Black History Month: Podcasts About Race To Listen To Now
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Black History Month: Podcasts About Race To Listen To Now

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Listening to others’ conversations is a good stepping stone for starting your own, so we’ve pulled together a list of some of the best podcasts about race. From The New York Times’ audio series on the history of slavery to female-focused podcast The Receipts, these tackle some of the most important issues surrounding racism – both past and present. 

Podcasts About Race

About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge

 

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This one-off podcast series from author Reni Eddo-Lodge expands on the conversation prompted by her bestselling book, Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race. Eddo-Lodge looks at the recent history that lead to the politics of today, speaking to a wide selection of guests along the way – from Guardian columnist Owen Jones to musician Akala. aboutracepodcast.com

Good Ancestor

 

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In June 2018, anti-racism activist Layla F Saad launched a 28-day Instagram challenge that invited people with white privilege to examine their complicity in systemic racism. Within days it had gone viral, and over 90,0000 people went on to download her digital book, Me and White Supremacy. Saad’s podcast, Good Ancestor, explores the themes addressed in her book in more depth, such as racism, identity and social change. She interviews what she describes as ‘change-makers and culture-shifters’, including social justice activist Rachel Cargle, author Glennon Doyle and journalist Kimberly Seals Allers. laylafsaad.com

1619

 

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Over four hundred years ago in August 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia, marking the beginning of American slavery. New York Times audio series 1619 examines the long-lasting effects of that fateful moment. Host Nikole Hannah-Jones tells the story over six powerful episodes, using archival audio from former enslaved people and Presidents. nytimes.com

The Stoop

 

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Hosted by San Francisco-based journalists Leila Day and Hana Baba, The Stoop digs into stories that are not always shared out in the open. The pair created the podcast as an outlet for discussing topics within the black community in a frank manner, such as the relationship between African immigrants and African Americans, colourism, and the angry black woman stereotype. thestoop.org

Code Switch

 

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American public radio network NPR’s flagship podcast, Code Switch, began in 2016, so there’s a big archive of episodes to go back and listen to. It’s hosted by a multi-generational group of journalists of colour, and looks at the ways in which race impacts every part of society – from politics to sports to pop culture. npr.org

The Receipts

 

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In 2016, three girls named Milena, Tolly T and Audrey joined forces to prove wrong a male podcaster who announced that ‘women couldn’t do a show like his’. The result is hugely popular podcast The Receipts, which sees the trio offering unfiltered discussions on – as they describe – ‘anything and everything’, with a focus on issues facing women of colour, such as interracial dating and cultural appropriation in the fashion industry. play.acast.com

Still Processing

 

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In Still Processing, New York Times writers Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris offer thoughtful and entertaining discussions on the TV, music, movies and art that moves them – to tears, awe or anger. The award-winning podcast tackles topics such as whether Michael Jackson evades cancel culture, Green Book’s controversial Oscar win and how Michelle Obama’s memoir fits into a powerful lineage of black women navigating new circumstances. nytimes.com

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