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Recommended politics podcasts

Mike McCartney

21st February 2021

A handful have been chosen in this weekend's newspaper

I have already blogged about the virtues of podcast listening with regards to beefing up a university application. For the purposes of this blog, with respect to a Politics application. But the same could be said, of course, for any undergraduate option.

This is the link to my entry from December 2020:

But there must be virtues to listening to them in their own right, given that the telecoms regulator reckons that at least 12% of the UK adult population plug into one podcast each week. There are lot of people applying to university, but not that many!

Anyway, the i carried a feature on Saturday listing their 50 favourites, on a whole range of topics, from sport to film. Among those were five on the subject of politics. Such is the nature of the difference between print and digital versions of papers, it took me a while to find the feature online, but here is the link:

Here are the news & politics ones:

Page 94: The Private Eye Podcast

An entertaining look at current affairs from the team behind the satirical current affairs magazine, who cast an eye over what’s going on in the world, recently investigating the unexpected downsides of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods. Apple Podcasts, Acast, Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Amazon, Google

The Economist Radio

The respected magazine also boasts a range of podcasts, including its daily round-up of news, The Intelligence, and The Jab, focusing on the global vaccination race. Checks and Balance, its weekly look at American politics, is also worth a listen. Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, Stitcher, TuneIn

Politico’s Westminster Insider

Claiming to give the listener a real sense of how Westminster’s corridors of power work, this podcast provides interesting context to overarching topical themes – including how to charm a US president and the history of pandemics in the Western world. Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, Stitcher, Simplecast, iHeart Radio, PlayerFM, Radio Public, CastBox, Pocket Casts, Overcast, Breaker

FiveThirtyEight Politics Podcast

Established by US uber-pollster Nate Silver, who has become something of an oracle every four years for the US elections, FiveThirtyEight gives a good rundown of the biggest news Stateside. Apple Podcasts,

The Political Party

Stand-up comedian Matt Forde offers an enjoyable peek behind the scenes in Westminster and beyond. Forde is well versed in the world of politics, having spent time as a political adviser himself. Guests include MPs and special advisers from all political hues, past and present. Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Acast, Soundcloud, Global Player, Radio UK

Happy podcasting!

Mike McCartney

Mike is an experienced A-Level Politics teacher, author and examiner.

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