20 Best Policy Analysis Podcasts of 2021

3 years ago

Are you wanting to learn more about policy analysis ? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best policy analysis podcasts of 2021.

We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.

We are always keen to hear your feedback, if we have missed a podcast, tweet us @MagazineWelp and we will check it out!

Best Policy Analysis Podcasts 2021

With thanks to ListenNotes, Crunchbase, SemRush and Ahrefs for providing the data to create and rank these podcasts.

Best of Today

  • Publisher: BBC Radio 4
  • Total Episodes: 26

Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4’s Today programme

Main Engine Cut Off

  • Publisher: Anthony Colangelo
  • Total Episodes: 190

MECO is opinion and analysis of spaceflight, exploration, policy, and strategy, by Anthony Colangelo.

The Daily Signal Podcast

  • Publisher: Daily Signal News
  • Total Episodes: 693

Our daily news podcast brings you top news stories, plus analysis and insights from reporters and scholars about the state of play in America’s hottest policy debates. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Policy Forum Pod

  • Publisher: Policy Forum Pod
  • Total Episodes: 212

Policy Forum Pod is the podcast of Policy Forum.net – Asia and the Pacific’s platform for public policy debate, analysis and discussion. Policy Forum is based at Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University.

Israel Policy Pod

  • Publisher: Israel Policy Forum
  • Total Episodes: 205

A weekly podcast that goes beyond the headlines to bring you analysis from Israel Policy Forum experts and distinguished guests including policymakers, activists, and academics.

Registry Matters

  • Publisher: Registry Matters
  • Total Episodes: 180

The podcast about the sex offender registry | Sex Offender News | Sex Offender Policy Analysis

Background Briefing with Ian Masters

  • Publisher: Ian Masters
  • Total Episodes: 1254

Background Briefing goes far beyond the headlines and deep under the radar to bring forward truths unheard elsewhere in American media. Background Briefing features international and national news, expert guests, policymakers, and critics offering analysis and insight on national security, foreign and domestic policy, political, cultural, and social issues. backgroundbriefing.org/donate twitter.com/ianmastersmedia facebook.com/ianmastersmedia

Super Critical Podcast

  • Publisher: Tim Westmyer
  • Total Episodes: 71

Podcast overthinking movies about nuclear weapons with policy analysis, quasi-science, pop culture debates, and too many puns.

Trade Talks

  • Publisher: Soumaya Keynes & Chad P. Bown
  • Total Episodes: 154

Soumaya Keynes (The Economist) and Chad P. Bown (Peterson Institute for International Economics) cohost a podcast about the economics of international trade and policy. From trade wars to trade deals, this podcast covers trade developments with insights and economic analysis from two of the world’s top trade geeks.

The National Security Podcast

  • Publisher: ANU National Security College
  • Total Episodes: 77

The ANU National Security College brings you expert analysis, insights and opinion on the national security challenges facing Australia and the Indo-Pacific. Produced with the support of Policy Forum.


  • Publisher: Behaviorbabe
  • Total Episodes: 121

Behaviorbabe (aka Dr. Amanda Kelly) is an ethical advocate for the accurate dissemination and application of behavior analysis. Dr. Kelly is a PhD-level, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D); the first to be licensed in the state of Hawai’i. This podcast features conversations, discussions, and brief presentations by Dr. Kelly related to behavior analysis, education, sustainability, public policy, and more. For more great info, visit www.behaviorbabe.com.

Capitol Crude: The US Oil Policy Podcast

  • Publisher: S&P Global Platts
  • Total Episodes: 349

In-depth weekly analysis of US oil policy news from S&P Global Platts’ senior editors covering the Capitol. Hosted by senior oil news editor Meghan Gordon.

American Consequences With Trish Regan

  • Publisher: Stansberry Research
  • Total Episodes: 37

Each week, American Consequences dives deep into fiscal and monetary policy, politics, and economics. You’ll get a view of the FED, the White House, and the World like nowhere else. Subscribe to stay up-to-date on the biggest guests and the best analysis, all with the signature Trish Regan insight.

The Jab from Economist Radio

  • Publisher: The Economist
  • Total Episodes: 15

The Economist unlocks the science, data and politics behind the most ambitious inoculation programme the world has ever seen.Alok Jha, The Economist’s science correspondent, hosts with Natasha Loder, our health-policy editor. Each week our reporters and data journalists join them in conversation, along with scientists around the world. They inject the perfect dose of insight and analysis into the global effort to escape the pandemic. 

HPS Podcast Channel

  • Publisher: Hamilton Place Strategies
  • Total Episodes: 141

The HPS Podcast Channel is home to all of Hamilton Place Strategies’ original podcasts, including the HPS Macrocast and HPS Insights. The HPS Macrocast, produced by Hamilton Place Strategies and Markets Policy Partners, features weekly insight and analysis on the latest macroeconomic trends. HPS Insights features in-house experts and often special guests for analysis on the current events impacting the business and political communities.

Sound On

  • Publisher: Bloomberg Radio
  • Total Episodes: 582

Bloomberg Chief Washington Correspondent Kevin Cirilli delivers insight and analysis on the latest headlines from the White House and Capitol Hill, including conversations with influential lawmakers and key figures in politics and policy.


  • Publisher: Institute for the Study of War
  • Total Episodes: 72

Overwatch, an Institute for the Study of War podcast, goes beyond the news headlines to give listeners analysis and commentary on issues related to U.S. national security and American foreign policy. The episodes feature discussions with experts and practitioners to explore what challenges and opportunities lie ahead for the U.S.


  • Publisher: HLS Environmental & Energy Law Program
  • Total Episodes: 56

The Harvard Law School Environmental & Energy Law Program influences policy discussions about environmental, climate, and energy issues. The EELP offers robust legal analysis and practical governance solutions that will move these discussions forward.


  • Publisher: ThePrint
  • Total Episodes: 872

ThePrint.in is a news, analysis, opinion & knowledge venture, launched in August 2017 by editor Shekhar Gupta. It is sharply focused on politics and policy, government and governance. Its leadership team includes India’s most experienced & respected journalists with proven track records in the finest news organisations. We are headquartered in New Delhi, & are in the process of building a network across India because we believe in investing in high-quality investigative & questioning journalism.

Fintech Beat

  • Publisher: CQ Roll Call
  • Total Episodes: 98

Welcome to Fintech Beat, the intersection of finance, technology, policy and regulation. Each episode features the latest trends, movers and shakers, ideas and policies in financial technology. Host Chris Brummer, a Georgetown law professor and world-renowned fintech expert, partners with the CQ Roll Call newsroom — Washington’s leader for nonpartisan legislative and regulatory analysis — to bring insights that make this a must listen for anyone interested in finance.

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