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Best Current Affairs podcasts we could find (updated May 2020)
Best Current Affairs podcasts we could find
Updated May 2020
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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.
 
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 ...
 
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.
 
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.
 
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. ...
 
The podcast version of a documentary & interview series on war and inequality from the heart of Empire hosted by Abby Martin. Empire Files is donor-funded, independent and add free. Help keep us going by becoming a patron at www.patreon.com/empirefiles. Follow: @EmpireFiles and @AbbyMartin Like: www.facebook.com/TheEmpireFiles
 
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.
 
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 ...
 
An ex-Al Qaeda jihadi turned MI6 spy and a former monk turned filmmaker, have been embedded at the heart of conflicts in the Middle East. Together Aimen Dean and Thomas Small unpack the realities of war, fundamentalism and their global implications through first-hand experience.
 
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 ...
 
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.
 
An award-winning, original, investigative series made by the team behind the acclaimed PBS documentary show, FRONTLINE. From the long and deadly arm of 9/11, to a police shooting in West Virginia with a startling twist, to what life is really like for children living in a Kenyan refugee camp, each episode follows a different reporter through an investigation that sometimes is years in the making. The FRONTLINE Dispatch – because some stories are meant to be heard. Produced at FRONTLINE’s hea ...
 
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 ...
 
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
 
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 ...
 
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Minneapolis is bracing for a possible fourth consecutive night of violent protest. Outrage has gripped the city -- and the country -- since the Monday death of George Floyd at the hands of city police. On Friday, the white police officer who kneeled on Floyd's neck as he gasped for breath was arrested. Yamiche Alcindor reports and Judy Woodruff spe…
 
Recent images of unrest in cities like Minneapolis resemble demonstrations that occurred during the Obama administration, when protesters took to the streets demanding that law enforcement face justice for their violent treatment of black Americans. Joe Biden, who was vice president at the time, is the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. H…
 
The former police officer who killed George Floyd has been charged with murder. But Floyd’s case is just one of many recent incidents of police brutality in Minneapolis. The Marshall Project’s Simone Weichselbaum explains why police reform hasn’t worked in the city. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megap…
 
In the days since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, there have been peaceful protests, violent clashes and persistent calls for justice. But there is a long history behind this particular shocking event. Professor Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is chair of the department of African American Studies at Princeton University, and he joins …
 
In our news wrap Friday, President Trump announced the U.S. is terminating its relationship with the World Health Organization, to which it gives about $450 million. Trump accuses the group of covering up China's role in the novel coronavirus pandemic. Also, Russia reported its highest daily number of COVID-19 deaths with 232, and India recorded ne…
 
The Trump administration says it is ending special treatment of Hong Kong in response to China's new security legislation in the territory, as well as Beijing's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The policy change will also sanction Communist Party officials and affect some Chinese postgraduate students coming to the U.S. Nick Schifrin joins Jud…
 
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the latest political news, including former Vice President Joe Biden's comments on the death of George Floyd and what action it should prompt, President Trump's approach toward Twitter and truth and the milestone of 100,000 American deaths from…
 
As another heartbreaking week comes to a close, we take a moment to honor some of the 102,000 people in the U.S. who have died of the coronavirus so far. Judy Woodruff has stories of five victims, including an artist who helped bring animated characters to life and a former foster child looking to help other kids like him. PBS NewsHour is supported…
 
The organisation is not that organised, and attention has waned since its calls for change first gripped America. Will it seize the current moment of outrage? The pandemic may threaten London’s place as Britain’s undisputed centre of gravity. And a researcher spooks spooks by revealing a decades-old spy pact. For full access to print, digital and a…
 
Authorities try to regain control as raucous protests spread beyond Minneapolis. President Trump signs an executive order that will attempt to re-shape social media. And COVID-19 has upended treatment plans for cancer patients. Listen and subscribe to "The Essentials: Inside the Curve": https://apple.co/2ROvcnw Like the show? Leave a review: http:/…
 
On Tuesday, after years of inaction, Twitter fact checked President Trump’s tweets for the first time. Six words were added below the original text, directing readers to outside articles refuting his claims. Two days later, the president signed an executive order that aims to change the nature of online speech, and the platforms that host it. Guest…
 
As of this week, one in four US workers has filed for unemployment benefits. But economists say the historic numbers don’t tell the whole story. And they’re warning that women, and in particular women of color, are being disproportionately affected. We’ll break down what this record unemployment means, how the situation compares to past recessions,…
 
Is there more gaming content on your TL? Turns out government is paying for some of it to be there. But government hasn't always been the biggest supporter of people who game, so what’s changed? And how are parts of the gaming world not only surviving, but thriving in this pandemic.Hosted by Linda Adey. Soundtracked by artists who performed on the …
 
China’s ceremonial parliament, the National People’s Congress, endorsed a national security law for Hong Kong on Thursday. Many residents are concerned that the law will undermine civil liberties and might be used to suppress political activity. Today on Front Burner, journalist and lawyer Antony Dapiran on what this might mean for Hong Kong’s futu…
 
The U.S. death toll from coronavirus is a number of epic proportions: more than 100,000. But health officials believe that even that staggering number may be an undercount due to testing shortages and incomplete reporting of cases. Meanwhile, the pandemic's economic fallout continues to grow, with another 2.1 million Americans filing for unemployme…
 
Communities in Minneapolis are reeling from the death of George Floyd, the bitter dynamic many residents feel with law enforcement and how protests have changed over the past day. Minnesota's governor called in the National Guard Thursday to help quell demonstrations that left one person dead. Yamiche Alcindor reports, and Amna Nawaz talks to Tyron…
 
In our news wrap Thursday, House Democratic leaders shelved a bill to renew government surveillance tools. The move followed President Trump's promise to veto, after which congressional Republicans "abandoned their commitment to security," according to Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Meanwhile, Trump signed an executive order aimed at social media companies,…
 
The economic toll of the pandemic and the ensuing shutdowns continues to grow, with more than 40 million people losing jobs so far. Although economic activity will pick up as businesses reopen, there is growing debate about how government policy can support struggling Americans and a fragile economy. Judy Woodruff talks to Mary Daly, president of t…
 
China's National People's Congress has created a legislative process to criminalize certain behavior in Hong Kong. Pro-democracy advocates in Hong Kong, as well as the Trump administration, have criticized the move, arguing it erodes the city's freedoms and goes against Beijing's prior promises to respect its autonomy. Nick Schifrin reports on the …
 
More than 100,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 so far -- a number unimaginable before the pandemic began. The U.S. has nearly 30 percent of reported deaths worldwide. How does this tragic moment fit into American historical context? Judy Woodruff talks to Andy Slavitt, former acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Servic…
 
Many Americans are working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, and it's unclear when people will or should return to the workplace. The shift toward more remote work could have significant repercussions for employees, companies and the marketplace. Economics correspondent Paul Solman explores these transformations -- and their advantages and…
 
Todd Johnson is the youngest pastor in Warren, Ohio, and preaches at the oldest black Baptist congregation in Trumbull County. He says he has always felt driven to help the people he serves, especially during difficult times -- such as when a community member was killed by police in January 2019. Pastor Todd Johnson offers his Brief But Spectacular…
 
For children in Port Pirie there is no 10 second rule. When you grow up in a “lead town” eating off the floor is forbidden, and could be harmful to your health. But when a mum follows all the strict and unusual rules of the town to keep her son safe and his blood lead still continues to rise, she asks: what am I doing wrong?Can a town coexist with …
 
It's been a year since Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez vanished in Byron Bay. His family and the Byron Bay community galvanised around the cause of trying to find him. Since then, an intricate search has been conducted: on land, online and in journalism. Where are things at now? Are his family any closer to learning the truth about his disappearance?…
 
As COVID-19 has spread, so, too, have misinformation and conspiracy theories about the virus — amplified by figures like Alex Jones, and proliferating on social media and even at the highest levels of government. Veteran FRONTLINE filmmaker Michael Kirk, who was already making a documentary about the rise of conspiracy theories in American politics…
 
In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had his day in court at the start of his corruption trial this week. He denies charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. The trial could last months or even years. Israelis are wondering what it means for their future, as Tom Bateman reports from Jerusalem.In Zimbabwe, and in many other African coun…
 
China’s parliament voted today to draft legislation that would utterly undermine the territory’s independence. What now for protesters, for Western powers, for the region’s foreign firms? The pandemic has quashed some crimes but has also created new nefarious opportunities. And it may be closing time for the golden age of the booze business. For fu…
 
Belarus’s all-powerful President has focused global attention on his country by ostentatiously downplaying the coronavirus pandemic. Alexander Lukashenko has allowed shops, markets and restaurants and football stadiums to remain open and is encouraging people to go out to work. In early May he laid on a grand military spectacle celebrating victory …
 
As the American death toll passes one hundred thousand, the American economy is confronted with pre-coronavirus realities. The mayor of Minneapolis demands four police officers be arrested for their role in a suspect's death. And the US makes a major announcement on Hong Kong that could re-shape our relationship with China. Listen and subscribe to …
 
On Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Hong Kong was no longer considered autonomous from China by the US government. Tensions were already high between the two global superpowers but with this new escalation, where do they go from here? Guest: Joshua Keating, staff writer at Slate Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-f…
 
As COVID-19 has spread, so, too, have misinformation and conspiracy theories about the virus — amplified by figures like Alex Jones, and proliferating on social media and even at the highest levels of government. Veteran FRONTLINE filmmaker Michael Kirk, who was already making a documentary about the rise of conspiracy theories in American politics…
 
York Regional Police announced an enormous bust taking down alleged organized crime rings in Southern Ontario’s tow truck industry this week. Police say that for the last three years, rival companies have used violence and intimidation to carve out turf, alleging they caused and staged collisions, worked with auto repair shops and rental companies …
 
Ever since a mysterious virus was reported in December 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the world has been watching China.Silenced whistleblowers, unregulated wildlife trade in wet markets, limited international cooperation, and even a local biosafety lab have been held up as examples of how China mishandled the crisis. But how far can it be blam…
 
The coronavirus pandemic has reached a fearsome new milestone as of Wednesday night -- 100,000 U.S. lives lost. That number exceeds all the American dead in the Korean and Vietnam Wars combined. Although the House of Representatives made history by allowing proxy votes for the first time to avoid travel amid the pandemic, businesses across the coun…
 
The American death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic passed the 100,000 milestone on Wednesday. Dr. Anthony Fauci is one of the country's leading public health officials and a key member of President Trump's Coronavirus Task Force. He joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the country's "terrible ordeal," how we can contain the virus moving forward and why h…
 
Lawmakers agree struggling Americans need another economic relief package due to the pandemic's fallout. But congressional Republicans and Democrats differ over who should receive that assistance. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joins Judy Woodruff to discuss a new House proposal for COVID-19 testing, being more "prescriptive" about how federal aid is s…
 
In our news wrap Wednesday, NASA had to scrub the first launch of astronauts from U.S. soil in nearly a decade due to bad weather. Storms kept the SpaceX rocket stalled at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, but the crew will try again Saturday. Also, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has stepped up criticism of President Trump for refusing …
 
Playwright and pioneering AIDS activist Larry Kramer has died of pneumonia at age 84. He fought for greater resources and awareness of HIV, as well as for gay rights, during the 1980s and 1990s. Kramer was also a novelist and nonfiction writer who was taking on the topic of the coronavirus pandemic at the time of his death. Jeffrey Brown looks back…
 
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