During my time in digital isolation, I’ve been exploring new forms of media. Along the way, I have come across a lot of podcasts, and discovered many compelling options for the auditorily inclined. Handpicked from a variety of sources and organized by theme, this list of 50 podcasts on subjects ranging from identity to astrology aims to make sure that whatever your interests are, you can find a Black-created podcast to listen to.
1. 1619 hosted by Nikole-Hannah Jones. Part of the New York Times’ 1619 initiative which began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American Slavery, this audio series “examines the long shadow of that fateful moment” and its implications in America today.
2. AFROPUNK Solution Sessions from AFROPUNK. Featuring well-known names such as Brian Stevenson and Elaine Brown, these Sessions discuss topics of culture, activism, and politics.
3. Code Switch from NPR. Hosted by different journalists of color, this weekly series tackles issues of race, politics, media, and everything in between.
4. The #GroundingsPodcast hosted by Devyn Springer. Titled in honor of educator Walter Rodney, whose radical framework of “groundings” has inspired and educated many, the #Groundings Podcast allows organizing and history to come into contact with experience and storytelling.
5. Floodlines from the Atlantic, hosted by Vann R. Newkirk II. In this podcast, Newkirk discusses Hurricane Katrina and the government failure that followed.
6. Fck Work But Ima Go hosted by Natasha and Jenna. These two HR professionals talk about work-life balance, company training, and more, complete with hilarious anecdotes.
7. Gettin’ Grown hosted by Keia and Jade. “Keia and Jade are two happy and hard-working Black Women who are just trying to learn how to adult, for real.”
8. Go Off, Sis by Danielle Cadet and the Unbothered team from Refinery29. This podcast invites black women such as Tracee Ellis Ross and Tia Mowry to talk about current affairs, pop culture, love, wellness, and more.
9. Intersectionality Matters hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw. Crenshaw, civil rights advocate and scholar of race theory explores different topics each episode through an intersectional lens, featuring some of the world’s most interesting and innovative artists, scholars, and activists.
10. Lynching in America by the Equal Justice Initiative. This government podcast from EJI documents audio stories from generations affected by the terror of lynchings and explores how these horrific acts impact America today.
11. Reveal hosted by poet Al Letson. Reveal is a nationally broadcast one-hour public radio show and investigative reporting podcast created by the Center for Investigative Reporting.
12. Slay in Your Lane: The Podcast hosted by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené. These two award-winning authors’ podcast follows their book of the same title. It explores “news and popular culture from a Black British female perspective while expanding upon many of the same themes addressed in the Slay in Your Lane book including navigating the workplace, finances, education, health, relationships and dating.”
12. Snap Judgment hosted by Glynn Washington. Washington, who has worked as an educator, diplomat, community activist, actor, and political strategist, tackles stories of social justice.
14. Friends Like Us hosted by Marina Franklin. Franklin invites women of color onto the show to discuss, among other topics,the collective problems that they face.
15. In Black America hosted by John L. Hanson Jr. From NPR. This podcast “is a long-running, nationally syndicated program dedicated to all facets of the African American experience,” inviting guests ranging from civil rights leaders to athletes to artists to share their experiences being Black in America.
16. Intersection hosted by Jamil Smith. “New Republic editor Jamil Smith explores how race, gender, and all the ways we identify ourselves and one another intersect.”
17. The Nod hosted by Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings. “The Nod is an artfully idiosyncratic exploration of the kaleidoscopic spectrum of experiences that make up Black life in America.”
18. Radical Imagination hosted by Angela Blackwell. This podcast goes beyond simply exploring issues like racism, inequality, and more, but focuses on finding “radical solutions to our society’s most pressing problems.”
19. The Stoop by Hana Baba and Leila Day. The Stoop airs frank, professionally-reported stories by journalists Baba and Day about what it means to be Black and how we talk about Blackness.
20. The Appeal’s Justice in America hosted by Josie Duffy Rice and Clint Smith. This podcast provides education on criminal justice reform, with a new criminal justice issue covered in depth during each episode.
21. Beyond Prisons hosted by Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein. Beyond Prisons explores incarceration, prison abolition, and those impacted directly by the system.
22. Ear Hustle hosted by Nigel Poor and Earlone Woods. The Ear Hustle team works to produce stories containing nuanced and personal insights of those who have been involved with the American prison system, including those in the process of reintegration after serving time.
23. Afropop Worldwide hosted by Georges Collinet. “Afropop Worldwide is a Peabody award-winning radio program and online magazine dedicated to music from Africa and the African diaspora.”
24. BlackComicChat’s Podcast hosted by Anthony Otero, Marcus Kwame, Leonardo Faierman, Grace Gipson, and Thelonious Legend. This podcast “at the intersection of Comics and Blackness” discusses iconic comic series, their creators, and everything in between.
25. Black Girl Nerds Podcast hosted by the BGN team. Black Girl Nerds is “an online community devoted to promoting nerdiness among Black women & people of color,” and its podcast, which discusses everything from Game of Thrones to current events, is an extension of this mission.
26. Black Talk Radio Network provides a collection of various Black-related and produced podcasts.
27. Bill Rhoden on Sports hosted by Bill Rhoden, and Jamal Murphy. Renowned sports columnist William C. Roden and attorney and writer Jamal Murphy discuss sports, as well as “the intersection of sports, racism, and politics.’
28. Bodega Boys hosted by Desus Nice and The Kid Mero. The two social media personalities share their comedic takes on all things pop culture in Bodega Boys.
29. The Combat Jack Show by various hosts. This podcast invites artists such as Russell Simmons, Chuck D, Damon Dash, Rza, Scarface, D-Nice to share their stories and experiences.
30. Dope Queens hosted by Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams. These two Brooklyn comedians tackle sex, race, hair, pop culture, and more.
31. Jemele Hill is Unbothered hosted by Jemele Hill. Former chief correspondent and senior columnist for ESPN and Emmy Award-winning journalist Jemele Hill explores sports, music, identity, and culture.
32. Larry Wilmore: Black On the Air hosted by Larry Wilmore. Emmy Award-winning producer, actor, and comedian Larry Wilmore weighs in on the issues of the week and interviews guests in the worlds of politics, entertainment, culture.
34. The Read hosted by Kid Fury and Crissle, Loudspeaker Network. Kid Fury and Crissle humorously discuss, dish on, and occasionally throw shade at hip-hop and pop culture stars.
35. The Right Time with Bomani Jones hosted by Bomani Jones, ESPN. Jones weighs in on sports, pop culture, and more from NYC.
36. Slow Burn: Biggie and Tupac hosted by Joel Anderson. Season Three of Slow Burn tackles the murders of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. “The story takes place at a moment when hip-hop was taking over pop culture, and a former theater kid from the Bay Area and a one-time crack dealer from Brooklyn were changing the music forever.”
37. Still Processing hosted by Welsey Morris and Jenna Wortham. These two culture writers for the New York Times discuss topics ranging from “movies, art, music and the internet to find the things that move them — to tears, awe, and anger.”
38. BE the Code from Black Enterprises. BE the Code spotlights influential Black members of the technology sector and their unique perspectives on the industry.
39. Revision Path hosted by Maurice Cherry. Revision Path is a weekly showcase of Black greatness, featuring designers, developers and digital creatives making great strides in their fields.
40. StarTalk hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Tyson creates an unlikely pairing, astrophysics and humor, in his StarTalk podcast where he is frequently joined by both scientists and celebrities.
41. The Friend Zone hosted by Dustin Ross, Francheska Medina and Assanté. The three hosts explore mental health, mental wealth, and mental hygiene—all with a touch of humor.
42. Therapy for Black Girls hosted by Dr. Joy Harden. Harden chats about all things mental health related, her content specifically aimed at Black women who are often left out of the mental health discourse.
43. The Ash Cash Show hosted by Ash Cash Exantus. This podcast is focused on personal finance and empowering its listeners to achieve financial freedom.
44. Black Wall Street Today with Blair Durham. “The Black Wall Street Today Show is a Black Business and Entrepreneurship radio show and podcast hosted by Virginia Tech alumnae Blair Durham, co-founder and co-president of Black BRAND, and occurs live in the studios of the historic and prestigious HBCU Hampton University.”
45. Innovation Crush hosted by Chris Denson. This business podcast profiles some of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs, their projects, and their processes.
46. The Chris Hogan Show hosted by Chris Hogan. Hogan educates his listeners on finance, investment, retirement, and building wealth.
Love, God, and More Big Questions
47. The Gifted Connection Podcast w/ Nathan McClinton. McClinton discusses God and religion, with content and tone aimed towards a Black millennial audience.
48. 30 Something Black, and Gay. A weekly podcast tacklong love, friendship, online dating, celebrity gossip, and more, co-hosted by 4 four Los Angeles friends who are, as the title suggests, “30-something, black, and gay.”
49. WokeNFree hosted by Kahlil and Natasha Nurse. They ask deep, sometimes heavy questions such as, “What values should we live by?”, “Is it possible to speak to the spiritual world?”, and “If your organs could speak, what would they say to you?”
50. Black Family Table Talk hosted by Antonio Henson and Toni Simmons Hensen. These parents of four use their "kitchen table style" podcast to candidly talk about Black family dynamics and how to grow as a community.