The 12 Best News Podcasts of 2018

Want more facts and less commentary? Listen up

Young businessman drinking coffee and listing to a news podcast
News podcasts are a trendy way to keep up with current affairs and markets.

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News podcasts are a great way to stay up-to-date on current events due to the medium's ability to let you listen to episodes at home, on your way to work, while in the gym, or even while traveling.

While some news programs do have a reputation for being all about shock and controversy, there's a growing number of quality news podcasts that pride themselves on being unbiased, balanced, and neutral when it comes to major issues and are also 100% free of fake news.

Here are 12 of the top news podcasts you should subscribe to.

Monocle's The Globalist news podcast
Monocle's The Globalist.

 Monocle

With over 1,700 episodes recorded, The Globalist is one of the longest-running news podcasts available to listen to for free online. The show is hosted by a mix of Monocle Magazine's editors who are frequently joined by respectable experts who can offer insight into the day's breaking news.

What We Like:

  • Five episodes of The Globalist are recorded per week, making this podcast a great one to add to your daily routine.
  • The regular hosts come from a variety of countries which allows for some wonderfully diverse insights into news stories you wouldn't usually get.

What We Don't Like:

  • The Globalist is a great podcast for hearing about major world news that really matters, but it also means you'll need to consume smaller, local news elsewhere.
Vox Today Explained news podcast
Vox Today Explained news podcast.

 Voz

Each episode of Today Explained focuses on a specific topic relating to a current news story and breaks it down so the average person can understand all aspects of it. 

What We Like:

  • Today Explained is very well-researched and often features solid interviewees and sound bites to help provide further context for complex issues.

What We Don't Like:

  • This podcast provides great value to the listener but is more of a tool for understanding a news story rather than hearing a rundown of the day's top stories. Would be a great companion to Monocle's The Globalist podcast.
BBC's World Business Report news podcast
BBC's World Business Report news podcast.

 BBC

World Business Report is an official BBC podcast that covers breaking news from all around the world relating to politics, finance, business, and relationships between different countries. One episode may cover a breaking news story about Trump and immigration, while another may dive into the trade relationship between China and Zambia. 

What We Like:

  • Two to three episodes can be published per day if major news stories break which means you'll be kept up-to-date on what's happening around the world.

What We Don't Like:

  • With such a global focus, there may be entire episodes about certain countries or regions you're not interested in.
IGN Spoken Edition news podcast
IGN Spoken Edition news podcast.

 IGN

IGN Spoken Edition makes keeping up with breaking pop culture news easy. Each episode consists of the professional narration of that day's trending news story with subjects ranging from the reveal of a cool new anime series to a release date announcement for a major video game title or movie.

What We Like:

  • IGN Spoken Edition releases a new episode every weekday.
  • Covers TV, movies, comics, anime, and video games.

What We Don't Like:

  • Each episode is only one to five minutes long and typically only covers the biggest news story of the day. 
Kinda Funny Games Daily video game news podcast
Kinda Funny Games Daily video game news podcast.

 Kinda Funny

Hosted by a group of experienced video game journalists who know how to separate speculation from fact, Kinda Funny Games offers a reliable and entertaining source of video game news that covers Nintendo, PlayStation, Xbox, PC, and the industry as a whole.

What We Like:

  • A fresh style that manages to be both professional and fun.
  • High-quality guests ranging from video game developers and voice actors to journalists from rival geek culture publications.

What We Don't Like:

  • The hosts can occasionally lose focus and go off on a tangent. However, they always find their way back to the news eventually.
TIME Spoken Edition news podcast

 Time

Similar the IGN Spoken Edition podcast, this version offers podcast listeners a way to catch up on news stories published on the TIME website and magazine without having to read a single word.

Episodes of TIME Spoken Edition range from 10 to 50 minutes long and contain a number of the newly published articles read aloud by a professional voice talent.

What We Like:

  • A fantastic way to consume written TIME news stories.

What We Don't Like:

  • The narration is extremely clear and easy to understand, but it's also a bit monotonous and could bore listeners quickly.
The Takeaway news podcast
The Takeaway news podcast.

WNYC Studios

The Takeaway is a podcast about domestic news made by Americans for Americans. Each episode of The Takeaway runs for around half an hour and new episodes go online every weekday.

What We Like:

  • Controversial topics discussed in a calm respectful manner.

What We Don't Like:

  • Those looking for news from outside the U.S. will need to look elsewhere.
Business Story of the Day : NPR business news podcast
Business Story of the Day : NPR business news podcast.

 NPR

Only have five minutes in your schedule to catch up on the latest business news? NPR's Business Story of the Day podcast is the podcast for you, with its short runtime and an impressive knack for fitting a summary of a breaking news story and a related interview all within a four-minute episode.

What We Like:

  • Short episode length means this podcast won't be one that ends up in your unlistened pile.
  • Good variety of business news from different industries.

What We Don't Like:

  • With only one topic covered per episode per day, it's hard to ignore the feeling you're missing out on other business news.
Collider Jedi Council Star Wars news podcast
Collider Jedi Council Star Wars news podcast.

 Collider

Looking for news from a Galaxy Far Far Away? Collider Jedi Council is one of the best Star Wars podcasts around, with its professional production values, experienced hosts, and special guests who are either big fans of the Sci-Fi franchise or directly involved in the making of its films and TV series themselves.

What We Like

  • High-quality production.
  • Covers Star Wars movie, TV, comic book, actor, and merchandise news.

What We Don't Like:

  • Some of the hosts can sound a little too professional and lack the warmth of some of the more casual Star Wars podcasts.
English News - NHK World Radio Japan news podcast
English News - NHK World Radio Japan news podcast.

 NHK World

The English News podcast from NHK World begins each episode with a quick breakdown of the latest stories before elaborating with more detail and nuance. The podcast feed can update several times a day with the latest breaking news which is something very few, if any, podcasts ever attempt to do.

What We Like:

  • Fast summary of breaking news.
  • Purely informative with no bias or debate.

What We Don't Like:

  • The podcast feed only contains the latest episode so there's no way to catch up on news you missed.
60 Minutes podcast
60 Minutes podcast.

Winner of more than 80 Emmys, 60 Minutes is now available as a podcast, with each episode containing the complete audio from the TV episodes.

What We Like:

  • Award-winning journalism in podcast format for free.
  • A combination of breaking news, investigative journalism, and long-form content.

What We Don't Like:

  • It's great to have 60 Minutes episodes in podcast format, but audio-only does lead to some confusion when a non-English language is spoken and no subtitles are available.
PRI's The World global news podcast
PRI's The World global news podcast.

 PRI

The World is an American news podcast that covers both domestic issues and news from around the globe.

Each episode of The World runs for around 45 minutes and covers several breaking news stories, taking time to deep dive into several with analysis and interviews.

What We Like:

  • From politics and business to art and human stories, The World provides news updates from a broad selection of categories.

What We Don't Like:

  • The presentation style may bore listeners in their teens or early 20s. This is very much a news podcast for those 30 and above.