What are some good podcasts on geopolitics

Politics & Communication

The Chancellor was early. In 2006 she started her podcast "Angela Merkel - die Chancellor direct", in which she explains the goals of the federal government and its actions.

Just a year earlier, two of the best-known pioneers in German-speaking countries had started producing podcasts: Tim Pritlove, now best known for "Logbuch: Netzpolitik", and Philip Banse, now successful with the political podcast "State of the Nation".
More than ten years later, many large media companies finally made the decision to make podcasts. The "Aufwacher" of the "Rheinische Post" has been around since October 2016. "Spiegel Online" followed suit in March of the super election year 2017, "Zeit Online" followed suit in September with three podcasts, "The Topic" from the "Süddeutsche Newspaper "first appeared in November 2017.

The effort seems to be worth it: Political podcasts are reaching more and more listeners. According to a recent study by the Bitkom industry association, one in five people in Germany now listens to podcasts - the most popular topics: news and politics.

The voices of the journalists

Deutschlandfunk: "The Politics Podcast"

Anyone who wants to know how the correspondents of the Deutschlandfunk capital studio talk to each other about their experiences with politics should listen to the station's "Politics Podcast". Since June last year, the journalists have been giving 20 to 40 minutes weekly insights into their work. Sometimes they chat in the studio, sometimes at parliamentary group level in the Bundestag, occasionally they call in colleagues from Brussels or invite guests. Here you have the impression of being very close. Eva Schulz, reporter and presenter of the video format "Deutschland 3000" from Funk, agrees: "I have the feeling that they are recording their lunch break. This gives you a good insight into journalism in the capital." Political advisor and blogger Martin Fuchs prefers to listen to this podcast, "because it provides background information from Berlin operations that goes beyond the minute headlines".


The dialogue with opinion

Kitchen studio: "State of the Nation"

In the "State of the Nation" journalist Philip Banse and the judge and network civil rights activist Ulf Buermeyer have been discussing the political events of the respective week for around one and a half hours since March 2016. First they provide facts and quotes, then they classify the events and discuss their opinions. The topics are examined from different angles - "rested, profound and extremely well informed," as political advisor Martin Fuchs finds. The podcast also offers controversial discussions. For Fuchs the "state of the nation" is nothing less than "the political podcast par excellence".


The three-country podcast

Zeit Online: "Servus. Grüezi. Hello."

The idea is simple, but good: since February, Lenz Jacobsen, the head of "Zeit Online" politics, has been talking to the "Zeit" correspondents from Zurich and Vienna, Matthias Daum and Florian Gasser, for about half an hour each week. Their conversations shed a new light on many a debate in German politics - because some of the things that are still being discussed in this country are already part of everyday life in Austria and Switzerland. "It's time to listen to the two countries," concluded "Zeit Online". "Maybe we can learn from each other."


The America Podcast

Crooked Media: "Pod Save America"

Four former Obama employees, speechwriters Jon Favreau and Jon Lovett, spokesman Tommy Vietor and adviser Dan Pfeiffer, founded the media company Crooked Media after Donald Trump was elected president. Its best-known podcast is "Pod Save America", in which politicians, activists and journalists appear as interlocutors. Obama gave his last interview as President here. The podcast lives not only from exciting guests, but also from the experiences and assessments of the four Obama confidants.


The constructive view

The program: "Moving ideas"

The founder of the moving image agency Das Programm, Nike Wessel, had had enough of bad news. That is why she is looking for “courageous founders with ideas that move our society” for her podcast. Since June she has been talking to them at random for around 20 minutes about social problems - and above all about possible solutions. If you want a constructive look at topics such as feminism, the fashion industry or unconditional basic income, this is the right place for you.


The votes of the voters

Spiegel Online: "Catching Voices"

The makers Yasemin Yüksel and Sandra Sperber talk to political experts and colleagues from "Spiegel Online" for 20 to 30 minutes each week for "Vote Catching". The insights into the work of the journalists are supplemented by the votes of voters and listeners. So Yüksel and Sperber find a new approach to topics and show other points of view. In the first episode, for example, they spoke to angry voters, in episode 50 they initiated a dispute between two Junge Union members, one of whom voted for the AfD. Eva Schulz from "Deutschland 3000" thinks: "Yüksel and Sperber manage to bring up a topic in a relatively short time and to illuminate the background."


The topics of the PR professionals

Current news: "Fuel Podcast"

The magazine of the dpa subsidiary "News aktuell" has also been available as a podcast since March. The deputy group spokeswoman Janina von Jhering and marketing project manager Michael Klaffke talk for about half an hour to three quarters of an hour about topics from PR and marketing - and they are mixed up: There are gamification and podcasts as a PR tool to philosophers' conversations about stereotypes in the media world in the "fuel podcast" information and inspiration for PR professionals.


The Europe connoisseur

Politico Europe: "EU Confidential"

Not necessarily confidential information is disseminated here, but for a good overview of the EU's topics of the week it is worth listening to the half-hour podcast by politics editor Ryan Heath. The native Australian is a proven Brussels expert, he has already worked as a spokesman for EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Vice President Neelie Kroes. After the news overview, Heath speaks to EU politicians, lobbyists and fellow reporters. He then discusses the topics in the panel. 365 Sherpas founder Cornelius Winter thinks: "The mixture of an interview guest and a panel on the topic is a nice format."


The legal view

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: "FAZ Objection Podcast"

The "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" deals exclusively with legal issues in its first podcast, which has appeared since the end of last year. "FAZ" policy editor Constantin van Lijnden and "FAS" business editor Corinna Budras discuss political events and court decisions of the week for a good hour. As a trained lawyer, you know the legal subtleties and pitfalls. That makes the podcast, which mainly consists of the dialogue between the two editors, also valuable for political experts. "In the meantime I am more and more convinced that politics cannot be understood without law - and vice versa," says Corinna Budras in episode 33.


The Marketing Podcast

Online Marketing Rockstars: "OMR Podcast"

The Online Marketing Rockstars are best known for their conference, but they also have a podcast moderated by co-founder Philipp Westermeyer. Week after week he interviews various guests - founders, media makers, PR professionals and established entrepreneurs - sometimes for 20 minutes, sometimes for over an hour. The variety of guests and topics makes the format interesting for both PR and politics professionals. "The podcast provides exciting insights into new business fields and developments in the digital sector," says Tobias Nehren, head of the newsroom at the SPD party executive. "That helps to stay up to date and always gives ideas for working as a campaign manager."