I'm starting a new occasional series of little pods called This Seat's Taken. I just couldn't help myself with that name. Cracks me up every time. The little pods will be just that: little. Snippets of things I love, things I want to share, people I want to laugh with. Could be anything.
This time I'm talking PODCASTS! Why I love them. Why you should love them. All of it. I talk about a bunch of my faves and I'll list their details below so you can find them too. I've linked to all of the websites for these pods but you'll want to go to iTunes or your podcast player to Subscribe!
The Red Couch Podcast with rapper and activist Propaganda and his wife Dr. Alma Zaragoza-Petty. They have taught me so much on a whole range of topics and I particularly love their segment called Hood Politics.
On Being with Krista Tippett. Ta-Nehisi Coates' episode is #52, I think. : ) Search it out on iTunes because Krista Tippett can teach me anything and Ta-Nehisi Coates can wake me up every time.
Another Round with Tracy Clayton and Heben Nagatu. You'll laugh and learn and fall in love. These amazing women talk about pop culture, mental health, surviving white culture, bad jokes. Everything.
Mogul with Reggie Ossé. Tells the life and death of hip hop music executive Chris Lighty. A beautifully done documentary about hip hop, addiction, mental health and striving.
Ear Hustle with Nigel Poor, a prison volunteer and visual artist and Earlonne Woods, a man currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison. This is one of my tippy tip top faves! They cover all aspects of incarceration and I love how it humanizes incarcerated individuals.
Crimes in Color with Keyerra. She tells true crime stories involving victims who are people of color since these stories are underrepresented in media.
Caught. This one highlights youth in the criminal justice system.
Wrongful Conviction with Jason Flom. As I said on the little pod, I think exonerated people are some of the most incredible people you will ever hear speak. They are forgiving and grateful and wise and hopeful. They have taught me and I'm sure they'll teach you.
Selfie with Kristen Howerton and Sarah James. They talk about all aspects of self care. Makeup to relationships. Personality types to purses. It is girly in the best way.
The New Activist. Tells the stories of change makers all over the world. This one is from what I would call a social justice Christian perspective.
Everything Happens with Kate Bowler. She's in her thirties and has been through. some. things. She knows that it might not all work out with a bow on top but we still can find connection and beauty.
Terrible, Thanks for Asking with Nora McInerny. When you lose your father and husband within a few weeks, you can gain some perspective in a hurry. Nora is the most hilarious and quirky host. We could be best friends. I'm certain. This is another tippity toppity fave!
S-Town - I can't even begin to explain this one. All I can say is start at the beginning and buckle up for the story ride.
The Black Tapes - This one is like a creepy novel, a podcast documentary, and an old-timey radio drama all rolled in one. You can get your binge-listen on because there's a whole heap of episodes already recorded. Start at the beginning and lose yourself in it.
And if you've never experienced SNL's Delicious Dish, here's probably their most famous episode.
I hope you love these podcasts and I'll be back soon to take the middle seat.