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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

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...

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.

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 Clark (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

Not Every Ground is a Battleground

5/29/2018
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DeRay, Clint, Brittany and Sam talk about the latest NFL controversary, a spike in overdoses in libraries, a wide array of criminal justice updates, and the weak response to Paige Patterson’s controversial Southern Baptist leadership. Cleo Wade joins DeRay to talk about art, activism and her new book, Heart Talk.

Duration:01:04:10

Protect the Win

5/22/2018
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DeRay, Sam, Brittany and Clint talk about the new blue lives matter law in the House and Senate, a steep rise in suicide rates among teens, the Royal Wedding, and more. Ari Melber joins DeRay to talk about Michael Cohen, Giuliani and #muteRKelly, and we have a short update on the SNAP bill from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Duration:01:03:54

A Long Shadow

5/15/2018
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DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including depiction of abortions in the mainstream and marijuana arrests in NYC. Author and researcher Chuck Collins and policy expert Josh Hoxie join to discuss their study Road to Zero about the nuances of the racial wealth gap.

Duration:01:01:04

If You Believe in Justice

5/8/2018
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DeRay, Clint, and Brittany discuss women’s wages, misconduct records for corrections officers, prison riots in context, and Donald Glover. Louisiana State Senator JP Morrell joins DeRay to talk about his efforts to overturn a law that does not require a unanimous jury for criminal convictions.

Duration:00:58:30

We’re Not Going Anywhere

5/1/2018
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In the Season 2 premiere, DeRay, Brittany, Sam and Clint are back together for the weekly news. Brené Brown and DeRay are together in Houston to talk about trauma, activism, addiction, and Beyoncé.

Duration:01:04:12

Year Gone By

4/24/2018
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In between seasons, DeRay, Sam, Brittany and Clint all have their own special messages for listeners (and yes, Clint has poems). Hear some of DeRay’s and your favorite episodes and behind-the-scenes reflections on each. Season 2 debuts on May 1 with an extra special guest!

Duration:00:49:29

Be Part of the Story (LIVE from NYC)

4/17/2018
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DeRay, Brittany and Sam, with special guest Rembert Browne, are live from NYC opening the NYC Podfest to talk about the NFL, the Flint water crisis, and Facebook. Touré joins DeRay for an interview about interviews, including R. Kelly and Kanye.

Duration:01:01:32

Race is Making Everything About Me (LIVE from Nat Geo HQ)

4/10/2018
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DeRay, Brittany, Sam and Clint are live from National Geographic HQ in Washington, D.C. to discuss race and science, MLK, Maya Angelou, and the news, and DeRay has a conversation about black holes, women in STEM and race and genetics with Nat Geo explorers Jedidah Isler and Keolu Fox.

Duration:01:05:57

The Formula

4/3/2018
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The full crew is together for the news, including a discussion of new evidence in the Alton Sterling case. Derek Thomson, author of Hit Makers, joins DeRay to help us understand how certain things become a hit, while others don’t. Beyoncé, social movements, Parkland and Billboard’s Top 100 are all discussed.

Duration:01:08:07