I Love to Listen to Podcasts
I think the first podcast I listened to religiously was one about the television show Lost. Lost was a show about a mysterious plane crash on a seemingly deserted island and the strange things that happened to the people as they tried to survive and ultimately get back home. It had all of the things that we now associate with a bingeable show. There was a relatable tragedy, interesting and attractive people and a hint of supernatural happenings. Lost might’ve been the first show that was so compelling and confusing that I needed to be part of a community to process what I saw each week.
Podcasts were great because I could listen at work and then share the theories with my coworkers at the water cooler. Since then, I’ve branched out to podcasts about entrepreneurship, relationships, self care and celebrity interviews. The thing about having been listening to them for so long is that my tastes have grown as I’ve matured. I can’t relate anymore to shows about being a broke 20-something, dealing with my first love and decorating my first apartment.
Been there, done that.
“I can’t relate anymore to shows about being a broke 20-something, dealing with my first love and decorating my first apartment. Been there, done that.
“What you listen to and let your mind consume really affects how you see yourself and the world around you. “
This List is For You
So, this list is for women like me. You’re grown, been working – but may want to pivot, like to be informed about what’s happening in the world. You’re a seeker and you’re interested in the liberation of all oppressed groups while prioritizing all Black women.
What you listen to and let your mind consume really affects how you see yourself and the world around you.
Danielle Moodie and Toure have exuberant conversations about the state of our democracy and current events. Danielle is passionate and Ginsu knife sharp in her insights and assessments. She seems to give zero fucks about being polite or wypipo feelings. She tells it like it is. Toure plays the part of the more moderate voice. He tends to agree with Danielle, but he doesn’t go nearly as hard as she does,
After listening to this podcast, I feel heard, even though they can’t hear me yelling along with them. I still feel a release. Check out this podcast if you’re tired of the talking heads on cable news and crave some different voices.
Code switching is what many of us do to survive in our workplaces. We use one set of language and colloquialisms with our familiar group and a different one with the folks at our W-2’s.
This podcast covers current events through the lens of race and gives cultural context to help us make sense of what we’re seeing. When I started listening, Gene Demby and Marisol Marisol Maraji were the hosts. They each come from different ethnic backgrounds but find common ground and are able to provide unique but relatable takes.
Give Code Switch a listen and tell me what you think.
To Wrap It All Up
It was so hard to narrow down my favorite podcasts to just these few. There are so many others that I’ve listened to over the years that I could recommend. So, if you burn through this list and want more ideas of riveting, insightful commentary about culture, politics, Blackness and life, let me know and I will do a part two. Until then, comment below with your faves.