To cut through the noise, here is where we are tuning in for educated, informative takes on where politics are now, and thoughts on where the state of our nation is headed. Because sometimes it's helpful to listen to dialogue and conversations to make sense of the currents news.
This is what the news should sound like. The biggest stories of our time, told by the best journalists in the world.
Episode we love: A User's Guide to Mail-In Voting
"The pandemic will mean that many more Americans vote by mail this year. All 50 states require people to register before they can cast a mail-in vote. But from there, the rules diverge wildly. And a lot could still change."
In The Thick
A podcast about politics, race, and culture from a POC perspective.
Episode we love: The End of Roe
The future of Roe v. Wade and the hosts unpack the history of reproductive justice for women of color and immigrants. Also, they discuss the role these issues might play in the first presidential debate of the 2020 election season.
NPR's Up First
The three biggest stories of the day, with reporting and analysis from NPR News—in 10 minutes.
Episode we love: All! For a quick daily dose of current events.
Where to listen: NPR
You and Me Both with Hilary Clinton
Episode we love: Our Next VP
Hillary sits down with U.S. Senator and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris to talk about their families, their shared admiration for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and making history.
Clinton on RBG: “She saw wrongs that she wanted to help rectify, and she was in pursuit of justice and equality, plain and simple, under the constitution. When I think of her, I think of her as a mighty warrior even though she was, as you say, a petite woman. But a woman with enormous energy and conviction.”
The Brown Girls Guide to Politics
The Brown Girls Guide to Politics Podcast is all about amplifying the voices of women who are too often forgotten in media coverage. Host A’shanti Gholar leads conversations with women changing the face of politics.
Episode we love: Imara Jones: “Be brave even when you think you can’t.”
Where to listen: Wonder Media Network
These are real conversations to help us understand politics, democracy and the news, while treating each other like thoughtful human beings.
Episode we love: Processing the Presidential Debates
"And what that brought up for me with this debate was the clearest understanding of my own privilege that I've ever had. Because this truly is the first time I've ever watched a presidential debate with an issue that directly is harming my family right now. I've never watched a debate through that lens."
Where to listen: Apple Podcasts
The news tells you what's going on, but not what to make of it. Every week New York Times Opinion columnists explain the argument from each side of the political spectrum, so you can decide where you stand and how to persuade the opposition.
Episode we love: A Battle Over the Battle for the Supreme Court
What's discussed: the Republican hypocrisy of trying to fill the seat before the election, the self-weakening counter-strategy of Democrats, and Roe v. Wade’s centrality of the whole partisaned battle.
And a bonus pod for some much-needed levity, but also well-rounded information from experts:
Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness
A weekly exploration of all the things Jonathan Van Ness is curious about. It's a journey with Jonathan and experts in their respective fields as they get curious about anything and everything under the sun.
Episode we love: Are You Getting Every Word of This? With Erin Brockovich
"One. That’s how many people it takes to start a movement advocating for safe drinking water. This iconic conversation is between Jonathan and Erin, all about what’s in our water, who’s currently regulating it, and how we can take charge of the water supply in our communities."
Where to listen: Apple Podcasts