Finding time to read, especially if you’ve got little kids in tow, can be a challenge. While we love books around here (find some of our book reviews here), and think it’s important to dig deep into justice issues, we’ve also run into the reality that sometimes there’s just not enough hours in the day!
Audible books are one way to learn on the go. Another way to better understand refugee and immigration issues is through podcasts about refugees. Podcasts are awesome because A) they’re generally free; B) they’re current, focused on what’s happening right now; and C) You can often interact with the podcast’s producers to share feedback and help craft upcoming episodes.
Podcasts about Refugees
So for other podcast lovers out there, here’s a list of podcasts that focus on refugee and immigration issues –
Displaced examines the impact of humanitarian crises on people’s lives and livelihoods, and how ordinary people can work together to make a difference. Released semi-regularly on Tuesdays, hosts Ravi Gurumurthy and Grant Gordon focus on innovative solutions for refugees fleeing crisis and conflict, and talk to the women and men behind those ideas to understand their impact.
In 2017, refugee resettlement worker Jacob Mau was burned out. But then, he took a journey with the Refugee Highway Partnership to spend time meeting and listening to displaced people as they shared their stories with him. Beyond Soundbites podcast is the fruit of that trip. Through the podcast, Jacob seeks to discover the personhood of those whom the world refers to as “refugees,” the meaning of home, and the work of God in the stories of refugees.
Awake at Night – by Melissa Fleming of UNHCR
What does it look like to be an aid worker on the frontlines of the refugee crises? Melissa Fleming, author of A Hope More Powerful than the Sea, takes us behind the scenes with this compelling podcast from UNHCR. In these intimate interviews, men and women who have worked in war zones reveal for the first time in public some of their deepest fears and the emotional wounds they carry as they seek to care for those in the greatest danger & need.
The Messenger – by Michael Green & the Wheeler Center
The Messenger is based on thousands of voice messages sent by Abdul Aziz Muhamat, a refugee detained on the Australian-run detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, to Michael Green, a journalist based in Melbourne.
Second Wave – by Thanh Tan & KUOW
An American story that begins in Vietnam. Second Wave, a new podcast from KUOW and PRX, explores the Vietnamese-American refugee experience through the lens of Thanh Tan’s experiences as a second generation Vietnamese-American.
Working a Refugee Crisis: Jordan
Featuring authentic conversations with men and women living in Jordan working on the Syria Crisis response with refugees and locals. The goal of this podcast is to help people living the West understand more about the NGO world, the crisis, programs, funding, and life in the Middle East.
What other refugee and/or immigrant focused podcasts would you recommend? Share your favorites in the comments section.