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

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📰 News

Podcast: Start Here
Episode: “Cuo-No”
Host: Brad Mielke
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 26 min | 🗓️ 08/04/2021

The dominating breaking news of this week is the investigation report concluding that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed several women. This episode covers the growing calls for his resignation, Cuomo’s response and a possible impeachment. Furthermore, vaccine mandates and massive flight cancellations are addressed.

🗳️ Politics

Podcast: Pod Save the World
Episode: “Tucker Carlson Makes a Fascist Friend”
Hosts: Tommy Vietor & Ben Rhodes
Guest: Luisa Neubauer | German Climate Activist
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 1 hr 17 min | 🗓️ 08/05/2021

I always come back to “Pod Save the World” when I’m searching for a podcast that breaks down all major foreign policy related stories. This week, Tommy and Ben discuss the latest news on Afghanistan, Tucker Carlson streaming his show from Hungary, updates from Iran and Myanmar as well as the story around the Belarusian sprinter, who is now seeking asylum in Poland after an incident at the Tokyo Olympics. The episode concludes with an interview with Luisa Neubauer, one of Germany’s most known climate activists, talking about Germany’s extreme weather events and its impact on politics and climate action.

🚀 Biz & Tech

Podcast: Recode Media
Episode: “Reese’s $900 million deal; ScarJo vs Disney with Matt Belloni, + Derek Thompson on how the media covers Delta”
Host: Peter Kafka
Guests: Matthew Belloni | Hollywood Editor | Puck News &
Derek Thompson | Writer | The Atlantic
Apple | Spotify | 🕰️ 1 hr | 🗓️ 08/05/2021

“Recode Media” is all about the latest happenings in entertainment, media and technology. In this episode, Peter Kafka and Matthew Belloni talk about the two biggest Hollywood stories in the past week: Scarlett Johansson suing Disney and Resse Witherspoon’s $900M deal. Then, Derek Thompson discusses the media’s reporting on Covid-19, especially with the rise of the Delta variant.

💬 Culture & Society

Podcast: Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard
Episode: “Armchaired & Dangerous: QAnon”
Hosts: David Farrier, Dax Shepard & Monica Padman
Spotify | 🕰️ 59 min | 🗓️ 08/06/2021

Once a month, a new episode of the series “Armchaired & Dangerous” exposes a conspiracy theory. New Zealand journalist David Farrier joins Monica and Dax to break down QAnon, which, in my mind, is one of the most fascinating and unfathomable movements this century. I appreciate this series, because it discusses complex matters, yet in an accessible and entertaining way.

🎭 Entertainment

Podcast: Real Time with Bill Maher
Episode: “Ep. #571: Eric Adams, Joshua Green, Rep. Stacey Plaskett”
Host: Bill Maher
Guests: Eric Adams, Joshua Green & Rep. Stacey Plaskett
Apple | Stitcher | 🕰️ 55 min | 🗓️ 07/31/2021

Part of the Saturday morning routine in the United States was watching “Real Time with Bill Maher” on HBO. Since that is currently not available to me, I was happy to find out that every episode also gets released as a podcast. I consider the show a perfect mixture between comedy and serious political and societal debates. This episode includes a talk with the Democratic NYC mayor candidate Eric Adams, as well as a panel discussion with journalist Joshua Green and Stacey Plaskett, Delegate to the House of Representatives from the United States Virgin Islands.

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