The Historically Black podcast is making its official debut on Monday, and to give listeners a taste, the podcast released a five-minute preview today.
“Historically Black really started in our brainstorming meetings of how to best get our museum coverage to the masses, to people who aren’t living in Washington, D.C. but might be interested in the museum,” explains Washington Post digital editor Veronica Toney in the preview.
Toney is referring to the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the podcast is an aural component of the paper’s reporting on the museum, which opens later this month. The podcast explores black history by using user-submitted artifacts as a focal point.
“Contributors sent in everything from a poll tax exemption slip to the photo of a fabric doll from the 1830s,” explains APM On Demand interim director Jonathan Blakley in the preview, “and we created a virtual museum.”
The podcast will include contributions from a number of guest hosts, including comedian Keegan-Michael Key, writer Roxane Gay, Awkward Black Girl creator Issa Rae, and Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton, hosts of the Another Round podcast.
You can listen here.