90 Ways To Binge History

It really doesn’t take much to remain engaged and interested in the history of our humanity, which is honestly the only way things can get better.

If straight-up, unabridged history is not your thing, here’s a list of 90 bingeable podcasts, TV shows, and books full of amazing stories that unintentionally expand cultural and historical awareness.  

Hopefully, one (or more) will capture your attention and inspire you to investigate the true history behind it. I purposely chose as many diverse voices as possible. We need all of our stories to see each other clearly – only then can we begin to heal and do better.  


25 PODCASTS ARCHIVING OUR AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

  1. A History Archive of Wellness & Diet Culture:
    Maintenance Phase

  2. A History Archive of Pop Culture:
    You’re Wrong About

  3. A History Archive of Arts & Politics:
    Fresh Air

  4. A History Archive of Race & Pop Culture:
    Still Processing

  5. A History Archive of Race & Politics:
    Code Switch

  6. A History Archive of Race & Politics:
    The United States of Anxiety

  7. A History Archive of News & Politics:
    The Daily

  8. A History Archive of Society & Culture:
    Unlocking Us with Brené Brown

  9. A History Archive of Faith, Society & Culture:
    On Being with Krista Tippetts

  10. A History Archive of Business & Innovation:
    How I Built This with Guy Raz

  11. A History Archive of Society, Culture & Politics:
    Resistance

  12. A History Archive of Film & Culture:
    This Movie Changed Me

  13. A History Archive of Poetry & Culture:
    The SlowDown

  14. A History Archive of Society & Culture:
    This American Life

  15. A History Archive of News, Politics & Culture:
    Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me

  16. A History Archive of Society & Culture:
    StoryCorps

  17. A History Archive of Race, Society & Culture :
    Hear to Slay

  18. A History Archive of Pop Culture:
    Even the Rich

  19. A History Archive of Music & Culture:
    Lost Notes

  20. A History Archive of Faith, Politics & Culture:
    In God We Lust

  21. A History Archive of Arts, Society & Culture:
    Oprah’s Master Class

  22. A History Archive of News, Society & Culture
    Swindled

  23. A History Archive of News, Society & Culture
    Not Past It

  24. A History Archive of Race, Politics & Culture
    Midnight Miracle

  25. A History Archive of Film & Culture
    The Rewatchables


35 NOVELS NARRATING THE DIVERSITY OF OUR HISTORY

  1. Asian Immigration:
    The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

  2. Asian Immigration:
    The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan

  3. Asian Immigration & Pearl Harbor:
    Diamond Head

  4. The Holocaust:
    All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

  5. Jim Crow & Women’s Rights:
    Passing by Nella Larsen

  6. Chattel Slavery:
    The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

  7. Chattel Slavey & Gay Pride:
    The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr.

  8. Pan-Asian Immigration:
    Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

  9. Antebellum War/The Underground Railroad:
    The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

  10. Prison Farms:
    Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward

  11. World War II:
    Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

  12. Post WW2 & Abortion Rights:
    Cider House Rules by John Irving

  13. 1918 Flu Pandemic:
    The Orphan Collector by Ellen Marie Wiseman

  14. The Gold Rush:
    Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende

  15. Native/Indigenous Experience:
    The Round House by Louise Erdrich

  16. Native/Indigenous Experience:
    There There by Tommy Orange

  17. Native Indigenous Experience:
    Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth

  18. The Fugitive Slave Act:
    Beloved by Toni Morrison

  19. Muslim Immigration:
    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

  20. Asian Immigration & The Gold Rush:
    How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang

  21. The Japanese Internment Camps:
    When the Emperor Was Divine by Julia Otsuka

  22. The Antebellum Era:
    Kindred by Octavia Butler

  23. 60s Public Housing & Race Relations:
    Deacon King Kong by James McBride

  24. The Civil War:
    Conjure Women by Afia Atakora

  25. Post-Vietnam War & Gay Pride:
    On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

  26. 9/11:
    The Reluctant Fundamentalist

  27. Post-WW2 & Jim Crow:
    Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

  28. The Great Depression:
    The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

  29. Antebellum/Civil War & The Jazz Age:
    The Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

  30. Ellis Island/20s Prohibition & 60s Race Riots:
    Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

  31. Great Depression:
    The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

  32. Great Depression:
    The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

  33. 80s Atlanta Child Murders:
    These Are Not My Children’s Bones by Toni Cade Bambara

  34. 60s & 70s Race Relations:
    The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

  35. 60s Race Relations & Disability Rights:
    The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon


30 TV SHOWS THAT CAPTURE A TIME OR DECADE 

  1. Politics, Music & Cultural Commentary 80s–Present:
    Saturday Night Live

  2. 80s Wellness & Fitness:
    Physical

  3. 50s–2000s Home & Family:
    WandaVision

  4. 50s & 70s Society & Culture:
    Fargo – Season 2
    Fargo – Season 4

  5. Jim Crow:
    Lovecraft Country

  6. 80s AIDS Epidemic & LBGTQIA Rights:
    Pose

  7. White Supremacy, Hurricane Katrina & BLM, Antebellum–Present:
    Queen Sugar

  8. 80s Housing Integration & Immigration Right:
    Little Fires Everywhere

  9. Reconstruction/Jim Crow & The Talented Tenth:
    Self Made Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker

  10. 70s ERA:
    Mrs. America

  11. 40s Tulsa Race Riots:
    Watchmen

  12. 60s JFK Assassination/Civil Rights & Hippie Movement:
    The Umbrella Academy – Season 2

  13. 80s Stranger-Danger Panic:
    Stranger Things

  14. 50s–70s Workplace Politics:
    Mad Men

  15. 50s/60s Women’s Rights, Race Relations, LBGTQIA Rights:
    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

  16. 90s Culture & Immigration:
    Fresh Off the Boat

  17. 80s Culture & School Busing:
    Everybody Hates Chris

  18. 60s & 70s White Suburban Culture & The Vietnam War:
    The Wonder Years

  19. 70s Culture/Holocaust Survivors & Nazism:
    Hunters

  20. The Cold War:
    The Americans

  21. The Jet Age:
    Pan Am

  22. The Space Age:
    For All Mankind

  23. 60s/70s Women’s Rights:
    Good Girls Revolt

  24. 40s The Atomic Bomb/Project Y:
    Manhattan

  25. 80s Clinton Impeachment 
    Impeachment: American Crime Story

  26. 40s Fascism/Nazism:
    The Plot Against America

  27. 70s LA Culture & Politics:
    The Kids Are Alright

  28. 60s Race & Mob Wars:
    Godfather of Harlem

  29. 50s/60s Masters & Johnson:
    Masters of Sex

  30. 80s/90s Race & Public Housing:
    Show Me a Hero


Of course, I am only one human being. I haven’t read all the books, listened to all the podcasts, or watched all the TV shows. What bingeable podcasts, TV shows, and books are unintentionally inspiring you to learn more about our history? Let us know in the comments below.