62 episodes

Artist, performer, and host Helga Davis brings a soulful curiosity and love of people to the podcast Helga, where she talks about the intimate lives of creative people as they share the steps they’ve taken along their path. She draws listeners into these discussions with cultural change-makers, whether already famous or rising talents, whose sensibilities expand our imaginations as we explore what we think we know about each other. The new season of Helga is a co-production of WNYC Studios and the Brown Arts Institute at Brown University. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, On the Media, and Death, Sex & Money. The Brown Arts Institute at Brown University is a new university-wide research enterprise and catalyst for the arts at Brown that creates new work and supports, amplifies, and adds new dimensions to the creative practices of Brown’s arts departments, faculty, students, and community.

Helga WNYC Studios and Brown Arts Institute

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 163 Ratings

Artist, performer, and host Helga Davis brings a soulful curiosity and love of people to the podcast Helga, where she talks about the intimate lives of creative people as they share the steps they’ve taken along their path. She draws listeners into these discussions with cultural change-makers, whether already famous or rising talents, whose sensibilities expand our imaginations as we explore what we think we know about each other. The new season of Helga is a co-production of WNYC Studios and the Brown Arts Institute at Brown University. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, On the Media, and Death, Sex & Money. The Brown Arts Institute at Brown University is a new university-wide research enterprise and catalyst for the arts at Brown that creates new work and supports, amplifies, and adds new dimensions to the creative practices of Brown’s arts departments, faculty, students, and community.

    Author Letty Cottin Pogrebin on her Decades of Activism

    Author Letty Cottin Pogrebin on her Decades of Activism

    Letty Cottin Pogrebin, author and tireless advocate for social equality, talks about the pivotal moments that defined her political thinking, her feminism, and her understanding of Jewish tradition.

    • 55 min
    Journalist Jenna Flanagan on Local Politics and Seeking Truth

    Journalist Jenna Flanagan on Local Politics and Seeking Truth

    Journalist Jenna Flanagan discusses the impact of local news, the legacy of Black women in media, and how to get a great story out of just about anyone.

    • 57 min
    Noliwe Rooks on Extending the Ethic of Care

    Noliwe Rooks on Extending the Ethic of Care

    Noliwe Rooks, author, education advocate, and Chair of Africana Studies at Brown University, shares her family’s experiences with education inequality and how community can foster success at school.

    • 58 min
    Singer-songwriter Sampha on Fatherhood and Intuition

    Singer-songwriter Sampha on Fatherhood and Intuition

    British singer-songwriter and producer Sampha talks about fatherhood, the images that inspired his album “Lahai,”and how he follows his intuition in art and life.

    • 46 min
    Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks on Self-Worth and Loving the Grind

    Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks on Self-Worth and Loving the Grind

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks talks storytelling, family, and creating a one-act play for each day of the year.

    • 55 min
    Scholar Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo on the Joys of Nerd Rap

    Scholar Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo on the Joys of Nerd Rap

    Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo is a music professor who also performs as the rapper and producer Sammus. Here, she talks about navigating childhood anxiety and showing up as a socially conscious artist.

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
163 Ratings

163 Ratings

M.Shanti K ,

grace and love as survival

Each conversation is such a generous, full heart opening, deep communion with grace and love as survival. Thank you, Helga!

Renard J. S. ,

The Solange episode

Can it get more real, I don’t know and don’t care. My heart is full within this moment. I queued up this to be my introduction to the Helga podcast! This is pure radiance, intelligence, and unconditional sharing.
It puts me in the mindset of the absolute best connections, conversationally or otherwise, that one can have with someone whose wellbeing you’ll root for and who simultaneously you know is honoring herself by representing her authenticity.
If you want a podcast host who remains respectfully present throughout, you’re in the right place.
Now, on to the Krista Tippett episode.

CoachSamuel ,

One of his best

Thank you for such a great program. As a Arthur Jafa addict, I must say it’s one of his best out of the hundreds circulating out there. It really touched me as I listened to my cousin who is like a brother recount his battles that bought him to this point in his life.
We grew up together and many of the stories he describes about traveling back and forth to Tupelo, many times he stayed at my house. Although we are first cousins, he is still one of my hero’s has inspired me to no end to dive head first into things I had no idea I was capable of artistically. Great job.

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