I don't know about you, but I have grown wearisome of the mainstream news. I had to turn off news alerts on my phone, because every 30 minutes, I would get 12 alerts about whatever new stupid, racist thing Trump and his administration did. On the other side of things, there is a new murder or beating of a black person every single day. Furthermore, the media loves to plaster our black bodies on the web so that everytime you open an app, you're immediately accosted by videos of black bodies being killed. So I have grown very tired and annoyed of traditional media outlets. That being said, I still want to be informed, which is why I have turned to podcasts.
Podcasts have been around for awhile but in the last couple of years, really blown up into a key source of media. EVERYONE has a podcast today, even me (shameless plug). They're great, I love them. Anyone can do one, which allows for a large variety of voices and opinions to be heard. And better yet, I can listen to them whenever I want. I started listening to podcast about 2 years ago, when someone on tumblr turned me onto "The Read", which is a podcast by two black queer bloggers, who talk about pop culture but also "read" the fuck out off people who deserve it. They were also one of the first black podcasts to really hit it off, and start this wave as black people in podcasting. Since then, I have slowly started to located favorite podcasts on various topics from nerdism, humor and news. But today I want to focus on news/politics. In the era of this circus peanut's presidency, it is key to stay alert to what is going on. I find it hard to keep track of everything and follow white politician language, so the following list of podcasts are ones that I have found to be very helpful in expanding and breaking down these issues for the regular commoner like you and me to understand.
In no particular order, here are the top podcasts that you should check out if you want to stay informed.
Hosted by two comedians, Hari Kondabolu and W. Kamau Bell. Each week, they interview a political figure about what is going on in the world, what that means, and how we, the listeners, can help. I love this podcast, because they cover a lot of different issues, many of which I had no idea, even were issues. I also like the fact that sometimes they bring on guest that they don't necessarily share views with. Why would they do that? Well, I think it's important to understand what logic is going on in the heads of the other side in order to combat them. And they do this very well. It's worth checking out if you want to hear from many different voices on many different issues.
On 1 With Angela Rye
Hosted by the one and only, Angela Rye, On 1 is her podcast where she interviews different public figures on their specialties and the work they are doing in the community. If you know anything about Angela, you know she isn't about the bullshit and she keeps that habit on the show. It's fun, black and informative. It had me sold when the first episode was with Auntie Maxine Waters. Angela conducts great interviews, covering many different topics and addresses what we can do with that information.
Pod Save America
Pod Save America was an interesting addition to my podcast listening list. Most all my others are by public figures I have previous followed in social media, but this podcast is hosted by four former Obama aides: Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor. I was interested in this podcast because although, I love to hear from the people out in the community, I also want to hear about the politics from people who have actually worked in the white house. It's a little harder to follow, but addressing the circus administration and changes from the perspective of legality and policy. I also love that they release new episodes request. Every 2-3 days, in fact. It's a more "formal" approach to these subjects that are forever changing.
It's Been A Minute
It's Been A Minute is a NPR podcast hosted by Sam Sanders. Every week Sam sits down with a guest to discuss that week's events in both politics and pop culture. I particularly like this podcast because it doesn't just address what happened and move along, they have conversations about how it effects him and his guest, how it makes them feel. It's feels a little more relatable than some of the other podcasts.
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