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Everyone’s morning routine could use a little shaking up every now and then. If you’re a young and aspiring politico trying to keep up with what is going on in the world, I’ve got the perfect shake up for you. NPR’s new podcast “Up First” will get your started with a quick dose of what’s happening in the world that will keep you informed without interfering with your busy schedule. We can all use a little more information in our lives, but not everyone has time to read six newspapers and scour the headlines of the most popular news sites before going to their 9AM. That’s where “Up First” comes in.

Every weekday morning, by 6 AM, a new “Up First” podcast becomes available. Each episode is around ten minutes long, the perfect soundtrack for your shower or your makeup routine. The weekday podcast takes you through what’s happening in the world of politics and global affairs. It isn’t just the hosts offering their insight into the events, which is mostly unbiased insight, but often they invite on journalists who specialize in that particular area.

Past episode topics have included North Korea’s missile launches, frayed US-Russia relations, Bill O’Reilly’s sexual assault allegations, Kendrick Lamar’s new album, and the bombing in Syria. This podcast is great for anyone looking to get caught up on what has been happening around the world without the soul-crushing live video footage of war torn countries and the addition of politicized commentary that can be found on every news channel. The hosts have those typical “NPR voices” that remind me of drives to school in the morning with my grandfather.

It’s a relatively new podcast and premiered on April 5th, but I’ve listened every day since and it has really helped me keep up with what is going in the world. I’m a busy college student who doesn’t have a television in her dorm room. I can’t exactly keep Fox News or CNN running in the background all day. Classes can really keep me out of the loop of the 24-hour news cycle. By starting my mornings with “Up First,” I can still have intelligent conversations about what is happening around the world and not be horrifically surprised when my dinner companions bring up some military action on the other side of the prime meridian.

Check out “Up First” wherever you like to download podcasts and find their website here.

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member