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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 • 11K 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 Jim Crow Era of Reproductive Freedom. Plus Tiffany Haddish’s Israel Trip

    The Jim Crow Era of Reproductive Freedom. Plus Tiffany Haddish’s Israel Trip

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the Alabama Supreme Court ruling that’s resulted in the halting of IVF treatments (5:18) before they dig into Tiffany Haddish’s trip to Israel (20:41). Then they react to a viral TikTok account called Biracial Lounge (38:16) before welcoming the founder of the X for Boys Life Preparatory School, King Randall I, to discuss a recent post on safety during police interactions (47:33).

    Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay
    Guest: King Randall I
    Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith
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    • 1 hr 36 min
    Chris Brown vs. Ruffles, and Fani Willis Under Scrutiny

    Chris Brown vs. Ruffles, and Fani Willis Under Scrutiny

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay dig into the Fani Willis hearings and testimony (14:17), before reacting to Ruffles forcing the NBA switch up on Chris Brown for All-Star Weekend (35:13) and the 3-point contest ending with some misogyny (51:16). Plus, a discussion about apathy leading up to the 2024 election (1:03:46).

    Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay
    Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith
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    • 1 hr 34 min
    More Mass Shootings. Plus, Martin, Malcolm, and Coretta With Dr. Peniel Joseph

    More Mass Shootings. Plus, Martin, Malcolm, and Coretta With Dr. Peniel Joseph

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the latest mass shooting, this time at the Chiefs' Super Bowl parade in Kansas City (10:08), before taking a look at the body-cam footage of a police officer’s shootout with an acorn (19:35). Then, a look at family dynamics after Mo'Nique’s public spat with her eldest son (29:59), and the woman formerly known as Rachel Dolezal is fired for having an OnlyFans account (48:45). Plus, a quick update on the Fani Willis hearings (1:03:17), before Dr. Peniel Joseph returns to discuss NatGeo’s adaptation of his book ’The Sword and the Shield’ (1:11:38).

    Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay
    Guest: Dr. Peniel Joseph
    Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith
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    • 2 hr 10 min
    Beyoncé vs. NFL, Plus Masculinity and Painted Nails With Demetrius Harmon

    Beyoncé vs. NFL, Plus Masculinity and Painted Nails With Demetrius Harmon

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the back-and-forth between Shannon Sharpe and Mike Epps (:12) before recapping a Super Bowl Sunday that saw Usher and Beyoncé dominate headlines (12:27). Then, a discussion of the Israeli bombardment of a city packed with refugees (37:30), before internet personality Demetrius Harmon joins to talk masculinity amidst a viral post about straight men with painted nails (1:03:47).

    Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay
    Guest: Demetrius Harmon
    Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith
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    • 2 hr 9 min
    Drake, the Meat Messiah. Plus, Boaz Yakin on ‘Once Again (For the Very First Time)’

    Drake, the Meat Messiah. Plus, Boaz Yakin on ‘Once Again (For the Very First Time)’

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay kick off the show with some Super Bowl, and unfortunately, Taylor Swift talk (3:05) before reacting to an alleged video leak of Drake (26:56). Then, dig into Mo’Nique’s appearance on ‘Club Shay Shay’ (39:59), before welcoming writer-director Boaz Yakin to discuss his upcoming film, executive-produced by Van, ‘Once Again (For the Very First Time)’ (55:23),

    Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay
    Guest: Boaz Yakin
    Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith
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    • 1 hr 46 min
    Taylor Swift: Greatest Maker of Albums Ever, Plus Keith Lee’s Blessings

    Taylor Swift: Greatest Maker of Albums Ever, Plus Keith Lee’s Blessings

    Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to an eventful Grammy Awards ceremony (15:15) before discussing Killer Mike’s arrest and recent vague comments about the 2024 presidential election (35:43). Plus, a Dallas food truck turns a blessing from food vlogger Keith Lee into a curse (59:40), annnd Tyrese wishes he was Latino (1:17:51).

    Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay
    Producers: Donnie Beacham Jr. and Ashleigh Smith
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    • 1 hr 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
11K Ratings

11K Ratings

Fly_Willis ,

Thank You

You always stand up for the dignity of Black people, and speak to the history of America and how we’ve been treated. Like you, my Dad always spoke to how Blacks were treated like animals. He grew up in rural Georgia and escaped to the north for employment and opportunity! Keep doing what you’re doing! ♾️👏🏾🙏🏾💪🏾♾️

MadP12345 ,

Very educational

I appreciate bringing light to so many issues and educating us all through it.

haitian91 ,

Churches Acting up!!!!

PLEASE reach out to Minister Ben Carlton to bring to the podcast about LGBTQ+ in churches

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