Last month, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and The New York Times announced their partnership with Oprah Winfrey and global content leader Lionsgate to adapt Hannah-Jones’ 1619 podcast — as well as “The 1619 Project” issue of The New York Times Magazine — into an array of films, television, and other content for audiences around the globe.
Released last year, the podcast explores the history of slavery in the United States and how its legacy has transformed the country. The podcast has gained notoriety for its engaging production and storytelling, and it made a number of top podcast lists in 2019.
You can listen to 1619 on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify. If you’ve already gotten through it or are just looking for more related podcasts, then we have you covered. Here, we share a roundup of podcasts — including several options with local ties — that cover systemic racism, the Black Lives Matter movement, and more.
30 Black with Coleman Young
Coleman Young II, a former Michigan state legislator, discusses the latest issues specific to Detroit, Michigan, and the entire country in his podcast. The episode “Black Lives Matter — What Needs to Happen Now to Show Society Gets it,” covers police reform, qualified immunity, and anti-lynching bills in Congress. Coleman also discusses the Black-on-Black crime argument in the episode “‘Black on Black Crime’ and Black Lives Matter.” Listen on Apple podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.
About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge
Author Reni Eddo-Lodge’s 2018 podcast series covers what white people need to do so they can become allies in the Black Lives Matter movement. From tackling white privilege to the denial of racism, this anti-racist podcast explores how to fight injustice. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.
This local podcast brings in a male and female perspective to take a critical look at what’s happening in Detroit. They have a two-part episode called “Detroit Police & Community Relations” that focuses on the state of police and the Detroit Police Department’s relationship with the community. There’s also an episode that features a conversation with Detroit Will Breathe co-organizer Tristan Taylor. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and ecn-detroit.
This weekly podcast is hosted by multi-racial and multi-generational journalists who explore the overlap of race, ethnicity, and culture in politics, sports, and pop culture. Listen on Apple Podcasts, NPR One, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.
Hella Black Podcast
Activists Delency Parham and Blake Simons host this anti-racist podcast and educate their audience on topics related to Blackness, Black trans rights, and the prison industrial complex. The hosts also feature the voices of Black radical organizers. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, SoundCloud, and iHeartRadio.
Although not producing any new content, The Nod still lives on because of its timeless episodes. Hosts Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings tell narrative, important stories about Black history while also throwing in witty quiz games and debates on Black cultural icons. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pandora, and Spotify.
Race and Rebellion: Reexamining the Unlearned Lessons of the Kerner Report a Half-Century Later
Although this isn’t a podcast series, it is a valuable episode provided by Wayne State University’s Walter P. Reuther Library that discusses the conclusions of the 1968 Kerner Commission report with respect to today’s protests on race relations and police brutality. The Kerner report identified more than 150 riots from 1965 to 1968 and blamed the unrest on the lack of educational and economic opportunity for African Americans, institutional and societal racism, and militarized police forces. Reuther Library outreach archivist Meghan Courtney uses this document to help people listeners understand the root causes of Detroit’s 1967 uprising and why unrest continues today. Listen on reuther.wayne.
Small Doses with Amanda Seales
If you’re a fan of the show Insecure, then you’re sure to be a fan of this weekly anti-racist podcast hosted by actress Amanda Seales. She takes on sex, dating, and careers while also talking about her experience being a Black woman in Hollywood. It’s highly relatable and easy to listen to. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and iHeartRadio.
This anti-racist podcast has featured guests like Uzo Aduba from Orange Is The New Black, Shangela Laquifa Wadley from RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Queer Eye‘s Karamo Brown. Hosts Leila Day and Hana Baba explore race and identity in America through untold stories from across the Black diaspora. Listen on Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, and The Stoop.
Truth Be Told
Tonya Mosley hosts this advice podcast that explores how you can be in a world that doesn’t always want you to be. Each 40-minute episode answers listener-submitted questions on topics such as the stigma around therapy for Black men and surviving America in a Black body. Listen on Apple Podcasts, NPR, and Spotify.
Created by the Black Lives Matter Global Network, What Matters covers current events and how the actions of the past have affected our present. The hosts encourage listeners to understand and to explore what is going on today. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and BlackLivesMatter.