• Annette

It's International Podcast Day!

Since it’s the last day of the month and International Podcast Day (!!), I thought I would round up six episodes I can’t stop thinking about:


1. Higher Learning with Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay: “RIP, Chadwick Boseman, and John Thompson. Plus: Marlon Palmer on Adele’s Viral Jamaican Moment”; this episode brought me to happy and sad tears. A touching tribute to Chadwick Boseman and his legacy; it makes me feel better knowing Van Lathan and I both cried during the same scene in Black Panther.


2. NPR’s Throughline: “James Baldwin’s Fire” featuring THE Baldwin scholar, Eddie S. Glaude Jr (also check out Amanda Seale’s podcast Small Doses where she also interviews Glaude Jr iand they give us an in-depth and empowering conversation about Baldwin’s life, and emphasize the need to re-examine his work now).

Also from Throughline, “Borinquén”: a history of Puerto Rico’s struggle for independence and accounts of key figures in the island’s history.


3. That Wasn’t in my Textbook: “History of Libraries: The Original Search Engine with Librarian Jehan Giles”; Toya makes history accessible for all of us laypeople, and she does it without acting or sounding like your monotone GE history professor.


4.This Week in Virology (TWiV): “Minority Health with Robert Fullilove”; a discussion with sociomedical scientist Dr. Robert Fullilove focusing on racial and ethnic health disparities in Black and Brown communities as they relate to the COVID-19 pandemic.


5. NPR’s It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders: “Coronavirus and teachers”; yes, teachers are going above and beyond for their students right now, but we sometimes forget that they have families, health concerns, and worries. Our heroes in this pandemic are HUMAN.


6. NPR’s Latino USA: “Alzheimer’s in Color”; did you know that Alzheimer’s disease disproportionately affects Black and Brown communities? Neither did I. How about that Latinos are 1.5x more likely as white Americans to be diagnosed with the disease? Journalist Yvonne Latty documents her mother’s illness since her diagnosis in 2016. It’s a beautiful story that needs to be heard.


What are you listening to? Please share!