122 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
    • 4.7 • 10.1K 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.

    The NFL vs. Unvaccinated Players and Problematic Astronauts

    The NFL vs. Unvaccinated Players and Problematic Astronauts

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay kick things off with a fun fact about Forrest Gump (23:32) before diving into the circumstances behind Maria Taylor’s exit from ESPN (36:31) and breaking down the NFL’s new policy regarding unvaccinated players (59:11). Plus, we introduce a new segment titled: “What Were the Whites Thinking?” (1:09:35) before digging into the Thought Warrior mailbag (1:20:37).  

    Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay
    Producer: Donnie Beacham
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    • 1 hr 33 min
    Van Returns and Reflects, Plus: Are We Still Mad at Kanye?

    Van Returns and Reflects, Plus: Are We Still Mad at Kanye?

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are back and take a much-needed moment to eulogize the life of Van Lathan Sr. (4:36) before switching gears with a 'Space Jam: A New Legacy' review (35:15) and some Kanye album drop speculation (47:11). Also, the NFL’s playing the Black national anthem before games (1:11:20) and Popeye’s thinks Black people sing when they eat chicken (1:37:23).

    Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay
    Producer: Donnie Beacham
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    • 1 hr 50 min
    A 'Higher Learning' Tribute: Van Lathan Sr. 

    A 'Higher Learning' Tribute: Van Lathan Sr. 

    On this special episode, we pay tribute to Van Lathan Sr. as Rachel and the 'Higher Learning' team share a compilation of Van's unforgettable dad stories.

    Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay
    Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham
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    • 20 min
    Sha’Carri Richardson’s Suspension With Olympic Gold Medalist Sanya Richards-Ross

    Sha’Carri Richardson’s Suspension With Olympic Gold Medalist Sanya Richards-Ross

    In this special bonus episode, Van and Rachel are joined by U.S. Olympic track-and-field gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross to discuss Sha’Carri Richardson’s suspension after she tested positive for marijuana (0:46). Then, Van and Rachel compare the rule violations of Richardson and Reggie Bush, and discuss how rules could change for athletes in the future (18:19).
    Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay
    Guest: Sanya Richards-Ross
    Producers: Trudy Joseph, Richie Bozek
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    • 32 min
    Freedom Day for “America’s Dad” and the Miscarriage of Justice

    Freedom Day for “America’s Dad” and the Miscarriage of Justice

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the news of Bill Cosby’s release from prison and the social media civil war that followed (19:30), before rejoicing for NCAA student-athletes (43:16) and debating whether or not Will Smith should be favored in the hypothetical fight with Tupac (1:01:15).

    Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay
    Producer: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham
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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Lil Nas X and a Higher Learning Family Meeting

    Lil Nas X and a Higher Learning Family Meeting

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay hash out family business following last week’s Mailbag Questions (:25) before breaking down why Lil Nas X gave "the most important performance in BET Awards history" (22:57). Plus, Scottie Pippen calls Phil Jackson a racist (43:07) and Chauncey Billups’s past has us asking questions (52:21). Then it’s time for Van’s Very Serious Question (1:09:00).
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    • 1 hr 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
10.1K Ratings

10.1K Ratings

MrsKozachuk ,

Don’t Miss This One!

This podcast is HANDS DOWN my favorite! Rachel and Van are fresh, real and humble. Much love from a proud Thought Warrior! ❤️

Tosinodu!! ,

Much love for this podcast

Much love for you’ll…. Stay strong Van

jesa!!! ,

Great podcast by great people

Van, much love and condolences to you and yours regarding the loss of your father. I lost mine too last year and it still hurts just as much today and it did back then. All I can say is that your father must’ve been so proud of you; lean on that when times get tough.
Rachel, thank you for taking care of our Van and know we miss you both our here, but don’t feel pressure to come back until you’re ready! True thought warriors will be waiting for you both with love.

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