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Travel the world with faculty and journalists. Features promising policy ideas presented in a documentary-style series.



A podcast about technology and democracy, sponsored by Sanford and the Keenan Institute for Ethics. Hosted by journalist Bob Sullivan.



Sit back and listen to intimate conversations with researchers and policymakers. Hosted by Sanford School Dean Judith Kelley.



Get wide-ranging perspectives on the future of the food industry. Hosted by Kelly Brownell of Duke's World Food Policy Center. 


BeDeviled Podcast with John Harwood

Veteran journalist John Harwood, now a Distinguished Fellow at Duke's Polis Center for Politics, interviews politicians and voters, academics and activists about the 21st century divisions imperiling our national experiment in self-government. 


Featured: Ways & Means - Arc of Justice

Ways & Means partnered with NC Public Radio/WUNC to examine the role of the U.S. government in creating the racial wealth gap between white and Black Americans. The project began as a podcast, and was turned into a public radio series which was distributed nationally by American Public Media. It aired in major markets including Washington, DC; Atlanta; Seattle; Charlotte and more. The series is co-produced by Duke Professor William A. "Sandy" Darity Jr and A. Kirsten Mullen, co-authors of the award-winning book From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the 21st Century. 


Ways & Means

Ways & Means is a documentary-style narrative podcast. Episodes are often recorded on location in places like India, Kenya and Nepal.

Ways & Means has nabbed top honors for a university podcast - the national Circle of Excellence Award (Gold) from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The judges said the podcast "production and storytelling is fantastic." Episodes have been recommended on the NPR One app, and occasionally air on public radio


Ways & Means host

Lindsay Thomas hosted Season 6 of Ways & Means. At the time, she was Director of Content at North Carolina Public Radio/WUNC.

Featured Episode

Paying for a Healthy Planet

Ways & Means Listener Reviews

Excellent & thought-provoking - I always look forward to the next episode of this engaging podcast, which explores complex social and policy issues from interesting perspectives. (5 stars) - Apple Podcast review

Why public policy matters - and can be interesting! Just discovered this podcast ... The show does a great job of taking a complex issue and using real people’s stories to illustrate the problems and some possible solutions. (5 stars) - Apple Podcast review

Super helpful - Lots of negativity into our psyche is so bad for us as individuals and as a society! ... This [podcast] helps you not feel helpless, but hopeful! (5 stars) - Apple Podcast review

Policy 360

Policy 360 features compelling conversations about the most important issues of the day with researchers, policymakers and policy disrupters. The podcast is hosted by Judith Kelley, the Sanford School’s dean. 

Featured Episode

The Politics of the Marvel Cinematic Universe


Debugger takes a deep dive on democracy and tech ideas. Hosted by Peabody Award-winning journalist Bob Sullivan.

The Leading Voices in Food

Kelly Brownell is Director Emeritus of the World Food Policy Center at Duke University. His podcast aims to offer wide-ranging perspectives and knowledge from researchers, community leaders, policymakers, farmers and more.

Featured Episode

WHO’s Recommendations on Non-Sugar Sweeteners

Leading Voices in Food Listener Reviews

I love this podcast! - The topics and guests are very interesting. I learn so much about the community and food policy. (5 stars) - Apple Podcast review

Great topics - The topics are spot on and the discussions very interesting and authentic. I love that the guests on the show are in the thick of the work making change happen. (5 stars) Apple Podcast review