With every new day bringing new issues, it’s almost too easy to tune.  With too many pundits, recurring one story news days on 24/7 news channels, and constant scare tactics, it can be easily recommended to turn off all media.  And yet… we need to stay involved, informed and encouraged.  One avenue worth pursuing are podcasts — sane talk radio without screaming and lots of story depth.  Here is a list of some of our favorites. If you’re already a podcast fan, below are some suggestions of recent favorites.

If you’re not yet on the podcast sanity train, here’s how to get started:

  • Get out your smart phone and go to your app center.  Search the terms podcast app for … your phone.  There are a bunch to choose from. Pick any.
  • Download the generic podcast app and then use the search tool to either search by Screen Shot 2017-11-05 at 8.23.26 PMtopic, e.g. politics, or type in the name of the suggested podcasts below.
  • Download 1-2 episodes of choice, or simply subscribe for updates as new podcasts are loaded
  • Each morning, each drive, each walk with the dog, or any other time you have a few minutes, open the app graphic on your home page and start listening.

If you’re looking for some new podcast recommendations, here are our favorites: 

  • The Daily. In a never ending news cycle, NY Times reporter Michael Barbaro takes one topic each weekday — usually the top story of the day — and interviews the reporters covering the story to explain the story in layman’s terms.  It’s insightful, short (about 20 minutes) and always asks the questions most on your mind.
  • Radio Atlantic.  Produced weekly, the podcast takes the top stories from the monthly Atlantic Magazine and, similar to The Daily, interviews the writers and those affiliated with a story to get a more personal, in-depth looks at deep background on the story.
  • On the Media.  Produced by WNYC, Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield turn the table on media reporters to ask them the hard questions on why the story is covered the way it is, and what’s really important about the story.
  • 1A.  Broadcast by WAMU (American University) in conjunction with NPR, and hosted by Joshua Johnson, the podcast doesn’t avoid politics, but is also the least political of the group. 1A stands for First Amendment, but the podcast reviews theatre, comedy and all forms of free speech.
  • Stay Tuned with Preet.   Likely the newest of the group, this podcast features Preet Bharara, the former US Attorney from New York, recently asked to step down by the Trump Administration.  Based out of WNYC,  Preet interviews fellow legal experts to provide understandable background on current legal issues and proceedings.