Whether you’re in the mood to be entertained or informed, there’s a podcast by our First Nations peoples for everyone. And, with the Christmas holidays coming up, there’s never been a better time to binge a new pod!
From conversational programs about dating, sex and identity as an Indigenous Australian in a modern Australian society to stories about First Nations entrepreneurs, STEM legends and queer mob, here are 12 great podcasts by Indigenous Australian and Torres Strait Islander peoples to enjoy.
Unapologetically Blak is a new podcast hosted by two Australian Indigenous women, Ginny and AJ. While still new, it has a lot of charm, breaking down dating, interracial relationships, identity and NAIDOC Week in its first two episodes.
Take It Blak
Take It Blak is an official podcast by NITV News Online. The podcast is hosted by NITV’s Science & Technology Editor Rae Johnston, Keira Jenkins, Jack Latimore and Rhanna Collins as they discuss news, politics and culture about First Nations people, from interviews with Roxane Gay and Archibald winner Vincent Namatjira to a breakdown of the National Indigenous Music Awards.
Curtain The Podcast
Curtain the Podcast uncovers the flaws of our current justice system and its systemic injustice and racial bias against First Nations peoples. Hosted by Darumbal and South Sea woman and Associate Professor in Law at University of Newcastle, Amy McQuire, and Martin Hodgson, a senior advocate for ForeignPrisoners.com, it’s an engaging and informative listen.
Tiddas 4 Tiddas
Tiddas 4 Tiddas is a podcast about art, culture, identity, fashion and more, hosted by Kamilaroi and Dunghutti woman, Marlee Silva.
Hosted by Wiradjuri woman and University of New South Wales physicist Kristen Banks, and Australian Astronomical Optics and Macquarie University’s Ángel López-Sánchez, Skyentists is a fortnightly deep dive into all thing’s astronomy.
Coming Out, Blak
Hosted by queer Koori woman Matika Little and Butchulla and Gubbi Gubbi woman Courtney Hagen, Coming Out, Blak is a podcast exploring the lives of First Nations LGBTQIA+ peoples. FYI, if you want some other great LGBTQIA+ podcasts, check out our guide here.
Rudi Bremer’s Word Up is a podcast about the multiple and varied languages of First Nations mob, breaking down words and their meanings each episode.
Pretty For An Aboriginal
Writer Nakkiah Lui and actress Miranda Tapsell bring you Pretty For An Aboriginal, a podcast about life, politics, dating, power, decolonisation and pop culture. The podcast tragically ended in 2018 but has a bunch of great and engaging episodes featuring guest interviews with Ta-Nehisi Coates, Adam Briggs and Sarain Fox.
Indigipreneur is a podcast spotlighting Indigenous Australians who are entrepreneurs. From the story of Wiradjuri woman, Tara Callinan from Dubbo, who joined one of Australia’s biggest startups in Silicon Valley, to Murray Saylor, a proud Torres Strait Islander and Samsep clan member from Darnley Island (Erub) who fights for a sustainable community.
Hosted by Kimberly Jiyigas—a collective of Kimerley Indigenous women influencing social change based in Kunurra, WA—Kimberley She’ro is an interview-based storytelling podcast about the inspiring Indigenous women—or “She heroes”—in First Nations history.
Awaye! is a storytelling podcast about Indigenous arts and culture, presented by Daniel Browning.
Let’s Talk on 98.9fm
Let’s Talk is an hour-long show dedicated to all issues relevant to First Nations people.