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Into America is a show about being Black in America. These stories explore what it means to hold truth to power and this country to its promises. Told by people who have the most at stake.

Into America is a show about being Black in America. These stories explore what it means to hold truth to power and this country to its promises. Told by people who have the most at stake.


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Into America is a show about being Black in America. These stories explore what it means to hold truth to power and this country to its promises. Told by people who have the most at stake.




The Power of the Black Vote: We Save Ourselves

Despite being the Blackest state in the country, Mississippi has little Black political representation; and the state’s policies have been hostile to its predominately Black capital city of Jackson. But in the face of the state’s political neglect, Black people have never stopped fighting to make their communities stronger. During the Civil Rights Movement, Mississippi was ground zero for activism, with Jackson State at the center. Now, a new generation is drawing on that tradition to look...

The Power of the Black Vote: Tackling Our Climate Crisis

At one point, Florida’s Apalachee Bay was dominating the seafood industry, but over the years it has experienced a sharp decline from climate change and environmental destruction. When a local oyster farmer took notice, he connected with his friends at the historically Black college, Florida A&M University, for help. FAMU has a long history of environmental stewardship, and leading environmental causes. That’s why this generation of Black students are working on FAMU’s Rattler Moji Project,...


BONUS: Why Is This Happening? The Chris Hayes Podcast

As a bonus for Into America listeners, Trymaine joins Chris Hayes on Why Is This Happening? The Chris Hayes Podcast to catch up on life, the latest news, and what’s to come in the midterm elections. Plus, Chris gets an inside look at the new Into America series “The Power of the Black Vote.” Listen to the full episode now. And check out more Why Is This Happening? wherever you get your podcasts.


The Power of the Black Vote: Knocking Out Student Loan Debt

As the country gears up for the midterm elections, Into America is traveling to different HBCUs across the South for a special series called, “The Power of the Black Vote.” We’re talking to young Black voters about how they’re shaping America, and about the issues that matter to them the most. This week, we travel to Durham’s North Carolina Central University to discuss how the student debt crisis is affecting Black students’ lives and their plans for the future. As the cost of higher...


The Power of the Black Vote: Taking Back the Classroom

For the next few months, as the country gears up for the midterm elections, Into America is traveling to different HBCUs across the South for a special series called, “The Power of the Black Vote” to talk to young Black voters about the power of the Black vote in shaping America, and the issues that matter to them the most. To jump-start our series, we travel to Texas Southern University. The state of Texas has been the central battleground over how race and history are taught in schools....


Our Kids Are Scholars

Last month a new charter school opened on San Antonio’s East Side. Essence Preparatory Public School was founded with a specific mission: to serve the Black and brown children that the public school system was consistently failing, developing those children into leaders for their community. But as Essence Prep made its way throughTexas’s charter approval process, they were drawn into the state’s battle over how race and history is taught in public schools. The school was even forced to...


ENCORE: The Daughters of Malcolm and Martin (2021)

Family legacy is a recurring theme here at Into America. We’ve spoken with the great-grandson of Civil War hero and Reconstruction-era politician Robert Smalls, the grandson of the ground-breaking historian and archivist Arturo Schomburg, and the son of Pan-Africanist leader Marcus Garvey. But when you are the daughters of some of the most famous men of the 20th century, that legacy comes with even higher stakes. Ilyasah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, and Dr. Bernice King, the daughter...


BONUS: The Culture Is: Latina

Actress Justina Machado hosts an honest, thought-provoking conversation with Latina trailblazers shaping American culture including: The special centers on a fabulous dinner party at Casa Blanca in Beverly Hills, where guests discuss their lived experiences and defining moments as Latina women. The episode also features an exclusive interview with Oscar and Emmy-nominated actress and activist Rosie Perez and how being Latina in the entertainment industry has shaped her personally and...


ENCORE: Black Joy in the Summertime (2021)

In the spirit of summer family reunions, we’re revisiting our episode “Black Joy in the Summertime” -- a conversation with William Pickens III, who grew up spending the summers in Sag Harbor Hills, one of the three small communities on Long Island, New York nicknamed the Black Hamptons. Mr. Pickens, who passed away in September 2021, talked to Trymaine Lee about the traditions and legacy of summering while Black, and the importance of a place where Black families could be...


Choppin’ It Up With Damon Young

The last time writer Damon Young was on Into America was back in the summer of 2020. He spoke about his New York Times op-ed, “Yeah, Let’s Not Talk About Race––Unless You Pay Me” where he talked about the awkward and sometimes inappropriate questions he was often asked about race. Well, now he is getting paid with his new advice column, “Ask Damon,” in the Washington Post where readers can ask him anything and everything. Damon, who is the author of the book “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You...


Climate Denial is Racist

As climate change fuels an increase in natural disasters like hurricanes, wildfires, and extreme heatwaves, the threat is not evenly distributed. Black Americans are more likely to live in areas that are more flood-prone, hotter, and have worse air quality. They’re also less likely to have access to life-saving measures like air conditioning. And even though President Joe Biden’s new $369 billion climate agenda has passed the senate after Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Kristen Sinema...


Presenting: “His Name is George Floyd”

As a bonus for Into America listeners, Trymaine Lee previews a recent episode of “Why Is This Happening? The Chris Hayes Podcast.” The Washington Post’s Robert Samuels joined MSNBC’s Chris Hayes to take a very personal look at George Floyd, exploring who Floyd really was, long before his name became a hashtag. In the episode titled “His Name is George Floyd” (a reference to Samuels’ book of the same name), Samuels sheds light on Floyd’s ancestors, his early life in Houston, the systemic...


The Gen Z Midterm Test

Black Americans have long been one of the most loyal voting blocs within the Democratic Party. And Historically Black Colleges and Universities have often served as an important site for Democratic campaign outreach. As the November 2022 midterm elections approach, what is this new generation of young, Black voters looking for in their elected officials and what are the issues that matter most to them? This week, Into America’s Trymaine Lee travels to Atlanta, Georgia to talk with students...

Pregnancy, Prison, and the End of Roe

Incarcerated women have largely been left out of the conversation when it comes to abortion rights, but they are often the one who suffer the most. Prior to the overturning of Roe v. Wade pregnant people behind bars already faced limited access to abortions. And it’s Black women who bear the brunt of mass incarceration: they are imprisoned at almost twice the rate of white women. This week, Into America looks at what it means to be pregnant behind bars. We speak with Pamela Winn who founded...


Buffalo’s Road to Recovery

Tops Friendly Market has now re-opened in East Buffalo, two months after a white supremacist walked into the supermarket with guns blazing. Motivated by previous racist attacks and the false and insidious“great replacement theory,” the shooter live-streamed his killing spree, during which he took the lives of ten members of Buffalo’s Black community. The victims included parents, the elderly, a beloved community activist, and the security guard who died shooting back. Tops closed down for...


It's Not Supposed To Happen Here

Lance Stevens was standing outside his home in his calm Indianapolis neighborhood with his mother, Kim Tillman, as she dropped off the two young grandkids from a weekend at her house, when a stranger with a gun changed their lives in an instant. Lance was shot in the leg and another bullet grazed the side of his head, while his mother received the brunt of the gunfire: she was shot in the chest and armpit, and her arm and cheekbone were shattered. After decades of decline, gun violence has...


BONUS - The Culture Is: Black Women

MSNBC’s Joy Reid and Tiffany Cross host a dinner party at Minton’s in Harlem with Black female trailblazers who are shaping America’s culture, including: Throughout the revelatory dinner, guests share personal stories and experiences about what it’s like to be a Black woman in America and what it’s like to spark change. The episode also features Reid’s exclusive interview with Vice President Kamala Harris in Mississippi. They discuss Harris’ historic role as the first Black woman to hold...


To All My Sons

There’s a prevailing narrative within our society when it comes to Black men, one which was spelled out in detail more than fifty years ago, but which continues to sit right at home in our country’s family of stereotypes about Blackness. The narrative goes that Black men don’t stick around to parent the children we father. Shaka Senghor is out to change that narrative. His most recent book, Letters to the Sons of Society, is written as a collection of letters to his own two sons, born...


Get Your Freaknik On

“Freaknik in many ways is what Woodstock was for white people,” explains Dr. Maurice Hobson. Hobson is an historian at Georgia State University and former Freaknik attendee. Freaknik was a legendary street party that started in Atlanta back in the early 80s. For more than 15 years, young Black people from all around the country flooded the parks and streets of Atlanta every third weekend in April. There was dancing in the middle of the streets, step shows, and concerts with rap stars like...


Pride and the Bible Belt

Selma, Alabama was at the heart of the Civil Rights Movement. It was here in 1965 that Black protesters were chased and beaten during a march that would become known as Bloody Sunday. And today, that fight for Black liberation continues in Selma with Quentin Bell, the executive director of the Knights and Orchids Society, a nonprofit group that supports Black queer people who are facing housing insecurity, healthcare needs, and discrimination. Quentin has been an LGBTQ+ advocate for more...