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Other Great Podcasts
Floodlines from The Atlantic
An audio documentary about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Floodlines is told from the perspective of four New Orleanians still living with the consequences of governmental neglect. As COVID-19 disproportionately infects and kills Americans of color, the story feels especially relevant. “As a person of color, you always have it in the back of your mind that the government really doesn’t care about you,” said self-described Katrina overcomer Alice Craft-Kerney.
1619 from The New York Times
“In August of 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. America was not yet America, but this was the moment it began.” Hosted by recent Pulitzer Prize winner Nikole Hannah-Jones, the 1619 audio series chronicles how black people have been central to building American democracy, music, wealth and more.
Intersectionality Matters! from The African American Policy Forum
Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, a leading critical race theorist who coined the term “intersectionality,” this podcast brings the academic term to life. Each episode brings together lively political organizers, journalists and writers. This recent episode on COVID-19 in prisons and other areas of confinement is a must-listen.
Throughline from NPR
Every week at Throughline, our pals Rund Abdelfatah and Ramtin Arablouei “go back in time to understand the present.” To understand the history of systemic racism in America, we recommend “American Police,” “Mass Incarceration” and “Milliken v. Bradley.”
Every Wednesday, listeners can get a dose of reality with a side of humor from this popular blog turned podcast. Hosted by writer Andrew Ti and actress Tawny Newsome, the show centers around listener-submitted questions about whether or not their statements or actions constitute being racist. Newsflash: If you have to ask, then it probably is. The unique series manages to answer these racially sensitive inquiries with bluntness and unmatched wit. Listen and learn.
This Duke University Center for Documentary Studies podcast—featuring activist and scholar Chenjerai Kumanyika and hosted by John Biewen—exposes the deeply embedded root causes of white supremacy and racism across the expansion of civilizations. Be sure to have a pen and pad handy because this podcast often references resources you’ll want to take note of.
Hosted by award-winning journalist Kai Wright, this podcast gives listeners a take on current events by brilliantly tying them to the past. Wright’s extensive journalism background elevates the commentary with critical insights into social, racial, and economic injustice. In its fourth season, episodes like “The Life and Work of Ida B. Wells” and “Why COVID-19 is Killing Black People,” examine the historical intricacies of racism and how it permeates all sectors and continues to plague society today.
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