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16 Best Political Podcasts

16 Best Political Podcasts

One of my favorite ways to stay educated on what is happening politically (besides twitter), is listening to political podcasts. While I typically try to get views from both the left and the right with news, most of the podcasts that I listen either lean left or are moderate / down the middle. Here are my favorite 16 political podcasts that help to keep me informed. tl;dr? Here is a twitter list of all of the podcasts (and their hosts) mentioned in this post: political podcasts twitter list. Note – this post contains affiliate links. You can read more about my use of affiliate links on my disclosure page.


16 Best Political Podcasts

NPR's Politics Podcast

Provider: NPR
Episodes: Mondays & Thursday; as needed
You'll Love It If  You: Would like a podcast that updates multiple times a week from highly respected reporters. This is one of my favorite political podcasts. The NPR Politics podcast includes weekly roundups of the top news as well as episodes dedicated to answering questions from listeners. Subscribe | Website | Twitter

KCRW's Left, Right & Center

Provider: KCRW
Episodes: Friday
You'll Love It If  You: Appreciate level-headed political discussions that reach across the aisle
I am guilty of listening to podcasts that are lean left. But Left, Right, and Center, hosted by Josh Barro,  gives me my fix of alternative points of view. I don't always agree with the hosts but I'm glad to hear what they have to say. Subscribe | Website

Slate's Political Gabfest

Provider: Slate / Panoply
Episodes: Thursday
You'll Love It If  You: Enjoy behind-the-scenes insider political information (having the host of Face The Nation pays off)
I consider this podcast ol' faithful – I LOVE this podcast. It's hosted by John Dickerson (Face the Nation), Emily Bazelon (New York Times), and David Plotz (Atlas Obscura; former EIC of Slate). Each of the hosts are highly respected in their respective domains and always provide a well-rounded argument for the given topic.Subscribe | Website | Twitter


Provider: Slate / Panoply
Episodes: Quasi-daily
You'll Love It If  You: Just really can't stand 45 with a passion. Jacob Weisberg, Slate's chairman, hosts this podcast dedicated to the ridiculousness that is 45's presidency. Weisberg is often joined by Jamelle Bouie (Slate's chief political correspondent) and other Slate writers (like Virginia Heffernan) to discuss all things 45 and how his actions/tweets/policies will affect us and the world. The best part? They start every episode with a dramatic reading of 45's latest tweets by John Di Domenico.Subscribe | Website | Twitter

Pod Save America

Provider: Crooked Media
Episodes: Monday & Thursday
You'll Love It If  You: Desperately miss Obama. This is hands down my favorite political podcast. Formally known as Keepin' It 1600, PSA is hosted by top aides of President Barack Obama: former head speechwriter (Jon Favreau), National Security Council spokesman (Tommy Vietor), advisor (Dan Pfeiffer) and Jon Lovett who served a speechwriter for both Obama and Hillary Clinton. They keep me sane, make me laugh, and are the reason why I decided to go knock on doors for Hillary Clinton. Subscribe | Website | Twitter

Fake The Nation

Provider: Earwolf
Episodes: Fridays
You'll Love It If  You: Need a little comedy with your politics. Fake The Nation is equal parts politics, comedy, and feminism. One reason why I love Fake the Nation? The host, Negin Farsad, is one of the few women of color hosting a political podcast at the moment. Subscribe | Website


Episodes: Mondays & Thursdays
You'll Love It If  You: Are tired of hearing men dominate your political news. Hellbent is ‘a feminist podcast for those who resist and persist.” Get it. One thing that I love about the podcast, besides the fact that I have known Sarah through facebook groups and twitter for a while, is that they are intersectional feminists and work hard to respond to the needs of their listeners. Subscribe | Website | Twitter

Up First

Provider: NPR
Episodes: Every morning at 6am ET, Monday – Friday
You'll Love It If  You: Need a quick and dirty breakdown of the daily news. Up First, covering both politics and pop cultures, manages to pack in all the news you need to be prepared for the day -including interviews! – in about 10 minutes. Hosted by Rachel Martin, David Greene, and Steve Inskeep. Subscribe | Website | Twitter

Politically Re-Active with W. Kamau Bell & Hari Kondabolu

Provider: Earwolf
Episodes: Thursdays
You'll Love It If  You: Are trying to figure out how to ‘survive in the age of Tr*mp.' Politically Re-Active, hosted by W. Kamau Bell (CNN's United Shades of America) and Hari Kondabolu, is dedicated to presenting nothing but real facts (begone, fake news) and help us “navigate the dumpster fire that is the US political landscape.” Subscribe | Website | Twitter

The Daily

Provider: The New York Times
Episodes: Every morning, Monday – Friday
You'll Love It If  You: Read the failing New York Times every morning. In a news cycle that moves more quickly than ever before, podcasts that update only once or twice a week can become quickly outdated. The Daily, hosted by Michael Barbaro, gives you the news in 20-minute chunks Monday through Friday. Subscribe | Website | Twitter

FiveThirtyEight Politics

Provider: ESPN
Episodes: Mondays & Thursdays; as needed (called emergency podcasts)
You'll Love It If  You: Are interested in the polling and statistics behind politics.
I don't care – I love Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight. Their politics podcast, hosted by Jody Avirgan, provides up-to-the-minute updates about policy and other political news (thank goodness for their emergency podcasts!). Subscribe | Website 

The New Yorker: Politics and More

Provider: New Yorker / WNYC Studios
Episodes: Monday & Thursday
You'll Love It If  You: Have a stack of The New Yorker sitting on your coffee table
The Politics and More podcast is hosted by The New Yorker's executive editor, Dorothy Wickenden. The podcast is basically The New Yorker in an audio format and I love it. Subscribe | Website

Can He Do That?

Provider: The Washington Post
Episodes: Fridays
You'll Love It If  You: You're genuinely wondering if 45 is allowed to do all the crazy shit he thinks is presidential. Ever read one of 45's tweets and think “can he do/say that?” Then this podcast, hosted by Allison Michaels, is for you. The Washington Post's Can He Do That” helps to set the record straight and figure out if he really can do [insert f*cking ridiculous events/policy/etc. here]. Subscribe | Website

POLITICO's Nerdcast

Provider: Panoply
Episodes: Fridays
You'll Love It If  You: Are looking for a podcast that gives you the news about politics right down the center. Nerdcast started as a podcast about the 2016 election but decided to stick around post-November. The podcast's host, Scott Bland, often brings on guests and co-hosts from across the political spectrum so the show isn't as partisan as others. Subscribe | Website 

So That Happened

Provider: HuffPost
Episodes: Thursdays
You'll Love It If  You: Dig HuffPost's political reporting (and lean pretty far to the left). If you follow the news (which, I bet you do since you're reading this post), you know that the Huffington Post recently went through a large layoffs lay offs. One of the individuals laid off was the host of So That Happened, Jason Linkins. I really enjoyed him as a host of his replacement is doing a great job as well. Subscribe | Website

Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

Provider: The Ringer
Episodes: Thursdays
You'll Love It If  You: Miss seeing Larry Wilmore on The Daily Show and The Nightly Show. Formatted similarly to the Nightly Show, Black on the Air features Wilmore discussing topics at the intersection of politics and race, all while bringing on kick ass guests (like Neil deGrasse Tyson). Subscribe | Website 

Love or hate any of the podcasts mentioned on this list? Or, do you have a favorite that I didn't include? Share your favorite political podcasts in the comments.

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Nicole is a treasure hunter and pup mama located in Seattle, Washington. Loves travel, politics, lifestyle, TV, & wine. She's an unapologetic SJW & feminist AF.

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  1. Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons
    8 months ago

    Slat is kind of my old faithful but I’ve heard great things about “Can He Do That?” Thanks for all the great recommendations! x

  2. Kay R.
    8 months ago

    Im always looking for a good podcast so Im definitely saving this.

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