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Activist DeRay Mckesson and his vest made their way to this show in 2017 and he was soon joined by activists Brittany Packnett Cunningham and Sam Sinyangwe and writer Dr. Clint Smith III. The quad analyzes social issues, culture and politics in hour-long episodes that often feature special guests. Highly recommended is an episode from last November titled “No In Between,” where they talk to author and historian Ibram X. Kembi about how to be an anti-racist, which coincidentally enough is also the title and subject of Kembi's book.

Pod Save the People
DeRay McKesson
Crooked Media

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.

Intersectionality Matters!
Kimberlé Crenshaw
The African American Policy Forum

Curtis Flowers has been tried six times for the same crime. For more than 20 years, Flowers has maintained his innocence. He's won appeal after appeal, but every time, the prosecutor just tries the case again. What does the evidence reveal? And why does the justice system ignore the prosecutor's record and keep Flowers on death row?

In the Dark, Season 2: Curtis Flowers
Madeleine Baran
APM Reports

Every week at Throughline, Rund Abdelfatah and Ramtin Arablouei "go back in time to understand the present." To understand the history of systemic racism in America

Throughline
Rund Abdelfatah and Ramtin Arablouei
NPR

Hosted by two Black, queer culture writers from The New York Times, Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris, who make sense of the internet, trends, social issues and pop culture at large. "Still Processing" never fails to provide an insight to how they process, learn and critique different topics such as big corporations aligning themselves with social movements in the episode “Kaepernick,” going to the National Museum of African American History and Culture for the first time in the episode “Our Journey to the ‘Blacksonian’” and an examination of the show “Watchmen” and the movie “Parasite” in the episode “Wake.”

Still Processing
Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris
New York Times

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.

Floodlines
Vann R. Newkirk II
The Atlantic

How did American police get so violent? The answer to that question goes back centuries, to the earliest days of this nation. On this special podcast miniseries hosts journalist, Robert Evans and rap artist, Propaganda (Jason Petty) draw a straight line from the darkest days of slavery, to the murder of George Floyd and the mass violence American police meted out to their citizens this summer.

Behind the Police
Robert Evans
iHeart Radio

An audio series from The Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery

1619
Nikole Hannah-Jones
New York Times

If you want something quick and thorough for your morning walk or to get you thinking while you make breakfast, "The Daily" is where it’s at. Hosted by Michael Barbaro, this show keeps most episodes to around 20-30 minutes in length while going through the nation’s biggest stories with the journalists reporting on those stories. It doesn’t focus solely on race relations, but many of the episodes touch on racial disparities and explores how much race plays a part in everything we see and do. Recent episodes include “The Systems That Protect the Police” and an emotional special episode with guest Audra D. S. Burch, “The Latest From Minneapolis.” The compacted nature of this show makes daily digestion of the news easier.

The Daily
Michael Barbaro
New York Times

Dan Taberski and the team behind Missing Richard Simmons investigate COPS — the longest running reality show in TV history — and its cultural impact on policing in America.

Running from COPS
Dan Taberski
Topic Podcasts

Every week, long distance besties Aminatou and Ann call each other to discuss the intricacies of pop culture and the latest in politics. They highlight women who are agents, creators, movers, and shakers who have smart, interesting things to say. They also care deeply about the lived experiences of non-famous women who are just trying to get through the week.

Call Your Girlfriend
Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman
Indie Podcast

Featuring key voices from the last few decades of anti-racist activism, looks at the recent history that lead to the politics of today

About Race
Reni Eddo-Lodge
Arts Council England
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