dana Bash sits down with White House counselor Kellyanne Conway in the wake of a presidential tweet storm. She says the tweets explain themselves. Then, Dana is joined by outgoing Tennessee Senator Bob Corker. The two discuss the upcoming summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, as well as Corker's tepid endorsement of Marsha B ...…
This Sunday on Meet The Press: exclusive interviews with White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). DNC Chair Tom Perez also joins the program. Panel: NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell, David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network, Democratic Pollster Cornell Belcher and ...…
The Trump Administration wants to ask people about their citizenship status on the 2020 Census. Why are Democrats fighting this?
The Washington Post reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the White House he might quit, if Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gets fired by Donald Trump. This as North Korea says it's suspending nuclear and missile tests. Matt Apuzzo, Vivian Salama, Daniel Goldman, Joe Cirincione, Jeremy Bash, Jonathan Allen, Nancy Cook, and Mic ...…
Bill and his guests – Michael Avenatti, Jordan Peterson, Frank Bruni, Gov. Jay Inslee, and Alex Wagner answer viewer questions after the show. (Originally aired 04/20/18)
Bill’s guests are Michael Avenatti, Jordan Peterson, Frank Bruni, Gov. Jay Inslee, Alex Wagner (Originally aired 04/20/18)
Theresa May's government has suffered from one of its worst weeks since the general election, thanks to the uncertainty about the "Windrush generation". What does it say about immigration policy in the future? Plus, lots of Remain-supporters think a second Brexit referendum is on the horizon. Would it do more harm than good? Presented by Sebast ...…
It's the 4/20 Special! We spent a much-needed amount of time away from the “News” on Wednesday and Thursday. Tonight we have a BIG FAT JUICY ASS to rip into. James Comey’s infamous memos were released, and the gasping DNC is filing a lawsuit against the Trump Campaign, Russia, and Wikileaks; but before any of that, we start off with Robert Muel ...…
The panelists analyzed a week that saw the release of memos written by former FBI director James Comey and the addition of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani to President Donald Trump’s personal legal team. And, days after Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo met with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, the country announced its plans to suspend ...…
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