8 Dope Podcasts to Get You Started

I’ve spent the past six or so months rekindling my love of radio–podcasts to be specific. In the early 2000’s my Love put me on to the BBC comedy sci-fi series called Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and yoooo, I was feelin’ it! These days, most podcasts miss the mark for me, but lately, I’ve come across podcasts hosted by black women, nerdy types, mothers, and mindset shifters–now me and radio go together all over again. I am getting fed by these space, for sure, and so I gotta share! Here are 8 podcasts I highly recommend. And leave a comment telling me which ones you’re feeling these days, and why. Click each image below to go directly to the recommendation.


I love birth stories! The Birth Hour is a sweet space where mothers tell their birth stories; it’s as simple as that. I linked to the episode where my sister-friend, Denene, talks about giving birth while being a black woman in America. Bittersweet and well worth a listen.

I’m feeling the radical self-expression rooted in self-acceptance and intersectional feminism. Officially, Inner Hoe Uprising is “a funny podcast about love, sex and dating from two black polyamorous 20 somethings in NYC.” They talk about so much more than the show’s title lets on. It’s really good, and I appreciate them so much!

This is such a brilliant concept! “Two writers meet to talk about not only their writing, but even more so about current events, society and culture. Starting from one thing they have in common, the discussion evolves to speaking about a whole bunch of stories.” I;m linking to this episode because Roxane Gay! She makes hefty soul plates for me on the regular, shaawty!

Pick any episode, any episode, and just lean back and listen in. It’s a beautiful series, and I’m just glad to have come across it. “On Being opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? We explore these questions in their richness and complexity in 21st-century lives and endeavors.”

“The undisputed #1 HipHop podcast, the Combat Jack Show features interviews with Hip-Hop icons & the most in-depth conversations about music, news, culture & race.” I linked to the Feminista Jones episode because it’s full of good-good!

Even though I will still indulge in a turkey burger on occasion, or some jerk chicken if I’m in Jamaica, I still love insights and education from my vegan village. Monique has been a valuable resource to me for some time now, and if you want to demystify plant-based eating, I highly recommend her podcast.
I linked to the “how to get protein” episode is pretty informative:

This episode talks about the difference between criticism and censorship, along with interesting, hella-nerdy stuff. Plus, again with the good sense to interview Roxane Gay. The interview starts around 16 minutes in. Haitians representing—Sak pase!

Fare of the Free Child – my own commitment to using my voice to create community—to build villages—for people of color raising free children through alternative learning like unschooling. I discuss the fears and the fares (costs) of raising liberated children of color in a world that tends to diminish, dehumanize, and disappear them. I linked to iTunes; could you rate the show and leave a comment? Thanks!

  • A Tribe Called Ali

    Thank you for sharing these, will give these a try! My husband loves to listen to podcasts in the car… and I can’t wait to suggest some of these lol

    • You’re welcome! Let me know what you think about any of them. And yes, I love how we “suggest” stuff to our guys 🙂 Thank you for stopping by!

  • Samantha Riddell

    Thank you so much for writing this! Great podcast suggestions and we really appreciate the kind words about Inner Hoe Uprising 🙂 Definitely looking forward to listening to the others listed here as well! -Sam, from IHU

    • You’re very welcome, Sam! IHU is refreshing for sure! And if you give mine a listen, do let me know your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by.