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Higher Learning with Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay
Higher Learning with Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay
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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... more

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Episodes

Ed Reed’s Exit, Plus Stephen A. Smith on Skip and Kaepernick

Van and Rachel discuss the latest out of Bethune-Cookman regarding Ed Reed and the football program (23:09). Then, Stephen A.... more

24 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 59 minutes
Uncomfortably Conversing With Emmanuel Acho

Van and Rachel react to Ron DeSantis and Florida claiming AP African American Studies “lacks educational value” (10:02), before welcoming... more

20 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 29 minutes
Martin Luther King Jr., the Revolutionary With Dr. Peniel Joseph

Van and Rachel welcome scholar and author Dr. Peniel Joseph to discuss Dr. King’s evolution and the watering down of... more

17 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 36 minutes
Calmatic Remixes House Party, Plus Biden’s Classified Docs

Van and Rachel react to the discovery of Joe Biden’s classified documents (7:59), and Chris Harrison’s first time addressing his... more

13 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 40 minutes
The Concessions of McCarthy, Plus Meek Mill’s Ghanaian Vacation

Van and Rachel discuss Kevin McCarthy finally being named speaker of the House (27:55), and the swearing in of embattled... more

10 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 26 minutes
Damar Hamlin’s Recovery and Skip Bayless’s Tweet, Plus Kevin McCarthy’s Really Bad Week

Van and Rachel welcome cardiologist Dr. Joshua Cooper to discuss the injury and recovery of Bills safety Damar Hamlin (26:54)... more

06 Jan 2023 · 2 hours, 23 minutes
The Guilty Verdict of Tory Lanez With Meghann Cuniff, and Anti-Blackness From the Diaspora

Van and Rachel react to the guilty verdict of Tory Lanez (7:07), before welcoming senior reporter for Law & Crime... more

30 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 57 minutes
Holiday Book Recommendations With Maiysha Kai

Van and Rachel welcome lifestyle editor of The Grio and host of the ‘Writing Black’ podcast to discuss her list... more

27 Dec 2022 · 20 minutes
Trump’s Taxes, Plus Aaron Rupar: Banned by Elon Musk

Van and Rachel react to the release of Donald Trump’s tax returns (12:48) before welcoming journalist Aaron Rupar to discuss... more

23 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 42 minutes
Prosecuting a President, and the Life of P-22

he House January 6 committee approves criminal referrals for Donald Trump. What happens next (18:35)? Then, with the passing of... more

20 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 44 minutes
The Tory Lanez Trial, and Did Gunna Snitch? Plus, Concern for Mountain Lion

Van and Rachel discuss the latest in the Tory Lanez trial (16:14), before welcoming rapper and podcaster Glasses Malone to... more

16 Dec 2022 · 2 hours, 3 minutes
Booing the Richest Man in the World, and Body Positivity With Kelvin Davis

Van and Rachel react to the Dave Chappelle’s crowd booing Elon Musk in San Francisco (16:11), and R. Kelly’s got... more

13 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 44 minutes
Brittney Griner Released From Russia, and Van Jones Apologizes

Van and Rachel are joined by ESPN investigative reporter T.J. Quinn to discuss Brittney Griner and the Russian prisoner swap... more

09 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 52 minutes
The Deion Discourse and Jackson State, Plus the War for “Woke”

Van and Rachel discuss the reaction to Deion Sanders’s decision to leave Jackson State for Colorado (27:43), and Ron DeSantis... more

06 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 45 minutes
'South Side' With Diallo Riddle and Kanye Loves Hitler

After welcoming Ashleigh Smith, the newest member of the pod, Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss LeBron James’s comments about... more

02 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 45 minutes
The Questionable Pasts of the Joneses: Jerry and James Earl

Van and Rachel kick the show off by remembering the lives of friend and music executive Hovain Hylton, and actress... more

29 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 27 minutes
Thankful to Have Jonathan Majors on the Podcast

Van and Rachel welcome actor and fellow Texan Jonathan Majors to the podcast to discuss growing up in Rachel’s hometown... more

25 Nov 2022 · 34 minutes
Gabrielle Union on ‘The Inspection’ and Empowering Your Children

Van and Rachel discuss Kyrie Irving’s return to the Brooklyn Nets and Black Hebrew Israelites showing up in support (22:34),... more

22 Nov 2022 · 2 hours,
Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Life As a TV Legend

Van and Rachel react to the fear and confusion surrounding the Poland missile strike (13:22), before discussing the mysterious death... more

18 Nov 2022 · 2 hours,
2022 Midterm Election Recap, and Talking ‘Fanbase’ With Isaac Hayes III

Van and Rachel react to the election results and the outlook of some key gubernatorial and Senate races (10:09), before... more

11 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 46 minutes
Kyrie and the Nets’ Stipulations, Plus the Midterm Elections Are Here

Van and Rachel discuss the list of requirements issued to Kyrie Irving to return to the Brooklyn Nets (9:32), before... more

08 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 40 minutes
Mourning Takeoff and Kyrie Irving Gets Suspended

Van and Rachel react to the news of Takeoff’s untimely death and the culture of mourning (5:13), before welcoming Jade... more

04 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 48 minutes
The End of Affirmative Action? Plus, a Kyrie Conversation

Van and Rachel discuss the Supreme Court hearing challenges to affirmative action in college admissions (13:45), and react to an... more

01 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
The Corporate Cancellation of Kanye, and Herschel Walker Is Super Duper Pro-Choice

Van and Rachel react to comparisons of the backlash Ye brought on himself after his antisemitic comments to the backlash... more

28 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
The Legendary Billy Porter, and Discussing a Hyperpartisan Supreme Court

Van and Rachel react to the Supreme Court becoming more partisan (18:46). Then, the award-winning and iconic Billy Porter joins... more

25 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 41 minutes
Florida’s Voter Fraud Arrests, and Cheri Beasley’s Race for Senate

Van and Rachel discuss the confusion following arrests for alleged voter fraud in Florida (11:59), and an Arizona GOP candidate... more

21 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
Free Speech and ‘Drink Champs,’ Plus Student Loan Forgiveness is Here

Van and Rachel react to the latest Kanye West appearance on ‘Drink Champs’ and N.O.R.E.’s ensuing apology (13:13), Jamaica banning... more

18 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 34 minutes
Alex Jones Pays, and a Conversation With a Thought Warrior

Van and Rachel react to Alex Jones being ordered to pay nearly $1 billion in Sandy Hook defamation damages (23:15).... more

14 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 48 minutes
Once Again…Kanye West, Plus Ashley Blaine Featherson-Jenkins on ‘Trials to Triumphs’

Van and Rachel discuss Kanye West’s antisemitic tweets and how these aren’t the first anti-Jewish comments Van has heard from... more

11 Oct 2022 · 2 hours, 15 minutes
Biden’s Marijuana Pardons, and Herschel Walker Plays Defense

Van and Rachel react to the news of President Biden pardoning federal offenses involving marijuana possession (17:10), before digging into... more

07 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 28 minutes
Ye and White Lives Matter, Plus Soledad O’Brien on ‘The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks’

Van and Rachel react to Kanye West wearing a White Lives Matter shirt (17:38), and Tory Lanez is unapologetic but... more

04 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 34 minutes
Jemele Hill on the Malika Andrews Discourse. Plus, Rachel Dolezal’s OnlyFans Leak

Van and Rachel welcome Jemele Hill, journalist and host of ‘Jemele Hill Is Unbothered,’ to discuss the online backlash aimed at Malika... more

30 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 44 minutes
Anna Wolfe on Brett Favre’s Impact on the Most Vulnerable

Van and Rachel welcome investigative journalist Anna Wolfe to discuss her reporting of the Brett Favre welfare funding scandal (21:05),... more

27 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 46 minutes
Ime Udoka’s Troubles and Adam Levine’s Peak White Mess

Van and Rachel discuss the pending suspension of Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka for having a relationship with a... more

23 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
Discussing Slavery and Presentism, Plus Breaking Down the SAFE-T Act With Sen. Robert Peters

Van and Rachel discuss Bill Maher’s recent comments about slavery and his criticism of “presentism” (14:11), before reacting to the... more

20 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 52 minutes
Letitia Wright on ‘The Silent Twins’ and ‘Wakanda Forever,' Plus Shipping Migrants for Political Points

Van and Rachel react to the immigration stunts of sending migrants to sanctuary cities (25:54), and Brett Favre being a... more

16 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 46 minutes
The Tragedy of PnB Rock’s Death, and Robert Sarver’s Suspension

Van and Rachel react to the killing of rapper PnB Rock and the ensuing social fallout (0:10). Plus, Phoenix Suns... more

13 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Black Twitter and the Death of Queen Elizabeth II

Van and Rachel react to the news of Queen Elizabeth II’s death and the overall legacy of the crown (12:28),... more

09 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
Pennsylvania Weed Pardons and Brett Favre the Welfare Queen

Van and Rachel discuss Pennsylvania announcing an effort to pardon state residents of nonviolent marijuana offenses (20:39), and Mississippi using... more

06 Sep 2022 · 2 hours, 1 minute
Mississippi Water Crisis and Serena the Great

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the institutional failures that left Jackson, Mississippi without water (20:25), Serena Williams’s performance... more

02 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 38 minutes
Talking Student Loan Forgiveness and Aries Spears

Van and Rachel return from break to react to Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan (24:12) and discuss the release of... more

30 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 56 minutes
Hip-Hop vs. Rap and a Discussion on a Woman’s Worth With Glasses Malone

Van and Rachel are joined by rapper Glasses Malone to discuss what it was like growing up in gang life... more

26 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 21 minutes
African Film and Adapting ‘The Color Purple’ With Blitz Bazawule

Van and Rachel are joined by musician, author, and director Blitz Bazawule to discuss the importance of African films made... more

23 Aug 2022 · 42 minutes
Investigating Trump With Rep. Pete Aguilar, Plus Deshaun Watson Apologizes

Van and Rachel discuss the Espionage Act as it relates to the FBI investigation of Donald Trump (14:21), before reacting... more

16 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 40 minutes
Trump's Troubles, Plus Talking Monkeypox With Dr. Sabrina Assoumou

Van and Rachel react to the FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago and the fallout since (13:42), before being joined by infectious... more

12 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 44 minutes
Aldis Hodge Talks ‘City on a Hill,’ ‘Black Adam,’ and More, Plus the Cale Gundy Story and the Latest on Alex Jones

Van and Rachel are joined by actor Aldis Hodge to discuss latest season of ‘City on a Hill', the importance... more

09 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 32 minutes
A Deep Dive Into the Deshaun Watson Suspension and Brittney Griner’s Sentence

Van and Rachel analyze the reasoning behind Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension (12:04), react to Brittney Griner’s sentencing in Russian court... more

05 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
Deshaun Watson’s “Punishment” and Monkeypox on the Rise

Van and Rachel remember the lives of Bill Russell and Nichelle Nichols (10:42) before reacting to Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension... more

02 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
The Safer America Plan, Plus Inflation Reduction With Marc Goldwein

Van and Rachel break down President Biden’s Safer America Plan to fight violent crime (10:39), the latest news regarding Brittney... more

29 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 42 minutes
Colorism and Keke Palmer, Plus 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' Trailer Reactions

Van and Rachel discuss 'Nope' and the colorism debate and career comparisons of Keke Palmer and Zendaya (16:20), DaBaby’s support... more

26 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 36 minutes
Biden Tests Positive for COVID, and a Chappelle Show Is Canceled

Van and Rachel react to the breaking news of President Joe Biden’s positive COVID test (10:41), Ne-Yo’s comments regarding R.... more

22 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 21 minutes
The Power of Audio Storytelling’ Hosted by Rachel Lindsay

At the 2022 Essence Festival, Rachel hosted a panel at Spotify’s ‘House of Are & Be’ activation called, “The Power... more

20 Jul 2022 · 45 minutes
Amber Rose in-studio, and the Sesame Place Situation

Van and Rachel discuss the Sesame Place backlash following a video of a character ignoring Black children (22:30) before welcoming... more

19 Jul 2022 · 2 hours, 15 minutes
The Put Your Shoes On Challenge, and Jill Biden on Tacos

Van and Rachel discuss a new viral trend and whether it’s traumatic, funny, or both (19:15). Plus, Jill Biden compares... more

15 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 37 minutes
'N-Word’ Usage in Music and Biden’s Executive Order

Van and Rachel discuss white fans rapping along to lyrics that contain the n-word (6:51), before digging into Pres. Biden’s... more

12 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
Congressional Twerking and a Diaspora Discussion

Van and Rachel are joined by Rhode Island state Senator Tiara Mack to address "respectability politics" after going viral for... more

08 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
Jayland Walker’s Unnecessary Death and Talking Mass Shootings … Again

Van and Rachel react to the latest police shooting that saw an unarmed man shot 60 times in Akron, OH... more

05 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 43 minutes
R. Kelly Sentenced and Inflation Talk With Marc Goldwein

Van and Rachel react to R. Kelly’s 30-year sentence and the "normalization" of his crimes (17:02), plus Ketanji Brown Jackson... more

01 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 41 minutes
The Overturning of Roe v. Wade

Van and Rachel react to the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade and discuss how people will be immediately... more

28 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 36 minutes
Trouble in Texas and Drake’s Album Review

Van and Rachel react to the Texas GOP’s new platform suggesting secession (8:51), before discussing the mixed reaction to Drake’s... more

24 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
DJ Akademiks’ Comments on Underage Dating, Plus Herschel Walker and Fatherhood

Van and Rachel dig into the resurfaced DJ Akademiks comments about sex, age, and college (16:34), before discussing the U.S.... more

17 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Garcelle Beauvais on Persevering in Hollywood, Plus Revisiting the Isimemen Etute Case With Jarrett Hill

Van and Rachel react to Matt James revealing his frustrations surrounding his ‘Bachelor’ experience (15:05), before welcoming model, author and... more

14 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 57 minutes
Michael Che and the Feel-Good Biz of Comedy, Plus Fan Controlled Football with Ray Austin

Van and Rachel discuss the New York Times’ report on Deshaun Watson allegations (13:31), and Jack Del Rio’s comments and... more

10 Jun 2022 · 2 hours, 1 minute
Discussing the Acquittal of Isimemen Etute With James Turk

Van and Rachel are joined by James Turk, the defense attorney representing Isimemen Etute, who was found not guilty in... more

07 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 48 minutes
Mass Shootings and the Challenge of Finding Hope

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the tragic school shooting in Uvalde, Texas (:14), before being joined by Guns... more

27 May 2022 · 1 hour, 31 minutes
Racist or Nah? Plus, Discussing the Spread of Monkeypox

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are back in studio to debate whether or not a Yankees vs. White Sox dustup... more

24 May 2022 · 1 hour, 38 minutes
Peak White Mess, and Speaking for All Interracial Marriages

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Nick Saban’s recent NCAA name, image, and likeness grumbles (11:59), plus the U.S.... more

20 May 2022 · 1 hour, 30 minutes
The Great Replacement Theory, and an ‘Auntie Diaries’ Conversation

Higher Learning is IN STUDIO this week and launching its own YouTube channel! With Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay recording... more

17 May 2022 · 1 hour, 55 minutes
Bruce Rivers and the Fight to End Self-Snitching

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the indictment of Young Thug and Gunna (15:14) before welcoming Bruce Rivers, attorney and... more

13 May 2022 · 1 hour, 32 minutes
Kendrick Lamar’s Return and the Indictment of Young Thug and Gunna

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the death of controversial YouTuber Kevin Samuels and the ensuing social media reaction (19:06),... more

10 May 2022 · 1 hour, 37 minutes
Overturning Roe v. Wade and Dave Chappelle’s Attack

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome law professor Caroline Mala Corbin to discuss the Supreme Court leak and the potential... more

06 May 2022 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Can a Victim Be a Bully? And the Sides of Toxic Christianity

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Joe Budden’s comments about ‘victim bullying’ (22:43) before addressing Kirk Cameron's claim that public... more

03 May 2022 · 1 hour, 39 minutes
Prayer in Schools and Playing Animal Games

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the Supreme Court case involving a high school football coach claiming the right to... more

29 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 28 minutes
DaBaby’s Self-Defense Claim, and Talking Black Supremacy

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay kick the show off by celebrating the release of Van’s new book 'Fat, Crazy, and... more

26 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 30 minutes
Mask Mandate Lifted, and Earning a Punch from Mike Tyson

Van Lathan and the Higher Learning crew wish Rachel Lindsay a happy birthday before discussing mixed reactions to the lifting... more

22 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 36 minutes
Cruel, Unusual Punishment, and Jesus at 30,000 Feet

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss an inmate’s choice of execution by firing squad (22:06) before switching gears and unpacking... more

19 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
If Deltas Ruled the World, and the Unnecessary Death of Patrick Lyoya

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay kick the podcast off with a discussion of what it’d be like if Delta Sigma... more

15 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 31 minutes
Sean K. Campbell Discusses His Investigative Reporting on Black Lives Matter

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by New York Magazine’s Sean K. Campbell to talk in depth about his... more

12 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 39 minutes
Black Lives Matter Co-founder Alicia Garza Addresses Recent Controversy

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the questions surrounding BLM’s purchasing of a $6 million house (11:05), before co-founder... more

08 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 48 minutes
A Grammys Recap and Debating What It Is to Be Square

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay break down the 2022 Grammy Awards and a couple of unpopular takes regarding Silk Sonic... more

05 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 44 minutes
NFL Hiring Practices and Skip Bayless on the Black Woman Who Raised Him

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Todd Bowles taking over for Bruce Arians as head coach of Buccaneers (28:46),... more

01 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 45 minutes
Will Smith’s Oscar Night: A ‘Higher Learning’ Breakdown

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay go through a step-by-step analysis of Will Smith slapping Chris Rock before winning his first... more

29 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 46 minutes
The Confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson and a 2022 Oscars Preview

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Ketanji Brown Jackson’s historic confirmation hearing (22:57) before digging into Kanye West and the... more

25 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 47 minutes
A Conversation on Transgender Athletics With Activist Raquel Willis

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the controversy surrounding Lia Thomas’s achievement to become the first openly transgender athlete to win a... more

22 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 33 minutes
Howard U to Strike? Plus, Herschel Walker and the Theory of Evolution

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to news that Howard University faculty have threatened to strike (26:53), and discuss the... more

18 Mar 2022 · 2 hours,
The Cult of Kanye and Isabelle Khurshudyan on the War in Ukraine

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Kanye West’s latest online activity, including his threats to D.L. Hughley (18:56), before... more

15 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 35 minutes
Ryan Coogler’s Run-in and Reactions to Jussie Smollett’s Sentencing

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss director Ryan Coogler getting mistaken for a bank robber in Atlanta (20:30), before reacting... more

11 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 53 minutes
Gambling in the NFL and Brittney Griner’s Detainment

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the news of Calvin Ridley’s suspension for gambling (16:16), before discussing Brittney Griner’s... more

08 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 27 minutes
Florida’s "Don’t Say Gay" Bill and State of the Union Reactions

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss President Biden’s first State of the Union address (14:39), before debating reacting to the... more

04 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 36 minutes
The Treatment of Africans in Ukraine and Steelo Brim on the Longevity of ‘Ridiculousness’

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss images of Africans experiencing racism while fleeing Ukrainian war zones (11:27), and react to... more

01 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 41 minutes
The Russian Invasion of Ukraine and DJ Akademiks on Misinformation

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the news of the Russian invasion of Ukraine (2:19), before welcoming Terrell Jermaine... more

25 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 43 minutes
Reacting to the Verdict in the Ahmaud Arbery Trial and Trying to Define Justice

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay first discuss their childhood churches (2:00) and then react to the guilty verdict in the... more

22 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 33 minutes
Talking ‘Jeen-Yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy’ With Directors Coodie and Chike

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Kanye West's troublesome social media activity (7:28) before welcoming ‘Jeen-Yuhs’ directors Coodie and Chike... more

18 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 39 minutes
The Super Bowl Halftime Recap and a Talk With Timothy Ware-Hill

With Super Bowl Sunday behind us, Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay vent their distaste for the current state of big... more

15 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 30 minutes
Analyzing the Biden–Crack Pipe Headlines and Anna Malaika Tubbs on Black Motherhood

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay break down the Biden administration’s harm reduction plan and conversations around the crack pipe headlines... more

11 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 41 minutes
Is Joe Rogan Racist? And the Consequences of “No-Knock” Warrants

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay introduce a new segment, The Big Deal, just in time to discuss the controversy surrounding... more

08 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 37 minutes
Brian Flores Sues the NFL and Peter Rosenberg Talks Whoopi

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay bring in Black History Month with reactions to former head coach Brian Flores’s decision to... more

04 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 39 minutes
Rihanna’s Baby Bump and MacG on That Ari Lennox Question

Van Lathan & Rachel Lindsay react to the news of Cheslie Kryst’s unexpected passing (:11), before celebrating the big Rihanna... more

01 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 30 minutes
A Conversation Across the Aisle With Tamika Hamilton, and Joe Biden’s Pledge

Van Lathan & Rachel Lindsay react to Joe Biden’s pledge to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court (9:37),... more

28 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 36 minutes
Bakari Sellers on the Present and Future State of Politics

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay break down a Thought Warrior’s question with producer Trudy Joseph (8:21) before welcoming author, attorney,... more

25 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 35 minutes
Mitch McConnell’s Americans and the Awkwafina Backlash

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Mitch McConnell’s slip of the mind in differentiating Black people from Americans (17:04) before... more

21 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
The Whitewashing of MLK and Mario Lopez’s Silence

Van Lathan welcomes Rachel Lindsay back after a week off, and the two catch up on life and loss … the... more

19 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 33 minutes
The Forever Fight for Voting Rights and Kate Sosin on Ending Violence Against the Trans Community

Van Lathan’s riding solo this week as he and producers Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham react to Joe Biden’s speech... more

14 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 35 minutes
Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on Closing Achievement Gaps and Fixing Student Loan Programs

DEK: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to discuss the closing of achievement disparities (31:44), safely... more

11 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 26 minutes
The Life of Michael K. Williams and Talking ‘The Wire’ With Felicia “Snoop” Pearson

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome Felicia “Snoop” Pearson to discuss stepping in to complete voice-overs for the late Michael... more

10 Jan 2022 · 23 minutes
Being Proud of Not Dating Black Women, and Talking Hip-Hop With Reason

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the ‘Fresh and Fit’ podcast hosts’ declaration about not dating Black women (5:04),... more

07 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 38 minutes
Janet Jackson on Michael, and Omicron Updates With Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay answer a Thought Warrior’s Very Serious Question (2:26) and get excited about the upcoming Janet... more

05 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 34 minutes
Michelle Obama 2024 and Cerise Castle on LAPD’s Use of Force

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the deaths of the legendary Archbishop Desmond Tutu (14:07) and coach-broadcaster John Madden... more

31 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 27 minutes
Kim Potter Found Guilty and Bachelor Nation’s First Black Couple

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to ex-officer Kim Potter being found guilty of manslaughter in the death of Daunte... more

24 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Joe Manchin Says “No,” and COVID-19 Surges | Higher Learning | The Ringer

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss a relationship scenario with producer Trudy Joseph (4:54), before reacting to the rise in... more

21 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 33 minutes
The Return of the Student Loans and Deion Sanders Gets Top Recruit | Higher Learning | The Ringer

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Joe Biden’s decision not to extend student loan relief (5:51), and a Louisiana... more

17 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 31 minutes
The Realities of Climate Change and the Future of Roe v. Wade | Higher Learning | The Ringer

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the devastation left behind by tornadoes in several states and discuss the climate... more

14 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 32 minutes
Jussie Smollett Found Guilty and Travis Scott Speaks on Astroworld Tragedy | Higher Learning | The Ringer

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the news of Jussie Smollett being found guilty for falsely reporting a hate... more

10 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 41 minutes
Verzuz Reactions and Michael Arceneaux on Intracultural Conflict | Higher Learning | The Ringer

On a special episode of 'Higher Learning,' Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are in the studio, recording in person for... more

07 Dec 2021 · 2 hours, 8 minutes
Stacey Abrams for Governor, and Yet Another School Shooting | Higher Learning | The Ringer

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Stacey Abrams’s second gubernatorial bid (15:50), Chris Cuomo’s suspension from CNN (25:52), and Kyle... more

03 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 41 minutes
Remembering Virgil Abloh, and Omicron Reactions | Higher Learning | The Ringer

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay reflect on the untimely passing of designer Virgil Abloh and discuss the ensuing Twitter debate... more

30 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 31 minutes
BLM's Newest Supporter: Kyle Rittenhouse. Plus: Michael Tubbs on Democratic Messaging | Higher Learning | The Ringer

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Kyle Rittenhouse’s recent comments to Tucker Carlson (11:25), claims of sexism lobbied at... more

23 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 41 minutes
RIP Young Dolph, and Domestic Violence in the NFL | Higher Learning | The Ringer

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the commutation of Julius Jones’s death sentence (0:35), the exoneration of two men convicted... more

19 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
DaBaby’s Baby Mama Drama and Biden’s Bill Becomes Law | Higher Learning | The Ringer

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss DaBaby’s most recent controversy after the rapper called the cops on his child’s mother... more

16 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 33 minutes
The Trial of Kyle Rittenhouse and Delaying ‘Black Panther 2’

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the start of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial and his testimony, which had the internet... more

12 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 31 minutes
Kanye West Does Drink Champs, and Farting Is Such Sweet Sorrow | Higher Learning | The Ringer

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the Astroworld Festival tragedy (5:55) before digging into Kanye West's latest stream of... more

09 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 35 minutes
Aaron Rodgers Lied and Had Help Doing It, Plus the CRT Bogeyman

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Aaron Rodgers testing positive for COVID-19, and the difference between vaccination and immunization... more

05 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 36 minutes
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Cultural Misunderstanding, Plus a “Let’s Go, Brandon” Discussion

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Jay-Z’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame alongside Tina Turner and... more

02 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 33 minutes
Feeling Bad for Will Smith and the War on Black Intellectualism

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Jada Pinkett Smith’s latest 'Red Table Talk' and why "relationship goals" is a myth... more

29 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 36 minutes
Kyrie’s Coalition and Modern-Day Redlining

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the U.S. Department of Justice cracking down on modern-day redlining (7:25). Plus: Kyrie Irving’s vaccine... more

26 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 21 minutes
Justice for Julius Jones and the Howard University Protests

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the #BlackburnTakeover at Howard University, while producer Donnie Beacham details his experience with dorm... more

22 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 30 minutes
Donald Trump Is Back and Why You Shouldn’t Be Embarrassed by Family

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the Cult of Trump being told by their god not to vote (12:16),... more

19 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 25 minutes
The Democratic Honeymoon Is Over and Prayers for Jelani Day

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Kyrie Irving’s IG Live regarding his COVID vaccine choice (4:22), discuss Joe Biden’s... more

15 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
Jon Gruden Resigns and Kyrie Irving’s Personal Decision

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay check in with instant reactions to some breaking news that’s got the people a-buzzing. Now-former... more

13 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Lynnette Grey Bull on Busting Myths and the Silence Around Missing Natives

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome activist and founder of Not Our Native Daughters Lynnette Grey Bull to discuss the... more

12 Oct 2021 · 35 minutes
Dave Chappelle’s ‘Closer’ and the United States v. Texas

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay dig into the divided reactions to Dave Chappelle’s latest Netflix special 'The Closer' (9:05), before... more

08 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 32 minutes
Urban Meyer’s Acts of Indiscretion, and White Women’s War With Denzel

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss a recent poll that suggests we might be at the beginning of the end... more

05 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 42 minutes
A Conversation With Frederick Joseph on the Repercussions of Racism

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome bestselling author Frederick Joseph to discuss his recent run-in at a dog park that... more

01 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 50 minutes
R. Kelly Found Guilty and Unvaccinated in the NBA

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the guilty verdict in the R. Kelly trial and that age-old question of... more

28 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 37 minutes
Missing White Woman Syndrome and Eboni K. Williams on Her Dream Job

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the disparities in media coverage for missing people of color amid the sad news... more

24 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 40 minutes
Gentrifying Inglewood and the Crisis at the Border

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay break down the overwhelming whiteness of the 2021 Emmys (18:48), despite the diverse nominee lineups. Plus, the... more

21 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 30 minutes
Nicki Minaj vs the CDC and Wellness with Devi Brown

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay lament the end of days as Nicki Minaj and the barbs take on the Center... more

17 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 44 minutes
Biden’s Vaccine Mandate and Caroline Mala Corbin on the Texas Abortion Law

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome law professor Caroline Mala Corbin to help break down the Justice Department's lawsuit against... more

14 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 53 minutes
The California Recall and Remembering Michael K. Williams

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay pay their respects to the ultra-talented Michael K. Williams, who’s missed but remembered fondly (23:14).... more

10 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 41 minutes
A Conversation with Dr. Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome Dr. Yusef Salaam, motivational speaker, author and member of the Exonerated Five to discuss... more

07 Sep 2021 · 31 minutes
Sheila Jackson Lee and the Cruelty of the Texas Abortion Law

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay start the podcast off with a game of Is It Better Than?, the subject being... more

03 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 44 minutes
God Bless Louisiana and Reviewing Kanye’s 'Donda'

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay kick things off with their thoughts and reviews on Kanye West’s latest album, 'Donda' (12:28)... more

31 Aug 2021 · 1 hour, 37 minutes
Azmat Khan and the Latest From Afghanistan

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome investigative journalist Azmat Khan to the podcast to help contextualize the ongoing crisis in... more

27 Aug 2021 · 1 hour, 39 minutes
TV Legend Larry Wilmore Shares His Top Five Black Sitcoms

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay break down Sha’Carri Richardson’s last-place finish at the Prefontaine Classic (6:33), before welcoming a true... more

24 Aug 2021 · 1 hour, 48 minutes
American Royalty: Olympian Dominique Dawes on Happy and Healthy Gymnasts

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome four-time Olympic medalist Dominique Dawes to discuss everything from mental health in gymnastics to... more

20 Aug 2021 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
The Crisis in Afghanistan, and Lizzo Responds to the Trolls

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the developing situation in Afghanistan and the impact the rise of the Taliban is... more

17 Aug 2021 · 1 hour, 21 minutes
Kmele Foster Reports on the Central Park Bird-watching Incident, Plus Skip Bayless Is Put in His Place

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by cohost of 'The Fifth Column' podcast, Kmele Foster, to discuss what he’s... more

12 Aug 2021 · 1 hour, 30 minutes
Sherri Shepherd on Black Motherhood and Finding a New Cohost for ‘The View’

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss DaBaby deleting his apology to the LGBTQ+ community (16:12), the recent discussion about Alfonso... more

10 Aug 2021 · 1 hour, 38 minutes
Continuing the Fight for Voting Rights With Martin Luther King III and Talkin’ Hip Hop With Peter Rosenberg

In honor of the anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay... more

06 Aug 2021 · 2 hours, 48 minutes
Obama’s Birthday Bash and Dee-1 on Celebrity Responsibility

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay address resurfaced tweets from Nick Bosa’s girlfriend and ask the question “Does age excuse insensitivity?” (3:12)... more

03 Aug 2021 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
The Heroism of Simone Biles and Disappointment in Boosie

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay weigh in on the Simone Biles’s Olympic decision and the importance of self-care (9:44), plus... more

30 Jul 2021 · 1 hour, 25 minutes
Da Baby Wants to Be Da Bad Guy, Plus Olympic Patriotism

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Da Baby’s recent comments during his Rolling Loud performance (13:46) before discussing the... more

27 Jul 2021 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
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... more

23 Jul 2021 · 1 hour, 33 minutes
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.... more

20 Jul 2021 · 1 hour, 50 minutes
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... more

16 Jul 2021 · 20 minutes
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... more

02 Jul 2021 · 32 minutes
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... more

02 Jul 2021 · 1 hour, 26 minutes
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... more

29 Jun 2021 · 1 hour, 38 minutes
RGIII Loves His Wife & Karen: the Motion Picture

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Robert Griffin III’s cringeworthy social media activity (5:39), Tiffany Haddish chiming in on the... more

25 Jun 2021 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Coming Out in the NFL, the Fight Over CRT, and Vaccination Hesitation

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay kick things off by addressing Rachel’s recent New York magazine cover story and what she... more

22 Jun 2021 · 1 hour, 33 minutes
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Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay hash out family business following last week’s Mailbag Questions (:25) before breaking down why Lil Nas X... more