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Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson takes you inside conversations about culture, social justice, and politics by exploring the history, language, and people who are shaping the struggle for progress — and talking about the steps that each of us can take to make a difference.

Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson takes you inside conversations about culture, social justice, and politics by exploring the history, language, and people who are shaping the struggle for progress — and talking about the steps that each of us can take to make a difference.
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Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson takes you inside conversations about culture, social justice, and politics by exploring the history, language, and people who are shaping the struggle for progress — and talking about the steps that each of us can take to make a difference.

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English


Episodes

Flint: Lead & Beyond

10/16/2018
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DeRay, Brittany, Sam and Clint discuss the overlooked news, including the decline of U.S. prison populations, how American abortion policies affect women around the world, the death penalty, and who benefits from President Trump's tax cuts. Pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha joins DeRay to talk about her efforts to get the government to recognize the effects of lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan.

Duration:00:58:43

We Gotta Live Our Commitments

10/9/2018
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DeRay, Clint, Sam and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including the recent earthquake in Haiti, the consequences of privatizing policy policymaking, who can get charged with felony murder in California, and how limited access to abortion harms women. Jon Favreau joins DeRay and Tre'vell Anderson of the LA Times to talk about the future of activism and American politics.

Duration:01:10:18

Plant the Seeds

10/2/2018
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DeRay, Clint, Sam and Brittany discuss Brett Kavanaugh's nomination, and the overlooked news, including the treatment of unaccompanied migrant children in America, how the government prevents undocumented pregnant minors from getting abortions, and the benefits of universal Preschool in Washington, D.C. John Olszewski joins DeRay to discuss his candidacy for Baltimore County Executive.

Duration:00:50:14

There's No Power Like People Power

9/25/2018
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DeRay, Clint, Sam and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including why many college students don't vote, midterm predictions among millennials, service workers as first line medical responders, and addiction treatment in prisons. Maria Hadden, candidate for 49th Ward Alderwoman in Chicago and Kina Collins, chairwoman of the Illinois Council on Women & Girls, join DeRay to discuss working within and around government to change policy and shift Illinois culture.

Duration:01:13:16

Never Cover Your Eyes

9/18/2018
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Clint, Brittany and DeRay are on to discuss the overlooked news, including the impact of economics on the ability to evacuate from a hurricane, college access, and North Carolina gerrymandering. Sam joins remotely to share his news about a House bill that would reclassify dozens of offenses as “crimes of violence.” Anand Giridharadas joins DeRay in the studio to talk about his new book, Winners Take All.

Duration:01:27:24

Walk Into The Risk

9/11/2018
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DeRay, Brittany, Sam and Clint discuss voter ID for older voters, Rachael Rollins and criminal justice reform, voter suppression, and the DeVos Administration’s rerouting of federal education money for guns. Wesley Lowery and Kimbriell Kelly join DeRay to talk about their ongoing work to understand why fewer arrests are made for violent crimes with Black victims.

Duration:01:44:26

Hope

9/4/2018
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In this episode Tish James joins to discuss her run to be the next NY Attorney General and Brittany, Clint, Sam, and DeRay discuss the overlooked news of the day. And DeRay announces the launch of his book and the importance of hope in the work of justice.

Duration:01:25:00

Tell Someone

8/30/2018
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DeRay talks with actor Terry Crews about #MeToo, Hollywood, and the work ahead. Sam, Clint and Brittany are on to talk this week's news, including new issues in environmental justice and policing/criminal justice.

Duration:01:49:14

Keep the Same Energy

8/21/2018
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DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including how Georgia is attempting to consolidate voting locations in ways that would disenfranchise black voters and the relationship between homelessness and incarceration. Actress Regina King joins to discuss her most recent project Seven Seconds, a series on Netflix that focuses on police violence.

Duration:01:17:14

The Politics of Teeth

8/14/2018
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DeRay, Sam and Brittany are on to talk about Spike Lee’s new movie Blackkklansman, the white supremacy rally in DC, and this week’s overlooked news. Clint joins to share his thoughts drawing distinctions between past and current waves of immigration. Oral health writer and expert Mary Otto and health care expert Ifetayo Johnson about the history, access and implications of dental health care nationwide, and what communities can do to improve community oral health.

Duration:00:58:16

Politics of Fear

8/7/2018
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DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including how white Americans support welfare programs — but only for themselves, says new research, and how federal court rules in favor of NAACP’s case and restores DACA. Beto O'Rourke, the 2018 Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas, joins DeRay and discusses immigration, challenging Ted Cruz, and the future of Texas.

Duration:01:07:29

Oppression Depends on Secrecy

7/31/2018
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DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including how the Trump administration is attacking a crucial lifeline for domestic violence victims, and how Memphis police spying on activists is worse than we thought. Candidate for St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell joins DeRay and discusses how he wants to reform the criminal justice system in St. Louis, and Lyft’s Vice President of Government Relations, Joseph Okpaku, joins DeRay to discuss new legislation that could put...

Duration:00:49:39

Movements

7/24/2018
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DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including Target's coupon fix for cash-strapped teachers and what it says about the state of education funding, and President Trump’s status as the single biggest political advertiser on Facebook. “Sorry to Bother You” director Boots Riley joins DeRay and discusses how class factors into movements, his film, and how to leverage power.

Duration:01:10:06

Historic Wins

7/17/2018
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DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including what white, middle-class parents report saying to their children about racial tension, and the Trump administration’s new message on anti-poverty programs. New York’s 14th congressional Democratic primary winner Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins DeRay and discusses what it means to be a Democratic Socialist, the future of healthcare, and her historic win.

Duration:01:12:00

Choice

7/10/2018
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DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including a Judge’s ruling in Detroit that access to literacy is not a constitutional right, and how police killings have harmed mental health in black communities. Democrats for Education Reform president Shavar Jeffries joins DeRay and discusses DFER’s core work, what impact charter schools have on diversity, and why he thinks choice matters.

Duration:00:53:51

Smart Justice

7/3/2018
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DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including Alexandria Ocasio’s definition of democratic socialism and the lack of accountability in immigration detention contracting. "Hamilton" star Daveed Diggs and Bill Cobb, Deputy Director at the ACLU, talk about the Campaign for Smart Justice.

Duration:01:11:19

I Really Do Care

6/26/2018
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DeRay, Sam and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including the not-so-secret meaning of Melania Trump’s jacket and how Starbucks and other corporations came to Ferguson after Michael Brown was shot, but not to the neighborhood where he died. Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mahlon Mitchell joins DeRay and discusses his race to become the first black governor in a state that has struggled with race relations. Mike Johnston explains how one of his students inspired him to run for governor...

Duration:01:02:18

Cages

6/19/2018
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DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including how to decide who to root for in The World Cup and how the Trump Administration is separating children from their parents at the border. Dr. Nadine Burke joins DeRay and discusses how our bodies can be imprinted for life by “Adverse Childhood Experiences”—like abuse, neglect, parental addiction or mental illness.

Duration:00:53:03

Politics of Confrontation

6/12/2018
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DeRay, Brittany and Sam are together for the news, including a discussion of unsolved murders, the politics of health care, and the economic cost of sexual harassment. Candidates for State’s Attorney Ivan Bates and Thiru Vignarajah each join DeRay to talk about their bid to serve as Baltimore’s lead prosecutor. Full interviews also available at https://crooked.com/podcast/politics-of-confrontation/

Duration:01:13:45

The Party

6/5/2018
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DeRay, Clint, Sam and Brittany talk Drake and Pusha T, Black women voters, and the many deaths following Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (NY-9) joins DeRay to talk about the future of the Party, immigration issues under Trump, and being one of only the eleven House members total who didn’t vote for the Blue Lives Matter bill.

Duration:01:01:02