The Only Podcasts You Need To Listen To During Trump's Presidency

Designed by Tristan Offit
Another day, another shocking political development. Sometimes, it seems keeping up with the news can be a full-time job. We’re forced to compromise between staying woke and staying sane. But fear not. There’s a way to get your news interpreted, clarified, and made compelling. Enter the podcast.
Each of the these political podcasts aims to bring you the daily gist in digestible form. From great strategic political minds to brash comedians, these programs provide a multifaceted perspective on the modern era. So, press play and put your boring chores, train rides, and long drives to good use.
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Pod Save America

As former aides to the Obama administration, Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor have the insider perspective necessary for providing an insightful take on the news. Twice a week, they gather for a freewheeling, informative discussion on the events of the last few days. Often they’re joined by journalists, politicians, and comedians for an even more lively convo. While we cringe at the content, we certainly look forward to the podcast.
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Can He Do That?

Can the president of the United States sass the Australian president on Twitter? Can POTUS enact an unprecedented immigration ban practically overnight? With the first few months of his term as proof, it's clear that Trump is set on challenging everything we thought a president could do.

The Washington Post is here to help. With episodes like, "Can He Tweet That?" and "Will Trump Ever Release His Tax Returns?" all of your burning Trumpian questions will be answered — or, at least, tackled head-on. Each week, host Allison Michaels is joined by another Washington Post reporter to illuminate how Donald Trump is changing the seat of the presidency, and what this means for us humble beings outside of Washington.
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More Perfect

More Perfect peers into America’s most exclusive club, the Supreme Court, and tracks the court decisions’ reverberations in regular folks’ lives around the country. Since Week One of the Trump presidency, the judiciary’s role in regulating the executive branch has come under examination. So, there’s never been a better time to listen to More Perfect.

Season 2’s launch is right around the corner.
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This podcast is Slate’s attempt to answer the question: Who is the Donald? More or less every day, the Slate chairman Jacob Weisberg, writer Virginia Heffernan, and Slate chief political correspondent Jamelle Bouie talk to historians, psychiatrists, and experts to explain the controversial figure currently leading the free world.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll feel totally lost — but never alone.
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Pod Save The World

Despite what President Trump's phone calls might suggest, most decisions about international relations don't take place over Twitter.

Pod Save the World, spin-off to the hugely popular Pod Save America, pulls back the curtain on the shady world of deals and diplomats. Host Tommy Vietor holds a series of conversations with people who were present at secret foreign policy negotiations. Everyone who was in the room where it happens, if you will.
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The Daily

Perfect for the busiest of us, this daily podcast packages all Trump-related news in 15 to 20-minute chunks. Hosted by Michael Barbaro, The Daily brings you New York Times coverage in audio form. The podcast is ready for download Monday through Friday by 6 a.m., so you can wake up woke.
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Call Your Girlfriend

Every two weeks, far-flung best friends record their phone call in which they discuss everything from pop culture to politics. An ode to long-distance friendships everywhere, there's no topic Ann Friedman and Animatou Sow won't venture to discuss in this intimate conversation.
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The FourFiftyOne

For those of you tired of passively consuming news and ready to take action, we have the media source for you.

The podcast's name is a reference to Ray Bradbury's dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451, which takes place in a future where books are burned and people spend their days stuck in front of TV screens. Just as the protagonist in Fahrenheit 451 finds a community of resistors outside of the confines of his society, FourFiftyOne likens itself as a "podcast for the resistance." Speaking to a liberal audience, hosts Summer Brennan, Jonathan Mann, and Jesse Hirsch are committed to making sure listeners don't feel alone in the age of Trump.
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Dear Sugar

And now, something completely unrelated to politics. Dear Sugar is the weekly advice podcast hosted by Cheryl Strayed (author of Wild) and Steve Almond. With boundless empathy, Strayed and Almond read letters from listeners and dole out thoughtful advice. Dear Sugar promotes the type of self-care and introspection we can't forget about in these tumultuous times. Take care of yourself, and take care of your people.