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The Bugle

The Bugle

It's the trans-global satiricast that leaves no hot potato unbuttered. Andy Zaltzman breaks down the news with comedians from across the world including Alice Fraser, Hari Kondabolu, Chris Addison, John Oliver, Nish Kumar, Tiff Stevenson and Helen Zaltzman. Go to to become a premium subscriber and get exclusive shows.

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Our Editor's Take

The Bugle calls itself an “audio newspaper for a digital world.” The British podcast started in 2007. Andy Zaltzman co-created the show with future HBO host John Oliver. While Oliver left the podcast in 2015, the weekly podcast has continued. Zaltzman still hosts the show, now with a variety of guest cohosts. Oliver makes occasional appearances, as he did on his birthday.

Fans of The Daily Show, Oliver's former employer, will be familiar with this show's style. On The Bugle podcast, Zaltzman talks about the news of the week. He explains current events and news stories with a rotating cast of comedians. Listeners can expect witty commentary. Everything from politics to pop culture gets talked about here. Each episode finds the funny side of some of the most important issues in society today. The show focuses most of its humor on British and American politicians. But it has fans throughout the world because of its entertaining jokes about global affairs. It also features comedians from the US and UK, as well as from India and Australia. Producer Chris keeps it all together.

Zaltzman's quick-witted comments are amusing. But he is more than a funnyman. The host has a deep knowledge of both history and politics. The podcast host and his guests have insightful discussions. The conversations are both informative and hilarious. The Bugle gets praise for its ability to talk about complex topics in a way that is accessible yet thought-provoking.

The Bugle podcast helps keep listeners informed as they laugh. Zaltzman's clever wordplay combined with guest comedian banter makes listening feel relaxed. The show is like spending time with old friends. New episodes come out each week. Most episodes are about 45 minutes long.

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