While it sometimes seems like everyone and their mother is debuting a new podcast, finding ones that share diverse voices and perspectives is harder than it should be. A 2016 survey by Quartz found that two-thirds of American podcasts had white male hosts, which means that group has an outsized influence on the industry.
To balance that out, we’ve rounded up six podcasts with South Asian hosts or co-hosts that should be on your radar.
When this new LGBT-themed podcast was unveiled by host Priya Arora and Brown Girl Magazine last month, they declared it would “share our stories in our own words, and take the burden of representation off each individual.” Each Wednesday, Arora chats with community leaders, activists, and friends about everything from public health issues to celebrity crushes.
Desi Geek Girls
Preeti Chhibber and Swapna Krishna — the two desi geek girls in question — discuss all things pop culture in this engaging podcast. Recent episodes break down the intricacies of movies “Black Panther“, “A Wrinkle in Time” and “Star Wars”. The hosts also promise tons of Bollywood references.
Novelists V.V. Ganeshananthan (Love Marriage) and Whitney Terrell (The Good Lieutenant) discuss our current confusing times through the world of literature in this highly regarded podcast. The most recent edition features an interview with Annihilation author Jeff VanderMeer and other guests include journalists, novelists and poets. Fittingly, the show notes for each episode provide a list of readings for listeners who want to learn more.
Stories of Stigma
Discussing mental health is often both emotional and difficult, particularly for members of the South Asian community. Hosted by the online resource MannMukti, Stories of Stigma is a new podcast that shares resources, self-care strategies and interviews for those who want to create a healthy environment to discuss mental health.
Listen to some episodes at player.fm.
The Art Corner
Hosts Anoosha Syed and Vicki Tsai talk all about the ins and outs of being a professional creative person in this twice-weekly podcast. The world of work advice podcasts does not tend to be particularly diverse, so hearing two Asian Americans break down the world of marketing, online business and the creative process is a breath of fresh air.
The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Podcast
Comedian Hari Kondabolu (“The Problem With Apu“) and his brother Ashok (formerly of Das Racist) regularly travel around the country to tape their talk show — the appropriately titled “The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Project” — in front of live audiences. Earlier this year, the Queens-born brothers debuted The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Podcast, in which they talk about everything from the effects of gentrification on their beloved hometown to their favorite sports teams. The two siblings also do their best to infuriate each other in the process.
Check out their brotherly banter by subscribing on iTunes.