We're only a few months in, but it looks like the 2020 election is shaping up to be yet another dumpster fire. With more than 20 Democratic candidates already in the running and Trump vying for reelection by playing up his worst xenophobic impulses, it's enough to give you whiplash. That's why we've rounded up the best politics podcasts. These 15 picks will help you cut through the noise and focus on what's important to you. Think: Reproductive rights, healthcare, student debt forgiveness, and the border crisis.
The 2020 election may be hectic and intense already—and we're still over a year away—but it's also incredibly important. So tune into these political podcasts to make sure you're well informed about where America's at, where it's come from, and where it could be going. And then get ready to vote.
Hosted by former Obama staffers Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor, and Jon Lovett, Pod Save America gives U.S. politics a brutally honest read. This trio is not afraid to speak up and call people out—from critiquing the President's racist language toward four female congresswoman to openly discussing plans for impeachment. Plus, they reliably get some of the most impressive political guests to come on and get grilled.
A'shanti F. Gholar is reclaiming the political discourse for women of color. Her podcast, The Brown Girls Guide to Politics, provides black and brown women a space to stay informed, be engaged, and feel supported in an otherwise male-dominated political space.
We can all agree that Trump's time in office has been far from ordinary, to be overly polite about it. He's made decisions and statements that other presidents—maybe even just other human beings?—wouldn't dare repeat. So the Washington Post is finally answering the mind-boggling question on everyone's mind with their appropriately-named podcast: Can He Do That?
You've heard of two sides to every story, right? Well how about three? Left, Right & Center is here to tackle hot-button political issues from all three points of view, with a guest from each side each week and host Josh Barro acting as the center. If you've ever wondered, "What can the other side possibly be thinking?" then here's a great chance to find out every week in a civilized manner. Screaming matches strictly prohibited.
Two midwestern moms are looking to make a difference. Their show, Two Broads Talking Politics, centers around candidates, activists, and authors all looking for a way to piece our country back together again.
There's a new normal with Trump in office, and Amy Siskind of The Weekly List is here to capture it all. Each week, Siskind reviews the current administration's decisions and puts into perspective just how destructive they are to the current state of democracy.
Don't sleep on the Supreme Court: The decisions made there are some of democracy's most important. More Perfect seeks to explore the noteworthy cases that have shaped our justice system and how they've, in turn, shaped our society. Brought to you by the production-happy, history-loving folks at Radiolab.
Anyone who thinks political discourse is stuffy and boring hasn't listened to Political Gabfest yet. This podcast—hosted by Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz—is filled with smart analysis, top-notch humor, and all the political news you could ask for.
If you want to know the who's who and what's what in politics, you want to tune in to this podcast. Hosted by ABC News' Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl and Political Director Rick Klein, Powerhouse Politics is a deep dive into the people and events shaping our nation, so you not only know what's happening but exactly why it's happening and who made it happen.
Angela Rye is brutally honest...which, in politics, is rare. Lucky for us she has her own podcast, On One, where she gives her unfiltered opinion on politics, culture and race relations in America.
Mueller, She Wrote is an in-depth, snarky analysis of the ever-changing Trump-Russia investigation. Hosted by three brilliant women with incredibly poignant political commentary, this podcast will keep you updated on all things juicy— from the latest White House charades to shocking D.C. scandals.
FiveThirtyEight Politics is an extension of Nate Silver's popular website of the same name. The podcast features Silver and his team, as they share their notorious statistical analysis and critical opinions about our current political climate.
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