291 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 • 10.7K 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.

    Tekashi 6ix9ine and Privacy in the Age of Social Media

    Tekashi 6ix9ine and Privacy in the Age of Social Media

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew’s appearance before lawmakers as his company faces a potential ban in the U.S. (14:45), before reacting to the video of Tekashi 6ix9ine getting attacked in a gym locker room (37:53). Then, Sheryl Lee Ralph says she was sexually assaulted by a TV judge (51:23), and Burna Boy reignites diasporic discussions (1:05:40).

    Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay
    Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith
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    • 1 hr 41 min
    Arresting Donald Trump and the NFL’s History of Blackballing

    Arresting Donald Trump and the NFL’s History of Blackballing

    Van and Rachel discuss the reaction to ‘Swarm’ and the sex scene that had Twitter abuzz (22:10) before digging into the potential presidential arrest (33:31). Plus, Ringer podcast manager and host of ‘Blackballed’ Chelsea Stark-Jones joins to discuss the new podcast and the NFL’s history with race (59:44). Then an investigation sheds light on the cowardice of police during the Uvalde school shooting (1:14:27).

    Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay
    Guest: Chelsea Stark-Jones
    Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith
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    • 1 hr 46 min
    House Bill 999 and Criticisms of Kamala

    House Bill 999 and Criticisms of Kamala

    Van and Rachel talk about the Florida bill that would ban DEI programs on college campuses (13:13). Then, the host of Sirius XM’s ‘The Reecie Colbert Show,’ Reecie Colbert, joins to discuss Amanda Seales’s recent criticisms of Kamala Harris (30:38), and a therapist decides to stop accepting male clients (1:01:43).

    Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay
    Guest: Reecie Colbert
    Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith
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    • 1 hr 59 min
    Angela and the Academy, Plus Sam Pollard on Documentary Filmmaking

    Angela and the Academy, Plus Sam Pollard on Documentary Filmmaking

    Van and Rachel discuss the 2023 Oscars, the reaction to Angela Bassett’s disappointment (22:43), and ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ making history (56:35). Then, they discuss President Biden addressing the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (1:02:32), and filmmaker Sam Pollard joins to talk about his latest documentary, ‘Bill Russell: Legend’ (1:28:46).

    Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay
    Guests: Sam Pollard
    Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith
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    • 2 hr 16 min
    The Extremely Likable Tracee Ellis Ross, Plus ‘No Jumper’ Disappoints

    The Extremely Likable Tracee Ellis Ross, Plus ‘No Jumper’ Disappoints

    Van and Rachel discuss a hip-hop culture podcast giving a platform to an antisemitic, white supremacist, neo-Nazi who’s saying “never mind” about all that stuff (15:19). Then, cultural icon Tracee Ellis Ross joins to discuss her new podcast, ‘I Am America’ (1:29:34), her memorable characters (1:42:09), and her time working with Eddie Murphy (1:45:41). 

    Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay
    Guests: Tracee Ellis Ross
    Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith
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    • 2 hr 18 min
    Respectability Politics and Damon Young on Being Funny and Black

    Respectability Politics and Damon Young on Being Funny and Black

    Van and Rachel are joined by Midnight Boy Charles Holmes to talk about the discourse around Ja Morant (14:39) before digging into Chris Rock’s Netflix special, ‘Selective Outrage’ (49:55). Then, writer and humorist Damon Young joins to discuss the NFL, comedy, and his podcast, ‘Stuck With Damon Young’ (1:08:19). Plus, Rachel clues us in on some Peak White Mess (1:32:29).

    Hosts: Van Lathan Jr. and Rachel Lindsay
    Guests: Charles Holmes and Damon Young
    Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith
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    • 1 hr 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
10.7K Ratings

10.7K Ratings

midnightrum ,

Uncomfortable and engaging

I do enjoy and look forward to this podcast. It’s raw and meaningful conversations.. the host are deep and truly compassionate as well as passionate. They always keep it 100 and I like that they don’t always agree or see things the same way.

Autumne Stuart ,

Authentic

This is the Rachel Lindsay that I dreamed you were, when watching you on The Bachelorette. Thanks for sharing your voice. Always great to hear from Van. He’s my best friend in my head. I’m tuned in.

FaithfullyAtlanta ,

Faithful Thought Warrior

I listen to almost every episode and mostly enjoy it. However I felt necessary to post a review. Van is almost always spot on and very thoughtful on his takes.
But as a black woman, I was offended to hear this podcast take the platform to say that Black Men are misogynist. I felt that this blanket statement is so detrimental to our community. As you discussed, this divide between black men and black women is beyond disheartening. But even as a back woman, I notice how we silence and belittle the black male experience. We shrink it down to a sound bite. Black men rarely have representation or even a seat at the table to explain their own point of view.
Van, I appreciate your mind. You are the reason I listen. I just would like for you to provide more context and nuance to the positives and negatives when it comes to black men. I will always appreciate your allyship to black women. Sometimes I just think the average black man needs an ally as well or else they will never receive the invitation to elevation. Thank you.

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