Pod Save the People

Pod Save the People

crooked.com
Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics through deep conversations with influencers and experts, and the weekly news with fellow activists Brittany Packnett and Sam Sinyangwe, and writer Clint Smith.


Unlearning Fear (Logan Browning)
Jul 16 • 56 min
DeRay, Clint, Brittany and Sam discuss racial hierarchies in the culinary field, bias within disability classifications, vanilla ice cream as it relates to America’s history of racism, and legal preservations of confederate beliefs. Logan Browning joins…
Be in the Room to Make Change
Jul 9 • 62 min
DeRay, Sam, Brittany and Clint discuss economic myths about undocumented immigrants, conditions in prisons, California’s ban against natural hair discrimination, and transparency among police departments. Jennifer Eberhardt joins DeRay to talk about…
The Power of a True Apology (Nora McInerny)
Jul 2 • 61 min
DeRay, Clint, Brittany and Sam discuss the history of school busing, language used among athletic leagues, two recent Supreme Court decisions, and how bias is overlooked within the NYPD. Nora McInerny joins DeRay to talk about her podcast, “Terrible,…
Talking About the Debates
Jun 25 • 44 min
DeRay, Brittany, Clint and Sam share overlooked news to help inform your perspective as you watch this week’s presidential debates. Then, DeRay is joined by presidential candidate Julián Castro to discuss his People First Policing policy proposal and how…
Listen to Yourself (Blair Underwood)
Jun 18 • 63 min
DeRay, Sam, Brittany and Clint discuss how sheriffs undermine their successors, a multipronged approach to eliminating inequality, racial discrimination in the cable TV industry, and reducing bias among prosecutors. Actor Blair Underwood joins DeRay to…
Season 3 Premiere With Trevor Noah
Jun 11 • 64 min
For the season 3 premiere of Pod Save the People, DeRay, Brittany, Clint and Sam discuss the overlooked news, including a review of the Facebook accounts of thousands of police officers, murders of Black transgender women, houselessness in Los Angeles,…
Draw Strength from Your Weaknesses
Jun 4 • 53 min
This episode, DeRay is joined by activist and writer Feminista Jones to discuss organizing, Black Feminism, and the power of the internet. Then, New Mexico’s Attorney General, Hector Balderas, talks to DeRay about what it’s like to be one of the only…
Leave Your Ego Outside (Glenda Jackson)
May 28 • 59 min
DeRay, Clint, Brittany and Sam discuss the overlooked news, including illegal police raids, the original symbolism of The Statue of Liberty, Trump’s farm bailout, and why many Americans live close to their moms. Glenda Jackson joins DeRay to talk about…
When People Say…
May 21 • 70 min
DeRay, Sam, Brittany and Clint discuss Ben Carson, the debate around Rikers Island, factoring adversity into the SAT’s, and how the War on Drugs has prevented Black men from obtaining college degrees. Danielle Sered joins DeRay to talk about her book,…
Growth (House Majority Whip James Clyburn)
May 14 • 60 min
DeRay, Brittany, Clint and Sam discuss abortion, school lunches, ICE hacking phones, and how Black Lives Matter protests have affected Americans’ perspectives on race. House Majority Whip James Clyburn joins DeRay to talk about the 2020 presidential…
Climb More Trees
May 7 • 61 min
DeRay, Clint, Brittany and Sam discuss New York’s decision to become the first major city to stop charging for calls from jail, a revealing report about the shooting of Oscar Grant, a new Bronx bookstore, and John Kelly’s involvement in a shelter for…
Not Today (Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich)
Apr 30 • 54 min
DeRay, Brittany, Sam and Clint discuss criminal fines and the disenfranchised, childhood mortality in America, and whether or not sheriffs are necessary. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich joins DeRay to talk about the 2020 Presidential Election, the…
Responsibility (In Celebration of Earth Day)
Apr 23 • 67 min
DeRay, Sam, Brittany and Clint discuss online diversity trainings, how low-income individuals spend more on health care, the history of slaveowners receiving reparations, and gratuitous dental procedures. In honor of Earth Day, DeRay is joined by marine…
Look for Unlikely Allies
Apr 16 • 64 min
DeRay, Clint, Brittany and Sam discuss Georgetown’s reparations fund, the new Black Maternal Health Caucus, life-long prison sentences without the possibility of parole, and “proactive policing.” New York Times Magazine Staff Writer Emily Bazelon joins…
Inside Outside Strategy (LIVE from Portland, OR)
Apr 9 • 62 min
DeRay, Sam and Brittany are LIVE from Portland, Oregon. They’re joined by Representative Jennifer Williamson and Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty to talk about the treatment of incarcerated women, Elizabeth Warren’s housing crisis plan, policing, Trump’s…
There Is No Straight Line (LIVE from Seattle, WA)
Apr 2 • 61 min
DeRay, Brittany and Sam are LIVE from Seattle, Washington with Mayor Jenny Durkan. They discuss overlooked news, houselessness, presidential candidates, policing, and more.
Rest Doesn’t Mean Failure (LIVE from Los Angeles, CA)
Mar 26 • 72 min
DeRay and Sam are LIVE from Los Angeles with Pod Save America’s Jon Lovett, Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Erica Chidi Cohen, reproductive rights advocate and LOOM co-founder.
We Don’t Agonize, We Organize (LIVE from San Francisco, California)
Mar 19 • 59 min
DeRay, Brittany and Sam are LIVE from San Francisco with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Katherine Maher, the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation.
Mango Season
Mar 12 • 59 min
DeRay, Brittany, Sam and Clint talk about the unequal distribution of federal disaster funds, how a messenger’s identity affects a movement’s momentum, kidney donations, and artificial intelligence. Actor André Holland joins DeRay to discuss his new film…
History is Today (Episode 100)
Mar 5 • 62 min
DeRay, Clint, Brittany and Sam talk about a Black man who outsmarted a neo-Nazi group, the high cost of insulin, a decrease in Black homeownership, and the trauma of attending a school proximate to homicides. Nedgine Paul Deroly, co-founder & CEO of…
Unforced Errors (LIVE from Philadelphia, PA)
Feb 26 • 70 min
DeRay, Sam and Brittany are LIVE from Underground Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Plus, DeRay is joined by Philly district attorney Larry Krasner to discuss equity and criminal justice.
Early Polling (LIVE from Brooklyn, NY)
Feb 19 • 62 min
DeRay, Brittany and Sam are LIVE from The Bell House with founder and editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight Nate Silver and comedian Hari Kondabolu.
Don’t Plateau
Feb 12 • 48 min
DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany explain what’s on their hearts and minds during Black History Month. President and CEO of the Public Welfare Foundation Candice Jones joins DeRay to talk about juvenile and adult prison reform.
The Facts
Feb 5 • 58 min
DeRay, Brittany, Sam and Clint talk about Jussie Smollet and Howard Schultz, plus colonialism and climate change, a mother’s fatal fall on NYC subway steps, a growing number of urban prosecutors refusing to pursue marijuana convictions, and how opioid…
I Exist
Jan 29 • 54 min
DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including Marsy’s law, bias in court reporting, predatory ticketing in St. Louis County, and the California doctors who cross state lines to perform abortions. South African pop star and actor…
Sit With Your Ideas
Jan 22 • 57 min
DeRay, Clint, Brittany and Sam discuss how police are treated as a protected class, the lack of diversity within the Green Movement, states that celebrate Robert E. Lee, and free drug testing and counseling at festivals. The National Black Justice…
Play the Long Game
Jan 15 • 58 min
DeRay, Sam, Brittany and Clint talk about how the government shutdown is affecting federal prisons, hunger on college campuses, the DOJ’s implication that immigration is linked to terrorism, and Bennett College’s financial vulnerability. Law Professor…
Curiosity
Jan 8 • 58 min
Brittany, Sam and Clint are back with DeRay for the overlooked news, including a discussion of Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s tax proposal, the millions of children who have experienced a lockdown this year alone, formerly…
Trust What Got You Here
Jan 1 • 52 min
For this special holiday episode, DeRay talks to Sarah Koenig, the host and executive producer of the podcast Serial, and Emmanuel Dzotsi who helped report and produce the show’s most recent season. Then, he’s joined by Stanford’s Rob Reich to discuss his…
Build Communities
Dec 25, 2018 • 53 min
For this special holiday episode, DeRay talks to Lizz Winstead about creating “The Daily Show” and founding Lady Parts Justice League, an organization that uses humor to educate people about reproductive healthcare and abortion policies. Then, he’s joined…
Remember Your Motivation
Dec 18, 2018 • 66 min
DeRay, Sam, Brittany and Clint talk about Florida legislation that protects police, the effects of tuition-free college, HUD oversight failures, and how the IRS targets low-income people. Deborah Richardson of the International Human Trafficking Institute…
Get Creative
Dec 11, 2018 • 63 min
DeRay, Brittany, Clint and Sam talk about using creativity to combat white supremacy, confronting housing segregation, Cyntoia Brown’s prison sentence, and the rise of dollar stores. Nicholas Turner of the Vera Institute of Justice joins DeRay to discuss…
Embrace the Complexity
Dec 4, 2018 • 58 min
DeRay, Clint, Brittany and Sam discuss the Wrongful Conviction Tax Relief Act, the effect of racism on home ownership, fraud in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, and immigrant deportation trials. WNYC’s Jad Abumrad joins DeRay to talk about…
Worthy
Nov 27, 2018 • 64 min
DeRay, Sam, Brittany and Clint discuss the overlooked news, including “Black Wall Street,” domestic violence, global gun policies, and license plate surveillance. Michaele Turnage Young of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Harvard student Ivy Yan join…
Keep Raising Hell
Nov 20, 2018 • 67 min
DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss the Georgia gubernatorial election, the new prison reform bill, incarcerated firefighters, and American fast food consumption. Representative Gwen Moore (WI-4) joins DeRay to talk about congressional news, including…
Celebrate the Wins
Nov 13, 2018 • 60 min
DeRay, Sam, Brittany, and Clint discuss the overlooked news, including Roe v. Wade’s vulnerability, holistic public defense, the role of consent decrees in curbing police brutality, and Mississippi’s Senate runoff race. The Washington Post’s Elizabeth…
Can’t Stop Thinking About…
Nov 6, 2018 • 59 min
DeRay, Brittany, Sam, and Clint discuss how one vote can make a difference and the overlooked news they can’t stop thinking about. Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli joins DeRay to talk about how she is improving the justice system in Illinois.
Know the Source
Oct 30, 2018 • 75 min
DeRay, Clint, Sam, and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including the population decline in Chicago’s public schools, how jury selection is shaped by racism, affirmative action, and telling fact from opinion. Valerie Jarrett and John Zimmer join…
Midterm Review Session
Oct 23, 2018 • 68 min
DeRay, Clint, Brittany and Sam discuss the midterm elections, ballots to watch, decreased protections for transgender people, a new DUI law, and hiring discrimination. Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley joins DeRay to talk about her historic run for…
Flint: Lead & Beyond
Oct 16, 2018 • 58 min
DeRay, Brittany, Sam and Clint discuss the overlooked news, including the decline of U.S. prison populations, how American abortion policies affect women around the world, the death penalty, and who benefits from President Trump’s tax cuts. Pediatrician…
We Gotta Live Our Commitments
Oct 9, 2018 • 70 min
DeRay, Clint, Sam and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including the recent earthquake in Haiti, the consequences of privatizing policy policymaking, who can get charged with felony murder in California, and how limited access to abortion harms…
Plant the Seeds
Oct 2, 2018 • 50 min
DeRay, Clint, Sam and Brittany discuss Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, and the overlooked news, including the treatment of unaccompanied migrant children in America, how the government prevents undocumented pregnant minors from getting abortions, and the…
There’s No Power Like People Power
Sep 25, 2018 • 73 min
DeRay, Clint, Sam and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including why many college students don’t vote, midterm predictions among millennials, service workers as first line medical responders, and addiction treatment in prisons. Maria Hadden,…
Never Cover Your Eyes
Sep 18, 2018 • 87 min
Clint, Brittany and DeRay are on to discuss the overlooked news, including the impact of economics on the ability to evacuate from a hurricane, college access, and North Carolina gerrymandering. Sam joins remotely to share his news about a House bill that…
Walk Into The Risk
Sep 11, 2018 • 104 min
DeRay, Brittany, Sam and Clint discuss voter ID for older voters, Rachael Rollins and criminal justice reform, voter suppression, and the DeVos Administration’s rerouting of federal education money for guns. Wesley Lowery and Kimbriell Kelly join DeRay to…
Hope
Sep 4, 2018 • 85 min
In this episode Tish James joins to discuss her run to be the next NY Attorney General and Brittany, Clint, Sam, and DeRay discuss the overlooked news of the day. And DeRay announces the launch of his book and the importance of hope in the work of justice.
Tell Someone
Aug 30, 2018 • 65 min
DeRay talks with actor Terry Crews about #MeToo, Hollywood, and the work ahead. Sam, Clint and Brittany are on to talk this week’s news, including new issues in environmental justice and policing/criminal justice.
Keep the Same Energy
Aug 21, 2018 • 77 min
DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including how Georgia is attempting to consolidate voting locations in ways that would disenfranchise black voters and the relationship between homelessness and incarceration. Actress Regina King…
The Politics of Teeth
Aug 14, 2018 • 58 min
DeRay, Sam and Brittany are on to talk about Spike Lee’s new movie Blackkklansman, the white supremacy rally in DC, and this week’s overlooked news. Clint joins to share his thoughts drawing distinctions between past and current waves of immigration. Oral…
Politics of Fear
Aug 7, 2018 • 67 min
DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including how white Americans support welfare programs — but only for themselves, says new research, and how federal court rules in favor of NAACP’s case and restores DACA. Beto O’Rourke, the…
Oppression Depends on Secrecy
Jul 31, 2018 • 49 min
DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including how the Trump administration is attacking a crucial lifeline for domestic violence victims, and how Memphis police spying on activists is worse than we thought. Candidate for St. Louis…
Movements
Jul 24, 2018 • 70 min
DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including Target’s coupon fix for cash-strapped teachers and what it says about the state of education funding, and President Trump’s status as the single biggest political advertiser on…
Historic Wins
Jul 17, 2018 • 72 min
DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including what white, middle-class parents report saying to their children about racial tension, and the Trump administration’s new message on anti-poverty programs. New York’s 14th congressional…
Choice
Jul 10, 2018 • 53 min
DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including a Judge’s ruling in Detroit that access to literacy is not a constitutional right, and how police killings have harmed mental health in black communities. Democrats for Education Reform…
Smart Justice
Jul 3, 2018 • 71 min
DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including Alexandria Ocasio’s definition of democratic socialism and the lack of accountability in immigration detention contracting. “Hamilton” star Daveed Diggs and Bill Cobb, Deputy Director…
I Really Do Care
Jun 26, 2018 • 62 min
DeRay, Sam and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including the not-so-secret meaning of Melania Trump’s jacket and how Starbucks and other corporations came to Ferguson after Michael Brown was shot, but not to the neighborhood where he died. Wisconsin…
Cages
Jun 19, 2018 • 53 min
DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including how to decide who to root for in The World Cup and how the Trump Administration is separating children from their parents at the border. Dr. Nadine Burke joins DeRay and discusses how…
Politics of Confrontation
Jun 12, 2018 • 73 min
DeRay, Brittany and Sam are together for the news, including a discussion of unsolved murders, the politics of health care, and the economic cost of sexual harassment. Candidates for State’s Attorney Ivan Bates and Thiru Vignarajah each join DeRay to talk…
The Party
Jun 5, 2018 • 61 min
DeRay, Clint, Sam and Brittany talk Drake and Pusha T, Black women voters, and the many deaths following Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (NY-9) joins DeRay to talk about the future of the Party, immigration issues under…
Not Every Ground is a Battleground
May 29, 2018 • 63 min
DeRay, Clint, Brittany and Sam talk about the latest NFL controversary, a spike in overdoses in libraries, a wide array of criminal justice updates, and the weak response to Paige Patterson’s controversial Southern Baptist leadership. Cleo Wade joins…
Protect the Win
May 22, 2018 • 63 min
DeRay, Sam, Brittany and Clint talk about the new blue lives matter law in the House and Senate, a steep rise in suicide rates among teens, the Royal Wedding, and more. Ari Melber joins DeRay to talk about Michael Cohen, Giuliani and #muteRKelly, and we…
A Long Shadow
May 15, 2018 • 61 min
DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including depiction of abortions in the mainstream and marijuana arrests in NYC. Author and researcher Chuck Collins and policy expert Josh Hoxie join to discuss their study Road to Zero about…
If You Believe in Justice
May 8, 2018 • 58 min
DeRay, Clint, and Brittany discuss women’s wages, misconduct records for corrections officers, prison riots in context, and Donald Glover. Louisiana State Senator JP Morrell joins DeRay to talk about his efforts to overturn a law that does not require a…
We’re Not Going Anywhere
May 1, 2018 • 64 min
In the Season 2 premiere, DeRay, Brittany, Sam and Clint are back together for the weekly news. Brené Brown and DeRay are together in Houston to talk about trauma, activism, addiction, and Beyoncé.
Year Gone By
Apr 24, 2018 • 49 min
In between seasons, DeRay, Sam, Brittany and Clint all have their own special messages for listeners (and yes, Clint has poems). Hear some of DeRay’s and your favorite episodes and behind-the-scenes reflections on each. Season 2 debuts on May 1 with an…
Be Part of the Story (LIVE from NYC)
Apr 17, 2018 • 61 min
DeRay, Brittany and Sam, with special guest Rembert Browne, are live from NYC opening the NYC Podfest to talk about the NFL, the Flint water crisis, and Facebook. Touré joins DeRay for an interview about interviews, including R. Kelly and Kanye.
Race is Making Everything About Me (LIVE from Nat Geo HQ)
Apr 10, 2018 • 65 min
DeRay, Brittany, Sam and Clint are live from National Geographic HQ in Washington, D.C. to discuss race and science, MLK, Maya Angelou, and the news, and DeRay has a conversation about black holes, women in STEM and race and genetics with Nat Geo…
The Formula
Apr 3, 2018 • 68 min
The full crew is together for the news, including a discussion of new evidence in the Alton Sterling case. Derek Thomson, author of Hit Makers, joins DeRay to help us understand how certain things become a hit, while others don’t. Beyoncé, social…
Don’t Leave Anyone Behind
Mar 27, 2018 • 63 min
DeRay, Sam, Brittany and Clint talk about Koch brothers spreading fake news in the Black community, how NY is forgetting juveniles in its prison system, a new study on race and class, and how WI is tinkering with election laws. Senator Tammy Duckworth…
People Built This
Mar 20, 2018 • 60 min
DeRay, Sam, Clint, and Brittany talk about the assassination of Marielle Franco, charging low-income college students to stay on campus during breaks, public officials who profit off of prison nutrition systems, and the Austin bombings. Irma Solis from…
Think Before You Retweet
Mar 13, 2018 • 63 min
DeRay, Brittany, Sam and Clint discuss a new study on the rapid spread of fake news on Twitter, the racial wealth gap, arming teachers, and WA’s new deadly force legislation. Author and musician Gyasi Ross catches up with DeRay to discuss the DNC 2020 and…
Joy & The Gift
Mar 6, 2018 • 60 min
Clint, Sam and DeRay talk about land reform in South Africa, a stalled child marriage bill in KY and progressive voting rights legislation coming out of Washington State. DeRay and Brené Brown discuss joy, privilege and discomfort with Pastor Amy live…
Don’t Tell Your Story Too Soon
Feb 27, 2018 • 63 min
DeRay, Clint, Brittany and Sam talk about applying a racial equity lens to gun control, what guns do to bodies, the lastest on immigration, and energy efficiency in low-income communities. NAACP Legal Defense Fund President Sherrilyn Ifill joins to DeRay…
The World We Want to Live In (LIVE from Washington, D.C.)
Feb 20, 2018 • 94 min
DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany are live from The Lincoln Theatre. Washington Post’s Wesley Lowrey joins the news crew fresh from his time with students at Parkland High, and Ben Jealous joins to talk about legalizing marijuana and the Baltimore PD. Black…
Representation
Feb 13, 2018 • 58 min
Sam, Clint, Brittany and DeRay discuss this week’s news, including cuts to Medicaid and PA’s gerrymandering battle. Science fiction authors and scholars Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes join to DeRay talk about Black Panther, the history of Black…
Outrage and Action
Feb 6, 2018 • 63 min
Clint and Brittany join DeRay to talk the news during our first Black History Month podcast. Sam shares a special call to action. Professor Brandon Terry (Harvard, African and African American studies) joins to talk to DeRay about Martin Luther King’s…
Can’t Pour From An Empty Cup
Jan 30, 2018 • 85 min
DeRay, Brittany, Sam, and Clint talk about Flint’s water crisis, Florida’s potential restoration of voting rights, minimum wage, and the $400M that the Koch brothers are pouring into midterms. Author and commentator Reza Aslan joins DeRay to talk about…
Challenge and Confront
Jan 24, 2018 • 86 min
Brittany, Sam, DeRay and Clint are on for the news. Wendy Kopp, co-founder and CEO of Teach For All, joins DeRay talk through lessons learned across the international education community and the need for diverse and community-driven leadership. DeRay…
Just Let the People Do It
Jan 16, 2018 • 68 min
Clint, Sam, Brittany and DeRay talk through his week’s news, and invite you to the first Pod Save the People live show in D.C. on 2/18 for Black History Month. U.S. Congressman Joe Crowley (NY-14) joins DeRay to talk DACA, TPS, and impeachment. Thanks to…
Put Your Plan Together
Jan 9, 2018 • 76 min
Sam, Clint and Brittany are back for the news. DeRay sits down to talk with program director Amy Roza, and students Donte Small, Ramieka Robinson-Peoples and Sekwan Merritt about their experiences in the Goucher College Prison Education Program (GPEP),…
Lifting Others Up
Jan 2, 2018 • 46 min
DeRay talks with Wes Moore about his new role fighting systemic poverty at Robin Hood, #closerikers, and hope. Laura Weidman Powers of Code2040 joins DeRay to discuss the important of diversity in the tech industry and her time in Obama’s White House.…
Let’s Do Better in the New Year
Dec 26, 2017 • 73 min
DeRay joins Piper Kerman, author and producer of Orange is the New Black, and Georgia Lerner, ED of the Women’s Prison Association to talk about women, children and the criminal justice system. Tracey Feild of the Casey Foundation joins to help us…
Courage
Dec 19, 2017 • 92 min
DeRay gets together with Chelsea Handler to talk about the world, allyship, and being both funny and angry (swearing abounds). Political pollster Cornell Belcher joins DeRay to discuss the synergies between Obama’s win and Doug Jones’. Sam, Brittany and…
Bonus Pod: Tom Perez Talks Doug Jones
Dec 15, 2017 • 25 min
DeRay sits down to talk to Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez to process the special Alabama U.S. Senate race and Democratic victor Doug Jones, and to discuss what the DNC has learned about getting out the vote alongside African American…
You Are Already Political
Dec 12, 2017 • 84 min
Sam, Brittany and DeRay discuss the week’s news, and Clint joins for a special spoken word message about who in society is deemed worthy of our empathy. DeRay sits down with Tom Wheeler, former FCC Chairman, to help us understand net neutrality and the…
It’s Such BS
Dec 5, 2017 • 76 min
DeRay sits down for a deep conversation with U.S. Senator (NY) Kirsten Gillibrand at the Senate studio to talk about leading in a time of Trump, sexual assault in the military and on the Hill, the 2018 elections, the new tax bill, being a working mom in…
Take the First Step
Nov 28, 2017 • 70 min
Clint, Sam and Brittany join DeRay for the weekly news, including the effect of climate change on child brides, the recent news on human trafficking, Trump stacking the courts, and more. DeWanda Wise joins DeRay to talk about her new role as Nola in…
This Is Personal
Nov 21, 2017 • 81 min
DeRay, Brittany, Sam and Clint talk about this week’s news including, #metoo, the current tax bill, a study on the impact of teachers of color and the so-called “digital Muslim ban.” Andy Slavitt joins for a brief update on the GOP snuck health care…
The Race to Zero
Nov 14, 2017 • 95 min
The news crew gathers to discuss defense attorneys in immigration court, the impact of non-profits in low-income communities, and more and a surprise guest joins for Brittany’s birthday. Author and law professor Mehrsa Baradaran joins DeRay to talk about…
It’s Election Day
Nov 7, 2017 • 79 min
This Election Day episode is dedicated to voting rights with Faiz Shakir, National Policy Director for the ACLU, and journalist Ari Berman. The news crew discusses gun violence and voting rights, and Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League…
Rejecting The Wrong Questions
Oct 31, 2017 • 91 min
FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny joins to talk with DeRay about how antitrust and consumer protection affects our daily lives. Then DeRay speaks with St. Paul mayoral candidate Melvin Carter about his campaign and the recent racist attacks by the St.…
War on Science
Oct 24, 2017 • 93 min
Gov. Christie Todd Whitman, former head of the EPA under George W. Bush, joins DeRay to explain climate change, why environmental regulation has no place in partisan politics, and why the GOP keeps backing Trump even though she believes he’s unfit to…
Your Founding Fathers Were Protestors
Oct 17, 2017 • 78 min
Deesha Dyer, former White House Social Secretary for President Obama, joins DeRay to share stories from Obama’s White House. DeRay is joined by NAACP and Yale Law attorneys about their lawsuit against Trump to ensure the 2020 census process – which…
The Answer to Our Ancestors’ Prayers
Oct 10, 2017 • 70 min
DeRay, Clint, Brittany and Sam talk about Indigenous Peoples Day, restoring prisoner rights in Florida, and more. Dr. Henry Louis Gates joins to explore race, oppression and anthropology through geneology, and Chef Sean Sherman joins to talk about…
Ask the Biggest Question
Oct 3, 2017 • 89 min
DeRay, Brittany, Clint and Sam talk about this week’s news, including the deadly violence in Las Vegas. David Cole, national legal director of the ACLU, joins DeRay to share more about what the ACLU is doing to protecting civil rights through litigation,…
Didn’t Get Here Alone
Sep 26, 2017 • 76 min
DeRay, Clint, Sam and Brittany talk about Puerto Rico, NFL protests, North Korea and police union contracts. The New Yorker writer Evan Osnos joins to help us understand North Korea past and present having just returned himself from a visit. Phil Weiser,…
We Can All Win
Sep 19, 2017 • 76 min
DeRay talks with TN State Senator Lee Harris about the outrageous prison sentences related to drug free school zones. Sheriff Tom Dart from Cook County joins to talk about reducing the jail population in big ways. Sam, Clint and Brittany are on again to…
Navigating Identity and Navigating Justice
Sep 12, 2017 • 89 min
DeRay and Congressman John Yarmuth (D-KY) help us understand the federal budget, including the latest debt ceiling deal among Trump, Pelosi and Schumer, how the DNC is preparing for 2020, and the opioid crisis in KY. Actress Dawn-Lyen Gardner from Queen…
Her Wings Were Clipped Short
Sep 8, 2017 • 41 min
DeRay speaks with Marissa about her experiences and perspectives as a DACA recipient. Eric Columbus, former special counsel for Homeland Security, joins to share more information about DACA and what’s next, and Clint joins to share a burning thought on…
We Don’t Know How This Movie Ends
Sep 5, 2017 • 74 min
Brittany, Clint and Sam join to discuss this week’s news, including the threat to DACA and Houston. Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams joins DeRay to chat about her campaign and the potential of being the first Black woman governor - ever. Arne…
Justice In 36 Seconds
Aug 29, 2017 • 76 min
DeRay sits down for a personal conversation with Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to talk about her path, bond and bail systems, the pace of justice, and her vision. Sam, Brittany and Clint join to talk about a wild news week. AZ State Senator Reggie…
On Their Shoulders
Aug 22, 2017 • 81 min
Colin Warner, Nnamdi Asomugha and and Matt Ruskin from the film Crown Heights stop by the studio, and President Obama’s former Drug Czar, Michael Botticelli, joins to help listeners understand the opioid epidemic from a health and policy standpoint. DeRay…
The House We Live In
Aug 15, 2017 • 77 min
DeRay talks to Common about The 13th’s Emmy nomination, Charlottesville, and art + activism, criminal justice and the NFL. DeRay chats with Nathanial Pearlman about the Resistance Dashboard. Clint, Brittany and Sam join to talk about the history of white…
BONUS Pod: Charlottesville
Aug 14, 2017 • 52 min
DeRay talks with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe about the deadly white supremacy violence in Charlottesville, VA’s police and state response, and the leadership needed to move forward locally and nationally. Wes Gobar and Devin Willis from UVA’s Black…
Win the Available Victory
Aug 8, 2017 • 99 min
DeRay interviews NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio at Gracie Mansion about policing, universal pre-K, and turnstyle jumping. Sam, Clint and Brittany join to talk about the myths of meritocracy and rehabilitation and a myriad of other issues facing America. DeRay…
Don’t Forget Your Purpose
Aug 1, 2017 • 106 min
Sam, Brittany and Clint are on for the news, and Andy Slavitt joins for another health care update. Former US Secretary of the Navy under Obama, Ray Mabus, joins DeRay to talk about the joint chiefs’ reaction to Trump’s transgender ban by tweet, climate…
Stay in Your Lane Sounds a Lot Like Stay in Your Place
Jul 25, 2017 • 106 min
DeRay, Brittany, Sam and Clint talk about prisons, inequitable foster care practices, Trump’s refusal to enforce public law and the new Confederate show. Andy Slavitt joins for a healthcare update. DeRay sits down with Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges to…
This is No Time to Grow Weary
Jul 18, 2017 • 88 min
DeRay, Brittany, Clint and Sam discuss the week’s news and Andy Slavitt joins for a timely health care bill update. Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor and head of public and intergovernmental affairs for President Obama, joins DeRay to talk about…
A Box Won’t Fix Racism
Jul 11, 2017 • 103 min
DeRay sits down in person on his birthday to discuss the news with Brittany, Sam and Clint. Andy Slavitt joins again this week for brief health care updates. DeRay talks at length with Governor McAuliffe about restoration of voting rights, the Governor’s…
Intentional Inequity
Jul 4, 2017 • 98 min
DeRay speaks with Senator Schatz from Hawaii about the current political context and also brings back Andy Slavitt, the former head of Obamacare for 3 years, who provides a brief update on the status of the healthcare legislation. Clint Smith III is back…
Education Nation
Jun 27, 2017 • 98 min
DeRay speaks with Andy Slavitt, the former head of Obamacare for 3 years, who provides a brief update on the status of the healthcare legislation. Clint Smith I back and joins DeRay, Sam and Brittany to discuss the news, including recent studies about…
FCC and Me
Jun 20, 2017 • 82 min
DeRay speaks with Andy Slavitt, the former head of Obamacare for 3 years, who provides a brief update on the status of the healthcare legislation. Clint Smith joins DeRay and Sam to discuss the news, including updates from the Dept. of Education and…
When You Have to Face Yourself
Jun 13, 2017 • 88 min
DeRay sits down for a candid conversation with Katy Perry in person about race, cultural appropriation, allyship, political tension in her family and what Katy’s doing to grown and learn. DeRay chats with Clarence Wardell of Results for America about…
Do You Love Justice, or Not?
Jun 6, 2017 • 62 min
DeRay talks candidly with Congressman and DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison (MN-5th) about Resistance Summer, who’s on the 2020 Presidential bench, Comey’s upcoming testimony, Kushner’s security clearance, engaging black women in the DNC, and why we have to…
The Iconography of Resistance
May 30, 2017 • 83 min
DeRay, Brittany and Sam go deep on the past week’s news, including the economics of mass incarceration, emoluments, education budgets, and the troubling work to preserve Confederate monuments. DeRay speaks with Vanita Gupta, former head of the Civil…
Behind the Vote
May 16, 2017 • 73 min
DeRay sits down to talk about voting rights with Carolyn DeWitt, Executive Director of Rock the Vote, Kristen Clarke, head of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, and Tomas Lopez of the Brennan Center for Justice. DeRay, Brittany and Sam spend extra…
BONUS POD with Edward Snowden
May 12, 2017 • 92 min
DeRay speaks with Edward Snowden about his perspective on Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director Comey, the intersection of race and surveillance, the relationship between the police and the government, and his thoughts about his own status returning to…
“Product, Not the Producer”
May 9, 2017 • 93 min
DeRay, Brittany Packnett and Sam Sinyangwe are together again to talk about the most important news of the past week. Then, Grammy-award winning artist and activist John Legend joins DeRay to talk about parenting, women’s reproductive rights, mass…
“American Do-Over”
May 2, 2017 • 92 min
In the inaugural episode, DeRay is joined by Senator Cory Booker to reflect on Trump’s First 100 Days and the work that lies ahead in Congress. Andy Slavitt, the former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare join to discuss…
Pod Save the People - TEASER
Apr 25, 2017 • 1 min
Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson takes you inside conversations about culture, social justice, and politics by exploring the history, language, and people who are shaping the struggle for progress — and talking about the steps that each of us can…