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Social Justice Podcasts (2020 & 2021)

This is a crowd-sourced list of social justice-themed podcasts that produced episodes in 2020-2021. Subtopics include anti-racism, racial justice, Black/African-American, climate justice, immigration/migration, housing/unhoused, women/health equity/reproductive rights, disability rights, LGBTQI, Latinx, income inequality, economic justice, Asian/PacificIslander, criminal justice, prison abolition, etc.

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ACCESS: A podcast about abortion

ACCESS is a documentary podcast that answers all the questions you were afraid to ask about abortion in the U.S., including some you never knew you had. Hosted by Garnet Henderson.

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AirGo

AirGo

A radio show, podcast, and radical media hub reshaping Chicago and beyond for the more equitable and creative. Listen to longform humanizing conversations with artists, organizers, performers, comedians, scholars, and more who are reimagining Chicago and beyond toward liberation. Hosted by Damon Williams and Daniel Kisslinger.

All My Relations

All My Relations is a podcast hosted by Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip), and Desi Small Rodriguez (Northern Cheyenne) [previously by Dr. Keene] to explore our relationships— relationships to land, to our creatural relatives, and to one another. Each episode invites guests to delve into a different topic facing Native American peoples today. We keep it real, play some games, laugh a lot, and even cry sometimes. We invite you to join us!

Amended

Most Americans learn one, specific version of the history of woman suffrage: that a few bold, white women led a movement for equal voting rights and achieved victory 100 years ago, when the United States ratified the 19th Amendment. That, we’re told, enabled all American women to vote. But history is never as simple as the stories we tell about it. After that historic milestone, more women could cast a ballot than ever before, and yet the fight for women’s equal voting rights was, and still is, far from over. Amended travels from the 1800's through to the present day to show us a quest for women’s full equality that has always been as diverse, complex and unfinished as the nation itself.

At Liberty Podcast

At Liberty is the American Civil Liberties Union's weekly podcast that explores the most pressing civil rights and civil liberties questions of our time. Catch new episodes on Thursday at 9am ET.

Bad Faith

Bad Faith is two shows in one: it's a panel show about politics and pop culture with a rotating cast of performers and politicians, artists and activists, writers and radicals; and it's a two-way podcast where two people from two very different parts of the left make the case for one less terrible world. Gray is a former attorney, National Press Secretary for the Bernie Sanders campaign and co-host of campaign podcast Hear The Bern. Texas is an internet user and co-host of Chapo Trap House.

Be Antiracist with Ibram X. Kendi

Be Antiracist imagines what an antiracist society might look like and how we all can play an active role in building one. Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is the author of How to Be an Antiracist, the book that spurred a nationwide conversation redefining what it means to be antiracist, and in this podcast, he guides listeners how they can identify and reject the racist systems hiding behind racial inequity and injustice. Alongside notable guests, Dr. Kendi continues his journey towards building a just and equitable world and proposes how we can all help create it with him.

Beyond Prisons: A Podcast On Prison Abolition

Hosts Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein interview activists, artists, scholars, and impacted people about prison abolition and transformative justice.

Blackbelt Voices

The Blackbelt Voices podcast tells stories from and about Black folks down South that honor our history, celebrate our culture, and shape our future. Through first-person narratives and in-depth conversations, Blackbelt Voices shares the experiences of Black Southerners living in, loving, and reconciling with the region we call home.

Black Feminist Rants

Black Feminist Rants: Conversations on Reproductive Justice and Activism is a podcast that centers the experiences of Black women and femmes navigating social justice spaces and the world. BFR will cover topics within the Reproductive Justice framework and beyond. Black Feminist Rants is created and hosted by LaKia Williams and supported by SisterSong.

Black History Year Podcast

Learning your history makes you - and your people - stronger. As Black people, we know we’re left out of the history books. That the media images are skewed. That we need access to experts, information and ideas so we can advance our people.

Black in Appalachia | Histories of the Mountain South

Black in Appalachia offers research, local narratives, public engagement and exhibition to highlight the history of the Black Communities of the mountain South. It is an East Tennessee PBS initiative.

Blindspot: Tulsa Burning

In this six-episode narrative podcast, WNYC’s KalaLea considers the life of these remarkable 35 blocks of Tulsa through the stories of the people who lived there and their descendants. We’ll revisit the founding of Oklahoma, the discovery of oil and the subsequent explosion of wealth and possibility; and we’ll re-examine how that wealth (and the laws governing it) flowed from Native Americans into the hands of whites. We’ll find out what made Greenwood thrive and track the forces hellbent on its demise. We’ll hear from people whose lives the attack transformed once and for all. We’ll visit Greenwood today and try to understand the legacy of the Massacre—its lasting impact on Tulsa, and our country. As Tulsans are reckoning with their history as never before, we’ll ask what justice looks like and how it might be achieved.

Bound For Justice

Your weekly podcast that explores Race, Reconciliation, and Social Justice ...one book at time. Joins us for a candid discussion about taking steps to create change in our lives and the communities we live in.

BUT NEXT TIME

BUT NEXT TIME is a limited-run podcast that spotlights powerful stories of community-led disaster prevention and recovery and answers one vital question: how can we ensure that next time will be different?

Citations Needed

is a podcast about the intersection of media, PR, and power, hosted by Nima Shirazi and Adam Johnson.

Code Switch

What's CODE SWITCH? It's the fearless conversations about race that you've been waiting for. Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race with empathy and humor. We explore how race affects every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, food and everything in between. This podcast makes all of us part of the conversation — because we're all part of the story. Code Switch was named Apple Podcasts' first-ever Show of the Year in 2020.

CounterSpin

CounterSpin is FAIR’s weekly radio show, produced and hosted by Janine Jackson. It’s heard on more than 160 noncommercial stations across the United States and Canada. CounterSpin provides a critical examination of the major stories every week, and exposes what corporate media might have missed in their own coverage. CounterSpin highlights censored stories and exposes biased and inaccurate coverage, while examining the power of corporate influence and sexism, racism and homophobia in the news.

Crawdads and Taters: Red State Rebels

We are writers, activists, and leftists who come from two of the reddest states in the country, Oklahoma and Idaho. Red, in this sense, may refer to the indigenous, socialist, and labor histories of these states, as well as the right-wing fascism that they’re known for today. As rebels, we use a class-based, leftist lens to analyze current events and political issues. We talk about the many ways neoliberalism provides a breeding ground for fascism, and we examine revolutionary frameworks and movements that support our collective survival.

Cringewatchers

Lori and Leila invite expert friends to binge watch TV and talk about sex.

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Diaspora

Diaspora

From Jewish Voice for Peace, this new monthly podcast explores some of the big concepts animating progressive Jewish life. This season, we are talking about Zionism. We talk to Jewish people who grew up Zionist without even realizing it, Jewish people who learned how to be Jewish through Zionism, Palestinians who are impacted by it, and the ever-growing group of Jewish people who are rejecting Zionism. If you are curious about Jewish life, if you are part of progressive movements, if you are wrestling with Zionism, or if you just don’t quite understand what Zionism is - subscribe.

Did We Go Too Far?

Amidst extraordinarily uncertain times, many of us wonder: what futures are we moving toward? What realities are we creating? Movement Generation’s new podcast Did We Go Too Far? takes on presidents, parenting in a pandemic, and offers perspectives on queer ecology, black land & liberation, and being okay with the unknown. Hosts Tré & Layel speak with a spectrum of guests – including Leah Penniman, Gopal Dayaneni, Charlene Carruthers – with humor and lightness as well as the realness and depth we need to survive and thrive through this deeply transformational time, a.k.a. The Apocalypse.

Doing Justice

Justice is about doing the right thing, in the right way, for the right reasons. And it’s about making sure that no one is above the law. In each episode of Doing Justice, Preet Bharara explores the key elements of a case from the unique perspective of the prosecutor.

Don’t Call Me Resilient

is a provocative new podcast about race from The Conversation. Host Vinita Srivastava takes you deep into conversations with scholars and activists who view the world through an anti-racist lens. Instead of calling those who have survived the pain of systemic racism resilient, this podcast goes in search of solutions for those things no one should have to be resilient for.

Ear Hustle

Ear Hustle brings you the daily realities of life inside prison, shared by those living it, and stories from the outside, post-incarceration.