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18 Podcasts from Diverse Voices to Add to Your Listening Lineup

This blog post is part of our ongoing Diversity in Publishing series, focusing on the need for inclusion, equity, and diverse voices within the book industry. Read more posts here.

According to Apple in June 2018, there are over 550,000 active podcasts—yes, more than half a million!—being broadcasted all around the world, and the number continues to grow year over year. On top of that, 44% of the US population has listened to a podcast, 26% listen to podcasts at least every month, and 17% listen to podcasts weekly. And I’m sure some of you are like me, who listen to at least one podcast pretty much every day.

However, whether you are new to the podcast game or are a loyal listener, you might have noticed that the top charts aren’t necessarily the most diverse. As part of our Diversity in Publishing series, we decided to pull together a list of some great podcasts (not just limited to publishing) that represent diverse voices from people of color, immigrants, the LGBTQ community, and more.

Read on to find your new favorite podcast! And if we forgot some, please do comment below—we’ll keep this list updated.

 

2 Dope Queens

Comedy podcast hosted by Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams, covering everything from sex and dating to race and politics.
2 Dope Queens
 

Another Round

Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton cover everything from race, gender and pop culture to squirrels, mangoes, and bad jokes, all in one boozy show.
Another Round
 

Borrowed Interest

An advertising podcast hosted by three women of color, kicking it in the business and working it all out with thoughtful discussions, screams, and laughter.
Borrowed Interest
 

Code Switch

Podcast about the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity, and culture.
Code Switch
 

Identity Politics

Features new stories and perspectives about race, gender and Muslim life in America, hosted by Ikhlas Saleem and Makkah Ali.
Identity Politics
 

Latinos Who Lunch

FavyFav and Babelito engage in conversation about everything from pop culture to art and identity.
Latinos Who Lunch
 

Maeve in America

Podcast hosted by Irish comedian Maeve Higgins, in which she asks people about their immigration stories.
Maeve in America
 

The Mash-Up Americans

Editorial website and podcast that creates content for mixed race, multi-ethnic Americans and their families, and seeks to inform the companies and brands about what real “Mash-Up” Americans want and how to deliver it.
Mash-Up Americans
 

Minorities in Publishing (MiP)

Podcast discussing diversity (or lack thereof) in the book publishing industry with professionals working in-house as well as authors and those in the literary scene.
Minorities in Publishing
 

Nancy

Stories and conversations about the queer experience today, hosted by Tobin Low and Kathy Tu.
Nancy
 

Represent

A space for discussion, highlighting movies, TV, and online shoes created by and/or about women, people of color, people with disabilities, and those in the LGBTQ community. Hosted by Aisha Harris for Slate Magazine.
Slate Represent
 

See Something Say Something

Every week, BuzzFeed’s Ahmed Ali Akbar gathers folks together to drink tea, tell stories, and talk about being Muslim in America.
See Something Say Something
 

Seeing White

This fourteen-part documentary series by Scene on Radio exploring whiteness in America—where it came from, what it means, and how it works.
Seeing White
 

Sooo Many White Guys

Intimate, funny conversations with all kinds of artists who (mostly) aren’t white dudes, hosted by Phoebe Robinson.
Sooo Many White Guys
 

Still Processing

A culture conversation—covering television, film, books, music, work, dating, the internet, and more—with Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham for The New York Times. 

Still Processing

 

Strange Fruit

Dr. Kaila Story and Jaison Gardner host this weekly podcast of musings on politics, pop culture and black gay life.
Strange Fruit
 

The Nod

Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings gleefully explore all the beautiful, complicated dimensions of Black life.
The Nod

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For even more podcasts, be sure to check out the directory Podcasts in Color. And of course, comment below with your favorites that we missed, or what you like about the ones above!

Source: Podcast Insights

 

Jenna Homen

Content and Community Manager at Chronicle Books. When she's logged off, she can be found painting, cooking, camping, or petting her dog Harley. You can follow her on Twitter at @jn_na.
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