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:

Enjoy the Music (with Joah Spearman) Pod Save the People

DeRay, Kaya, De'Ara and Myles cover the underreported news of the week— including a baby formula shortage, an all-Black cast opera show, a recent release from Kendrick Lamar, and a new historical cookbook. DeRay interviews activist and entrepreneur Joah Spearman about his candidacy for Austin City Council, District 9. News:DeRay https://twitter.com/ambergontrail/status/1524625188498776064?s=21&t=O_ku1ecLdVaTtvoipWFmKADe’Ara https://operawire.com/davone-tines-ronnita-miller-whitney-morrison-headline-detroit-operas-x-the-life-and-times-of-malcolm-x/Myles https://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article/56059/1/kendrick-lamar-morphs-into-kanye-west-and-oj-simpson-in-a-new-music-videoKaya https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/09/dining/gullah-geechee-cookbook-emily-meggett.html Transcript coming soon.
  1. Enjoy the Music (with Joah Spearman)
  2. Disagree with Love (with Will Jawando)
  3. Make the Ask (with Andre Perry)
  4. Do the Things (with Selema Masekela)
  5. See It (with Katie Curran O'Malley)

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

S5 E11: Change Everything Scene on Radio

In our Season 5 finale: What’s the cultural transformation we need to make — in the West, and the U.S. in particular — to live in good health with the rest of the natural world and with each other? Episode 11 of The Repair, our series on the climate emergency. Researched and produced by John Biewen, with co-host Amy Westervelt. Script editor, Cheryl Devall. Interviews with Dirk Philipsen, Christian Felber, Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò, and Jessica Hernandez. Music by Lili Haydn, Kim Carroll, Chris Westlake, Lesley Barber, Cora Miron, Fabian Almazan, and Alex Weston. Music consulting by Joe Augustine of Narrative Music.
  1. S5 E11: Change Everything
  2. S5 E10: The Power Structure, Not the Energy Source
  3. S5 E9: Pachamama
  4. S5 E8: Last Orders
  5. S5 E7: Deluges and Dreams
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'

School Colors Episode 3: "The Battle of Forest Hills" Code Switch

In the early 1970s, Forest Hills, Queens, became a national symbol of white, middle class resistance to integration. Instead of public schools, this fight was over public housing. A fight that got so intense the press called it "The Battle of Forest Hills." How did a famously liberal neighborhood become a hotbed of reaction and backlash? And how did a small group of angry homeowners change housing policy for the entire country?
  1. School Colors Episode 3: "The Battle of Forest Hills"
  2. The Utang Clan
  3. School Colors Episode 2: "Tales From The Southside"
  4. School Colors Episode 1: "There Is No Plan"
  5. Coming Soon: Code Switch presents 'School Colors'

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?