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Higher Learning with Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay

The Ringer

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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United States

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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.

Language:

English


Episodes
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Impeaching the Supreme Court, Leaving Team USA, and the Discrimination of a Name

7/12/2024
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay talk about Joe Biden’s pressure from the Democratic Party (08:20) and react to Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez filing impeachment articles against Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito (35:19). Then, they discuss Kawhi Leonard leaving the USA Olympic basketball team (45:48) and Jaylen Brown’s desire to be apart of that very team (54:48). Lastly, they discuss a legal case involving race discrimination and whether it will hold in court (1:11:34). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:43:35

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Biden’s Interview, Project 2025, and the Boldness of the Republican Party

7/9/2024
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay talk a little bit about what they’ve been up to over the Fourth of July weekend, then get into their impressions of and the overall response to the Joe Biden ABC interview (13:10). They talk about how bold republicans seem to be getting () and their looming Project 2025 (38:36). After, they talk about Ryan Garcia’s expulsion from the World Boxing Council (54:30), then Van has a few words for Terrence Howard (1:06:57). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:19:56

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The BET Awards, Barbershop Blues, and the Presidential Race With Cornel West and Melina Abdullah

7/2/2024
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay start the episode talking about their impressions and the most surprising moments from the BET Awards (09:29). They are then joined by Cornel West and Melina Abdullah to talk about their candidacy, vision, and their observations on what is currently happening with this year’s elections. Later, they talk about NBA free agency (27:15) and an Atlanta barbershop that isn’t happy after hosting a Trump event (1:30:54). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guests: Cornel West and Melina Abdullah Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:53:07

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The Jarring Trump-Biden Debate, Black Nepotism, and Jamaal Bowman’s Loss

6/28/2024
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay start the show off with their reactions to the Biden-Trump debate, including the surprises, the lies, and troubles facing the upcoming election (02:02). Then, they talk about why the Lakers drafted Bronny James and instances of Black nepotism (49:52). Last, they bring back Mailbag Time and answer some of your questions (1:11:50). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:30:41

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Toxic Apologies, Trumpisims Are Back, and Mexican Representation in Ken and Friends

6/25/2024
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay start the episode off by giving a quick statement on the BBI (11:27). Then, they talk about the passing of Florida rapper Julio Foolio, the aftermath, and the violence that affects youth in today’s climate (22:39). Last, they talk about DJ LA Eyekon’s comments about Mexican representation in rap (40:58) and the new batch of Trumpisms (55:10). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:26:58

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Birdman Versus Books, Van’s Summer Era, and the Electricity From Ken and Friends

6/21/2024
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to Birdman’s visit to his hometown to speak to inmates at Orleans Parish Prison and his comments on the inmates’ need for books (33:07). They also talk about the interest (or lack thereof) toward Verzuz's distribution deal with X/Twitter (42:30). Then, they go over the surprising new election polling numbers (54:19) and reactions to our Bible talk from our last episode (1:08:24). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:29:50

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To Smash and Dash, Maher’s Shock, and Black Folk Working "Five Times Harder"

6/18/2024
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay start the show talking about the Biden and Obama event and the protest outside of it (08:48). Then, they talk about Bill Maher and Charlemagne’s interview and how Black people still have to be “five times better” (16:17) before they end the show by reacting to Terrell Lewis’ drama with an OnlyFans model (1:03:34). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:30:22

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Jonathan Majors’s Perseverance, How to Talk to Black Women, and Aliens Walking Among Us

6/14/2024
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay start the episode talking about the Dallas Mavericks and some recent Supreme Court decisions (01:20). Then, they discuss whether Jonathan Majors is deserving of the Perseverance Award at Hollywood Unlocked Impact Awards (08:38). Later, they go over Hunter Biden’s conviction (23:55) before Van asks a question regarding how men talk to women (36:23). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:21:20

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The Fresh Prince Returns, Michael Chandler’s Comments, and School Choice With Camika Royal

6/11/2024
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay talk about Will Smith’s return to the public eye and the Black community’s reaction to it (09:25). Camika Royal joins to discuss Jay-Z’s campaign to help underprivileged students, school choice, and the secret issue behind the assistance (40:51). Then, they react to Michael Chandler’s comments about his adoptive sons and his interview with Ryan Clark (1:22:41). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Camika Royal Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:40:24

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Kramer’s Apology, Trump’s Paused Case, and Blum One-Ups the Fearless Fund

6/7/2024
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay start the show by talking about the NBA Finals and a tale about a recent urgent care visit (00:10). Then, Rachel gives an apology rating for Michael Richards’s latest interview with 'The View' on his racist rant from nearly 20 years ago(11:57) before they talk about the possible outcomes from the Georgia appeals court's indefinite pause of the election subversion conspiracy case against Donald Trump (31:51). Later, Van breaks down a Twitter/X interaction and then asks Rachel an important question (52:09). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:23:42

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Trump’s 34 Charges, Slim Shady’s Return, and Talking ‘Babes’ With Ilana Glazer

6/4/2024
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay talk about the 34 guilty verdicts against Donald Trump and what that could possibly mean for both the election and his followers (08:59). Then, they talk about Eminem’s latest song’s targets (21:11), and Caitlin Clark’s rough initiation into the WNBA (35:09). Lastly, they are joined by Ilana Glazer to talk her latest project, ‘Babes,’ and the importance of art in today’s political and sociological climate (51:56). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Ilana Glazer Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:38:52

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More Trump Misses, Drake’s New Defender, and Understanding the Airstrikes With Akbar Shahid Ahmed

5/31/2024
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay give a quick recap on a few headlines that have captured their attention (08:24), before they are joined by Akbar Shahid Ahmed to talk about the recent airstrikes on Rafah and give more insight on America’s involvement in the Israel/Gaza conflict (19:33). Then, they discuss Drake’s latest defender (53:25) and ask an important question to our Thought Warriors: Can a man tell another man that he looks good? (1:04:42) Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Akbar Shahid Ahmed Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:24:09

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Spending Memorial Day With Prentice Penny and Black Twitter

5/28/2024
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay spend Memorial Day with Prentice Penny, creator of ‘Black Twitter: A People's History.’ They talk about his latest project and the internet’s reaction to Black Twitter events. Then, they go over the influence and cultural importance that Black Twitter has had in America. Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Prentice Penny Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:31:31

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Amber Loves Trumps, Caitlin Clark vs. Rachel, and Apple Music’s Top Albums With Bryan-Michael Cox

5/24/2024
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay kick off the podcast celebrating four years with the Thought Warriors before Van brings us a surprise topic (05:44). Then, they talk about the contradictory stance Amber Rose has for Donald Trump (15:17). Later, Bryan-Michael Cox joins the show to talk about the revelations and disappointments coming out of Apple Music’s 100 Best Albums ranking (40:43). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Bryan-Michael Cox Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:47:31

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Diddy’s Apology, Davis’ Side, and the Lack of Urgency to Help Black America With Rep. Jamaal Bowman

5/21/2024
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay start the podcast with a discussion about their thoughts behind the emergency podcast and the lessons they learned from it (00:29) before giving their reactions to the apology posted by Diddy (28:09). Then, they are joined by New York Representative Jamaal Bowman to talk about his campaign and his frustrations with Congress (50:19). After, Glen “Big Baby” Davis joins to talk about his side of the story regarding his sentencing (1:25:29). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guests: Rep. Jamaal Bowman and Glen Davis Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:02:29:49

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Butker’s Speech, Presidential Debates, and The Power and Service of Art with Rhymefest

5/17/2024
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay start the show talking about the controversial speech Chiefs Kicker Harrison Butker gave to Benedictine College’s 2024 graduate class and the NFL’s response (05:18) and the early showdown between Biden and Trump (23:03). Then, they are joined by Rhymefest to talk about the reason why he is running for the school board in Chicago, the problems within the school system after the pandemic, and the fracture of the infrastructure within the black community (50:26). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Rhymefest Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:26:19

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Mother’s Day, Graduation Protests, and Trump’s Hannibal Lecter Love

5/14/2024
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay start the show by talking about how they celebrated Mother’s Day and how it was a huge day for the BBI (09:29). Then, they discuss the sizable student walk out during Jerry Seinfeld’s Duke University commencement speech (15:01), before Van addresses the sentencing of his cousin and former basketball player, Glen Davis (50:27). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:26:34

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Hypocrisy in Hip-Hop, the End of a Grifter, and Ceasefire Talks

5/10/2024
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Questlove’s reaction to the Drake and Kendrick Lamar beef (06:40), before giving their first impressions of Pastor Henderson’s response to the backlash to his “hush” video (32:38). Then, they dive into the ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas that disappointingly fell through (37:53). They end the show talking about the perplexing interview with Vivek Ramaswamy and Ann Coulter (1:03:54). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:20:45

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New Legislation, a Shift in the Rap Beef, and a Visit From Mayor Sharon Weston Broome

5/7/2024
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay start the episode by taking a moment to say goodbye to friend Darius Morris (24:04). Then, they get into the latest with Drake versus Kendrick Lamar and how this could be the end for the beef in total (27:20). Later, the Honorable Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome of Baton Rouge comes on the show to talk about the new, predominantly white town of St. George and what it means for the state (1:45:15). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Mayor Sharon Weston Broome Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:02:11:02

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KDot’s ‘Euphoria,’ Acho’s Book, and Reproductive Justice With Nourbese Flint

5/3/2024
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the drop of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Euphoria’ and the evolution of Drake throughout the years (15:03), before reacting to Emmanuel Acho’s latest project, 'Uncomfortable Conversations with a Jew' (49:17). Nourbese Flint then joins them to talk about how the political landscape is impacting Black women in America (1:09:15). Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay Guest: Nourbese Flint Producer: Ashleigh Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:49:35