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Our Body Politic

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Created and hosted by award-winning journalist Farai Chideya, Our Body Politic is unapologetically centered on reporting on not just how women of color experience the major political events of today, but how they're impacting those very issues. Weekly episodes feature in-depth conversations about the economy, health, politics, education, the environment, and the most prescient issues—because all issues are women's issues. Tune in every Friday everywhere you listen to podcasts, and on public radio stations around the country. Presented by KCRW, KPCC, and KQED.

Created and hosted by award-winning journalist Farai Chideya, Our Body Politic is unapologetically centered on reporting on not just how women of color experience the major political events of today, but how they're impacting those very issues. Weekly episodes feature in-depth conversations about the economy, health, politics, education, the environment, and the most prescient issues—because all issues are women's issues. Tune in every Friday everywhere you listen to podcasts, and on public radio stations around the country. Presented by KCRW, KPCC, and KQED.

Location:

United States

Description:

Created and hosted by award-winning journalist Farai Chideya, Our Body Politic is unapologetically centered on reporting on not just how women of color experience the major political events of today, but how they're impacting those very issues. Weekly episodes feature in-depth conversations about the economy, health, politics, education, the environment, and the most prescient issues—because all issues are women's issues. Tune in every Friday everywhere you listen to podcasts, and on public radio stations around the country. Presented by KCRW, KPCC, and KQED.

Twitter:

@farai

Language:

English

Contact:

202-330-1759


Episodes

April 9, 2021: A Congresswoman leads the charge against Black maternal death, a study explains the real reason Black women die from Covid-19 more than white men, and our roundtable welcomes a seasoned immigration reporter.

4/9/2021
This week Farai Chideya talks with Representative Lauren Underwood about how the federal government can tackle the Black maternal health crisis. Dr. Rachel Hardeman of the Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity explains why she focuses on the impact of racism on health. Farai shares the latest findings that Black women are over three times more likely to die of Covid-19 than white men or Asian men in two U.S. states. And we learn about Dr. Justina Ford, a Black doctor in the 1900s...

Duration:00:50:32

April 2, 2021: How Georgia’s draconian voting restrictions threaten the Constitution, why Congressman James Clyburn says we can’t prevent another insurrection, and Jemele Hill on why athletes won’t ever ‘shut up and dribble.’

4/2/2021
This week Farai Chideya talks with Nse Ufot, CEO of the New Georgia Project, and Tiffany Jeffers, Our Body Politic legal analyst, about the ramifications of Georgia’s restrictive new voting law. House Majority Whip James Clyburn on the need to still work across the aisle. Farai asks EunSook Lee, director of the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund, about the growing political power of Asian-American women. And Farai and Errin Haines of the 19th welcome writer Jemele Hill to Sippin’ the Political Tea,...

Duration:00:48:36

March 26, 2021: Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley on “legislating equity, healing, and justice,” a state senator in Georgia who warned about gun violence wants to treat it as a public health issue, and TransLash Media founder Imara Jones on why patriarchy thr

3/26/2021
This week Farai Chideya talks with Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley about her legislative priorities, holding fellow members of Congress accountable for the insurrection, and what keeps her going in the fight for justice. Georgia State Senator Dr. Michelle Au decries anti-Asian American hate and wants fellow politicians to treat gun violence as a public health issue. TransLash Media founder and journalist Imara Jones reflects on her experience of patriarchy and Trump’s...

Duration:00:49:44

March 19, 2021: The intersection of the personal and the political with WNBA star Layshia Clarendon, a Washington Post editor examines the anti-Asian violence in Georgia, and stories from the lives of the powerful Black mothers of three civil rights leade

3/19/2021
This week Farai Chideya talks with WNBA star Layshia Clarendon about their role in pushing the league to engage with politics, and why it’s important for them to proudly share their identity as a Black, trans and nonbinary, Christian person. Marian Liu of the Washington Post examines the shootings in Atlanta, Georgia, that left six Asian women dead, and how race, gender, and immigration underscore what happened. Author Anna Malaika Tubbs shares highlights from her new book about Louise...

Duration:00:48:34

March 12, 2021: The actual cost of racism in the U.S., one woman’s battle with Covid-19, and evaluating the state of security at the Capitol

3/12/2021
This week Farai Chideya dives into the consequences of zero-sum thinking around race with Heather McGhee, author of “The Sum of Us.” Marissa Tirona recounts her harrowing experience with Covid-19, one year after her hospitalization in New York City. Our Covid Update looks at vaccination rates among people of color. Our Body Politic national security contributor Holli Draines breaks down what we need to know about threats to Capitol Hill. And Errin Haines of the 19th and Jess Morales Rocketto...

Duration:00:48:32

March 5, 2021: How the Covid-19 pandemic raises issues of ableism, seeing investment opportunities in women of color entrepreneurs, and a touching personal story highlights Black maternal health disparities in the U.S.

3/5/2021
This week we’re recharging and planning ahead. So we’ve curated some of the most interesting conversations Farai Chideya has had with our guests in the last few months. Senator Tammy Duckworth talks about how her service in the military inspires her political leadership, including her advocacy for veterans and people with disabilities. Investor Nathalie Molina Niño explains why it makes business sense to see entrepreneurship by women of color as an investment opportunity. Professor Steven...

Duration:00:51:01

February 26, 2021: Senator Elizabeth Warren on what an economy should do, how Covid-19 vaccination protects others, and a new book confronts the stigma of intimate partner violence.

2/26/2021
This week, Farai Chideya talks with Senator Elizabeth Warren about why she still pushes for student debt relief and an increased minimum wage, and why she believes these are racial-justice issues. Epidemiologist and Our Body Politic contributor Dr. Kavita Trivedi takes our most pressing questions about Covid-19 vaccinations. Film producer and author Tanya Selvaratnam discusses her new book “Assume Nothing: A Story of Intimate Violence.” Plus, our political roundtable with Errin Haines and...

Duration:00:49:33

February 19, 2021: Examining a provocative way to build Black voting power, why Covid-19 vaccination must be a global effort, and facing up to the limits of inclusion at the Golden Globes.

2/19/2021
This week, Farai Chideya talks to Charles Blow, New York Times opinion columnist and author of “The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto,” about his proposal for building Black political power in the South. Dr. Ashish Jha of Brown University explains why vaccinating against Covid-19 must be a global effort, and Dr. Debra Furr-Holden of Michigan State University says getting Black Americans vaccinated is a key part of that effort. Our business of entertainment contributor Casey Mendoza...

Duration:00:48:27

February 12, 2021: Why tackling racism and sexism in the tech industry matters, ecofascism explained, and the political aftermath of a second Trump impeachment trial.

2/12/2021
This week, Farai Chideya and her guests talk about whistleblowing in the tech industry, how ecofascism happens, and the second Trump impeachment trial. Ifeoma Ozoma, founder of Earthseed, talks about the discrimination she says she experienced as a Black woman working at Pinterest, and what she’s doing to protect more whistleblowers through a new California amendment. Technology contributor Mutale Nkonde breaks down why the way tech companies treat their employees impacts our everyday lives....

Duration:00:48:01

February 5, 2021: A look at the Hispanic Republican, what we need to focus on to vaccinate the country equitably, and who is facing accountability for the January 6th insurrection.

2/5/2021
This week, Farai Chideya and her guests discuss the Covid-19 vaccine, a Golden Globe-nominated film, and the future of the Republican Party. Businesswoman Bertica Cabrera Morris and Professor Geraldo Cadava share the diversity of the conservative Hispanic experience. Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious diseases specialist and epidemiologist, explains why the lack of public health infrastructure, especially technology, impacts the distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine. Business of entertainment...

Duration:00:50:32

January 29, 2021: The challenges of distributing the Covid-19 vaccine equitably, Black identity in the White House and beyond, and our weekly roundtable unpacks the first set of Biden-Harris executive orders.

1/29/2021
This week, Farai Chideya and her guests talk about the challenges and victories of Covid vaccination efforts, and dive into the administration’s plans to reverse course on four years of Donald Trump. Dr. Grace Lee of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices describes what must be done to distribute vaccines equitably. “Vaccine Vixen” Ashley Nealy explains why as a Black woman she wanted to participate in the clinical trials. Actor and playwright Anna Deavere Smith analyzes the image...

Duration:00:48:25

January 22, 2021: Congresswoman Maxine Waters on how the Democratic party moves forward, Black and Indigenous strategists demanding more from the government, and the biggest challenges facing the Biden-Harris administration.

1/22/2021
This week, Farai Chideya and her guests discuss the new administration and the historic role of Vice President Kamala Harris. Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters discusses what her party wants to accomplish now that it controls the legislative and executive branches. Political strategist Glynda Carr of Higher Heights wants to elevate more Black women to political leadership roles. Activist and producer Sarah Eagle Heart examines what the Biden-Harris administration could do to address the...

Duration:00:51:07

January 15, 2021: New York AG Tish James seeks accountability for President Trump, the “Black Cassandra” syndrome and journalists of color need to be heard, and a new politics roundtable deciphers the future of our country.

1/15/2021
This week, Farai Chideya and her guests dissect the aftermath of the January 6th coup attempt at the Capitol. New York AG Letitia James shares the values that guide her work, which includes investigating President Trump. Boston Globe reporter Jazmine Ulloa reflects on her first-hand experience of the Capitol siege. As transition director of Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’ team, political strategist Minyon Moore expands on Harris’ role in uniting the country. Plus, a new extended segment...

Duration:00:52:02

January 8, 2021: A win for Democrats and a blow for democracy, the power of investing in women entrepreneurs, and envisioning a different way to understand the meaning of work.

1/8/2021
This week, Farai Chideya and her guests dissect political news across the country, from the Senate races in Georgia to the violence in our nation’s capital. And we welcome new contributor and legal analyst Tiffany Jeffers. Impact investor Nathalie Molina Niño takes on the exclusion of women of color in finance. Business reporter Ruth Umoh takes stock of corporations’ promises to invest in racial equity. Former journalist Carla Murphy tells Farai about her mission to understand why other...

Duration:00:52:06

January 1, 2021: Futurist Mutale Nkonde on how changing your mindset helps you achieve goals, a psychologist on how to shape conversations about racism and resilience with kids, and how to start off the year on a strong financial footing.

1/1/2021
This week, Farai Chideya spends more time with the sparkling roster of Our Body Politic contributors. Errin Haines of the 19th predicts the most important political stories of 2021 for women of color. Mutale Nkonde of AI for the People shares her secrets to envisioning success. Psychologist Dr. Ryan DeLapp offers advice to parents about having conversations on race and resilience with their children. Newsy reporter Casey Mendoza reflects on the successes and failures of 2020 in...

Duration:00:51:00

December 25, 2020: How the New Georgia Project made voting cool, why Covid may spur the end of tipping, and what inspires local leaders from California to Arizona and beyond.

12/25/2020
This week, Farai Chideya talks with Nse Ufot of the New Georgia Project about the power of organizing the vote. Air Force Sergeant Tamika Hamilton on what inspired her to run in California, and Varshini Prakash of the Sunrise Movement connects racial inequity and the climate crisis. Saru Jayaraman of One Fair Wage explains the pandemic's effect on service workers. Alejandra Gomez of Living United for Change in Arizona reflects on organizing efforts in the election. Plus, how Dr. Camilla Pang...

Duration:00:51:11

December 18, 2020: Representative Veronica Escobar on leading El Paso through the Covid crisis, Black homeownership rates in a new light, and Latino representation on the small screen

12/18/2020
This week, Farai Chideya talks with Representative Veronica Escobar about Covid and immigration in her district of El Paso. Gina Pérez of the Texas State Board of Education explains how continued cuts to school programs inspired her to take action. Our political contributor Errin Haines brings updates from the political world, and business contributor Ruth Umoh analyzes Black homeownership. Medical student Nia Buckner explains why she and other students updated the Hippocratic Oath, and...

Duration:00:51:11

December 11, 2020: Why the 2020 census remains in contention, Representative-Elect Jamaal Bowman on a divided Democratic Party, and Black womanhood through the lens of MacArthur “Genius” Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom

12/11/2020
This week Farai Chideya talks with Representative-Elect Jamaal Bowman of New York about his plans for a more just and equitable district, with a major focus on education. Contributor Errin Haines of The 19th updates listeners on the latest moves in the incoming Biden Administration, and NPR correspondent Hansi Lo Wang explains why the 2020 Census is still not over. Advocate Imani Barbarin discusses the intersection of disability and social media. And Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom beautifully...

Duration:00:51:56

December 4, 2020: Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall on being fully Black and fully blue, Covid’s impact on U.S education systems and students, and Filipinos fighting disinformation

12/4/2020
This week Farai Chideya talks to Dallas Chief of Police Reneé Hall about her career in law enforcement at a time of rising consciousness across the nation. Dr. Kavita Trivedi explains the intricacies of Covid testing and why it’s important to keep safety protocols in place. Reporter Ruth Umoh makes the connection between student debt and entrepreneurship, and Errin Haines gives us an update on the incoming stars of the Biden-Harris White House. Plus, a higher education leader on how students...

Duration:00:51:07

November 27, 2020: Media veteran Maria Hinojosa on inclusive storytelling, how #PublishingPaidMe landed book executive Lisa Lucas her dream job, and journalists of color creating inclusive newsrooms from Tennessee to Laguna Pueblo lands.

11/27/2020
This week Farai Chideya talks with journalists who are changing the world around them. First, veteran journalist Maria Hinojosa on creating a more inclusive newsroom as one of the pioneering Latinas in public radio. Then journalist Wendi Thomas on why she built a newsroom by and for locals in Memphis; and Jenni Monet on decolonizing our news feeds. The New York Times’ Somini Segupta talks about covering the climate crisis. And Lisa Lucas explains how a Twitter hashtag changed her career...

Duration:00:50:55