As good ‘ole 2017 is winding down and 2018 is coming up, EVERYONE is obsessing with their resolutions. Seriously, I can’t go on Instagram around this time of year without seeing at least 20 inspirational quotes about the New Year on my timeline and people telling everyone about their resolutions on their Stories. OK, yeah I’m also one of those people – but let’s ignore that for a bit. πŸ˜…

One of my goals in 2017 was to listen to more podcasts. We had just gone through the most intense election between Clinton & Trump that we’ve ever seen and ended up with an orange gorilla in the White House. And because of that mess, I thought that 2017 would be the perfect year to start listening to political/news podcasts. I’d be able to keep up to date with what’s happening in the US and in the world without having to spend tons of time reading articles online.

And that’s why I want to share them with you guys! Next year, it’s more important than ever to stay on top of what’s going on and how it relates to you. The below podcasts are the ones I listened to literally every day this year, so check them out in 2018! πŸ₯‚πŸŽ§

1. Pod Save America

The first podcast on my list is one that I’ve literally fallen in love with and can’t live without. After Trump’s election, three former Obama staffers came together and decided to create Pod Save America, one of the many podcasts of Crooked Media. It’s basically an hour or so podcast twice a week, where these guys get together and discuss US politics. And no, it’s not as boring as it sounds! These guys are HILARIOUS – they make listening to political talk…dare I say it…fun! They bring on tons of guests from all walks of life to make things even more interesting and engaging. Definitely my #1 favorite podcast!

2. Pod Save The World

OK, if you’re a world news junkie like me, then you’re going to love the next one. Also from Crooked Media, Pod Save The World is run by one of the boys I mentioned above. These pods are super in-depth looks at what’s happening around the world – from the potential for nuclear war with North Korea to Russia’s interference into the US and other country’s elections. The conversations that go on in this pod are some of the most worthwhile that I’ve ever listened to. You’re def going to feel smarter after listening to some of these πŸ€“

3. BBC Global News Podcast

So, sometimes you might just want the main news of the day delivered to your brain by a lovely British voice…no? Just me? Well, I’m telling you that the BBC Global News Podcast is 100% the best breaking news podcast on Spotify. Most of the time there are two podcasts a day, depending on how heavy the news cycle is. The presenters (who have the loveliest British accents πŸ•΅πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ) go through the top news and some more fun stories closer to the end. It’s def a quick, easy, and fun way to hear the news!

4. Crooked Conversations

The last podcast that I’ve been listening to in 2018 is Crooked Conversations, another one by Crooked Media. This is one that’s fairly new – it just came out a few months ago thanks to the success of Pod Save America and others. If you’re looking for a pod to kind of spur your mind a little bit and get yourself thinking about new subjects, then check out some of the episodes here! For example, I just listened to one yesterday called “How Did Humans Shape the Idea of God?”, which is completely random, but was oh so good.

MattBenfield

Hi all! My name's Matt and I'm 22 years old and currently living out my dreams of ignoring my mountain of student debt, living abroad and traveling the world. A few of my favorite things: avocados, pretending I know what I'm doing with my life, huskies, and enjoying the mini-existential crises I have every day.
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