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Some of My Best Friends Are
Some of My Best Friends Are
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Some of My Best Friends Are… is a podcast hosted by Khalil Gibran Muhammad and Ben Austen, two best friends who grew... more

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Thank You For Being Some of Our Best Friends

In the final episode of the show, Khalil and Ben talk with Chicago poet laureate avery r. young. He’s the... more

16 Aug 2023 · 54 minutes
Samantha Irby is Quietly Hostile & Raucously Funny

Ben and Khalil get personal with author and TV writer Samantha Irby on this week's show. Her bestselling essay collections... more

09 Aug 2023 · 43 minutes
The End of Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court recently issued a decision banning race-conscious admission in higher education. In this episode, Ben and Khalil talk... more

02 Aug 2023 · 44 minutes
Fantastic Future: Reimagining the American City

This week, Ben and Khalil are talking about the future of cities. Their guest, Toni Griffin, is an architect, urban... more

26 Jul 2023 · 49 minutes
From The Last Archive: Acting Out

Here’s a special episode from another Pushkin show we love -- The Last Archive. In the 1930s, at a women's... more

19 Jul 2023 · 50 minutes
America’s Poverty is by Design

America is the richest country on earth, and yet we have the highest levels of poverty of any advanced democracy.... more

12 Jul 2023 · 48 minutes
Ben and Khalil Go South

Ben and Khalil take a trip down South to Sewanee University, otherwise known as the University of the South. The... more

05 Jul 2023 · 37 minutes
The FBI’s War on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. needs no introduction. The man changed the course of American history, and paid the ultimate... more

28 Jun 2023 · 50 minutes
Immigrants Aren't the Problem

Immigration in America is a humanitarian crisis and a political disaster. It has been for years. In this episode, Khalil... more

21 Jun 2023 · 44 minutes
Are We in a Civil War?

Jeff Sharlet started reporting from Donald Trump’s rallies in 2015, when his presidential campaign stoked a resurgence of white nationalism... more

14 Jun 2023 · 42 minutes
To the Hip Hop You Don’t Stop with Jelani Cobb

Ben and Khalil are joined by their friend Jelani Cobb, Dean of Columbia Journalism School and New Yorker staff writer,... more

07 Jun 2023 · 46 minutes
Ending the Cycle of Police Violence with Keith Ellison

It’s been three years since George Floyd was murdered by the police. After a swell of action followed by inaction,... more

31 May 2023 · 43 minutes
Truth and Reconciliation: A Lesson from South Africa

Khalil talks to Ben about a recent trip he took to South Africa and what America can learn from the... more

03 May 2023 · 38 minutes
Why Can't We Be Friends?

Friendships like Ben and Khalil's are rare in America, according to the numbers. In this episode, they talk about the... more

26 Apr 2023 · 37 minutes
What’s Wrong with ‘You People’?

Romance across race and religion has been the focus of a bunch of movies – some comedies, some dramas. Kenya... more

19 Apr 2023 · 41 minutes
Taking a Knee with Malcolm Gladwell

Sports have always been political, despite what some fans might like to believe. So what role should athletes play in... more

12 Apr 2023 · 53 minutes
From Started From the Bottom: How Charlamagne Turned Failure Into Success

Here’s a special episode from a new Pushkin podcast, Started From the Bottom. Host Justin Richmond interviews successful people with... more

05 Apr 2023 · 49 minutes
Can Multiracial Adoption End Racism?

Matthew Guterl is a historian of race and nation at Brown University, and also Khalil’s other white best friend. He... more

29 Mar 2023 · 52 minutes
The Jeffersons vs. Sanford & Son

Ben and Khalil throw it back to the 1970s to talk about the TV shows they loved growing up –... more

22 Mar 2023 · 44 minutes
Why We Love and Hate Hollywood

Khalil and Ben go to the movies with the perfect partner: Jacqueline Stewart, the director and president of the Academy... more

15 Mar 2023 · 45 minutes
How to Write the Past & Future with Clint Smith

Author and poet Clint Smith joins Ben and Khalil to talk about his new collection of poetry, “Above Ground.” They... more

08 Mar 2023 · 46 minutes
Kamala Harris for President?

Jamal Simmons spent a year working as the communications director for Vice President Kamala Harris. In his first podcast interview... more

01 Mar 2023 · 57 minutes
Florida Man Attacks ‘Woke’ Curriculum

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis succeeded in stripping important ideas and essential people out of the new curriculum for the national... more

22 Feb 2023 · 45 minutes
Is a New Rainbow Coalition of Voters Possible?

Legendary Chicago Mayor Harold Washington is the subject of a new documentary called “Punch 9 for Harold Washington.” In this... more

15 Feb 2023 · 52 minutes
We Know How to Solve Homelessness. We Just Need to Do It.

There are roughly 600,000 people experiencing homelessness -- “houselessness”-- in the United States. Ben and Khalil talk with Dr. Heidi Behforouz... more

08 Feb 2023 · 49 minutes
Eve L. Ewing Into the Multiverse

Eve L. Ewing is a renowned scholar, poet, teacher and cultural organizer. She also writes Marvel comic books, including Ironheart,... more

01 Feb 2023 · 49 minutes
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,... more

25 Jan 2023 · 52 minutes
“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... more

18 Jan 2023 · 51 minutes
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... more

10 Jan 2023 · 30 minutes
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... more

29 Dec 2022 · 15 minutes
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... more

13 Dec 2022 · 47 minutes
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... more

06 Dec 2022 · 49 minutes
"F*** Him, But F*** Jail": The Power of Restorative Justice

Danielle Sered is the founder and director of Common Justice, the first alternative-to-incarceration and victim-service program in the United States.... more

29 Nov 2022 · 40 minutes
“Everything Dope Comes from Chicago”

Sherman “Dilla” Thomas has become the face of Chicago history on TikTok, TV and in tours. So Khalil and Ben... more

22 Nov 2022 · 43 minutes
How Textbooks Made America Not So Great

Khalil and Ben talk with Donald Yacovone about his book, Teaching White Supremacy. In the midst of new laws to... more

15 Nov 2022 · 45 minutes
Brown Enough: Embracing The Middle Space

Actor, podcast host and author Christopher Rivas attributes his own racial awakening to the moment he learned the “real” James... more

08 Nov 2022 · 46 minutes
The Boys Are Back in Town: Live from Chicago

Khalil and Ben revisit the city where their friendship began. They speak on stage at the 2022 Chicago Humanities Festival.... more

01 Nov 2022 · 38 minutes
We Can’t Friend Our Way out of White Supremacy

Saladin Ambar is author of a new book, Stars and Shadows: The Politics of Interracial Friendship from Jefferson to Obama.... more

01 Nov 2022 · 38 minutes
Some of My Best Friends Are... Back!

Khalil and Ben return for more real talk about the absurdities and intricacies of race in America. Each week, they'll... more

25 Oct 2022 · 1 minute
The Good, The Bad and The Funny

In the final episode of the season, Khalil and Ben delve into how the “some of my best friends are…”... more

16 Dec 2021 · 42 minutes
Some of My Best Friends Are
How Textbooks Made America Not So Great
Some of My Best Friends Are

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Khalil and Ben talk with Donald Yacovone about his book, Teaching White Supremacy. In the midst of new laws to ban books... more