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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.

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Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the two latest high-profile incidents of law enforcement misconduct: Virginia police pulling over and pepper-spraying 2nd Lt. Caron Nazario last December, and Minnesota police shooting and killing Daunte Wright this week (0:30). Then they bring on detectives Ralph Horton and Dre Severino of the Baltimore City Police Department to discuss these two events and policing in America at large (16:00). Finally, Van and Rachel discuss Patrisse Cullors buying multiple houses (1:00:10), Kid Cudi’s ‘SNL’ performances (1:14:00), and Kyrie Irving not liking the N-word (1:22:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Khloe Kardashian’s “natural” picture that got accidentally posted (20:00), Regé-Jean Page not getting a role in 'Krypton' because he’s Black (37:00), Hubert Davis’s weird press conference after being hired as UNC head basketball coach (49:00), and California potentially reopening on June 15 (1:00:00), before answering some mailbag questions (1:07:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Paul Pierce’s viral video on Friday night and reported firing from ESPN (9:00), MLB moving their 2021 All-Star Game out of Atlanta (21:00), and Charles Barkley’s recent comments about race (29:00). Then they welcome Ego Nwodim to discuss her career in comedy (42:00) and check in with Yodit Tewolde for the latest on the Derek Chauvin trial (1:11:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the internet feud between Kevin Durant and Michael Rapaport (18:00), the investigations into Florida Representative Matt Gaetz (31:00), and the video of the elevator altercation between Quavo and Saweetie (41:00) before answering some mailbag questions (1:07:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Chet Hanks’s comments about the upcoming “white boy summer” (12:30), Lil Nas X’s video and subsequent shoe release (21:00), and Georgia’s bill restricting voting access (40:00) before having attorney Yodit Tewolde on to give an update on the Derek Chauvin trial (49:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss relationship guru Derrick Jaxn apparently cheating on his wife (4:00), Ellen DeGeneres losing more than 1 million viewers (10:00), the rift in the Joe Budden podcast (20:00), gun control as it relates to the mass shooting in Colorado (27:00), and Chrissy Teigen quitting Twitter (48:00), before answering mailbag questions (1:01:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Lil Mama’s crusade against the LGBTQ+ community (14:00), Quavo and Saweetie splitting up over alleged cheating (27:00), spring break still happening in Miami (39:00), Kylie Jenner’s donation to her makeup artist’s GoFundMe (50:00), and the lawsuits filed against Deshaun Watson (55:00) before answering Van’s Very Serious Question for the week (1:04:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the terrible, racist attacks against Asian Americans in Atlanta (11:00), Saweetie’s viral comments about threesomes (27:00), Kanye West’s wealth (34:00), and unpacking the notion that Black people have to conform in order to succeed in society (42:00). Then they have Matt James’s brother, John the Scorpio, on the show to discuss his music career and his brother (1:00:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the latest news that Chris Harrison will not be joining the next season of 'The Bachelorette' (3:30) and that Van’s short film was nominated for an Oscar (12:00). Then they welcome Lil' Mo to talk about her ups and downs in the music industry and her 2019 interview with 'The Breakfast Club' (24:00). Then Van and Rachel discuss an Oklahoma high school basketball announcer’s racist remarks (1:00:00), Kirk Franklin cursing out his son (1:08:00), and Van’s Very Serious Question for this week (1:18:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by activist and author Alicia Garza to discuss how she stays hopeful, the Black mandate for the Biden-Harris administration, Stacey Dash, and what she would consider a win for Black people (14:30). Then Van and Rachel talk more about about Stacey Dash’s apology (47:00), Piers Morgan walking out on ‘Good Morning Britain’ (58:00), and one year of COVID-19 (1:08:00), before recapping 'The Bachelor' and answering mailbag questions (1:15:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Rachel’s weekend hiking expedition (1:00), Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah (17:00), the Cowboys and Dak Prescott agreeing to a new contract (38:00), the NBA All-Star Game and parties in Atlanta (40:00), Derek Chauvin’s trial starting (50:00), and the Papa John's founder's interview on OAN (1:00:00) before another installment of Van’s Very Important Questions (1:08:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Chris Harrison’s interview with Michael Strahan on 'Good Morning America' (9:00) and then are joined by Angela Rye to discuss the Biden administration, how we can all work toward a common goal, and why Rye is bad at twerking (21:00). Then Van and Rachel talk about Greg McDermott’s tone-deaf remarks to the Creighton men’s basketball team (52:00), Texas reopening (59:00), and Dr. Seuss having six books “canceled” (1:07:00) before answering mailbag questions (1:18:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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.’ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Comments (27)

Chris

Code of Silence is the rule with cops. They either are the criminal or the cover.

Apr 14th
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Eva Hall

I really like that you guys are consistently record with the latest news. 🤗

Mar 5th
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savannah biletto

Van seriously has the most contagious laugh

Mar 5th
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Eva Hall

I love your podcast... love the convos❤

Feb 28th
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lynn

YES RACHEL!!!

Feb 16th
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Mallory Michelle Mudd

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

Feb 16th
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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
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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
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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
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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
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agenamarie1221

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

Oct 6th
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agenamarie1221

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

Sep 22nd
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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
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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
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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
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Desmond Fisher

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

Aug 13th
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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
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Christi E

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

Aug 5th
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Aug 3rd
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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
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