Cape Up with Jonathan Capehart

Cape Up with Jonathan Capehart
Opinion writer Jonathan Capehart talks with newsmakers who challenge your ideas on politics, and explore how race, religion, age, gender and cultural identity are redrawing the lines that both divide and unite America. ‘Cape Up’ is a podcast from Washington Post Opinions.

Why this candidate for West Virginia governor isn’t even the focal point of his own campaign
May 26 • 31 min
Stephen Smith is running an unconventional campaign for governor of West Virginia. Its policy proposals and budget have been written by the people. Listen to Smith discuss why the pandemic has enhanced his campaign’s “West Virginia Can’t Wait” message.
Think no one can defeat Lindsey Graham? ‘Watch me!’ his Democratic opponent says.
May 19 • 37 min
Jaime Harrison, a Democrat, is vying to become South Carolina’s second black sitting U.S. senator. Here’s why his race to defeat the incumbent, Republican Lindsey Graham, has gone from improbable to possible.
Why Billy Porter says he can’t be a politician
May 15 • 29 min
Billy Porter has a Grammy, a Tony and an Emmy. But showing up at the Oscars in a black velvet tuxedo gown made him a cultural icon. The attitude that led to that moment is a key to his success and offers a good lesson for us today.
The eerie similarities between the killings of Ahmaud Arbery and Trayvon Martin
May 12 • 20 min
Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Ahmaud Arbery’s family, talks about how Arbery’s case is “like a modern day lynching.” Crump also discusses the eerie similarities between Arbery’s case and the case of Trayvon Martin.
‘Dying of whiteness’ during the coronavirus pandemic
May 5 • 23 min
Jonathan Metzl, author of “Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland,” comes back to the podcast to explain how his argument “has been on steroids since this pandemic started.”
Coronavirus is exploiting ‘the fissures of society,’ the Rev. William Barber says
Apr 28 • 33 min
The Rev. William Barber has preached about how racism, poverty, voter suppression and the lack of access to health care are linked. Now the coronavirus has forced us to face these issues in America, and he says Americans are eager to fight back.
How Michigan’s governor and Chicago’s mayor are battling coronavirus
Apr 24 • 41 min
Interviews with two elected officials in two different jurisdictions dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
America ‘has been abused by this president,’ former RNC chairman Michael Steele says
Apr 21 • 31 min
Michael Steele, former chair of the Republican National Committee, discusses President Trump’s daily briefings and how Trump has treated Americans during the coronavirus pandemic. This episode contains explicit language and listener discretion is advised.
‘I was right’ about the G-spot, says Dr. Ruth
Apr 14 • 33 min
Dr. Ruth Westheimer has been doling out frank advice about sex and relationships for 40 years. This week she answers questions on sex and relationships during Coronavirus. This episode contains adult language. Listener discretion is advised.
Coronavirus is a totally different disaster for philanthropies to handle
Apr 7 • 26 min
Darren Walker’s philanthropic career has put him in the middle of helping to resolve some of the nation’s biggest problems, from New Orleans rebuilding after Katrina to the bankruptcy of Detroit. Coronavirus is a totally different disaster.
240,000 coronavirus deaths: ‘In what circle of hell is that a good outcome,’ asks Susan Rice
Apr 3 • 37 min
The Obama administration created a playbook for pandemic preparedness for President Trump. Now, as we live through the coronavirus, former national security adviser Susan Rice says President Trump has tossed their “Pandemics for dummies” manual aside.
‘No such thing as social distancing’ when you’re incarcerated.’
Mar 31 • 25 min
Holly Harris of Justice Action Network and Topeka Sam of New Yorkers United for Justice are warning that jails are breeding grounds for COVID-19 and are pleading with President Trump and governors to release certain prisoners into home confinement.
An insight into Kamala Harris, a potential VP for Biden
Mar 24 • 53 min
Though she disbanded her presidential campaign, Sen. Kamala Harris is now a possible vice presidential candidate. Back in early 2019, Jonathan Capehart talked with Harris about her memoir, upbringing and career in front of a live audience.
Val Demings says the VP talk is ‘such an honor’
Mar 17 • 26 min
Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) serves on multiple committees, and was one of seven House impeachment managers who argued for the conviction of President Trump. Now, her name is being bandied about as a potential vice presidential nominee.
Election forecaster Rachel Bitecofer explains “the reason Joe Biden is the nominee”
Mar 10 • 39 min
Rachel Bitecofer became a sought after prognosticator after July 2018, when she predicted the Democrats would retake the House. In this episode, Bitecofer talks about how she makes her predictions.
Chasten Buttigieg reflects on husband’s presidential campaign
Mar 3 • 33 min
Chasten Buttigieg talks about the historic nature of Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign and what it meant to the LGBTQ community.
Why Pete Buttigieg thinks he’s the one to beat Donald Trump
Feb 25 • 32 min
Pete Buttigieg talks about the rise of Bernie Sanders, the hurdles he faces with black voters and whether or not he’s actually gay.
Richie Jackson on why being gay is a gift
Feb 18 • 42 min
Broadway and television producer Richie Jackson says being gay is a gift and was thrilled when his son came out to him. After his son said being gay was no big deal, Jackson decided to write his book ‘Gay Like Me: A Father Writes to his Son’.
Doug Jones’s impeachment vote was more courageous than Romney’s
Feb 12 • 26 min
Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) discusses what might be the most important vote of his Senate career: to convict President Trump on both Articles of Impeachment.
Deval Patrick to Democrats: ‘Others have plans, I have results’
Feb 4 • 33 min
Governor Deval Patrick is running for the Democratic nomination for president. His is an uphill fight, made tougher by the fact that African-American voters are not giving the only black candidate now in the race the boost and support he needs.
Jonathan Metzl on how white identity permeates policymaking outside of Washington
Jan 28 • 45 min
Jonathan Metzl talks about his book “Dying of Whiteness,” and the racial politics of taxes, healthcare and guns in America.
Rep. Swalwell on impeachment: ‘America won’t get a fair trial if witnesses don’t testify’
Jan 21 • 20 min
In an interview at the Capitol on Jan. 17, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) — a member of the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees — breaks down what’s happened and what’s to come in the impeachment process.
Why Silicon Valley’s congressman is all in for Bernie Sanders
Jan 14 • 47 min
Rep. Ro Khanna joins Jonathan to talk about Iran, the Sanders campaign and why the Democratic field has become so white.
Kevin Sheekey, Bloomberg campaign manager: ‘We’re running to replace the president’
Dec 17, 2019 • 44 min
At Bloomberg campaign headquarters in NY last week, campaign manager Kevin Sheekey explained why Michael Bloomberg entered the race and why he believes a national campaign can win.
Stacey Abrams: ‘We can’t simply win the race. We have to win the system.’
Dec 10, 2019 • 87 min
On the day Kamala Harris dropped out of the presidential race, Jonathan was in Boston for a live conversation with Stacey Abrams. She talked about the hurdles faced by black women, voter suppression and why she would consider being the VP nominee.
Starbucks COO Rosalind Brewer on race and leadership
Dec 3, 2019 • 48 min
Starbucks COO Rosalind Brewer joined Jonathan at a live event in June to talk about race, leadership and what happened at that Philadelphia Starbucks.
Kamala Harris says Trump “has a reason to be afraid” of her
Nov 26, 2019 • 55 min
Senator Kamala Harris wants you to know she doesn’t pay attention to polls, her policy proposals are guided by doing the right thing, not just the popular thing and she believes President Trump should be scared of her, not the other way around.
Pamela Newkirk on the failure of diversity initiatives and what we can do instead
Nov 19, 2019 • 47 min
The author of “Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business” joined Jonathan for a live conversation at Politics & Prose about why diversity programs fail, the success stories, and what we can all do better.
Cory Booker explains why he’s running for president
Nov 12, 2019 • 60 min
Senator Cory Booker sits down with Jonathan in Newark to talk about why he’s running for president, what drives him, and why he’s not worried about his poll numbers.
The unexpected life of Valerie Jarrett
Nov 5, 2019 • 54 min
At the Aspen Ideas Festival this summer, Valerie Jarrett joined a live “Cape Up” event to discuss her book “Finding My Voice,” and to dole out a wealth of hard-earned life and career advice.
Chef Jose Andres: ‘Hunger is beyond politics’
Oct 29, 2019 • 74 min
There’s a reason chef Jose Andres was selected to throw out the first pitch at game 5 of the World Series. At a live event recorded earlier this year, Andres talks about leadership, humanity and how disaster response needs to change.
Michael Steele to Democrats: ‘Trust Nancy’
Oct 22, 2019 • 40 min
Michael Steele comes back to the podcast to talk about this extraordinary political moment and why Republicans refuse to step up.
Cecile Richards’s message to American women: ‘Don’t wait.’
Oct 15, 2019 • 28 min
In a live event at Third Way in June, former Planned Parenthood president and Supermajority founder Cecile Richards discussed the myths and realities of making women heard in politics.
Heidi Heitkamp on Trump’s reckless strategies: ‘You cannot lead a party of one’
Oct 8, 2019 • 39 min
In a conversation recorded this past June, the former Senator discusses the politics of her state of North Dakota, the issues where Democrats and Republicans should agree, and her new One Country initiative.
House Democrats finally catch up with Maxine Waters on impeachment
Oct 1, 2019 • 38 min
Rep. Maxine Waters joins Jonathan to talk about the impeachment inquiry and the role of the Financial Services Committee. And why she keeps getting approached by white men wanting to take pictures.
What does a journalist fear about Putin? ‘They’re the exact same things that scare me about Trump.’
Sep 24, 2019 • 37 min
At the Aspen Ideas Festival in June, Masha Gessen spoke about Vladimir Putin’s worldview, the dangers of creating a false reality and why we need to change how we discuss facts.
Why Nancy Pelosi says it doesn’t matter whether Trump can be trusted
Sep 16, 2019 • 26 min
Speaker Nancy Pelosi joins the season premiere of ‘Cape Up’ to talk about U.S. leadership in the world, her relationships with Republican colleagues, and of course, the president.
Biden responds to ‘gaffes’ criticism: ‘What is it that I said wrong?’
Aug 30, 2019 • 42 min
Joe Biden discusses the presidential campaign and his standing with the African American community, and he responds to criticism of his so-called “gaffes.”
From Stonewall to an openly gay presidential candidate
Jun 28, 2019 • 39 min
50 years after a police raid of Stonewall Inn ushered in the modern LGBTQ rights movement, author Charles Kaiser reflects on how the movement has developed over the years.
Voices: Passing the baton
Jun 6, 2019 • 24 min
Civil rights veterans welcome young activists to a lifetime of service, sharing lessons and struggles, and seeing how the next generation will shape and redefine what it means to keep the legacy alive.
Voices: The power of nonviolent resistance
May 30, 2019 • 20 min
A clash between a longtime civil rights activist and a leader from a younger generation kicks off a discussion of the most effective path to change and the journeys that brought civil rights leaders to their belief in nonviolence.
Voices: How music propelled the civil rights movement
May 23, 2019 • 20 min
“Without songs, we couldn’t have had a movement.”
Voices: How segregationist George Wallace became a model for racial reconciliation
May 16, 2019 • 16 min
“Sometimes we have to remember we’re all human beings.”
Voices: Women of the civil rights movement
May 9, 2019 • 23 min
Rep. Barbara Lee and Andrew Young explain why women are so often eliminated from civil rights stories — and why that’s so wrong
Coming up on ‘Voices of the Movement’ …
May 2, 2019 • 1 min
…more voices from the civil rights movement as they explore the themes that made the movement what it was, and that connect it to today. But first, we want to hear from you. What voices do you hope get preserved? And what lessons can we learn from them?
Voices: The story of Bloody Sunday and today’s pilgrimage to Selma
Apr 25, 2019 • 25 min
Congressman John Lewis and others who were there recall marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., to protest the suppression of black votes.
Voices: How MLK’s famous letter was smuggled out of jail
Apr 18, 2019 • 19 min
Clarence B. Jones, Martin Luther King Jr.’s lawyer and occasional speechwriter, describes how he smuggled the letter out of jail.
Voices: Children ‘stripped of innocence’
Apr 11, 2019 • 25 min
A member of the Little Rock Nine and a survivor of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing both lost the illusion of safety in their young lives.
Voices of the Movement: The day Martin Luther King Jr. died
Apr 4, 2019 • 18 min
Andrew Young, King’s chief strategist with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and others who were close to King recall the moment they heard of his assassination.
Coming soon: Voices of the Movement, a special project from Cape Up
Mar 25, 2019 • 2 min
Starting April 4, ‘Cape Up’ will be presenting a special series highlighting the voices of civil rights leaders. Some you know and some you may not. For the next two months, we’re going to hear their voices. Listen to their stories. And try to understand.
Schumer’s push on voting rights: ‘Wake up and smell the coffee, Chief Justice’
Mar 7, 2019 • 14 min
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) called me to his grand office in the U.S. Capitol to talk about “undoing the damage” of the Shelby v. Holder decision, instituting automatic registration and granting statehood to the District of Columbia.
What Trump needs to learn about Frederick Douglass
Feb 28, 2019 • 55 min
This episode was originally published on October 16, 2018. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.
How Derek Black went from being the golden boy of white nationalism to its outspoken critic
Feb 26, 2019 • 47 min
Derek Black was the golden boy of white nationalism. After enrolling in college, he began to change. Eli Saslow chronicles Black’s transformation in his new book “Rising Out of Hatred.” This episode was originally published on December 4, 2018.
Why the most productive conversations around race, are probably the ones you never hear.
Feb 21, 2019 • 40 min
This episode was originally published on February 27, 2018. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.
‘Go ahead and have the theater’: Rep. Karen Bass knows there’s no actual emergency
Feb 19, 2019 • 35 min
Rep. Karen Bass (D), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, discusses how her constituents flipped seven congressional seats and how Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reminds Bass of her younger self.
Jazz artist Wynton Marsalis says rap and hip-hop are ‘more damaging than a statue of Robert E. Lee’
Feb 14, 2019 • 53 min
This episode was originally published on May 22, 2018. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.
Meet the ‘Colored Girls,’ the hidden figures in American politics
Feb 12, 2019 • 67 min
Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, and Minyon Moore discuss their book ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics’ and how they got their start on Jesse Jackson’s presidential campaign.
Bryan Stevenson wants us to confront racial terrorism and then say, ‘Never again.’
Feb 7, 2019 • 60 min
This episode was originally published on April 24, 2018. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.
The man who could be governor. Who is Justin Fairfax?
Feb 5, 2019 • 46 min
Lt. Gov. of Va. Justin Fairfax (D) is only the second African American in Virginia’s history to be elected statewide and if Gov. Ralph Northam (D) resigns over a racist photo, Fairfax could make history again. Listen to the interview with him from 2018.
How the justice system criminalizes the poor — and funds itself in the process
Jan 29, 2019 • 58 min
Alexandra Natapoff, author of ‘Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal’, exposes how our criminal justice system criminalizes poverty and ensnares Americans through misdemeanors.
‘We thought he was cute’: Remembering King with one of the ‘Little Rock Nine’
Jan 21, 2019 • 41 min
Today, as we honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Jonathan discusses the Civil Rights Movement with Minnijean-Brown Trickey. Minnijean was 15 years old when she integrated Central High School in 1957 as part of “the Little Rock Nine.’
Is Kamala Harris running for president?
Jan 15, 2019 • 63 min
Senator Kamala Harris discusses her career path, inspirations and her new book, “The Truths We Hold,” in this in-depth conversation hosted by Politics and Prose and recorded live at GW Lisner Auditorium on Jan. 9.
Everyone’s talking about Beto and Biden. But here’s another ‘B’ you should know.
Jan 8, 2019 • 51 min
In the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination, there’s one name you need to know: Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind. He’s a veteran, unapologetically progressive, openly gay and one of Obama’s four picks for future leaders of the Democratic Party.
Chicago’s forgotten gun violence victims: ‘We’ve normalized hopelessness’
Jan 1, 2019 • 32 min
We revisit our best episode from 2018. Three Chicago teens. All victims of gun violence. In the wake of the Parkland shootings, they plea for the same attention for their own communities. Jonathan visits one of them to hear what it’s like firsthand.
Mark Hamill on Luke’s fate, Trump vs. Vader and more
Dec 25, 2018 • 97 min
For Christmas, we’re bringing back an old favorite: Mark Hamill! He talks about why Star Wars still resonates so strongly and shares some stories from Star Wars history that you might not have heard before. This was originally recorded April 2018.
Is Mueller’s investigation nearing the ‘worst-case scenario’? Garrett Graff thinks so.
Dec 18, 2018 • 41 min
Garrett Graff, author of ‘The Threat Matrix: Inside Robert Mueller’s FBI and the War on Global Terror,’ deeply understands the ins and outs of Mueller’s current investigation. He helps make sense of the avalanche of news coming out of the probe.
Senator Doug Jones says Mueller investigation ‘has never been a witch hunt.’
Dec 11, 2018 • 52 min
A year ago, Doug Jones became the first Democrat elected to the Senate from Alabama in 25 years. He discusses what the past year has been like, the Mueller investigation and Trump’s fascination with tariffs.
How Derek Black went from being the golden boy of white nationalism to its outspoken critic
Dec 4, 2018 • 49 min
Derek Black was the golden boy of white nationalism. His godfather is David Duke. After enrolling in college, he began to change. Eli Saslow chronicles Black’s transformation in his new book “Rising Out of Hatred.”
Chicago’s forgotten gun violence victims: ‘We’ve normalized hopelessness’
Nov 27, 2018 • 32 min
Three Chicago teens. All victims of gun violence. In the wake of the Parkland shootings, they plea for the same attention for their own communities. Jonathan visits one of them to hear what it’s like firsthand. Produced by Carol Alderman.
Lucy McBath: From ‘Cape Up’ to Congress
Nov 20, 2018 • 36 min
Hear congresswoman-elect Lucy McBath in an interview from 2016. Along with DeJuan Patterson, she talks about gun violence, the death of her son, and how she pushed forward.
Michael Steele on why he remains in the Republican Party: ‘I’m not leaving. This is my house’
Nov 13, 2018 • 44 min
Michael Steele, former chair of the Republican National Committee, is back on the podcast to discuss the midterm elections, Nancy Pelosi and whether or not the focus should really be on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Trump is trying to scare us. Here’s why he’s failing.
Nov 6, 2018 • 48 min
Deborah and James Fallows traveled more than one hundred thousand miles across America. In this time of division and hatred, they came away with a surprisingly optimistic vision of the country.
Why Stacey Abrams could break Georgia’s ‘Gone with the Wind’ stereotype
Oct 30, 2018 • 20 min
Stacey Abrams could be the first African American governor of Georgia and the first black woman governor in the United States. With midterms in a week, we’re rerunning her interview from Sept. 2017 to reacquaint you with the woman who could make history.
Eric Holder: ‘We have to take on this president. We have to take on this Republican Party.’
Oct 23, 2018 • 31 min
Eric Holder, former attorney general of the United States, discusses his efforts toward creating fairer districts, the controversy over his “kick ‘em” comment and his views on Kanye West.
What Trump needs to learn about Frederick Douglass
Oct 16, 2018 • 54 min
David Blight, author of ‘Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom’, tells you how Douglass became a demanding voice for America to live up to its ideals.
We need to learn who we are before algorithms decide for us
Oct 9, 2018 • 66 min
Yuval Noah Harari, author of ‘21 lessons for the 21st century’, discusses artificial intelligence, the algorithms that control it and the people who control our data. This conversation was originally recorded at Sixth & I in Washington D.C.
How Republicans like Holly Harris are fighting for criminal justice reform
Oct 2, 2018 • 38 min
Holly Harris, Executive Director of the Justice Action Network, thinks the penal system in America is broken and that mass incarceration doesn’t make us safer.
The ‘courage, power and persistence’ of Wendy Sherman
Sep 24, 2018 • 44 min
Ambassador Wendy Sherman comes back to the podcast to discuss her new book ‘Not for the Faint of Heart,’ President Trump, John McCain and her mother.
DNC Chairman Tom Perez says these midterm elections are the most important of our lifetime
Sep 18, 2018 • 49 min
When Tom Perez took over as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, he said his mission was to rebuild trust and infrastructure. Seventeen months later, with wins in several states, Perez is confident that the Democratic Party is back on track.
Human Rights Campaign president: ‘We are going to get our country back’
Sep 11, 2018 • 42 min
As the midterm elections bear down upon us, Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, is traveling all over the country helping LGBTQ and allied candidates in their quest for higher office and being a voice for Americans who have had enough.
The biggest threat to democracy that nobody is talking about
Sep 4, 2018 • 35 min
Karen Hobert Flynn, president of Common Cause, is sounding an alarm over a drive to call for a constitutional convention and the lasting damage that could do.
Inside Andrew Gillum’s campaign to become Florida’s first black governor
Aug 28, 2018 • 44 min
Aug. 28 is primary day in Florida and a chance for Andrew Gillum to become the state’s first African American democratic nominee for governor. To reacquaint you, this episode is a rerun of our June conversation with the man who could make history.
‘We think prison is the only way to hold people accountable when they break the law’
Aug 20, 2018 • 41 min
Karol Mason, president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a former Obama Justice Department official, discusses what the public thinks criminal justice means, what it actually means and what it should mean.
How Robert Runcie helped the Parkland generation find their voice
Aug 14, 2018 • 39 min
Robert Runcie instituted radical changes when he became superintendent of Broward County schools. Those changes helped give rise to the Parkland generation after his students experienced one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history.
Arthur Brooks says contempt is not just bad for marriages. It kills politics and the country, too.
Aug 7, 2018 • 30 min
Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, discusses the moral mistakes of the Trump administration, populism and why he’s leaving his job.
‘I am more forgiving’: When Alex Wagner learned the truth about her family’s history
Jul 31, 2018 • 50 min
‘Futureface’ is No. 1 on President Obama’s summer reading list. Author Alex Wagner, who is half-white and half-Burmese, discusses how untangling her family’s history gave her a new perspective on our country today.
‘It’s like he took a knee to Putin’: Mitch Landrieu on Helsinki, and the Democrats’ identity crisis
Jul 24, 2018 • 45 min
Former New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu joins Jonathan in front of a live audience at the Opportunity 2020 conference in Columbus Ohio. They discuss the removal of Confederate statues from New Orleans, Trump and the future of the Democratic Party.
How your data is used by the police and where it goes wrong
Jul 17, 2018 • 41 min
In the conversation around criminal justice reform, more attention is being paid to how the police work. Professor Andrew Ferguson, author of ‘The Rise of Big Data Policing’ walks through the tools police are using to combat crime and its downsides.
David Miliband on immigration crisis: “What’s going on is dehumanization”
Jul 10, 2018 • 27 min
David Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee and former British foreign affairs minister discusses the immigration crisis at the US southern border and puts it into a global context.
‘Stop acting as though Trump is the first,’ says the Rev. William Barber
Jul 3, 2018 • 55 min
Today our moral underpinnings are being tested. So there’s no better person to talk to than Rev. Barber, the man whose multiple arrests in the Moral Monday movement have galvanized the nation. This episode is one part history seminar and two parts church.
Jeh Johnson speaks out on separating immigrant families: ‘It’s just something I couldn’t do’
Jun 26, 2018 • 50 min
As the Trump Administration grapples with a crisis of its own making Jeh Johnson, former Secretary of Homeland Security tells us about what happened when he faced separating children from their parents.
Will lightning strike twice in the South? Andrew Gillum campaigns in Trump country
Jun 19, 2018 • 44 min
Andrew Gillum is the mayor of Tallahassee and he’s attempting to do something never attempted by a black person in Florida: Be elected governor. But he’s got to get through the primary first.
Tim Kaine calls out the ‘glass jaws’ and ‘crybabies’ of the Trump administration
Jun 12, 2018 • 42 min
Senator Tim Kaine, member of the armed services committee and foreign relations committee weighs in on North Korea, the drama in Canada and the demons unleashed by President Trump.
Steve Phillips on why Democrats need to stop focusing on the white working class
Jun 5, 2018 • 49 min
Steve Phillips, author of “Brown is the New White”, discusses how the inability of the largely white democratic leadership to inspire people of color is a problem staring them right in the face.
Starbucks is closed to talk race. We’re open to do the same.
May 29, 2018 • 33 min
Today, Starbucks is closing its stores nationwide for racial bias training. So we’re bringing you a collection of past interviews that explore the history of African Americans in this country and how that informs what Starbucks employees will be hearing.
Jazz artist Wynton Marsalis says rap and hip-hop are ‘more damaging than a statue of Robert E. Lee’
May 22, 2018 • 54 min
The Pulitzer Prize-winning musician talks about how his new work “the ever-funky lowdown” fits in the current conversation around race and how rap and hip-hop is damaging to that conversation. This interview includes strong language, including the n-word.
How Jordan Klepper does satire in the age of Trump
May 15, 2018 • 47 min
Jordan Klepper, the host of Comedy Central’s, “The Opposition,” talks about how he does the show in an age when the comedy of real life tops about what comedians can come up with.
Kevin de León: Meet the “unicorn” taking on Dianne Feinstein
May 8, 2018 • 61 min
California state Sen. Kevin de León is taking on Sen. Dianne Feinstein in the primaries. So who is he? He discusses his immigrant roots, his unplanned foray into politics and his disdain for Trump, and what all of that has to do with unicorns.
‘I’m not convinced I’m dead’: Mark Hamill on Luke’s fate, Trump vs. Vader and more
May 4, 2018 • 97 min
To celebrate May The Fourth, we brought Mark Hamill on the show. He talks about his career, why Star Wars still resonates so strongly, and Mark shares some stories from Star Wars history that you might not have heard before.
Laugh it up fuzzball!
May 1, 2018 • 2 min
Search your feelings, you know it to be true … that you want to listen to Mark Hamill.
Bryan Stevenson TL;DR
Apr 26, 2018 • 14 min
We’ve taken Jonathan’s hour long sit down with Bryan Stevenson on the lynching memorial and legacy museum opening in Montgomery, Alabama and cut it down to give you some highlights.
Bryan Stevenson wants us to confront racial terrorism and then say, ‘Never again.’
Apr 24, 2018 • 61 min
Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, discusses the opening of the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice (aka, the lynching memorial). He talks about confronting racial terrorism and how to end it.
Robert Kagan on why Americans don’t want the U.S. to be the leader of the free world
Apr 17, 2018 • 32 min
Foreign policy expert Robert Kagan discusses our nation’s retreat from its international responsibilities under President Trump and why it could mean the end of the world order America created after WWII.
Loretta Lynch: “Attorney-client privilege is alive and well in this country.”
Apr 10, 2018 • 54 min
Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch returns to the podcast to talk about the impromptu tarmac meeting with President Clinton, her working relationship with former FBI director James Comey, and the raid on the president’s lawyer, Michael Cohen.
“I just felt like something had died in all of us.” John Lewis on the death of Martin Luther King
Apr 3, 2018 • 42 min
Civil Rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) reflects on 50 years of his life and the life of America without Martin Luther King Jr. and why he’s making his first trip back to Indianapolis since he learned the news there that King was dead.
Police violence affects women of color just as much as men. Why don’t we hear about it?
Mar 27, 2018 • 40 min
Andrea Ritchie, author of ‘Invisible No More’ discusses how women of color bear the brunt of police violence just as much as men of color, how nobody is talking about it, and what we should be doing about the issue.
Joanne Lipman: “It isn’t just women leaning in, we need men to reach across the divide”
Mar 20, 2018 • 47 min
Joanne Lipman, author of ‘That’s What She Said” talks about the tense environment between men and women in the workplace, how diversity training made things worse, and what women do to be seen as equal in a so-called man’s world.
Sen. Chris Murphy on how Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong Un could be a disaster for the United States
Mar 13, 2018 • 32 min
Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) discusses President Trump’s planned meeting with Kim Jong Un and what makes the Parkland students activism on gun control different than the others.
Eric Holder on running for president: ‘I think I’ve got the guts’
Mar 6, 2018 • 49 min
Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder discusses the independent counsel investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election, his work at a national redistricting effort, and whether he has his eyes on a White House run in 2020.
“We are invisible no matter what heights we’ve risen to”: April Ryan
Mar 1, 2018 • 26 min
This episode originally aired on January 10, 2017. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.
Why the most productive conversations around race, are probably the ones you never hear.
Feb 27, 2018 • 41 min
Michele Norris, NPR’s first female African American host and founder of The Race Card project, talks about America’s foundational ailment and how race is an integral part of our national discourse.
Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Feb 22, 2018 • 13 min
This episode originally aired on September 23, 2016. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.
‘Freedom of speech, but not freedom of action’: Two moms on raising black boys
Feb 20, 2018 • 59 min
Tai Hall, author of “#LunchboxChronicles,” and Margaret Capehart, Jonathan Capehart’s own mother, share an intergenerational conversation about raising black boys — 40 years apart.
Dr. Carla Hayden on being the first female African-American librarian of Congress
Feb 15, 2018 • 27 min
This episode was originally published on August 29, 2017. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.
How the ‘home of American slavery’ became a ‘microcosm for the entire country’
Feb 13, 2018 • 46 min
Lt. Gov. of Virginia Justin Fairfax is only the second African American in Virginia’s history to be elected statewide. He discusses how his inauguration marks the history of his state and America.
Lucy McBath, who lost her son to gun violence, and DeJuan Patterson, who survived it
Feb 8, 2018 • 35 min
This episode was originally published on November 1, 2016. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.
Tamron Hall on being unapologetically black
Feb 6, 2018 • 39 min
To kick off our Black History Month spotlight former ‘Today Show’ host Tamron Hall discusses how she became the first African American woman to host the show and what it means to her to be unapologetically black and unapologetically American.
Broderick Johnson, former cabinet secretary and chair of My Brother’s Keeper Alliance
Feb 1, 2018 • 31 min
This episode was originally published on October 3, 2017. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.
Michael Steele’s State of the Union
Jan 30, 2018 • 39 min
President Trump delivers his first State of the Union address but former chair of the Republican party Michael Steele says after one year of the Trump presidency, the state of the union is shaky.
Michael Wolff in depth on his unprecedented access to Trump
Jan 23, 2018 • 64 min
The controversial author of ‘Fire and Fury’ discusses his sourcing, his access, and details in the book that have everyone talking. This is a live recording of a Politics & Prose event at Sixth & I in Washington, D.C.
Why Kim Jong Un is ‘very rational within his own context’
Jan 16, 2018 • 44 min
Lisa Monaco, former homeland security adviser to President Obama, discusses North Korea, America’s standing in the world, the travel ban, terrorism and Robert Mueller.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe reflects on his term in office
Jan 9, 2018 • 36 min
Soon-to-be former governor Terry McAuliffe talks about the Virginia gubernatorial election, his views on race and gender issues, and what it was like serving during an eventful time in Virginia politics.
Dionne Warwick on her work in the fight against HIV/AIDS
Jan 2, 2018 • 26 min
Dionne Warwick, a seven time Grammy award winner and early activist in the fight against HIV/AIDS discusses her work as an activist and what she would do if President Trump called her about it.
Deborah Rutter on how the Kennedy Center is much more than “the honors”
Dec 26, 2017 • 28 min
Deborah Rutter, president of the Kennedy Center, talks about installing the performing arts center’s first artistic director for hip hop to the challenges of being the local performing arts center for the nation’s capital.
Rep. Frederica Wilson on Sgt. La David Johnson
Dec 19, 2017 • 40 min
Congresswoman Frederica Wilson of Florida discusses why she is angry about the conflicting stories about what happened to Sgt. La David Johnson and President Trump’s call to his widow.
Dan Rather talks about politics and media
Dec 12, 2017 • 45 min
Dan Rather, the former CBS news anchor, talks about his new book “What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism,” politics, media and why he’s still such a hit with Millennials.
Ali Noorani of the National Immigration Forum talks about DACA
Dec 5, 2017 • 25 min
Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, talks about DACA and how to move forward in the immigration debate.
Hillary Clinton reflects with raw honesty on Trump and 2016
Nov 28, 2017 • 34 min
Hillary Clinton joins Jonathan and talks about why she wanted to be president, coming to terms with the fact that people don’t like her, and sexism and misogyny.
‘Hardball’ anchor Chris Matthews on what today’s politicians can learn from Bobby Kennedy
Nov 21, 2017 • 33 min
Chris Matthews of MSNBC’s ‘Hardball’ talks about writing his eighth book, ‘Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit,’ and Bobby Kennedy’s role in the Civil Rights Era and his family’s politics.
Russia, the Clinton campaign and Chardonnay: Donna Brazile unloads
Nov 14, 2017 • 51 min
Donna Brazile discusses her contentious relationship with the Clinton campaign, the impact of the Russian hack on the DNC and why she wrote her controversial book about it in the first place. This interview contains some adult language.
Maya MacGuineas explains the difference between tax reform and tax cuts
Nov 7, 2017 • 29 min
Congress is debating a tax bill. Maya MacGuineas, the president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, breaks down the complicated tax reform debate and explains why popular deductions might actually hurt our nation’s fiscal health.
Declaring opioids a public health emergency won’t solve the crisis. Here’s what will.
Oct 31, 2017 • 30 min
In Trump’s declaration of the opioid crisis as a public health emergency he forgot to focus on how it would be funded. Dr. Susan Blumenthal talks about where the money might come from and how we got here in the first place.
There’s a ‘poisonous dynamic among white people’ over who’s to blame for racism
Oct 24, 2017 • 36 min
To further his understanding of the political motivations of the white working-class, Jonathan talks to Joan Williams, author of ‘White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America’, about how the economy, family and race all play a role.
Roberta Kaplan on fighting white supremacists in the U.S.
Oct 17, 2017 • 23 min
In August, white supremacists and Neo-Nazis released terror on the people of Charlottesville, VA. The people are fighting back with a lawsuit helmed by Roberta Kaplan, the woman who successfully argued the case that hastened marriage equality in the U.S.
Stacey Abrams on running to be Georgia’s first black female governor
Oct 10, 2017 • 26 min
Stacey Abrams resigned as the minority leader of the Georgia Statehouse to run for governor in 2018, and she has a message that the Democratic party and the electorate need to hear.
Broderick Johnson returns to discuss My Brother’s Keeper and race relations after Obama
Oct 3, 2017 • 31 min
The former assistant to the president and White House cabinet secretary talks about how he is continuing the work of My Brother’s Keeper during the Trump administration, and debates Ta-Nehisi Coates’s latest article with Jonathan.
Trita Parsi explains why pulling out of the nuclear deal with Iran would be harmful
Sep 26, 2017 • 36 min
After Trump called the Iran nuclear deal an embarrassment, Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, explains who actually negotiated the deal and what it would mean if Trump pulled the United States out of the deal.
Aggie Gund and Darren Walker on the Art For Justice Fund
Sep 19, 2017 • 30 min
Renowned philanthropist and art collector Aggie Gund stunned the art world when she sold a painting for $165 million and then used most of the money to start the “Art for Justice Fund” with Ford Foundation President Darren Walker.
Howard Dean on young voters: ‘These people are not Democrats’
Sep 12, 2017 • 22 min
As Hillary Clinton hits the talk show circuit to talk about the 2016 presidential election, Jonathan turns to Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont, to talk about the party’s future and that of the Republican Party.
Shai Akabas explains the debt ceiling in plain English
Sep 5, 2017 • 24 min
Shai Akabas, economic policy director at the Bipartisan Policy Center, discusses the debt ceiling and the dangers of not raising it.
Dr. Carla Hayden on being the first female African-American librarian of Congress
Aug 29, 2017 • 27 min
Dr. Carla Hayden, the first female African-American librarian of Congress tells Jonathan why she’s more of a museum director than a librarian. Plus, she brings out some of the library’s most interesting items.
Outtakes from a year of ‘Cape Up’ (including one conversation that went off the rails)
Aug 22, 2017 • 16 min
‘Cape Up’ is having its first anniversary and in honor of the big day, Jonathan and Carol Alderman, the show’s producer, bring you some of their favorite outtakes.
Vanita Gupta on the unabashed display of white supremacy in Charlottesville
Aug 15, 2017 • 19 min
Given the events of Charlottesville, you need to hear from Vanita Gupta, former head of the Civil Rights Division in the Justice Department under President Obama and President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Why Steve Bannon isn’t going anywhere
Aug 8, 2017 • 38 min
Steve Bannon is a problematic personality in the White House and constantly rumored to be about to lose his job. But Josh Green, author of “Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the White House,” says Bannon is here to stay.
R. Eric Thomas is the escape from politics that you need right now
Aug 1, 2017 • 32 min
The man who gave us the phrase “Auntie Maxine” has Jonathan completely shook. R. Eric Thomas discusses Emmanuel Macron, Barack Obama and who in the Trump administration he’d like to meet.
Kamala Harris gets tough on the Russia probe (and ignores the mansplainers)
Jul 25, 2017 • 28 min
Senator Kamala Harris talks about ignoring mansplaining in the Senate, her disdain for the Attorney General and her love for a man she met on a blind date.
Cornell Belcher on the new swing voter
Jul 18, 2017 • 30 min
Cornell Belcher talks about who the new swing voter is and what the Democratic Party needs to do to win them over.
Sherrilyn Ifill exposes the absurdity of Trump’s election integrity commission
Jul 11, 2017 • 34 min
The president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, discusses the election integrity commission, the ins and outs of voter suppression efforts around the country, their down ballot implications and the omnipresent spectre of race in all of it.
Fourth of July special: What we’ve learned about Trump from six months of interviews
Jul 4, 2017 • 13 min
What better time than the Fourth of July to reflect on what we’ve learned over the last six months about President Trump? Jonathan revisits key interviews and highlights what we can learn from them.
Debunking the myths about Planned Parenthood with Cecile Richards
Jun 27, 2017 • 26 min
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, discusses what defunding the organization really means, what it’s like to fight with Congress over her work and the possible impact of Trumpcare on Americans.
Debbie Dingell on the struggle to find a place in her own party
Jun 20, 2017 • 24 min
Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) diagnoses problems within the Democratic party and how to solve them. Also, her response to the shooting of congressional republicans and staffers on a baseball field in Alexandria, Va.
Valerie Jarrett on why she’s still optimistic about the future
Jun 13, 2017 • 27 min
Valerie Jarrett, former senior adviser to President Obama, is back on the show to discuss Planned Parenthood, LGBT Pride Month and activism across the country.
The real reason people say ‘I’m not racist, but’
Jun 6, 2017 • 32 min
Justin Gest, author of ‘The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality’ discusses why working-class whites continue to stick by President Trump.
Actor Jesse Williams on race and cultural appropriation: ‘Everybody’s gonna copy you anyway’
May 30, 2017 • 33 min
Grey’s Anatomy actor, Jesse Williams, lit up social media at his acceptance speech at the BET awards last year. In this episode, he discusses cultural appropriation and reminisces about partying with Naomi Campbell at the White House.
“The monuments were murder”: New Orleans mayor defends focus on removing confederate monuments
May 23, 2017 • 25 min
Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans, fresh from removing the last of 4 confederate monuments talks race, reconciliation and rebuilding, not just for his city, but for the country.
Senator Christopher Coons on why he prays for President Trump
May 16, 2017 • 17 min
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) discusses the firing of FBI director James Comey, the questions he needs answered to replace him and why he prays for President Trump.
Maxine Waters: Jeff Sessions believes “it’s his job to keep minorities in their place”
May 9, 2017 • 31 min
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) talks about wanting to impeach Donald Trump, why she thinks Jeff Sessions is a racist and how she feels about her nickname, ‘Auntie Maxine’.
Richard Branson on Trump’s coal plans: ‘I can’t think of anything more stupid’
May 2, 2017 • 34 min
Sir Richard Branson talks about climate change, space travel, and his kite boarding contest with his best bud Barack Obama. This interview comes from Washington Post Live and has been edited here for time and clarity.
Author Eric Liu: The power of decentralized resistance
Apr 25, 2017 • 27 min
Eric Liu, author of “You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen” talks about the evolution of resistance movements, and offers advice for protesters today.
It’s not just Trump: With Brexit and France votes, Russia is cultivating the global right
Apr 18, 2017 • 26 min
Jame Kirchick discusses some themes in his new book including the rightward lurch of Europeans and their governments and the rise of anti-Semitism.
Khalil Gibran Muhammad on how fear of Trump could become as dangerous as Trump himself
Apr 11, 2017 • 28 min
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy school, discusses a recent controversy in the schools of his hometown in New Jersey that involved race and slavery and the current dangers it revealed.
Congresswoman Karen Bass on why she feels like a political therapist
Apr 4, 2017 • 28 min
As former speaker of the California Assembly, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) has experience working with a celebrity new to government and says she now feels like a political therapist for her constituents.
Does Estonia understand democracy better than any of us?
Mar 28, 2017 • 14 min
President Kersti Kaljulaid is the first female and youngest person ever to be president of Estonia, a Baltic nation whose worries about a resurgent Russia are tempered by its faith in NATO and democracy.
Joe Manchin on why he’s still a Democrat
Mar 21, 2017 • 27 min
Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) discusses Russian interference in the presidential election and the messy effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Tony Blinken: “This administration has turned our traditional openness into weakness”
Mar 14, 2017 • 34 min
Tony Blinken, Deputy Secretary of State for President Obama, discusses how President Trump’s foreign policy fits into America’s traditional role in the world including Russia, NATO and American diplomacy.
Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union
Mar 7, 2017 • 29 min
Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union discusses uninviting Milo Yiannopoulos to CPAC, his definition of “alt-right” and why conservatives support Trump.
Professor Daina Ramey Berry
Feb 28, 2017 • 26 min
Professor Daina Ramey Berry, discusses how she wrote about slavery from the slaves perspective instead of writing about them as objects, and why doing that is so important.
Keith Ellison: The Democratic Party isn’t only for Democrats
Feb 21, 2017 • 25 min
Rep. Keith Ellison wants to be the next chair of the of the DNC and true to his progressive roots, Ellison also believes “the Democratic Party should always be the party that stands with the aspiring working people of America.”
Tom Perez on why the Democratic party needs a dramatic culture shift
Feb 14, 2017 • 22 min
Former Labor Secretary, Tom Perez, is now running to be the leader of the Democratic Party, a party he says needs a culture change that would allow democrats to connect with people again.
Laurence Tribe on why the judiciary is “our last best hope”
Feb 7, 2017 • 28 min
As a Harvard Law professor, Laurence Tribe, has taught people like former president Obama and Chief Justice John Roberts. So, as someone who would know, Tribe discusses President Trumps rocky relationship with the constitution.
Lena Epstein: “I am a Jewish, millennial female, who is supporting Trump.”
Jan 31, 2017 • 32 min
Former co-chair of President Trump’s Michigan campaign, Lena Epstein, explains why she supports Trump and how she navigates being a minority in her party.
Arthur Brooks explains how dignity links Trump and Obama
Jan 24, 2017 • 26 min
There’s no one better to talk to about now President Trump than Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute. As the Author of “The Conservative Heart”, Brooks discusses how dignity won Donald Trump the White House.
A Donald Trump survival guide — from the mouths of Obama officials
Jan 17, 2017 • 12 min
On this special Inauguration episode, we re-visit interviews with members of Obama’s administration as they give their best advice on how to protect his legacy and maintain the progress made.
April Ryan on racial invisibility
Jan 10, 2017 • 24 min
April Ryan, Washington Bureau Chief and White House correspondent for the American Urban Radio Network, discusses the need to be visible and vocal in upcoming years and discusses her latest book, ‘At Mama’s Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White’.
When cabinet members need to reach the president, this is the man they talk to first
Jan 3, 2017 • 28 min
Broderick Johnson, White House Cabinet Secretary, is someone you probably have never heard of, but who has enormous power. He discusses meeting President Obama for the first time and working on perhaps his proudest achievement, My Brothers Keeper.
Former Obama official on the Trump cabinet picks that are actually good hires
Dec 26, 2016 • 26 min
Derek Chollet, former Obama defense department official discusses Obama’s foreign policy, Syria and the infamous red line and why some of President-elect Trump’s picks to head the Pentagon and Homeland Security are actually good hires.
How Valerie Jarrett became Obama’s most trusted adviser, and outlasted all her predecessors
Dec 20, 2016 • 34 min
Valerie Jarrett is the longest-serving senior adviser to President Obama. She has survived Washington by being proud of her accomplishments, but never forgetting for whom she worked.
A call to arms from Attorney General Loretta Lynch
Dec 13, 2016 • 24 min
Loretta Lynch, Attorney General of the United States, discusses Russian involvement in the US presidential election, the rise of hate crimes in the US and calls for private citizens to keep protecting the civil rights of Americans.
Ambassador Susan Rice on the challenges of national security
Dec 5, 2016 • 21 min
Susan Rice, national security advisor to President Obama, talks about the challenges of national security policy-making including Syria, Russia and Benghazi. She also discusses having the talk about race with her children.
Here’s how to preserve the Kennedy ideal in Trump’s America, from a Kennedy
Nov 29, 2016 • 29 min
Mark Shriver, president of Save the Children Action Network, talks about the importance of our country’s children, his father, Sargent Shriver, what it’s like being a Kennedy and his quest to get an interview with the pope.
Michael Steele, Part 2: What Republicans need to do about all “the KKK stuff”
Nov 22, 2016 • 21 min
In part two of Jonathan’s conversation with the Michael Steele, former chairman of the RNC, Steele expands on his explanation of how the country got here in the first place and why black Americans didn’t show up for Hillary Clinton.
Michael Steele, Part 1: “Donald Trump is the freest president we’ve had in a generation”
Nov 15, 2016 • 20 min
In part one of a two-part conversation with Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, talks about why President-elect Donald Trump will govern as a pragmatic populist.
Final election predictions, with Dr. Larry Sabato and his Crystal Ball
Nov 7, 2016 • 24 min
Sabato’s Crystal Ball analyzes and predicts election outcomes and has been named as one of the most accurate predictors. Dr. Larry Sabato walks us through what to expect on election night.
The everyday trauma of being a black man in America
Oct 31, 2016 • 35 min
As a mother who lost her son over “loud music” and a young man who survived being shot in the head, Lucy McBath and DeJuan Patterson discuss the pain of coping with the violence they’ve endured. This episode contains explicit language.
Export-Import Bank chief Fred Hochberg on jobs, ‘good feet’ and congressional hurdles
Oct 25, 2016 • 28 min
Fred Hochberg, chairman of the Export-Import Bank, talks about Congress stalling the bank’s reauthorization and being one of the highest ranking openly gay members of the Obama administration.
Knight Foundation president: We’re in the biggest disruption to information since the printing press
Oct 18, 2016 • 28 min
Alberto Ibarguen, president of the Knight Foundation, explains why the first amendment doesn’t apply to the internet and what the foundation is doing about it.
This is the perfect escape from the insanity of our politics today. Meet Franklin Sirmans.
Oct 11, 2016 • 28 min
Franklin Sirmans, director of Perez Art Museum Miami, talks about what it takes to build a 21st century museum and breaking down the walls that separate the museum from the community it inhabits.
Rob Reiner: We are living ‘All in the Family’ and Trump is Archie Bunker
Oct 4, 2016 • 29 min
Rob Reiner, director, actor and activist, discusses how he thinks the media has failed, the position he dreamed about having in a Clinton administration and whether he’s planning a move from entertainment to politics.
If you still hate Clinton and Trump after the debate, here’s Evan McMullin
Sep 27, 2016 • 36 min
Evan McMullin, independent presidential candidate talks about his dim view of Donald Trump and the politicians who support him, the need for a new conservative party, Black Lives Matter and the movie that inspired him to join the CIA.
Lonnie Bunch: Even if you’re white, “the story of slavery is still your story”
Sep 23, 2016 • 14 min
Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture talks about the museum from idea to completion, including his initial reaction to a man claiming to have Harriet Tubman’s shawl.
Dr. Anthony Fauci: Forced to rob cancer research to pay for Zika vaccine push
Sep 20, 2016 • 26 min
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, discusses the urgency of funding Zika vaccine research and the possibility of an AIDS-free generation.
Nancy Pelosi: Never bogged down
Sep 13, 2016 • 22 min
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi talks about why Donald Trump will never be president, the fight for Zika funding, and how she made it as a woman in politics.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Doing what needed to be done
Sep 6, 2016 • 32 min
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz talks about the DNC email hack, her decision to resign as chair and the rumors around it, her recent primary victory and more.
Darren Walker: Using privilege to fight privilege
Aug 30, 2016 • 26 min
Jonathan talks to Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation about how his being African American, openly gay and raised poor inform his work in the rarefied air of philanthropy, and more including privilege, black lives matter and dancing.
Wendy Sherman: The world can’t believe Donald Trump
Aug 23, 2016 • 18 min
Jonathan talks with Wendy Sherman, former U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, about Donald Trump’s potential impact on US foreign policy, the U.S. president’s unrivaled ability to launch nuclear weapons and more.
Michael Steele is no ‘Pied Piper.’
Aug 16, 2016 • 19 min
Jonathan talks with former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele, about why Trump is good for Republicans, the party’s problem with race and Steele’s time studying for the priesthood.
Preview: The mic check
Aug 11, 2016 • 1 min
Get a flavor for the Washington Post’s newest podcast as Jonathan Capehart does a mic check with former chairman of the Republican Party Michael Steele.