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The 12 Best News Podcasts

Our daily lives are becoming busier by the day and it’s giving us less time to do the little things we enjoy. Little things like reading the newspaper with a cup of coffee before the house wakes up, or skimming the latest headlines while sitting in your favorite breakfast nook. But nowadays it’s all about how big your to-go cup is and how quickly you can get things done on the way. 

The great thing about podcasts is that you always have your phone ready to listen to your favorite show, so you don’t have to miss out on the latest daily news. If you haven’t found any news podcasts that work for you just yet, then there is no need to stress! Here is a list of the top 12 news podcasts for you to choose from to get your day started.

PBS NewsHour

PBS NewsHour has been a popular place to get your fix of daily news for the past 40 years. They’re known for their comprehensive coverage of any news or events that might be happening. Tune in every day for their 60-minute podcasts filled with everything you might need to know. On weekends they have a 30-minute podcast to ensure that you always stay up to date with the latest news.

Listen here: PBS NewsHour

Up First

Rachel Martin, David Greene, and Steve Inskeep are the charming hosts of NPR’s Up First Podcast. With their episodes being only between 10 to 15 minutes it’s easy to listen to them while you’re still getting ready for the day. Up First shares recent stories, anything from politics to pop culture. Episodes are available daily from 6:00 a.m. EST.

Listen here: Up First

The Globalist

The Globalist is one of the longest-running news podcasts recorded so far, with more than 1700 episodes already recorded. So whether your binge-listening or adding it to your daily schedule you can be assured that they know what they’re doing. With more than one host get ready to experience the diversity of the group through opinions and insights. Their main focus is giving you all the important news from all around the world.

Listen here: The Globalist

The Daily

Being stuck in traffic can be less than entertaining, which makes it the perfect time to tune in to The Daily Podcast and enjoy them doing all of the necessary research so you can stay up to date with everything that’s happening. Host, Michael Barbaro, knows that time is money and ensures to keep all his stories brief, by giving all the info you need in a manner that everyone will understand.

Listen here: The Daily

NPR News Now

NPR News Now is the definition of a quick news update. They share the most important news with you in a brief 5 minutes. These 5-minute episodes are posted every hour of every day. This podcast will work perfectly with your schedule; it’s there when you need it and just short enough so your boss won’t get suspicious of you being on your phone for long periods of time instead of working.

Listen here: NPR News Now

NBC Nightly News

Leaving work and on your way home, then tune in to this 20-minute evening news podcast where host Lester Holt analyses national and international events that happened during the day. If you’ve missed a few days of news then just check out their website and find the day’s news you’d like to revisit and voila.

Listen here: NBC Nightly News

Skimm This

In today’s world, context is clarity. “Skimm This” breaks down the most important stories of the day and explains why they matter. All in 10 minutes. Every Monday through Friday. All at 5 PM.

Listen here: Skimm This

BBC Global News Podcast

So you already have a local podcast that shares local news with you, but now you need something a bit more international. Well, BBC Global News Podcast shares World Updates with you in 30 minutes, twice on weekdays and once on weekends to keep you in the loop. In the show, you can expect to get news and analysis of Newshour, Newsday, The Newsroom and Outside source.

Listen here: BBC Global News Podcast

The Takeaway

The Takeaway is a news podcast recorder by Americans for Americans. You can expect a regular weekly posting schedule. Each episode is filled with controversial topics discussed in a calm and respectful manner. Topics such as, “President Trump faces first major blow in the effort to stonewall house democrats’ subpoenas”, “Laws across the country seek to limit abortion to 6 weeks”.

Listen here: The Takeaway

CBS Evening News

If you’re looking for a new podcast to enjoy while driving home or cooking dinner, then tune in to CBS Evening News. Join in and listen to their 20 to 40-minute end of the day podcasts. Hosted by Jeff Glor, CBS Evening News has not only been the flagship evening television news program but also a very successful news podcast. Find out what’s happening in your area as well as the world.

Listen here: CBS Evening News

World News Tonight with David Muir

Each weeknight David Muir discusses the latest headlines, breaking news, and major events. He helps break down all of these in such a manner that everyone can understand and enjoy the news. If you are already a follower of ABC World News Tonight and have found that your timing doesn’t match up any more than tuning in to their podcast is the way to go.

Listen here: World News Tonight with David Muir

Morning Joe

Spend your morning getting informed with Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, and Willie Geist. Each morning these three come together to give you the latest stories and political conversations. All of their episodes are between 30 to 60 minutes each are filled with unparalleled insight and analysis of the daily news.

Listen here: Morning Joe

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