5 Social Justice Podcasts You'll Wish You Knew About Sooner
Updated September 2021
Today is International Podcast Day, so listen up! With everything going on in the world right now, there has never been a more important time to get informed on social justice issues.
Luckily, podcasts make it easy to educate yourself. Next time you’re cooking dinner, folding laundry, or going for a walk, pop on your (BEATS)RED headphones and check out one of these five insanely binge-able social justice podcasts.
DeRay McKesson first entered the national consciousness in 2014 as a formidable organizer for Black Lives Matter after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. Now, as the host of Crooked Media’s Pod Save the People, he’s emerged as one of the most important voices in social justice today. Premiered in 2017, the hour-long show features weekly analysis from Kaya Henderson and De’Ara Balenger and covers stories affecting those in and out of the headlines.
Lawyer, civil rights advocate and leading scholar of critical race theory Kimberlé Crenshaw brings her expertise and insight to Intersectionality Matters. The podcast explores a range of topics from grassroots activism abroad to #SayHerName through the lens of intersectionality. All while interviewing world-class artists, activists, and scholars.
Mother Jones began as a magazine centered around news and investigative reporting on topics such as human rights, health, politics and culture. The Mother Jones Podcast takes a deep dive into some of their biggest stories. The podcast delves into stories about prison privatization, dark money, the effects of COVID-19, as well as current political state in the U.S. It also features interviews with reporters and journalists all focused on keeping listeners informed on news that matters.
Social justice isn’t just about seeking equality for those around you; it’s about pursuing justice for those out of view and oceans away. In fact, much of the journey for unconditional equality and human rights for all is simply learning about what is happening around the world. From Our Own Correspondent, produced by BBC, showcases issues long out of focus in the headlines that affect millions around the world.
For Erin Gibson and Brian Safi ‘Attitudes!’ is an art form and platform. The two fuse pop culture with women’s rights and LGBTQ issues to concoct a social justice cocktail that goes down smoothly (well, that is if you’re not choking from laughter at their debauchery along the way).