Average rating:

out of 240 ratings.

Great news summary

by andrew.conkling on
Rating: ★★★★★

This podcast covers all the topics you'd expect, and a lot of stories you wouldn't. Tanzina Vega has been a great host, navigating all the week's news. The Takeaway team are all very sharp too. The Friday conversations with Amy Walter have been really interesting as well, more in-depth on political topics behind the scenes. All in all this show is a great way to keep up with the news and conversations behind the headlines, and hearing from listeners is always great too.

Keep Tanzina Vega

by Carolsummit on
Rating: ★★★★★

An outstanding commentator and interviewer.

Not bad

by EdtheDCguy on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Prefer in-depth analysis with guests. This one follows the usual trend, keeping it mostly superficial, entertaining, and with music and sound bites for variety. Love Amy Walters' commentary, and she is among the very best, but on the podcast she is yielding to entertainment realities.

Friday is special

by NW Paws Pappa on
Rating: ★★★★★

The addition of Amy Walter on Friday is just great, because she is!


by Andrea Bercos on
Rating: ★★★★★

Great podcast!


by bransil.adams on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

It’s okay. There’s some moderately deep dives on extremely specific topics, but in doing that, I think the pod falls short of the full picture. Loses context in dealing with the details. Also, like most NPR casts, leans center-left and is careful not to endorse dem-socialist views.

The best

by Martin Lomasney on
Rating: ★★★★★

Walter is the best.


by gcfgjb on
Rating: ★★★★★

Love this channel!!

Excellent show!

by StrongerTogether! on
Rating: ★★★★★

The frame, flow and content of the program allowed me to visualize and be fully present in the issue. Really appreciated the contextual nature of the conversation. Brilliant move to bring Amy Walter to this show!

Awesome Range and Depth

by audiofile5525 on
Rating: ★★★★★

This show covers a really wide array of issues and they are more frequently diving deep on some of these topics. Production value is also pretty great.

Best In Class

by serkre on
Rating: ★★★★★

Thoughtful, informative, balanced, well produced — perfect

Many Voices

by Cribbage Daughter and Mother on
Rating: ★★★★★

I was thrilled to hear a variety of opinions from Americans about what it means to be an American. Not to mention the interview with one of my favorite Americans, Jimmy Carter. This is a much needed conversation.

Thorough reporting of national and international news

by Padma G on
Rating: ★★★★★

Takeaway has changed my belief in journalism. I am impressed with the coverage and the choice of their topics. I like the host Todd Zwillich the most.

Assault weapons don't actually exist

by Chomping It on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

You have to be a complete brainlet to support an "assault weapons" ban. Assault weapons are literally no different from semi auto weapons with classic wooden stocks. Moronic liberals don't understand firearms so they think that a weapons appearance actually affects functionality. Anyone who understands firearms knows that not a single life would be saved from such a ban. I don't know why the left hasn't figured out that this whole concept is flawed. Please actually learn about gunsWe don't need a moronic "intellectual" academic to comment on gun control when he clearly has no true understanding of the mechanical nature of firearms. Yes leftists, details absolutely do matter when it comes to gun legislation. Enjoy my gunsplaining

Super Slow Downloads at 200 kbps

by Apple1234Pie on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Lots of 3 and a couple of 4 star podcasts, super slow downloads at 200 kbps, unsubscribing.

The best!!

by NickKnack1971 on
Rating: ★★★★★

I absolutely love this podcast. I listen every day and I feel very informed. The host is knowledgeable and relatable and never condescending. He also shows genuine empathy. I truly appreciate the work they put into this show.

The Takeaway

by EmilyEPK on
Rating: ★★★★★


MSNBC via public funding

by Lrh0000 on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

I love the range of topics and conversation, but the incessant leftist bias is off putting.


by spieg83 on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

I cannot believe our funding is going to this nonsense. It's extremely slanted and extremely biased. Defund NPR if this is the garbage that they're airing!!

Bad Interviewer

by Corky1969 on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

I finally had to remove this podcast as Hockenberry's style became so annoying I couldn’t listen anymore Everything is posed as an 'either this or that', no room for all the gray area in between, which is where one ususally finds the truth and nuance. I'm going to try Morning Edition for awhile.

I Listen Every Day

by Chocolate Bunny Twins on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

I listen to this podcast every day. It's insightful; topics are current events, politics, race relations, society/ culture. The discussions on race are interesting and handled thoughtfully. Really enjoy listening-- one of my favorite podcasts!

Best news variety hour on radio

by Eddlepirrrrrrrate on
Rating: ★★★★★

This is the best, most wide-ranging news variety show on the radio, hands down.I heard it once while on a roadtrip, and I wish my local NPR station would air it!The focus on issues faced by people of color is much better than other NPR programs and I really appreciate that aspect of it. So many topics are covered. Interesting stories you don't hear other places as well as better examinations of top news than most other news shows. Every once in a while they miss the mark, usually by having on a guest who is somehow a slimy person, but I will go to their website if what I am hearing sounds wrong and research the guest and usually find that they are disreputable. But when you do a show with 5-12 topics a day, sometimes those bad guests slip through. But even they at least provide a different perspective to keep your critical thinking skills sharp.Excellent, excellent show.


by patcho2008 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Concise news and analysis with a great host. Great complement to other public radio.

Missing Kristin Meinzer from Movie Date

by visviva on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Can not help wondering if John Hockenberry's increasing grumpiness did not drive her away from one of the best, and most popular podcasts on itunes.

Removing the Takeaway from my feed

by roolalenska on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

I was a loyal Takeaway listener but felt compelled to remove it after hearing John Hockenberry's discussion with Piers Morgan about gun control. At first I thought that John was just playing Devil's advocate when he said that he didn't think ANY Americans really wanted serious gun control - then it became clear that he believed what he was saying. I don't need or want this kind of nonsense in my feed. There are millions of Americans out here who want real gun control John.

Smartest daily news show on the air

by Dannylowenst68 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Love the takeaway but I'm at work when it is in the radio. Now I can listen to it on my commute home. Bravo!

Great listen

by TJ Raphael on
Rating: ★★★★★

A wonderful way to stay up on the news. I also love their weekend podcast!!!

Best daily news podcast

by Listener5436 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Perfect amount of news for my commute home every evening. Show has gems of brilliance and smart analysis. A must listen.

one of my faves

by heroic mouse on
Rating: ★★★★★

I love in depth news coverage and shows that spend an hour on a single topic, however, not every show needs to do this. There are lots of places to find that kind of detailed coverage on Public radio. This show covers a lot, gets straight to the point, but is still somehow satisfying. I think the Takeaway is pitch perfect, and definitely has flow.

Yesterday's News

by ChopSusie on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Podcasts are posted a day late. This is a recent development, which means news is basically 2 days behind the curve.

Nice Capsule of Day's Important News

by DogBoy52 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Sure, it's not super in-depth, but you get a good summary of the big stories each day, very well told by John Hockenberry. A refreshing change from the other NPR/APM shows (also excellent) that focus on one or two issues in depth.One request, PRI: This is a professional podcast, so can you please include the art for 'The Takeaway' in the downloads, so us iTunes/iPhone users can see your logo? Otherwise, the cast can get lost in our list of podcasts.

Needs better description

by audioslapp on
Rating: ★★★★☆

I really enjoy listening to this show, I deduct a star because if you click for more information on the current episode it's always blank. I subscribe to more shows than I can listen to and decided based on the current topic, so no description is annoying

Liked the old format

by TomStrouse on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

I used to listen to this instead of NPR... Now, to get a full day of news, I need Morning Edition. Bummer. I liked a podcast of the whole show, not just the highlights.

An excellent companion to NPR news

by KevinSte on
Rating: ★★★★★

Celeste and John bring their unique style to a show that looks more deeply into TODAYS issues. In the news magazine format, topics are covered more in-depth than any commercial station, and their partnerships place this show on par with NPR News programming.

Smart, Direct & Concise

by JettboyStar on
Rating: ★★★★★

Their "Take" includes much more then the daily rundown of the new. The is always some features/stories that you don't expect but glad that you listened to. Those are the ones that I like to share with others. Since each day has many segments I pick the ones that interest me. Also I skip the news that I already know too much about because of the media drown out.

Short-Attention-Span Chat

by Natsgm on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

If you like listening to not-overly-bright interviewers seeking affirmation of their a-priori notions, this is for you. At least it's short.


by ajballou on
Rating: ★★★★★

Good topics, good discussion, and a bit of humor. A good way to start the day.