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.

Episode Date
Examining the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Why MLK Day Can Feel Performative
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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).
Jan 19, 2021
Everyone Needs to Give Kyrie Irving Some Grace. Plus, Armie Hammer Said What?
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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).
Jan 15, 2021
President Trump Could Be Impeached Again and Republicans Have a Decision to Make
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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).
Jan 12, 2021
An Insurrection at the Capitol and the Georgia Runoffs: Reacting to a Historic Day in America
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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).
Jan 08, 2021
Are the Black Eyed Peas Black Music? Plus, a Michael Jackson Conversation
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Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss will.i.am’s recent comments about the Black Eyed Peas getting too big to be considered Black music (8:00) and President Trump’s recorded conversation with the Georgia secretary of state (39:00), and then have a conversation about their feelings about Michael Jackson in regards to the 'Leaving Neverland' documentary (1:01:00).
Jan 05, 2021
Was 'WW84' Kind of Problematic? Plus: Hilaria Baldwin's Confession and Consequences of the N-word
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Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Rachel’s previous recommendation of ‘WW84’ and why Van thinks the movie might be problematic (11:00). Then they talk about Hilary Baldwin’s recent confirmation that she was born in Boston, not Spain (30:00), and a fascinating story in the New York Times about a usage of the N-word (50:00) before giving a final ‘Bachelorette’ recap (1:17:00) and doing a year in review mailbag (1:25:00).
Dec 29, 2020
Jay Pharoah on Celebrity Impressions, Comedy in 2020, and His Experience With Racial Profiling
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Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Van’s insensitive joke about Colombians from the last podcast (5:00), then Jay Pharoah joins the show to talk about his career with impressions, whether or not white comedians should do Black impressions, racial profiling in 2020, and who Jay’s favorite impressionists are (23:00). After that, Van and Rachel discuss the Verzuz battle between Too Short and E-40 (1:08:00) and the COVID-19 relief package (1:18:00).
Dec 22, 2020
Tom Cruise’s Tone Crossed a Line. Plus: Glynn Turman on Working With Chadwick Boseman.
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Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by legendary actor Glynn Turman to discuss his six-decade career and working with Chadwick Boseman on his last film (13:00). Then they discuss Tom Cruise’s rant on the set of 'Mission: Impossible' (34:00), Tyler Perry’s thirst trap (47:30), and accusations against Ali Larter on the set of 'Heroes' (53:00) before answering mailbag questions (1:09:00).
Dec 18, 2020
Dr. Abdul El-Sayed on the COVID-19 Vaccines And What They Mean For the Pandemic
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Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Joe Biden officially getting enough electoral votes to win the 2020 presidential election (8:00), Ashanti and Keyshia Cole’s Verzuz battle getting postponed (16:00), Snoop Dogg’s comments about the "WAP" video (23:00), and a questionable headline about a teacher (29:00), before Dr. Abdul El-Sayed joins to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines (41:00).
Dec 15, 2020
Jimmy Kimmel on COVID-19, His Karl Malone Character, Kanye West, and Being America's Late-Night Dad
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Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by late-night host Jimmy Kimmel to discuss COVID-19, his history of comedic characters, Kanye West, the current cultural situation in America, and much more (16:00). Then they discuss the morals of using COVID-19 to promote an album (1:03:00), Olivia Jade’s appearance on 'Red Table Talk' (1:23:00), and Rush Limbaugh’s recent inflammatory statements about secession (1:31:00).
Dec 11, 2020
Tayshia Adams On Her Racial Identity And Her "Bachelorette" Experience
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Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss James Harden recently being picture at Lil Baby’s birthday party without a mask (10:00) then are joined by current “Bachelorette” Tayshia Adams to discuss her racial identity and her experience on “The Bachelorette” (24:00). Then they talk about a recent viral video of dating expert Kevin Samuels (42:00), President Trump’s potential pardons (1:01:00), and give a Bachelorette recap (1:13:00).
Dec 08, 2020
Life Lessons From Loni Love. Plus, What To Make of President Obama's Comments About Defund the Police.
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Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by comedian and author Loni Love to discuss her show 'The Real,' President Obama, interracial relationships, and more (1:00). Then Van introduces Rachel to his new dog, Boseman (38:00), before they discuss President Obama’s comments about defunding the police (47:00), Funkmaster Flex getting liposuction (1:05:00), and some mailbag questions (1:12:00).
Dec 04, 2020
Nate Robinson Gets Knocked Out. Plus, Kelly McCreary of 'Grey's Anatomy.'
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Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the boxing match between Jake Paul and Nate Robinson (1:00) and a recent viral video from True Kitchen and Kocktails in Dallas (22:00). Then Kelly McCreary of 'Grey’s Anatomy' joins the show (39:00), and they recap 'The Bachelorette’ (1:05:00).
Dec 01, 2020
Parents Day
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Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by their parents for a special, parents day edition of 'Higher Learning.'
Nov 27, 2020
COVID-19 Is Surging. Plus, a Special Thanksgiving Mailbag.
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Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the recent COVID-19 surges and Los Angeles’s new orders (7:00), Joe Biden’s reported interested in Rahm Emanuel for the Department of Transportation (18:00), Black Panther 2 beginning filming in July of 2021 (37:00), and the recent pictures of Jay-Z (47:00), before doing a Thanksgiving edition of the mailbag (1:08:00).
Nov 24, 2020
Michael B. Jordan Is the Sexiest Man Alive and Michael Jordan Drafts LaMelo Ball
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Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Michael B. Jordan being the fifth Black man named People’s Sexiest Man Alive (6:00), the Verzuz battle between Jeezy and Gucci Mane (19:00), the Ball family’s success in the NBA draft (25:00), and the third wave of COVID-19 (35:00), before answering some mailbag questions (1:01:00).
Nov 20, 2020
Slim Thug on the Recent Spate of Rappers Getting Shot
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Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Van’s first trip to the dentist since the early '90s (13:00). Then rapper Slim Thug joins the show to talk about the abundance of rappers being shot recently and his experience battling COVID-19 (22:00). Finally, Van and Rachel discuss the "Million MAGA March" (54:00) and the firing of Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz (1:03:00).
Nov 17, 2020
How to Manage Your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic
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Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by Dr. Jess Clemons to discuss mental health in general, as well as how to handle it during the COVID-19 pandemic (16:00). Then they give a recap of the latest episode of ‘The Bachelorette’ (42:00), answer a few mailbag questions (1:04:00), and give their Unexpected Allies of the Week (1:11:00).
Nov 13, 2020
Joe Biden Is the President-Elect but the Work Is Just Getting Started
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Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss how they reacted to the presidential race being called for Joe Biden and what they would like to see come out of the presidency (1:00). Then they praise Stacey Abrams for her efforts in flipping Georgia (23:00), discuss Eva Longoria’s controversial statements about Black and Latina women (31:00), and talk about the continued Van Jones–Van Lathan mix-up (42:00) before doing a 'Bachelorette' recap (58:00).
Nov 10, 2020
Taking Stock of the Presidential Race Three Days In
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Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss where the presidential race stands and how the voting has been split demographically (2:00). Then they discuss Measure J passing in Los Angeles and what that means in terms of defunding the police (33:00), as well as Ice Cube’s tweet about working with Trump (49:00). They end by answering a few mailbag questions (59:00). This podcast was recorded at 1:00 p.m. PT on Thursday, November 5.
Nov 06, 2020
It's Election Day. What's Next for America?
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Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss what we should do if President Trump is reelected (12:00), T.I.’s comments about how drinking tea will keep him from getting COVID (33:00), Lil Wayne working with President Trump (43:00), and how they will think about Trump supporters even beyond the election (1:01:00).
Nov 03, 2020
We're Four Days From the Election! Plus Jaime Harrison on the South Carolina Senate Race.
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Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by Jaime Harrison, who is running for South Carolina Senate against Lindsey Graham (5:00). They discuss the Supreme Court decision to extend acceptance on absentee ballots in North Carolina and Pennsylvania (21:00), Justin Turner testing positive for COVID-19 during the World Series (36:00), and the latest episode of 'The Bachelorette' (48:00) before answering a few mailbag questions.
Oct 30, 2020
Kanye West Doubles Down on "Slavery Was a Choice." Plus: The Great Birkin Bag Debate.
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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).
Oct 27, 2020
Breaking Down the Tragic Situation in Nigeria, Plus Final Debate Reactions
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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.’
Oct 23, 2020
Leave Ayesha Curry Alone, Plus Natalie Manuel Lee on Faith in the Time of COVID-19
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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.
Oct 20, 2020
Ice Cube’s Platinum Plan and Van’s First 'Bachelorette' Review
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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.
Oct 16, 2020
Shaq and Snoop Dogg Are First-Time Voters. Plus, Amy Coney Barrett's Hearings Are Starting.
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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.
Oct 13, 2020
Why Won't President Trump Do a Virtual Debate? Plus: VP Debate Reactions and Mailbag Friday.
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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.
Oct 09, 2020
Reacting to President Trump's COVID-19 Diagnosis
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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.
Oct 06, 2020
Presidential Debate Reactions and Reparations in California???
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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.
Oct 02, 2020
Trump’s Tax Returns Have Been Released. Plus, Amy Schumer on Activism and the Term “Karen.”
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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?
Sep 29, 2020
Reacting to the Lack of Indictments in the Breonna Taylor Case
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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.
Sep 25, 2020
RIP, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Plus a Historic Emmys for Black Culture
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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.
Sep 22, 2020
Trump's Town Hall, Cardi B's Divorce, Maya Moore's Marriage, and 'My Octopus Teacher'
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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.'
Sep 18, 2020
Two Deputies Shot in Compton, an Election Map Update, and Recapping an Amazing Verzuz Battle
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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.
Sep 15, 2020
Killer Mike's Meeting With Brian Kemp and Skip Bayless's Inhumane Take on Dak Prescott
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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.
Sep 11, 2020
Adam22 on No Jumper, Podcasting, and the OBJ Rumors
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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?
Sep 09, 2020
Stacey Abrams on Modern Voter Suppression and What Her Plan Would've Been As Georgia Governor
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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.
Sep 04, 2020
RIP, Chadwick Boseman and John Thompson. Plus: Marlon Palmer on Adele's Viral Jamaican Moment.
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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).
Sep 01, 2020
Reacting to the NBA Players’ Strike and the Shooting at a Wisconsin Protest
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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).
Aug 27, 2020
Jacob Blake Shot by Police in Wisconsin and Roger Goodell's Fake Apology to Kap
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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).
Aug 25, 2020
Reactions to the DNC, Allegations Against Trey Songz, and the New Masai Ujiri Footage
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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).
Aug 21, 2020
President Trump vs. the USPS, Kim K. on the Case, and a New Black President in Washington
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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)
Aug 18, 2020
Kamala Harris Has Evolved As a Politician Into a Progressive VP Candidate, Plus Mailbag Friday
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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).
Aug 14, 2020
The “WAP” Video, Dave Chappelle and Louis C.K. on Stage, and Biden’s Potential Running Mate
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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).
Aug 11, 2020
Joe Biden’s Latest Problematic Comments, Plus the First Mailbag Friday
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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).
Aug 07, 2020
Beyonce's 'Black Is King' and Tayshia Adams Is The Bachelorette
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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).
Aug 04, 2020
John Lewis’s Funeral and How Bill Clinton Alienated Himself From the Culture
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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).
Jul 31, 2020
Forget Chris Brown, Usher vs. Justin Timberlake Is the Verzuz Battle We Need
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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).
Jul 28, 2020
The Situation in Portland Is a Defining Moment in American History
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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.
Jul 24, 2020
RIP John Lewis and Breaking Down Kanye's Presidential Campaign With GLC | Higher Learning
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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).
Jul 21, 2020
Reacting to the Washington Football Team Harassment Story and the Response to Nick Cannon
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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).
Jul 17, 2020
Jada Pinkett and Will Smith's Bizarre Red Table Talk
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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).
Jul 14, 2020
DeSean Jackson's Anti-Semitic Post and Kanye West Doubling Down
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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).
Jul 10, 2020
Is Kanye West Really Running for President in 2020?
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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).
Jul 07, 2020
Is Van Jones Working With the White House? Plus Trump's Vile Retweet
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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).
Jun 30, 2020
The Latest in NASCAR's Noose Incident Shows We Have a Long Way to Go
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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).
Jun 26, 2020
Trump's Rally Flop and a Noose in Bubba Wallace's Garage
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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).
Jun 23, 2020
Breaking Down Trump’s Executive Order and the J. Cole–Noname Rap Beef
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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).
Jun 19, 2020
Dave Chappelle’s ‘8:46’ Special and The Bachelor’s Black Lead
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 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)
Jun 16, 2020
What to Make of ‘On the Record,’ Trump Co-opting Juneteenth, and NASCAR Removing the Confederate Flag
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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).
Jun 12, 2020
Analyzing Roger Goodell's Statement About Black Lives Matter
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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).
Jun 09, 2020
Drew Brees, Trump, and Obama: Discussing the Responses to the Protests
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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).
Jun 04, 2020
The Importance of the Nationwide Protests Over George Floyd's Death
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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.
May 31, 2020
George Floyd, Doja Cat's Apology, and Joe Biden's Remarks
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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
May 28, 2020
Introducing 'Higher Learning With Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay'
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Higher Learning with Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay is here. Twice a week the two will talk about Black culture, politics, sports, and more.
May 26, 2020