ADL Recommends: Must-Listen Podcasts from the Past Year

January 12, 2022

As we look back on the challenging year that was 2021, we want to share a hand-picked set of podcasts that provide insight into what was happening online, in the streets, and behind the scenes direct from ADL voices. You won’t want to miss these compelling podcast episodes.

(Each podcast below has a ‘listen’ link, but you can also find many of them on your preferred podcast platform.)

  • extremely: a podcast for anyone who wants to understand and interrupt modern hate and extremism. Hosted by Oren Segal, ADL’s Vice President of the Center on Extremism, and brought to you by ADL and American University. Here are several episodes that the team suggests giving a listen to.
    • Mary McCord, Executive Director of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, discusses being part of the legal team representing the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol. LISTEN
    • Joan Donovan, Research Director of the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, discusses the effects of bad regulation on journalists, how to teach people to be critical consumers, and the vital need for community in this field. LISTEN
    • Leaders in the fight against hate share personal strategies for managing extremist topics, which include TV recommendations, basketball and rap star legacies. The lively panel included ADL’s Oren Segal and Mark Pitcavage; Amy Spitalnick, Executive Director of Integrity First for America; Kathleen Blee, Co-Director of the Collaboratory Against Hate – Research Action Center at the University of Pittsburgh; Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Director of the Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab at American University; Heidi Beirich, Co-Founder of the Global Project against Hate and Extremism; Joan Donovan, Research Director of the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy and Amarnath Amarasingam, Assistant Professor of the School of Religion at Queen’s University. LISTEN
  • From the Frontlines: a podcast hosted by ADL New York/New Jersey Director Scott Richman that focuses on ADL’s efforts to fight antisemitism and hate in the United States and around the world. Here are episodes that Scott recommends:
    • ADL Israel Office Director Carole Nuriel discusses her decades-long work to build a more cohesive Israeli society, especially between Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs. LISTEN
    • ADL SVP for Policy Eileen Hershenov discusses the civil lawsuit being brought against the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers and more than 30 individual defendants for the part that they played in the Jan. 6 insurrection, and ADL’s role in the lawsuit. LISTEN

If you live in the Pacific Northwest, be sure to tune in to the new ADL Pacific Northwest Coffee & Conversation podcast, spotlighting previously untold stories of leaders fighting hate and advancing equity in the region.

ADL’s experts were also invited to share their insights as guests on a wide range of fascinating podcasts. Here are the top ten that our team recommends you listen to:

  • Limited Liability, a Jewish Insider podcast: ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt discusses antisemitism, online hate and the ADL’s annual report on antisemitic incidents, as well as the role of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism. LISTEN
  • CBS Mornings podcast: ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt discusses how the Nazi symbols that appeared during the Jan. 6, 2021 assault on the U.S. Capitol were a manifestation of the rise of antisemitism in recent years. LISTEN
  • IndoctriNATION podcast: Marilyn Mayo, a Research Fellow at the ADL Center on Extremism, shares her insights from decades of investigation on hate groups and extremism. LISTEN
  • Lawfare podcast: Mark Pitcavage, a senior research fellow at the ADL Center on Extremism, talks about weaknesses of white supremacist groups, how they are vulnerable and how law enforcement in the United States can exploit this to reduce the threat. LISTEN
  • Lawfare podcast: Ryan Greer, ADL National Security Director discusses ADL’s PROTECT Plan to fight domestic terrorism, how the white supremacist challenge has evolved and whether law enforcement and the American public are well-positioned to address this threat. LISTEN
  • The Argument, a New York Times podcast: ADL VP for Civil Rights Steve Freeman discusses the question of when a crime is called a hate crime and who decides that, as well as whether hate crime laws are working and what our other options are. LISTEN
  • Your Legal Rights podcast: ADL National Policy Counsel Lauren Krapf discusses social media and hate speech. She weighs in on whether the government’s interest in regulation changes when someone owns or controls the very medium on which we communicate, and whether a media provider can cut off someone’s political speech. LISTEN
  • Into the Digital Future podcast: Daniel Kelley, associate director for ADL’s Center on Technology and Society, discusses how online hate manifests in online spaces, particularly in online gaming, and how steps are being taken by civil society and tech companies to combat these issues. LISTEN
  • Georgia Politics podcast: Allison Padilla-Goodman, VP of ADL’s Southern Division and Amy Iandiorio, investigative researcher at the ADL Center on Extremism provide analysis about extremist group growth and how tracking them can change when extremists are removed from popular social media platforms. LISTEN
  • America: Changed Forever, a CBS News podcast: ADL SVP for Policy Eileen Hershenov talks about the Jan. 6 investigation and how the District of Columbia and ADL are teaming up on a lawsuit that alleges the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers and more than 30 of the individual members of these groups participated in a coordinated violent attack. LISTEN