Are you wanting to learn more about voting rights? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best voting rights podcasts of 2021.
We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.
We are always keen to hear your feedback, if we have missed a podcast, Twitter us Pretty Progressive (Twitter) and we will check it out!
Best Voting Rights Podcasts 2021
The Electorette Podcast
- Publisher: Electorette
- Total Episodes: 174
The Electorette: A new podcast about politics, intersectionality and feminism. The Electorette features interviews and conversations with the women leading the resistance. They are passionate about equality, voting rights, climate change, access to healthcare & reproductive rights and all issues that make a healthy democracy.
Pod for the Cause
- Publisher: The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
- Total Episodes: 38
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights launched “Pod for the Cause” podcast to expand the conversation on critical civil and human rights challenges of our day: census, justice reform, policing, education, fighting hate & bias, judicial nominations, fair courts, voting rights, media & tech, economic security, immigration, and human rights. Through this expanded dialogue, we want to spur activism that drives change in our communities and country. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to the show on your favorite podcast app and leave a 5-star review.
- Publisher: Humanities New York
- Total Episodes: 11
Sex was never the only battleground for women’s voting rights. Amended, a podcast from Humanities New York, marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment by challenging the suffrage story most Americans learn in school. Host Laura Free, a historian of women and politics, and her guests take us back to the 1800’s and up to the present day to tell the stories of under-recognized women who also fought injustice based on race, citizenship status and class.
The Sunset Single Player Podcast
- Publisher: Michael Limauro
- Total Episodes: 45
Hey everyone, I’m Michael! The Sunset Single Player is a gaming podcast that covers single player games, mostly on Playstation 5. The podcast episodes are available on Anchor, Apple/iTunes, Spotify, Google podcasts, and more! Apple/iTunes link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-sunset-single-player-podcast/id1523725783 Spotify link: https://open.spotify.com/show/40xbWMfJKDeEUaCJxqN5h6?si=YC4eD90AQuui-sCMT6KoTw Please check out patreon.com/thesunsetsingleplayer to gain two day early/ad-free access, the ability to write in your comment or question to the show, voting rights, and more! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/michael-limauro/support
And Nothing Less: The Untold Stories of Women’s Fight for the Vote
- Publisher: PRX
- Total Episodes: 9
“Men their rights and nothing more; women their rights and nothing less.” Written by suffragists Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, women’s rights activists used this rallying cry to demand voting equality. But the suffrage movement included far more voices and perspectives than these two well-known names: throughout the fight for women’s right to vote, generations of diverse activists demanded full access to the ballot box. Hosts Rosario Dawson and Retta guide us through this seven-part series, bringing us the stories we didn’t learn in our history books. And Nothing Less is a production of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, the National Park Service, and PRX. It is the official podcast commemorating 100 years of the 19th Amendment and women’s constitutional right to vote.
Democracy in Danger
- Publisher: UVA Media Lab
- Total Episodes: 38
All over the world, liberal democracy is getting turned upside-down. Autocratic leaders are using populist appeals, the partisan media and the power of their offices to short-circuit deliberation and consensus. They flout the rule of law, unleash the police on their own people, suppress dissent and attack voting rights. So what can you do about it? Join hosts Will Hitchcock and Siva Vaidhyanathan on Democracy in Danger — a show that puts the illiberal turn in context. Each week Will and Siva, both University of Virginia professors, are joined by leading thinkers to discuss serious threats to government by the people: from the dark web and media disinformation, to climate change, economic inequality and violent extremism. Help them save democracy, and make it work better. New episodes post on Tuesdays. Subscribe to the show wherever you get your podcasts and tweet us your thoughts @DinDpodcast.
LBJ and the Great Society
- Publisher: PRX
- Total Episodes: 16
President Lyndon B. Johnson is today remembered largely for his failure in Vietnam. But before the war sunk his presidency, LBJ compiled a record of accomplishment on the domestic front unmatched since FDR. Medicare, civil and voting rights, clean air and water, Head Start, immigration reform, public broadcasting — fifty years later, these programs are so deeply woven into the fabric of American life that it is difficult to imagine the country without them. LBJ and the Great Society is a window on this transformative moment in U.S. history, and the larger-than-life figure at the center of it. Hosted by Melody Barnes, chief domestic policy advisor to Barack Obama and now co-head of the Democracy Initiative at the University of Virginia. The series is a sequel to LBJ’s War (also available in this feed), which mined a largely unheard trove of recordings from the White House to tell the story of Johnson’s ruinous misadventure in Vietnam.
Built By Us
- Publisher: Democracy North Carolina
- Total Episodes: 54
Built By Us is a podcast created by Democracy North Carolina, an organization dedicated to bringing power back to the voters of North Carolina and promoting citizen ownership of our government. Built By Us is a summer podcast series created to provide an engaging and informative forum for the voices of democracy in our state! In it, you’ll hear all about our newly-launched “For the People” campaign and what you can do right now to support the latest policies that will push our fight for voting rights forward. Tune in to listen to democracy at work and learn how you can get involved!
- Publisher: SRP Unerased
- Total Episodes: 12
Our 30-minute audio adventure explores conversations usually shared only in the comfort of safe spaces. Like the kitchen table talks that women enjoy over coffee or a bite, the Unerased podcast series will explore, inspire and stoke our electoral might. Our Suffrage Unerased initiative, channeling the Centennial of the 19th Amendment giving women voting rights, is dedicated to a narrative shift. We will shine light on bold and unbossed Black women and other thought leaders confronting and making change today. We’ll redefine suffrage as a source of power and engagement for racial and gender justice. On the eve of the consequential November elections we’ll drop a touchstone for Black women – and all women who support our leadership – to promote democratic inclusion and progressive change.
Testimony: GW Law Experts Explain Election 2020
- Publisher: George Washington University Law School
- Total Episodes: 12
Dayna Bowen Matthew, Dean and Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, interviews GW Law faculty experts to explain issues important to the nation and the impact they may have on the national election in November 2020. Scholars at GW Law are not only excellent teachers but are some of the leading experts in almost every aspect of law. Whether it is constitutional law, voting rights law, administrative law, international law, freedom of speech, human rights law, criminal law and so much more, learning from them is learning from the best experts in the country. Through Testimony, Dean Dayna Bowen Matthew brings these conversations into the public sphere.
The Purple State Report
- Publisher: ACLU of Colorado
- Total Episodes: 30
On the Purple State Report, a podcast from the ACLU of Colorado, we discuss the big issues (voting rights, immigration, the war on drugs) affecting your rights and freedoms in Colorado, and we tell you how to get involved. Each episode features information on campaigns, events, and actions that you can take right now to protect your rights. Special episodes include Know Your Rights trainings, client profiles, and interviews with the lawmakers who fight for our civil liberties in one of the last true purple states.
THE obvious WEAPON
- Publisher: Marc Nicoleau & Tyrik Grooms
- Total Episodes: 17
A podcast perfectly balancing the parallels of life and basketball. Talking lots of NBA hoops, but also taking the conversation off the court with thought-provoking discussions about relationships, fatherhood, mental health, and much more. Be sure to like and follow THE obvious WEAPON on Facebook facebook.com/owpod and Instagram instagram.com/odubpod for more great content!!! Also, be sure check us out on Patreon for exclusive, bonus content you won’t get anywhere else! $5 per month gets you bonus episodes, unreleased episode segments, impromptu live streams, exclusive voting rights on episode topics, AND official “OW” merchandise!
Divided by Design: A Podcast by E Pluribus Unum
- Publisher: Divided By Design
- Total Episodes: 8
Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who led the controversial effort to remove Confederate statues from the city and who now runs E Pluribus Unum- a nonprofit focused on advancing racial equity in the south, breaks down how we are divided by design. Race courses through every facet of our lives, yet too few people– particularly white people– truly understand the scale of racism in America, including our history and how racism still permeates today’s institutions. The Divided by Design podcast features discussions with advocates, historians, and experts about how race intersects with health, wealth, criminal justice, housing, and voting rights. By better understanding how we got here to this moment, we can better chart a path forward towards a more just, inclusive and equitable America for us all.
Time Rewind Reporter’s Journal
- Publisher: David J. Mendel
- Total Episodes: 38
With more than 50 years of reporting experience between them, veteran broadcast journalists David Mendel and Mike Xirinachs reveal the stories behind the stories. They have shared what was involved in covering major breaking news, including the downing of TWA Flight 800, the first Persian Gulf War, the 9/11 World Trade Center attack, a Ku Klux Klan rally, a city hall hostage standoff and other headline-making events. But they also cut through the clutter to help make sense of today’s news, ranging from the coronavirus pandemic and U.S. Capitol insurrection to a nation grappling with police brutality, racism, voting rights and other hot-button issues. Along the way, David and Mike welcome special guests that are making a difference in the world in their own unique ways. And don’t miss the one-minute daily “Time Rewind” history/pop culture feature! Find out what happened on this day. Learn more at www.time-rewind.com.
- Publisher: Rainey Decatur
- Total Episodes: 26
Fannie Lou’s Children is a nod to my shero, Fannie Lou Hamer, a civil rights and voting rights activist born in Mississippi in 1917. I talk to people who work as she did, to organize their communities to exact change and find solutions. Welcome to the podcast
Your Vote, Your Voice
- Publisher: League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area
- Total Episodes: 4
Every election counts. Facts matter! Your voice matters. Join Leaders from the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area (https://lwvspa.org/) each month to explore voter registration, education, and voting rights information that helps you cast your ballot with confidence. Our conversations with civic and policy leaders will help you learn how the issues you care about impact you. Our candidate forums will let you know where the candidates stand on those issues. We provide you with information to make your own informed decisions and information that you can confidently share with others. We take the time to listen and answer your questions about the issues you care most about. Conversational interviews will give you details on using your voice and your vote to impact change. LWVSPA is a nonpartisan organization encouraging informed and active participation in government and helps the community influence public policy through education and advocacy. We don’t support any political party or candidate.
The Tanya Acker Show
- Publisher: The Tanya Acker Show
- Total Episodes: 7
You may know Tanya Acker as one of three judges on CBS Television Distribution’s Emmy-nominated HOT BENCH. But long before HOT BENCH, Tanya was delving into problems in the corridors of the public and private sectors with some of the country’s top minds. Look a problem in the eye and figure out how to fix it – social media dislikes and cathartic rants can only get us so far. The Tanya Acker Show is about recognizing that we’re bigger than our problems. It’s about looking at truth; fighting better and smarter with each other; brainstorming ideas; knowing that bad things are fixable; and having more fun. We hope you’ll listen in as Tanya and her guests explore a wide range of topics – from fighting frivolous lawsuits to ensuring meaningful criminal justice reform to breaking bread with political opponents without breaking glass in each other’s faces. Early guests include Anthony Daniels, Alabama House Minority leader (and the first African-American to hold the job); Lecia Brooks, historical consultant on BlacKKKlansman and expert on voting rights; Lawyers Paul Derby, Michael Trope on fighting frivolous lawsuits; Former prosecutor David Kettel on crying wolf to the police. Listen to The Tanya Acker Show – where we’ll get real and not just mad, where we look for ways to fix what troubles us, and where we remember to have a little fun from time to time, too.
- Publisher: Connecticut Public Radio
- Total Episodes: 33
Most of us entered 2020 assuming that the decennial Census, an impeachment trial, and the Presidential election would be the key defining political moments of the year. Six months in, however, and the global COVID-19 pandemic and uprisings over police violence have captured the public square in a way no one could have predicted. Together these two watershed events have both exposed and deepened longstanding tensions in the United States. They have also disrupted nearly every aspect of our lives including access to health care, economic security, education, public safety, and childcare. How do we make sense of these disruptions? And what are the things we need to consider as we chart a path toward recovery? Who are the voices raising new issues and new perspectives previously overlooked? What can we learn from these disruptions as we prepare for those yet to come? Dr. Khalilah L. Brown-Dean is an Award-Winning Scholar, and author most recently of “Identity Politics in the United States”. A tenured Associate Professor of Political Science at Quinnipiac University, she is a frequent contributor to media outlets across all platforms. With a keen eye toward the practical implications of democratic conflict, Dr. Brown-Dean is a preeminent expert on issues of American Politics, criminal punishment, mass incarceration, voting rights, and U.S. elections. She Chairs the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven; one of the oldest community foundations in the nation.
War of the Words
- Publisher: Cone Man Running Productions
- Total Episodes: 89
Cone Man Running Productions is excited to present the next level of audioplay competition. Sixteen playwrights bracketed sweet sixteen-style to go head to head. They have 48 hours to write an original audio play with given parameters. The plays are then recorded and edited and rolled out in their bracketed pairs. The audience then decides who wins each bracket battle by voting at our website at www.conemanrunning.com. Once the winners are selected, they will then go head to head until there is only one playwright left standing! For release schedule, please go to our website at www.conemanrunning.com
Elevating Pikes Peak Women
- Publisher: Pikes Peak Women
- Total Episodes: 12
Welcome to Empowering Pikes Peak Women. On this podcast, we plan to explore topics of critical importance to local women. Topics such as voting rights and access, healthcare reform, pay equity, community innovation, and investment, women’s health, and safety, challenges with career and family, or the actions of politicians for or against women’s rights. We want to inspire YOU to jump in and make a difference in local business and politics. In the past, we’ve hosted in-person events but we believe our work is more important now than ever and you can listen and engage at your convenience from a safe distance. Former Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace will serve as our moderator. If you don’t know Mary Lou – you’re missing out. She’s an absolute dynamo and a wonder woman on the front lines for expanding opportunities for women across the spectrum. She’s done it….and she’s committed to helping the next generation take over and make their mark. But this is a two-way conversation – we’d love to hear from YOU about the topics you think are most important to women. What’s keeping you up at night? What’s blocking you from achieving your dreams? What do you want to learn more about? Please email us at [email protected] or post on our facebook page with your story ideas and concerns. Find us interesting? Sign up to receive our podcast on Apple or Spotify……..share with your friends. But most of all – engage and listen! We look forward to sharing intriguing and important women’s stories with you!