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Podcasts to Which I'm Listening

Well, my new and amazing sound design Charlie A. Franco just finished work on Episode 11 Faux (scheduled for July 1st). Charlie is another UNC Charlotte student, and I'll post a profile of him closer to that date.

But hiring him afforded time to catch up on some much overdue paperwork. (Guh.) It also afforded me some time to listen to podcasts myself while I caught up on some housework, too.

Like many white Americans, I'd never learned about Juneteenth in school, and only vaguely knew about it previously. So I'm using this day to honor the ancestors of Black Americans by learning as much as I can, and by identifying and then enacting practical and immediate things I can do to create equity and justice for Black and Brown Americans, both in my immediate community and more broadly.

Since I know some of my listeners are engaged in the same work, I wanted to share the podcasts to which I've been listening and learning a lot. I'm really grateful to the creators of these podcasts. I'm wont wax eloquent -- I'll just express my deep, deep gratitude and leave it at that for now.

Most of these links are to Apple Podcasts, but most of these can be heard on Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify and many other platforms:

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. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the 250 years of slavery that followed. On the 400th anniversary of this fateful moment, it is time to tell the story. “1619” is a New York Times audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones. You can find more information about it at

Produced at KUT, In Black America is a long-running, nationally syndicated program dedicated to all facets of the African American experience. John Hanson profiles a diverse selection of current and historically significant figures whose stories help illuminate life in Black America. Guests include civil rights leaders, educators, artists, athletes and writers describing their experiences, achievements and work in chronicling and advancing the quality of African American life.

The Stoop podcast digs into stories that are not always shared out in the open. Hosts Leila Day and Hana Baba start conversations and provide professionally-reported stories about what it means to be black and how we talk about blackness. Come hang out on The Stoop as we dialog about the diaspora.

A St. Louis-based podcast that keeps it real about race and class .. .for people somewhere on the woke spectrum.

Note: If you're like me and skeptical that one's own wokeness is actually legitimately woke enough, then this is still a great podcast.


There are several other podcasts I just added to my list and haven't started yet -- so maybe I'll make a follow-up post in another month!

In tandem to the current discourse about racism in America, I've felt growing concern about indigenous communities and how they're grappling with not only police violence, both also coronavirus on top of often depleted healthcare systems. The statistics I've seen are bleak. In the spirit of trying to educate myself in order to serve my students and communities better, I've also started listening to these podcasts. (And am adding others as I'm finding them.)

Native Opinion is a unique Indigenous culture education Radio show & podcast from an American Indian perspective on current affairs. The Hosts of this show are Michael Kickingbear, an enrolled member of the Mashantucket Pequot tribal nation of Connecticut and David GreyOwl, of the Echoda Eastern Band of Cherokee nation of Alabama. Together they present Indigenous views on American history, politics, the environment, and culture. This show is open to all people, and its main focus is to provide education and insight about all things Native American. Sensitive subjects are explored such as American immigration policy, The United States political system. racism in America, plus a whole lot more. Subscribe to the show and receive it each week on your favorite mobile device!

By Colleen Keane Albuquerque, NM Listen to journalists work resulting from the John Jay Institutes training on tribal justice reporting.

A live call-in program, engaging noted guests and listeners in a thought-provoking national conversation from a Native perspective. Hosted by Tara Gatewood (Isleta).

Native Voice One (NV1) educates, advocates, and celebrates Indigenous life and culture by providing a radio programs from a Native point of view.

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