Favorite Podcasts

These are the podcasts that are in my ear recently (Fall/Winter 2018):

Can He Do That?

Each episode of this podcast focuses on one aspect of Trump’s time in the White House that raises this question. Led by host Allison Michaels, the podcast features Washington Post reporters and experts.

Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan

Hosted by British political journalist, broadcaster, author, and recent immigrant to the US.

Diffused Congruence: The American Muslim Experience

Hosted by old friends and American Muslims- Zaki Hasan and Parvez Ahmed; interviews w/ Muslims of diverse backgrounds, careers, and interests.

It’s Been a Minute

Host Sam Sanders does weekly recap of the news, culture, etc.– plus deep dives with artists, writers, journalists and more.

NPR Politics Podcast 

NPR’s political reporters talk to you like they talk to each other. With weekly roundups and quick takes on news of the day, you don’t have to keep up with politics to know what’s happening.

NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour

NPR’s roundtable pop-culture discussion on the latest movies, television, books, comics and music.

Lovett or Leave It

Jon Lovett and a panel of comedians, actors, journalists, and others will break down the week’s biggest news.

Pod Save America

A conversation about politics hosted by Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor that breaks down the week’s news and helps people figure out what matters and how to help.

Slate Culture Gabfest

Co-hosted by Stephen Metcalf (Slate’s critic-at-large), Dana Stevens (Slate’s movie critic), and Julia Turner (Slate’s editor-in-chief).

Slate’s Political Gabfest

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz focus their attention on the week’s high profile political developments with their trademark banter, incisive analysis of the important issues of the day, and more.

Stay Tuned with Preet

Hosted by former US Attorney General for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara. 

The Waves (formerly DoubleX Gabfest)

A weekly conversation about news and culture examined through the lens of gender and feminism. 

The West Wing Weekly

Fan Hrishikesh Hirway and actor Joshua Malina rewatch the political TV drama- The West Wing- and provide recaps, reviews, and interviews w/ cast and crew.


Created by Jacob Weisberg, chairman and editor-in-chief of The Slate Group and author of The Bush Tragedy.