Podcast Recommendations

I was introduced to the wonderful world of podcasts earlier this year. I’ve heard about them for ages but I’m a music junkie with a short attention span, therefore I didn’t think listening to someone talk for an hour would keep me interested. I’m happy to admit that I was wrong. When I was feeling at my lowest shortly after the election and Trump’s win, I felt a bit alienated being in the South where the win was celebrated. In addition, I didn’t have a daily outlet for my frustration.

A good friend of mine said one day, “I’m telling you that you need to listen to The Read with Kid Fury and Crissle. It lifts me up so much on those days that I’m feeling down.” I was taking my dog for a walk one day about a month after and decided to give it a try. Needless to say, all my neighbors thought I was a lunatic as I walked down the street laughing uncontrollably and constantly shouting “Yes! Yes!” In response to their commentary.

From there I became obsessed with searching for other podcasts to listen to in the mornings on the way to work.

Below are a list of the podcasts that stand out, not only for their witty banter but their discussion of relevant social issues and engaging host(s).

“The Read” hosted by Kid Fury and Crissle

This podcast is about 2 hours long and the running joke between Kid Fury and Crissle is they try and fail every week to keep it under that timeframe because they don’t feel like they are talking about much. They discuss everything from politics to pop culture and relationships. There is an homage to black excellence as well as a “read” every week. Additionally, they also answer listener letters. What I love about this podcast is they manage to do something that shows like “The Breakfast Club” don’t do well, which is find the delicate balance between humor and sincerity when discussing difficult topics. During the course of the podcast you will do everything from laugh (Crissle’s laugh is hilarious btw), shout, get angry and laugh some more. It’s a great listen whether you are walking, fighting the good fight of public transportation, stuck in traffic at work or just needing a good distraction from life.

New episodes are uploaded every Thursday morning.

“On One with Angela Rye”

Angela Rye has been on a number of media outlets over the past year but I was introduced to her as a regular viewer of CNN. She is known for her keeping it real, no holds barred way of taking down Republican political pundits. Her legendary Beyonce reference when she told another commentator “boy bye” will forever remain iconic to me. But the best thing about Angela is no matter how many try to argue that she’s over the top or too passionate, there’s one thing about her that is undeniable: she always has the facts. This trait shines through in her podcast as well. The show is only about a month old and she’s already had “Auntie” Maxine Waters and activist Jesse Williams as guests. The podcast lasts an hour and it’s a great way to hear from activists and their experiences as well as giving advice on how we can become more involved in our community.

New episodes are uploaded every Tuesday.

“LeVar Burton reads”

Reading Rainbow was a show that resonated with me during my childhood. Whenever I heard that theme song, I ran in front of the TV to hear what LeVar was going to read to me that week. For so many it was a show with a simple concept that managed to reach such a huge audience. His podcast is very similar. With special effects and superb production, LeVar reads short fiction and excerpts from books. For avid readers like myself, it’s an alternative to audiobooks and also introduces new authors and stories that you may not be familiar with. It’s an excellent way for those that are so busy during the day and can’t read as much as but would like to remain engaged in the wonderful world of fiction.

New episodes are uploaded every Tuesday.

I hope you all enjoy these podcasts and feel free to comment and let me know what you think!

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