FRQNCY Media Founder Michelle Khouri shares how 2020 has tested her sense of purpose, and how the podcast industry needs to change in order to reach its true potential.
Angela David once said, “In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.”
Today more people than ever are interested in taking her words to heart.
Practicing anti-racism results from a conscious decision to see and work against the unconscious racial biases in ourselves and others. When we act without intention, we all (un)consciously enforce social norms that maintain white supremacy and inequality in our society. Being racist or being anti-racist is not about who you are. It’s about what you do.
There is no shortcut to change. The best way to see lasting results is to engage with information and stories that can change how we think and feel. Long-form audio provides the perfect medium for engagement.
Here are some of FRQNCY’s podcast picks that explore the Black American experience and will help provide the context and perspective we all need to start seeing how race manifests itself in the world around us.
1619 from The New York Times
1619 The Podcast is the audio companion to The New York Times Magazine’s acclaimed The 1619 Project, a deep examination of the legacy of slavery in America. The 1619 Project launched in August of 2019 in recognition of the 400th anniversary of the first arrival of Africans on American soil. The 5-part audio series is hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones, New York Times reporter, project creator and winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Listen here.
Seeing White from Scene on the Radio
Hosted and produced by John Biewen, the podcast explores the origins of the notion of “whiteness.” Where did it come from? Why does is exist? What does it mean? And what is “whiteness” for? Listen here.
Code Switch from NPR
Whether we acknowledge it or not, racism informs our day-to-day lives – from how we learn, to how we work, to how we socialize. By exploring how race impacts every part of society, this podcast uses data and storytelling to ultimately show how ALL of us are impacted. Listen here.
Unlocking Us from Brené Brown and Cadence13
On this show, #1 New York Times best-selling author Brené Brown, in her own words, “unpacks and explores the ideas, stories, experiences, books, films, and music that reflect the universal experiences of being human, from the bravest moments to the most brokenhearted.” The show itself is an experience, but the episode with Ibram X. Kendi on antiracism is particularly powerful.
Intersectionality Matters from African American Policy Forum
As a concept, “intersectionality” refers to the ways that multiple aspects of our identities – such as race, class, and gender – intersect to shape our lives. On this podcast, scholar and Civil Rights advocate Kimberlé Crenshaw lifts up the work of artists, activists, and scholars to show us how intersectionality can help us make sense of our lives. Listen here.
Still Processing from The New York Times
This culture podcast offers a thoughtful and entertaining mix of conversations about TV, film, art, music, and the Internet. The hosts investigate what our media has to say about our culture, and therefore, about race, gender, class, and so on. Listen here.
Higher Learning from The Ringer
Each episode features energetic conversations that weave together a lighthearted catch-up between two friends with the latest in Black culture, politics, and sports. Expect laughs and honest discussion of the lived experience of two Black Americans. Listen here.
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Here at FRQNCY Media, we think we’re pretty hot. And apparently, Atlanta Inno thinks so, too.
For the second year in a row, the digital media platform has published its “50 on Fire” list, featuring high-growth companies that are crushing it in Atlanta. This year, under the category “Hotspaces”, you’ll find us, which we think is pretty awesome.
Since February 2018, Atlanta Inno has been covering and connecting the Atlanta ecosystem, producing digital media and events about the companies and people that are shaping the present and future of the city’s economy.
The list celebrates entrepreneurs and startups making waves in the local system and the banner years they had in 2019, with accomplishments ranging from new funding and product launches to hot hires and innovative approaches to solving problems.
FRQNCY is joined on the list by notable companies such as Mailchimp, gusto!, Atlanta Tech Village, Invest Atlanta, and Axis Replay.
Compiled by Becca J. G. Godwin
As the world continues to react to America’s consistently abhorrent police brutality with demonstrations, protests, and demands for changes in legislation — actions that are proving as powerful as the very activists driving them — still others have been working to dismantle oppressive systems another way. That is, through the simple, impactful work of self-education.
So many people are doing the work to make it easy and simple for us all to take action by providing incredibly thorough step-by-step resources. With a critical mass of allies ready to learn and unlearn, publications have responded with excellently curated lists of podcasts that discuss anti-racism: Elle’s Anti-Racist Podcast List, Bello Collective’s 21 Podcasts That Confront Racism in America, and WBUR’s 5 Podcasts To Listen To If You Really Want To Know About Race In America are a few of our favorites.
To supplement these lists, we’ve compiled our own list of independently produced podcasts by Black creators that discuss a broad range of cultural topics through the lens of the Black experience. Listen to, share, and amplify these shows. Then…Seek. Out. More.
Places & Travel / Relationships
Flourish in the Foreign
Podcast Description: Flourish In The Foreign is a weekly podcast that elevates and affirms the stories of Black women who live and thrive abroad hosted by Black American ex-pat Christine Job. Listen as they share their journeys: the triumphs, tribulations, and how they created a flourishing life abroad. https://www.patreon.com/flourishforeign
As Told by Nomads
Podcast Description: As Told By Nomads features interviews with global nomads, Third Culture Kids, and entrepreneurs discussing what it takes to be global leaders.
xoNecole’s Happy Hour
Podcast Description: xoNecole’s Happy Hour Podcast serves up candid conversations over cocktails (without the early-morning hangover). Led by xoNecole founder Necole Kane, the show’s trio of hosts also includes managing editor Sheriden Chanel and lifestyle contributor Amer Woods. Together they transform into your “homegirls in your head” as they welcome special guests and delve into vulnerable, unfiltered discussions on life, love, sex, wellness, personal/professional growth and all things affecting your glow up. Need a mid-week mental refill? Join us for the xoNecole Happy Hour Podcast and unwind with us every Wednesday. IG: @xohappyhour
Podcast Description: hey, girl. is a podcast that unites the voices of phenomenal women near and far. Created with sisterhood and storytelling in mind, author Alex Elle sits down with people who inspire her. From friends to family members and strangers, the hey, girl. guests give us a peek into their stories through candid and intimate conversations.
Black Girl in Om
Podcast Description: Welcome to your go-to conversation on all things wellness, self-care, and self-love for women of color, hosted by Black Girl In Om Founder Lauren Ash. This show uplifts, affirms, informs, and features a refreshing line-up of guests—including yogis, holistic lifestylists, clean beauty experts, and a plethora of other movers, shakers, and innovators within the wellness and beauty industries. This buzz-worthy show speaks directly from women of color to women of color and strives to inspire women around the world.
Society & Culture
Behind the Brilliance
Podcast Description: Behind the Brilliance is the go-to podcast for the intellectually curious and relentlessly ambitious. The show features weekly long-form interviews with innovative and culture-shaping leaders in art, culture, technology, business, lifestyle, and personal development along with Lisa’s inspiring and funny advice on life, creativity, and entrepreneurship.
The Atlanta Podcast
Podcast Description: Beer fueled, unfiltered, and funny. TAP talks news and culture in the city of ATL with some of the city’s dopest people. 🍑✌🏾🍺
The Window Seat
Podcast Description: A lifestyle comedy podcast, covering everything from pop culture, racism, climbing the corporate ladder to climbing on top of your partner. Hosted by God sisters, Arielle and Evin. IG: the__window__seat
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/window-seat/support
Black Balance Pod
Podcast Description: Engaging with creatives. Giving you insight from entrepreneurs and self-starters. Honest, witty, and intelligent conversations. Founded on friendship, the ladies of Black Balance Podcast like to dive into a myriad of topics. To help further support us donate here paypal.me/BlackBalancePod
Cult 45: The Movie Podcast
Podcast Description: It’s the ONLY cult movie podcast that puts hair on your chest! Two men review movies from B-movie classics to mind-blowing arts films, all while knocking back \”tasty beverages\”.
The Home Video Hustle
Podcast Description: Every Friday, Brent and PJ watch whatever random movie they pick out of a bag and talk you through it while also discussing any and every other thing that comes across their minds.
How To / Self-Improvement
Blk Pod Collective: The Podcast
Podcast Description: A podcast for podcasters, that provides insights, resources and instruction to those looking for guidance in starting, growing and sustaining their podcast.
Podcast Description: A seriously opinionated podcast bringing you the real and the sometimes raw on anything happening while black.
Podcast Description: Unfiltered talk about beauty trends, self-care journeys, skincare, wellness tips, and the products we love, hosted by Brooke DeVard Ozaydinli, with the women I admire.
Black Wall Street 1921
Podcast Description: A podcast chronicling significant and related events before, during, and after “the single worst incident of racial violence in American history,” The Tulsa Race Massacre.
The Atlanta Legacy Makers Podcast
Podcast Description: Atlanta Legacy Makers is a public commemoration of Atlanta’s inheritance exemplified by two Atlanta mayors, Ivan Allen Jr. and Maynard Jackson. This podcast is a companion to the city-wide reading of the 1996 Gary Pomerantz book, “Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn: A Saga of Race and Family,” which chronicles the lives of these mayors and their families in Atlanta.
Business / Entrepreneurship
Next Economy Now
Podcast Description: Next Economy Now highlights the leaders that are taking a regenerative, bio-regional, democratic, transparent, and whole-systems approach to using business as a force for good. Popular guests include Winona LaDuke (White Earth), Rose Marcario (Patagonia), Daniel Goleman (author of “Emotional Intelligence”), Ed Whitfield (Southern Reparations Loan Fund), Charles Eisenstein (author of “Sacred Economics”), Kat Taylor (Beneficial State Bank), Nwamaka Agbo (Restorative Economics), Paul Hawken (author of “Drawdown”), and Rha Goddess (Move the Crowd). Learn more at www.lifteconomy.com.
Support is Sexy
Podcast Description: Hosted by media entrepreneur, author, speaker, and coach Elayne Fluker, the SUPPORT IS SEXY podcast features candid interviews with more than 500 successful women entrepreneurs around the world, who get real and share inspiring true stories of the ups and the downs of their entrepreneurial journeys — where they started when they struggled, and how they still made it happen! Each episode of SUPPORT IS SEXY will give you actionable strategies for success, tips for building your support network, pitfalls to avoid and important lessons learned that will motivate you to take your business, and your life, to the next level! Elayne Fluker was a journalist for more than 20 years before launching her own media brand. She also leads the SUPPORT IS SEXY Mastermind community — which is a global network of 1000+ women entrepreneurs around the world — and she is currently writing a book to be released by HarperCollins Leadership reminding unapologetically ambitious women that having it all doesn’t mean doing it all alone. Join Elayne and her guests and get inspired! Visit elaynefluker.com for more, and thank you for listening!
If you want to listen to shows produced by FRQNCY’s team, you can find our productions here.
Compiled by Becca J. G. Godwin
In uncertain times like these, it’s important to remember to balance news of what the heck’s going on with the positive and uplifting stories that connect us across the airwaves. That’s why we rounded up some of our team’s favorite podcasts to share with you.
The podcasts included in this list steer away from straight news, keep us well-rounded and inspired, and give our minds the mental equivalent of a scalp massage.
Read on for our list of podcasts that will help take the edge off of isolation, keep you from falling down those pesky rabbit holes, and hopefully even put a smile on your lovely face.
The Human Condition
Michelle Khouri, CEO & Founder: You might think this show would belong in our romance category, but it’s actually not just about romance. It’s really about the human capacity for, as they put it, “love, loss and redemption.” And it’s about the many kinds of relationships and connections that we have in our life that change our lives in these sometimes very small, sometimes very big obvious ways. So that one’s very inspiring to me; it’s also a tear jerker for me.
Jessica Olivier, Content Strategist: This podcast will take you on an emotional journey. It’s great to listen to once you’ve set the stage at home. I like to make a tea, or pour a glass of wine, and really sit down in a cozy spot to enjoy it — rather than listening while multitasking like I do so many other podcasts.
Sigele Winbush, Communications Director: This Atlanta-produced show explores everyday topics that affect so many of us, but from the perspective of Black America. Topics range from “Why HBCUs matter” to the importance of diversity in medicine to, one of my favorites, what it means to compete on the nation’s biggest racing stage, NASCAR…while Black. It’s funny, smart and enlightening. I never complete an episode without feeling a little more informed and greater sense of pride.
Becca Godwin, Executive & Content Support: Chris Gethard has been having phone call conversations to forge human connection since before it was forced into being cool again. He talks with an unnamed stranger from anywhere in the world about anything and everything, and the result is surely something special.
Let’s Not Meet
MK: This one takes a very polar opposite position of Modern Love. It is all about the underbelly of the human condition, and the very, very, very creepy, sometimes horrifying things people do.
JO: This podcast has always done a great job of scratching my curiosity itch! It’s thoughtful, compelling and well-produced.
We Also Love:
Peter LoPinto, Associate Producer: This is a podcast that I always return to. The sound design is unique and polished, and the stories combine science and philosophy without feeling dense.
Judith Hoffman, Business Development: This show is really well done. Back when Radiolab first started, it was much more science-heavy, and I miss those days when they’d really talk about research and weave it into narratives. Hidden Brain is a much more accessible version of that. They talk about all kinds of things our brains are doing, and I love the host.
MK: This show is phenomenal. There’s just so much that I learn from any given episode.
Your Undivided Attention
MK: It is so scary how eye-opening this show is about the Attention Economy we find ourselves in these days, and the things that we need to be more cognizant of in terms of the way data is being collected constantly by technology companies. And the repercussions, and also just like the general considerations of that.
PL: This show is another favorite. I feel like I should just call out the obvious here and say that I’m unabashedly nerdy (I’ve been known to give an overly impassioned argument as to why Pluto shouldn’t be a planet). Science Friday quenches my thirst for knowledge and makes me feel like I understand the workings of the world just a little bit better.
Masters of Scale
MK: This show is how I build my business brain — how I build my muscle as a business owner. It’s not a secret how much I love that show, and just really admire what the production company is doing across the board.
We Also Love:
MK: I love an audio fiction, especially because I have a wild imagination. Audio fiction is really fun because I get to make up the world. I get to basically see it exactly how I want to see it, as prompted by the sound design in the show. Earth Break is a favorite for an apocalyptic sci-fi kind of vibe. It only has one cast member, which is Jenny Slate, and she does a spectacular job with this role. It is unbelievably sound designed, unbelievably acted. It’s so good.
JO: I was really impressed with the level of writing and character detail in this podcast. Especially for 2017 when it debuted. Tonally, it stands out from a lot of the other fictions and it had a way of conjuring my imagination to go along for the ride.
Enna Garkusha, Producer: This is a great true crime parody podcast that makes light of all the true crime podcast tropes we know and love.
36 Questions: The Podcast Musical
MK: This show, starring Jonathan Groff and Jessie Shelton, is so much fun and has such beautiful music. It’s a twist on the typical romantic story and what happens to a relationship over time.
JO: The premise is very interesting and the episodes are short enough that I can knock out episodes between all of the homeschooling activities I am doing with the kids.
MK: One of our sound designers, Cooper Skinner, sound designed Tribulation. It was just recently bought by Audible. It’s this cult science-fiction written by Adam Jahnke, and it is so freaking good. It’ll have you on the edge of your seat. It’s also insane that Cooper is able to create these very complex electro-magnetic realities in this show. I don’t want to give it away, but it’s really good, and you should listen.
InCharge With DVF
MK: InCharge is definitely up there as one of my favorites. It helps that I got to be a part of the raw, in-person conversations, but even listening to the final edited episodes, it’s super uplifting and inspiring to hear how these women who oversee so many different things in their day-to-day lives have had to survive challenges of their own. They thrive through some pretty crazy obstacles.
JO: I know this is a FRQNCY podcast, but I really can’t help myself! I love how this podcast shines a light on the ups and downs, successes and failures, of some of today’s most inspiring women. After listening to an episode, I feel like I know the guest on a personal level and my respect for them skyrockets.
Behind the Brilliance with Lisa Nicole Bell
SW: Every episode of Behind the Brilliance is like a beautiful surprise. You never know who its host, Lisa Nicole Bell, is going to interview next, but she never disappoints. Her guests are wide-ranging, but, as the title suggests, consistently brilliant. I’m fired up after every conversation, gifted with insight, advice and guidance. Lisa, herself, is also a woman I admire, and I enjoy her solo episodes as much as I do her interviews. They feel like intimate chats I’m having with one of my favorite girlfriends.
MK: Unladylike is fantastic. It’s a big F-U to the patriarchy and it’s unabashedly feminist… which is me. And of course, local Atlanta hosts – the best.
JO: This show really tackles subject matter that I personally find relevant, but with a unique and nuanced perspective. Hosts Cristen and Caroline are smart, compassionate, funny, and forward-thinking hosts. I love exploring alongside them.
Dolly Parton’s America
JH: This show is amazing. My husband and I don’t have the same tastes in… anything really, but on a road trip from Pennsylvania with our kids, we listened to it the whole ride. Both of us were completely absorbed the whole time. They spent like four years and tons of money creating this.
How I Built This with Guy Raz
JH: There’s a specific episode – ActOne Group: Janice Bryant Howroyd – that inspired me. This woman came from a family of seven kids in the south and founded maybe the most successful agency in the world. She said things in this episode that still resonate with me today.
SW: As an entrepreneur, it’s empowering to hear how people have taken their once seemingly wild ideas and made them wildly successful. Their stories are also reminders that we all will make mistakes, have failures, slip-ups and stumbles, but what’s most important is that we keep going.
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Listening With Kids
JO: This podcast is just as much for me as it is for my kids! I always laugh. It’s a blast and full of talent. If you listen to the episode Humming/Time Trap, you will be singing the Humming song all day.
Vintage Sesame Street Albums
JH: Not a podcast, but the Sesame Street albums from pre-1980 that are on Spotify and it’s an audio experience you can’t get other places. They’re filled with songs and learning, and are perfect for my 3- and 5-year-olds.
JO: Super engaging, educational and interactive for the kids! Perfect length for my 4 year old’s attention span.
Stories of Romance
This is Love
MK: This is a really beautiful podcast that explores more and less traditional stories of romance.
Rose Reid, Co-Executive Producer of Total Refresh: I especially love the episodes Blue and Nothing Compares To You. I listened so many times – these are incredible stories about the depth and compassion and beauty of the spirit and imagination and creativity, and relationships that go beyond romance – true connection.
JH: There’s a specific episode on breakups where writer Starlee Kine interviews Phil Collins. It’s more than a decade old, but it’s a really amazing listen. She opens the story by saying breakups are one of the most ubiquitous things, and pretty much everyone experiences one, but we don’t spend enough time talking about it or exploring it publically outside of friends and family. It’s a universal experience, but there’s not enough depth applied to it.
MK: This is a new company focusing on Nora Ephron-like short form narratives. It’s a cute little one for romance fans.
You Made It Weird With Pete Holmes
EG: He’s a comedian who sits down with other comedians, actors, musicians, etc. and records their conversations. Each episode is two to three hours long and unedited, and the conversations always end up centered around the guest’s beliefs about the universe.
EG: This series recaps all the things we love: Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and even the Harry Potter book series. I would not have understood half of what was happening on Game of Thrones if not for this podcast explaining everything to me. The Harry Potter one is great too – they recap a chapter or group of chapters of each book in every episode, I’ll go back and relisten whenever I’m feeling an HP vibe.
PL: Binge Mode Harry Potter is great because I’ve been a big fan ever since the 3rd book. I used to reread the entire series in preparation for every new release. I remember finishing a couple books at 4 a.m. the day they came in the mail. So, getting to relive the series in such zoomed-in detail with literary analysis as the cherry on top is wonderful.
Game of Roses
EG: This Bachelor recap podcast analyzes every episode as if the show were a sports game. Since the reality show is essentially a game show, they break it down with terms such as ‘Play of the Game’ ‘MVP of the Game’ and ‘Error of the Game.’ This podcast is for those like me who love to hate-watch the Bachelor, and the two hosts don’t hesitate to point out how absurd the show can be.
Watch What Crappens
EG: Real Housewives is another reality TV series I love to binge, and this podcast is a hilarious recap of each episode of the franchise and all the subsequent spinoffs on Bravo. The two hosts do really great impressions of all our favorite housewives as well!
Hungry for More?
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