Podcast Playlist

How who we are shapes our world

Today we’re talking identity through seven fascinating podcasts from ABC, Radiotopia and more.
W. Kamau Bell hosted two seasons of the podcast Politically Re-active with friend and fellow comedian Hari Kondabolu. (John Nowak/United Shades of America/CNN)
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The first time I heard The Stoop, I was stopped in my tracks literally. My casual stroll home, turned into me, alone in the middle of the sidewalk, doing nothing but listening to host Leila Day and Hana Baba. They were talking openly about black things, conversations I was only privy to in the private familiar spaces of my mother's kitchen or a friend's living room.

My first thought was "Are they allowed to broadcast this stuff?" My second thought: "I need to hear more." It was refreshing and revolutionary, thoughtful and nuanced.

The Stoop tells stories from across the black diaspora. The podcast understands that the black experience is different for each person and lets all who listen, no matter the race, into the complicated conversations that are happening around the globe. It's smart, funny, kind and well worth a listen. I'd start with this episode.

- TK Matunda, Producer, Podcast Playlist.

Podcasts featured this week:

It's Not a Race - Race, identity, culture, difference, this podcast talks about it all. For the show's season two finale, host Beverley Wang presents "the diversity panel to end all diversity panels." Click here to listen to the full episode.

Politically Re-active - Comedians W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu talk about Ferguson and whiteness with Pastor Michael McBride. Click here to listen to the full episode.

The Mortified Podcast-  This podcast is "an all-access pass" into the Mortified live shows where people share their embarrassing childhood journals. In this episode Kelly Shortandqueer recounts his coming out through diary entries. Click here to listen to the full episode.

Bitchface - Nicole Kelly and Phoebe Unter's podcast was made for "curious women and femmes" and in this episode Nicole Kelly reads a short story about going to parties in a cheap blond wig and hot pink lipstick.  Click here to listen to the full episode.

Remade in America with Bassem Youssef -  Remade in America explores the stories of immigrants and outsiders. Journalist Maria Hinojosa talks to host Bassem Youssef about being the first Latina at NPR. Click here to listen to the full episode.

RUDE podcasts- The RUDE podcast is a new show out of Montreal. In episode two, the team talks about labels. Artist Kama La Mackerel explains why "queer" is both a label and an anti-label. Click here to listen to the trailer.

The Stoop - The Stoop tells stories from across the black diaspora. In Black, Queer and Free, Bishop Yvette Flunder explains why she started her own, more inclusive, place of worship. Click here to listen to the trailer.


Listen to the full length Canadian Broadcast Version:

How who we are, shapes our world. We've got a story of self-discovery that begins with a blonde wig, a pastor who created her own city of refuge and a journalist who helped revolutionise the newsroom. Featuring: It's Not a Race, Politically Re-active, The Mortified Podcast, Bitchface, Remade in America with Bassem Youssef, RUDE podcasts, The Stoop. 54:04

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