There are a number of podcasts created by scholars that are made for both adults and children to educate themselves on issues of race, freedom, and history in the United States. The podcasts below have received acclaim and would be a great place to start:

Say Thank You (with Linda Villarosa) Pod Save the People

DeRay, Myles, and De’Ara  cover the underreported news of the week— including Republicans sue for rights to discriminate against LGBT+ students, a pipeline for Black aspiring pilots, and the life and legacy of Nichelle Nichols. DeRay interviews author and journalist  Professor Linda Villarosa about her new book Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives & on the Health of Our Nation. NewsMyles https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/31/obituaries/nichelle-nichols-dead.htmlDe’Ara https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/airlines-struggling-shortages-want-recruit-diverse-pilots-hbcu-solutio-rcna40990DeRay https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-politics-and-policy/republican-attorneys-general-sue-federal-government-lgbtq-school-meal-rcna40250
  1. Say Thank You (with Linda Villarosa)
  2. Revisit History (with Prof. Robin D.G. Kelley)
  3. Oldie but Goodie (with Valerie Biden)
  4. Hold Your Light (with Van Lathan Jr.)
  5. Focus In

Episode 5: The Land of Our Fathers, Part 2 1619

The Provosts, a family of sugar-cane farmers in Louisiana, had worked the same land for generations. When it became harder and harder to keep hold of that land, June Provost and his wife, Angie, didn’t know why — and then a phone call changed their understanding of everything. In the finale of “1619,” we hear the rest of June and Angie’s story, and its echoes in a past case that led to the largest civil rights settlement in American history.On today’s episode: June and Angie Provost; Adizah Eghan and Annie Brown, producers for “1619”; and Khalil Gibran Muhammad, a professor of history, race and public policy at Harvard University and the author of “The Condemnation of Blackness.”“1619” is a New York Times audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones. You can find more information about it at nytimes.com/1619podcast.
  1. Episode 5: The Land of Our Fathers, Part 2
  2. Episode 5: The Land of Our Fathers, Part 1
  3. Episode 4: How the Bad Blood Started
  4. Episode 3: The Birth of American Music
  5. Episode 2: The Economy That Slavery Built

"The Excess of Democracy": Rebroadcast Scene on Radio

In the summer of 1787, fifty-five men got together in Philadelphia to write a new Constitution for the United States, replacing the new nation’s original blueprint, the Articles of Confederation. But why, exactly? What problems were the framers trying to solve? Was the Constitution designed to advance democracy, or to rein it in? And how can the answers to those questions inform our crises of democracy today? By producer/host John Biewen with series collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika. Interviews with Woody Holton, Dan Bullen, and Price Thomas. The series editor is Loretta Williams.
  1. "The Excess of Democracy": Rebroadcast
  2. White Affirmative Action: Rebroadcast
  3. Losing Ground: Rebroadcast
  4. Bonus: Introducing Hot Take
  5. Himpathy: Rebroadcast
We wrap up the show with Anna Holmes, Baratunde Thurston, and Tanner Colby reflecting on what they’ve learned through this experiment in multiracial dialogue, and the ways in which we can’t talk, don’t talk, would rather not talk, but intermittently, fitfully, embarrassingly do talk about culture, identity, power, and privilege in our most-definitely-not-yet-pre-post-yet-still-very-racial society.
  1. #1704: What have we learned?
  2. #1703: Women’s March, Women’s Show
  3. #1702: Better Off…?
  4. #1701-B: The “Will You Be My Black Friend?” B-Side
  5. #1701: Will You Be My Black Friend?

The Trojan Horse Affair – Trailer Nice White Parents

A mysterious letter detailing a supposed Islamist plot to take over schools shocked Britain in 2014. But who wrote it? From Serial Productions and The New York Times, “The Trojan Horse Affair,” an investigation that became bigger than we ever imagined. All eight parts are available now, wherever you get your podcasts.
  1. The Trojan Horse Affair – Trailer
  2. 5: ‘We Know It When We See It’
  3. 4: 'Here’s Another Fun Thing You Can Do'
  4. 3: ‘This Is Our School, How Dare You?’
  5. 2: 'I Still Believe in It'

Into the glittering neon universe of 'P-Valley' with Katori Hall Code Switch

The Starz hit show P-Valley takes audiences to a strip club in a fictional town in the Mississippi Delta. Part soap opera, part Southern Gothic, the show focuses on the interior lives of the Black women who work at the club — and the complex social dynamics that shape their lives.
  1. Into the glittering neon universe of 'P-Valley' with Katori Hall
  2. Lost In Translation
  3. Meet B.A. Parker — our new co-host!
  4. Who belongs in the Cherokee Nation?
  5. School Colors Episode 9: "Water Under The Bridge"

S05 E08: Vote For Justice Pod for the Cause

Our host Vanessa Gonzalez is joined by Sakira Cook, Senior Director of the Justice Program at The Leadership Conference and the The Education Fund, and Reginald Belle, Campaigns and Programs Fellow at The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund to discuss how we can transform the criminal-legal system through voting and other forms of civic participation.
  1. S05 E08: Vote For Justice
  2. S05 E07: Local Organizing & the Legacy of Black-led Civil Rights Movements
  3. S05 E06: Trans Rights are Civil Rights
  4. S05 E05: Winning the Narrative
  5. S05 E04: What are our Civil Rights on the Internet?