27 episodes

Some of My Best Friends Are… is a podcast hosted by Khalil Gibran Muhammad and Ben Austen, two best friends who grew up together on the South Side of Chicago in the 1980s. Today a Harvard professor and an award-winning journalist, Khalil and Ben still go to each other to talk about their experiences with the absurdities and intricacies of race in America. In Some of My Best Friends Are..., they invite listeners into their unfiltered conversations about growing up together in a deeply-divided country, and navigating that divide as it exists today.

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    • 4.8 • 308 Ratings

Some of My Best Friends Are… is a podcast hosted by Khalil Gibran Muhammad and Ben Austen, two best friends who grew up together on the South Side of Chicago in the 1980s. Today a Harvard professor and an award-winning journalist, Khalil and Ben still go to each other to talk about their experiences with the absurdities and intricacies of race in America. In Some of My Best Friends Are..., they invite listeners into their unfiltered conversations about growing up together in a deeply-divided country, and navigating that divide as it exists today.

    The New Jane Crow

    The New Jane Crow

    Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade, guaranteeing a constitutional right to abortion. That is, until now. In this episode, Ben and Khalil talk with Dorothy Roberts – one of the nation’s leading scholars on the child welfare system and reproductive rights – about how the Dobbs decision is expected to have a disproportionate impact on Black women.
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    • 52 min
    “White Youth Must Choose Sides Now”

    “White Youth Must Choose Sides Now”

    Zayd Ayers Dohrn is a writer, professor, playwright who spent his early childhood on the run from the FBI. He joins Khalil and Ben to talk about being raised by founding members of the Weather Underground and his award-winning podcast, Mother Country Radicals. They also discuss what we can learn in the current moment from radical movements of the past.
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    • 51 min
    Introducing Brown Enough

    Introducing Brown Enough

    What does it mean to be Brown Enough in America today? That's a question Dominican-Colombian-American actor, storyteller, and podcaster Christopher Rivas has been navigating his whole life. Listen to this special episode of Brown Enough as Chris discusses the question "What are you?" with journalist and cartoonist Malaka Gharib. Brown Enough is the stories between Black and white. Listen to these stories every Wednesday on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you listen. 
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    • 30 min
    From Future Hindsight: Strategic Racism is a Divide and Conquer Scam with Ian Haney López

    From Future Hindsight: Strategic Racism is a Divide and Conquer Scam with Ian Haney López

    Here's a preview of Future Hindsight, another podcast we enjoy that takes big ideas about civic life and democracy and turns them into action for everyday citizens. This episode features Ian Haney López, the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in race and racism. His focus for the last decade has been on the use of racism in electoral politics, and how to respond. We discuss strategic racism and its antidote: race-class fusion politics. Strategic racism is a divide-and-conquer scam by elites that pushes us to hate each other while they rig the system for themselves. Race-class fusion politics is the antidote because it rejects the con and builds power with others across differences. Perhaps the real radicalism of race-class fusion politics today is the core radicalism of American democracy – a way of pushing power downward and outward to citizens. Hear more from Future Hindsight wherever you listen to your podcasts.
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    • 15 min
    Filmed On Location: What TV Tells Us About Who We Are

    Filmed On Location: What TV Tells Us About Who We Are

    As the HBO comedy South Side launches its third season, Chicago actor, director, playwright, and screenwriter J. Nicole Brooks joins Khalil and Ben to talk about why she is committed to working on TV shows set in her hometown, like South Side, The Chi, and Chicago Fire. They also discuss the Chicago-based TV show The Bear, what it means to represent a city authentically, and how it's possible to achieve the universal through the specific.
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    • 47 min
    Fighting For Voting Rights with Eric Holder

    Fighting For Voting Rights with Eric Holder

    Was voter participation in the 2022 midterms a sign of more democracy or less? Khalil and Ben sit down with former United States Attorney General Eric Holder to answer this question. They talk about key moments from Eric’s childhood that inspired him to fight for voting rights, both while serving in the Obama administration and after. He also shares his thoughts on the fragility of democracy, and what’s currently at stake.
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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
308 Ratings

308 Ratings

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Love these Guys and their explorations of race in America

Such a good show. Their friendship was just a jumping-off point that can help all of us, or many of us figure out how to live in a different racial world than the one we grew up in.
From an inner city (white) neighborhood in Houston. Now I’m a farmer in a small community in East Texas. Not Worlds known for rich and easy mixing of the races. But its got to happen one way or another! This podcast explores how that has happened and is still happening. Such good stuff! David C

no brocolli in the burrito ,

Need more

What an energetic, articulate, and down to earth pair of hosts who address present and historical racial history in America from surprising guests and their stories. Their depth of knowledge makes the listener feel like they are in very good hands during each episode.

Wouldn’t it also be great if these two were national news anchors who were able to contextualize present-day news on television each night? This professor and journalist would be able to improve the level of understanding and discourse in our country immediately.

Marknwm ,

Another Awesome podcast

Love this podcast, it’s the highlight of my Tuesday

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