5 Kid-Friendly Podcasts That Discuss Race and Diversity

As we expose our children to other cultures and diversity, it’s only the beginning of anti-racism work. But it’s also a start. There are many different ways to teach your children about these important topics by hearing real stories, learning about history or figuring out what to do next. Continue this conversation by adding these kid-friendly podcasts to your family playlist.

But Why Live: A Discussion About Race and Racism

But Why is one of our favorite podcasts for kids. The Vermont Public Radio podcast tackles a variety of topics and recently, they shared a special live episode focused on race and racism. This episode features Carolyn Helsel and Y. Joy Harris-Smith, the authors of The ABCs of Diversity: Helping Kids (and Ourselves!) Embrace Our Differences.

Hey Black Child

Sometimes kids enjoy listening to kids! Hey Black Child features hosts Avery and Jackson Ausmer, and with the little help from a few grown-ups, they’re able to learn about Black history and discuss topics going on in the world that might not be mentioned in school. Even parents can learn a lot from the sibling duo.

Activist, You!

Do you have a little activist at home? They’ll love to hear this family podcast focused on social justice. Every episode, Activist, You! interviews various children involved in activism ranging from Black Lives Matter to LGBTQ+. Your child will learn new things and be inspired by real activists around their age.

Code Switch

NPR’s Code Switch is not necessarily a children’s podcast, but there are many episodes suitable for listeners of all ages. The hosts cover race in almost every aspect of society, including pop culture, history and sports. There’s even a list of their episodes more tailored for a younger audience that will help them learn more about race and racism.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

You might have heard of the popular book series, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. Kids can now listen about extraordinary women through their podcast series. They cover a variety of real-life women from all over the world. Some of our recent favorite episodes feature Edmonia Lewis, Freida Pinto and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


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