The Ringer presents
Higher Learning with Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay
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.
February 17, 2021
Dr. Ibram X. Kendi on the Black Experience in America and How to Be an Antiracist
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.’
February 16, 2021
Chris Harrison Is Stepping Away. What's Next for the 'Bachelor' Franchise?
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).
February 12, 2021
Rachel Sounds Off on Chris Harrison’s Problematic ‘Extra’ Interview and Apology
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).
February 10, 2021
Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield on the Importance of 'Judas and the Black Messiah'
For another Black History Month bonus episode, Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay are joined by Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield to discuss Fred Hampton, William O'Neal, the importance of their new movie ‘Judas and the Black Messiah,' and more.
February 9, 2021
Van Down! Breaking Down Van Jones's Appearance on 'The View' and Nick Cannon's Return to ViacomCBS
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Tom Brady winning the Super Bowl (0:00) and Van Jones’s appearance on ‘The View’ (9:00). They are then joined by California Representative Adam Schiff to discuss the government's COVID-19 response and how the Democratic party can better support the Black community (21:00), and Rabbi Ari Lamm to discuss ViacomCBS bringing Nick Cannon back after his anti-Semitic comments (44:00).
February 5, 2021
Lil Uzi's Bizarre Forehead Piercing, Lamar Odom vs. Aaron Carter, and the Trey Songz Discourse
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss Lil Uzi Vert’s decision to pierce his forehead with a $24 million diamond (10:00), the reported celebrity boxing match between Lamar Odom and Aaron Carter (21:00), the discourse surrounding the Trey Songz video leak (31:00), Keke Wyatt’s confusing statements about oppression (42:00), before they answer some mailbag questions (1:01:00).
February 3, 2021
Bow Wow on His Internet Controversies and His Place in the Culture
Shad Moss, a.k.a. Bow Wow, joins Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay for the first Black History Month bonus episode to discuss his internet controversies, including his “concert” in Houston, and his place in hip-hop and Black culture.
February 2, 2021
Let Chloe Bailey Spread Her Wings in Peace. Plus, What to Make of the T.I. and Tiny News.
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the uproar around Chloe Bailey's use of her personal Instagram page (11:00); Sabrina Peterson describing sexual abuse by T.I. and his wife, Tiny (28:00); Black Lives Matter being nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by someone not from the U.S. (39:00); and how much Van and Rachel could raise for charity by auctioning off a date with themselves (58:00).
January 29, 2021
Lecrae on Drake, Christian Rap, and His Place in Hip-Hop. Plus, Celebrating The Life Of Cicely Tyson.
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the GameStop stock situation (5:00) then bring on Lecrae to talk about his career and place in hip hop (19:00). Then they reflect on the life and career of Cicely Tyson (57:00), recap Matt James’s all-time weenie episode (1:03:00), discuss the horrifying story about Chad Wheeler (1:12:00), and answer some mailbag questions (1:25:00).
January 26, 2021
Kaiya Hamilton on the Viral Clip of Her and Rick Ross From ‘Signed’
Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the NFL championship games from the weekend (2:00), then bring Kaiya Hamilton on to explain the viral clip of her, Just Brittany, and Rick Ross from VH1's ‘Signed’ (20:00). Then Van and Rachel unpack Kmele Foster’s recent appearance on ‘Real Time With Bill Maher’ (38:00) and pay their respects to Kobe Bryant on the one-year anniversary of his passing (1:16:00).