In my opinion, news should have as little commentary as possible and focus on matters of importance rather than entertainment value. I also don’t think you should pay for a cable package to receive decent news. These sources keep you informed without attempting to elicit an emotional reaction.
Blogs and Magazines
These magazines and blogs are not unbiased and may publish bad information but there is enough relevant content for me to recommend them here. Clearly, some should be taken more seriously than others. Many of the traditional print media sources here can be accessed with an RSS reader rather than paying for a print subscription.
- Bloomberg Radio
- EconTalk - Blog and Podcast
- Foreign Affairs - opionions by key policy makers about foreign policy
- Foreign Policy - excellent global coverage
- Free Exchange - additional shorter form articles from The Economist for free
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- Planet Money on NPR
- Sci-Hub (Links) – open access to academic papers
- The Economist - If you only read one news source, this is the one to read. Most university libraries provide The Economist for free although a personal subscription is more convenient.
- The Wall Street Journal - This is still the newspaper of record for U.S. business although I would not recommend reading it on a regular basis.
- YouTube - there are some really great lectures available for free. I have links to a few on my channel.