Higher Learning with Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay

Higher Learning with Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay

By 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.

Episodes

Kanye West Doubles Down on "Slavery Was a Choice." Plus: The Great Birkin Bag Debate.

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Saweetie’s comments about Birkin bags and what the line is when asking for things from a significant other (8:00). Then they talk about Rudy Giuliani’s scene in the new Borat movie (29:00), Kanye West's recent appearance on Joe Rogan's podcast, Adele’s controversial 'SNL' sketch (39:00), and Van’s continued excitement for this season of 'The Bachelorette' (1:07:00).
27/10/201h 23m

Breaking Down the Tragic Situation in Nigeria, Plus Final Debate Reactions

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by Saratu Abiola, a writer based in Nigeria, to break down the #endSARS movement and what exactly is happening with the Nigerian government. Then they discuss the final presidential debate of 2020, Quibi going down, and the latest episode of ‘The Bachelorette.’
23/10/201h 34m

Leave Ayesha Curry Alone, Plus Natalie Manuel Lee on Faith in the Time of COVID-19

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by Natalie Manuel Lee, host of 'Now With Natalie' on the Hillsong Channel, to discuss her faith and how politicians sometimes use religion as a political tool. Then they talk about the backlash to Ayesha Curry dyeing her hair blond, Nuke Bizzle scamming the unemployment system, and Texas State University stopping its diversity training.
20/10/201h 22m

Ice Cube’s Platinum Plan and Van’s First 'Bachelorette' Review

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Joe Biden and Donald Trump’s dueling town halls, Ice Cube reportedly contributing to Trump’s “Platinum Plan” to help Black Americans, and the season premiere of 'The Bachelorette' before answering some mailbag questions and giving their Unexpected Allies of the Week.
16/10/201h 21m

Shaq and Snoop Dogg Are First-Time Voters. Plus, Amy Coney Barrett's Hearings Are Starting.

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the nuances of Shaquille O’Neal and Snoop Dogg admitting that they are first-time voters in this election. Then they talk about Cardi B and Offset partying together, Bill Burr’s SNL monologue, and Amy Coney Barrett’s hearing beginning.
13/10/201h 22m

Why Won't President Trump Do a Virtual Debate? Plus: VP Debate Reactions and Mailbag Friday.

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Kamala Harris and Mike Pence facing off in the vice presidential debate, President Trump’s decision to not participate in a virtual debate, the NBA Finals' drop in ratings, and the arrest of several men for attempting to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, before taking mailbag questions.
09/10/201h 23m

Reacting to President Trump's COVID-19 Diagnosis

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss President Trump being diagnosed with COVID-19, the Jaime Harris–Lindsey Graham debate, Tyga’s recent OnlyFans-adjacent situation, Megan Thee Stallion’s performance and message on 'Saturday Night Live,' and the body positivity shown in the Savage x Fenty fashion show.
06/10/201h 21m

Presidential Debate Reactions and Reparations in California???

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Tuesday’s presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, the news that Gavin Newsom is exploring reparations for Black people in California, and the cast of the next season of ‘The Bachelorette’ being released. They close with a mailbag and their Unexpected Allies of the Week.
02/10/201h 24m

Trump’s Tax Returns Have Been Released. Plus, Amy Schumer on Activism and the Term “Karen.”

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by comedian Amy Schumer to discuss the documentary 'My Octopus Teacher' as well as Amy’s perspective on social justice and how she’s trying to support the Black community. Then Van and Rachel hit on the details of President Trump’s tax returns that were released by The New York Times, the Clippers parting ways with Doc Rivers, and another installment of Is This Dumb?
29/09/201h 21m

Reacting to the Lack of Indictments in the Breonna Taylor Case

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the grand jury results in the Breonna Taylor case, and then civil rights and civil liberties attorney Novella Coleman joins to discuss the legal specifics of the case. Then Van and Rachel do a short mailbag and give instant reactions to Tory Lanez’s IG Live when he spoke about his incident with Megan Thee Stallion.
25/09/201h 14m

RIP, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Plus a Historic Emmys for Black Culture

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the various wins and losses for Black culture at the Emmys, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s tragic passing, and the recent spat between Doug Gottlieb and Maria Taylor before another “Am I Dumb?” segment.
22/09/201h 27m

Trump's Town Hall, Cardi B's Divorce, Maya Moore's Marriage, and 'My Octopus Teacher'

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss President Trump's bizarre town hall and interview, Cardi B and Offset filing for divorce, Maya Moore and Jonathan Irons getting married, Breonna Taylor's family getting $12 million, and the new Netflix documentary ‘My Octopus Teacher.'
18/09/201h 15m

Two Deputies Shot in Compton, an Election Map Update, and Recapping an Amazing Verzuz Battle

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the abhorrent shooting of two sheriff’s deputies in Los Angeles, how the election map looks 50 days out, Kansas City Chiefs fans booing players’ display of unity before the game, and the Verzuz battle between Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight.
15/09/201h 25m

Killer Mike's Meeting With Brian Kemp and Skip Bayless's Inhumane Take on Dak Prescott

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Killer Mike’s choice to meet with Georgia Governor Brian Kemp despite Kemp’s efforts to suppress Black voters. Then they break down the dangers of Skip Bayless saying he has “no sympathy” for Dak Prescott’s anxiety, before answering some mailbag questions and sharing their Unexpected Allies of the Week.
11/09/201h 23m

Adam22 on No Jumper, Podcasting, and the OBJ Rumors

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by Adam22 of No Jumper to discuss the rumors about Odell Beckham started on ‘Thots Next Door,’ a podcast on Adam’s No Jumper platform. Then Van and Rachel discuss Nicole Young’s claim that she needs $2 million a month from Dr. Dre, and end with another installment of Am I an Asshole?
09/09/201h 19m

Stacey Abrams on Modern Voter Suppression and What Her Plan Would've Been As Georgia Governor

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by former House minority leader Stacey Abrams to discuss modern voter suppression tactics, the Trump administration, and what Abrams would’ve done had she been elected governor of Georgia. Then they discuss the recent video out of Rochester, New York, that resulted in the suspension of seven police officers; talk about Jessica Krug lying about being Black; and then answer a couple mailbag questions.
04/09/201h 12m

RIP, Chadwick Boseman and John Thompson. Plus: Marlon Palmer on Adele's Viral Jamaican Moment.

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the tragic, surprising death of Chadwick Boseman (2:00). Then they bring on Marlon Palmer to provide a Jamaican perspective on whether Adele culturally appropriated Jamaican culture (26:30), debate the Brandy vs. Monica Verzuz battle (43:22), address the status of the 2020 election (54:40), and give a sad goodbye to John Thompson (1:11:16).
01/09/201h 28m

Reacting to the NBA Players’ Strike and the Shooting at a Wisconsin Protest

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the whirlwind of NBA events, including the players boycotting games (0:54), and the shooting that took place at a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin (30:31). Then they debut a new segment from Van called Am I An Asshole? (51:00), and take a moment to address Hurricane Laura (1:02:08).
27/08/201h 15m

Jacob Blake Shot by Police in Wisconsin and Roger Goodell's Fake Apology to Kap

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Sunday’s video of Jacob Blake being shot in the back by a police officer in Wisconsin (0:25), Roger Goodell’s appearance on Emmanuel Acho’s show ‘Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man’ (43:47), Megan Thee Stallion’s recent Instagram Live when she confirmed that Tory Lanez shot her in the foot (58:25), and a recent commercial for ‘The Bachelorette’ (1:11:30).
25/08/201h 20m

Reactions to the DNC, Allegations Against Trey Songz, and the New Masai Ujiri Footage

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the speeches from Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and more from the DNC (4:30); recent allegations against Trey Songz (29:05); the new body-cam footage released from last year's Masai Ujiri courtside incident (59:55), and Jason Whitlock’s recent NBA take on the OutKick (1:08:05); before getting to Mailbag Friday and Unexpected Ally of the Week (1:24:50).
21/08/201h 44m

President Trump vs. the USPS, Kim K. on the Case, and a New Black President in Washington

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the Trump administration’s recent efforts to defund the USPS and hurt mail-in voting (6:10); Kim Kardashian West helping free C-Murder from jail (25:56); the Washington Football Team hiring Jason Wright, the first black NFL team president (48:00); and the Kentucky attorney general’s recent meeting with Breonna Taylor’s family (1:02:32). Lastly, they end the show with a new segment, Is This Dumb? (1:21:18)
18/08/201h 34m

Kamala Harris Has Evolved As a Politician Into a Progressive VP Candidate, Plus Mailbag Friday

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay go in depth on Kamala Harris’s selection as Joe Biden’s vice presidential candidate and her history in politics (4:04). Then they discuss the recent accusation against Yale University that it discriminates against Asian American and white applicants (1:00:15), and take another round of mailbag questions (1:09:30), before giving their Unexpected Allies of the Week (1:31:40).
14/08/201h 38m

The “WAP” Video, Dave Chappelle and Louis C.K. on Stage, and Biden’s Potential Running Mate

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s new music video “WAP” (6:17), Dave Chappelle’s recent decision to invite Louis C.K. on stage at his comedy show (23:29), the importance of Joe Biden picking a Black woman as his running mate (38:27), and the college football season being in jeopardy (53:28). Lastly, they discuss Azealia Banks's recent Instagram post and taking mental health seriously (1:04:25).
11/08/201h 31m

Joe Biden’s Latest Problematic Comments, Plus the First Mailbag Friday

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss 'The Oprah Conversation' and Ted Cruz’s comments about it (10:25) as well as Joe Biden’s comments comparing the Black and Latino communities (26:49) before having their first Mailbag Friday with questions from the Thought Warriors (44:00). They also compliment the women of the WNBA for speaking out on social justice (1:09:18) and share their Unexpected Allies of the Week (1:22:56).
07/08/201h 32m

Beyonce's 'Black Is King' and Tayshia Adams Is The Bachelorette

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay react to the rumors that Tayshia Adams is the new Bachelorette (0:30) and then discuss their thoughts on Beyonce’s visual album ‘Black Is King’ (16:16), Jonathan Isaac’s decision to stand for the national anthem and not wear a Black Lives Matter T-shirt (36:49), President Trump threatening to ban TikTok from the U.S. (46:00), and the upcoming Verzuz Battle between 2 Chainz and Rick Ross (56:35).
04/08/201h 23m

John Lewis’s Funeral and How Bill Clinton Alienated Himself From the Culture

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Bill Clinton’s problematic comments at John Lewis’s funeral (10:41), the viral video featuring Stella Immanuel (26:29), an important listener question about dealing with family members who might not understand you (49:20), and the Dascha Polanco situation (1:00:02), before giving out their unexpected allies of the week awards (1:25:37).
31/07/201h 36m

Forget Chris Brown, Usher vs. Justin Timberlake Is the Verzuz Battle We Need

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton’s recent characterization of slavery as a “necessary evil” in American history (10:02); how they’re feeling about the election with less than 100 days to go (30:20); the debate over whether Chris Brown or Justin Timberlake would make for better competition in a Verzuz Battle with Usher (45:18); and the recent situation on Twitter with Talib Kweli (1:04:17).
28/07/201h 34m

The Situation in Portland Is a Defining Moment in American History

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the sit-down between former vice president Joe Biden and former president Barack Obama (4:05), the Trump administration sending in unmarked troops to quell protests in Portland (18:02), Draya Michele’s comments about Tory Lanez and Megan Thee Stallion (34:51), and the rap battle between DMX and Snoop Dogg (53:32), before giving their Unexpected Ally of the Week awards (1:13:11).And in case you didn’t know, you can now watch video of every 'Higher Learning' episode directly on Spotify.
24/07/201h 23m

RIP John Lewis and Breaking Down Kanye's Presidential Campaign With GLC | Higher Learning

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the life of John Lewis and why he’s such an important figure in the fight for social justice (2:58). Then they do one final deep dive on Kanye West’s presidential campaign with the rapper GLC, a longtime friend and colleague of West’s (13:19).
21/07/201h 24m

Reacting to the Washington Football Team Harassment Story and the Response to Nick Cannon

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Nick Cannon’s anti-Semitic comments and the reactions to them (1:20), the Washington Post story on the sexual harassment within the Washington football organization (35:42), the news that Tory Lanez allegedly shot Megan Thee Stallion (49:53), and Tucker Carlson’s head writer being outed as a racist (1:03:20).
17/07/201h 23m

Jada Pinkett and Will Smith's Bizarre Red Table Talk

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay dive into the Red Table Talk between Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith (9:48), Chance the Rapper’s tweets about Kanye West’s presidential bid (34:04), the Washington NFL team changing their name (46:24), President Trump finally wearing a mask (58:47), and the myth of "Black-on-Black crime" (1:10:50).
14/07/201h 27m

DeSean Jackson's Anti-Semitic Post and Kanye West Doubling Down

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss DeSean Jackson’s anti-Semitic Instagram post and the controversy surrounding Stephen Jackson defending DeSean (5:09). Then they go into Van’s review of 'Hamilton' (25:56), Lady Antebellum trying to change their name to Lady A (35:23), Kanye West's unexpected interview in Forbes (48:10), and Rachel’s appearance on Emmanuel Acho’s show, 'Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man' (1:10:49).
10/07/201h 29m

Is Kanye West Really Running for President in 2020?

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the recent COVID-19 spike and how President Trump’s comments about the virus are dangerous (5:39), President Trump’s remarks about the Black Lives Matter movement (20:35), Kanye West’s apparent bid for the 2020 presidency (37:46), Makur Maker committing to an HBCU to play college basketball (47:02), and the 'Hamilton' craze (1:15:38), before diving into Marcellus Wiley’s recent comments about the Black Lives Matter movement in the NBA (1:28:23).
07/07/201h 50m

Is Van Jones Working With the White House? Plus Trump's Vile Retweet

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss President Trump retweeting a video that included a “white power” chant (4:58), the Daily Beast article revealing Van Jones worked with the White House on the police reform bill (23:53), Cam Newton signing with the Patriots (58:09), and the death of Elijah McClain (1:11:45).
30/06/201h 34m

The Latest in NASCAR's Noose Incident Shows We Have a Long Way to Go

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay address the recent New York Times piece about The Ringer (5:04), the latest on the incident involving the noose found in Bubba Wallace's garage (14:05), what to make of the Justice in Policing Act (34:29), Russell Simmons being on Tidal’s Black Lives Matter panel (46:29), and removing historic statues (1:01:08) before presenting their Unexpected Allies of the Week (1:16:59).
26/06/201h 27m

Trump's Rally Flop and a Noose in Bubba Wallace's Garage

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the surprising lack of attendance at President Trump’s rally in Tulsa (7:57), a noose being found in Bubba Wallace’s garage at Talladega (27:29), whether or not it’s fair to make college athletes play during the COVID-19 era (1:06:27), and the Eminem vs. Revolt beef (1:13:07).
23/06/201h 30m

Breaking Down Trump’s Executive Order and the J. Cole–Noname Rap Beef

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay break down President Trump’s executive order on police reform (6:49), Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben being removed from their respective food items for racial insensitivity (29:28), the rap beef between J. Cole and Noname (38:17), and Mike Gundy’s racist T-shirt (1:07:52) before presenting the Unexpected Allies of the Week (1:17:29).
19/06/201h 38m

Dave Chappelle’s ‘8:46’ Special and The Bachelor’s Black Lead

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss ‘The Bachelor’ finally naming a black, male lead and what the next steps need to be for the franchise (4:23). Then they explain why they liked Dave Chappelle’s ‘8:46’ special so much and address some of the criticisms against it (21:16). They also address the Rayshard Brooks incident in Atlanta and how it relates to the Higher Learning Buzzword of the Week (35:40). Finally, they touch on the recent NBA drama with players such as Kyrie Irving and Dwight Howard advocating for not playing the end of the season (1:01:04)
16/06/201h 24m

What to Make of ‘On the Record,’ Trump Co-opting Juneteenth, and NASCAR Removing the Confederate Flag

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay have a discussion about the recently released documentary ‘On the Record’, the accusations of rape brought against Russell Simmons, as well as his appearance on The Breakfast Club (6:26). Then they debate why President Donald Trump is choosing to have his first campaign rally in months on Juneteenth (38:52), discuss the removal of the confederate flag from NASCAR (56:56), and give props to LeBron James for his new voting initiative (1:07:31). Finally, Van takes a moment to discuss a recently passed friend (1:25:44).
12/06/201h 36m

Analyzing Roger Goodell's Statement About Black Lives Matter

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay dissect Roger Goodell’s statement about the Black Lives Matter movement and explain why it rings hollow until Colin Kaepernick gets signed by an NFL team (7:10). They then discuss the problematic responses to the movement from Candace Owens (23:30), Terry Crews (27:55), Mark Wahlberg, and how to react to Congress taking a knee and wearing kente cloth (47:53). Finally they discuss the differences between defunding the police compared to reforming the police (57:35) and introduce a new segment called Unexpected Ally of the Week (1:25:15).
09/06/201h 48m

Drew Brees, Trump, and Obama: Discussing the Responses to the Protests

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss President Trump’s response to this week’s protests and the stark contrast to former president Obama’s remarks (1:32). Then they cover the responses of professional sports figures, including Tiger Woods (18:45), Drew Brees (26:25), and James Dolan (35:24) before covering #BlackoutTuesday (46:58).
04/06/201h 23m

The Importance of the Nationwide Protests Over George Floyd's Death

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the scope and importance of this weekend’s protests after the death of George Floyd while in police custody. They talk about their own experiences with the protests in Los Angeles and Miami (0:21), explain why these protests feel different than past actions (17:12), and give a call to action on how to move forward (26:12). Then they dive into President Donald Trump’s response (34:48), Joe Biden (43:43), Amy Klobuchar, and why it’s OK for politicians to admit they don’t have all the answers. Finally, they discuss how they’d like to see police reform and why it’s important for celebrities with a platform to speak out right now.
31/05/201h 7m

George Floyd, Doja Cat's Apology, and Joe Biden's Remarks

Van and Rachel address the death of George Floyd and what it means for society broadly (00:45). They also discuss the latest drama with Doja Cat and the struggle with self-acceptance (23:50), racism inside Bachelor Nation, and Joe Biden's 'Breakfast Club' gaffe (52:11). Finally, they take some heat to Azealia Banks. Hosts: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay
28/05/201h 36m

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