#tfhq’s podcast picks

If you know us well, you’ll know that we’ve got big love for podcasts. There’s no doubt that podcasts have gotten increasingly popular over the last ten years and we’re glad to hear more and more by people of colour. To celebrate International Podcast Day, we thought we’d share our faves and rewind to some special #tfhq appearances.

 

Code Switch 

Code Switch, presented by Shereen Marisol Meraji and Gene Demby, provides bite-size chunks on the big issues around racial politics in the US. A recent highlight was their episode on Tom Burrell, the person who changed advertising with the simple phrase ‘black people are not dark-skinned white people’.

This American Life

This American Life tells real-life stories about contemporary life in the US like movies for your ears. Their spinoff shows, Serial and S-Town are hugely popular for their series-length storytelling.

2 Dope Queens

Everything you need to know about why we love 2 Dope Queens is 1) Jessica James and 2) Phoebe Robinson. These babes share stories with their (and our) favourite comedians and we can’t wait to see their TV specials in 2018. #YQY

The Guilty Feminist

Comedian Deborah Frances-White discusses topics ‘all 21st century feminists agree on’ with special guests in this live-recorded podcast. #tfhq fave Susan Wokoma regularly features as a co-presenter.

The Friend Zone

The Friend Zone keeps us raising our self-care game with their weekly mental hygiene routines (and it doesn’t hurt that they give us a few laughs on the way).

Nancy

Kathy Tu and Tobin Low take us through the multiple experiences of being queer, knowing queer people and having queer family.

Never Before with Janet Mock

In this podcast, Janet Mock gets into intimate, wide-ranging and in-depth conversations with cultural figures like Gabourey Sidibe, Tina Knowles-Lawson and Maxine Waters. What’s not to love?

The Read

Kid Fury and Crissles help us keep up with hip-hop and pop culture’s most trying stars with generous amounts of shade and tea in their weekly episodes.

Another Round

Heben Nigatu and Tracey Clayton’s boozy show about everything from race and gender to mangoes is the perfect way to spend your Wednesday evening. Their live shows are not to be missed.

 

Not only do we listen to podcasts at #tfhq, but we also appear on them. Have a listen to AD Natalie talking shop with Chris Goode on Thompson’s live, talking all things Artistic Director on Exeunt Magazine’s The Legacy Tapes and the tensions of mixed African heritage on Sarah Kosar’s Kin podcast. TAD Anastasia was on the London Fringe Podcast earlier this year talking about Footprints on the Moon, which she directed at Finborough Theatre. Administrator Bhavini regularly appears on her own podcast, Three Spoons, where she and her siblings chat about Diwali, Wembley and their loving parents. Trainee Audience Engagement Assistant Producer (or TAEP) Dushant’s still working on her big entrance into the podcast world. Watch this space.

 

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