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The best podcasts for News and Current Affairs

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Who am I?

An independent author, a co-creator of the Ukraine Peace Talks show which brings together two Russian speaking persons with opposing views on the war in Ukraine. News and its analysis is an important part of my weekly podcast consumption. Some of the podcasts have been forged in this field.

What is my podcast playlist about?

This podcast list is for anyone who wants to stay informed and engaged with the world. It features some of the best podcasts for news and current affairs, covering a wide range of topics and perspectives. Whether you want to hear about the latest developments in politics, science, culture, or sports, these podcasts will give you the story behind the headlines, with personal storytelling and insightful analysis.

The podcasts I picked and why

1. The Daily

Why this podcast?

The Daily is a podcast by The New York Times that brings you the biggest stories of our time, told by the best journalists in the world. Hosted by Michael Barbaro and Sabrina Tavernise, The Daily gives you a deeper understanding of the news, every weekday morning. From politics to culture to science to sports, The Daily covers a wide range of topics with personal storytelling and insightful analysis.

The Daily

The Daily

The New York Times

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4.8

This is what the news should sound like. The biggest stories of our time, told by the best journalists in the world. Hosted by Michael Barbaro and Sabrina Tavernise. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, ready by 6 a.m. Listen to this podcast in New York Times Audio, our new iOS app for news subscribers. Download now at nytimes.com/audioapp

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958 Listeners

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2. Today in Focus

Why this podcast?

Today in Focus is a podcast by The Guardian that brings you closer to its journalism. Hosted by Nosheen Iqbal and Michael Safi, Today in Focus takes you behind the headlines for a deeper understanding of the news, every weekday. From global issues to local stories, from politics to culture to sports.

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Today in Focus

The Guardian

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5.0

Hosted by Michael Safi and Helen Pidd, Today in Focus brings you closer to Guardian journalism. Combining personal storytelling with insightful analysis, this podcast takes you behind the headlines for a deeper understanding of the news, every weekday. Today in Focus features journalists such as: Kiran Stacey, Pippa Crerar, Alex Hern, Peter Walker, Luke Harding, Andrew Roth, Shaun Walker and Jim Waterson. The podcast is a topical, deep dive, explainer on a story in the news, covering: current affairs, politics, investigations, leaks, and scandals. It might cover, for example, topics such as: the environment, green issues, climate change, the climate emergency and global warming; American politics including: Biden, Trump, the White House, the GOP, the Republicans and the Republican Party, the Democrats and the Democratic Party; UK politics including: parliament, Labour, the Conservative party, the Liberal Democrats, Rishi Sunak, and Keir Starmer; culture; the royals and the royal family, including King Charles III; HS2; the police; Ukraine; Russia; and Bangladesh

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34 Listeners

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3. Up First

Why this podcast?

Up First is a podcast by NPR that gives you the news you need to start your day. The three biggest stories of the day, with reporting and analysis from NPR News — in 10 minutes. Up First is a quick and convenient way to get up to speed on the news that matters.

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4.9

NPR's Up First is the news you need to start your day. The three biggest stories of the day, with reporting and analysis from NPR News — in 10 minutes. Available weekdays at 6:30 a.m. ET, with hosts Leila Fadel, Steve Inskeep, Michel Martin and A Martinez. Also available on Saturdays at 9 a.m. ET, with Ayesha Rascoe and Scott Simon. On Sundays, hear a longer exploration behind the headlines with Ayesha Rascoe on "The Sunday Story," available by 8 a.m. ET. Subscribe and listen, then support your local NPR station at donate.npr.org.
Support NPR's reporting by subscribing to Up First+ and unlock sponsor-free listening. Learn more at plus.npr.org/upfirst

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320 Listeners

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4. The 7

Why this podcast?

The 7 is a podcast by The Washington Post that gives you a rundown of the 7 most important and interesting stories of the day, with the reporting and insight of The Washington Post. Host Jeff Pierre takes you through the news that matters, from politics to culture to sports, in just a few minutes every weekday at 7 a.m. ET. The 7 is a convenient and engaging way to start your morning with the stories you need to know.

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The 7

The Washington Post

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Every minute of your morning counts. Host Hannah Jewell takes you through the seven most important and interesting stories of the day, with the reporting and insight of The Washington Post. Get caught up in just a few minutes every weekday at 7 a.m.

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5. Inside Europe

Why this podcast?

Inside Europe is a podcast by Deutsche Welle that takes you on a weekly deep-dive into the twists and turns of European current affairs, politics and culture. Host brings you the stories and perspectives that matter, from Germany's international broadcaster. From global issues to local stories, from Brexit to Belarus, from climate change to culture wars, Inside Europe covers a wide range of topics with personal storytelling and insightful analysis. Inside Europe is a podcast for anyone who wants to understand Europe better.

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Inside Europe

DW.COM | Deutsche Welle

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The original European current affairs podcast from Germany’s international broadcaster. Bringing you expert analysis and on-the ground reporting from the European capitals and beyond. Join host Kate Laycock and DW’s network of seasoned correspondents for your weekly dose of euro-politics and culture. Published every Thursday.

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