The Graduate Guide to Podcasts: News & Politics

We’re just weeks away from the 2020 election, and it’s more important than ever to stay informed. We asked our graduate student community on our Instagram (@cofcgradschool) and the GSA’s Facebook group ( to share their go-to podcasts, and boy did they deliver! This edition encompasses the best of news and politics, as recommended by our graduate students!

The Daily:

Get the latest headlines and news in this podcast from The New York Times. Powered by NYT journalism, this podcast is hosted by journalist Michael Barbaro give listeners a podcast that’s “how the news should sound”.

Average Length: 20 minutes

Frequency: Daily

The Daily Zeitgeist:

Need a dose of laughs with your news? The Daily Zeitgeist offers commentary on the latest events and headlines while also making you laugh! Hosted by Cracked co-founder Jack O’Brien and co-host Miles Gray, this podcast will keep you up to speed and giggling while you do so.

Average Length: 60 Minutes

Frequency: Daily Weekdays

The Economist Radio:

The podcast from The Economist offers “sound reasoning on current affairs, business and finance, science and technology, and global issues”. Shows featured include The Economist Asks, and interview with a prominent figure, Babbage, which covers topics on science and technology, The Intelligence, which focuses on current affairs, and others.

Average Length: 30 Minutes

Frequency: Twice daily

FiveThirtyEight Politics:

Focusing on the “game-changers”, the Politics podcast from FiveThirtyEight aims to cover the latest in political news while tracking the issues and biggest stories from the week. Host Nate Silver, founder and editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight and special correspondent for ABC news, applies his skills as a statistician to guide viewers through the latest political stories.

Average Length: 50 Minutes

Frequency: Twice Weekly

Mic’d Up:

Hosted by local activist and organizer Mika Gadsden, Mic’d Up offers an unapologetic take on Lowcountry news and politics. This podcast is run by the Charleston Activist Network, a digital media platform “created to fight for racial and social justice and amplifying the voices of the marginalized”.

Average Length: 30 Minutes

Frequency: Twice Monthly

Pod Save America:

Pod Save America claims to be a political podcast for “people who aren’t ready to give up or go insane”. Hosted by former President Obama aides Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer, and Tommy Vietor, this podcast breaks down the week’s biggest headlines so listeners figure out what matters and how best to help. Guests include journalists, activists, politicians, entertainers, and world leaders.

Average Length: 80 minutes

Frequency: Twice Weekly

This American Life:

Combining journalism with storytelling, This American Life details stories and news around a different theme each episode, aiming to highlight compelling people and stories, funny moments, big feelings, plot twists, and surprising ideas. This award-winning podcast is popular among fans spanning from the United States to Ireland, Germany, Canada, and Australia!

Average Length: 60 minutes

Frequency: Weekly


Politics and News not what you’re looking for? Tune in to future posts that will cover graduate student recommendations for comedy, history, science, story-telling, and more! Last edition covered true crime and can be found here:

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