Some essential podcasts for the 2019 federal election

With the federal election fast approaching, I thought it would be a good time to share some of my favourite political podcasts.

If you don’t currently listen to podcasts, you might want to give them a try. They provide easy, downloadable, enjoy-anywhere access to some of the best political interviews and analysis in the country.

This is not an exhaustive list by any means.

There are many other worthwhile podcasts, but these five — presented in no particular order — are the ones I lean most heavily on.

CPAC Today in Politics: This weekday podcast never disappoints. It’s hosted by Mark Sutcliffe, who is joined each day by a leading political journalist. Regular guests include John Ivison, Susan Delacourt, Dan Leger, Althia Raj and CPAC’s own Peter Van Dusen. After discussing the day’s top stories with his guest, Sutcliffe gives a summary of editorials and opinion columns in the country’s top newspapers. CPAC reporter Martin Stringer regularly contributes with a look at upcoming events.

Follow-Up Podcast: This occasional podcast from HuffPost Canada is always a treat. Host Althia Raj dives deep into the issues with a impressive line-up of guests from across the Canadian political landscape. Follow-Up packs a punch and can generate headlines, as it did recently with Elizabeth May’s comments about Justin Trudeau maintaining power if he wins fewer seats than Andrew Scheer.

The Pollcast with Éric GrenierYou can’t track an election campaign properly without listening to expert polling analysis. That’s what Grenier delivers in each and every podcast. Not to be missed, particularly as the federal election draws nearer.

10/3: Canada CoveredHosted by Dave Breakenridge, this Postmedia podcast covers national politics and current affairs from a Western Canadian point of view. I first came across 10/3 during the Alberta election and it quickly became one of my favourites.

Unpacking the News: An engaging political and cultural podcast from an unabashedly Leftist perspective. Produced by Ricochet, an online public-interest journalism platform, Unpacking the News explores important issues that commercial media often ignore.

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