Politically Re-Active with W. Kamau Bell & Hari Kondabolu

Politically Re-Active with W. Kamau Bell & Hari Kondabolu

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How do we survive in the age of Trump? Kamau and Hari are here for you. In season 2 of Politically Re-Active, comedians and longtime friends W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu navigate the dumpster fire that is the US political landscape. The hosts answer questions and separate fact from fake news with help from today’s most fascinating artists, activists, writers, journalists and political thinkers. Join Kamau and Hari as they discuss how to move forward, how to be an active part of the resistance, and how to stay joyful in the face of the unknown. Don’t “hold up, wait a minute” - subscribe today.


Introducing Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan
Apr 2, 2018 • 1 min
We’d like to introduce you to The Intercept’s newest podcast, Deconstructed. Every Friday, journalist Mehdi Hasan unpacks the most consequential news event of the week, challenging the mainstream media’s tired takes. As a Brit, a Muslim, and an immigrant…
Introducing Kondabolu Brothers
Mar 8, 2018 • 2 min
Hari and his brother Ashok have a new podcast: Kondabolu Brothers. Check out the first episode in your podcast app right now. Witness two brothers occasionally acknowledging their live audience, find out why World War 1 is overrated, and learn why pizza…
What did we learn? With Alicia Garza and Wyatt Cenac
Oct 5, 2017 • 106 min
It’s the end of season 2 already? We close strong with messages from our listeners and conversations with #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Alicia Garza, and comedian Wyatt Cenac. Garza is an Oakland-based organizer who is currently the Special Projects…
Writing for very smart brothas (including President Obama)
Sep 28, 2017 • 73 min
Season 2 is almost over! This week Kamau and Hari are joined by Damon Young (Co-founder of VerySmartBrothas.theroot.com) and David Litt (author of “Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years”) to discuss the power of the pen. Young explains…
Neil deGrasse Tyson brings the universe down to Earth
Sep 21, 2017 • 68 min
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson joins W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu to discuss the politics of space exploration, people’s fear of artificial intelligence, and even tell some jokes. Tyson is Director of the Hayden Planetarium. In his latest book,…
Speaking with bell hooks & Talking DACA
Sep 14, 2017 • 80 min
W. Kamau Bell won an Emmy!!! And while he was on the red carpet, Hari was able to interview legendary feminist and author bell hooks about love, labels, and her views on the current administration. Kamau and Hari also gain understanding on DACA from Luis…
Disaster Capitalism and How To Fight It, with Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Mustafa Santiago Ali
Sep 7, 2017 • 69 min
Kamau and Hari dive into the impact of structural and environmental racism with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (professor of African American Studies at Princeton University) and Mustafa Santiago Ali (environmental justice leader with Hip Hop Caucus). Taylor…
Roy Wood Jr. and Franchesca Ramsey fighting trolls with truth and satire
Aug 31, 2017 • 78 min
How do social commentary and comedy mix? W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu are joined with guests Roy Wood Jr. (The Daily Show with Trevor Noah) and Franchesca Ramsey (MTV’s Decoded) to explore the power of humor in today’s polarizing political era. Roy…
Smashing the Confederacy in the streets and on the screen
Aug 24, 2017 • 65 min
The ACLU got a lot of heat last week when their neutral free speech stance had them defending the alt right in Charlottesville. We talk to ACLU Senior Staff Attorney Lee Rowland about the organization’s decision to change course and not defend groups that…
Bonus! Listeners respond to Charlottesville
Aug 19, 2017 • 14 min
This week on Politically Re-Active we dedicated a full episode to the events that stirred the nation last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. We asked our listeners to call in and share their thoughts. And they sure did show up! We received more than 50…
Charlottesville: Why did this happen and how do we move forward?
Aug 17, 2017 • 76 min
Kamau and Hari dive deep into the events that stirred the nation this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. One of the largest white supremacist demonstrations in recent US history led to the death of anti-racist protester Heather Heyer and injured…
Is this what democracy looks like? Jake Tapper & Jessica Byrd give their take
Aug 10, 2017 • 74 min
This week, Kamau and Hari cope with possible nuclear threat, learn how Jessica Byrd helps underrepresented communities engage in the political process, and “bravely” release the interview with Jake Tapper. How has the Trump administration affected…
Lewis Black, legendary political comedian is so angry, he won’t even talk about ‘you know who’. Now THAT’S angry!
Aug 3, 2017 • 51 min
This week’s Politically Re-Active finds our hosts meeting up with legendary political comedian Lewis Black, and getting some important questions answered. How did he become “The King of Rant”? What’s making him rant right now? From his early days yelling…
Killer Mike of Run the Jewels on Allyship, Equity, and Apocalypse Preparation
Jul 27, 2017 • 66 min
You’re going to walk away from this week’s Politically Re-Active, happier and smarter after listening to our conversation with Killer Mike of Run the Jewels. From equity, to allyship and building political power, Killer Mike rallies us to think big and do…
Hold Up, Wait a Minute: Twitter Feuds & Threat Models
Jul 20, 2017 • 70 min
What do you do when a Twitter beef disrupts your plans? That’s what happened to this week’s Politically Re-Active. But don’t you worry. We’re picking up the pieces and bringing you the good, bad, and ugly of today’s digital age. We’re speaking with Jessie…
Street Heat w/ Congresswoman Barbara Lee & Linda Sarsour
Jul 13, 2017 • 89 min
We’re back with a powerhouse episode! California Congresswoman Barbara Lee and National Women’s March Co-Chair Linda Sarsour breakdown the reality of fighting for social, racial, and economic justice. We learn about how Congresswoman Lee’s political…
BONUS! Phoebe Robinson, Lindy West, Shane Bauer-Live at Clusterfest
Jul 6, 2017 • 51 min
Coming to you LIVE from San Francisco, it’s Politically Re-Active at Comedy Central’s Clusterfest! Joining your favorite hosts on stage are comedian and podcast queen Phoebe Robinson, the brilliantly witty writer (and This American Life favorite) Lindy…
Janet Mock on Surpassing Certainty
Jun 22, 2017 • 51 min
She’s spoken at the Women’s March on Washington, hosted a show for MSNBC, edited for Allure and Marie Claire, and written a New York Times bestselling memoir – and that’s not even half of the revolutionary work that trans writer and activist Janet Mock…
Naomi Klein Says “No Is Not Enough”
Jun 15, 2017 • 70 min
It usually takes Naomi Klein five years to write a book. This time, it took her less than five months. The journalist, author, and activist’s latest work _No Is Not Enough_ is all about Trump, the dark trends that have led to his presidency, and the…
Comedy in the Trump Era: 3 Comedians, a Professor, and Kamau’s Mom
Jun 8, 2017 • 54 min
Live from Limestone! Professor Jeffrey C. Isaac, Karinda Dobbins, Arish Singh, Sophie Hughes, and Janet Cheatham Bell! For the first time ever, it’s Politically Re-Active LIVE! Kamau and Hari take the show on the road to Bloomington, Indiana, for the…
Jill Filipovic on the Feminist Pursuit of Happiness
Jun 1, 2017 • 60 min
Writer Jill Filipovic on the feminist pursuit of happiness Imagine a world in which women weren’t forced to struggle for equality in a system rigged against them. Imagine instead, the ideal world of journalist and author Jill Filipovic – one in which…
Rashad Robinson & Color of Change Cancels Bill O’Reilly
May 25, 2017 • 58 min
Rashad Robinson has done battle with Bill O’Reilly and won – twice. He’s taken on the shady, corporate-driven conservative operation ALEC and gotten companies like Coca Cola and Walmart to back down from supporting stand-your-ground laws. And now, after…
Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl on Rad American Women
May 18, 2017 • 57 min
Listeners, you and your kids need a new alphabet – specifically, one that starts with “A is for Angela Davis”. In this episode of Politically Re-Active, we talk with writer Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl about their illustrated children’s…
Political Analyst Angela Rye Calls It Like It Is
May 11, 2017 • 57 min
It’s hard to find a bright spot in the 2016 election, but born woke, political commentator and analyst Angela Rye was one. A regular on CNN’s thuderdome-like panels, Angela doesn’t mince words calling out lies and advocating for people of color and women.…
Getting Adversarial with Journalist Jeremy Scahill
May 4, 2017 • 52 min
Folks on both the left and the right have a love-hate relationship with reporter and Intercept co-founder Jeremy Scahill. His brand of “adversarial” investigative journalism makes no exceptions – not for the nation’s most powerful, and especially not for…
Aasif Mandvi on the Gaslighting Presidency
Apr 27, 2017 • 59 min
You probably got to know him as the “Senior Middle East Correspondent,” or the “Senior Muslim Correspondent,” or maybe the “Senior Foreign Looking Correspondent”, but actor, writer, and former Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi has moved into the hot…
Michael Skolnik on Being a White Woke Guy
Apr 19, 2017 • 54 min
Long before we asked our white audience members to “come get your boy” (keep tweeting!: #WhitesAgainstTrump), activist and entrepreneur Michael Skolnik was using his privilege to support social justice movements and reform the criminal justice system all…
Journalist Alia Malek on What We’re Missing When We Talk About About Syria
Apr 12, 2017 • 55 min
It’s been six years of the devastating civil war in Syria – more than 11 million people have been displaced, and last week’s horrifying chemical attack on Syrian citizens by their own president Bashar al-Assad has been yet another reminder of the human…
YouTube’s Akilah Hughes on #BlackWomenAtWork & Feeding The Buzz
Apr 5, 2017 • 61 min
Our guest this week is Akilah… obviously! Akilah Hughes – otherwise known as Akilah Obviously – is a writer, comedian, and YouTuber who talks as easily about race, feminism, and intersectionality as she does pizza, hair, and punching Nazis. In this…
Patrisse Khan-Cullors on Black Lives Matter & Resistance under 45
Mar 29, 2017 • 74 min
Kick off Season 2 with your favorite hosts and grassroots organizer, resistance fighter, and #blacklivesmatter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors! We dig into why Patrisse identifies as an organizer and not an activist, what it was like to see…
Season Two Trailer!
Mar 22, 2017 • 2 min
The second season of Politically Re-Active launches March 29th! Be sure to subscribe now on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts, so you won’t miss a thing.
Season Two?
Mar 15, 2017 • 15 min
Kamau and Hari play catch up on the state of the world since last November. We hear some updates on past guests and they talk a little about who they might want to have on, if, you know, they were interested in doing another season…
Presenting Maeve in America
Nov 23, 2016 • 39 min
This week, we present a new podcast from our friend Maeve Higgins! Maeve grapples with perhaps the hottest topic of Trump’s USA: immigration. More importantly, she meets Roz Koo - business woman, activist, and professional butt-kicker of the highest…
Facing the Future with CNN’s Jake Tapper
Nov 17, 2016 • 79 min
What do you do when a liar, xenophobe, misogynist, and racist becomes president? Get to work and do some damn good reporting if you’re guest Jake Tapper of CNN. In our final episode of the season, Kamau and Hari continue to process the reality of a Trump…
Roxane Gay on Anger After the Election
Nov 10, 2016 • 76 min
This week on Politically Re-Active, Kamau and Hari process the election results. Standup comedian Laurie Kilmartin and writer Roxane Gay join the guys to help make sense of a deeply painful moment in American history. From the costs to black and brown…
Voting Day Update About This Week’s Show!
Nov 8, 2016 • 0 min
Our show will be Thursday not Wednesday, but we’ve got the amazing Roxane Gay!You read that right, one of our all time favorite writers Roxane Gay will be joining us on this post-election recap/cool-down/anxiety fest. Check out her most recent piece in…
Comedian Hasan Minhaj on New Brown America and His Superpowers
Nov 2, 2016 • 84 min
Also, what Chief Wahoo means for #NoDAPL and Native American rights.We’ve only got a few more episodes left in this season of Politically Re-Active, so we’re packing each show to the brim! First, Kamau and Hari call up Sterling HolyWhiteMountain of the…
Dr. Jill Stein on Investing Your Vote
Oct 26, 2016 • 70 min
In spite of being called a long shot, Dr. Jill Stein aims to prove that the only wasted vote is the vote for the failed two-party system. The doctor, activist, and Green Party presidential nominee sits down with Kamau and Hari to talk about her political…
S. E. Cupp on being an Anti-Trump Conservative
Oct 19, 2016 • 65 min
The first conservative guest in the history of Politically Re-Active opens up to Kamau and Hari about being a “Republican Translator,” how the GOP can win back Trump supporters, and America’s last remaining safe space: baseball. It’s a civil, respectful,…
Comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh & Chicano Band Las Cafeteras are Everything Trump Fears
Oct 12, 2016 • 53 min
The East LA band Las Cafeteras has a saying: “if we can’t dance together, we can’t move together.” The Chicano/Chicana group continues our discussion on the intersection of art and activism today: not just the fights and struggles of community movements,…
Rosa Clemente on Third Parties in a Broken System
Oct 5, 2016 • 45 min
Hip-hop activist, journalist, and community organizer Rosa Clemente has a few good reasons why she doesn’t rock with the Dems. For one, they keep trying to kick her party – the Green Party – off of state ballots. And don’t get her started on Hillary…
Rachel Maddow on Donald Trump, Dick Cheney, and River Monsters
Sep 28, 2016 • 63 min
Not Loch Ness Monsters, River Monsters.Decompress from the presidential debate with your favorite hosts and this week’s guest, Rachel Maddow! With just under six weeks to go until the election, the author and TV icon gets real about Trump, from his…
Presidential Debate Tailgate with John Dickerson
Sep 21, 2016 • 50 min
The host of CBS’ Face the Nation talks about the skill of moderating presidential debates.In a first for Politically Re-Active, Kamau and Hari chat with a member of the mainstream media! John Dickerson is the host of CBS’s Face the Nation, and like Kamau,…
BONUS EPISODE: NoDAPL, Mailbag, & Our Old Pal Adam Mansbach
Sep 15, 2016 • 68 min
The long-awaited Mailbag Episode!HOLD UP; WAIT A MINUTE – it’s a bonus episode in three acts! As Native tribes continue their protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline, Kamau and Hari catch up with the #NoDAPL movement by calling writer, filmmaker, and…
Jasiri X: Hip Hop and the Movement
Sep 14, 2016 • 47 min
Also - bonus episode tomorrow!Before Kendrick Lamar electrified the Grammys and Beyonce got mainstream America in “Formation,” rapper Jasiri X was making music with a message. His social justice-inspired approach to hip hop has won him countless fans –…
Shaun King on Controversy, Color, and Kaepernick
Sep 7, 2016 • 56 min
And Kamau’s musical take on the Star Spangled Banner.Our guest this week is known for his bold and relentless writing on racial injustice and police brutality. Surprise: the “alt right” is not a fan. They’ve accused New York Daily News Senior Justice…
Lindy West on Seeing Women as Real People
Aug 30, 2016 • 49 min
And how movies in the 80s were really kinda creepy.This week on Hari and Co. Politically Re-Active, Kamau and Hari chat with author, columnist and legendary internet-troll confronter, Lindy West! West delves into rape culture, the objectification of…
Dave Zirin on Loving and Hating the Olympics
Aug 25, 2016 • 50 min
Today we’re talking about sports! (And politics)Every four years, Americans pick a president. And every fours summers, the world’s nations send its most muscled and agile to compete in a display of artistry and athleticism. And on #politicallyreactive,…
David Daley on How Republicans Ratf**ked American Democracy
Aug 17, 2016 • 43 min
No really, that’s what it’s about.The year 2012 looked like the start of a promising era for Democrats. Obama had just won his second term as president, the Dems had taken a big majority in the Senate, and the party had earned 1.3 million more votes than…
dream hampton on Black Liberation in the Hour of Chaos
Aug 10, 2016 • 47 min
And the price of being a critical woman of color.She was tight with Biggie and has the ear of some of today’s biggest musicians, but writer, filmmaker, and social justice activist dream hampton prefers to stay out of the limelight – if she can. Known as…
How Van Jones Keeps His Cool in the Cable News Circus
Aug 3, 2016 • 48 min
And why does he call himself Van…Our guest this week is one of Fox News’s least favorite people. Coincidentally, he’s one of Kamau and Hari’s favorites! Van Jones is a CNN commentator and activist who has started numerous social and environmental justice…
Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman Gives Us the Election Unfiltered
Jul 27, 2016 • 34 min
(Almost) Live from the DNC!Kamau and Hari are in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention! …or at least they’re in the recording studio just outside of the convention. In this episode, the Politically Re-Active hosts talk to Democracy Now!’s…
Pramila Jayapal on Majority Minority Districts & Teaching Hari How to Dress Himself
Jul 20, 2016 • 37 min
Hari and Kamau also get into #GOPSoWhite.
Robert Reich on Min. Wage, the Bern, & His Date with Hillary
Jul 14, 2016 • 27 min
Robert Reich wants to save capitalism?The richest people in the U.S. right now are wealthier than they have been “ever in the history of humankind,” says former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich. So why are the rest of us hustling so hard? In this episode,…
Pastor Michael McBride Says Stop Reaching for Whiteness
Jul 13, 2016 • 46 min
We talk Black Lives Matter and setting white people free.There are two things that Pastor Michael McBride is sure of: Jesus… and white supremacy. The activist and religious leader join W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu in the studio to make sense of last…
Kathleen Hanna on 3rd Wave Feminism & Why She’s “With Her”
Jul 6, 2016 • 42 min
A brief history of third wave feminism and how some of those ideas fit into politics todayPunk and feminist icon Kathleen Hanna join W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu on Politically Re-Active to talk about her time in the riot grrrl band Bikini Kill and…
Private Prisons with Shane Bauer
Jun 30, 2016 • 33 min
We still have a show!Mother Jones journalist Shane Bauer joins hosts W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu to talk about his recent and crazy article about working as a guard at a private prison in Louisiana for four months. You may recognize his name as one…
Dog Whistling with Ian Haney-López
Jun 29, 2016 • 27 min
Our first show!On the first episode of this brand new show, comedians W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu start digging into the strange facets of our political system. Berkeley professor Ian Haney-López joins them to talk about dog whistling in politics.…
Introducing Politically Re-Active
Jun 9, 2016 • 2 min
Coming soon, a new podcast from W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu. Subscribe now to be sure to get all of the latest episodes as they are launched!