My favorite podcasts for AP Government

Updated: August 25, 2021

I absolutely love podcasts! I can listen while I’m driving or out for a walk. I love having my students listen to them as well. I often assign them outside of class, but sometimes we will listen to them if they are short and meaningful. It’s also helpful for my auditory learners or for students that just need a bit of extra information to really “get it”.

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Here are my favorite podcasts for AP Government!

For use in class:

·  Constitutional– I use this one in class and for my personal knowledge.

·  We the People– I have to admit, I love Jeffrey Rosen. And when he followed me on Twitter one day, I about died. THIS is a podcast I have my students listen to because it presents both sides from a scholarly view point. It has been especially amazing for the redesign. I highly recommend this! 

·  More Perfect I love using this in class. More specifically, they have a great one on Citizens United which can be used with my lesson on the required case. There are 3 seasons and I’ve found they are easy listening. 

·  Civics 101- This podcast has EVERYTHING including lessons and listening guides. Episodes are short and easy for emergency lesson plans.

·  Up First– The news from NPR in 10 minutes. I recommend to students who want to listen to the news and keep up. They can listen to it on the way to school or work.

For personal use to grow in the subject:

  • The Wilderness– I started to listen to Pod Save America awhile ago on the recommendation of a friend, but soon found it to be not up my alley. I decided to give this a try because of it’s look at what happened to the Democratic Party in the 2016 and what they need to change. It’s like an autopsy and it’s refreshingly honest. This is a podcast I listen to for my own personal knowledge.  From the website: “The Wilderness is a documentary from Crooked Media and Two-Up about the history and future of the Democratic Party. Pod Save America’s Jon Favreau tells the story of a party finding its way out of the political wilderness through conversations with strategists, historians, policy experts, organizers, and voters. In fifteen chapters, the series explores issues like inequality, race, immigration, sexism, foreign policy, media strategy, and how Democrats can build a winning majority that lasts.”
  • The Daily– I listen to this daily. Each day on my way to work. Like clockwork. 
  • Teaching American History– with titles such as “How to Read Federalist #10” , many AP teachers jump for joy. Let’s be honest, we all need to brush up on some of our document knowledge. This is a great resource for teachers who don’t want to be caught unaware! 
  • Slow Burn– Nixon’s Watergate. Clinton’s impeachment. So enthralling and something I listen to so I can strengthen my history knowledge. 
  • PBS News Hour- quick, easy, informative, and part of my Alexa morning routine 

Tell me, what are your favorite podcasts and how do you use them?

6 thoughts on “My favorite podcasts for AP Government

  1. I’m excited to try some of these out! I had a student recommend More Perfect to me–which was amazing that she found it, liked it and wanted to share it with me. After reading your post, it makes sense to use these in the class! I’ve subscribed to all except TAH–I can’t find it anywhere except the website. I’m excited to dig in! 🙂


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