10 Racial Justice Podcasts You Need to Listen to Now

Want to stay on top of the latest racial justice news, critiques and literature but don’t have the time (or dinero) to pore over studies and must-read texts? That’s what podcasts are for. 

While your colleagues are in their cubes listening to Serial or Welcome to Night Vale, you can be getting woke to stories of racial struggle and liberation.

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Next time you need to silence the noise of office chatter, tune into one of these podcasts.

1. Two Brown Girls

Can’t get enough of pop culture? Neither can Fariha Roísín and Zeba Blay, two women of color who have no problem discussing the unjust treatment of trans women of color, cultural appropriation and street harassment on the very same episodes that they gush over RiRi’s latest videos. Listen to them on SoundCloud.

2. About Race

If you prefer to listen to lively discussions on culture, identity, politics, power and privilege, then About Race is your podcast. Hosted by Raquel Cepeda, Baratunde Thurston and Tanner Colby, this show is, as you might have guessed, about race – but it specifically dissects racial politics and race relations in the supposed "post-racial U.S." Tune in on iTunes or SoundCloud.

3. We Want the Airwaves

Nia King is a biracial queer artist whose podcast We Want the Airwaves confronts issues of race, gender, sexual orientation and art through interviews with political queer and trans artists of color. Some episodes are available for free on iTunes, but the best way to support King (and get all the goods) is to subscribe for $5 a month.

4. Latino USA

Love Maria Hinojosa? Of course you do. Listen to Latino USA on SoundCloud, Podcast Addict, iTunes or Stitcher for Latino-focused episodes ranging from current events like Donald Trump kicking Jorge Ramos out of his press conference, "anchor babies" and Mexico’s drug war to evergreen cultural pieces spotlighting music and artists from Latin America or, of course, the Latino USA.

5. TWiB!

Need to know what’s going on each week in blackness, then you have to listen to TWIB! – This Week in Blackness – for commentary on issues like police brutality, Boko Haram, media diversity and more. Listen in on iTunes.

6. The Read

Southern co-hosts Kid Fury and Crissle joined forces in New York and started The Read, a podcast on pop culture, hip-hop and racial issues, in 2013. Catch these two hilarious (and brilliant!) black media personalities every week on iTunes, iHeart Radio Talk, Soundcloud or Stitcher.

7. The Soul Glo Project

Want to laugh while you celebrate diversity? Look no further than The Soul Glo Project, a podcast – and live show – featuring voices that are underrepresented in comedy. Hosted by funny ladies Keisha Zollar, Anna Suzuki and Emliy Schorr Lesnick, you can listen in on SoundCloud!

8. Black Girls Talking

What happens when four black women – with interests ranging from criminal justice and ending poverty to hip-hop and lip gloss – come together to talk pop culture and critique mediated representations of people of color? A whole lot of awesome. Take a listen at SoundCloud.

9. Latino Rebels

Little-Known Fact: Latino Rebels – yes, that really great website offering news coverage, critique and essays about all things Latinidad – has a podcast. Get more on the Puerto Rico economic crisis, immigration, gentrification, cultural appropriation and more over at Blog Talk Radio.

10. Another Round

If you’ve followed racial reporting in the past and know what BuzzFeed is, chances are you’ve run into the work of Tracy Clayton and Heben Nigatu. These two writers took their wit and added some alcoholic beverages to make Another Round, a podcast tackling topics like racism, microaggresions, politics and spirituality. Catch episodes on BuzzFeed or iTunes.