No one has posted about podcasts, but I expect there are many of you who listen to them. I would like to identify some that I enjoy which cover a range of topics from politics, foreign affairs, history, economics and books and I hope you will identify some that you like.
Unless otherwise stated, all of these shows are published once a week.
One of the earliest I discovered around a decade ago and to which I continue to listen is EconTalk. Russ Roberts is a libertarian who invites someone, usually an economist, to discuss a topic of interest. His libertarian views are always front and center which make for a robust exchange of ideas. This is the kind of conversation you would expect from serious people who are trying to explain and understand what is usually a complicated issue that the guest has researched and written about. No one shouts or talks over anyone else as you get with most political talk. The conversation is always respectful and illuminating.
I have also found it easier to listen to the Sunday news shows via podcast than watch them on TV. Meet The Press, Face The Nation, Fox News Sunday, This Week With George Stephanopoulos, and Fareed Zakaria GPS are on my list. They usually are available for download Sunday afternoon or evening. I always listen to Meet The Press and Fox News Sunday to get the widest coverage of the week's events. Fareed Zakaria has the best international coverage and the most prestigious guests. There are other Sunday talk shows, particularly from CNN that are available.
On foreign affairs there is a long list of good to great shows. One of the best and determinedly nonpartisan is the Council on Foreign Relations' The Week Ahead. Two CFR hosts discuss what events in foreign affairs are coming in the next week and their significance. I have been listening to this one for as long as I can remember and I have never heard them take a partisan position against Bush, Obama, or Trump. That contrasts with Deep State Radio with David Rothkopf (the former CEO and Editor of Foreign Policy which is about as harsh in its criticism of Trump's foreign policy as it gets. It posts two shows a week on Monday and Thusday. The E.R. (Foreign Policy's Editor's Roundtable) is generally nonpartisan too, but it often focuses on a particular issue in depth rather than covering the major issues of the week. Mark Leonard's World in 30 Minutes is a production of the European Council on Foreign Relations with an obvious focus on Europe. Talking Politics is produced by a Cambridge University don and his colleagues. Their focus is often on UK domestic issues with forays into the European Union and Trump's impact in Europe. Brexit is a frequent topic of discussion.
Editor's Picks from The Economist is another podcast I have followed for a very long time. It gives a summary of the major stories from the weekly Economist magazine. You get in depth discussion of four to five articles. You always get the main political and foreign affairs articles plus something on either technology, health, science, or a major social issue.
I will post about more later, but I would like to learn about others from you.