I have been listening to podcasts obsessively for the last few weeks, because one day it dawned on me that there are about a million bajillion amazing ones out there and I have no time to lose! I’ve written before about podcasts, and how they tend to boom-or-bust with me: one month I will be obsessed, the next three I’ll be indifferent. Well, I guess it’s boomtime once again, because I have a list of podcasts as long as my arm that I want to listen to. For now, I am working on listening and catching up to these:
Call Your Girlfriend
Call Your Girlfriend is “a podcast for long distance besties everywhere,” which is a pretty great summation. Every week, Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman talk about all things pop culture and politics. I love this podcast because it’s like catching up with your own besties, and the ladies are unapologetically authentic about everything, no matter how important or trivial.
NPR’s Code Switch
Hosted by the NPR Code Switch team, Code Switch is a podcast that talks about the intersect and overlap of “race, ethnicity and culture, how they play out in our lives and communities, and how all of this is shifting.” They tackle all sorts of subjects regarding race and ethnicity and culture, and they always do a great job when delving into topics that can be very complex or sensitive. I always finish an episode of Code Switch more informed and/or aware than I was before.
Other: Mixed Race in America
Other: Mixed Race in America is a podcast miniseries hosted by Alex Laughlin. In five episodes, Alex and her guests share stories about “mixed race Americans who are grappling with questions about who they are, and what it means to be an American today.” As someone who is mixed race, obviously I LOVE this podcast. I only wish the episodes were longer and that there were more!
They Call Us Bruce
Hosted by Jeff Yang and Phil Yu, They Call Us Bruce is “an unfiltered conversation about what’s happening in Asian America.” I really like this podcast because Jeff and Phil seem like they would be fun to hang out with, to chat with over a few beers about all things in Asian America. They’re both excellent at talking about topics like whitewashing in Hollywood or Asian American stereotypes in a way that doesn’t leave me despairing forever, and maybe even gives me some hope that soon, things in those departments will FINALLY start to change.
Rachael and Sara host The Shepod on Sundays for a chat over brunch with girl talk and snark. The world is a dark and dreary place these days, and it’s likely to end soon at the rate that it’s going, but The Shepod is like a refreshing breath of fresh air, laughter, and sunshine. I love Rachael and Sara’s banter and how I can forget about everything else but this podcast whenever I listen to it.
With Friends Like These
With Friends Like These is a podcast about “what divides us and what doesn’t.” This podcast is a great one in my roster because too often, I can get caught up in a bubble where everyone and everything is similar minded to me. In a very balanced and nuanced way, this podcast reminds me that for every opinion I hold, there is someone that holds the opposite.