6 Podcasts to Help Keep You Informed

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Keeping on top of the latest news, politics and your local community's issues can sometimes feel overwhelming. With these six KQED podcasts you get your choice of how to stay informed, from storytelling to studio interviews.  So pick your interest, head to your podcast player and press play on your daily commute. (Trust us: Your Sunday brunch conversational game will thank us.)

  1. American Suburb

    Gentrification is changing cities across America, forcing people from neighborhoods they have long called home. Now those priced out of the Bay Area are looking for a better life... in an unlikely place. American Suburb follows this migration to one California town along the Delta, 45 miles from San Francisco. But is this once sleepy suburb ready for them?

  2. Bay Curious

    Introducing a podcast about the unexplored San Francisco Bay Area! Each week each bite-sized episode dives deep into the mysteries that make this area quirky, delightful and, at times, dysfunctional. It's a show about questions — and the adventures you stumble upon when you go looking for answers. Now here's the twist: You ask the questions. You decide what the hosts work on. And sometimes, you'll even help find the answer.

  3. Political Breakdown

    Join hosts Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos as they unpack the week in politics with a California perspective. Featuring interviews with reporters and other insiders involved in the craft of politics—including elected officials, candidates, pollsters, campaign managers, fundraisers, and other political players—Political Breakdown pulls back the curtain to offer an insider’s glimpse at how politics works today.

  4. The Bay

    Every good story starts local. So that’s where this podcast starts: with storytelling for daily news. Host Devin Katayama talks with reporters to help make sense of what’s happening in the Bay Area. With just one story, one conversation, and one idea at a time.

  5. Q'ed Up

    Want to make sure you don’t miss the voices and stories that are crucial to your community? This weekly podcast delivers the best Bay Area news stories from KQED News directly to your ears.

  6.  KQED Forum

    A live call-in program with A+ guests, offering balanced discussions of local, state, national, and world issues as well as in-depth interviews with the leading figures in politics, science, entertainment, and the arts.