FP Podcasts

About FP Studios: Foreign Policy's team of podcast producers and editors are expert at creating narrative podcasts that contribute to the conversation on important global issues. Contact Andrew Sollinger at andrew.sollinger@foreignpolicy.com to learn more about working with FP Studios to create the next hit show.

Don’t Touch Your Face

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On the last day of 2019, China reported an unusual outbreak in Wuhan, a port city with a population of 11 million. Within two months, the disease would spread to almost every continent on the globe and kill thousands of people.

From Foreign Policy, a podcast about the extent of the COVID-19 contagion, the threat it poses, and what countries are doing to contain it. Join FP’s James Palmer and Amy Mackinnon as they track the spread of the virus and explore what it means for people’s everyday lives.

Have a coronavirus question for us to explore? Email it to donttouchyourface@foreignpolicy.com.

Latest Episode

Don’t Touch Your Face: Israel

On today’s podcast: The ultra-Orthodox challenge to Israel’s coronavirus response.

I Spy

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I Spy:  Spies don’t talk—it’s the cardinal rule of the business. But here at Foreign Policy, we get them to open up. On I Spy, we hear from the operations people: the spies who steal secrets, who kill adversaries, who turn agents into double agents. Each episode features one spy telling the story of one operation.

Latest Episode

The Jumper

Eugene Hasenfus, Private Contractor

Heat of the Moment

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The climate change crisis can feel so formidable, so daunting, that instead of mobilizing people to action, it engenders paralysis. What could we mortals possibly do to prevent the calamity? A fair bit, it turns out. On Heat of the Moment, a 12-part podcast by the Climate Investment Funds, we focus on ordinary people across the globe who have found ways to fight back. 

Hosted by CNN contributor John D. Sutter, each episode begins with an interview about a particular aspect of climate change that threatens our planet. The segment is followed by a sound-rich report highlighting one green project somewhere around the world—from Ghana to Brazil to Morocco. Listeners will hear from people who use innovation, technology, and investment to roll back the devastation. Heat of the Moment tells the stories of the people on the front lines of the fight against climate change.

Latest Episode

Trailer: Heat of the Moment

Coming April 16 - Stories from the front lines of the fight against climate change

First Person

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Each week on First Person, we conduct a narrative-driven conversation with one person whose experience illuminates something timely and important about our world. Our guests tend to be people who have participated directly in events, either as protagonists or eyewitnesses. We get them to tell their story, not just offer analysis. First Person is hosted by FP deputy editor Sarah Wildman. Sarah is an award-winning journalist whose stories have appeared in the New York TimesSlate, Vox and the New Yorker online. She is the author of Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind.

Latest Episode

The Marie Antoinette of Shoes Makes a Comeback

Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield on how Imelda Marcos engineered her second act in the Philippines.

And Now the Hard Part

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The world is a particularly confusing and daunting place these days: Russian bots, North Korean nukes, trade wars and climate emergencies. To understand it better, Foreign Policy and the Brookings Institution are teaming up for an 8-part podcast series. On each episode, host Jonathan Tepperman and a guest from Brookings discuss one of the world’s most vexing problems and trace its origins. And then, the hard part: Tepperman asks the guest to focus on plausible, actionable ways forward.

Jonathan Tepperman, Foreign Policy’s editor in chief, hosts the podcast. The guests are some of the smartest and most experienced analysts around—all scholars from the Brookings Institution, including former government and intelligence officials.

Latest Episode

How to Reverse the Global Drift Toward Authoritarianism

Brookings President John Allen on why autocrats are rising and what to do about it.