iTunes description: "The Peabody Award-winning On the Media podcast is your guide to examining how the media sausage is made. Hosts Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield examine threats to free speech and government transparency, cast a skeptical eye on media coverage of the week’s big stories and unravel hidden political narratives in everything we read, watch and hear."

Why it's on the list: On the Media helps listeners by calling out news organizations when journalists get it wrong and defending them when they get it right. With the media coming under increased criticism, this show is a valuable tool for Americans who are trying to figure out what to believe. 

Where to find it: iTunes | Android | RSS

Episode to start with: "Does NPR have a liberal bias?"