Podcasts

Are you into podcasts? Last month (March), a good amount of the podcasts I listen to were promoting this campaign where they encouraged their listeners to share their favorite podcasts with friends and family. I have been trying to figure out a way to be part of this process and it has taken me a while to gather my thoughts. Although I have been known to share a specific episode from my favorites from time to time. 

Anyway, I decided to take the time to write out a semi-thorough post about the podcasts in my rotation and a quick synopsis about each one. I’m also including a link to their main websites as well as highlighting my favorite episode, what I’m feeling at the moment, or just their latest/most recent. (Hopefully it doesn’t take me too long to finish this post before having to edit too much.)

Also, these are in order of not just my favorites, but the ones that I tend to look forward to listening to and how I would rank them if I were to suggest them to others. My honorable mention is one that doesn’t have any new episodes, but is worth listening to.

Oh and if you are struggling to figure out how to listen to podcasts, I suggest looking into SoundCloud, or just following these suggestions on the different social media platforms. You should be able to find another way of listening to their content. Or at the very least, you will be able to enjoy some of their other work. 


Podcasts in my Rotation

1.

Fare of the Free Child

Description: Fare of the Free Child is a biweekly podcast that aims to centralize black and brown people’s voices and experiences in discussions about unconventional parenting. With a particular interest in the self-directed education (aka unschooling) movement, Akilah S. Richards and special guest co-hosts will discuss the fears and the fares (costs) of raising liberated children of color in a world that tends to diminish, dehumanize, and disappear them.

My Take: Akilah S. Richards is having the dialogues that I begin to have in my head on this parenting and homeschooling journey. Her interviews always keep my attention and they usually surround issues that I have observed or have been in conversation about with my friends. This season has been even more interesting and thought provoking than the last. I’m so glad she’s providing even more content!

Suggested Episode: Raising Free People

2. 

Politically Re-Active

Description: How do we survive in the age of Trump? Kamau and Hari are here for you. In season 2 of Politically Re-Active, comedians and longtime friends W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu navigate the dumpster fire that is the US political landscape. The hosts answer questions and separate fact from fake news with help from today’s most fascinating artists, activists, writers, journalists and political thinkers. Join Kamau and Hari as they discuss how to move forward, how to be an active part of the resistance, and how to stay joyful in the face of the unknown. Don’t “hold up, wait a minute” – subscribe today.

My Take: This was such a great idea for W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu to team up and do this podcast. I really enjoyed last season and getting the much needed 101 type lessons to politics. While also introducing me to some really good activists doing the work. I haven’t followed Dream Hampton yet from last season, but I am glad that she has been put on my radar. 

Suggested Episode: Patrisse Khan-Cullors on Black Lives Matter & Resistance under 45

3.

The Read

Description: 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.

My Take: Kid Fury and Crissle have become my new go to for hot topics. I have no time for reading up on all the mess that goes on on the internet and Wendy Williams has become even more problematic to me than usual. Plus they’re millennial AND their reads are usually fairly on point. It’s one of my guilty pleasure to hear their point of view. Even when I don’t quite agree. 

Suggested Episode: LOGIC

4.

Black Girl Nerds

Description: Black Girl Nerds is an online community devoted to promoting nerdiness among Black women & people of color. Check us out on blackgirlnerds.com and play with us on social media by following us on Twitter @blackgirlnerds!

My Take: Jamie Broadnax has really created a nice community for the black girl nerd. I not quite sure if I am really considered a nerd, but a lot of the content is right up my ally. I’m also being introduced to so many shows and people that that I really find interesting. It’s such a great resource and community. 

Suggested Episode: The Cookup, Sex 101, and Clexacon2017

5.

NPR Code Switch

Description: 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. Come mix it up with us.

My Take: Just like Politically Reactive, this podcast is so informative as it pertains to social justice issues. Of course, the target audience is a bit mixed, so their content is mostly geared towards those in the beginning stages of their wokeness. But since I still have so much to learn, this is right up my ally. 

Suggested Episode: Not-So-Simple Questions from Code Switch Listeners

6.

Fake the Nation

Description: Hosted by Negin Farsad, Fake the Nation is all the comedy about politics without any of the politics about politics. Every week Negin and a cast of her funniest, smartest and most politically astute friends (John Fugelsang, Lizz Winstead, Dean Obeidallah and others) gather ’round the political roundtable to break down the news, make you laugh, think, and deliver a gut punch to the American political system.

My Take: This is a unique and informative way to receive information on current political events. They’re mostly comedians and not your usual voices in the conversation. It took me a while to adjust to Negin’s voice and humor, but I really do enjoy her. I need to check out some of her comedy routines at some point. She’s also appeared on other podcasts I listen to and I like that a lot of these that I listen to support one another. 

Suggested Episode: 100 Days of Trump, North Korea, and 420

7.

Don’t Keep Your Day Job

Description: Don’t Keep Your Day Job is a weekly podcast hosted by Cathy Heller, showcasing how creative people have made a living doing what they love. We’ll pinpoint what strategies have been proven to turn passion into a profit, and interview successful creators from screenwriters, fashion designers, chefs, songwriters, directors, comedians, photographers, animators and more. Go inside these inspirational stories and come away with hard-hitting advice on how to make your dream a reality. This show will drag you out of your slump, empowering you to take action and giving you real tools to end the 9-5 and begin being paid to do what you’ve always wanted to do.

My Take: I find this podcast to be fairly inspiring for me. It’s fairly helpful to listen to others success to help sark the motivation I need to get things going. There are some things that I need addressed that haven’t been part of the conversation, but I didn’t expect for her to cover those issues. Maybe she will if someone else brings them up. I’m not actually part of the community that has been created online out of this. 

Suggested Episode: Going the Distance Despite the Odds with Saul Blinkoff

8.

Carry On Friends

Description: Un-apologetically Caribbean, Caribbean American; The Carry On Friends podcast is where career, entrepreneurship and Caribbean culture intersect. Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown interviews today’s most inspiring & successful Caribbean/Caribbean American Entrepreneurs & business professionals. In addition Kerry-Ann shares her business, career experiences and strategies.

My Take: Being Caribbean, I appreciate connecting with other people who embrace and incorporate their culture into their brand. I am American born and don’t have much connection with my Jamaican roots, but when I listen to Kerry-Ann and even Akilah, they remind that I have more connection than I think and I enjoy having that as part of my life. 

Suggested Episode: Setting SMART Financial Goals


9.

Denzel Washington is the greatest actor of all time period

Description: Comedians W. Kamau Bell & Kevin Avery are absolutely certain of one thing: Denzel Washington is the greatest actor of all time. And every week they will prove it as they talk Denzel with guests, share the latest “Denzel News” and review every Denzel movie in alphabetical order (mostly).

My Take: Since I do like Denzel as an actor, I thought I would enjoy listening to this podcast. I only “came across it” from listening to W. Kamau Bell promote it on Politically Reactive, but I did end up just enjoying the banter and conversations they would have. I guess don’t get too attached because they just posted their last studio episode for a while. They seem to be going on a hiatus since the 2 hosts no longer have time for this hobby. Might still be worth checking out some of the earlier episodes though. 

Suggested Episode: Malik Yoba of Designated Survivor

10.

The Longest Shortest Time

Description: The parenting show for for everyone. Hosted by This American Life contributor and author Hillary Frank. A Stitcher Production.

My Take: While I do like listening to this from time to time, I honestly get bored with the topics and don’t often love the perspective. But, every once in a while, there’s an episode that I really appreciate. I’m going to suggest 2 to listen to. 

Suggested Episode: How to Not (Accodentally) Raise a Racist   

W. Kamau Bell asks his Mom About Sex (Update) 


11.

The Sporkful

Description: We obsess about food to learn more about people. The Sporkful isn’t for foodies, it’s for eaters. Hosted by Dan Pashman of Cooking Channel’s You’re Eating It Wrong and the book Eat More Better. A Stitcher Production.

My Take: This podcast is interesting and fluffy enough to stay in rotation since I’m not a foodie, but am an eater. It’s good to keep around. 

Suggested Episode: How a Food Emoji Gets Made


12.

Maeve in America

Description: With all this talk about wall building, bad hombres and refugees as Skittles, comedian Maeve Higgins is beyond ready to change the conversation around immigration. She’s traveled all the way here from Ireland to bring you funny, beautiful and sometimes maddening immigration stories, told by the people who’ve lived them.

My Take: I like the idea of this show of highlighting immigrants in Amercia’s stories and experiences. I don’t actually listen to it often enough, but I feel it may speak to others. 

Suggested Episode: Children of Immigrants Listen to Your Parents


Honorable Mention


Mocha Milkies Cafe

Description: Mocha Milkies Cafe is an audio podcast that supports mothers that plan to breastfeed their babies and those that are currently breastfeeding their babies. Hosted by an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) and an certified lactation counselor (CLC), each mom discusses her personal experiences with breastfeeding, her struggles with breastfeeding, her successes with breastfeeding and everything in between.There are several topics discussed and many different guest appearences. This show serves as a source of support to help more african american women breastfeed and help to close the gap of disparity by providing an honest, natural relaxed approach to breastfeeding. Please be sure to visit our webpage MochaMilkiesCafePodcast.us to view our latest events and upcomming interviews!

My Take: This is a much needed podcast devoted to black Breastfeeding moms. The information can be applied to other moms, but the focus on black women is necessary. If you need more information on why there is a need, I suggest listening from the first episode. 

Suggested Episode: Don’t Forget Dad



As a way to get this published in a timely manner, I decided to leave out my suggestions for children related podcasts. I plan to do a separate one on that. This posts has taken me way longer than I expected and I also didn’t plan to do it all on my phone. 

Oh and I think it’s important to note that a lot of these are produced by Earwolf; which is how I learned about most of them. So the cross promotion of each other is most likely part of marketing. There are a few I found in my own though. 

Do you have any podcasts you would like to recommend to myself or our group as a whole? I’m certainly up for adding to my growing list. 

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