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This Week's Favorite Podcasts

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Here are my Top 5 podcast episodes I recommend listening to over the weekend.

Which podcast would you suggest? Share with the community in the comments.

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📰 News

Podcast: The NPR Politics Podcast
Episode: “Biden's Pitch to Congress: Make Government Great Again”
Host: Tamara Keith
Guests: Franco Ordoñez, Kelsey Snell & Juana Summers | NPR
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 17 min | 🗓️ 04/29/2021

One of the top news this week is President Joe Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress. This “NPR Politics Podcast” episode covers the major points of the speech and discusses Biden’s proposal of how to reshape the American society. An informative summary that updates you on the President’s direction, 100 days into office.

🗳️ Politics

Podcast: Sway - A New York Times Podcast
Episode: “Why is So Much Money Moving to Miami?”
Host: Kara Swisher
Guest: Francis Suarez | Mayor | Miami
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 36 min | 🗓️ 04/29/2021

Kara Swisher interviews the Mayor of Miami, Francis Suarez, who has been in the public spotlight for his vision to transform Miami into the next tech hub. In this episode, Swisher asks tough questions, including: How can Miami become the text Silicon Valley with rising sea levels and the lack of institutions like Stanford? They also discuss Suarez’ political future of potentially becoming Nikki Haley’s running mate in the 2024 presidential race.

🚀 Biz & Tech

Podcast: Business Breakdowns
Episode: “Twilio: Messaging, Margins, and Markets”
Host: Jesse Pujji
Guest: Ro Nagpal | Senior Investment Professional | Holocene Advisors
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 39 min | 🗓️ 04/28/2021

I’ve just recently discovered this new podcast, breaking down interesting companies. This week’s episode dives into Twilio, the cloud communications platform that powers your Uber or Airbnb notifications and messages. Founded just over a decade ago, Twilio broke the barriers by enabling developers to access communication infrastructure through APIs. To find out what investors and operators can further take away from studying Twilio more closely, tune in!

💬 Culture & Society

Podcast: The Argument
Episode: “Police Reform Is Coming. What Should It Look Like?”
Host: Jane Coaston
Guests: Randy Shrewsberry, Rashawn Ray & Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 34 min | 🗓️ 04/28/2021

I generally enjoy “The Argument” podcast, because it examines topics from multiple angles and perspectives. This week’s focus is on how the police reform in the United States should look like. The round table debates solutions ranging from modernizing training, stronger ties between police misconduct and financial culpability, and divesting from policing to invest in community-based services. The guests consist of a former police officer, a professor of sociology and a leader in the Movement for Black Lives.

🥑 Health

Podcast: Worldly
Episode: “The Surprising Success of Covid-19 Travel Bans”
Hosts: Zack Beauchamp, Jennifer Williams & Alex Ward
Guest: Julia Belluz | Senior Health Correspondent | Vox
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 47 min | 🗓️ 04/29/2021

Vietnam has managed to keep its total coronavirus deaths to just 35. How? - you might ask - partly by completely shutting its borders with one of the world’s strictest travel bans. As somebody who has experienced the rather loose quarantine restrictions in the United States and the more strict ones in Germany, I found this “Worldly” episode very interesting, expanding to a critical debate on the general topic of Covid measures. Listen to it to find out more about the lessons learned from Vietnam and how we should handle the next pandemic.