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Higher Learning with Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay


Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay dissect the biggest topics in Black culture, politics, and sports. Two times per week, they will wade into the most important and timely conversations, frequently inviting guests on the podcast and occasionally debating each other.

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Verzuz Reactions and Michael Arceneaux on Intracultural Conflict | Higher Learning | The Ringer

Dec 7 • 02:08:36

On a special episode of 'Higher Learning,' Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are in the studio, recording in person for the first time! They discuss everything from Chris Cuomo losing his job (16:48) to an eventful Verzuz between Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Three 6 Mafia (24:11). Then bestselling author Michael Arceneaux joins to break down a controversial scene in Amazon Prime’s...

Stacey Abrams for Governor, and Yet Another School Shooting | Higher Learning | The Ringer

Dec 3 • 01:41:47

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Stacey Abrams’s second gubernatorial bid (15:50), Chris Cuomo’s suspension from CNN (25:52), and Kyle Rittenhouse’s status at Arizona State (40:55). Also, the problem of gun violence continues in light of the Oxford High School tragedy in Michigan (58:59), and Thought Warriors get their mailbag questions answered (1:25:38).  ...

Remembering Virgil Abloh, and Omicron Reactions | Higher Learning | The Ringer

Nov 30 • 01:31:25

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay reflect on the untimely passing of designer Virgil Abloh and discuss the ensuing Twitter debate over privacy in the face of an illness (11:13). Also, Jussie Smollett’s trial begins (21:42), the AMAs spark confusion after giving Doja Cat a pair of R&B awards (47:11), and a new COVID-19 variant emerges (53:44)....

BLM's Newest Supporter: Kyle Rittenhouse. Plus: Michael Tubbs on Democratic Messaging | Higher Learning | The Ringer

Nov 23 • 01:41:56

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Kyle Rittenhouse’s recent comments to Tucker Carlson (11:25), claims of sexism lobbied at the film ‘King Richard’ (26:42), and Idris Elba playing a Bond villain and not the man himself (38:14). Plus, Michael Tubbs, author and former mayor of Stockton, CA, joins the show to discuss his book ‘The Deeper the Roots’ and why Democrats are ...

RIP Young Dolph, and Domestic Violence in the NFL | Higher Learning | The Ringer

Nov 19 • 01:24:19

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the commutation of Julius Jones’s death sentence (0:35), the exoneration of two men convicted of killing Malcolm X (9:29), and the tragic death of rapper Young Dolph (17:59). Then Antonio Brown is accused of obtaining a fake vaccine card (55:10), and domestic violence is discussed in light of the Zac Stacy incident (59:36). ...

DaBaby’s Baby Mama Drama and Biden’s Bill Becomes Law | Higher Learning | The Ringer

Nov 16 • 01:33:03

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss DaBaby’s most recent controversy after the rapper called the cops on his child’s mother DaniLeigh (16:04). Then the Kyle Rittenhouse trial nears a conclusion (27:59), President Biden signs the infrastructure bill into law (49:52), and Beto is running for governor of Texas (1:07:11). ...

The Trial of Kyle Rittenhouse and Delaying ‘Black Panther 2’

Nov 12 • 01:31:58

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the start of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial and his testimony, which had the internet abuzz (17:41). Plus, Letitia Wright’s vaccination stance has the ‘Black Panther 2’ production on hold (33:27), Jay-Z and Hillary Clinton have a problem in common (40:06), and Scottie Pippen’s mad at Michael Jordan (1:00:36). And of course, it’s Mailbag Ti...

Kanye West Does Drink Champs, and Farting Is Such Sweet Sorrow | Higher Learning | The Ringer

Nov 9 • 01:35:12

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the Astroworld Festival tragedy (5:55) before digging into Kanye West's latest stream of consciousness (21:34) and the right getting big mad at Big Bird (38:49). Plus, National Hip-Hop Month is now a thing (49:19) and President Biden farts in front of royalty (54:36). ...

Aaron Rodgers Lied and Had Help Doing It, Plus the CRT Bogeyman

Nov 5 • 01:36:06

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Aaron Rodgers testing positive for COVID-19, and the difference between vaccination and immunization (16:40). Then, fear of critical race theory fuels Republican victory in Virginia (42:52), the NFL combine gets compared to slavery (56:18), and the jury selection in the Ahmaud Arbery case has people scratching their heads (1:07:47). ...

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Cultural Misunderstanding, Plus a “Let’s Go, Brandon” Discussion

Nov 2 • 01:33:13

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Jay-Z’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame alongside Tina Turner and LL Cool J (9:13), a Southwest Airlines pilot who got investigated for signing off with an anti-Biden rallying cry (29:11), J.Lo's “horrible” early-career experience (49:22), and lastly Florida students who were suspended for confronting racism (1:09:33). ...

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