I just learned that March is #Trypod month and we've been asked to share some of our favorite podcasts. Seeing that this is the last day of the month, I'm way behind. But, as I absolutely love podcasts I want to go ahead and add my contributions.
Here are many of my favorites, in no particular order, including descriptions I took from their websites:
Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity where you just get...stuck? Code Switch can help. We're all journalists of color, and this isn't just the work we do. It's the lives we lead. Sometimes, we'll make you laugh. Other times, you'll get uncomfortable. But we'll always be unflinchingly honest and empathetic.
Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton cover everything from race, gender and pop culture to squirrels, mangoes, and bad jokes, all in one boozy show.
*ETA: They drink (usually bourbon) while talking and interviewing everyone from Hillary Clinton to Kelly Rowland to Remy Ma. Sounds a little strange but trust me, it WORKS. The show is created by Buzzfeed, which gives them fair range and deep networks to interview the most fascinating people.
Life of the Law
Law is alive. It doesn’t live in books and words. It thrives in how well we understand and apply it to everyday life. We ask questions, find answers, and publish what we discover in feature episodes and live storytelling.
Join bloggers Kid Fury and Crissle for their weekly “read” of hip-hop and pop culture's most trying stars. Throwing shade and spilling tea with a flippant and humorous attitude, no star is safe from Fury and Crissle unless their name is Beyonce. Or Blue Ivy. As recent transplants to New York City (Fury from Miami and Crissle from Oklahoma City), The Read also serves as an on air therapy session for two friends trying to adjust to life (and rats) in the big city.
Reply All is an American podcast from Gimlet Media, hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman. It features stories about how people shape the internet, and how the internet shapes people.
The Black Joy Mixtape
Amber (the High Priestess of Black Joy) and Jazmine (King of da South) are two petty AF Black feminists who are determined to get on WorldStarHipHop one way or the other. Each week they overcome fuckboys, Becky, hoteps, and dry skin to spit hot fire on pop culture, politics and worship anything Black women have going on.
Bad With Money With Gaby Dunn
You know those money podcasts where financial experts teach you practical steps for maximizing your income? "Bad With Money" is the opposite of that. Gaby Dunn is anything but a financial expert.
Join Gaby for conversations with comedians, artists, musicians, actors, her parents, a financial psychologist, her boyfriend, and many others about the ways that money makes us feel confused, hopeless, and terrified. This is a safe space to admit that you have no idea what you're doing either.
Objects hold history. They're evocative of stories stamped in time. As part of The Washington Post's coverage of the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture, people submitted dozens of objects that make up their own lived experiences of black history, creating a "people's museum" of personal objects, family photos and more. The Historically Black podcast brings those objects and their stories to life through interviews, archival sound and music.
Last Name Basis
"Last Name Basis" is a weekly podcast hosted by internet personality/blogger/actress Franchesca & her lawyer husband Patrick. Each week they discuss what’s going on in the world along with what’s happening in their lives as a married couple.
BE The Code, spotlights the most influential blacks in technology - from celebrities to financiers - and how they are reshaping the industry, with their unique perspectives. They take us on their journeys, offering winning strategies and game-changing advice. Created by Black Enterprise.
Slate's Amicus with Dahlia Lithwick
A program about the law, and the nine Supreme Court justices who interpret it for the rest of America. Part of the Panoply Network.
ETA: Dahlia is brilliant and she has brilliant guests. If you're curious about the inner workings of the Supreme Court and how these cases impact our lives, this podcast is for you.
This American Life
This American Life is a weekly public radio show, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations. Another 1.5 million people download the weekly podcast. It is hosted by Ira Glass, produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media, delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards.
Snap Judgment (Storytelling, with a BEAT) mixes real stories with killer beats to produce cinematic, dramatic, kick-ass radio. Snap’s raw, musical brand of storytelling dares listeners to see the world through the eyes of another.
The economy, explained, with stories and surprises. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, "Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy." Now imagine that's actually a fun evening. That's what we're going for at Planet Money. People seem to like it.
Broadmic Startup Shortcuts
How many times have you seen or listened to an entrepreneur profiled in the media as a “white-male, hoodie-wearing, unicorn-hunting Stanford engineer”? Hungry for substantive advice from accomplished entrepreneurs, investors and industry leaders who look and sound like you? Welcome to BroadMic where we are breaking the mold about what it means to be a successful entrepreneur.
Here you will learn from unconventional role models, get the picks and shovels you need, and access the candid conversations that normally go on behind closed doors. It’s no longer necessary for women and [POC] to sacrifice their identities in order to fit into the tech community.
Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!
NPR's weekly radio quiz show. Test your knowledge alongside some of the celebrity panelists made up of the best and brightest in the news and entertainment world. Have fun keeping up with current events. Hosted by Peter Sagal & Carl Kasell.
Black Girl Nerds
Black Girl Nerds is a podcast and place where girls of our ilk can express themselves freely and embrace who they are. This is not a show exclusively for Black women, but it is a show exclusively for Nerds! Haha! The end of each episode provides information on each of our social networks and a preview to the next week's podcast topic.
Dear Sugar Radio
The universe has good news for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Dear Sugar is here, and speaking straight into your ears. Hosted by the original Sugars, Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, the podcast fields all your questions — no matter how deep or dark — and offers radical empathy in return.
The Potter's Touch
The Potter's Touch, a weekly program, with Bishop T.D. Jakes, tackles today's topics and confronts the hidden issues and invisible scars that go untreated. This broadcast carries healing and restoration into homes of hurting people, unearthing taboo topics and offering practical and spiritual solutions to life's toughest questions.
#Mattieologie the podcast is a daily podcast where Mattie James, a style blogger based in Atlanta, shares her experiences on blogging, branding + business in the blogosphere by answering your questions. After blogging for the last 5 years & working with the likes of H&M, Cotton, Club Monaco, American Express, Macy's & more, the purpose of this podcast is to help others prevent some mistakes by learning from Mattie's.
StartUp is a podcast about what it’s really like to get a business off the ground. In this case, a podcast business.
Fresh Air from WHYY, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio's most popular programs. Hosted by Terry Gross, the show features intimate conversations with today's biggest luminaries.
A culture conversation with Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham. They’re talking every week (to each other, to colleagues, to friends, to makers) about culture in the broadest sense. That means television, film, books, music — but also the culture of work, dating, the internet and how those all fit together. Wesley is The Times’s Pulitzer Prize winning critic at large, and Jenna is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine. They're working it out, one week at a time.
Case in Point
Case in Point provides smart, informative conversations about the law, society, and culture. By bringing together top scholars with experts on politics, business, health, education, and science, Case in Point gives an in-depth look at how the law touches every part of our lives. Produced by the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Four negroes. Four opinions. One podcast.
If you have others you'd like to share, please let me know in the comments section below!