If you’re like me, music is not the only thing coming out of your headphones. In the past year I was recently introduced to the amazing world of podcasts and my life has never been the same. In this post I will highlight 3 podcasts that have made me laugh, smile and have significantly added to my knowledge about politics, social justice, pop culture and history.
1.Remarkable Lives, Tragic Deaths: I am not sure exactly how I stumbled upon this gem but I am very happy I did. Every week the hosts Carter Roy and Vanessa Richardson Spend 30-45 minutes describing the remarkable lives of famous and infamous people in world history who have been influential in one way or another. Unfortunately the latter half of the title is also discussed, their tragic deaths. Most of the individuals they cover have made significant contributions in politics the arts (music, art, acting, writing), civil rights, etc. What makes this podcast very engaging are the voice actors used to elaborate the critical moments in the lives of the individuals they discuss weekly. In season 1 so far the hosts have covered the remarkable lives and tragic deaths of Martin Luther King Jr., Amelia Earhart, Princess Diana, Mahatma Gandhi, Harvey Milk, Cleopatra and John F. Kennedy and , others. You can find this podcast in the podcasts app on the iPhone and the Stitcher app on other devices. Season 1 is currently available and you can also look forward to season 2 which starts in October.
2. 2 Dope Queens: If you’re looking for a good laugh this podcast is for you. Comedians and writers, Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams host this podcasts in front of a live studio audience and provide fellow comics with the opportunity to perform their stand-up routines. During the show Robinson, Williams and the other comics speak on topics from social justice and inclusion, sex, relationships, Donald Trump (eye roll), and anything under the sun. The hosts also invite special guests like Jom Hamm, Kevin Bacon, Gabrielle Union, and Fred Armisen on the show. I found out about this podcasts via an article I read on GQ and have not looked back. The show just ended its 3rd season and will be back during the Fall.
3. The Read: This podcast has everything any WOKE individual needs to get through the next fours years under the Orange Man himself (eye roll). Hosts Kid Fury and Crissle provide listeners with colorful commentary on news related to pop-culture, hip-hop, politics and everything under the sun. According to their website “Throwing shade and spilling tea with a flippant and humorous attitude” is the premise of the show, and I must say it is incredibly entertaining. As a person who considers himself “WOKE” I love how unapologetically confident in their identity the hosts are, they are unafraid to call out any and everyone who they feel is racists, sexist, homophobic, transphobic and misogynistic. You can also find this podcast in the podcast app on the iPhone and Stitcher app on other devices.