Each week, Foreign Policy’s national security and intelligence reporter Amy Mackinnon will recommend one podcast from around the world and play an excerpt.
The curated show is designed to help listeners interested in the things we are—great stories, compelling interviews, and cogent analysis on international affairs—sort through the overwhelming variety of podcasts out there and find the best ones. And occasionally you’ll hear audio from our own newsroom.
FP Playlist replaces our flagship podcast First Person. You can download a new episode each Wednesday on Apple, Spotify, and all the other usual places.
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Amy Mackinnon is a national security and intelligence reporter at Foreign Policy.
Britain’s Role in the Afghan Debacle
This episode explores the 20-year war in Afghanistan from London’s perspective.
How Universal Payments Can Solve Global Poverty
This episode explores how alleviating poverty might be as simple as giving people money.
Disasters and Politics
On this episode, Chief Content Officer Tony Maciulis sat down with FP Playlist to discuss Ian Bremmer’s talk with Niall Ferguson on how human history is shaped by disaster.
Panel on the Situation in Afghanistan
Foreign Policy Editor in Chief Ravi Agrawal sits down with correspondent Lynne O'Donnell and Ashley Jackson discuss the situation on the ground in Kabul and the future of Afghanistan under Taliban rule.
How Israeli Diplomacy Paved the Way for NSO Deals
FP Playlist features the Haaretz Weekly podcast in an episode about the NSO Group and its surveillance software Pegasus.
Through Thick and Thin (Mints)
This week, we hear a podcast that tells stories from women in the U.S. intelligence community, their challenges, and how Girl Scout cookies can sometimes be a tool on the job.
China Sanctions U.S. Religious Freedom Officials
USCIRF Spotlight host Dwight Bashir spoke about the groundbreaking move by the Chinese government to sanction two USCIRF commissioners over deeming the treatment of Uyghurs in China’s Xinjiang region as a genocide.
On Travel Storytelling and Killing your Darlings
On this episode of FP Playlist, we feature an episode from The Atlas Obscura Podcast, a daily show that seeks to capture the stories of unique and wondrous places around the world—in 15 minutes or less.
Extremism and the German Military
Host Amy Mackinnon speaks with Times Berlin bureau chief Katrin Bennhold on the infiltration of far-right extremism in Germany’s security services.
How Quality Child Care Is Changing Lives for Women and Children in Kenya
This week we highlight FP’s newest limited series: Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women, or HER♀ for short.
A Rhythmic Connection: Cuban Influences in Angola
Through music, this episode of Hip Deep examines the influences—both political and musical—to come out of Cuba’s intervention in Angola.
Ready, Set, Melt: The Race for Power in the Arctic
Host Amy Mackinnon introduces Brian Hanson as he interviews two scholars on the intersection of Arctic policy and the superpowers that wish to rule the day in Deep Dish Podcast.
Whale Hunting with Indigenous People on the Arctic Sea
Foreign Policy recommends: National Geographic's Overheard.
Is the Cure Worse than the Pandemic?
Foreign Policy Playlist recommends Doha Debates' Course Corrections.
How This Israeli Election Might Be Different
Foreign Policy recommends: Haaretz’s Election Overdose podcast.
Satire and Comedy in the Arab World
Foreign Policy recommends: The Center for Strategic and International Studies’ “Babel.”
In Washington, Personnel Is Policy
What President Biden’s picks for top foreign-policy jobs reveal about his approach to the world.
What Abolishing the Electoral College System Would Mean for Voters
Foreign Policy recommends: American Enterprise Institute's What The Hell Is Going On.
The Coronavirus and the Crisis of Trust
Foreign Policy recommends: Rachman Review from the Financial Times.
Why Are Our Skies Getting Darker?
Foreign Policy recommends: The Council on Foreign Relations’ Why It Matters.
Malala’s Father on the Importance of Girls’ Education
Foreign Policy recommends: Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security's Seeking Peace podcast.
What You Learn From Talking to Your Enemies
Foreign Policy recommends: Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History.
A First-Person Account of the War in Nagorno-Karabakh
Foreign Policy recommends: Al Jazeera's The Take.
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