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Higher Learning with Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay

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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.

82 Episodes
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the Rachel’s decision to deactivate her Instagram and Emmanuel Acho hosting "After the Final Rose" (0:00). Then they’re joined by hip-hop media personality DJ Akademiks to discuss his perception on the internet, Megan Thee Stallion’s career, Tekashi 69, Meek Mill, Drake’s album, and more (15:00). Then Van and Rachel discuss the new 'Superman' reboot (1:03:00), the controversy surrounding Taylor Nolan (1:12:00), and introduce a new segment, “Van’s Very Important Questions” (1:28:00).
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the story former President Obama told on the ‘Renegades’ podcast about punching a former classmate of his (15:00), New York’s ban on sales and display of the Confederate flag (22:00), Draya Michele’s latest antics (38:00), sexual harassment allegations against Governor Andrew Cuomo (42:00), the latest episode of 'The Bachelor' (1:02:00), and answer some mailbag questions (1:10:00).
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Matt James’s Instagram statement on the Rachael Kirkconnell ‘Bachelor’ drama (0:45) and are then joined by the star of 'The United States vs. Billie Holiday,' Andra Day, to discuss her experience playing Billie Holiday and the importance of knowing her story to understand the civil rights movement and the period of time that we’re currently in (8:30).
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss recent pictures of Clare Crawley and Dale Moss together (2:00), Cam Newton’s argument with a camper at his 7-on-7 tournament (10:00), Deion Sanders allegedly getting his belongings stolen after Jackson State’s victory (21:00), new details coming out about Malcolm X’s death (28:00), and Lakeith Stanfield’s bizarre feud with Charlamagne Tha God (46:00), and more.
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Ben Shapiro coming at Rachel on his podcast (7:00), Rush Limbaugh’s death (21:00), Ted Cruz’s impromptu trip to (and return from) Cancún (29:00), Boosie Badazz’s comments about Lori Harvey (43:00), Meek Mill’s leaked song with lyrics about Kobe Bryant (57:00), and more.
Dr. Ibram X. Kendi joins Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay to discuss the seemingly slowing trend of white allyship, how he would make the case to white people that they need to care about racism, how the new administration can tackle racism, what a reparations package could look like, and his new book, ‘Four Hundred Souls.’
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the Chris Harrison’s second Instagram apology and the decision for him to step away from the 'Bachelor' franchise (1:00), Justin Timberlake’s apology to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson (35:00), the acquittal of former President Donald Trump (54:00), and Beyoncé’s promotion for her upcoming ICY PARK Adidas drop (1:05:00).
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the interview Rachel did with Chris Harrison for 'Extra' and how it relates to Rachael Kirkconnell’s situation on ‘The Bachelor’ (0:30). Then Van explains how Van Jones texted him about the last 'Higher Learning' podcast and why Van Jones needs to take a better look around (43:00). Finally, Van and Rachel answer some mailbag questions (1:13:00).
For another Black History Month bonus episode, Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield to discuss Fred Hampton, William O'Neal, the importance of their new movie ‘Judas and the Black Messiah,' and more.
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Tom Brady winning the Super Bowl (0:00) and Van Jones’s appearance on ‘The View’ (9:00). They are then joined by California Representative Adam Schiff to discuss the government's COVID-19 response and how the Democratic party can better support the Black community (21:00), and Rabbi Ari Lamm to discuss ViacomCBS bringing Nick Cannon back after his anti-Semitic comments (44:00).
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Lil Uzi Vert’s decision to pierce his forehead with a $24 million diamond (10:00), the reported celebrity boxing match between Lamar Odom and Aaron Carter (21:00), the discourse surrounding the Trey Songz video leak (31:00), Keke Wyatt’s confusing statements about oppression (42:00), before they answer some mailbag questions (1:01:00).
Shad Moss, a.k.a. Bow Wow, joins Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay for the first Black History Month bonus episode to discuss his internet controversies, including his “concert” in Houston, and his place in hip-hop and Black culture.
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the uproar around Chloe Bailey's use of her personal Instagram page (11:00); Sabrina Peterson describing sexual abuse by T.I. and his wife, Tiny (28:00); Black Lives Matter being nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by someone not from the U.S. (39:00); and how much Van and Rachel could raise for charity by auctioning off a date with themselves (58:00).
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the GameStop stock situation (5:00) then bring on Lecrae to talk about his career and place in hip hop (19:00). Then they reflect on the life and career of Cicely Tyson (57:00), recap Matt James’s all-time weenie episode (1:03:00), discuss the horrifying story about Chad Wheeler (1:12:00), and answer some mailbag questions (1:25:00).
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the NFL championship games from the weekend (2:00), then bring Kaiya Hamilton on to explain the viral clip of her, Just Brittany, and Rick Ross from VH1's ‘Signed’ (20:00). Then Van and Rachel unpack Kmele Foster’s recent appearance on ‘Real Time With Bill Maher’ (38:00) and pay their respects to Kobe Bryant on the one-year anniversary of his passing (1:16:00).
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s inauguration (7:00), President Trump pardoning Lil Wayne (23:00), Clare Crawley and Dale Moss’s apparent breakup (31:00), the most recent episode of ‘The Bachelor’ (49:00), the controversy surrounding DaniLeigh (58:00), and answer some mailbag questions (1:13:00).
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Bow Wow’s performance at a packed club as part of a new segment: Bow Wow Watch (7:00) and Charles Barkley’s ridiculous statement that professional athletes should get to jump the vaccine line because of their high taxes (21:00) before they dive into the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the flaws in the widespread perception of him (37:00). Finally, they say goodbye to President Trump in the last ‘Higher Learning’ podcast of his administration (1:06:00).
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the interesting situation with Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets (17:00), the House voting to impeach President Trump (40:00), and the bizarre alleged DMs from Armie Hammer (1:00:00). Then they give a recap of this week’s episode of 'The Bachelor' (1:08:00), and answer some mailbag questions (1:19:00).
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the likely impeachment of President Trump this week (15:00), Keri Hilson’s unhappiness with Twitter removing President Trump from the platform (30:00), the documentary ‘The Reunited States’ produced by Van Jones and Meghan McCain (46:00), and Michael B. Jordan going IG official with Lori Harvey (58:00).
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the domestic terrorism that happened in Washington D.C. on Wednesday (0:30), Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff’s Senate victories in Georgia (38:00), the reports that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are getting divorced (55:00), and answer some mailbag questions (1:11:00).
Comments (24)

Eva Hall

I love your podcast... love the convos❤

Feb 28th



Feb 16th

Mallory Michelle Mudd

he was leaving the show already, don't know why people aren't saying that

Feb 16th

Adele Ballard

I am so very glad I have found your Podcast. So glad to hear you , Van. I missed you. You and Rachel are two great podcasters!💝💝

Feb 15th

Marissa Candace

have to be careful about going on medical leave especially if the work place doesn't understand mental health. some people are shamed and judged at the work place for this. happened to me and I was a front line worker.

Jan 15th

Julie Thompson

y'all getting spicy! see both sides to the paster thing.. we do not know the whole story I do not think.

Nov 18th

Marissa Candace

The story about Rachel's nephew made me cry at work. poor kid and it's troubling. systemic racism is REAL

Nov 13th


Van's storytelling is the most! He gets his point across no matter how far he takes the story.

Oct 6th


Van is my people! A brother who loves Seinfeld. One of the best shows ever. Classic

Sep 22nd

Marissa Candace

Rachel, the next time anyone asks you a hair question and they ask you "is that your hair?" the answer is yes it's my hair. because you paid for it and it's on your. The rest literally doesn't matter. 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤 and also, going bold and thinning hair doesn't have to be a man's destiny.

Sep 15th

Deon Stanford

First I love the show. Second in the segment about Dak Prescott, Shannon Sharpe didn't sit quietly. He educated Skip on being an athlete and they are first human beings. And he also scolded Skip about everyone deals with things differently. And it doesn't make you weaker than someone else. I love Big Rach's energy, but she was wrong on this one.

Sep 11th

Marissa Candace

"Being black, maybe that's the reason why they always mad Yeah, they always mad, yeah Been passed 'em, I know that's the reason why they all big mad And they always have been"

Aug 28th

Desmond Fisher

This was my first episode listening to. I really enjoyed it. It is now in my favorite podcast list.

Aug 13th

savannah biletto

Van talking about the dude who listened to the cardi B/Meg song had me laughing till I cried LOVE IT!

Aug 11th

Christi E

some of your audience knows who Talib Kweli is...come on!

Aug 5th

darwin low

Very best information on this site..thanks for your posting..

Aug 3rd

jay b

1. don't quote Adolf Hitler 2. creators must look into legal trademarking of work and identity to avoid shenanigans from deep pockets

Jul 11th

N Banner

Alexander Hamilton was from the West Indies, right?

Jul 8th
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April Brooks

can u please add a 3rd show per week..I need more of u guys.

Jun 26th

April Brooks

my favorite new podcast u guys r great together!!

Jun 21st
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