BY SAIS OBSERVER STAFF
As we live in the age of on-the-go information, we wanted to share with our readers our Top 10 Foreign Policy Podcast to help you stay up-to-date on the evolving international dynamic. Since many of us may not have the time (and let’s face it, when do we have time?) to read every newspapers and magazine, podcasts are a great way to hear news summaries, interviews, and discussions about what is happening around the world. These podcasts are available through iTunes and are all free! (It should be noted that we are only identifying English-speaking podcasts.)
1. GLOBAL NEWS PODCAST | BBC
Average podcast length: 30 minutes
This is great 30-minute news summary that covers issues around the world in-depth. Recorded every 12 hours at noon and midnight GMT, Global News Podcast is an excellent source of international news from a well-trusted news organization spanning every continent. With reliable reporting, international stories, and great journalistic scope, the Global News Podcast is truly a staple for anyone interested in being versed in global events.
2. THE WORLD: THE LATEST EDITION | PRI
Average podcast length: 45-50 minutes
Public Radio International’s (PRI) The World: Latest Edition provides a daily newscast that reports on international events across the world. Rather than focusing on just breaking headlines, they also report on less-mentioned topics around the world. With podcasts ranging from 30 to 40-minutes in length, it is great way to get your background on the news beyond just the headlines.
3. FOREIGN POLICY PODCAST | FOREIGN POLICY MAGAZINE
Average podcast length: 40-45 minutes
From the creators of the Foreign Policy Magazine, Foreign Policy Podcast is a fairly new addition to the international relations podcast field. One of the best programs is Editor’s Roundtable with senior writer, David Rothkopf, along with other experts in the field debating essential issues regarding American foreign policy. Additionally, Global Thinkers bring together some of the leading experts together to discuss pressing foreign policy challenges in the 21st century.
4. FOREIGN AFFAIRS UNEDITED | FOREIGN AFFAIRS MAGAZINE
Average podcast length: 25-30 minutes
As one of the leading publications in international relations, Foreign Affairs Unedited is a great complement to the magazine. Their weekly podcast allows a forum for some of the leading thinkers in international relations to further expound on their articles and research printed in the magazine. Spanning topics of national security, international development, and global governance, Foreign Affairs Unedited is a great exposé of the international relations field.
5. THE ECONOMIST RADIO | THE ECONOMIST
Average podcast length: 10-15 minutes
The Economist known for its weekly magazine that provides great succinct analysis of global affairs and international economics. The Economist Radio is an excellent extension of the magazine because it boils down the news into great daily segments. Not only does it provide great explanations, its potpourri of topics will keep your engaged and holistically aware of events happening in the known and the obscure parts of the world.
6. THE WORLD NEXT WEEK | COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
Average podcast length: 25-35 minutes
Curious about what is happening next week? Want to know what international events will be the talk of news? The World Next Week is great weekly podcast that lays out the events for the coming week and explain their implications for the international environment. With podcasts released every Thursday, the World Next Week helps your prepare for the weekend ahead and provide ammunition for that Friday night cocktail party chatter.
7. THE CSIS PODCAST WITH COLM QUINN | THE CENTER FOR STRATEGIC & INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
Average podcast length: 10-20 minutes
This is another must-have podcast. Bringing together some of the great thought leaders of the time, The CSIS Podcast discusses some of the hard-pressed questions surrounding our international system. With host Colm Quinn, the podcast offers listeners a great weekly podcast through engaging discussion, thought-provoking debate, and digestible commentary.
8. HOURLY NEWS SUMMARY | NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO
Average podcast length: 5 minutes
Are you on the go and don’t have enough time to get to involved with a lengthy podcast? Hourly News Summary is the perfect news source for you. With a new podcast at the top of every hour, this 5-minute summary with provide with the essential news of the day with a focus on U.S. events and international developments. This podcast is a perfect addition to your list if you need that brief news pick-me-up.
9. FT WORLD WEEKLY | THE FINANCIAL TIMES
Average podcast length: 15 minutes
As trusted source of international news, FT World Weekly is an excellent extension of this renowned publication. Their weekly podcast does in-depth coverage of specific international topics beyond financial news making this a great addition to anyone’s looking to further their news repertoire.
10. SHORTWAVE | PBS NEWSHOUR
Average podcast length: 15-20 minutes
Shortwave does short, investigative reporting on a wide-breadth of issues both domestically and internationally. Although the podcasts tend to be U.S.-centric, many of topics covered have international consequences. Ranging from environment, military, humanitarian, and technological issues, there will be a subject matter that will speak to you. With short 10 to 15-minute podcasts, these podcasts will provide some great insight into myriad of issue topics.
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