Recently I have got really into podcasts; I listen to them while I do the housework, while my little guy is napping, or while I’m driving around running errands. I just love good, meaningful conversations and hearing people’s stories. Here I have compiled a short list of my top 3 favorite podcasts; in no particular order of course.
Howard graduates Eric and Brittney are two friends that resides in Manhattan who one day decided “hey let’s start a podcast!” These two have covered a range of topics from gentrification to Kanye Wests’ antics and convenient self-serving politics. What I love so much about this podcast is that it’s a really smart show. It’s a space for two black nerds to talk about stuff from a black nerds perspective. They delve deep into the topics they cover even if on the surface they don’t seem to be worthy of intellectual conversation. One of my particular favorites is the episode about sex education and how not only safe sex, but consent and how to have a healthy relationship should be topics covered in American schools. They recently did an episode so good I listened to it three times; ‘Ida B Wells: B is for Boss’ is absolutely one of the most informative and critical conversations about Ida I have ever heard. Each episode is roughly 45 mins to an hour and they upload on a biweekly basis. Also, not that I’m biased or anything but Brittney is actually a fellow Detroiter, so that’s a plus.
This podcast’s name pretty much speaks for itself. Every Thursday, Youtube personality Kid Fury and co-host Crissle come to us and read celebs and public personalities their rights. They run through the week’s pop culture and political highlights and offer insightful and HILARIOUS, commentary. They also have a Black Excellence segment where they highlight an accomplishment by an African-American. I also really love a segment of the show where they read questions listeners send in to them. They’re pretty honest in their answers and advice to people, which I love. Plus there’s nothing more entertaining than other people’s drama.
OK this one is close to my heart only because it’s hosted by one of my favorite comedians and is the very first podcast I ever listened to. It is hosted by Marc Maron and most of the episodes are recorded in his garage and are free form conversations between him and old comedy buddies as well as musicians, politicians, actors, writers and directors. One notable guest was the POTUS himself! That’s right, Barack Obama stopped by the “cat ranch” (so-called because Marc has a habit of taking in stray cats) and had an hour-long chat with Marc about politics, family, and good music. I like this one especially because it’s a real no bullshit type of interview. The conversations that happen in Marc’s garage are raw and honest and you get to see, or hear, the side of famous people who you wouldn’t normally get to. There have been more than a few tears shed in that garage. A few of my favorites are his talks with Mike Myers, Louis C.K., Ms. Pat, Robin Williams, and Allie Brosh.