Podcasts I’m listening to… Professor Nick Bisley

Deep State Radio

What is it? 
An often funny discussion hosted by David Rothkopf, it’s a regular roster of foreign and security policy experts from in and around Washington talking about the burning issues in world politics.

Why is it so good?
The speakers are always razor-sharp with a range of perspectives from media, academia and government. They always get under the surface of issues while often indulging in some grade A Trump bashing. Perhaps unwittingly, the discussion also gives a great sense of how the US foreign policy establishment thinks. Regulars include Korl Shoke, Ed Luce, David Sanger and Rosa Brooks.

Political Gabfest – Slate

What is it?
Hosted by David Plotz from Atlas Obscura, joined by Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson – the panel discuss three topics each week facing US politics.

Why is it so good?
Smart, funny and exactly on point, the discussion provides a detailed dissection of the key issues in US politics. While it’s not partisan, the instincts of the panel are broadly liberal in the US context. The rapport of the panel, experience and insight make this one of the very best political podcasts going.

99% Invisible

What is it?
A weekly discussion of design and architecture understood in the broadest sense. Hosted by the brilliantly named and astoundingly voiced Roman Mars.

Why is it so good?
Brilliantly produced podcast that explores all the ways design influences our lives. Exploring everything from revolving doors to sports uniforms, it’s always engaging, thoughtful and unexpected.

Asia Rising

What is it?
The fortnightly podcast from La Trobe Asia produced by podcast master Matt Smith that discusses news, politics and society in Asia.

Why is it so good?
An excellent and diverse examination of a huge range of issues going on in the region. Usually showcases La Trobe talent but also brings together leading experts from around the world. Full disclosure: I used to host it!

 

Professor Nick Bisley is the Head of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of International Relations at La Trobe University. He is on the Advisory Council of the China Matters public policy initiative and is the ex-editor-in-chief of Australian Journal of International Affairs. Nick also regularly contributes to the national and international media, including The Guardian, The Economist, and Time Magazine.

You can follow Nick on Twitter @NickBisley

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