Serve me up some political news
August 23, 2012 1:57 PM   Subscribe

I need a (daily?) podcast to keep up with (mostly?) American politics.

I don't watch television and the radio in my car is broken. I listen to a lot of podcasts. While I do read the news online, I feel like I'm missing a lot of the political stuff in the run-up to the November elections. I don't require the news to be up-to-the-minute fresh but within a couple of days would be preferable. Weekly would be less preferably but it would at least be something besides what I glean from Wait Wait Don't Tell Me's podcast.

News plus some analysis and discussion would be really great. I doesn't have to be neutral but I don't think I'd be interested in solely republican/conservative/teabagger perspectives. I'm generally liberal, progressive, and Democratic but I don't need a political slant to the news. Under 30 minutes would be great and if there's content that goes beyond political news, that's fine but I do want it to contain a pretty hefty dose of national politics.
posted by otherwordlyglow to Media & Arts (7 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
Weekly: Slate's Political Gabfest
Daily: The Rachel Maddow Show
posted by valeries at 2:27 PM on August 23, 2012 [1 favorite]

I listen to two weekly podcasts re:politics

The New Yorker Political Scene
Slate's Political Gabfest

THey are both very entertaining. Slate has three regulars, David Plotz, editor, Emily Bazelon, legal expert and John Dickerson who is also the Political Correspondent for CBS News. He is always on the campaign trail.

The New Yorker is hosted by Dorothy Wickenden their political editor and usually has Ryan Lizza, Hendrick Hertzberg, John Cassidy, Jill Lepore and others.
posted by readery at 2:30 PM on August 23, 2012

Since you listen to Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me!, have you tried streaming NPR's political stories, their It's All Politics podcast, or their other political podcasts?
posted by Boxenmacher at 2:31 PM on August 23, 2012

If you don't mind picking and choosing, NPR also provides Talk of the Nation, which frequently touches on American politics.
posted by China Grover at 3:01 PM on August 23, 2012

KCRW's Left Right & Center is exactly what you want... except it's weekly.
posted by jon1270 at 3:09 PM on August 23, 2012 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: >>or their other political podcasts?
God, I'm an idiot.

But thanks, I've loaded up my subscription list and I'll see what sticks.
posted by otherwordlyglow at 3:18 PM on August 23, 2012

Seconding KCRW's Left Right and Center, NPR's It's All Politics, and Slate's Political Gabfest (They're all weekly.) I also like to subscribe to Talk of the Nation and I only listen/download if I'm interested in the subject. On Wednesdays, they have 'The Political Junkie' on. It's one of the guys from the It's All Politics podcast, so there's some overlap but TotN has guests and callers so it's not the same. If you can handle some liberal slant, Best of the Left is twice a week. It collects audio from The Daily Show, Colbert, Rachel Maddow, Media Matters, and other progressive podcasts. I just skip forward when it gets too over the top with the liberal stuff.

All available for free in itunes.
posted by saul wright at 4:42 PM on August 23, 2012

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