Listening is the new reading. To ensure that public policy students get up-to-date analysis of the latest developments in the field, Kautilya School of Public Policy brings to its readers a list of podcasts covering topics from – developments in world politics and economics to emerging societal trends. The compiled list intends to inspire young public policy scholars to aid their interests within this diverse field. Regular podcast engagement would enrich their knowledge base and provide insights beyond the classroom.”

An evolving database of selected podcasts.

Introduction: Podcasts with different aspects of public policy

Podcasts have become a new format for knowledge sharing. While we believe that all ideas are welcome, some podcasts that add value to international and national debates are listed below for your review. The links for each podcast are in their titles, and we are also sharing some of their twitter ids for your benefit. All podcasts are in alphabetical order and deal with different aspects of public policy, as taught at KSPP.

Asia Inside Out

The Asia Society Policy Institute takes you beyond the policy headlines, providing an insider’s view on Asian and global affairs. Twitter: @AsiaSociety

Big World Podcast

Big World shines a spotlight on complex ideas and issues that matter. Each episode features an expert from the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC, breaking down a big, important topic into small bite sizes. Twitter: @AU_SIS


Biomimicry is a technological-oriented approach focused on putting nature’s lessons into practice. It facilitates a deep conversation about how we might restructure and rebuild the world we live in, from microscopic cells to sustainable cities to intergalactic travel.

Carnegie Connects

A show hosted by Aaron David Miller featuring conversations with journalists, policymakers, historians, and experts on pressing foreign policy issues Twitter:@CarnegieEndow

Chatham House Podcasts

Chatham House hosts 4 series of podcasts- (i) Independent Thinking (ii)Africa Aware (iii) Climate Briefing and (iv) Undercurrents  Twitter: @ChathamHouse

China Global

China’s rise has captivated and vexed the international community. From defence, technology, and the environment to trade, academia, and human rights, much of what Beijing does now reverberates across the map. China Global is a new podcast from the German Marshall Fund that decodes Beijing’s global ambitions as they unfold. Twitter: @gmfus

Chinese Whispers

A fortnightly podcast on the latest in Chinese politics, society, and more. From Huawei to Hong Kong, Cindy Yu talks to experts, journalists, and long-time China watchers on what you need to know about China.  Twitter: @spectator

Circular Economy Podcast Series

The Podcast explores many dimensions of what a circular economy means and meets the people making it happen. Twitter: @circulareconomy

Democracy Paradox

The podcast brings scholars from different disciplines to discuss social and political ideas. The aim is not to debate policy or politics but to introduce new concepts to listeners so they can understand politics and society better. Twitter: @DemParadox

Drum Tower: By The Economist

Two of The Economist’s China correspondents analyze the stories at the heart of this vast country and examine its influence beyond its borders. A global network of correspondents and expert guests examines how everything from party politics to business, technology, and culture reshapes China and the world. For almost seven centuries, the beats of China’s most famous drum tower, or gulou, have kept people in Beijing to time, inspiring the name of this podcast.

Gender & Development

The Gender & Development podcast is brought to you by the Gender & Development journal – an international journal aiming to inspire and support development policy and practice for women’s rights and gender equality. Twitter: @GaDjournal

Global Dispatches

The longest-running independent international affairs podcast features in-depth interviews with policymakers, journalists, and experts who discuss global news, international relations, global development, and critical trends driving world affairs. Named by The Guardian as “a podcast to make you smarter,” Global Dispatches is a podcast for people who crave a deeper understanding of international news. Twitter: @MarkLGoldberg

Grand Tamasha

Grand Tamasha. Co-produced by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Hindustan Times. Each week, Milan Vaishnav and his guests from around the world break down the latest developments in Indian politics, economics, foreign policy, society, and culture for a global audience. Twitter: @CarnegieSAsia

Ideas of India

Through conversations with top thinkers in the social sciences and beyond, economist Shruti Rajagopalan explores the ideas that will propel India forward. Twitter : @IdeasofIndia

Indo-Pacific Voices

The Indo-Pacific Voices is the Indo-Pacific Circle’s Podcast hosted by its members. The podcast broadcasts regional perspectives on a wide-reaching range of topics with one mission – to explore the emergent issues facing the Indo-Pacific

Interpreting India

By Carnegie India, the podcast brings forth voices from India and around the globe to unpack how technology, the economy, and foreign policy impact India’s relationship with the world.  Twitter: @CarnegieIndia


Lawfare currently hosts eight podcasts offering a variety of perspectives on national security. It also provides information on four independently produced podcasts: the Cyberlaw Podcast, ChinaTalk, the National Security Law Podcast, and Tech TankTwitter: @lawfare

More or Less by BBC Radio 4

Tim Harford explains and sometimes debunks the numbers and statistics used in political debate, the news, and everyday life. Twitter: @BBCMoreOrLess

NET Assessment

War on the Rocks): Discusses key issues in U.S. foreign policy. Twitter: @WarOnTheRocks

Net-Zero Carbon Emission

Net zero refers to the balance between the amount of greenhouse gas produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere. We reach net zero when the amount we add is no more than the amount taken away. But how can we achieve this, and why does it matter? Twitter: @futureNetZero

Oxford Society for International Development

The podcast aims to promote and facilitate discussion of the challenges and advances within the field of International Development among students at the University of Oxford.

Pod Save the World

Pod Save the world is a weekly podcast that breaks down international news and foreign policy developments. Twitter: @CrookedMedia

Podcasts by Council on Foreign Relations:

The Council on Foreign Affairs hosts four podcasts: 1. Nine Questions for the World, where Richard Haass sits down with nine extraordinary thinkers to explore fundamental questions about the future century. 2. The President’s Inbox explores a foreign policy challenge facing the United States. 3. The World Next Week: A preview of world events in the week ahead. And 4. Why It Matters breaks down an issue shaping our world’s future. Twitter: @CFR_org

Podcasts by The Economist

Sound reasoning on current affairs, business and finance, science and technology, and global issues Twitter: @EconomistPods

Podcasts by The Hindu

They have four podcast playlists– Data Point, Worldview, InFocus, and Parley focusing on different aspects of news. Twitter: @the_hindu

Revolution and Ideology

Revolution & Ideology podcast discusses history and social theory related to revolution, social change, and why people think the way they do. Twitter: @RevAndIdeology

The Rachman Review

Gideon Rachman, the Financial Times chief foreign affairs columnist talks to the decision-makers and thinkers who are shaping world affairs.  Twitter: @gideonrachman

The Seen and the Unseen

The Seen and the Unseen, hosted by Amit Varma, features long-form conversations that aim to give deep insights into the subjects being discussed. Twitter: @amitvarma

The Truth of the Matter

Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) podcast that aims to tackle global policy issues and interview experts in the field to engage in informed discussions about topics ranging from election security to the long-term effects of a pandemic on global migration. Twitter: @CSIS

World in 30 Minutes

In this series, Mark Leonard and guests explore the big issues in foreign policy from a European perspective.  Twitter: @ecfr