Top 10 Policy Podcasts of 2018

Contexture, in connection with its Bill Watch Policy and Legislative Solution, has released its Top 10 Policy and Government Affairs Podcast List for 2018

The popularity of podcasts for capturing up to the minute information makes this list a must-have for public policy and government affairs professionals!

  1. The Daily
    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.
  2. Political Gabfest
    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.
  3. Women Rule
    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.
  4. Up First
    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.
  5. Pod Save America
    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.
  6. The Weeds
    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 political world. If you are a policy wonk, “The Weeds” will fulfill your podcast desires.
  7. The NPR Politics Podcast
    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.
  8. FiveThirtyEight Politics
    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.
  9. The Pollsters
    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.
  10. Left, Right & Center
    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.

Check out the informative and compelling content now available through our partner Podchaser. Podcasting is fast becoming a must-have for all public policy analysts and government affairs professionals to stay up to date on the latest market commentary and analysis.

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