5 podcasts by women of color you should know

I’m on vacation right now, and as a serious podcast nerd I am most certainly spending a lot of time catching up on my favorite podcasts. There’s a lot to love about the medium, but one of the best things is the platform it gives to people who are sadly underrepresented in traditional media. Here are five of my favorite podcasts helmed by women of color that I highly recommend. 


2 Dope Queens

Work wives Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams host this hilarious and charming comedy showcase. The two of them riff on stage together about relationships, career, feminism, race and more, and have the rapport of longtime friends. The rest of the show features stand-up and storytelling sets from an array of fantastic comics. The show is on summer hiatus right now, so this is a perfect time to catch up from episode 1.


Soo Many White Guys

Phoebe Robinson makes the list again with her new podcast where she interviews everyone but white dudes. Check out fantastic interviews with Janice Mock, Hari Kondabolu, Ilana Glazer and more.



A new addition to the Slate magazine family of podcasts, Represent features writer Aisha Harris tackling representation in culture. She starts off discussing current culture with a guest and sharing weekly highlights and lowlights in representation, and follows that with insightful interviews with people like filmmakers Meera Menon and Robert Townsend.


Fake the Nation 

Iranian-American comic, author and filmmaker Negin Farsad assembles a rotating panel of funny people to discuss the news of the day and provide much-needed comic relief during this election season.

about race

About Race 

Authors Raquel Cepeda, Baratunde Thurston and Tanner Colby hold lively discussions about race and current political and cultural developments, or as they put it, talk “about the ways we can’t talk, don’t talk, would rather not talk, but intermittently, fitfully, embarrassingly do talk about culture, identity, politics, power, and privilege in our pre-post-yet-still-very-racial America.” They recently announced that the show will be back on September 2nd, and in the meantime there’s an archive of episodes taking on issues like Rachel Dolezal, Black Lives Matter, elections and more.

Author: Rebecca Griffin

I am a passionate advocate for progressive causes with over a decade of experience organizing for social change. That organizing experience informs the way I look at the world and the challenges we face in working toward social justice. I started Of Means and Ends to write about social issues I care about and share my thoughts on how we organize in a smart, strategic way. Please visit and join the conversation.

62 thoughts on “5 podcasts by women of color you should know”

  1. Thanks for sharing! I just launched a new personal growth podcast, From Caterpillars to Butterflies. I was searching for other women of color podcasts and landed here (among other sites). It is so awesome to see so many of us sharing our wisdom with the world. Here’s the iTunes link to my new podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/from-caterpillars-to-butterflies/id1183113729. I hope it’s okay to share. 🙂
    ~ Charlene

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