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English-Language Podcasts and Audio to Help You Learn About the World Outside the United States

There are more than 25 shows on this list: don't miss page 2! This is a crowd-sourced work in progress. Please like or dislike entries to vote on them. Also check out this curated list from GroundTruth.

All India Bakchod

All India Bakchod is India's premiere comedy collective co-founded by comedians Tanmay Bhat ( and Gursimran Khamba ( This is the AIB podcast and features their take on everything that made it to the news and features interviews with celebrity guests. Enjoy!

All The Best Radio

All the Best is a weekly radio show telling stories about Australia.


Amabookabooka is a novel podcast about books and the people who write them. It's easy listening, quirky, informative and a great way for readers to get to know some of their favourite authors.

America Abroad | Public Radio International

America Abroad takes you on an hour-long audio journey deep inside an international news story. Each episode combines original field reporting, expert analysis, and historical pieces that incorporate archival audio and eyewitness accounts. Anchor Madeleine Brand delivers this unique mix of past and present to give listeners an update on what’s happening in the world and what it all means.

A New Republic

Its constitution is one of independent India's greatest achievements. At a time when few people gave this huge new country any chance of stability or success, a group of visionary politicians sat together to draw up a remarkable document. This is the story of that document.

As It Happens | CBC Radio

CBC Radio Podcasts. Discover programming that tickles your curiosity, feeds your brain and sparks your emotions. You'll find the best of our popular national Radio One shows, regional podcast magazines and more.

Ask Aakar Anything | Audiomatic India

Ask Aakar Anything is a weekly podcast show where Aakar Patel shares his views on topics that you raise on politics, current affairs, sports, entertainment and social issues.

Between the Ears | BBC Radio 3

Innovative and thought-provoking features on a wide variety of subjects

Briefing, The | Monocle

A pacy round-up of the day’s main news stories, anchored from London by a Monocle editor. The show features informed reporting, prescient business analysis and invaluable industry reports covering everything from technology to aviation and retail to media.

CBC News: World Report | CBC Radio

CBC Radio Podcasts. Discover programming that tickles your curiosity, feeds your brain and sparks your emotions. You'll find the best of our popular national Radio One shows, regional podcast magazines and more.

Conversations with Richard Fidler | ABC

Conversations is an immersive experience. The format is simple: an hour spent in the life of someone else.

Stories from scientists, carers, musicians and philosophers; from boxers, prisoners, princes and prime ministers. Some strange, some sombre, some funny; some mind-bending and many, unforgettable.

Now in his 10th year as presenter, Richard Fidler brings his well-briefed and turned-up-to-eleven curiosity to every interview.

Conversation, The | BBC World Service

Two women from two cultures share the passions that have shaped their lives

Desert Island Discs | BBC Radio 4

Guests are invited to choose the eight records they would take to a desert island

Documentary, The | BBC World Service

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Globalist, The | Monocle Radio

The perfect way to start the day in Europe is with Monocle’s morning news programme. Join Monocle 24’s editors, presenters and guests as they set the agenda in international news and business. Winner Best News & Politics Radio Show in the 2015 Mixcloud Online Radio Awards.

GroundTruth: The Podcast

GroundTruth is a podcast about global reporting on the front lines of the planet's most urgent issues. Subscribe via iTunes.

Home of the Brave

Radio stories by This American Life contributor Scott Carrier from around the world.


Israelis, we all know, are a nation of storytellers. So in many ways our task was an easy one – to shine a spotlight on the little (and big!) dramas that comprise Israeli life. Our primary goal is to tell the story of a different, diverse Israel: To amplify voices that are rarely heard on the mainstream media, to showcase and celebrate the plurality of local communities and traditions. By bringing you multi-faceted narratives on thought-provoking themes, Israel Story aims to become a refreshing alternative. We don’t want to talk about Bibi, Lapid or Bennett. We’re kind of tired about hearing about the threat of the Iranian bomb or the Security Council resolutions. Instead, we hope to present a cross-section of ‘Israeliness,’ entering communities that are typically sidelined and silenced, and to tell stories that are not aired anywhere else: These are the stories you’d tell a friend over a plate of hummus on a friday afternoon, the stories you’d share with your partner at the end of the day – Everyday stories, told by, and about, regular Israelis.

Late Night Live | ABC

From razor-sharp analysis of current events to the hottest debates in politics, science, philosophy and culture, Late Night Live puts you firmly in the big picture.


Latino USA is the foremost Latino voice in public media and the longest running Latino-focused program on radio. As the most consistent voice reporting on Latino news and culture since 1992, Futuro Media Group’s Latino USA (LUSA) brings depth of experience, on-the-ground connections and knowledge of current and emerging issues impacting Latinos and other people of color to every broadcast. Reporting stories about diversity, culture, civic dialogue and how people live (and struggle) with difference in community is the bedrock of Latino USA.

Mafraj Radio

The official podcast of the Yemen Peace Project covering contemporary political, social, and cultural affairs in Yemen and the Yemeni diaspora from a range of sources and perspectives. Our aim with this podcast is to make Yemen accessible to casual listeners who don’t necessarily have a background in Yemen or Middle East studies, while still providing a level of depth and context you can’t get from mainstream media coverage of Yemen.

Menu, The | Monocle Radio

Our guide to the world of food, drink and entertaining, The Menu serves up interviews with the world’s most creative chefs, introduces the makers behind the scenes and the ingredients that will soon be landing on your restaurant table.

My Africa

The show interviews leading Africans, letting you hear directly from politicians, artists, musicians, business leaders and many others. My Africa delivers exclusive and quality content right to any of your devices, letting you hear the incredible stories behind these famous names.


We want to change the world with information while having fun. Things are clean when they’re washed - Sabki Dhulai.

We at Newslaundry are from the world of news and want to turn the mirror on ourselves. We respect independence, we value justice and we consider transparency an important and achievable goal for credibility. We will question established ways and models that get too comfortable and cozy becoming inert. Inertia is death. No one should be above scrutiny – not politics, not industry, not civil society, not the media. Not them, not you, not us,not I, not he, not she – no one.

Paper Radio

is an audio journal based in Melbourne, Australia, that takes stories by Antipodean writers and fuses them into a unique alloy of narrative, sound design and illustration.