I listen to A LOT of podcasts. In the car, at work, before I go to bed – podcasts are honestly my love language. For me, there's no easier to way to hear others' stories and learn from their experiences. One of the podcasts I look forward to listening to every week is Heard 'Em Say from James Ross & Carter Murphy.
On iTunes, Heard 'Em Say is described as a "poppin' podcast about pop culture," but I feel like it's so much more than that. Before I listened to Heard 'Em Say, Carter and I were mostly social media friends. We hung out a few times, spending way more time than we needed to in Starbucks, but I really got to know Carter from following him on Twitter and hearing his hilarious, and very real, perspectives on trying to get a pair of Yeezy Boosts, Mary J. Blige's "Family Affair," and race in America.
While texting Carter one day, he told me him and his friend James were interested in starting a podcast. All the time, I hear people say how they want to do things but never end up doing them (me, all the time), so I was supportive but didn't want to get too hype.
BUT THEY DID IT. THEY DID IT.
And, listening to the first episode, all I could think about were Aaron Burr's words in Hamilton: "I wanna be in the room where it happens." It sounded exactly like the kind of room I wanted to be in having the kind of conversations I wanted to have with people my age. Although I listen to a number of podcasts, there aren't many that do what Heard 'Em Say does – it provides a space for kids to talk like kids about things kids like me want to hear about.
The last two episodes of Heard 'Em Say are definitely my favorite. In Episode 8, the Charlotte natives discuss the protests that took place there, as well as the first presidential debate. Then, in Episode 9, James and Carter talk about Kid Cudi checking himself into rehab and Solange's new album, A Seat at the Table.
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