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The Best Political Podcasts for Liberals (2019)

When conservative voices dominate the radio waves, it's more important than ever to get your news from diverse sources. We've found the best podcasts available right now from news sources that value research, expert opinions, and progressive values, and made them really easy to listen to. Listen to "Progressive Talk Radio" in the Scout FM apps, or ask your Alexa to "open Progressive Talk Radio."

1. 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.

Aug 20, 2019
On The Trail With Andrew Yang
Andrew Yang makes his case for why he's the best pick for President.
2. FiveThirtyEight Politics

Aug 19, 2019
Elizabeth Warren's Comeback
How did Elizabeth Warren gain ground after polling fifth or sixth nationally a handful of months ago?
3. Stay Tuned with Preet

Join former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara as he breaks down legal topics in the news and engages thought leaders in a podcast about power, policy, and justice.

Aug 15, 2019
ICE raids
A look at the ICE raids that have resulted in the arrests of hundreds of undocumented workers, but no charges against the businesses.
4. 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.

Aug 20, 2019
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Not Regretting Al Franken
New reporting raises questions about whether the Democratic party moved too quickly in calling for Al Franken to resign.
5. 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.

Aug 20, 2019
Tuesday, August 20th, 2019
Five years after Eric Garner's death, the police officer who placed him in a choke hold has been fired.
6. Pod Save America

Aug 19, 2019
Democratic Primary and Electability
The Democratic primary is relatively stable heading into the fall campaign, and voters are still trying to define electability.
7. Vox's The Weeds

Aug 16, 2019
Trump's war on Medicaid
How does Medicaid work, and how is the White House trying to undermine it?
9. The Josh Marshall Podcast

Talking Points Memo editor and publisher Josh Marshall provides insight into the big political stories of the day. Joined by TPM staffers and special guests, the Josh Marshall Podcast is your companion for making sense of the Trump era.

10. All In with Chris Hayes

The biggest news and political stories of the day with a commitment to in-depth reporting that consistently seeks to hold our leaders accountable.

Aug 20, 2019
The White House is of Two Minds on the Economy
The White House insists there is nothing to see here, as the President all but demands emergency action on the economy.
11. NBC Meet the Press

NBC News' Meet the Press is the longest-running television show in history. If it's Sunday, it's Meet the Press with Chuck Todd.

Aug 18, 2019
Larry Kudlow, Beto O'Rourke and Mark Sanford
National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said he doesn't believe a recession is coming.
12. 1A

1A is home to the national conversation. Joshua Johnson hosts with great guests and frames the best debate in ways to make you think, share and engage.

Aug 19, 2019
Acknowledging Racism Is A Good Start
When it comes to being antiracist, you will constantly make mistakes. The right path is to be honest and strive to be better.
13. The Ezra Klein Show

Jan 17, 2019
Sean Decatur doesn’t see a free speech crisis on campus
Sean Decatur is the president of Kenyon College, the first African-American to hold the job. He doesn't see a 'free speech crisis' on campus
15. Inside the Hive with Nick Bilton

Every week, Nick Bilton interviews the leading minds in tech, politics, and culture to find out what motivates them, how they make decisions, and what keeps them up at night.

Aug 16, 2019
Was Jeffrey Epstein Murdered?
Everything about Epstein’s alleged suicide seems fishy, from the the sleeping guard to his broken neck.
16. The Argument

The other side is dangerously wrong. They think you are too. But for democracy to work, we need to hear each other out.

Aug 15, 2019
Is Josh Hawley the Future of the G.O.P.?
Is Missouri Senator Josh Hawley the future of the Republican Party?
17. Hardball with Chris Matthews

Join Chris Matthews each weeknight for a spirited hour of political analysis and debate with prominent politicians, newsmakers, and cultural icons. Matthews asks his guests the tough questions, and never backs down.

Aug 20, 2019
Zero chance McConnell, Trump support background checks
Despite overwhelming support for gun control reforms, it seems unlikely that actual background checks will pass.
18. The Rachel Maddow Show

Rachel Maddow works with unmatched rigor and resolve to explain our complex world and deliver news in a way that's illuminating and dynamic, connecting the dots to make sense of complex issues.

Aug 20, 2019
Americans in every state rally for gun reform
Americans in every state rally for gun reform as Trump waffles.
19. Political Gabfest

Aug 15, 2019
Public Charge
A look at Trump’s new move to punish documented immigrants, death in prison and Jeffrey Epstein, and recession.
20. Can He Do That?

Aug 9, 2019
How much can a president affect gun policy?
After two mass shootings, President Trump is considering background checks and red-flag laws. Will he follow through?
22. More Perfect

Radiolab’s More Perfect is a series about the Supreme Court. More Perfect explores how cases inside the rarefied world of the Supreme Court affect our lives far away from the bench.

Dec 4, 2018
The Most Perfect Album: Episode 9
At this moment, we have 27 Amendments to our Constitution. What will be the 28th?
23. Trumpcast

A quasi-daily podcast from Slate chronicling Donald Trump's rise to the presidency and his current administration.

24. With Friends Like These

Ana Marie Cox, political columnist and culture critic, sits down with liberals and conservatives, pastors, writers, activists, and other people you should know for an open, funny, in-depth conversation about what divides us.

25. Pod Save the People

Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics through deep conversations with influencers and experts, and the weekly news with fellow activists Brittany Packnett and Sam Sinyangwe, and writer Clint Smith.

Aug 20, 2019
Measure Fear Against the Outcomes
Taking a look at the 1619 Project from The New York Times. Plus, how Google plans to tackle disaster relief.
26. Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! is an independent daily TV & radio news program, hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González.

27. It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders

A talk show with a heart. Each week, Sam interviews people in the culture who deserve your attention. Plus weekly wraps of the news with other journalists. Join Sam as he makes sense of the world through conversation.

28. Counter Intelligence

Counter intelligence. National politics. Hosted by Eric Levai.

29. Abe Lincoln's Top Hat

Politics! We know you love them just as much as we do. Join political commentator Ben Kissel and radio man Marcus Parks each week as they discuss what's going on in politics and the world of social issues.

30. SE Cupp's Weekend Warriors

Each week, SE and a rotating cast of experts discuss and debate the most pressing foreign policy issues facing the US: from the crisis in Syria to North Korea's nuclear weapons and Russian election meddling.

31. SE Cupp Unfiltered

S.E. Cupp brings her distinct outlook and a searing honesty on contemporary issues, with a focus on the white-hot intersection of politics, the media and policy.

32. Best of the Left

A compilation of the best of liberal and progressive talk.

33. The Oath with Chuck Rosenberg

The Oath with Chuck Rosenberg, MSNBC’s newest original podcast, is a series of revealing, one-on-one conversations with thoughtful former American public officials from the highest levels of government service.

34. The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Award Winning Long-Form Interviews, Entertaining Daily Politics and Smart Analysis.

35. The Michael Knowles Show

The Michael Knowles Show goes beyond the headline, analyzing the top cultural and political issues of the day. Monday through Thursday.

36. Fareed Zakaria GPS

Fareed Zakaria GPS takes a comprehensive look at foreign affairs and global policies through in-depth, one-on-one interviews and fascinating roundtable discussions.

37. Skullduggery

Underhandedness. Trickery. Unscrupulous behavior. Skullduggery breaks down the latest revelations in the Russia probe as well as the numerous — and multiplying — other investigations into President Trump's business practices and conduct in office.

38. Words Matter

American politics is undergoing seismic changes that will alter the course of history. As hosts of Words Matter, Katie Barlow and Joe Lockhart believe that facts, evidence, truth and objective reality are necessary and vital in public discourse.

39. Anderson Cooper 360

Anderson Cooper brings you highlights from CNN's premier nightly news program AC360.

40. Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan

Journalist Mehdi Hasan is known around the world for his televised takedowns of presidents and prime ministers. In this new podcast from The Intercept, Mehdi unpacks a game-changing news event of the week while challenging the conventional wisdom.

41. Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill

The people behind The Intercept’s fearless reporting and incisive commentary—Jeremy Scahill, Glenn Greenwald, Betsy Reed and others—discuss the crucial issues of our time: national security, civil liberties, foreign policy, and criminal justice.

42. The Breakdown with Shaun King

Join Shaun as he unpacks the most important stories of injustice, racism and corruption, but also tells you who's fighting back and how you can support and join them with practical action steps.

43. The Young Turks

The Young Turks is Home of The Progressives. Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian and a host of progressive voices deliver the news and provocative commentary.

44. The Electorette

The Electorette: A new podcast about politics, intersectionality and feminism. The Electorette features interviews and conversations with the women leading the resistance.

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