As the adage goes, if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu, and in our increasingly interconnected world, keeping up with current events is essential to staying out of the hors d'oeuvres.
While the speed and tone of the 24-hour news cycle can be overwhelming, podcasts provide a fun, accessible way to engage in a variety of current events and topics at your own pace. Depending on the scope and scale of the content, podcasts can lend themselves to a Netflix-esque binge, covering a deep dive on a topic or a general casual listening experience.
Whether you’re struggling to keep up with the latest political buzz or looking to add to your daily routine, here are 5 podcasts you should be listening to:
Debuting in January of 2017, this half-hour general news podcast has enjoyed critical acclaim and maintains a dedicated following. The Daily is a staple amongst news-driven podcasts and is a solid starting place for podcast newbies.
Like The Daily, the NPR Politics Podcast’s coverage of current events has a strong following. However, unlike The Daily, the this podcast varies in length. February 12’s episode was only 10 minutes – perfect for brief updates on the go.
The Intelligence by The Economist:
The Economist described their political leanings as " the extreme centre" and that holds true for their latest endeavor, The Intelligence. Starting in January, The Intelligence features conversational but informative interviews that allow listeners to draw their own conclusions on today’s most pressing news topics.
Beginning last December, Post Reports has carved out The Washington Post’s space as another well-established publication’s foray into the podcast arena. It is a refreshing mixed-bag of news content that features their namesake’s deft and thorough reporting, which heightens the intrigue of their slice of life and nontraditional stories.
The Axe Files with David Axelrod:
Lastly, The Axe Files said it best, describing their narrative-driven interview series as, “a series of revealing interviews with key figures in the political world...[Going] beyond the soundbites and [getting] to know some of the most interesting players in politics.” Each interview typically lasts an hour to an hour and a half, making this podcast a perfect remedy for a tedious commute.
As outlined above, podcasts are an accessible and fun way to ensure you’re engaged in the current state of public affairs. Just as these publications strive to create an inviting, engaging rapport with their listeners, Howard Consulting Group strives to affect positive policy outcomes for our clients through our community-centered advocacy. Check back soon for updates, and feel free to share this article with someone who needs a new podcast in their life!
By: Henry Weber, HCG Intern