S3: E22 A Pod to Change Your Worldview (feat. The Point Noir Podcast)

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In the (Podcast) News

BYOP (Bring-Your-Own-Podcast)

This month, Alex chose Girl Tales as her BYOP!

Girl Tales is a podcast featuring reimagined fairytales. Damsels in distress? Princesses in need of protection? You won’t find those here. The girls in our stories take control of their own destinies, turning your favorite fairytales into exciting new adventures. Written by women, non-binary, and trans male playwrights, Girl Tales offers a feminist twist on classic fairytales, fables, and myths. With energetic voice actors and professional sound design, these radio plays burst to life at the touch of a button.

There are various formats for the episodes, ranging from more traditional storytelling to fun “Nova’s Lab Segments” to their LGDBT (Little Girls Doing Big Things) interviews. If you’re seeking a fun, inclusive, empowering show for little ones, look no further!

Although the show is taking a hiatus, there’s plenty of great backlist to get you and your younger listener through the summer. Try out Anansi and the Sky Goddess Asase Yaa” by Bleu Beckford-Burrell for straightforward storytelling, or “Nova’s Lab! Becoming Queen Lili’uokalani’s Ukelele” for a fun and informative science-meets-history episode.

Find more about the show on their website, Twitter, and Instagram.

Interview with The Point Noir Podcast host Jerry the 3rd

This month, we had an insightful chat with Jerry the 3rd—he shared a wealth of info about his podcast journey and how he’s focused on creating community for men of color who travel.

The Point Noir Podcast features travel and adventure stories for men of color, told by men of color, seeking to shift their paradigms through travel. Host Jerry the 3rd cultivates perspectives of those who have taken the leap to explore life beyond their homes and comfort zones.

Towards the end of the interview, Jerry shared his tips for anyone looking to start their own podcast projects:

  1. Go with something that you’re passionate about and interested in. Get caught doing something you wanted to do anyway.
  2. Get started before you think you’re ready.

Catch up with the show (and Jerry) on his website, Instagram, and Twitter!

Calendar Corner

We have a solid list of holidays and ways you can celebrate and educate during the month of July (through podcasts, of course!):

Black Lives Matter

Hi pod pals,

I’ve wanted to write to our listeners, but it’s been tough figuring out where and how to begin this blog post.

The disturbing murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, Freddie Gray, John Crawford III, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and countless others are a horrifying result of the fact that systemic racism is woven into the fabric of our country. As a black woman, conversations about white supremacy, police brutality, marginalization, and macro-and micro-aggressions have always been a part of my life. And to be clear, the movement for racial justice is not new and has never stopped. So many have been fighting, making strides, and laying groundwork for decades upon decades. Seeing this current outpouring of support on a global level brings about a complex wave of feelings—there’s the hope that this time will be different, there’s rage and confusion over why it took so long to reach this point, and there’s suspicion over whether to trust that new activists and supporters will commit to this very long road of antiracism and unlearning white supremacy. It’s a messy set of emotions that have been hard for me to parse through, and I’m sure others feel the same. But as I navigate this space, I am holding onto the hopeful piece. I am demanding change in my communities, I am continuing to support and amplify black voices as well as diverse and intersectional perspectives, and I am reminding myself and others that we all have important roles to play. I’m so proud of the work that Lainey and I do through DYEP—but despite that pride, I am actively working through my own biases to ensure we continue to build a stronger, more inclusive show.

I’m many things— I’m a black woman, I’m a daughter, I’m a sister, I’m a book editor, I’m a podcaster. Therefore, there’s a plethora of topics I could dig into, but for this post, I want to focus on creative content. Plain and simple, systemic racism disenfranchises non-white creators and props up whiteness as “normal” or “baseline” or “accessible,” while framing content that focuses on nonwhite perspectives as “niche.” And intersectionality is extremely important, as black queer perspectives face this marginalization, as well as additional unique challenges. Within podcasting specifically, these discriminatory processes fuel the disparities between who is seen, who is heard, and who profits. On our May episode of the show, Lainey and I talked to Molly Woodstock of Gender Reveal about some of these systemic gatekeeping issues in the podcasting world—they stressed that podcasters from a wide range of backgrounds are here, have been here. The creators and content exist, and there’s no excuse for a lack of diversity in which shows receive support, in which projects get the green light from larger companies.

Recently, there’s been a specific call to uplift black voices and I’ve paid much attention to this in the creative world. I work in book publishing, and it’s been heartwarming to see stories by black authors receive strong attention and support, but at the same time, its hurtful and infuriating to know that this is what it took for many to position these works as accessible content made for everyone. It is my desperate hope that this inclusion of black voices, as well as other non-white voices, is a forever practice that extends beyond “the moment.” This goes for podcasts too—Molly Woodstock said it well, “what they [listeners] need to do is really show up” and that’s a simple call to action. Listeners have great power.

On that note, I’ve gathered some recommendations of podcasts created by or hosted by black folks, but this is just a small sampling of what’s out there. Actively seek shows with diverse perspectives and put your energy behind the projects that resonate with you, that challenge you. Consistently diversify your listens and the perspectives you take in, because the learning and unlearning is never done. Black lives matter. Black LGBTQIA lives matter. As a co-founder of DYEP, I feel it’s important for us to shout this truth from our platform and ensure that we, as creators, are putting this understanding into practice as a podcast.

Alex’s Recs

The Unofficial Expert

You think you know-it-all but you have no idea. Join Sydnee Washington & Marie Faustin as they sit down with comedians and people of the culture to talk about their fields of expertise.

Blackbelt Voices

The Blackbelt Voices podcast propagates the richness of Black Southern culture by telling the stories of Black folks down South. Through first-person narratives and in-depth conversations, hosts Adena J. White, Kara Wilkins, and Katrina Dupins share the experiences of Black Southerners living in, loving, and reconciling with the region they call home.

Hoodrat to Headwrap

A Decolonized Podcast for lovers on the margins, join your resident sexuality educator Ericka Hart and Deep East Oakland’s very own Ebony Donnley, as we game give, dismantle white supremacy, and kiki in the cosmos somewhere between radical hood epistemological black queer love ethics, pop culture, house plants, and a sea of books.

The Point Noir Podcast

Travel and adventure stories for men of color, told by men of color. Host Jerry The 3rd cultivates perspectives of those who have taken the leap to explore life beyond their homes and comfort zones.

Scam Goddess

Scam Goddess is a podcast dedicated to fraud and all those who practice it! Each week host Laci Mosley (aka Scam Goddess) keeps listeners up to date on current rackets, digs deep into the latest scams, and breaks down historic hoodwinks alongside some of your favorite comedians! It’s like true crime only without all the death! True fun crime!

The Nod

The Nod tells the stories of Black life that don’t get told anywhere else. Our show ranges from an explanation of purple drink’s association with Black culture to the story of an interracial drag troupe that traveled the nation in the 1940s. We celebrate the genius, the innovation, and the resilience that is so particular to being Black—in America, and around the world.

The Stoop

The Stoop podcast digs into stories that are not always shared out in the open. Hosts Leila Day and Hana Baba start conversations about what it means to be black and how we talk about blackness. It’s a celebration of black joy with a mission to dig deeper into stories that we don’t hear enough about.

The Read

Join Kid Fury and Crissle for their weekly podcast covering hip-hop and pop culture’s most trying stars. Throwing shade and spilling tea with a flippant and humorous attitude, no star is safe from Fury and Crissle unless their name is Beyoncé. (Or Blue Ivy.)

The United States of Anxiety

A show about the unfinished business of our history and its grip on our future. Many of the political and social arguments we’re having now started in the aftermath of the Civil War, when Americans set out to do something no one had tried before: build the world’s first multiracial democracy.

Therapy for Black Girls

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly chat about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.

As always, we love to hear from you! Send in what you’re listening to and what you’re doing to support black creators and diverse content in our industry.

—Alex

S3: E21 An Inclusive Past, Present, and Future (feat. Gender Reveal and Making Gay History)

June is in full swing, and we have some great recommendations and TWO fantastic interviews!

June is Pride Month, and due to the coronavirus, many celebrations and events for this month have been affected and cancelled. It’s always important to uplift voices that are often marginalized, and with the added effects of quarantine and social distancing, we are excited to highlight Gender Reveal and Making Gay History—two engaging and thoughtful podcasts that are doing great work to support voices from the LGBTQIA+ community.

Listen to the episode here:

In the (Podcast) News:

Interview with Gender Reveal host Molly Woodstock

Our first interview was with Molly Woodstock, who gave us a deep dive into their podcast. They opened up about the origins of the show, as well as their goals for the pod and the importance of intersectionality.

Gender Reveal is a podcast for nonbinary folks, for people who don’t know what “nonbinary” means, and everyone in between. Every Monday, journalist and educator Molly Woodstock interviews artists and activists, answers listener questions, analyzes current events, and amplifies the stories of trans and nonbinary individuals. 

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Here are links to a couple of Molly’s recent episodes that we mentioned on the show:

And here’s a link to Molly’s article “9 Terrific Podcasts by Trans and Nonbinary Creators” for plenty of recommendations! One additional pod they suggested was The View from Somewhere, which Alex highly recommends too.

Interview with Making Gay History host Eric Marcus

The Making Gay History podcast mines Eric Marcus’ decades-old audio archive of rare interviews—conducted for his award-winning oral history of the LGBTQ civil rights movement—to create intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history.

We mentioned these episodes directly from Making Gay History:

We asked for any podcasts that were doing great things to highlight LGBTQ experiences. Eric told us about LGBTQ&A, Mattachine, and The Log Books.

Eric also listed some of his favorite podcasts, calling them “delicious listening pleasures.” They include: 99% Invisible, Dolly Parton’s America, and Fresh Air.

Kalendar Korner

We’ve also called out some other days of recognition in the month of June:

Enjoy June, pod pals—and make sure to let us know your favorite listens! Shoot us an email: doyoupodcast@gmail.com.

—Alex & Lainey

S3: E20 Thirty, Flirty, and Thriving

Although the world’s looking quite different (podcasting and otherwise), we’ve gathered plenty of recommendations to get you through.

ICYMI: Check out our roundup of brilliant things creators are doing in the podcast world during quarantine!

Listen to the episode here:

In the (Podcast) News:

BYOP (Bring-Your-Own-Podcast):

This month, Lainey’s BYOP choice was The History of Sex.

Lainey is always excited to learn something new and this podcast allowed her to dive deep into a conversation about gender norms and sexual orientation throughout history. The History of Sex is hosted by B.T. Newberg and features a yearly theme with smaller, bite-sized episodes in between larger episodes. They also feature other podcasts exploring these themes through history in an effort to include a wide array of diverse voices. They are very responsible with the information they present, researching it extensively, and they are great at not shying away from more explicit topics.

The weekly episode lengths range, but average about thirty minutes. They also have dramatized skits (which are animated on their website) and really cool music transitions.

Don’t know where to start? We suggest starting with The First Intersex In Colonial America: The Case Of Thomas/Ine Hall – Deep Dive, American History.”

Find out more about the podcast on their website.

Calendar Corner:

Since May is Mental Health Month, Alex recommended a few podcasts that are doing great work in this space. Give a listen!

Lainey also called out some May holidays with some perfect podcast angles.

That’s it for May! We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy out there—shoot us an email or DM and let us know how your listening is going.

—Alex & Lainey

United We Listen: Podcasting During Quarantine

Hi pod pals,
I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy out there. It’s an interesting time for podcasters, and well, really everyone living in our quarantined world. We have been so inspired by all of the uplifting podcasting efforts that have come out of this moment of isolation. Instead of taking a hiatus from our feeds, we have spent our time putting out content. Thank you to all of our content creators out there—you’re doing a great service.

In an effort to highlight these podcasts, both new and old, we put out a call for anything cool happening in the WFH podcasting world. We had so many great responses! Find out about these efforts below. I think it proves that beauty, creativeness, and resourcefulness can come out of a difficult situation. If you want to submit a podcast that is working hard during the quarantine, send us a email at doyoupodcast@gmail.com.

  • We loved to learn about several cool podcasting efforts from Columbia Journalism Review, including that “Phoebe Judge, host of the award-winning podcast Criminal, has started reading from an Agatha Christie novel.”
  • How about this amazingly resourceful teen from Oregon who started a sports commentary podcast while at home called ZTS?
  • The Social Distance Assistance podcast highlights creative ways people are helping each other during the quarantine. Kelly Jones hosts the show with her lovely 8-year-old daughter, June (adorable!). Every Tuesday, they explore the positive ways people are helping during the pandemic and answer your questions about life in the era of social distancing.
  • Gail Shalan and colleague Justin Spencer have started The StoryLight Podcast. It’s a podcast of their favorite childhood classic stories offered to make these days a little brighter. Stories are bright lights that can drive away darkness, and they hope StoryLight brightens your day. It sparked from Justin’s observations of how story-time always brings engagement and peace to his two young children. They release an hour-long episode every Monday and Friday with two books in rotation. Currently the books are The Wind in The Willows and Peter and Wendy
  • When the news came down about the mandate to shelter in place, Bay Area writer Laura Joyce Davis decided to mark this moment in history by chronicling her daily experience with the new podcast Shelter in Place. The short, daily episodes often feature other artists, scientists, therapists, and those whose work pushes us towards faith, contemplation, and hope.
  • Check out the episode “Rebuild” on the podcast A Single Thing. This is usually a storytelling/memoir podcast about the benefits and difficulties of being single. Host Natalie Karneef just updated the “Rebuild” episode to include discussion relating the current climate to the guest’s story (about hitting rock bottom), and loneliness during this time.
  • In a time where we are all using the phone as a link to our friends and family, Helena de Groot used her poetry podcast, Poetry Off The Shelf to call some of the poets who were previously on the show on the “Our New Reality” episode.
  • We love the way podcasters are including smile-inducing episodes into their rotation. Business Wars Daily has started: “Feel-Good Fridays,” about more hopeful business news. For instance, the first one focused on customers supporting local booksellers, giving them hope of survival. Another is about the pet food industry, and how pet lovers stepped up to adopt millions of stray animals. 
  • LoveSick is a podcast about dating in the time of COVID-19. You’re set up on a blind date via video chat and the audio is used on the show!
  • Snap Judgment is producing a series called Letters from Lockdown, featuring advice from people who have experienced other lockdowns previous to COVID-19. The first episode features voices from Gaza, Myanmar, and at sea.
  • On Telescope, Neon Hum’s Jonathan Hirsch brings you stories of people who are far away…up close. Each story covers how people are learning to live through this pandemic.
  • A parenting podcast that will be continuing during lockdown The Checkpoint. Anna Cunningham and Linda Freund wanted to create an outlet for moms across the world to vent and inform. With so many questions coming out of this uncertain time, they wanted to give moms confirmation that everyone is asking the same questions and remind them that it is totally okay not to be okay right now. 
  • Lots of kids at home means lots of parents are looking for ways to entertain them and keep them emotionally tuned in. Parents should check out The Imagine Neighborhood. They use zany stories to help kids and their grown-ups talk about big feelings. It’s based on a social-emotional learning curriculum, and the schools that use it have asked for additional episodes for the current moment. Episodes include: finishing up screen time, being stuck at home, calming down, solving problems, feeling scared, and many more!
  • Hear Her Sports is a podcast that features interviews with female athletes and women in sports. For the past month, they’ve talked to athletes about how they are dealing with cancelations in sports, the Women’s Sports Foundation about how they are pivoting to continue their work, and a trainer who has always focused on body weight workouts about how to design terrific at home fitness programs.
  • We always discuss how podcasts serve as living archives to capture the voices of today. Well, now Transmission Times Archive has made a literal archive of voices! Record audio diaries, send them in, and your voice becomes part of the Transmission Times Archive. It may also become part of The Transmission Times podcast.
  • Emily Shaw put together this global sound collage: “Sounds of Comfort During Quarantine: A Global Audio Experiment”.
  • The New York Public Library and WNYC has joined forces to bring you a virtual stay-at-home book club experience on their Get Lit series on the podcast All of It. This month’s selection is Deacon King Kong by James McBride.
  • Vice’s The Distance features “short, first-person stories from all over the world about how the pandemic is changing the way we live. Each episode is a dispatch about one or two people and a brief window into their life, right now. ” It comes out every week day.
  • NPR has made a podcast specifically for updates during the pandemic. Coronavirus Daily is a “daily news podcast…covering all dimensions of the story from science to economics and politics as well as society and culture.” Each episode is about 10 minutes and comes out every week day afternoon.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a podcast! You answered the call when we all needed a friendly voice during this crazy time. Thank you for all your hard work.

We are updating this list, so be sure to send in any podcasts that are doing something cool during quarantine by emailing us at doyoupodcast@gmail.com.

—Lainey