Foreign Policy Playlist

Each week, Foreign Policy’s Amy Mackinnon, will recommend one podcast from around the world, interview the host, and play an excerpt. This 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.

News
1
Disasters and Politics
29 min
2
Panel on the Situation in Afghanistan
49 min
3
On Israeli Surveillance and Israeli Diplomacy
40 min
4
HERO: The Women Setting the Gender Equality Agenda
26 min
5
Through Thick and Thin (mints)
65 min
6
China Sanctions US Religious Freedom Officials
26 min
7
On Travel Storytelling and Killing your Darlings
26 min
8
Extremism and the German Military
32 min
9
How Quality Child Care is Changing Lives for Wo...
37 min
10
A Rhythmic Connection: Cuban Influences in Angola
75 min
11
Ready, Set, Melt: The Race for Power in the Arctic
55 min
12
Ethiopia's Violence in Tigray
34 min
13
Dispatches from Around the World
35 min
14
Course Correction: Hijab Bans and French Secula...
38 min
15
How John Kerry Plans to Tackle Climate Change
35 min
16
What Happened After El Chapo Was Arrested?
38 min
17
Camping With Whale Hunters
34 min
18
Working with LGBT Migrants in South Africa
36 min
19
How China Lends
83 min
20
China’s Feminist Backlash
27 min
21
Daily Vlogging the Syrian War
37 min
22
Syria's Lost Generation Episode 6
33 min
23
Syria's Lost Generation Episode 5
25 min
24
Syria's Lost Generation Episode 4
24 min
25
Syria's Lost Generation Episode 3
23 min
26
Syria's Lost Generation Episode 2
24 min
27
What Was Saddam Hussein Thinking?
43 min
28
On Blackness and Noir in France
51 min
29
Is the Cure Worse than the Pandemic?
35 min
30
Syrian Youth Living in Limbo
32 min
31
Music, Politics, and COVID in Africa
Foreign Policy Playlist recommends: Into Africa
34 min
32
Iran's Political Dilemma
Foreign Policy Playlist recommends: The Iran Podcast
53 min
33
AF: Powering Change
A Look at Energy Infrastructure
27 min
34
AF: Paving the Way
A Look at Trade and Transportation Infrastructure
32 min
35
AF: Financing Africa's Future
A Look at Finance Infrastructure
41 min
36
AF: Africa's Digital Future
A Look at ICT Infrastructure in Africa
39 min
37
Behind the Scenes of Cybercrimes
Foreign Policy Playlist Features "To Catch A Hacker"
24 min
38
How This Israeli Election Might be Different
Foreign Policy Playlist recommends: Election Overdose
54 min
39
Satire in Arabia
Foreign Policy Playlist recommends: Babel
40 min
40
In Washington, Personnel is Policy
What President Biden's picks for top foreign policy jobs reveal about his approach to the world.
34 min
41
Tunisia: The Genesis of the Arab Spring
A look at the podcast Revolution 1
36 min
42
What Abolishing the Electoral College System Wo...
Foreign Policy Playlist recommends: What the Hell is Going On?
61 min
43
The Coronavirus and the Crisis of Trust
Foreign Policy Playlist recommends: Rachman Review
30 min
44
Why Are Our Skies Getting Darker?
34 min
45
France Grapples with Free Speech and Islam
Jennifer Williams of Vox introduces Jonathan to Worldly
53 min
46
The Role of Men in the Fight for Girls Education
We feature an episode from Season 2 "Seeking Peace" where host Melanne Verveer speaks with education advocate Ziauddin Yousafzai, the father of Malala Yousafzai.
28 min
47
What You Learn From Talking to Your Enemies
Foreign Policy Playlist recommends: Revisionist History
51 min
48
The Future of War
Foreign Policy Playlist recommends: Stories from the Backchannel
35 min
49
Is China Winning?
Foreign Policy Playlist recommends: Things That Go Boom
30 min
50
Two Years in the Life of a Saudi Girl
Foreign Policy Playlist recommends: Radio Diaries
38 min
51
A First-Person Account Of the War in Nagorno-Ka...
Foreign Policy Playlist recommends: Al Jazeera's The Take
33 min
52
What People Don't Talk About When They Talk Abo...
31 min
53
Foreign Policy Playlist Trailer
1 min
54
Haven America or Fortress America?
Harvard historian Jill Lepore on the long and tortured history of the U.S. immigration debate.
25 min
55
HOTM: The Solutions Under Our Noses
A look at how many of the innovations that will be needed for a cleaner, greener future are actually available today—and what's needed to get them activated on a larger scale.
32 min
56
HOTM: The Future of Green Energy
A look at why it’s critical for the world to move toward more renewable energy sources and how innovations like concentrated solar power are helping us get there.
30 min
57
HOTM: When Climate Hits Home
Climate change is forcing people from their homes, especially in island nations. How can the world change its policy toward climate migrants, and what can be done to assist those who want to stay not only survive but thrive?
26 min
58
HOTM: Extreme Weather Resilience
How climate change is increasing the intensity of storms, and what the world can do to be more resilient.
29 min
59
HOTM: What Would Greta Do?
Young climate activists in the United States and the Philippines are pushing for change and getting their governments to take notice.
29 min
60
HOTM: Why Bold investments Matter
A look into how green investments and economic policy changes can be a driver for a healthier planet.
30 min
61
Lebanon's Arab Spring?
Protesters are directing their anger at the political elite for years of corruption and mismanagement.
29 min
62
HOTM: Adapting to a Drier Planet
An exploration of the wider ramifications of water scarcity and what’s being done to help those affected.
32 min
63
Spies of the UAE
A look into Project Raven, a program where Americans were recruited to help the UAE hack people and organizations around the world.
32 min
64
HOTM: Talking Green Without Seeing Red
How governments, journalists, and activists are all trying to change the narrative when they talk about climate change. The goal? Make the conversation more inclusive, less hostile, and frankly less boring.
30 min
65
The Future of Hong Kong
On the podcast: A former China correspondent traces Beijing's sustained effort to erode human rights in Hong Kong.
33 min
66
HOTM: A New Plan for the Amazon
Saving the Amazon rainforest is not just about raising alarms but also about finding ways to make harvesting its trees more profitable than tearing them down.
31 min
67
The Referendum That Changed Ireland
A look back at the vote in Ireland that ended the abortion ban.
30 min
68
HOTM: Food 2.0
26 min
69
Meltdown at Chernobyl
On the podcast: A journalist reconstructs the world's worst nuclear disaster.
34 min
70
The Dark Legacy of China’s One-Child Policy
The filmmaker Nanfu Wang tells the dramatic story of her own family’s one-child ordeal.
30 min
71
HOTM: Making Cities Greener
Heat of the Moment explores how cities can play a major role in reducing carbon emissions.
29 min
72
Introducing Season Two of I Spy
CIA officer Richard Holm is sent to Congo in 1965 to organize local agents against an anti-government rebellion. But a fiery plane crash leaves him in hostile territory, fighting for his life.
37 min
73
A U.S. Marine Looks Back at Fallujah
A U.S. Marine Looks Back at Fallujah
32 min
74
Introducing Heat of the Moment
From FP Studios and the Climate Investment Funds, a new series which looks at the climate crisis and offers reasons for hope.
30 min
75
How an Upscale Chef Came to Serve Those in Need
José Andrés on feeding people in times of crisis.
28 min
76
The Ongoing Impunity of Mohammed bin Salman
U.N. Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard on her investigation of the Khashoggi murder.
36 min
77
Draft Episode for Mar 27, 2020
Waad al-Kateab’s film focuses on one of the hardest-hit cities in Syria’s ongoing civil war.
32 min
78
The Marie Antoinette of Shoes Returns
Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield on how Imelda Marcos engineered her second act in the Philippines.
31 min
79
Introducing: Don't Touch Your Face
From Foreign Policy, a new daily show about all things coronavirus.
19 min
80
Death of a War Correspondent
35 min
81
How Israel’s Netanyahu Uses Fear and Loathing t...
The Israeli journalist Anshel Pfeffer looks back at Bibi’s first general election campaign in 1996.
26 min
82
The Other Brexit
CNN's Max Foster on How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Split From Britain's Royal Family
33 min
83
A Truce with the Taliban
Former U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan James Dobbins on a possible peace deal after more than 18 years of war.
30 min
84
The Filmmaker Who Took On Bolsonaro
An Oscar-nominated documentary examines Brazil's deep political fault lines
32 min
85
The President Who Played One on TV
Journalist Franklin Foer on the peculiar rise of Volodymyr Zelensky in Ukraine and his role in the Trump impeachment ordeal
33 min
86
Counseling John McCain
A former foreign policy advisor looks back at the 2008 presidential election campaign
33 min
87
The Rise and Rise of Vladimir Putin
28 min
88
A Fateful Decision that Led to the 1979 Iran Ho...
Journalist David Kirkpatrick on how President Carter was pressured into letting the Shah of Iran into the U.S.
35 min
89
The Persian Puzzle: Iran, Iraq, and the United ...
Following the U.S. air strike that killed Iranian military leader Qassem Suleimani, we examine again what a trove of leaked intelligence cables tells us about Iran’s influence in Iraq.
26 min
90
The Truth About the U.S. War in Afghanistan
Former Pakistani ambassador to Washington Husain Haqqani on how the Taliban won.
31 min
91
The Documentaries of 2019
On this episode, we look back at some of the documentaries we featured on the show in the past year.
28 min
92
The Books of 2019
On this episode, we look back at some of the books we featured on the show in the past year.
30 min
93
Corbyn and the Jews
How allegations of antisemitism in the Labor Party became a central issue in Britain’s election campaign.
23 min
94
An American in Mosul
Journalist Mike Giglio provides an eyewitness account of a key battle against the Islamic State.
34 min
95
Iranian Spy Games Revealed
What a trove of leaked Iranian cables tells us about Iran’s influence in Iraq.
26 min
96
Introducing I Spy
A new podcast from Foreign Policy featuring former intelligence operatives from around the world.
32 min
97
The Syrian Filmmaker Who Risked Her Life to Doc...
Waad al-Kateab’s film focuses on one of the hardest-hit cities in Syria’s ongoing civil war.
32 min
98
BONUS EPISODE: The Jerusalem Murder That Set Of...
Palestinian-Israeli filmmaker Tawfiq Abu Wael on the challenges of co-creating the HBO series Our Boys
16 min
99
The Jerusalem Murder that Set Off a War
An Israeli drama series on HBO about the 2014 murder of a Palestinian teen stirs compassion and controversy
24 min
100
And Now the Hard Part—How to Manage North Korea
Brookings senior fellow Jung H. Pak on why the United States has failed to prevent North Korea from developing nuclear weapons and what to do about it.
28 min