As the media world becomes increasingly crowded, it can be difficult to determine which news sources will provide the most reliable information—and even more difficult to keep up. Podcasts are a great way to further your knowledge of topics in international relations, such as social enterprise and international development, even when you don’t have a lot of time on your hands. The eight we’ve highlighted below—which provide a variety of perspectives on the state of the world from policy analysts, think tank leaders, journalists, and more—are ones we’d recommend adding to your subscription list. Entries are organized in alphabetical order.
2. Big World — American University School of International Service
Hear from experts with the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C. Each episode covers complex topics related to international affairs, human rights, terrorism, foreign policy, democracy, inequity, foreign aid, election season, refugees, activism, politics, war, climate change, and more.
The Brookings Institution—a nonprofit public policy organization in D.C. that conducts research on a range of challenges facing local, national, and global communities—releases new episodes of this weekly podcast each Friday. Hosted by Fred Dews, managing editor of podcasts and digital projects at Brookings, the series offers a deep look into the work being done by Brookings’ renowned fellows as it relates to current events.
What do we mean when we talk about foreign aid? What’s a global gag rule? These straightforward questions set the stage for in-depth conversations with policy and global affairs experts in this twice-weekly podcast from Mark Leon Goldberg. Goldberg, who is editor of the United Nations and global affairs blog UN Dispatch, also co-founded the Development and World Aid News Service (DAWNS)—another great resource for aspiring international relations professionals.
Whether you excelled in microeconomics or barely survived it, Planet Money provides thought-provoking analysis of the economy as it relates to every corner of society. A crew of contributors and hosts, such as Jacob Goldstein and Robert Smith, walk listeners through abstract concepts (“What is money?”), theoretical analysis (“What would the perfect immigration system look like, according to economists?”), and concrete issues (“How did ‘the economy’ as we know it come into being?”) alike. At less than 30 minutes per episode, this podcast is a great option for those with little time to spare.
CSIS, a bipartisan, nonprofit policy research organization based in Washington, D.C., has spearheaded strategic insight and scholarship around the state of international affairs for more than 50 years. CSIS Trustee Bob Schieffer and Chief Communications Officer Andrew Schwartz helms the organization’s podcast. Schieffer and Schwartz tackle global policy issues and interview experts in the field to engage in informed discussions about everything from election security to the long-term effects of a pandemic on global migration.