I love listening to podcasts. I listen on my drive to work, which I won’t be making again this semester, so I will have to find another time to enjoy them. In case you’re searching for something new to listen to, here are 5 that I’ve been enjoying lately.
Scene on Radio produces revisionist histories of the United States as well as a season that offers a sociological study of men. Start with Season 2, Seeing White, which tries to answer the question, “Just what is going on with white people?”, and listen in order.
The Stacks is my current favorite book podcast. Traci Thomas is such a great interviewer (her interview with Jason Reynolds is a must listen), plus there is a book club. I love how she structures her book club by interviewing an author one week, then inviting them back for a two-person book club to discuss another author’s book. Another great listen is Traci’s interview with Jacqueline Woodson about her novel, Red at the Bone.
Pod Save the People is my favorite weekly current events podcast. In the first part of the podcast, each of the four co-hosts shares a significant piece of news related to social justice, activism, culture, and/or politics. Sometimes these are news stories I’ve come across, but usually they’re stories that are flying under the radar. Then, DeRay McKesson interviews a guest. You never know who will be on the show (Nancy Pelosi and Nic Stone have been guests), but you can bet the interview will be enlightening. Start with this week’s Coronavirus-focused episode with guest Andy Slavitt.
Overthrowing Education describes itself as “an edgy and entertaining podcast for everyone who cares about education.” Really, it’s for teachers who want to have their thinking pushed about the way school works. I’d start with the very first episode, an interview with Jesse Stommel about ungrading.
I never would have imagined becoming obsessed with Dolly Parton, but I don’t think you can listen to Dolly Parton’s America without becoming a little bit obsessed. Start with Sad Ass Songs, and see if you can stop with just one episode.
Please share your own favorite podcasts!