BY KATHARINE STRANGE
These days it seems like everyone’s making a podcast. It’s an easily accessible medium with a low barrier to entry. But while the number of podcasts is exploding, lack of diversity in podcasting continues to be a problem. Most of the podcasts available are hosted by cis-gender white men. There’s nothing inherently wrong with listening to podcasts hosted by cis white men, but you’re missing out if these are the only podcasts you subscribe to. Podcasts are an intimate medium that make it perfect for expanding your worldview.
Here’s a run-down of some of our favorite podcasts that feature people of color and LGBTQ folks. While some of them touch on serious topics, they aren’t a chore to listen to. Many of them are comedy podcasts and all of them feature great storytelling and high production values. Check them out!
1. See Something, Say Something—Buzzfeed writer Ahmed Ali Akbar discusses culture, current events, and his own experience growing up Muslim and Pakistani American with a generous dollop of humor.
2. Code Switch—award-winning podcast by NPR journalists of color, Code Switch tackles topics around race with first-class storytelling and great production values.
3. Latino USA—another NPR podcast by another award-winning journalist, Maria Hinojosa brings Latinx stories to the forefront while remaining accessible to all audiences.
4. By the Book—this is a comedic podcast where hosts Kristen Meinzer and Jolenta Greenberg live by a different self-help book for two weeks at a time. It’s hilarious, and while not explicitly about race/diversity, Kristen regularly speaks about her experience growing up as a Korean adoptee in a white family.
5. The Read—Award-winning blogger Kid Fury and writer Crissle cover pop culture and hip hop with biting humor.
6. 2 Dope Queens—Comedians Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams feature an array of hilarious comics from underrepresented groups as well as celebrity guests. Not listening would just be RUDE.
7. How to Be a Girl—From NPR. One mom documents her experiences parenting her transgender daughter.
8. Kids & Race—you didn’t think I’d make a list of awesome podcasts without mentioning our own? K&R executive director, Jasen Frelot, brings on guests from a variety of backgrounds to discuss racial education and identity formation, as well as current events, what we’re Netflix bingeing, and whose kids are the stinkiest.
9. Nancy—BFFs Tobin Low and Kathy Tu interview guests and talk about LGBTQ issues and their identities as Asian Americans.
10. Bodega Boys—this long-running comedy podcast is hosted by Desus Nice and Kid Mero, who are Jamaican and Dominican, respectively. The Observer declares the two hosts “comedic geniuses who come around once a generation.”
BONUS: On Hiatus, but worth a listen
1. Another Round—Buzzfeed writers Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton talk about everything from crafts to outdoors to mental health to Tom Hanks conspiracy theories with humor and true affection for each other.
2. Represent, from Slate—host Aisha Harris talks about representation in Hollywood and frequently features celebrity guests. “Pre-woke Watching” is a segment not to be missed!
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