Each week, Foreign Policy’s Laura Rosbrow-Telem 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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Laura Rosbrow-Telem is a podcast producer at Foreign Policy. She previously worked as a reporter and host at Public News Service and WRFI, and a print and online editor at the Jerusalem Post and Mic. Her reporting has appeared on Radiolab, the Atlantic, and Business Insider.
Lead Producers: Zamone Perez, Maria Ximena Aragon | Lead Editor: Rosie Julin | Managing Editor: Rob Sachs
How Protests in Bangladesh Could Impact Elections
Foreign Policy Playlist recommends: Global Dispatches.
Ending the Financial Incentives of FGM
FP Playlist recommends: The Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women
Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Ukraine, the Food Crisis, and the U.N.
Foreign Policy Playlist recommends: FP Live
The Future of Afghanistan
FP editor in chief Ravi Agrawal sits down with FP columnist Lynne O’Donnell and writer of FP’s weekly South Asia Brief Michael Kugelman.
What HIMARS in Ukraine Tells Us About International Law
Foreign Policy recommends: Lawfare's Rational Security.
How Squid Explains the State of Our Oceans
Foreign Policy’s new six-part narrative series on global fishing.
FP Live: Future of Energy
The panelists looked at Putin’s efforts toward dominance in gas and oil and how OPEC continues to undercut the United States as gas and oil prices soar.
Allies in Afghanistan
This week on FP Playlist, we feature a new series from Lawfare and Goat Rodeo about the Afghans who helped the United States’ war effort in Afghanistan.
Fleeing Kyiv: Svetlana’s Story
In this episode, host David Greene sits down with Svetlana to hear what happened as she and her family tried to flee Kyiv.
The History of Ukraine’s Identity
In this episode, we explore the history of Ukraine’s national identity and how it formed over the course of centuries.
A Cobalt Curse?
In this episode, explore the world of cobalt mining—and the issues that create a resource curse in the Congo.
Host Nelufar Hedayat discusses the latest season of Course Correction—and how the series has changed.
The Road Ahead for Ukraine
FP editor in chief Ravi Agrawal sat down with Eurasia Group president Ian Bremmer to cover the West’s response to the war in Ukraine and China’s role in the conflict.
How Far Will Putin Go?
FP editor in chief Ravi Agrawal sits down with former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder to discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
Melinda Gates and the Post-COVID World
Listen as Melinda Gates and Esther Duflo speak with host Reena Ninan about what women’s economic empowerment looks like in a post-COVID world.
Life in America After Escaping Genocide
This week’s episode features one Uyghur teen who comes of age in the United States after leaving China.
FP Live on What’s Next for Ukraine
After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, three panelists discuss next steps in the conflict and consequences for the international community.
A Himalayan Task
FP features a show about the decadeslong effort to create the Great Himalayan National Park.
Kyiv and Potential Conflict: A Conversation With a Former U.S. Intelligence Officer
Amy Mackinnon—live from Kyiv—discusses the Ukraine crisis with former senior intelligence officer Andrea Kendall-Taylor.
Using Storytelling to Explain the Yugoslav Wars
Foreign Policy Playlist recommends: Conflict of Interest
Deterring Russia in Ukraine
Foreign Policy Playlist features FP Live’s conversation on what NATO and Europe can do to deter Russia from invading Ukraine.
Hopping From Harlem to Sweden
Listen to the story of the Lindy Hop dance, as it moved out of Harlem and into Sweden, and see how Black dancers are reclaiming the style.
Climate Leaders and the Power of Mentorship
Listen in on conversations between climate leaders and the mentors who inspire their work.
Rolling With the Putins
WorldAffairs co-host Ray Suarez discusses how people come to understand world news and what issues will define this generation.
Hallucinations in the Amazon
Each week, “The Trip” follows someone as they drink “with exceptional people around the world.” This episode features an adventure of hallucinatory discoveries in the Amazon with the show’s host, Nathan Thornburgh.
The Man Who Corrupted the Navy
This debut episode kicks off the shocking story of con artist Leonard Francis—the man at the center of U.S. Navy corruption.
A Judoka Breaks Barriers
Each week, host Ibtihaj Muhammad tells harrowing stories of courage and conviction, both on and off the court.
Misinformation in the Public Square
This episode explores how some nations are interfering in the domestic affairs of other countries by spreading misinformation—and how we as citizens can combat its spread.
Torture and the CIA: 20 Years Later
With the 20-year anniversary of 9/11, this featured episode discusses the CIA’s torture programs in the wake of 9/11.
Risk and Its Calculus
FP Pentagon reporter Jack Detsch sits down with Ret. General Stanley McChrystal, who commanded troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and talks about his new book on calculating risk both on and off the battlefield.
CNN climate analyst John Sutter dives deep into stories of those in grassroots movements battling the climate crisis.
Tug of War in Afghanistan
Tug of War host and Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward sat down with FP Playlist to discuss her reporting in Afghanistan, the rise of autocracies and more in this special episode of Playlist.
The Paris Climate Agreement
From the halls of international conflict to gang violence, this new FP series takes listeners into the world of negotiations, both successful and not.
Close Quarters: Living With Elephants
Host Lizzie Peabody spoke about the beauty of elephants, cohabitation, and the unlikely stories that come from working at one of the largest museum networks on the planet.
A Viral War Crime
In this season, open-source reporters from around the world search for clues as to who’s responsible for a video showing the murders of women and children that flooded the internet.
No Avocados in Iran
This show looks at the story of Tehran-based Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian’s 544-day imprisonment in Iran—and the efforts of those back in the United States to bring him home.
Dancing on the Debt Ceiling?
FP Studios launched Ones and Tooze—a new economics podcast centered on two data points that explain aspects of the global economy.
Wine-Making in Bethlehem
This episode explores the first Palestinian winery near Bethlehem and pays attention to the discussion of indigenous Palestinian grape varieties.
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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