Top 10 Policy Podcasts of 2018

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Creation Date January 15th, 2019
Updated Date Updated January 20th, 2019
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The Daily

This is what the news should sound like. The biggest stories of our time, told by the best journalists in the world. Hosted by Michael Barbaro. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, ready by 6 a.m.

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The political reporter-turned-audio man "Michael Barbaro" is the voice and managing editor behind the premier podcast. For about 20 minutes every weekday, he dives deep into one or two stories and interviews Times reporters about the news stories making headlines around the world.
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Political Gabfest

Voted “Favorite Political Podcast” by Apple Podcasts listeners. Stephen Colbert says "Everybody should listen to the Slate Political Gabfest." The Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz, is the kind of informal and irreverent discussion Washington journalists have after hours over drinks.

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Hosted by Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz, iTunes listeners once voted it "Favorite Political Podcast". The trio, which has been together on the podcast since 2005, discusses the biggest political stories and news on a weekly basis for about an hour in a way that other podcasts do not.
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Women Rule

Join POLITICO’s Anna Palmer on the Women Rule Podcast as she takes you backstage with women bosses for real talk on how they made it and what advice they have for women looking to lead. New episodes every Wednesday. Women Rule is produced by POLITICO in partnership with our founding partners Google and the Tory Burch Foundation.

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Hosted by Anna Palmer, who is well-known for being one of the three authors of the Politico Playbook newsletter, "Women Rule" brings on some of the most influential and well-known female leaders to talk about how they got to where they are today and what advice they have for other women.
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Up First

NPR's Up First is the news you need to start your day. The biggest stories and ideas — from politics to pop culture — in 10 minutes. Hosted by Rachel Martin, David Greene and Steve Inskeep, with reporting and analysis from NPR News. Available weekdays by 6 a.m. ET. Subscribe and listen, then support your local NPR station at donate.npr.org.

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Hosted by NPR's "Morning Edition" team of Rachel Martin, David Greene, and Steve Inskeep, "Up First" brings together top shelf NPR reporters to discuss three or four of the biggest stories of the day.
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Pod Save America

Four former aides to President Obama — Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor — are joined by journalists, politicians, comedians, and activists for a freewheeling conversation about politics, the press and the challenges posed by the Trump presidency.

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Started in 2017, it's hosted by four former aides to President Barack Obama: Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor. They made their mark in the podcast game hosting the "Keepin' it 1600" podcast for The Ringer leading up to the 2016 presidential election.
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Vox's The Weeds

In politics, you’re often told not to get lost in the weeds. But we love the weeds! That’s where politics becomes policy – the stuff that shapes our lives. Every Tuesday and Friday, Matthew Yglesias is joined by Ezra Klein, Sarah Kliff, Dara Lind, Jane Coaston and other Vox voices to dig into the weeds on important national issues, including healthcare, immigration, housing, and everything else that matters. Produced by Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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With episodes approximately an hour long and released twice a week, it's hosted by Ezra Klein, Dara Lind, Sarah Kliff, and Matthew Yglesias. In every episode, the trio dives deep into the policy ins-and-outs of a specific storyline or news topic in the politics world. If you are a policy wonk, "The Weeds" will fulfill your podcast desires.
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NPR Politics Podcast

The NPR Politics Podcast is where NPR's political reporters talk to you like they talk to each other. With weekly roundups and quick takes on news of the day, you don't have to keep up with politics to know what's happening. You just have to keep up with us.

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The podcast comes out at least once a week with a roundup of the biggest news stories in the political world, but the team will also do additional hits on breaking news that can't wait for the weekly roundup.
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FiveThirtyEight Politics

Nate Silver and the FiveThirtyEight team cover the latest in politics, tracking the issues and "game-changers" every week.

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Hosted by Nate Silver and the FiveThirtyEight politics team, the podcast comes out once or twice a week and delves into the latest political news and issues. But what sets Silver and his team of data journalists apart is that they dive into the numbers of the political world — making sense of the significance of these numbers and what they mean, determining the importance of these analytics, and examining the quantitative aspect of elections, polling, and more.
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The Pollsters

Politics. Policy. Polling. Pop Culture. Explore what America's thinking with two of the country's leading pollsters-the bipartisan team of Democrat Margie Omero and Republican Kristen Soltis Anderson. In this weekly podcast we take a fresh, friendly look at the numbers driving the week's biggest stories in news, politics, tech, entertainment and pop culture. Along with the occasional interview with pollsters, journalists, and other industry leaders, we'll lift the hood on the numbers revealing the hidden secrets of the public's mind.

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Explore what America’s thinking with two of the country’s leading pollsters–the bipartisan team of Democrat Margie Omero and Republican Kristen Soltis Anderson. In this weekly podcast we take a fresh, friendly look at the numbers driving the week’s biggest stories in news, politics, tech, entertainment and pop culture. Along with the occasional interview with pollsters, journalists, and other industry leaders, we’ll lift the hood on the numbers revealing the hidden secrets of the public’s mind.
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Left, Right & Center

Left, Right & Center is KCRW’s weekly civilized yet provocative confrontation over politics, policy and pop culture.

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Like Slate's "Political Gabfest," one of "Left, Right, & Center's" strengths comes from its unique mix of voices — Josh Barro is in the middle, hosting a rotating door of guests — and the way these hosts play off each other. They're purposefully from unique political viewpoints, enabling plenty of debate about the latest political news, issues, and controversies of the day, but always in a calm, respectful manner, never allowing the different perspectives to boil over the way we so often see online.
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