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Every weekend on AM Joy, award-winning journalist and author Joy Reid passionately tackles the most important political and news topics of the week, exploring how policy decisions are shaping the country, while also bringing viewers in-depth interviews with leading newsmakers.

Every weekend on AM Joy, award-winning journalist and author Joy Reid passionately tackles the most important political and news topics of the week, exploring how policy decisions are shaping the country, while also bringing viewers in-depth interviews with leading newsmakers.





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Every weekend on AM Joy, award-winning journalist and author Joy Reid passionately tackles the most important political and news topics of the week, exploring how policy decisions are shaping the country, while also bringing viewers in-depth interviews with leading newsmakers.




Clyburn: GOP Senators seem to feel Trump is bigger than America

THIS EPISODE: Addressing the power of police unions is critical to creating widespread policing reform in the wake of the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd while in police custody, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison tells Joy Reid. Ellison also addresses other possible elements of police reform. THEN: Police reform in the wake of George Floyd’s death is discussed by legal expert, attorney and author Paul Butler, who shares insights from former President Barack Obama on...


Introducing: The Oath with Chuck Rosenberg

As a bonus for AM Joy listeners, we’re sharing a special preview of Season 3 of The Oath with Chuck Rosenberg, an MSNBC podcast hosted by former U.S. Attorney, senior FBI official and acting head of the DEA, Chuck Rosenberg. The Oath is a series of revealing conversations with fascinating men and women who took an oath to serve our nation. Who and what shaped them? What drew them to this work? How did they overcome adversity and failure? These captivating stories exemplify what is best about...


Rep. Omar on protests: We feel under siege by militarized police

The George Floyd protests against police brutality nationwide, in the wake of the killing of this unarmed black man while in police custody in Minnesota, are being met by forceful tactics by police and other law enforcement agents, who have been deployed in response to what many believe are infiltrators destroying property. St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter discusses this unrest, telling Joy Reid, “I'm calling for peace but I'm not calling for patience.” NEXT: The George Floyd protests are being...


Terrorism expert: White supremacist agitators want George Floyd protest chaos

Minneapolis protests in the wake of the death of unarmed black man George Floyd after he was taken into police custody may be attracting white supremacists and other infiltrators, according to recent statements by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison tells Joy Reid, ‘The people who would go out on the street to protest for justice for Mr. Floyd are not going to burn down the historic social justice advocacy groups for the Native American community... That's not...


Charlamagne Tha God responds to Biden "you ain’t black" gaffe

Joe Biden’s “you ain’t black” gaffe--referring to black voters who may be considering Donald Trump--is responded to by radio host Charlamagne Tha God, on whose show Biden made this controversial statement. Charlamagne Tha God joins Joy Reid to discuss saying, “It has to come to a point where we stop putting the burden on black voters to show up for Democrats, and start putting the burden on Democrats to show up for black voters.” NEXT: Joe Biden 2020 campaign advisor Karine Jean-Pierre, who...


McConnell resumes focus on federal judges amid pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic will not delay Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in his quest to confirm as many federal judges as possible, according to his own statements. Meanwhile, the recently-passed House HEROES Act, which would help the nation cope with the economic fallout of the pandemic, has yet to make it to the Senate floor. Joy Reid and her panel discuss. THEN: Sec. of State Michael Pompeo’s lavish Madison Dinners did not have a single Democrat, according to reports. Joy Reid and...


Stacey Abrams: GOP fears being ousted for poor COVID-19 response

Coronavirus outbreaks nationwide will impact voting in November, leading voting by mail to become more popular as an option that enables voters to stay safe. Yet, many Republicans are battling vote by mail initiatives, and some believe plans are afoot by the Trump administration to use the U.S. Postal Service to allegedly influence the collection of mail-in ballots. Voting rights activist and former Democratic candidate for Georgia governor Stacey Abrams joins Joy Reid to discuss, saying...


Booker: Everybody knows Congress should take quick fiscal action

Breonna Taylor’s police shooting death leaves many unanswered questions in the wake of this tragedy during which Louisville, Kentucky police killed this unarmed black woman in her sleep after attempting to serve a no-knock warrant to a suspect already in custody. Attorney for Breonna Taylor’s family, Ben Crump, Esq., joins Joy Reid to discuss. Then: Coronavirus-related economic relief has been demanded nationwide on a bipartisan basis Sen. Cory Booker tells Joy Reid, adding, ‘The challenge...


Former GOP strategist: Trump has 'utter incapacity for leadership'

Ida B. Wells and Nikole Hannah-Jones were just awarded the Pulitzer Prize for journalism in 2020. Both African-America women, Wells received her award posthumously for her coverage of lynching in America during during the late 1800s, while Jones was awarded for her 1619 Project about the legacy of slavery. Michelle Duster, Well’s great-granddaughter, and Jones, join Joy Reid to discuss. And: Coronavirus-related job losses top 20.5 million, as the unemployment rate reaches almost 15 percent,...


Former Trump supporter: I was able to see who Trump really is

The coronavirus pandemic, Trump's failures of governance, and more are discussed by former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, who tells Joy Reid that we will need to build a stronger, better America in the wake of the pandemic, and that, 'That's going to require the kind of leadership we don't have now.' Rice also comments on whether she is aware of any vetting by Biden's staff of her record as a possible vice presidential pick. And: Donald Trump's planned West Point...


Legal expert analyzes Reade's Biden sexual assault allegation

Donald Trump has used the Defense Protection Act in order to force meat plants to stay open, leading to concerns for safety as worker deaths and coronavirus infections rise at these facilities. Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) and Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, MSNBC Senior Medical Contributor, join Joy Reid to discuss. Then: Coronavirus infection and death outcomes continue to be worse for people of color as many states reopen, leading some to question whether a cultural cheapening of the lives of working...


Pelosi: President has been irresponsible, we've insisted on truth

Donald Trump's erroneous statements on coronavirus treatment via injecting disinfectants, plus the CARES Act pandemic relief bills, are discussed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who tells Joy Reid, 'Medical professionals have come forth and said no, [the president] has gone too far this time.' Next: Trump signing an executive order limiting immigration during the coronavirus pandemic is discussed by Beto O'Rourke, who tells Joy Reid that it is, 'Really important for us at this moment to remember...


Sen. Harris: Fed. gov. has responsibility to support states

Coronavirus bill complaints and demands from many in the GOP such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are criticized by Sen. Kamala Harris who tells Joy Reid she is "fighting for" more support for working people in coming legislation. And: The coronavirus response and decision to reopen many businesses in the state of Georgia by Gov. Brian Kemp is questionable Atlanta Mayor Keshia Bottoms tells Joy Reid, adding that she does think helping the economy in Georgia "should be at the risk...


Rep. Dean: Trump encourages governors to reopen at their peril

Donald Trump's economic coronavirus response is critiqued by Sen. Sherrod Brown, who is working with his colleagues in the Senate to introduce legislation that can help everyday people financially survive the pandemic. Brown also discusses a potential VP pick for Joe Biden, plus the racial disparities in the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. And: Trump's coronavirus plan for states is critiqued by Rep. Madeleine Dean, who tells Joy Reid, 'We have to be guided by the science, and the...


Sen. Warren: We're going to stay on top Trump for oversight

Donald Trump's activities related to coronavirus stimulus spending will be monitored, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) tells Joy Reid adding, 'Trump can't fire a free press, he can't fire Congress, and he sure can't fire me... We're going to stay on top of him for oversight.' And: Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison speaks out on losing his mother to the coronavirus pandemic, telling Joy, 'I can say, and my brothers can say, and my son can say, that we know from firsthand experience how...


Rep. Schiff: Many coronavirus warnings were in public domain

The coronavirus response in the U.S. and the intelligence warnings pointing to a possible pandemic are now under review by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff among other government bodies. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) joins Joy Reid to discuss saying, 'We need to be prepared for the next round when this comes back.' Next: Coronavirus relief for everyday workers, plus the Post Office, which is losing revenue due to the pandemic, is promoted by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) who tells Joy...


Systemic racism, lack of insurance fuel coronavirus racial divide

The coronavirus pandemic response of the Donald Trump administration, the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus on people of color, and the negative impact of the pervasive lack of healthcare coverage in some parts of the U.S. are discussed by Joy Reid and her guests, including Rep. Joaquin Castro. He tells AM JOY that in his view, 'This administration continues for the most part to bungle this response.' Then: Donald Trump promoting the unproven anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as...


Sen. Tina Smith: Trump is treating pandemic like PR war

Coronavirus pandemic responses of Donald Trump and members of the Trump administration are critiqued by Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN), who tells Joy Reid, 'If this is a public health war, we need a general, and what we have in Donald Trump is a pretender.' Next: Coronavirus testing will be critical to bringing the pandemic under control congressman from the highly-impacted states of Washington and California tell Joy Reid. How can the Trump administration use it's authority to increase the...


NYC Mayor: Coronavirus will be like many Katrinas across U.S.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio discusses the coronavirus outbreak in his city, as deaths from the pandemic start to surpass 2,000, telling Joy Reid, 'this is like the equivalent of being in a war.' Then: The coronavirus pandemic's disproportionately higher impact on communities of color is discussed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) who tells Joy Reid 'institutional racism' in healthcare and the economy is likely partially to blame. Next: Coronavirus relief checks could take weeks to...