Tonya Mosley

Tonya Mosley is the host and creator of the award-winning podcast Truth Be Told and co-host of NPR’s Fresh Air. Tonya likes to call Truth Be Told “the friend you call after a long day, the one who gets it.” The podcast explores themes of liberation, freedom, self-reflection, and therapeutic healing.

Started From The Bottom

Justin Richmond has a deep curiosity that radiates throughout his interviews. I especially love hearing from seemingly ordinary people about how they found their way to success. 

Recommended episode: Tremaine Emory: How To Become A Creative Director In Fashion

Dear Prudence

Host Jenee Desmond Harris is thoughtful and engaging and takes the idea of giving advice seriously without being too heavy-handed. Dear Prudence is such a fun listen; at the end, I’m always like, “Wow, this is over already?”

Recommended episode: My Coworker Repeatedly Ignores My Boundaries. Help! with Levar Burton

Ratchet & Respectable 

You know a show is good when a host can basically just talk for 30 minutes, and you’re hanging on to every word. I love following host Demetria L. Lucas on her adventures through the continent of Africa and Europe. 

Recommended episode: Jon Snow

Truth Be Told with Tonya Mosley

I can’t make a list without giving myself a plug! (Plus, y’all told me to.) Truth Be Told comes straight from my heart, and in this latest season, we explore the use of psychedelics to help treat racial trauma. It’s a must-listen.

Recommended episode: Season 5 Episode One: How To Get Free

Our Body Politic

Our Body Politic is a smart show that gets right to the heart of some of our most pressing social, cultural, and political issues. Host Farai Chideya is a master at carrying a conversation that makes you feel smarter than when you started. 

Recommended episode: Women and Transgender Athletes In Sports

The Stoop

The Black diaspora is expansive, and this narrative show is proof of that. Hosts Hana Baba and Leila Day also have the most melodic voices out there. 

Recommended episode: Infertility: A Black Man’s Journey

Burnt Toast by Virginia Sole-Smith

I’m currently unlearning so many things – and Virginia Sole-Smith has been instrumental in unpacking the ways fat bias harms us all.

Recommended episode: The Myth of The Childhood Obesity Epidemic 

Why Won’t You Date Me? with Nicole Byer

Who doesn’t want a laugh now and then? Nicole Byer is hilarious and takes on topics like lesbian sex and staying friends with your ex. Need I say more?

Recommended episode: Marrying for Tax Purposes (w/ Jeff Hiller)

Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness

Jonathan has such a curious mind, and I’m learning along with him. He’s an excellent interviewer and also entertaining!

Recommended episode: How Smart is AI Part One and Part Two with Meredith Broussard

Therapy For Black Girls

Dr. Joy Harden is one of the best. It’s such a gift to have a podcast that speaks directly to our experiences as Black women in the therapeutic space.

Recommended episode: Session 303: How Trauma Affects The Brain

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