Brexit Primer

Curated by Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood, the hosts of Make Me Smart

Molly Wood is the host of Marketplace Tech and co-host and senior editor of the podcast Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly.

Kai Ryssdal is the co-host and senior editor of Marketplace, the most widely heard program on business and the economy and the co-host of the podcast Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly.

Here, they present a collection of podcasts you need to hear to understand Brexit, the referendum U.K. voters approved three years ago to leave the European Union.

It’s been three years since Britain voted to leave the EU, and the country is no closer to actually leaving. There’s just been one delay: Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans failed in Parliament. The whole thing is a mess, and you’d be forgiven for finding the whole thing hard to follow and even harder to care about.

Each week on Make Me Smart we make listeners — and ourselves — smarter about tech, the economy, and culture. The BBC’s Ros Atkins came on a couple weeks ago to tell us why Americans should really be paying attention as the Brexit deadline passes.

The 2016 Brexit vote wasn’t entirely motivated by economic concerns, Atkins said, it was more a boiling over of tensions and a middle finger to the establishment. But if the U.K. and EU can’t agree on an exit plan, the British economy could face serious consequences, and the effects could ripple outside of Europe.

Our high level understanding of the ramifications of Brexit is informed by podcasts that give us the view from on the ground. Here’s our podcast primer on getting up to speed on U.K. and EU perspectives on the referendum.

View, follow, and listen to the whole collection of shows on RadioPublic, available on iPhone and Android.

Brexit: A Love Story?

So how did we get into this Brexit mess in the first place? On this narrative podcast host Mark Mardell examines the love/hate relationship between the U.K. and the EU…and how that relationship began. It’s a great place to start as you’re wrapping your head around Brexit.

Red Box

Each week host Matt Chorley and a selection of leading Times writers, columnists, and British political leaders give their perspective on major national and international stories.


If the title’s any indication…this podcast has a clear point of view. But even if you’re pro-Brexit this podcast is still a worthwhile listen. The show features some fantastic guests including Tony Blair, actor Mark Gatiss (for all you Game of Thrones fans), lawyer and commentator David Allen Green, and many more.

Chopper’s Brexit Podcast

This chat show from the Daily Telegraph’s chief political correspondent Christopher Hope just celebrated its 100th episode. Hope assembles experts and high-ranking officials each week at London’s Red Lion pub to analyze the latest twist in the Brexit process.

Brexit Republic

Tired of only hearing the British perspective on Brexit? This Brexit podcast from the Irish public broadcaster RTE provides a broader perspective on the contentious issue.


This great political roundtable gives you a good weekly play by play of what’s happening each week in the world of Brexit. It features the hilarious and informative commentators Chris Mason, Katya Adler, Adam Fleming, and Laura Kuenssberg. We’d recommend this for those who have been following Brexit for a while since it can get into insider baseball territory.


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