With the recent demise of Princeton’s University Channel, what’s a public affairs junkie to do? Here are some alternative ways to feed your habit:
UCLA International Institute (website, iTunes)
The International Institute has its own podcasts and also hosts a cornucopia of lectures in its centers and institutes like the Center for Chinese Studies (website, iTunes) and the Center for Near Eastern Studies (website, iTunes). You can find a full list of the international centers here.
Conversations with History (website, iTunes, Youtube)
This TV program from the Institute of International Studies at University of California, Berkeley is hosted by Harry Kreisler, executive director of the Institute. In most episodes, Kreisler interviews a prominent academic or journalist, and although the program sometimes ventures into science or literature, its main focus is on politics and international relations.
Council on Foreign Relations (website, iTunes)
The Council on Foreign Relations is an influential nonpartisan thinktank that publishes books, op-ed pieces and its bimonthly magazine Foreign Affairs. It issues podcasts of its conferences and lectures, along with interviews with foreign-policy experts and authors.
WGBH Forum (website, iTunes)
This Boston PBS station hosts hundreds of lecture podcasts on politics, history, foreign affairs and other subjects. You could listen 24/7 for weeks without exhausting this resource.
UCTV Public Affairs (website, iTunes)
University of California Television has hundreds of lectures from the 9 UC campuses. This eclectic selection has everything from What Hope for Afghanistan to Three Years As a Woman Priest.