Monday Musings for Mar 22

This week, I talk about the variety of podcasts that I listen to that keep me informed about what’s happening in South Carolina and in our nation.

There are a number of podcasts that are specific to South Carolina:

  • South Carolina Lede is run by South Carolina Public Radio and is hosted by Gavin Jackson. Interviews, news, campaign updates, and more in 30 minutes or less, about twice a week.
  • Bourbon in the backroom  is an often amusing behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in Columbia, hosted by former state senators Vincent Sheheen and Joel Lourie. These release about once a week.
  • Clyburn Chronicles – featuring our favorite SC Congressman as he dives into history and race relations with various guests. You only get one a month, but they’re worth the wait.
  • Podmetto Politics – Unabashedly liberal, these younger activists from Greenville (including former Greenwoodian, Chris Fedalei) provide an unfiltered view of what it’s like being blue in a red state! They put out an episode about once a month, but are usually far more active during election cycles.
  • Understand SC – A weekly production of the Post & Courier where they dive into topics specific to our state

For information at the national level, I listen to:

  • FiveThirtyEight Politics – where they crunch the numbers and polling data
  • Freakonomics Radio – technically not a strict political podcast, but they do cover some odd topics that fall in the realm of economics and policy. 
  • Pod Save America – hosted by former Obama aides, they score some top-notch interviews and help you arm yourself against the bs you typically hear from “the other side”
  • The Bakari Sellers podcast – This SC native conducts interviews and provides commentary twice a week, with a focus primarily on black culture and issues. But his interview style and the guests he attracts should be heard by everybody!
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