In celebration of Black History Month, we suggest our three favorite podcasts that educate about Black history, celebrate Black creators, and dissect the nuanced ways race and identity impact all areas of life. We hope you take some time this month to learn and celebrate!
1. The 1619 Project Podcast
The 1619 Project is a long-form journalism initiative of The New York Times and journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones to “reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and contributions of Black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.” The 1619 Project began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery, and includes interactive articles, photo journals, a book, a docu-series, and a podcast. The podcast’s six episodes dive into how slavery grew the American economy, Black music, Black landownership, and more.
2. Noire Histoir
Noire Histoir reviews books and movies and highlights important events and figures in Black history. Host Natasha McEachron’s mission is to “motivate and inspire through stories of pride, excellence, and power from across the Black diaspora.” Episodes include a book review of “The Last Black Man in San Fransico,” a movie review of Spike Lee’s “School Daze,” and a Black History feature on the Harlem Renaissance.
NPR’s Codeswitch podcast includes conversations about how race and identity impact every part of society. Hosts Shereen Marisol Meraji and Gene Demby release an episode weekly tackling an array of topics from how hip-hop and mass incarceration are entangled, how race and class affect eating, and the history of Black citizenship in the Cherokee Nation.