Podcasts & Books

Become A Better Ally And Tune In To These 6 Epic Indigenous Podcasts

By Morgan Reardon
10th Jun 2020

a collage of images featuring aboriginal and torres strait islander podcast hosts rae johntson and amy thunig.

Right now, the communities around the world are changing the narrative, and people—especially here in Australia—are finally starting to educate themselves on Indigenous rights, cultures and voices.

So, when looking for a new podcast series to binge, we suggest turning to our country’s best storytellers—Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People—for a new favourite listen. 

While there are plenty of beauties out there, these are our absolute faves right now. Get streaming, these are the best podcasts from Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island people.

Tiddas 4 Tiddas

We’re absolutely obsessed with Kamilaori and Dunghutti woman, Marlee Silva and her binge-worthy podcast. In what started as an Instagram account with her sister Keely, Tiddas 4 Tiddas, which translates to sister for sisters, has morphed into a much-loved podcast. In each ep, Silva shares stories of Indigenous women across the country doing amazing things. There’s Jerrinja woman and, political  journo Shahni Wellington and artist Hannah Brontë, a proud Wakka Wakka Yaegel woman. Each chat will inspire you as these incredible women celebrate their culture and incredible careers. 

Blacademia 

Gamilaroi woman Amy Thunig launched her podcast, Blacademia, late last year and it’s been at the top of our binge-list ever since. As an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Educational Studies at Macquarie University, lecturing and researching in the area of Indigenous knowledges and formal education systems, Thunig is sharing her knowledge and passion for her culture with listeners. In each ep, Thunig chats with First Nations academics including Gamilaraay woman and astrophysicist Karlie Noon, who was the first Aboriginal person on the East coast of Australia to graduate with a combined Bachelor of Mathematics/Bachelor of Science. Add this thoughtful and inspiring Indigenous podcast to your playlist stat. 

Take It Blak

Take It Blak is NITV’s leading podcast, exploring the stories behind the news. Hosted by Goori journalist Jack Latimore and Wiradjuri STEM journalist Rae Johnston, episodes tackle topics like Black History Month, COVID-19 and International Woman’s Day as well as profiling Indigenous People who are doing epic things for their community. As well as guest stars popping by for a chat, there’s also mini eps called Short Blak featuring chats with the likes of human rights lawyer and principle solicitor of the National Justice Project (NJP) George Newhouse. New eps drop every fortnight so you can bless your ears and educate yourself on the regular.

Always Was, Always Will Be Our Stories

This brand new podcast is brought to us by Tiddas 4 Tiddas co-founder Marlee Silva and as you’ve probably already guessed, it’s a must listen. Given the recent and uncertain times, Silva wanted to produce a podcast that celebrated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and their tradition of storytelling. In each ep, Silva sits down with inspiring Indigenous leaders from all walks of life to hear their stories and experiences. The first ep just recently dropped and features Butchella and Gawara man Isaiah Dawe who, after growing up in foster care and suffering unthinkable abuse went on to build his own non-profit organisation ID Know Yourself where he’s supporting kids that were just like him, in the care system. Keep the tissues close for this one. 

Deadly Voices From The House

Hosted by Bundjalung actor, journo and arts guru Rhoda Roberts, Deadly Voices From The House is recorded live from Sydney’s Opera House and features an epic selection of guest appearances from prominent Indigenous leaders in the world of art, music and culture. In the podcast Roberts and her guests talk through critical issues facing the Indigenous community. Roberts has also just dropped a miniseries within Deadly Voices called Letters To Cook, featuring poetry, conversations and interviews around the 250 years since the first Australians saw Lieutenant James Cook’s HMS Endeavour arriving to lay claim to their land. 

Debutante: Race, Resistance and Girl Power

You may not know it, but Aboriginal debutantes go way back to the 1950s and continue to today. Bringing this to our attention is amazing playwright and actor Nakkiah Lui and actor Miranda Tapsell who have once again teamed up, this time to crate brand new podcast Debutante: Race, Resistance and Girl Power. In this podcast, you can join them on their journey through Debs, starting with etiquette lessons in London right through to how this became a tradition adopted by First Nations women. The duo want to know can beauty, poise and politeness actually empower them? Or is it better to get angry and start shouting?
 
While you're at it, check out more ways to educate yourself on ending racism in Australia.
 
Image Credit: Amy Thunig, Marlee Silva

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