11 episodes

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay dissect the biggest topics in black culture, politics, and sports. Two times per week, they will wade into the most important and timely conversations, frequently inviting guests on the podcast and occasionally debating each other.

Higher Learning with Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay The Ringer

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9, 199 Ratings

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay dissect the biggest topics in black culture, politics, and sports. Two times per week, they will wade into the most important and timely conversations, frequently inviting guests on the podcast and occasionally debating each other.

    Is Van Jones Working With the White House? Plus Trump's Vile Retweet

    Is Van Jones Working With the White House? Plus Trump's Vile Retweet

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss President Trump retweeting a video that included a “white power” chant (4:58), the Daily Beast article revealing Van Jones worked with the White House on the police reform bill (23:53), Cam Newton signing with the Patriots (58:09), and the death of Elijah McClain (1:11:45).

    • 1 hr 30 min
    The Latest in NASCAR's Noose Incident Shows We Have a Long Way to Go

    The Latest in NASCAR's Noose Incident Shows We Have a Long Way to Go

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay address the recent New York Times piece about The Ringer (5:04), the latest on the incident involving the noose found in Bubba Wallace's garage (14:05), what to make of the Justice in Policing Act (34:29), Russell Simmons being on Tidal’s Black Lives Matter panel (46:29), and removing historic statues (1:01:08) before presenting their Unexpected Allies of the Week (1:16:59).

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Trump's Rally Flop and a Noose in Bubba Wallace's Garage

    Trump's Rally Flop and a Noose in Bubba Wallace's Garage

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the surprising lack of attendance at President Trump’s rally in Tulsa (7:57), a noose being found in Bubba Wallace’s garage at Talladega (27:29), whether or not it’s fair to make college athletes play during the COVID-19 era (1:06:27), and the Eminem vs. Revolt beef (1:13:07).

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Breaking Down Trump’s Executive Order and the J. Cole–Noname Rap Beef

    Breaking Down Trump’s Executive Order and the J. Cole–Noname Rap Beef

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay break down President Trump’s executive order on police reform (6:49), Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben being removed from their respective food items for racial insensitivity (29:28), the rap beef between J. Cole and Noname (38:17), and Mike Gundy’s racist T-shirt (1:07:52) before presenting the Unexpected Allies of the Week (1:17:29).

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Dave Chappelle’s ‘8:46’ Special and The Bachelor’s Black Lead

    Dave Chappelle’s ‘8:46’ Special and The Bachelor’s Black Lead

     Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss ‘The Bachelor’ finally naming a black, male lead and what the next steps need to be for the franchise (4:23). Then they explain why they liked Dave Chappelle’s ‘8:46’ special so much and address some of the criticisms against it (21:16). They also address the Rayshard Brooks incident in Atlanta and how it relates to the Higher Learning Buzzword of the Week (35:40). Finally, they touch on the recent NBA drama with players such as Kyrie Irving and Dwight Howard advocating for not playing the end of the season (1:01:04)

    • 1 hr 20 min
    What to Make of ‘On the Record,’ Trump Co-opting Juneteenth, and NASCAR Removing the Confederate Flag

    What to Make of ‘On the Record,’ Trump Co-opting Juneteenth, and NASCAR Removing the Confederate Flag

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay have a discussion about the recently released documentary ‘On the Record’, the accusations of rape brought against Russell Simmons, as well as his appearance on The Breakfast Club (6:26). Then they debate why President Donald Trump is choosing to have his first campaign rally in months on Juneteenth (38:52), discuss the removal of the confederate flag from NASCAR (56:56), and give props to LeBron James for his new voting initiative (1:07:31). Finally, Van takes a moment to discuss a recently passed friend (1:25:44).

    • 1 hr 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
199 Ratings

199 Ratings

Lindzkeen ,

👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

I’ve learned so much listening to this podcast and have enjoyed every episode! Great podcast Van and Rachel 👏🏽

Montry ,

🙌🏻

I love listening to this podcast to hear different points of view on current subjects. More often than not, one of the hosts will talk about a subject in a way I would not have thought of - this is so important! We need to listen and learn from each other and I’m really loving it - thanks!

grumpycat415 ,

My favourite new podcast!

Higher Learning is educational and entertaining. Rachel in particular is a great addition to The Ringer’s podcast network.

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