My top podcasts for learning about other people's narratives

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Creation Date May 28th, 2020
Updated Date Updated November 27th, 2020
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These podcasts widen my understanding and show me other perspectives.
  1. 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 head-on. We explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. This podcast makes ALL OF US part of the conversation — because we're all part of the story. "We're talking to people who have been marginalized and underrepresented for so long, who are so hungry to see themselves represented fully and with nuance and complexity," says Shereen Marisol Meraji, co-host of Code Switch, Apple Podcasts' first-ever Show of the Year for 2020. "People recognize that, because we had been having these conversations for so many years in advance, we're a trusted place where they could go to better understand all the stories about race filling up their newsfeeds and social channels." Their weekly podcast launched in 2016 but truly came into its own during this historic, transformative year, as Meraji and co-host Gene Demby examine issues of racial, ethnic, and cultural identity through frank one-on-one discussions and incisive non-fiction. In a year dominated by discourse about race, this indispensable show furthered them by providing powerful and timely insight, offering diverse and empathetic personal perspectives to a broad audience. "There are certain lenses that we are bringing into, both as journalists and the people that we're bringing to these stories," Demby says. "But also, we are specific people with specific fascinations and broad curiosity. If we're telling these stories, you should assume that they're going to look and sound like us."
  2. Outside Voices is a podcast driven by one simple idea: the outdoors belongs to all of us. Our aim is to celebrate and amplify those who don’t always see themselves reflected in the “Great Outdoors”: Black, Indigenous and People of Color, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ folk and others redefining the outdoor narrative. Hosted by Sarah Shimazaki.
  3. The award-winning and critically-acclaimed podcast from George the Poet delivers a fresh take on inner city life through a mix of storytelling, music and fiction.
  4. A weekly podcast that invites you to walk a mile in the shoes of a stranger and listen to their story. Nominated 'Best New Podcast' at the 2019 British Podcast Awards!All stories and shoes are part of Empathy Museum’s ‘A Mile in My Shoes’ project – an interactive shoe shop which tours internationally.This podcast is best experienced while walking! Please be aware that some stories are more appropriate for adult listeners. Produced by Loftus Media.
  5. The podcast that interviews notable disabled people as they take a journey on public transport. Representing us in Parliament, serving as a staple of London’s punk nightlife scene, contributing to academia… We - disabled people - are here. Loudly and brilliantly existing in public spaces. This what makes accessible transport so important. This is a podcast about movement, progression and change. Stories about activism, protests, and chaining wheelchairs to buses. Disability rights have come a long way in the UK, and we’ll learn just how far there is to go. Hosted by Katie Pennick and bought to you by Transport for All. #HowWeGotHere
  6. The past is never past. Every headline has a history. Join us every week as we go back in time to understand the present. These are stories you can feel and sounds you can see from the moments that shaped our world.
  7. Life and Laughs Above The Condition

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