25 episodes

Artist, performer and host Helga Davis brings a soulful curiosity and love of people to the podcast Helga. In Season 3, she continues to draw the listener into her profound and intimate conversations with creative people, famous and lesser known. Musicians, visual artists, writers, and chefs join her to share the steps they’ve taken along their path. Where they started, where they are and where they’re going next.
These inspiring conversations expand our world and our imaginations as we explore what we think we know about each other.

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    • Philosophy
    • 4.8 • 110 Ratings

Artist, performer and host Helga Davis brings a soulful curiosity and love of people to the podcast Helga. In Season 3, she continues to draw the listener into her profound and intimate conversations with creative people, famous and lesser known. Musicians, visual artists, writers, and chefs join her to share the steps they’ve taken along their path. Where they started, where they are and where they’re going next.
These inspiring conversations expand our world and our imaginations as we explore what we think we know about each other.

    Esperanza Spalding

    Esperanza Spalding

    Musician, teacher, community member, and caster of musical spells, Esperanza Spalding joins Helga mere weeks before her most recent Grammy win to talk about what it means to truly be a part of a community and how to find the “the yum” in things. 

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    • 57 min
    Elizabeth Alexander

    Elizabeth Alexander

    Poet and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation President, Elizabeth Alexander joins Helga to talk about what it means to live a life alongside words, how we maintain relationships with one another, and what the world looks like after loss. 

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    • 36 min
    Ranky Tanky

    Ranky Tanky

    Guitarist Clay Ross and Charlton Singleton are 2/5th of the Gullah band, Ranky Tanky. As they bring that music and its history forward into the present day, most recently on the Grammy stage, they wrestle with what it means to the communities they come from and what the art form can be in the future.  

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    • 36 min
    Maury Rubin

    Maury Rubin

    Pastry Chef, Maury Rubin, is the owner of well-known New York establishment City Bakery. He joins us just a few months after it shuttered to talk about his unexpected foray into pastry, how he made a place for himself in New York and what this next season of life might bring. 

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    • 31 min
    Judy Collins

    Judy Collins

    Musician and activist Judy Collins shares the story of her decades long career in music. Alongside loss and addiction she maintains a clarity of voice, of passion and of vision as a conduit for the music. 

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    • 34 min
    Bethann Hardison

    Bethann Hardison

    Activist, entrepreneur, and former model Bethann Hardison recounts moments from her unconventional life. She shares personal stories from the past 60 years in the fashion industry and how she sought to hold the powers that be accountable for their actions. 

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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
110 Ratings

110 Ratings

Ava UWS ,

Like listening to an embrace

Helga’s authenticity and warm nature come through so clearly on this podcast. She asks the questions I want to hear and it is so satisfying to listen to an interviewer “go there” with her subjects. When listening to this podcast I feel that I am at the table too, right in the moment watching this grand conversation unfold between two people. It’s a beautiful and hopeful podcast to listen to during this time in our nation.

Hannah Tyer ,

Helga’s Presence

I found this podcast through her episode with Krista Tippett. She brought out a side of Krista I had never heard before (and I had been a follower of hers for years). Helga is wise, present, and a phenomenal interviewer.

LacrosseMominCT ,

I LOVE HELGA!

I just discovered this podcast. Not only is Helga Davis an immensely gifted performance artist and singer, she’s a naturally gifted interviewer. It’s a joy to listen to her connect so naturally with her guests. Her genuine fondness for them, her personal connection to them and her willingness to share own vulnerability makes her interviews fascinating; deeply immersed in the subject yet providing more than a glimpse into their lives, motivations and psyches. I’m a fan. Can’t wait for more seasons!

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