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Government Podcasts

Podcasting is a way to deliver audio content to portable players. Despite the "Pod" in the name, you do not need an iPod to listen to the downloaded files.

An increasing number of governments and elected officials are finding podcasting a useful channel to inform their citizens. While not endorsing podcasts as the ultimate channel of government information (Do you want to hear the statistical abstract podcast?), FGI wishes to commend the governments and elected officials below for their innovation in communication. If you know of a government podcast not listed here, please send the URL where the podcast can be found to dnlcornwal AT alaska.net.

If a state or federal entity has an one-stop podcast listing, only that page will be listed. Otherwise we will list all podcasts for that entity separately.

Federal Podcasts

District of Columbia Podcasts

State Podcasts

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25 Comments

  1. PG says:

    Just ran across this govt podcast:
    http://www.rewardsforjustice.net/rss/rfj_podcast.xml

    should you wish to add it to the list.

  2. Anonymous says:

    You should also add the podcast from the United States Congress under elected officials of the federal government.

    http://www.gop.gov/podcast/commonsense.xml

  3. jrjacobs says:

    Thanks for the podcast suggestions. The two above have been added to the list. Please keep them coming.

  4. Jennie says:

    Here’s another podcast to add to the list:

    Government Reform Democrats:
    http://www.democrats.reform.house.gov/audio.asp

    Mainly podcasts from Rep. Waxman.

  5. dcornwall says:

    Hi Jennie,

    Thanks for the tip! We’ve added it to the podcast directory.

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    “And besides all that, what we need is a decentralized, distributed system of depositing electronic files to local libraries willing to host them.” — Daniel Cornwall, tipping his hat to Cato the Elder for the original quote.

  6. Bill says:

    and another podcast from the National Institutes of Health

    http://nihpodcast.blogspot.com/

  7. dcornwall says:

    Thanks for pointing this podcast out to us, but on close examination it does not appear to be an official service of NIH. This directory is intended to document official agency efforts at podcasting.

    If you can provide us with a link to this podcast from an official NIH page, we’ll be happy to put it on our directory.

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    “And besides all that, what we need is a decentralized, distributed system of depositing electronic files to local libraries willing to host them.” — Daniel Cornwall, tipping his hat to Cato the Elder for the original quote.

  8. The Pennsylvania Senate Republican Podcast addresses legislation before the Senate and issues of importance to Pennsylvanians. It is available at http://www.pasenategop.com or through an RSS feed reader using http://www.pasenategop.com/podcast.xml. Additional audio and video clips are available using this feed: http://www.pasenategop.com/multimedia.xml. Both are available on iTunes.

    News from the Pennsylvania Senate Republican Caucus is available via RSS feed as well. The URL for the feed is http://www.pasenategop.com/news.xml.

  9. Alvin Hutchinson says:

    I’m not sure if you know about the Smithsonian’s Spotlight on Science podcast. It is a federal agency so I think it qualifies, no?

    http://www.si.edu/research/spotlight/

  10. dcornwall says:

    Hi Courtney! Thanks for bringing this podcast to our attention. I’ve added it to our directory, and will probably add it to my personal podcast listening!

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    “And besides all that, what we need is a decentralized, distributed system of depositing electronic files to local libraries willing to host them.” — Daniel Cornwall, tipping his hat to Cato the Elder for the original quote.

  11. Courtney says:

    Could you please add this podcast to your list of Government Podcasts? Thank you.
    Title: MedlinePlus: NLM’s Director’s Comments
    Website: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/directorscomments.html
    Feed: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/nlmpcast.rss
    Description: Weekly highlights of What’s New in MedlinePlus.gov are narrated by the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s Director. MedlinePlus.gov is created by the Library and provides consumer health and medical information from the National Institutes of Health and other reliable sources. Weekly highlights from MedlinePlus.gov are reported by the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). NLM is the world’s largest medical library and is part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

  12. Christy A. says:

    The Department of Cultural Resources in the State of North Carolina offers Podcasts which can be accessed at: http://www.ncdcr.gov/podcast.asp

    The bi-weekly ncculture.com podcasts offer interesting interviews, music, features about performing arts, literature, and history across North Carolina, up to date events information, plus traveler guides to historic sites and museums.

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  14. Schreibtisch says:

    Nice list of goverment podcast. i don´t know that there are some many out there especially things like “norad podcast” :) i will bet that the russian goverment will hear all of them :)

  15. impressive list, never knew that there are so many goverment podcasts out there. interesting!

  16. dcornwall says:

    Hello MegaS,

    The USA.gov podcast directory is the very first entry under federal podcasts. We like usa.gov, but keep our own directory since we also collect state podcasts.

    ————————————
    "And besides all that, what we need is a decentralized, distributed system of depositing electronic files to local libraries willing to host them." — Daniel Cornwall, tipping his hat to Cato the Elder for the original quote.

  17. automotive repair manual says:

    I’m not sure if you know about the Smithsonian’s Spotlight on Science podcast. It is a federal agency so I think it qualifies, no?

  18. Thank you, it’s nice to read exactly about what i have been searching for – perfect.

  19. Ron Slotkin says:

    Check them out. They don’t get any better.

  20. koopmanjagerparasols says:

    This is a really nice list of podcasts. I hope to see the ‘Dutch Government Podcast list’-version soon!

  21. I work as a volunteer for an open and free internet knowledge database in the Netherlands, (called Leerwiki.nl).
    After reading this article we deceided to make a Podcasting list for the Dutch Government.
    The list will be public (and free of course) soon.
    Ragards Ann Mary

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