Monday 22 January 2018

4 Political Podcasts You Need to Listen To

I love politics (if you couldn’t tell already by the content of this blog and my Twitter), and I also love podcasts. I listen to podcasts a lot, quite a few of which centre around my love for politics, and I know that there are so many people who are looking for podcast recommendations, so here a few I hope you’ll like.

1. What Am Politics?

I love these guys. They’re hilarious. This podcast is essentially two Irish guys (Steve and Richie) chatting about politics. The events and topics they cover vary widely: from North Korea to Immigration to two episodes dedicated to Teddy Roosevelt (which was admittedly more of a History podcast but the funniest episode in my opinion). They have some great guests and I would definitely recommend if you want a laugh and some facts.

2. Reasons to Be Cheerful

This is probably the newest podcast on this list, created a few months ago by Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd. I personally love this – the guests they have (available from Ed’s extensive political connections) are incredible – from a 90-year-old woman living in a rent controlled apartment to Jess Phillips MP and Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London. They go into a lot of detail on different ideas and issues. I would just like a more right-leaning equivalent to help balance out the perspectives of what I listen to.

3. The Guilty Feminist

Okay. This is the big one. If you’ve read some of my posts before, you may know that I am a massive fan of the Guilty Feminist. I would love to attend one of their live recordings, but whenever I look they’re either sold out or somewhere abroad. I will go eventually! But seriously, if you haven’t listened to the Guilty Feminist the you need to. Hosted by Deborah Frances-White alongside a hugely diverse range of co-hosts and guests, they always discuss important topics and satirise current events. You are guaranteed to laugh out loud at this podcast.

4. The Guardian Weekly

This podcast is probably a lot more serious than the others that I’ve picked out. There are interesting, reliable guests that often consist of Guardian journalists (such as Polly Toynbee) or people who are involved either directly or critical of politics (such as Brendan Cox, husband of the late Jo Cox). The fact that this is a weekly news podcast makes it easier to keep up with the news with everything else going on in my life. This way, I can listen to the goings on in the world and stay updated in the dead time I have going home from college. I need to look into seeing if there are podcast by other newspapers so I can get more perspectives and not maintain my left-wing bias (which is a theme for all of these podcasts I’m afraid).

What political podcasts do you like? I’m always on the lookout for recommendations so please let me know!

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