Before the summer of 2016, I wouldn’t have been able to explain to someone what a podcast was, beyond the soft voiced broadcasters of NPR. But, now I find myself reaching to listen to podcasts more than music. When you press play on a podcast you’re immersing yourself in a story, expanding your knowledge or being the fly on a wall in a conversation. I have a list of podcasts that I believe are the perfect mix of humor, political conversations, and real life sh*t.
All of these podcasts are under the same “Crooked Media” brand that consists of no-BS conversations about politics. Pod Save America is hosted by Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor. Their weekly episodes are centered around trying to make sense of everything going on politically right now. Pod Save The World is hosted by Tommy Vietor and focuses on foreign policy. The newest addition to the Crooked Media family is Pod Save The People, hosted by social activist DeRay, with an emphasis on culture, social justice, and activism. Everything about the ‘Pod Save’ family is the right blend of humor and reality for a discussion about politics in 2017.
In Baltimore in 1999, a high school senior Hae Min Lee disappeared. Six weeks after her disappearance, the Baltimore detectives arrested her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed for her murder, although Adnan swore he didn’t do it and couldn’t remember what he was doing on that afternoon. Sarah Koenig, the host of Serial, goes through the details of that January afternoon and tries to conclude whether or not Adnan committed the murder.
Rachel Whitehurst and Chris Hubbard brew a cup of coffee every episode, take Buzzfeed quizzes, talk pop culture and answer listener questions. The perfect podcast to just put on, pour your own cup of Joe, and laugh along with.
Desus Nice and The Kid Mero are two friends from the Bronx that spend an hour and a half every week making fun of everything in pop culture and politics, and yet somehow relate everything back to the Bronx.
Marlon known on Youtube/Twitter as @thatdudemcfly and co-host Jason (@jp_ofliveagl) are two friends from Toronto, and are fairly new to the podcast game. They talk about everything from hip hop, movies, politics, and never forget to make sure to give the shoutout to the Toronto yutes. I still need to figure out how to get Oxtail because they are constantly praising it on Extra Gravy, (also #DuragsInPublic2017.)
Scottie Beam, Gia Peppers, Sapphira, Bex, and Alysha P are five friends that all met working at Hot97. They share with their listeners how they feel being black women in the media. They go into depth about their personal lives, open up to one another, which allows their listeners to feel like you’re the sixth friend in the room. This podcast is important to young girls, but especially young women of color. When listening you feel as though they get you and you get them, a weird but amazing bonding experience.
These are my favorite podcasts. I’m always looking for new ones that can captivate me like these ones, but I think this is the perfect mix of what you can find in the podcast world. If you have any other podcasts suggestions make sure to leave them below/tweet us!