Decolonize Your Podcast Queue

Straight white men take up too much space in the podcasting world, much like in real life. Luckily, ORANGE has provided a list of podcasts featuring underrepresented voices for your commute, workout, or spring cleaning sesh.

Story by Kaci Pelias

It’s 2019 and that means that you should stop listening to the same white men talk about politics and themselves! Here are some recommendations for podcasts from fresh and diverse (buzzword!) voices.

“Still Processing”

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Photo courtesy of Stitcher

Hosted by two New York Times culture writers, “Still Processing” covers relevant pop culture topics from a black and queer perspective. Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham offer their unfiltered opinions on television, music and movie moments, diving into the complexities of everything from the recent Jussie Smollett controversy to what they’ve coined as “Blaxspaining:” media that reproduces black oppression for a white audience.

Episode to check out first: “We’re Queer- and Apparently So is Everybody Else.” Morris and Wortham discuss recent celebrity comings-out and what “queerness” means in today’s society.

“Nancy”

Photo courtesy of Out Magazine

Photo courtesy of Out Magazine

Hosts Tobin Low and Kathy Tu tell stories and host conversations all about being queer, usually with guests. These are the stories that tug on your heartstrings and make you feel like calling your mom to talk about your sexuality (which Tu has done a few times on air). Coming from a queer, Asian-American community, Low and Tu diversify the LGBTQ conversation and transcend white gay foundational queer theory.

Episode to check out first: “Lena Waithe’s Superpowers.” This is the podcast’s second episode with Lena Waithe, right after her iconic Emmy win. Tu prompts Waithe’s discussion of her new show The Chi and black queer representation in Hollywood.

“Stuff Mom Never Told You”

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Photo courtesy of Stuff Mom Never Told You

If you felt sheltered as a child, this is the podcast for you — specially if you were socialized as a girl in this repressive, shame-filled world! Bridget Todd and Anney Reese tackle a different relevant and under-discussed topic affecting marginalized individuals every Wednesday and Friday Todd and Reese approach each topic from a fresh perspective, drawing from their experiences as women, one black and one white, and looking closely at how people of other underrepresented identities are affected. This podcast is great for going on walks in west campus where you can mutter “Huh?” and “I didn’t know that!” in peace.

Episode to check out first: “Much Ado About Burnout”. This episode tells you to take a “vacation” from work and we all need to hear that message.

“The Unofficial Expert”

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Photo courtesy of Forever Dog Productions

Comedians Sydnee Washington and Marie Faustin interview comedians about their passions, or topics they’re “experts” in. As Black women in comedy, they seek out other comedians of marginalized identities, knowing that the white guys have a much easier time getting spots to speak on the air orin L.A. Unofficial Expert is about 30% expertise, 70% tangents — the perfect ratio.

Episode to check out first: “Caucasian Bop Expert (w/ Jaboukie Young-White).” This episode is the obvious choice; the group talks about Young-White’s trajectory to success and what exactly constitutes a “Caucasian bop.”

“Food 4 Thot”

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Photo courtesy of Out Magazine

If you love discussing the intricacies of top-bottom power dynamics and the way we perform on the Internet and in real life, you absolutely must listen to this podcast. Oscillating between intellectual discussions about queer theory and silly sex stories, “Food 4 Thot” is a rosé-powered dinner party that will make you both laugh and cry while lifting weights at the gym (tested and true). Hosted by four queer writers of different ethnicities, this podcast also provides a peek into the academic and literary world, offering reading or general entertainment recommendations at the end of every episode in a segment known as “Dessert.” The episodes are structured like a meal, so start eating!

Episode to check out first: “Let’s Go Camping” with Matt Rogers, co-host of another great podcast, Las Culturistas.