My favorite podcasts are increasingly becoming so focused on current events that I wonder if they’ll still be relevant on Saturday, but I’m pretty sure that all of these podcasts are still “fresh.”
All Songs Considered :: New Music Friday: Run The Jewels
A deep dive into the terrific new album, RTJF, and album that speaks to a current moment of reckoning with racial discrimination and policing.
Fresh Air :: Poet Eve Ewing Connects 1919 Chicago Riots To Today
Eve Ewing found poetry in the report analyzing Chicago’s “Red Summer” and uses it to draw parallels to systemic racism that persists 100 years later.
Have You Heard :: Arrested Development: How Police Ended Up in Schools
One of the worst aspects of overpolicing in the USA is the use of police to address school discipline issues and the perpetuation of a school-to-prison pipeline. The podcast traces the history of police in schools back to the 1960s and includes some commentary from some brilliant Boston Public School students
Here & Now :: #SayHerName Campaign; The State Of The Coronavirus Pandemic
The #SayHerName Campaign brings awareness to Black women who have suffered from police killings and police brutality, who are overlooked even as the world is focused on Black Lives Matters issues.
Planet Money :: Police Unions And Police Violence
Police unions are not like other unions, as police already have powers that other workers do not, and the existence of police unions helps perpetuate police killings and police violence.
Radiolab :: Nina
The music of Nina Simone and why it resonates with our times.
What Next :: A Politician’s Brush with NYPD Abuse
New York state senator Zellnor Myrie offers his first-hand experience with police violence during protests in Brooklyn, and how it’s translating into dramatic legislative action.