Our Favorite Podcasts for 2017

While we obviously have love for the work we do at Creative Tension, we are also BIG fans of other podcasts. Here are our favorite podcasts from 2017.


"There’s the history you had to learn, and the history you want to learn. That’s where BackStory comes in."

Hosts: Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, Brian Balogh, Joanne Freeman and Nathan Connolly


"Bronzeville, an audio drama that chronicles the lives of players in the lottery games while illuminating the self-sustainability of the community’s African American residents."

Starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate and Tika Sumpter


"...fascinated by the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, how they play out in our lives and communities, and how all of this is shifting."

Hosts: Shereen Marisol Meraji and Gene Demby


"This is a story of alliances and betrayals, of heists and stings, of crooked cops and honest mobsters—a story where it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys."

Hosts: Zac Stuart-Pontie and Marc Smerling


"Ear Hustle brings you the stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it." 

Hosts: Earlonne Woods & Nigel Poor


"In a world where we obsess over staying connected, how can we be sure we’re not leaving ourselves vulnerable?"

Hosts: Geoff Siskind and Bruce Snell


"Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance."  

Host - Malcolm Gladwell


"...capturing the sounds of life happening and telling stories that explore human experience and American society."

Host: John Biewen


"Men and women missing that bit of conscience or soul or whatever you want to call it that lets us see, and feel, somebody else’s humanity."

Host: Stinson Liles


"Conversations and sound-rich stories about what it means to be black, and how we talk about blackness."

Hosts: Hana Baba and Leila Day


"...preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world."

"America is divided, and it always has been. We’re going back to the moment when that split turned into war."

Hosts: Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika