I value my time abroad at all stages of my life. While making me not only a better and more curious person, it has changed the way I consume and understand news. My Wife also has helped shape the routine. Our day is usually filled with:
- Wake-up and start to switch between the live news streams and clips. We usually flip as they wrap-up their news routine for the hour.
- Check our favourite apps.
- Share some Twitter links or news from our consumption.
- Get ready with BBC stream.
- Listen to podcasts on commute.
- Read RSS feeds.
- Discuss throughout the day.
- End the day catching-up on news from other parts of the globe.
It sounds like a ton of work, and it is, but we are a connected world and the perspective is so important to our wellbeing and success. My Wife and I are often asked by friends for our perspective on things soley because we can speak with some authority having been there, knowing people in the region, and spending a ton of time with our daily routine.
Is it worth it? No idea, but at least it keeps us sane and outside the echobox of the American Media currently.
I am primarily an Android user, but most of these have equivalents on iOS.
- BBC App
- This app has improved drastically as of late. The alerts though are my main drive to use it.
- I have all but given up on the print edition due to our address changes and moves.
- Every morning this is one of my first apps to open and read for the day.
- gReader Pro
- RSS4LIFE: I have collected around 100 feeds I read/skim while listening to podcasts on my commute. This number of feeds fluctuates between 100-200 depending.
- A link to my opml file
- What started as just a read later service has some really great recommendations now. I often will open this up even after finishing off my read later items and getting some great new sources or people to follow.
- BuzzFeed News
- Never would have imagined I’d have BuzzFeed anything installed, but it works great and their reporters do great work. Alerts are usually a tad quicker than BBC, but with less valid sources I find.
- This is more of a tech centric view of the news, but I appreciate the perspective. HackerNews has been a staple for a very long time.
- Google News
- This new app is amazing. I love it. The ability to have it personalise based on my reading habits and also be able to specify local news regions I am interested in. Key cities and locales are placed right there with breaking world news.
- For over a decade this website and the communities within have been a wonderful area for discourse on topics. The default subreddits are horrible, but once you filter and mute it turns into a still pleasent to use platform.
- The Sonos integration is important for my homes and the fact I can share favourites between the app and house is a huge help.
- Best. Damn. Podcast. App. Ever. Sync multiple platforms and devices. Makes my heart flutter.
- For better or worse Twitter is still the firehose of real-time, but rarely correct news.
- BBC World Service
- I listen to this every morning, no matter where I am in the world, as I shower and get ready.
- The Daily
- This is my daily walk podcast into work.
- Planet Money
- Intelligence^2 Debates
- Less news and much more analysis of current events with a strong desire to provide a sounding board to both sides of the issue.
- No Agenda
- Can get to be a bit off the rails and dip into conspiracy theories, but overall it is solid entertainment and always brings up something I haven’t had time to research.
- Congressional Dish
- Recent addition to my cycle, but Jennifer does so much research into the bills I could never have time to review, it ends up a good springboard for my own review or synopsis needs.
- Common Sense
- Many of you will know Dan Carlin from Hardcore History, but his Libeterian views also provide a more timely perspective in today’s age.
- Short, sweet, and interesting. From a published historian who writes today’s “history” through journalism.
- Jeremy is well read, spoken, and travelled. The amount of research that goes into each episode is incredible.