As of late I’ve gotten quite a few questions about what podcasts I listen to and have also seen quite a few people pose the question on social media. I first became acquainted with podcasts about two years ago when I moved to Philly and discovered I could continue to stay connected with the church I attended in Atlanta by listening to the sermons via podcast. A few months after that a friend was like “you know you can listen to other stuff on that app, too, right?” Mind. Blown
I now LOVE podcasts. I mean I REALLY love them. Maybe too much at times; like to a detrimental amount (thou shalt not attempt to listen to a podcast during class. It’s rude and inappropriate...except for when the class is really boring and unnecessary).
I know summertime is full of great ear candy, and I love blasting whatever new diddy bop Beyonce and the twins have out for the summer as much as the next chocolate goddess, but sometimes my ears want to engage something a little different for a long car ride or commute to wherever I happen to be going next. And I thought maybe some of your ears might like that, too.
So, I asked Tiff what some of her favorites were and she sent them over to help me help you. The podcasts below range from thought-provoking to comical to informative and even therapeutic. A word of advice (if you’re new to this): pick a topic that really interests you and dive in! You’ll naturally begin to find related others you like. Take a listen to some of our faves and leave some of your own in the comments section!
Here’s to kickin’ new flava in ya ear!
Note: All of the descriptions have been taken straight from the “details” section on the Podcast App. We don’t want y’all to think we’re an education blog out here supporting plagiarism.
- Planet Money – The economy, explained, with stories and surprises. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, “Meet me at the bar and tell me what’s going on with the economy.” Now image that’s actually a fun evening. That’s what we’re going for at Planet Money. People seem to like it.
- The Dave Ramsey Show – The Dave Ramsey Show is about real life and how it revolves around money. Dave Ramsey teaches you to manage and budget your money, get out of debt, build wealth, and live in financial peace. Managing your money properly will reduce stress, improve your marriage, and provide security for you and your family.
- Money Girl – Money Girl provides short and friendly personal finance, real estate, and investing tips to help you live a richer life. Whether you’re just starting out or are already a savvy investor, Money Girl’s advice will point you in the right direction.
- hey, girl. – hey, girl. is a podcast that unites the voices of phenomenal women near and far. Created with sisterhood and storytelling in mind, author Alex Elle sits down with people who inspire her. From friends to family members and strangers, the hey, girl. guests give us a peek into their stories through candid and intimate conversations.
- Black Girl in Om – Welcome to your go-to conversation on all things wellness, self-care and self-love for women of color, hosted by Black Girl in Om Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory. This show uplifts, affirms, and informs and features a refreshing line-up of guests – including yogis, holistic life stylists, clean beauty experts, and a plethora of other movers, shakers, and innovators within the wellness and beauty industries. This buzzworthy show speaks directly from women of color to women of color and strives to inspire women around the world.
- The Friend Zone – Listen along every Wednesday as Dustin Ross, HeyFranHey, & Assante explore mental health, mental wealth, and mental hygiene because who in the hell wants a musty brain?
- Food Heaven Podcast – Registered Dietitians and BFFs. Healthy cooking and other lovely things. Join Wendy and Jess as they work towards making this world a healthier place, one meal at a time.
- Tax Season – The only show bringing you an unfiltered view from the streets of Brooklyn as only Taxstone knows them.
- 85 South Show – Welcome to the 85 South Show – a podcast for people who don’t know what a podcast is. Hosted by DC Young Fly, Clayton English, and Karlous Miller.
- Revisionist History – Revisionist History is Malcolm Gladwell’s journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood. Every episode re-examines something rom the past – an event, a person, an idea, even a song – and asks whether we got it right the fist time. From panoply Media. Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.
- Code Switch – Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity where you just get…stuck? Cod Switch can help. We’re all journalists of color, and this isn’t just the work we do. It’s the lives we lead. Sometimes we’ll make you laugh. Other times, you’ll get uncomfortable. But we’ll always be unflinchingly honest and empathetic. Come mix it up with us.
- Still Processing – Welcome to the world according to Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham! They’re talking every week (to each other, to colleagues, to friends, to makers) about culture in the broadest sense. That means television, film, books, music – but also the culture of work, dating, the internet, and how all those fit together. Wesley is The Time’s Pulitzer Prize winning critic at large, and Jenna is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine. They’re working it out, one week at a time.
- For Colored Nerds – Each week BFFs Brittany and Eric humorously deep-dive into the uncool topic of their choice while testing the outer limits of their friendship.
- The Harvard EdCast – The Harvard EdCast is a weekly series that features a 15-20 minute conversation with thought leaders in the field of education from across the country and around the world. Hosted by Matt Weber, the Harvard EdCast will serve as a space for educational discourse and openness, focusing on the myriad issues and current events related to the field.
- See Something Say Something – Every week, BuzzFeed’s Ahmed Ali Akbar gathers folks together to drink tea, ell stories, and talk about being Muslim in America.
- Politically Re-Active W. Kamau Bell & Hari Kondabolu – How do we survive in the age of Trump? Kamau and Hari are here for you. In season 2 of Politically Re-Active, comedians and longtime friends W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu navigate the dumpster fire that is the US political landscape. The hosts answer questions and separate fact from fake news with help from today’s most fascinating artists, activists, writers, journalists, and political thinkers. Join Kamau and Hari as they discuss how to move forward, how to be an active part of the resistance, and how to stay joyful in the face of the unknown.
- The Black Joy Mixtape – Amber (aka the High Priestess of Black Joy) and Jazmine (bka King of da South) are two petty AF Black feminists who are determined to get on WorldStarHipHop one way or the other. Each week they overcome fuckboys, Becky, hoteps, and dry skin to spit hot fire on pop culture, politics, and worship anything Black women have going on.
- The Read – Join bloggers Kid Fury and Crissle for their weekly “read” of hip-hop and pop culture's most trying stars. Throwing shade and spilling tea with a flippant and humorous attitude, no star is safe from Fury and Crissle unless their name is Beyoncé. Or Blue Ivy.
- Angela Yee’s Lip Service – Syndicated radio star Angela Yee talks sex and relationships with the hottest stars in hip-hop and R&B. Join her and her friends each week as they coax stars into revealing their most intimate from the bedroom. It’s hip-hop like you’ve never heard before.
- Tiny Desk Concerts – Tiny Desk concerts from NPR Music featre your favorite musicians performing at All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen’s desk in the NPR office. Hear Wilco, Adele, Passion Pit, Tinariwen, Miguel, The xx and many more. This is the audio version of the podcast. A video version is also available.
- Brilliant Idiots – Charlamagne Tha God and Andrew Schulz are the Brilliant Idiots. Join them each week as they explore the issues of the day in a style that’s often idiotic, sometimes brilliant and always hysterical.
- Bodega Boys – Desus Nice and The Kid Mero are the Bodegaa Boys
- Another Round – Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton cover everything from race, gender and pop culture to squirrels, mangoes, and bad jokes all in one boozy show.
- 2 Dope Queens – Pheobe Robinson and Jessica Williams are funny. They’re black. They’re BFFs. And they host a live comedy show in Brooklyn. Join the 2 Dope Queens, along with their favorite comedians, for stories about sex, romance, race, hair journeys, living in New York, and Billy Joel. Plus a whole bunch of other s**t.
- Renovation Church – Renovation Church is a Jesus-Centered, Socially Conscious, Transcultural Church in the City of Atlanta.
- Epiphany Fellowship Sermons – Epiphany is a gathering of growing sinner/saints who have accepted the call to join God on His mission in Philadelphia and the world. We want to develop disciples that are able to minister in the culture and help new disciples to grow in God’s word in every area of their lives and shining the truth of the person of Jesus Christ to the glory of the Triune God.
- Bill Simmons Podcast – HBO’s Bill Simmons relaunches the most downloaded sports podcast of all-time with a rotating crew of celebrities, athletes, and media members, as well as mainstays like Cousin Sal, Joe House and other friends and family members who always happen to be suspiciously available.
- Jalen & Jacoby – Jalen Rose and David Jacoby give the people what they want, breaking down sports and pop culture as only they can.