Suggested Listening

Listen to these podcasts and interviews which might spark a courageous conversation:


Human Together Podcast


The Equity Impact Circle (EIC) cohort that met during Community Read 2021 were encouraged to provide a safe space for dialogue around the topics of equity and inclusion in hopes of building a more connected community that utilizes an equity lens to explore community identity and issues. This, in part, led to the Human Together podcast, which is based loosely on the Human Library concept.


Human Together is a collaboration between the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (CML) and the Community Building Initiative (CBI). An off-shoot of the Community Read program, we created this podcast to help our community to get to know each other, one individual at a time. We invite you to virtually connect with your neighbors through these engaging and informative episodes.


Clint Smith on TED Radio Hour 


Original broadcast date: June 5, 2020.

The killing of George Floyd by a police officer in 2020 sparked massive protests nationwide. This hour, writer and scholar Clint Smith reflects on this moment, through conversation, letters, and poetry.

Codeswitch (NPR)


What’s CODE SWITCH? It’s the fearless conversations about race that you’ve been waiting for. Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race with empathy and humor. We explore how race affects every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, food and everything in between. This podcast makes all of us part of the conversation — because we’re all part of the story. Code Switch was named Apple Podcasts’ first-ever Show of the Year in 2020.


The Diversity Gap (Bethaney Wilkinson)


The Diversity Gap is for everyday people who want to pair their good intentions for diversity with true cultural change. Through thoughtful conversation and authentic storytelling, Host Bethaney Wilkinson will inspire and equip you to create the kind of culture you say you want: one where all people are seen, heard, respected, and given what they need to thrive.


Intersectionality Matters! (Kimberlé Crenshaw)


Intersectionality Matters! is a podcast hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory.


Pod Save the People


Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with analysis from Kaya Henderson, De’Ara Balenger, and others. Then he sits down for deep conversations with experts, influencers, and diverse local and national leaders. New episodes every Tuesday.


Seeing White series (John Biewen)


Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics. Unending racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring. Some of this feels new, but in truth it’s an old story.

Why? Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for?

Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen took a deep dive into these questions, along with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, in this fourteen-part documentary series, released between February and August 2017. The series editor is Loretta Williams.


The 1619 Project (NY Times)


An audio series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling.


History Is US (C13Originals)


Written and narrated by award-winning author and Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, “History is US” is a 6-part audio documentary produced and developed by C13Originals that asks questions about who we are as a nation, and what race might reveal about our current crisis. Through the voices of distinguished historians and scholars, this limited series gives listeners the background and education to understand how we got here and how we can all use history to clarify the choices before us. “History is US” is a presentation of Shining City Audio, a C13Originals and Jon Meacham Studio.


This Land (Crooked Media)

This award-winning documentary podcast is hosted by Rebecca Nagle.  Issues relevant to Native Americans, such as land rights, sovereignty issues, the Indian Child Welfare Act and more are discussed.


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