Progressive Podcasts For Your Listening Pleasure

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There’s a lot of talk radio/podcasts out there. Finding good progressive shows can be difficult. The majority of the “over-the-air” talk radio is slanted toward the right. There are some awesome voices out there who take a more progressive view of the world. To help you get started, here’s a list of some great progressive podcasts.

My Top Shows

  • The Rick Smith Show – Rick is a good friend of Raging Chicken Press and puts on a 5-day-a-week show that airs on the radio, streams-live on YouTube, and is in podcast form.
  • Out d’Coup – A bit of a self promotion here. Out d’Coup is our podcast hosted by our very own Kevin Mahoney and Sean Kitchen. It’s a daily dose of PA and National politics. Personally, it’s a must listen.
  • Media Roots – This podcast is hosted by journalist Abby Martin and her brother, documentarian Robbie Martin. Not always safe for work, due to the occasional F-bomb; it’s a must listen.
  • KCRW’s Left, Right & Center – This podcast put on by NPR affiliate KCRW is a great program for anyone who wants to try and listen to all sides of the political spectrum.
  • Politics, Politics, Politics – This podcast is put on weekly by veteran podcaster Justin Robert Young. He’s a bit salty and sassy but worth a listen.
  • Intercepted – The official podcast from the adversarial journalist outlet, The Intercept. Co-founder Jeremy Scahill does a great job and has some really interesting guests on. The production quality is superb.
  • ProPublica – This is as a great podcast put together by the non-profit investigative news outlet ProPublica.
  • Democracy Now! – An old standby, Amy Goodman is a veteran news reporter and anchor. This show like The Rick Smith Show is made for Radio, but also is released daily, during the week, via Podcast.
  • The Young Turks – This is more of a YouTube show, but they do have podcasts for paying members. TYT has been around since the early 2000’s. Cenk Uygur and team run a great show and network.

Honorable Mentions

  • East Meets West – This show is an often-monthly podcast put on by veteran podcasters Tom Merritt and Roger Chang. They don’t just talk politics, rather everything and everything.
  • The David Pakman Show – This show is good, but in my opinion has too many commercials, which aren’t broken out well.
  • The Majority Report – This show, hosted by Sam Seder is great, but I’ve only listened to a few so far. [Editor’s Note: if you ask me, this should be a go-to podcast for anyone leaning left. The Majority Report and the Rick Smith Show are my two daily doses of smart, political talk – Kevin Mahoney].
  • Jacobin – A print and Web publication first, a podcast second. It’s a well produced show from a socialist perspective.

I know I’ve probably missed a ton of other great progressive podcasts. Share your favorites in the comments below.


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Seth is an independent journalist based in Bucks County, PA. He has written for newspapers across the state. He is also the Web Editor for Raging Chicken Press. You can email him directly at Also check out his "non-regularly scheduled" audio show "Seth Goldstein Reporting" on Anchor.FM