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15 Must Watch News & Politics Podcasts

1. This American Life

This American Life is a weekly public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to about 1.7 million listeners. It is produced by Chicago Public Media, distributed by Public Radio International, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards. It is also often the most popular podcast in the country, with more than a half million people downloading each week. From 2006-2008, we produced a television version of This American Life on the Showtime network, which won three Emmys and is now re-airing on Current TV. We’re also the co-producers, with NPR News, of the economics podcast and blog Planet Money. And a half dozen stories from the radio show are being developed into films.

2. Talking Points Bill O’Reilly By Fox News Channel

Weeknights on FOX News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” Bill’s signature “Talking Points Memo” cuts through the spin and rhetoric with analysis and commentary on the day’s top stories

3. Real Time with Bill Maher By HBO Podcasts

Bill Maher and his panelists are back to take on the contenders, and pretenders, all year long! Download complete episodes including Overtime, where Bill and his guests answer fan questions. For more of Real Time, go to

4. The Rachel Maddow Show

Air America’s liberal talk show host discusses current events, with an emphasis on politics.

5. Planet Money

Planet Money is a multimedia team covering the global economy. We produce a twice-weekly podcast and create radio stories for Morning Edition, All Things Considered and This American Life. We also write a blog.

We think a lot of people feel overwhelmed by the global economy. They know it’s affecting their lives. But they don’t know how to dive in, and they don’t find most stories in most media outlets helpful.

6. Anderson Cooper 360° Daily (Video) By CNN

“Anderson Cooper 360° Daily” features highlights from CNN’s premier nightly news program.

7. The Economist By The Economist Newspaper Limited

Audio content from The Economist magazine, including interviews with journalists and experts on world politics, business, finance, economics, science, technology, culture and the arts.

8. NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams

Anchor Brian Williams provides a narrative of the Nightly News broadcast

9. 60 Minutes – Full Audio By CBS Radio News

Get the biggest scoops and best storytelling on television from 60 Minutes – on your schedule. Now you can listen to the show in its entirety every week. 60 Minutes is the most successful broadcast in television history with 82 Emmys under its belt. It won four Emmys this year for Ed Bradly’s story on the Duke University rape case, Lesley Stahl’s piece on ousted Hewlett-Packard chairwoman Patricia Dunn, Scott Pelley’s report on the genocie in Darfur and Mike Wallace’s interview with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. 60 Minutes is also the only show to obtain interviews with every American president from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush. The correspondents and contributors of 60 Minutes are Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, Steve Kroft, Lara Logan, Scott Pelley, Morley Safer, Bob Simon and Lesley Stahl. Andy Rooney is the broadcast’s commentator.

10. Newshour by BBC

Highlights from the Sony Award winning global news and current affairs programme. On air twice a day, every day of the year.

11. Front Page by NY Times

Find out what’s on the front page of The New York Times before it’s published. Monday through Friday, James Barron previews the top stories that will set the agenda for news coverage around the world.

12. NewsPod

Daily programme highlights from BBC Radio News. Interviews and reports from BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 live, the BBC Asian Network and the BBC World Service.

13. Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. Pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S., Democracy Now! is broadcast on Pacifica, NPR, community, and college radio stations; on public access, PBS, satellite television (DISH network: Free Speech TV ch. 9415 and Link TV ch. 9410; DIRECTV: Free Speech TV ch. 348 and Link TV ch. 375); and on the internet. DN!’s podcast is one of the most popular on the web.

14. Meet the Press with David Gregory

For over 60 years, Meet the Press has featured headline-making interviews with world-leaders and U.S. newsmakers. President John F. Kennedy once called Meet the Press the “fifty-first state.” Since then, every man who has occupied the Oval Office has appeared on the program.

15. Bill Moyers Journal

Bill Moyers returns to public television with a new weekly public affairs series BILL MOYERS JOURNAL. Each week the series will attempt to provide the high quality public service journalism for which Moyers and his colleagues have been identified for almost four decades. The series will aim for impact in content and production values.

“I retired from NOW WITH BILL MOYERS two years ago because it was time,” said Moyers. “Now it’s time to come back. Old journalists, like old soldiers, never die; we just tell new stories.”

Bringing back the landmark PBS series that first aired 35 years ago, Bill Moyers Journal will be reinvented for the 21st century to reflect the new challenges facing journalism and the issues confronting democracy. As always with a Moyers project on PBS, this one will be on mission, timely, and important.

The goal is to enrich the conversation of democracy with fresh and original voices-perspectives seldom available anywhere else on television-that reflect a diversity of wisdom, experience, and insight. Each week in a one-hour broadcast, BILL MOYERS JOURNAL will feature produced analysis of vital issues, strong interviews with unique voices on politics, the arts and letters, science, religion, and the media, as well as debates on public issues and documentary specials.

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