Look, I'm not going to lie to you; I can't stomach the 24 hour news networks.
But that puts me in a bit of a sticky predicament because I'm a well rounded adult who sometimes has to engage in non-popculture-centric conversations with other adults. It's rough, I know.
Being that I don't have desk job where I can browse for talking points on the internet all day, or even take my medicine with a hard dose of CNN (honestly, I've stopped caring about that plane) I have to get my news from other, easier to digest sources:
2) Listening to NPR while either: showering, cooking breakfast, driving (but even then I don't care about the revival of a long dormant interpretive dance company - or something equally obscure you'll hear about if you listen for more then 20 min.)
3) Because sometimes I can't handle the medicine without a bit of sugar I really like comedy shows that present news while making fun of the usual way news is presented i.e. The Daily Show, The Colbert Report (I'm gonna miss it) and Real Time with Bill Maher.
4) The Week Magazine (like Reader's Digest for news)
This weekend I think I'll be adding a new, more British-y, source of news to follow:
What's that you say? You don't know who John Oliver is? Well, he's British, which you should have picked up on. He loves America. He used to work for The Daily Show. Not only did he work for the show doing countless killer field pieces since '06 but when Jon Stewart took last summer off to shoot his film John Oliver filled in. He got good, real good. How good? Step into the time machine and take a trip all the way back to 2013 to see for yourself:
And of course, who could forget the origin of the Carlos Danger dance break...
It was only a matter of time before someone snapped him up and HBO seems like a good home for him.
Word on the street is that his first guest will be former NSA Director General Keith Alexander. Obviously lots of hot button topics there that'll make you seem totally smart when you bring them up while picking up some coffee with co-workers on Monday morning.
So Sunday night get the most out of your borrowed HBOGO subscription (hell, you'll already have it open from watching GoT), get informed (kind of, I guess), and show this guy some love.