Foreign Policy Playlist

Foreign Policy’s latest podcast recommends shows from around the world.


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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.


We’re rolling out a new podcast called Foreign Policy Playlist. We hope you’ll give it a listen. 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.



Amy Mackinnon is a national security and intelligence reporter at Foreign Policy.

More Episodes


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.

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Ethiopia’s Violence in Tigray

Foreign Policy Playlist recommends Ufahamu Africa.

Dispatches From Around the World

Foreign Policy recommends: The BBC’s From Our Own Correspondent.


How John Kerry Is Tackling Climate Change

This week we feature FP’s “Global Reboot.”


What Happened After El Chapo Was Arrested?

Foreign Policy recommends: Vice News’ “Chapo.”


Whale Hunting with Indigenous People on the Arctic Sea

Foreign Policy recommends: National Geographic's Overheard.


Working with LGBT Migrants in South Africa

Foreign Policy Playlist recommends: Power of the Street.


How China Lends

Foreign Policy recommends: The China in Africa Podcast.


China’s Feminist Backlash

Foreign Policy recommends: SCMP's Inside China.


Daily Vlogging the Syrian War

Foreign Policy recommends: Vice News’ Source Material.


What Was Saddam Hussein Thinking?

Foreign Policy recommends: Al Jazeera’s Hindsight.


On Blackness and Noir in France

Foreign Policy recommends: NPR's Rough Translation.


Is the Cure Worse than the Pandemic?

Foreign Policy Playlist recommends Doha Debates' Course Corrections.


Syrian Youth Living in Limbo

Foreign Policy Playlist recommends Syria's Lost Generation.


Music, Politics, and COVID-19 in Africa

Foreign Policy Playlist recommends: Into Africa.


How The 2016 Inauguration Was Hacked

Foreign Policy recommends: To Catch a Hacker.


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.


10 Years After the Tunisian Uprising

Foreign Policy recommends: Revolution 1.


What Abolishing the Electoral College System Would Mean for Voters

Foreign Policy recommends: American Enterprise Institute's What The Hell Is Going On.

You can hear Francis Fukayama himself on the Rachman Review, the podcast featured this week on Foreign Policy Playlist. Listen here or subscribe on your favorite podcast platform.

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.

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France, Islam and Free Speech

Foreign Policy recommends: Vox's Worldly

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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.


The Future of War

Foreign Policy recommends: Stories from the Backchannel


Is China Winning?

Foreign Policy recommends: "Things That Go Boom."


Two Years in the Life of a Saudi Girl

Foreign Policy Playlist recommends: Radio Diaries.

FP Playlist The Take

A First-Person Account of the War in Nagorno-Karabakh

Foreign Policy recommends: Al Jazeera's The Take.


What People Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Israel

Foreign Policy recommends: Israel Story.

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