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:

Tap In (with Wendy Sawyer) Pod Save the People

DeRay, Myles, De'Ara and Kaya  cover the underreported news of the week— including a hip-hop store ran by undercover cops, Chance the Rapper's free music festival in Ghana, top universities boycott school rankings, and a pedophilic Balenciaga ad campaign. DeRay interviews Wendy Sawyer of the Prison Policy Initiative and her most recent report titled All Profit, No Risk: How the bail industry exploits the justice system.NewsDeRay  https://www.vice.com/en/article/dy74jk/fake-record-store-operation-peyzacDe'Ara  https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/chance-the-rapper-interview-black-star-line-festival-ghana-1234635605/Kaya  https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/18/us/law-school-rankings-test-scores.htmlMyles  https://www.forbes.com/sites/pamdanziger/2022/11/25/balenciagas-teddy-bear-ad-is-a-warning-against-pushing-luxury-too-far/?sh=52dff4b05fd1
  1. Tap In (with Wendy Sawyer)
  2. Find a Book (with Kevin Hazzard)
  3. Enjoy the Light (with Dr. Rebecca Kavanagh)
  4. Every Little Counts (with Dr. Lawrence Brown)
  5. Take A Chance

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
  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'

Notes from America: 'Blackness (Un)interrupted' Code Switch

So many of our perceptions of race have to do with color. How does that change if you've lived in both Black and white skin? Our Executive Producer Veralyn Williams, explores this question in conversation with her sister, Lovis. Lovis has vitiligo, a skin disease that causes loss of skin color in patches.
  1. Notes from America: 'Blackness (Un)interrupted'
  2. A lost bird, a found treasure
  3. Live from Chicago: What makes a city home?
  4. Throughline: How Korean culture went global
  5. Code Switch fam! Say hello to It's Been a Minute's new host, Brittany Luse!

S06 E06 Combatting Online Misinformation and Disinformation Pod for the Cause

Our host, Kanya Bennett, is joined by Joe Miller, President and CEO of The Washington Center for Technology Policy Inclusion (WashingTECH), and Dave Toomey, Voting Rights and Technology Fellow at The Leadership Conference to discuss the dangers of disinformation on social media and how we can advance the civil and human rights agenda online.
  1. S06 E06 Combatting Online Misinformation and Disinformation
  2. S06 E05 : Now What?: Post-Election Accountability
  3. S06 E04: Affirmative Action Means Opportunity for All
  4. S06 E03: Our Bodies are on the Ballot
  5. S06 E02: Why Our Courts Matter