Recommended news & politics podcasts

Official free, weekly podcast of the award-winning radio show "This American Life." First-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny, and surprising. Hosted by Ira Glass, from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. In mp3 and updated Mondays.

Serial is a new podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial unfolds one story - a true story - over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns. Sarah won't know what happens at the end of the story until she gets there, not long before you get there with her. Each week she'll bring you the latest chapter, so it's important to listen in, starting with Episode 1. New episodes are released on Thursday mornings. Serial, like This American Life, is a production of WBEZ Chicago.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. On this feed, you'll find TEDTalks video to inspire, intrigue and stir the imagination from some of the world's leading thinkers and doers, speaking from the stage at TED conferences, TEDx events and partner events around the world. This podcast is also available in high-def video and audio-only formats.

When Elizabeth Andes was found murdered in her Ohio apartment in 1978, police and prosecutors decided within hours it was an open-and-shut case. Two juries disagreed. The Cincinnati Enquirer investigates: Was the right guy charged, or did a killer walk free?

Each week Nic & The Captain get in the garage and talk true crime and drink beer.

The best of BBC World Service documentaries and other factual programmes.

Ready yourself for a murder adventure hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, two lifelong fans of true crime stories. Each episode the girls tell each other their favorite tales of murder , and hear hometown crime stories from friends and fans. Check your anxiety at the door, cause Karen & Georgia are dying to discuss death Host bio: Karen Kilgariff is a comedian, writer, musician and lover of all things sinister. You can find her albums on A Special Thing records and her thoughts on twitter @karenkilgariff

The Economist was founded in 1843 "to throw white light on the subjects within its range". For more from The Economist visit http://shop.economist.com/collections/audio

The Sword and Scale true-crime podcast is an immersive audio experience covering the underworld of criminal activity and the demented minds that perform the most despicable and unthinkable actions, proving that the worst monsters are very real. We cover true-crime stories, high-profile trials, unsolved murders and missing persons cases.

On June 12th, 1972, five-year-old Adrien McNaughton wandered away from his family at a lake in eastern Ontario and disappeared without a trace. In season one of SKS, host David Ridgen, who grew up in the area, goes back in a search for answers.

A weekly roundup of America through the eyes of two American Americans.

The New Yorker Radio Hour is a weekly program presented by the magazine’s editor, David Remnick. 

The Truth & Justice Podcast is listener driven show, devoted to the pursuit of truth and justice. Host, Bob Ruff, is currently investigating the Hae Min Lee murder case. Serial opened our minds to the case. The Undisclosed Podcast is digging deeply into the weeds, to expose the legal issues and misconduct involved. Bob and his listeners are kicking the doors in, and ensuring that everyone gets out safe. Bob is a Fire Chief, and uses his experience investigating arsons to find the truth. This innovative crowd source approach has proven to be an effective method of finding details in the case.

Money makes the world go around, faster and faster every day. On NPR's Planet Money, you'll meet high rollers, brainy economists and regular folks — all trying to make sense of our rapidly changing global economy.

Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer, former advisers to President Obama, host a Ringer podcast to discuss the political world, Trump, Hillary, and all you need to know before November.

Loud, fast-talking and deceptively funny, this politically-independent "forward-thinking pragmatist" looks at the events shaping our world through a uniquely American lens. It's smarter than you think, and faster than you expect.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. On this feed, you'll find TEDTalks video to inspire, intrigue and stir the imagination from some of the world's leading thinkers and doers, speaking from the stage at TED conferences, TEDx events and partner events around the world. This podcast is also available in high-def video and audio-only formats.

In the wake of Serial, much new evidence and information has been discovered and uncovered thanks to the investigations of attorneys Susan Simpson, Colin Miller, and the Adnan Syed Legal Trust. "Undisclosed" will examine and explore the case in greater detail, from an investigatory perspective instead of a narrative one.

Up and Vanished is an investigative podcast that explores the unsolved disappearance of Georgia beauty queen and high school teacher, Tara Grinstead. The 11-year-old cold case is the largest case file in the history of Georgia. Follow along as host Payne Lindsey, a film director turned amateur investigator, examines old case evidence and re-interviews persons of interest. What happened to Tara Grinstead?

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