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May 26, 2015

Podcast Spotlight: Five of the best news podcasts available on Windows Phone

Stay informed with these podcasts that deliver information from around the world to your Lumia.

Keeping up with current events is relatively simple when you have a smartphone. But it’s also easy for stories to slip through the cracks when you’re scanning headlines on a newsfeed.

For in-depth analysis and comprehensive news coverage, check out these news podcasts. Like radio or television news programs, they run the gamut from hard news and breaking news stories to lifestyle and entertainment pieces.

Better yet, unlike an online news site, a podcast doesn’t need Internet access once it’s been downloaded. There may be no better way to stay informed on your morning commute, even after you’ve lost Wi-Fi access.


Global News

Global News from the BBC World Service is a 30-minute daily podcast featuring news, interviews, and on-the-spot reporting from around the world. The British Broadcasting Corporation is the world’s leading public service broadcaster.


The Economist: All Audio

The Economist is a print and online magazine that delivers insight and opinion on international news, politics, business, finance, science, and technology. Its daily audio podcast is composed of articles from each week’s issue, read by professional broadcasters.


The Rachel Maddow Show

This daily news and opinion podcast is taken from newshound Rachel Maddow’s hour-long TV show on MSNBC and is available in audio and video formats. It covers U.S. and international news, but has a sweet spot for political coverage in the U.S. from a progressive point of view.


Indicast Podcast Network – Mother Feed

Indicast is the longest-running podcast network in India. Its flagship podcast is the Mother Feed, a highly opinionated and fast-paced show covering international news, current affairs in India, technology, entertainment, and more. The release schedule can be sporadic, but new podcasts come out roughly every two weeks.


World News Roundup

Don’t have a lot of time? Get bite-sized coverage of the day’s news in under 10 minutes. This daily podcast is taken from the CBS World News Roundup, the longest-running network radio newscast in the United States.

Despite its name, most of its news coverage is focused on the U.S.

How to listen

The built-in Podcast app on your Windows Phone allows you to search and subscribe to the podcasts on this list. Just swipe to the “Get Podcasts” page to add one to your library.

My new favorite free podcast app, though, is ChannelWize. It seamlessly finds and updates podcasts, and allows you to create playlists based on your listening preferences.

Another excellent option is Pocket Casts ($3.99), a versatile podcast app that offers the expected features plus the ability to play audio at variable speeds and customize the start time of episodes to skip repetitive intros.

Which news podcasts did we miss? Let us know your favorites in the comments below.