November 2020 Top 5 Podcasts
As an avid podcast listener and occasional podcast co-host (check out Beyond the Bench!) I thought I'd start organizing my monthly top 5 favorite podcast series/episodes (not in any particular order).
Here are my November faves:
All My Relations podcast Hosted Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) and Adrienne Keene (Cherokee Nation), this podcast delves into a different topic facing Native American people. Not only have I learned so much, the conversations are so fun, relevant and REAL. Because it is November, check out their Thanksgiving episode: ThanksTaking or ThanksGiving?
Disabled People in STEM by Disability Visibility podcast This one is hosted by Alice Wong, a disability rights activist. She delves into really interesting questions about being a disabled person in the STEM field. The guests Liz Henry, Jennison Asuncion and Josh Miele share their stories about their experiences in tech.
George Washington: (Almost) Our First Zombie President by Parcast Let's just say....I learned a lot about our first president. Once again, the American education system has failed in teaching history and did a better job teaching myth -- can't say I'm surprised.
The Shadows of the Constitution by NPR's Throughline This episode did such a great job of taking the listener on a personal journey while educating them about the document that is the foundation of the US. It really got me thinking about how this document was taught to children without the racist and sexist aspect. The description that NPR says it more succinctly than I ever could: "In her play, What the Constitution Means to Me, Heidi Schreck goes through a process of discovering what the document is really about – who wrote it, who it was for, who it protected and who it didn't. Through Heidi's personal story, we learn how the Constitution and how it has been interpreted have affected not just her family but generations of Americans."
We Hear You by Self Evident Show Anti-Asian (American) racism has become rampant as the COVID-19 pandemic began and persists. Growing up Asian American and having family in NYC, I felt much closer to the hate crimes. This episode does a great job of explaining how "simple" hate crime enforcement isn't enough. This discussion not only applies to Asian American communities in the US, but also applies to any communities of color. Plus, I wrote a college essay about the consequences of excessive policing as a "solution", so the conversation was extremely engaging. On top of all that, Suja and Iram Amir, a student and her mom who are Muslim American, tell their personal story about stereotyping in schools and how teacher bias affects learning in classrooms. Definitely give this episode a listen.