Ep. 7: 10 BIPOC Podcasts You Should Listen To Instead

In lieu of a normal episode, and in support of Black Lives Matter and our fellow BIPOC citizens, this episode is simply a list of podcasts and podcast episodes featuring black voices and perspectives.

There's no need to listen to this podcast, all the links and information are included below.

Last thing to note: it's important that you share these with friends, family, coworkers, and anyone in your life. Our job right now is to disseminate information and educate the people in our network. Spread ally-ship. 

Podcasts hosted by BIPOC:

Code Switch

Featured episode: A Decade of Watching Black People Die

Hosted by Shereen Marisol Meraji and Gene Demby

Shereen is the co-host and senior producer of Code Switch. She grew up in a Puerto Rican and Iranian home where no one spoke in hushed tones, and where the rhythms and cadences of life inspired her story pitches and storytelling style. Today, she's an award-winning journalist and co-founder of the pre-eminent podcast about race and identity in America, NPR's Code Switch. And, when she's not telling stories that help us better understand the people we share this planet with, she's dancing salsa, baking brownies or kicking around a soccer ball.

Gene Demby is an NPR correspondent and co-host of NPR's Code Switch podcast. Before coming to NPR, Demby served as the managing editor for Huffington Post's BlackVoices following its launch. Prior to that role, he spent six years in various positions at The New York Times. While working for the Times in 2007, he started an award-winning blog about race, culture, politics, and media called PostBourgie. Demby is an avid runner, mainly because he wants to stay alive long enough to finally see his beloved Sixers win an NBA championship.

About the podcast:

Remember when folks used to talk about being "post-racial"? Well, we're definitely not that. We're a multi-racial, multi-generational team of journalists fascinated by the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, how they play out in our lives and communities, and how all of this is shifting.


call and response podcast

Featured episode: Call and Response LIVE: A Threepeat – BroadwayCon 2020: Episode 78

Hosted by Felicia Fitzpatrick

As Playbill’s first-ever Director of Social Media and Creative Strategy and first black female department head, Felicia is regarded as a pioneer of Broadway social media, revolutionizing Playbill’s social engagement and storytelling strategies during the time Broadway was shaping its own digital landscape. She specializes in social media strategy and cultivating online communities.

About the podcast:

call and response podcast explores the intersection of blackness and performing arts through interviews with Broadway performers, dancers, musicians, creatives, composers, producers, administrators, and more.

About the episode:

We’re kicking off Black History Month a day early with a THREEPEAT! For Call and Response’s third live show at BroadwayCon, we chat about the intersection of blackness and Broadway with Tina Turner Musical’s Destinee Rea, We’re Gonna Die’s Janelle McDermoth, Ain’t Too Proud’s Jelani Remy, Head Over Heels’ Taylor Iman Jones, and SURPRISE GUEST: Frozen’s Aisha Jackson!


The Potter's Touch with Bishop T.D. Jakes

Featured episode: all of them

Hosted by Bishop T.D. Jakes

The pastor of The Potter's House, a nondenominational church in Dallas, as well as an author and a filmmaker.

About the podcast:

The Potter's Touch, a weekly program, with Bishop T.D. Jakes, tackles today's topics and confronts the hidden issues and invisible scars that go untreated. This broadcast carries healing and restoration into homes of hurting people, unearthing taboo topics and offering practical and spiritual solutions to life's toughest questions.

Note: They’re no longer airing new episodes, with the last episode posted last year, but there’s 205 episodes banked so there’s plenty of inspiring material to work through.


Black Ass Podcast w/ Hadiyah Robinson

Featured episode: Kneel Before the Storm

Hosted by Hadiyah Robinson

Comedian Hadiyah Robinson takes a hilarious dive into politics, sports, current events and more, from a blackity black perspective.

About the podcast:

It’s an hour with Comedian Hadiyah Robinson as she dishes on what's got people talking across social media while touching on the stories you may have missed. News, politics, weird science reports and everything in between it’s unfiltered honesty and pure funny. Hadiyah puts her special spin on what's new in the news. Grab your earbuds because this podcast is NSFW but it's great for water cooler convo when the boss isn’t around.

About the episode:

I'm talking about what we're all talking about. The protests, the apologies and the lies.


30 Something, Black, & Gay

Featured episode: The Truth About Social Media

About the podcast:

A weekly podcast co-Hosted by 3 friends living in LA who happen to be... "30 Something, Black, and Gay." Witty, sometimes petty, insightful, and always opinionated; these guys take no prisoners when it comes to commentating on current events, celebrity gossip, the entertainment industry, love, and relationships.

About the episode:

Oh the perils of Social Media. This week we talk about the many elements of social media and how to find a healthy balance for you.


Snap Judgement with Glynn Washington

Featured episode: Thick Blue Line

Hosted by Glynn Washington

About the podcast:

Mixes real stories with killer beats to produce cinematic, and dramatic radio.

About the episode:

Police shootings, mistaken arrests, and growing up Black / Brown in America. Snap presents amazing stories from people facing our nation’s original sin.


Ally podcast episodes featuring BIPOC Guests:

Seeing Color with Zhiwan Cheung

Episode 42: What's More American Than Slavery (w/ Dell Marie Hamilton)

Zhiwan Cheung is a Chinese-American web developer and artist. Through sculpture, film, and performance, he focuses on the meaning and space between identities, examining the feeling of a liminal displacement. It is a journey guided by an allusive visual language, with a mix of pop cultural, art historical, and aesthetical signals and choices that also guide audiences into finding their own rites of passage.

Dell Marie Hamilton is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and independent curator whose artist talks, performances and collaborative projects have been presented to a wide variety of audiences in New York at Five Myles Gallery, Panoply Performance Lab, and MOCADA, as well as in the New England area at the Hood Museum, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, MIT, Boston University, the Museum of Fine Arts/Boston, the ICA/Boston, and the Rhode Island School of Design Art Museum. Dell works as a curator for the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.


Unlocking Us with Brené Brown

Brené with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist

Tarana Burke and Brené on Being Heard and Seen

Ibram X. Kendi is one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist voices. He is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and the Founding Director of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University in Washington, DC.

Tarana Burke is an African-American civil rights activist. She's most well-known as the founder of the "Me Too" movement in 2006 which has blossomed into a worldwide campaign to raise awareness about sexual harassment, abuse, and assault in society. In 2017 Burke and other influential female activists were named "the silence breakers" by Time magazine. She currently serves at the Girls for Gender Equity in Brooklyn as its senior director.


The Brian Lehrer Show

How to Protest with DeRay Mckesson

DeRay Mckesson is a civil rights activist focused primarily on issues of innovation, equity and justice. Born and raised in Baltimore, he graduated from Bowdoin College and holds honorary doctorates from The New School and the Maryland Institute College of Art. DeRay has advocated for issues related to children, youth, and families since he was a teen. As a leading voice in the Black Lives Matter Movement and a co-founder of Campaign Zero, DeRay has worked to connect individuals with knowledge and tools, and provide citizens and policy makers with common-sense policies that ensure equity.


Not a podcast, but an extremely important audio experience:


6-part New York Times audio series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling.

Hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones

Nikole Hannah-Jones is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter covering racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine and creator of the landmark 1619 Project.


For more podcasts hosted by BIPOC and POC, check out these links: