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The best news and politics podcasts to help you make sense of it all

If you're looking to really make the most of your daily commute, these podcasts are guaranteed to make a smarter man out of you...

Most modern gentlemen have a curious trait in common: a desperate lack of time combined with a constant desire for self-improvement. Perhaps that’s why the podcast, with its quick, easily-digestible format, has become such fertile territory for entrepreneurial thinking, and accessible, every day learning.

But, with an ever-growing cacophony of voices pleading for your attention, it can be hard to know whose advice to take — particularly when it comes to keeping abreast of current affairs. With that in mind, we’ve curated a quick playlist of the politics and news podcasts we swear by over at Gentleman’s Journal HQ.

Turn on, tune in, and open your mind.

The Week Unwrapped

Each week, radio presenter Olly Mann joins The Week’s expert editorial team to delve into the most important stories from the past seven days – but not necessarily the ones that have been grabbing all the headlines. Each half-hour episode features three of The Week’s writers, who kick off their discussions with a thought-provoking audio clip.

Mann provides the show with a healthy dose of Marmite, thanks to a divisive on-air manner that some listeners might find grating, but the discussion is always thought provoking, and there’s a refreshing array of topics.

The best news and politics podcasts to help you make sense of it all

The Daily (From The NYT)

Turning our attention to our friends across the pond, The Daily is a news podcast and radio show by the New York Times. Hosted by political journalist Michael Barbaro, its episodes are based on the Times‘ reporting of the day, and each episode lasts 20 to 30 minutes, with new episodes airing every weekday.

The Daily is based on interviews with Times journalists, in which they summarise and comment on their story, and is complemented by recordings related to the topic, or original reporting, such as interviews with persons involved in the story. A summary of headlines concludes the podcast. As of June 2018, the podcast receives 1.1 million downloads every weekday.

The best news and politics podcasts to help you make sense of it all

Brexitcast (From Radio 5 Live)

We know, we know, we’ve gone ahead and said the B-word, but amidst all the fresh chaos that each passing week brings around the Brexit conversation, this chart-topping podcast seeks to shed some clarifying light. The BBC podcast has been a revelation — not simply for sticking it out for two years, but for continuing to gain momentum and listeners along the way, despite the undeniable national fatigue.

The reason is simple: it offers impartial analysis about what has been going on in Westminster and Brussels, with none of the formality and pomposity that usually comes with the topic.

The Intelligence (From The Economist)

To quote the jingle penned by another of our all-time favourite podcasters, Adam Buxton, “you should read The Economist, it’s not as boring as it sounds.” This year, the distinctly interesting weekly magazine launched The Intelligence — published every weekday by Economist Radio, to provide a fresh perspective on the events shaping your world.

Get a daily burst of global illumination from The Economist’s worldwide network of correspondents as they dig past the headlines to get to the stories beneath—and to stories that aren’t making headlines, but should be.

The best news and politics podcasts to help you make sense of it all

Beyond Today (From Radio 4)

Could Cambridge Analytica happen again? Why would Nike sponsor a cheat? What really happened in Ayia Napa? A glance across the myriad titles of the Beyond Today podcast episodes will give you a good insight into the breadth of topics this incredibly well-researched podcast covers.

Beyond Today is the daily podcast from Radio 4 that asks one big question about one big story in the news – and beyond. Tina Daheley, Matthew Price, and a team of curious producers search for answers that change the way we see the world, by speaking to the BBC’s global network of reporters, plus occasional special guests.

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