best podcasts for daily news

16 Best Podcasts for Daily News

Haven’t got the time to read the paper or watch the news?

To all the news junkies who need to get their news fix every day (or every hour) but don’t get the break, I have both good and bad news for you.

The bad news – you’re right, we live in a busy world.

The good news – I’ve put together the perfect daily news podcasts for busy folks like you!

This is what’s great about podcasts, all you need to do is plug and play – as in plug in your earphones and play the damn thing!

Then you can carry on with your daily tasks, do your exercise, or drive whilst updating yourself with the current events.

There’s no need to be uninformed, so here they are.

1. PBS NewsHour

pbs newshour

This is the American TV news program, PBS NewsHour, in audio form.

The program was the first hour-long nightly news broadcast.

Hour-long weekday reports plus a half an hour news updates during the weekends, what more could you ask for?

PBS NewsHour is known for its comprehensive coverage of issues and the latest news.

The program is anchored by Judy Woodruff on weekdays and Hari Sreenivasan on weekends.

2. The Daily

the daily

Host Michael Barbaro fills you in quickly with the latest news.

Time is precious and if you don’t have much in a day, 20 minutes should be enough for news time.

This daily podcast airs five days a week, featuring journalists and experts from the New York Times.

It explains stories and breaks down complex news of the day into smaller digestible bits.

3. NBC Nightly News

nbc nightly news

This is your 20-minute evening news in audio version.

NBC Nightly News reports and analyzes national and international events of the day.

The show is broadcast five nights a week and is anchored by Lester Holt.

4. CBS Evening News 

cbs evening news

Get the latest news at the end of the day in a matter of 20-40 minutes with Jeff Glor.

From the flagship evening television news program of CBS News in the US, this weeknight newscast provides insight and original reporting of the most relevant events and stories here and around the world.

5. Up First

up first

If you’re a morning person, this daily news podcast is for you.

Mornings are hectic and NPR’s Up First comfortably runs in quick 10-15 minutes for your daily news fix.

The program is hosted by Rachel Martin, Steve Inskeep, and David Greene.

Start your day informed of recent stories from politics to pop culture in a breezy format.

A brief overview of events is ready as early as 6:00 a.m. EST.

6. NPR News Now

npr news now

Can’t get enough of the latest?

This is much better than a daily news podcast because it’s literally an hourly news update!

Be informed on the go with five-minute headline news 24 hours a day.

Seriously, you can’t get more updated than that. A quick listen anytime anywhere for news junkies out there.

7. BBC Global News Podcast

bbc global news podcast

The biggest international broadcaster in the world brings you this compilation of news and analysis from mainstays of The BBC World Service such as World Update, Newshour, Newsday, The Newsroom, and Outside Source.

It’s a must-listen if you want to be the first to know what’s going on around the globe.

It runs for around 30 minutes twice on weekdays and once on weekends.

8. World News Roundup

The World News Roundup first aired long before you (or your parents) were born – back in 1938.

It’s ancient and it’s the longest-running network radio or TV newscast in the US.

It’s a full coverage of the day’s breaking news and events in compact six and eight-minute runs.

One episode for the morning newscast and another late edition in the evening.

Get them here:

Morning Newscast

Late Edition

9. This Morning With Gordon Deal

this morning with gordon deal

If you’ve only got time for breakfast and a shower in the morning, you don’t have to miss the news on your way to work.

This podcast is perfect for long morning drives.

The show is hosted mainly by Gordon Deal, along with Jennifer Kushinka, and Mike Gavin.

The podcast goes beyond national and world headlines and covers other relevant subjects such as business, technology, lifestyle, finance, careers, and more.

Airing daily except on Sundays, the podcast specializes at bringing in fresh news, expert analysis and a bit of humor to your mornings.

10. Fearless, Adversarial Journalism – Spoken Edition

fearless adversarial journalism

This is not your typical news stories.

The Intercept puts together Fearless, Adversarial Journalism that covers stories that you can’t find on mainstream media.

Controversial topics on politics, technology, criminal justice, national security, human rights and more.

This Spoken Edition is designed to make the material more accessible and convenient.

Adversarial journalism AKA “Gotcha Journalism” is antagonistic in nature and can even be abusive.

However, its importance couldn’t be reduced as it has helped expose a number of significant scandals over the years.

This is not everyone’s cup of tea but if you’re the unconventional infomaniac, give it a go.

11. World News Tonight with David Muir

world news tonight

Emmy-award winning journalist David Muir presents the latest stories and breakdown of major events each weeknight.

If you’re a follower of ABC World News Tonight but want to reschedule listening time, this podcast grants you that.

Get updated with breaking news from around the world by the ABC News team at your convenient time.

12. OZY Presidential Daily Brief

ozy presidential daily brief

Despite the President’s busy schedule, do you ever wonder how he stays informed about the latest news?

With this daily news podcast, you’ll get briefed like the President himself with the headlines that matter in seven-minute summary reports.

This is perfect for busy people who don’t have the time to sit and watch the news but want to keep abreast of what’s going on.

13. Story of the Day: NPR

News Story of the Day

Interesting news and topics you shouldn’t miss delivered in compact 5-10 minute episodes – these are NPR’s daily top stories.

A collection of extraordinary, unconventional, funny or poignant stories to engage and inform you every day.

Add this to your cant-miss podcasts for the day.

Listen to one of the latest episodes about the #MeToo movement and how interviewee Heather Mac Donald, author of The Diversity Delusion slams the movement in America as “extremely deluded and ignorant.”

14. TIME’s The Brief

time’s the brief

TIME’s probably one of the most prolific sources of all kinds of news.

The news magazine/website’s story format appeals to a lot of people in America and around the world.

Brought to you by TIME.com, this podcast gives you access to the top stories you should be hearing today.

It’s a spoken edition of articles authored by adroit TIME journalists.

15. PRI’s The World

pri’s the world

For immigrants living in the US who feel that commercial media isn’t providing enough international news, or if you’re someone who just wants to know what’s going on in the outside world, this is definitely for you.

Public Radio International’s Marco Werman and his team bring you this podcast packed with interesting news beyond US borders.

Runtime is a rich 50 minutes every weekday.

Being au courant about international news is a constant reminder that we all live “in a small world after all.”

16. Nightline

nightline

This late-night and award-winning news program presents a comprehensive reporting of the current headlines.

It’s co-anchored by Dan Harris, Juju Chang, and Byron Pitts.

I love how the podcast incorporates music and speech sound bites, adding context to the stories, making them clearer and more engaging to the listener.

From politics to pop culture – more like infotainment – it’s a great assortment of interesting news and stories you need to hear on a daily basis.

Now you have the best options to choose the perfect daily news podcast that works for you – depending on your schedule or style.

So before getting busy with the things around you- first be aware of what’s happening around you. And let these podcasts do the job!

Laura Baxendale
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Laura Baxendale

I am Laura, a mid-twenty-something woman with a mild obsession with listening to podcasts. When I don't have my headphones glued to my ears I enjoy running, fashion and spending time with my friends.

Oh! Almost forgot, I am also addicted to green tea and Harry Potter.
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