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May 16, 2019
How segregationist George Wallace became a model for racial reconciliation
"Sometimes we have to remember we're all human beings."
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16 min
May 9, 2019
Voices: Women of the civil rights movement
Rep. Barbara Lee and Andrew Young explain why women are so often eliminated from civil rights stories — and why that’s so wrong
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23 min
May 2, 2019
Coming up on ‘Voices of the Movement’ …
…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?
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1 min
April 25, 2019
Voices: The story of Bloody Sunday and today’s pilgrimage to Selma
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.
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25 min
April 18, 2019
Voices: How MLK's famous letter was smuggled out of jail
Clarence B. Jones, Martin Luther King Jr.’s lawyer and occasional speechwriter, describes how he smuggled the letter out of jail.
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19 min
April 11, 2019
Voices: Children ‘stripped of innocence’
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.
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25 min
April 4, 2019
Voices of the Movement: The day Martin Luther King Jr. died
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.
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18 min
March 25, 2019
Coming soon: Voices of the Movement, a special project from Cape Up
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.
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2 min
March 7, 2019
Schumer’s push on voting rights: 'Wake up and smell the coffee, Chief Justice'
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.
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14 min
February 28, 2019
What Trump needs to learn about Frederick Douglass
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.
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55 min
February 26, 2019
How Derek Black went from being the golden boy of white nationalism to its outspoken critic
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.
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47 min
February 21, 2019
Why the most productive conversations around race, are probably the ones you never hear.
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.
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40 min
February 19, 2019
‘Go ahead and have the theater’: Rep. Karen Bass knows there’s no actual emergency
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.
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35 min
February 14, 2019
Jazz artist Wynton Marsalis says rap and hip-hop are 'more damaging than a statue of Robert E. Lee'
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.
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53 min
February 12, 2019
Meet the ‘Colored Girls,’ the hidden figures in American politics
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.
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67 min
February 7, 2019
Bryan Stevenson wants us to confront racial terrorism and then say, ‘Never again.’
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.
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60 min
February 5, 2019
The man who could be governor. Who is Justin Fairfax?
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.
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46 min
January 29, 2019
How the justice system criminalizes the poor — and funds itself in the process
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.
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58 min
January 21, 2019
‘We thought he was cute’: Remembering King with one of the 'Little Rock Nine'
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.'
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41 min
January 15, 2019
Is Kamala Harris running for president?
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.
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63 min
January 8, 2019
Everyone’s talking about Beto and Biden. But here’s another ‘B’ you should know.
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.
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51 min
January 1, 2019
Chicago's forgotten gun violence victims: 'We've normalized hopelessness'
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.
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32 min
December 25, 2018
Mark Hamill on Luke’s fate, Trump vs. Vader and more
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.
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97 min
December 18, 2018
Is Mueller’s investigation nearing the ‘worst-case scenario’? Garrett Graff thinks so.
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.
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41 min
December 11, 2018
Senator Doug Jones says Mueller investigation 'has never been a witch hunt.'
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.
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52 min
December 4, 2018
How Derek Black went from being the golden boy of white nationalism to its outspoken critic
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."
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49 min
November 27, 2018
Chicago's forgotten gun violence victims: 'We've normalized hopelessness'
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.
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32 min
November 20, 2018
Lucy McBath: From ‘Cape Up’ to Congress
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.
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36 min
November 13, 2018
Michael Steele on why he remains in the Republican Party: ‘I’m not leaving. This is my house’
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.
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44 min
November 6, 2018
Trump is trying to scare us. Here's why he's failing.
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.
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48 min
October 30, 2018
Why Stacey Abrams could break Georgia's 'Gone with the Wind' stereotype
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.
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20 min
October 23, 2018
Eric Holder: ‘We have to take on this president. We have to take on this Republican Party.’
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.
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31 min
October 16, 2018
What Trump needs to learn about Frederick Douglass
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.
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54 min
October 9, 2018
We need to learn who we are before algorithms decide for us
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.
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66 min
October 2, 2018
How Republicans like Holly Harris are fighting for criminal justice reform
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.
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38 min
September 24, 2018
The 'courage, power and persistence' of Wendy Sherman
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.
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44 min
September 18, 2018
DNC Chairman Tom Perez says these midterm elections are the most important of our lifetime
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.
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49 min
September 11, 2018
Human Rights Campaign president: 'We are going to get our country back'
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.
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42 min
September 4, 2018
The biggest threat to democracy that nobody is talking about
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.
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35 min
August 28, 2018
Inside Andrew Gillum’s campaign to become Florida’s first black governor
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.
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44 min
August 20, 2018
'We think prison is the only way to hold people accountable when they break the law'
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.
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41 min
August 14, 2018
How Robert Runcie helped the Parkland generation find their voice
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.
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39 min
August 7, 2018
Arthur Brooks says contempt is not just bad for marriages. It kills politics and the country, too.
Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, discusses the moral mistakes of the Trump administration, populism and why he's leaving his job.
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30 min
July 31, 2018
‘I am more forgiving’: When Alex Wagner learned the truth about her family’s history
'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.
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50 min
July 24, 2018
‘It’s like he took a knee to Putin’: Mitch Landrieu on Helsinki, and the Democrats’ identity crisis
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.
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45 min
July 17, 2018
How your data is used by the police and where it goes wrong
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.
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41 min
July 10, 2018
David Miliband on immigration crisis: “What’s going on is dehumanization”
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.
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27 min
July 3, 2018
'Stop acting as though Trump is the first,' says the Rev. William Barber
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.
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55 min
June 26, 2018
Jeh Johnson speaks out on separating immigrant families: ‘It’s just something I couldn’t do’
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.
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50 min
June 19, 2018
Will lightning strike twice in the South? Andrew Gillum campaigns in Trump country
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.
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44 min
June 12, 2018
Tim Kaine calls out the 'glass jaws' and 'crybabies' of the Trump administration
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.
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42 min
June 5, 2018
Steve Phillips on why Democrats need to stop focusing on the white working class
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.
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49 min
May 29, 2018
Starbucks is closed to talk race. We're open to do the same.
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.
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33 min
May 22, 2018
Jazz artist Wynton Marsalis says rap and hip-hop are 'more damaging than a statue of Robert E. Lee'
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.
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54 min
May 15, 2018
How Jordan Klepper does satire in the age of Trump
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.
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47 min
May 8, 2018
Kevin de León: Meet the "unicorn" taking on Dianne Feinstein
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.
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61 min
May 4, 2018
‘I’m not convinced I’m dead’: Mark Hamill on Luke’s fate, Trump vs. Vader and more
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.
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97 min
May 1, 2018
Laugh it up fuzzball!
Search your feelings, you know it to be true ... that you want to listen to Mark Hamill.
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2 min
April 26, 2018
Bryan Stevenson TL;DR
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.
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14 min
April 24, 2018
Bryan Stevenson wants us to confront racial terrorism and then say, ‘Never again.’
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.
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61 min
April 17, 2018
Robert Kagan on why Americans don't want the U.S. to be the leader of the free world
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.
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32 min
April 10, 2018
Loretta Lynch: "Attorney-client privilege is alive and well in this country."
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.
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54 min
April 3, 2018
"I just felt like something had died in all of us." John Lewis on the death of Martin Luther King
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.
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42 min
March 27, 2018
Police violence affects women of color just as much as men. Why don’t we hear about it?
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.
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40 min
March 20, 2018
Joanne Lipman: "It isn't just women leaning in, we need men to reach across the divide"
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.
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47 min
March 13, 2018
Sen. Chris Murphy on how Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un could be a disaster for the United States
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.
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32 min
March 6, 2018
Eric Holder on running for president: ‘I think I’ve got the guts’
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.
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49 min
March 1, 2018
“We are invisible no matter what heights we’ve risen to”: April Ryan
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.
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26 min
February 27, 2018
Why the most productive conversations around race, are probably the ones you never hear.
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.
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41 min
February 22, 2018
Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
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.
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13 min
February 20, 2018
‘Freedom of speech, but not freedom of action’: Two moms on raising black boys
Tai Hall, author of "#LunchboxChronicles," and Margaret Capehart, Jonathan Capehart's own mother, share an intergenerational conversation about raising black boys — 40 years apart.
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59 min
February 15, 2018
Dr. Carla Hayden on being the first female African-American librarian of Congress
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.
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27 min
February 13, 2018
How the ‘home of American slavery’ became a ‘microcosm for the entire country’
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.
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46 min
February 8, 2018
Lucy McBath, who lost her son to gun violence, and DeJuan Patterson, who survived it
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.
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35 min
February 6, 2018
Tamron Hall on being unapologetically black
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.
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39 min
February 1, 2018
Broderick Johnson, former cabinet secretary and chair of My Brother's Keeper Alliance
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.
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31 min
January 30, 2018
Michael Steele's State of the Union
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.
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39 min
January 23, 2018
Michael Wolff in depth on his unprecedented access to Trump
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.
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64 min
January 16, 2018
Why Kim Jong Un is ‘very rational within his own context’
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.
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44 min
January 9, 2018
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe reflects on his term in office
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.
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36 min
January 2, 2018
Dionne Warwick on her work in the fight against HIV/AIDS
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.
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26 min
December 26, 2017
Deborah Rutter on how the Kennedy Center is much more than "the honors"
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.
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28 min
December 19, 2017
Rep. Frederica Wilson on Sgt. La David Johnson
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.
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40 min
December 12, 2017
Dan Rather talks about politics and media
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.
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45 min
December 5, 2017
Ali Noorani of the National Immigration Forum talks about DACA
Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, talks about DACA and how to move forward in the immigration debate.
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25 min
November 28, 2017
Hillary Clinton reflects with raw honesty on Trump and 2016
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.
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34 min
November 21, 2017
‘Hardball’ anchor Chris Matthews on what today’s politicians can learn from Bobby Kennedy
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.
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33 min
November 14, 2017
Russia, the Clinton campaign and Chardonnay: Donna Brazile unloads
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.
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51 min
November 7, 2017
Maya MacGuineas explains the difference between tax reform and tax cuts
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.
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29 min
October 31, 2017
Declaring opioids a public health emergency won't solve the crisis. Here's what will.
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.
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30 min
October 24, 2017
There’s a ‘poisonous dynamic among white people’ over who’s to blame for racism
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.
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36 min
October 17, 2017
Roberta Kaplan on fighting white supremacists in the U.S.
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.
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23 min
October 10, 2017
Stacey Abrams on running to be Georgia's first black female governor
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.
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26 min
October 3, 2017
Broderick Johnson returns to discuss My Brother's Keeper and race relations after Obama
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.
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31 min
September 26, 2017
Trita Parsi explains why pulling out of the nuclear deal with Iran would be harmful
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.
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36 min
September 19, 2017
Aggie Gund and Darren Walker on the Art For Justice Fund
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.
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30 min
September 12, 2017
Howard Dean on young voters: ‘These people are not Democrats’
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.
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22 min
September 5, 2017
Shai Akabas explains the debt ceiling in plain English
Shai Akabas, economic policy director at the Bipartisan Policy Center, discusses the debt ceiling and the dangers of not raising it.
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24 min
August 29, 2017
Dr. Carla Hayden on being the first female African-American librarian of Congress
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.
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27 min
August 22, 2017
Outtakes from a year of 'Cape Up' (including one conversation that went off the rails)
'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.
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16 min
August 15, 2017
Vanita Gupta on the unabashed display of white supremacy in Charlottesville
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.
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19 min
August 8, 2017
Why Steve Bannon isn't going anywhere
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.
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38 min
August 1, 2017
R. Eric Thomas is the escape from politics that you need right now
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.
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32 min
July 25, 2017
Kamala Harris gets tough on the Russia probe (and ignores the mansplainers)
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.
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28 min
July 18, 2017
Cornell Belcher on the new swing voter
Cornell Belcher talks about who the new swing voter is and what the Democratic Party needs to do to win them over.
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30 min
July 11, 2017
Sherrilyn Ifill exposes the absurdity of Trump’s election integrity commission
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.
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34 min
July 4, 2017
Fourth of July special: What we’ve learned about Trump from six months of interviews
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.
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13 min
June 27, 2017
Debunking the myths about Planned Parenthood with Cecile Richards
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.
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26 min
June 20, 2017
Debbie Dingell on the struggle to find a place in her own party
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.
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24 min
June 13, 2017
Valerie Jarrett on why she's still optimistic about the future
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.
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27 min
June 6, 2017
The real reason people say 'I'm not racist, but'
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.
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32 min
May 30, 2017
Actor Jesse Williams on race and cultural appropriation: 'Everybody's gonna copy you anyway'
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.
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33 min
May 23, 2017
"The monuments were murder": New Orleans mayor defends focus on removing confederate monuments
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.
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25 min
May 16, 2017
Senator Christopher Coons on why he prays for President Trump
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.
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17 min
May 9, 2017
Maxine Waters: Jeff Sessions believes “it’s his job to keep minorities in their place”
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'.
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31 min
May 2, 2017
Richard Branson on Trump’s coal plans: ‘I can’t think of anything more stupid’
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.
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34 min
April 25, 2017
Author Eric Liu: The power of decentralized resistance
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.
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27 min
April 18, 2017
It’s not just Trump: With Brexit and France votes, Russia is cultivating the global right
Jame Kirchick discusses some themes in his new book including the rightward lurch of Europeans and their governments and the rise of anti-Semitism.
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26 min
April 11, 2017
Khalil Gibran Muhammad on how fear of Trump could become as dangerous as Trump himself
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.
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28 min
April 4, 2017
Congresswoman Karen Bass on why she feels like a political therapist
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.
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28 min
March 28, 2017
Does Estonia understand democracy better than any of us?
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.
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14 min
March 21, 2017
Joe Manchin on why he's still a Democrat
Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) discusses Russian interference in the presidential election and the messy effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.
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27 min
March 14, 2017
Tony Blinken: "This administration has turned our traditional openness into weakness"
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.
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34 min
March 7, 2017
Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union
Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union discusses uninviting Milo Yiannopoulos to CPAC, his definition of “alt-right” and why conservatives support Trump.
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29 min
February 28, 2017
Professor Daina Ramey Berry
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.
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26 min
February 21, 2017
Keith Ellison: The Democratic Party isn't only for Democrats
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.”
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25 min
February 14, 2017
Tom Perez on why the Democratic party needs a dramatic culture shift
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.
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22 min
February 7, 2017
Laurence Tribe on why the judiciary is "our last best hope"
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.
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28 min
January 31, 2017
Lena Epstein: "I am a Jewish, millennial female, who is supporting Trump."
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.
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32 min
January 24, 2017
Arthur Brooks explains how dignity links Trump and Obama
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.
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26 min
January 17, 2017
A Donald Trump survival guide -- from the mouths of Obama officials
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.
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12 min
January 10, 2017
April Ryan on racial invisibility
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’.
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24 min
January 3, 2017
When cabinet members need to reach the president, this is the man they talk to first
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.
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28 min
December 26, 2016
Former Obama official on the Trump cabinet picks that are actually good hires
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.
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26 min
December 20, 2016
How Valerie Jarrett became Obama's most trusted adviser, and outlasted all her predecessors
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.
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34 min
December 13, 2016
A call to arms from Attorney General Loretta Lynch
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.
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24 min
December 5, 2016
Ambassador Susan Rice on the challenges of national security
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.
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21 min
November 29, 2016
Here's how to preserve the Kennedy ideal in Trump's America, from a Kennedy
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.
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29 min
November 22, 2016
Michael Steele, Part 2: What Republicans need to do about all "the KKK stuff"
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.
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21 min
November 15, 2016
Michael Steele, Part 1: "Donald Trump is the freest president we've had in a generation"
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.
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20 min
November 8, 2016
Final election predictions, with Dr. Larry Sabato and his Crystal Ball
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.
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24 min
October 31, 2016
The everyday trauma of being a black man in America
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.
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35 min
October 25, 2016
Export-Import Bank chief Fred Hochberg on jobs, 'good feet' and congressional hurdles
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.
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28 min
October 18, 2016
Knight Foundation president: We're in the biggest disruption to information since the printing press
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.
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28 min
October 11, 2016
This is the perfect escape from the insanity of our politics today. Meet Franklin Sirmans.
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.
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28 min
October 4, 2016
Rob Reiner: We are living 'All in the Family' and Trump is Archie Bunker
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.
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29 min
September 27, 2016
If you still hate Clinton and Trump after the debate, here's Evan McMullin
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.
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36 min
September 23, 2016
Lonnie Bunch: Even if you're white, "the story of slavery is still your story"
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.
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14 min
September 20, 2016
Dr. Anthony Fauci: Forced to rob cancer research to pay for Zika vaccine push
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.
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26 min
September 13, 2016
Nancy Pelosi: Never bogged down
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.
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22 min
September 6, 2016
Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Doing what needed to be done
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.
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32 min
August 30, 2016
Darren Walker: Using privilege to fight privilege
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.
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26 min
August 23, 2016
Wendy Sherman: The world can't believe Donald Trump
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.
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18 min
August 16, 2016
Michael Steele is no 'Pied Piper.'
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.
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19 min
August 11, 2016
Preview: The mic check
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.
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1 min
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