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'There's Something About Her I Just Don't Like'

Jennifer Palmieri, former communications director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign; former White House communications director for President Barack Obama; president of the Center for American Progress Action Fund and executive vice president for Communications and Advocacy at the Center for American Progress; and author of the No. 1 New York Times best-seller 'Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World', joins Michele and Igor to discuss the battle to elect...


The Pennsylvania District Shaped Like Goofy Kicking Donald Duck

The redrawing of some congressional maps across the country could have a major impact on this year's midterm elections and beyond. Pennsylvania’s congressional map—widely viewed as among the nation’s most gerrymandered—is at the center of prolonged court battle. Igor speaks with Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims, President of the NAACP in Pennsylvania Dr. Joan Duvall-Flynn, and the Executive Director of Common Cause Pennsylvania, Micah Sims, about how gerrymandering in the state...


Standing on the Edmund Pettus Bridge

On the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, Igor speaks with Sam Fulwood, a veteran journalist and columnist with Think Progress who has covered race relations for decades. Fulwood shares the expectations he held as a child believing that racial segregation would be figured out by the time he had grown up; how the memorialization of King often misses his radical economic agenda; the racial progress that has been made in the 50 years since King’s death; and what is...


Love, Loss, and the Fight For Acceptance

Igor speaks with Sarah McBride, a transgender activist and author of “Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality.” McBride talks about what it was like coming out to her parents on Christmas day, losing her husband, Andrew Cray, a transgender man, to cancer just four days after they were married, and the lessons in advocacy, politics and relationships she has learned since. Then she speaks to the prejudice and harmful policies the Trump administration has...


The Kids Aren't Alright

800,000 people descended on the National Mall and cities across the country on Saturday for March for Our Lives, a movement led by high school students from Parkland, Florida, advocating for stricter gun laws in the wake of the mass shooting at their school six weeks ago. Igor and guest host Chelsea Parsons, vice president of Gun Violence Prevention at CAP, were on the National Mall and spoke with a few of them for this special bonus episode. Daniel Konis, a freshman at Marjory Stoneman...


The Rise of Hate

Under the campaign and presidency of Donald Trump, America has witnessed a rise in hate crimes, anti-Semitic incidents, anti-Muslim violence and a resurgence of white supremacy like never before. Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and George Selim, senior vice president of programs at the Anti-Defamation League join Igor and guest host Ed Chung, a former prosecutor of hate crimes at the Department of Justice, to discuss the face of hate in America, what has fueled...


The Underground College Basketball Economy

It’s March Madness! As basketball fever sweeps through the country, Michele and Igor speak with Kevin Merida, senior vice president at ESPN and editor-in-chief of The Undefeated to discuss the FBI investigation into the NCAA’s alleged illegal payments to student-athletes, the NBA’s consideration to do away with the one-and-done rule, and the role that race might play in determining which professional sports require college experience. Then, Merida gives his take on the experience of black...


We Will Not Cower, Jeff Sessions

This morning in Sacramento, California, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration will sue the state of California over their so-called sanctuary state laws. Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg—after missing his flight out of Washington, D.C., in hopes of joining protesters at Sessions’ announcement—shares his initial reaction to the lawsuit with Michele and Igor. He discusses what his city and California will do to fight back, why this attack from the U.S....


Black Women Magic (Part 2 LIVE from Power Rising in Atlanta, GA)

In part two live from the Power Rising Summit in Atlanta, Georgia, Michele and Daniella speak with fashion editor, social influencer, and president of The Tai Life, Tai Beauchamp, and Kristi Henderson, founder of Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network, about what it really looks like for black women to support each other well and why the extra baggage they carry in their personal lives often makes succeeding in a professional environment that much more difficult. Luvvie Ajayi, New York...


Black Women Magic (Part 1 LIVE from Power Rising in Atlanta, GA)

Live from the Power Rising Summit in Atlanta, Georgia, Michele and Daniella speak with a star lineup of black women. In part one of the two-part episode, they chat with Stacey Abrams, former minority leader in the Georgia House of Representatives, about how the 2017 elections in Virginia and Alabama showed that black women can change the trajectory of the nation with their votes. They speak with Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL), who shares her strategies for getting more black women to run for...


Not the Post-Racial Society We Thought it Would Be

Michele and Igor are joined by Kenneth B. Morris Jr., the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass, great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington and Co-founder and President of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives to discuss the bicentennial of Douglass' birth, his legacy as a radical abolitionist and civil rights leader and what young activists can learn from him today. Morris also speaks to Donald Trump’s ignition of racial tensions in the last year, shares what he believes...


Does Boston Deserve Its Racist Reputation?

Akilah Johnson, a reporter with the Boston Globe joins to discuss the Spotlight series “Boston. Racism. Image. Reality,” which confronts the city's racist reputation by examining its social life, academic institutions, health care systems, sports and newly developed Seaport district. Also, Michele and Igor give their take on the official presidential portraits unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery this week of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, the...


BONUS EPISODE: Russia Athletes Aren’t The Only Ones Doping

Pyeongchang 2018’s Winter Olympics are upon us. Michele and Igor go behind the scenes with Huffington Post reporter Travis Waldron to discuss the economic, environmental and political impacts of the Olympics; the $109 million stadium that will be used for 4 events before being torn down, the likelihood that Korea’s unified team will bring lasting resolution to geopolitics of the Korean peninsula, and why the Olympic ban on Russia for doping is just a PR tactic of the International Olympic...


Blackness Is Its Own Thing

As we commemorate the beginning of Black History Month, Michele and Igor speak with two of today’s prolific leaders who are making moves to change the world we live in. First, Melissa Harris-Perry joins in studio and shares why she’s sick of hearing about Trump’s tweets in the A block of cable news shows, why his strategy to win white voters in 2016 worked, and the real reason she believes we aren’t hearing from more black women in the midst of the #MeToo movement. Then, we hear from...


BONUS EPISODE: The Trump Administration Is Selling Your Public Lands for $212

Early Friday morning on February 2nd, parts of Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument were re-opened for mining and drilling. The move follows Trump’s December decision to slash the size of the two national monuments. Now, tens of thousands of Native American sacred sites are at risk, along with key wildlife habitats, and areas used for outdoor recreation. On this bonus episode, Michele and Igor speak with two tribal leaders, Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk of...


Mutually Assured Destruction in the Era of Trump

In Tuesday's State of the Union address, President Trump called for a modernization and rebuilding of our nuclear arsenal. Daniel Ellsberg, most notable for leaking the Pentagon Papers in 1971, who recently revealed new secrets he kept while working as a government consultant at the RAND Corporation in his new book “The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner” joins Michele and Igor to discuss the real threat of nuclear destruction, whether President Trump is fit to operate...


Tell Your Progressive White Friends, We Cannot Wait Until February 8th

Michele is joined by special guest host Emily Tisch Sussman, and a panel of powerful women who are leading protest movements across the country: Paola Mendoza, artistic director of the women’s march, Tiffany D. Loftin, head of African American outreach and policy at the National Education Association and Anisha Singh, senior organizing director at Generation Progress, CAP’s youth organizing arm. The women discuss their disappointment over the decision by Senate Democrats to blink first in...


A Shithole Place Called Racism

Last week, in an oval office meeting to discuss a path forward for Dreamers, Donald Trump made the now infamous comment that he’d like fewer immigrants from African nations, what he described as, “shithole countries.” Obviously, Michele and Igor have a lot to discuss. They take a deep dive into the long history of Trump's racist behavior from discriminating against blacks who wanted to rent his apartments in the 1970s to launching a presidential campaign where he called Mexicans "rapists."...


BONUS EPISODE: Work Hard, Graduate College, Become an MD, Be Deported

The government will shut down at midnight on Friday if Congress cannot pass a spending bill before then. These discussions will involve important negotiations on immigration and the potential for the Dream Act to be included in the bill. On this bonus episode, two Dreamers—both medical students who are close to receiving their medical licenses—share their experiences of being brought to the U.S. as young children; they recount the hard work that got them into prestigious medical programs...


"A Very Stable Genius"

Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee joins Michele and Igor to break down the latest developments in the Russia investigation. He also comments on the allegations made in Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury,” that President Trump may not be fit for office and weighs in on whether impeachment or invoking the 25th amendment may be necessary. Max Bergmann—Thinking CAP’s own Russia correspondent—explains the proposed criminal charges against Christopher...


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