20 Best Political Science Podcasts of 2021

3 years ago

Are you wanting to learn more about political science ? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best political science 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 Political Science Podcasts 2021

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

Words & Numbers

  • Publisher: Foundation for Economic Education
  • Total Episodes: 273

Words & Numbers touches on issues of Economics, Political Science, Current Events and Policy. Each Wednesday we’ll be sharing a new Words & Numbers podcast featuring Antony Davies Ph.D and James Harrigan Ph.D talking about the economics and political science of current events.

New Books in Political Science

  • Publisher: Marshall Poe
  • Total Episodes: 1240

Interviews with Political Scientists about their New Books Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/political-science

LSE: Public lectures and events

  • Publisher: London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Total Episodes: 306

The London School of Economics and Political Science public events podcast series is a platform for thought, ideas and lively debate where you can hear from some of the world’s leading thinkers. Listen to more than 200 new episodes every year.

LSE IQ podcast

  • Publisher: London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Total Episodes: 79

LSE IQ is a monthly podcast from the London School of Economics and Political Science in which we ask some of the smartest social scientists – and other experts – to answer intelligent questions about economics, politics or society. #LSEIQ

The Jolly Swagman Podcast

  • Publisher: Joe Walker
  • Total Episodes: 134

The JSP is a weekly exploration of questions that are both important and overlooked. Joe Walker, a former political speechwriter helping to build a Y Combinator-backed startup, hosts refreshingly in-depth conversations. Topics cover capitalism, science, business, culture and politics. Guests include Nobel laureates, former prime ministers, authors, entrepreneurs, investors and thought-leaders. Australia’s best long-form podcast. A space for curious contrarians.

Blunt Force Truth

  • Publisher: PodcastOne
  • Total Episodes: 950

Emmy-winning game show legend Chuck Woolery joins forces with polymath and serial entrepreneur Mark Young to tackle the toughest issues of the day, without the usual angry white guy banter. Part talk show, part Ted Talk, the show features Chuck and Mark exploring topics one at a time by pulling back the curtain, setting aside the political rhetoric and laying out the truth using science, research and hard facts.

Neither Free Nor Fair?

  • Publisher: Political Economy Forum
  • Total Episodes: 34

This new podcast series, “Neither Free Nor Fair?” is produced at the University of Washington and hosted by James Long, Associate Professor of Political Science.

Kickass News

  • Publisher: Kickass News
  • Total Episodes: 575

Hosted by Hollywood producer and political media strategist Ben Mathis, KickAss News is a twice weekly podcast that features the most interesting personalities and thought leaders in politics, entertainment, tech, business, science, and more. Enjoy the podcast? Then please support the show and help keep us on the air by making a donation to our GoFundMe campaign at www.gofundme.com/kickassnews. Another way you can support the show is to subscribe to the podcast and leave us a review on iTunes to help keep us ranking strong on the top podcasts charts. For more information visit www.kickassnews.com. Thanks for listening!

Not Another Politics Podcast

  • Publisher: University of Chicago Podcast Network
  • Total Episodes: 35

With all the noise created by a 24/7 news cycle, it can be hard to really grasp what’s going on in politics today. We provide a fresh perspective on the biggest political stories not through opinion and anecdotes, but rigorous scholarship, massive data sets and a deep knowledge of theory. Understand the political science beyond the headlines with Harris School of Public Policy Professors William Howell, Anthony Fowler and Wioletta Dziuda. Our show is part of the University of Chicago Podcast Network.

From Alpha To Omega

  • Publisher: Tom O’Brien
  • Total Episodes: 248

What is happening to our economy and our politics? Are we stuck forever in this corporate dystopia? What can we learn from the failures of radical politics over the last 100 years? Commandante Alpha talks in depth to experts from the fields of Political Economy, Politics, Science, Philosophy, Complexity, Mathematics, Music, and the Environment.

The Hayseed Scholar Podcast

  • Publisher: Brent Steele
  • Total Episodes: 16

Interviews with political science, history, sociology and international relations scholars about their journeys, work, practices, and challenges.

Beyond Your News Feed: Understanding Contemporary Politics

  • Publisher: Providence College Political Science Department
  • Total Episodes: 32

Welcome to “Beyond Your News Feed: Understanding Contemporary Politics” a new podcast sponsored by the Providence College Political Science Department. Host William Hudson, Political Science Department Chair, and colleagues will provide expert analysis of current political events and issues, delving more deeply into their causes and consequences than can be found in typical media sources.


  • Publisher: Laura E Diez
  • Total Episodes: 149

The eco-conscious lifestyle podcast. Each week, Laura Diez is diving into sustainability and practical climate science. This podcast explores fashion, environmental justice, food, conscious consumerism… just about everything in our lives is tied to the environment. Guests include female founders, clean beauty experts, climate scientists, political experts, and many more. Laura is a sustainability professional with her M.S. in Climate Science and Solutions, who happens to also love speaking to other women about environmentally conscious brands, social activism, and balanced, plant-based living. This show aims to feel like hanging out with your cool, smart girlfriends: educational, approachable, and encouraging you to do what works for you. Sustainability is a good look. Email at: [email protected] and follow on Instagram @ecochicpodcast

Potstirrer Podcast

  • Publisher: Jaye Pool
  • Total Episodes: 99

Where politics, religion and history collide – and it’s not always polite! Political opinion podcast hosted by former political science instructor and current political observer Jaye Pool. Left-leaning yet not perfectly bound by ideology. Historical context with a dose of progressive Christianity in the mix. #StirThePot #Resist #p2 #progressiveChristian #Exvangelical

Deep Pacific Podcast

  • Publisher: Kalani
  • Total Episodes: 16

Dive into Pacific Island issues alongside a Pacific Islander millenial woman of science. This podcast is done in service to our under-represented voices to shed light upon long-standing social, economic, scientific, political, educational, and cultural circumstances which we grew up with and which connect us.

The Science of Politics

  • Publisher: Niskanen Center
  • Total Episodes: 94

The Niskanen Center’s The Science of Politics podcast features up-and-coming researchers delivering fresh insights on the big trends driving American politics today. Get beyond punditry to data-driven understanding of today’s Washington with host and political scientist Matt Grossmann. Each 30-45-minute episode covers two new cutting-edge studies and interviews two researchers.

Hidden Truth Show with Jim Breslo

  • Publisher: Realkast
  • Total Episodes: 187

Welcome to Hidden Truth Show with Jim Breslo, a weekly series which dives deeply into controversial and unresolved issues of our time to discover the truth, irrespective of political correctness, religion, or politics. In the new Season 2, “Transgender Movement,” we explore what it means to be transgender, ask who is really behind the movement, and question whether it is based on science or political correctness.  Along the journey to find the truth, Jim interviews doctors, psychologists, theologians, politicians and leaders on both sides of the movement. In Season 1, “Las Vegas Shooter” we investigate the Las Vegas Shooting, the largest in American history. It has been many months since terror struck the Vegas strip, yet we still do not know how it was done or why. Conspiracy theories abound, but we find the truth through in-depth interviews of those closest to the truth. Website: http://hiddentruthshow.com

UCL Uncovering Politics

  • Publisher: UCL Political Science
  • Total Episodes: 22

The podcast of the School of Public Policy and the Department of Political Science at University College London. Through this podcast we plan to explore key themes of contemporary politics and let you into some of our research findings that we think the wider world needs to know about.

Hidden History

  • Publisher: Ellis Tucci
  • Total Episodes: 109

Hidden History is a weekly podcast produced and hosted by Ellis Tucci that focuses on the elements of history that you didn’t know you didn’t know. Whether it’s the history of the color purple, the science behind early electronic music, or the political history of the banana, we’ve got you covered.

Thin Green Line

  • Publisher: John Nores, Wayne Saunders
  • Total Episodes: 16

The Thin Green Line podcast features discussions with experts on current worldwide public safety trends related to wildlife, waterway and wild land conservation threats around the globe. Featuring dynamic and relevant guests from traditional and wildlife law enforcement, survival, military, outdoor adventurer, environmental science, political, and civilian backgrounds, the Thin Green Line podcast brings you unfiltered and honest assessments of hot button Thin Green Line issues.

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