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The NYCLU’s Favorite Podcasts (2021 Edition)


2022 Update: Check out Rights This Way, a new podcast from the New York Civil Liberties Union focused on the civil rights and liberties issues that impact New Yorkers most. 


Below, in no particular order, are a few of the NYCLU staff’s favorite podcasts. They touch on many of the issues we care about and help us stay abreast of the latest developments that impact our work.

Radical Imagination

This podcast delves into some of the biggest problems we face like inequality, racism, and housing insecurity and highlights the people “creating bold, inspiring solutions.”


5-4 Pod

A podcast that dissects and analyzes the Supreme Court cases that “hover over America, like vultures over a dying man in the desert.”


Afro Futures

Former NYCLUer Yusuf Abdul-Qadir discusses “culture, politics, sports and everything in between from a Black perspective.”


Movement Memos

Movement Memos focuses on movement and mutual aid efforts and “connects with activists, journalists and others on the front lines to break down what’s happening in various struggles and what listeners can do to help.”


Scene on Radio

This podcast “dares to ask big, hard questions about who we are—really—and how we got this way.” Two seasons in particular on whiteness and men and the patriarchy are especially recommended.



Each week the show’s hosts talk “with and about the smartest and most interesting people in the city, digging into what’s happening now, how we got here and where we’re going next.”


Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!

On NPR’s weekly news quiz show “you can test your knowledge against some of the best and brightest in the news and entertainment world while figuring out what’s real news and what’s made up.”


You’re Wrong About

The two hosts “reconsider a person or event that’s been miscast in the public imagination.” Not all of the episodes deal with NYCLU issues, but many do, including “Murder,” “The Stonewall Uprising,” and “Roe v. Wade”


Burn it All Down

A feminist sports podcast that covers the politics of gender in sports.


At Liberty

A weekly podcast from the ACLU that explores the biggest civil rights and civil liberties issues of the day.



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