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Some of My Best Friends Are… is a podcast hosted by Khalil Gibran Muhammad and Ben Austen, two best friends who grew up together on the South Side of Chicago in the 1980s. Today a Harvard professor and an award-winning journalist, Khalil and Ben still go to each other to talk about their experiences with the absurdities and intricacies of race in America. In Some of My Best Friends Are… with Khalil Gibran Muhammad and Ben Austen, they invite listeners into their unfiltered conversations about growing up together in a deeply-divided country, and navigating that divide as it exists today.

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The Good, The Bad and The Funny

In the final episode of the season, Khalil and Ben delve into how the “some of my best friends are…” trope functions in the world of comedy, particularly when comics…

Being Jewish with Sascha Penn

Khalil has been dying to talk to Ben about his relationship with Judaism and whiteness all season. In this episode, Khalil and Ben invite Ben’s other best friend Sascha Penn,…

Crime, Fear and Alternatives to Policing

Reeling from a terrible string of crimes that happened recently in Ben’s neighborhood in Chicago, Khalil and Ben wrestle with the question of how to respond to violence so people…

Unpacking Our Identities with Jay Caspian Kang

Khalil and Ben talk with New York Times journalist and author Jay Caspian Kang about his new memoir, The Loneliest Americans,  and his experience growing up Asian in America. In…

Fighting Inequities Through Art

Khalil and Ben talk with two Chicago artists they admire who are calling for justice through their work–in museums and on the streets. Tonika Johnson, an activist and photographer, takes…

Black Martha’s Vineyard

For nearly a decade, Khalil and Ben have vacationed together at the magical beach town of Oak Bluffs, MA — a historically Black enclave of predominantly-White Martha's Vineyard. In this…

How The Obamas Talk About Race

In the weeks after the groundbreaking of the Obama Presidential Library, Khalil and Ben revisit the Obama memoirs, Becoming and A Promised Land: Volume I, on how the Obamas talked…

Tennis Lessons

Still basking in the glow of the 2021 US Open, Ben and Khalil take a trip down memory lane to talk about what it was like growing up on South…

Critical Race Theory in the Classroom

Can you stop history from repeating itself? That’s a question Khalil and Ben ponder at the start of this school year amid conservative attacks and legislation across the country on…

Another Candyman Movie

To celebrate the release of the new Candyman reboot, Khalil and Ben revisit the original 1992 film and discuss its deep connections to time and place. They then dive into…

European Prisons vs. American Prisons

On the heels of the 50th anniversary of the Attica Prison Uprising, Khalil and Ben discuss trips they took, separately, to visit prisons in Europe.How did the Nazi occupation influence…

Interracial Buddies, Interracial Films

Khalil and Ben reflect on the formative movies they saw in theaters growing up that portrayed white and Black men as friends–mainly the 1980s classics 48 Hrs. and Lethal Weapon. How…

Introducing: Some of My Best Friends Are

Coming September 9th, from Pushkin Industries.Some of My Best Friends Are… is a podcast hosted by Khalil Gibran Muhammad and Ben Austen, two best friends who grew up together on…

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