I remember that when I first got into podcasts, they were a niche medium. Now, all the big names in news and entertainment have a podcast. Welcome to the golden age of podcasting.

Podcasts are a great way of improving your communication skills. By listening to other people speak, you can improve your own oral abilities, learn new words, and gain a better grasp of the English language.

Below are some of my favourite news podcasts. New episodes of each podcast are released each weekday, and sometimes more often. Daily episodes are usually available early each morning, which makes these podcasts a great companion to your morning routine.

The podcasts in this list are not presented in any particular order. I recommend that you give them a try while jogging, cleaning, cooking, and, well, doing pretty much any other activity where you want some company. Happy listening!

NPR Up First Podcast

Up First is a short 10 to 15 minute podcast that summarizes the top three news stories of the day (which, in practice, means the top three stories of the previous day).

Up First tends focuses on political and international news stories, with an emphasis on United States news stories.

I’ve integrated Up First into my morning routine and regularly listen to it while showering or making breakfast.

Up First is available weekdays at 6 a.m. ET and Saturdays at 8 a.m. ET. Up First is a production of NPR and is hosted by Rachel Martin, Noel King, David Greene, Steve Inskeep, Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Scott Simon.

New York Times - The Daily Podcast

The Daily is a podcast released each weekday morning by the New York Times. In each episode, host Michael Barbaro dives deep into a trending news topic covered by the New York Times by interviewing the journalists that covered the story.

The Daily tends to focus on political news stories trending in the United States. Episodes are usually 20 to 30 minutes long, and each episode concludes with a summary of the top headlines of the day. Special edition episodes are released each Sunday and feature journalists and writers who read their new story over the course of 30 to 60 minutes.

I enjoy listening to The Daily whenever I want to learn more about a trending news topic. The Daily has great in-depth reporting on the topics that you care about.

BBC World Service - Global News Podcast

The Global News Podcast by the BBC World Service is, by far, the best podcast for learning about the top news stories around the globe. Each episode is 30 minutes long and briefly covers the stories you need to know, and then some.

The Global News Podcast is truly global. Although British and American news stories are heavily featured in each episode, significant portions of the show are dedicated to other geographies.

I love listening to the Global News Podcast because it gives me an idea of trending topics worldwide. My only complaint is that the Global News Podcast doesn’t delve into each headline—you’ll have to find another resource for the details.

The Global News Podcast is released twice daily on weekdays, and once daily on the weekends.

CBC The Current Podcast

The Current is a podcast that explains the competing positions behind top news stories. In each episode, host Matt Galloway invites at least two individuals to explain different sides of the same news stories. The result is a dynamic discussion that gives you a better picture of the history, people and positions behind the headlines.

The Current explores a wide range of topics. Political and international news are heavily featured in the Current, although significant airtime is also given to health, literature, entertainment, sports, and music. The Current’s geographic coverage focuses on Canada and the United States.

Episodes of the Current are usually 15 to 20 minutes long, and three episodes are released each weekday. The Current is a production of CBC Radio.

The NPR Politics Podcast Logo

The NPR Politics Podcast is a daily (Monday to Friday) podcast in which NPR’s top political reporters discuss the news of the day and how it impacts American politics. Along the way, you’ll learn new political and legal jargon, and also gain a better understanding of the American political system.

I love the NPR Politics Podcast because it breaks down complex events into easy-to-understand discussions. Each show is typically 15 to 20 minutes long, although you’ll wish the episodes were longer. The NPR Politics Podcast rarely ventures beyond American political news (and, more specifically, federal political news).

CBC As it Happens Podcast Logo

As It Happens is an hour-long podcast that tells the stories of the day by interviewing the people involved in each story. I’m always impressed by the guests that As It Happens manages to get on its show.

Episodes tend to start with the top political and international news of the day. Towards the last half of the podcast, hosts Carol Off and Chris Howden switch to more  upbeat and often esoteric topics. The geographic focus of the podcast is Canada and the United States.

As It Happens releases episodes every weekday. Episodes are releases late in the afternoon, meaning that it tends to cover the top stories of the day. As It Happens is a production of CBC Radio.

Front Burner by CBC News is a daily news podcast that digs deep into current events to provide listeners with a better understanding of the stories shaping the news.

Each podcast features host Jayme Poisson interviewing journalists and experts to dissect the biggest stories of the previous day. Podcasts are released daily (Monday to Friday) at 6 a.m. ET.

Although Front Burner focuses on Canadian news stories, it covers global events and is a great complement to other daily news podcasts.

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