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


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How do we survive in the age of Trump? Kamau and Hari are here for you. In season 2 of Politically Re-Active, comedians and longtime friends W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu navigate the dumpster fire that is the US political landscape. The hosts ans...Show More
Charlottesville: Why did this happen and how do we move forward?

1:16:31 | Aug 17th, 2017

Kamau and Hari dive deep into the events that stirred the nation this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. One of the largest white supremacist demonstrations in recent US history led to the death of anti-racist protester Heather Heyer and inju...Show More
Lewis Black, legendary political comedian is so angry, he won’t even talk about ‘you know who’. Now THAT’S angry!

51:58 | Aug 3rd, 2017

This week’s Politically Re-Active finds our hosts meeting up with legendary political comedian Lewis Black, and getting some important questions answered. How did he become “The King of Rant”? What’s making him rant right now? From his early days yel...Show More
Naomi Klein Says "No Is Not Enough"

1:10:26 | Jun 15th, 2017

It usually takes Naomi Klein five years to write a book. This time, it took her less than five months. The journalist, author, and activist’s latest work _No Is Not Enough_ is all about Trump, the dark trends that have led to his presidency, and the ...Show More
Introducing Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan

01:21 | Apr 2nd, 2018

We'd like to introduce you to The Intercept’s newest podcast, Deconstructed. Every Friday, journalist Mehdi Hasan unpacks the most consequential news event of the week, challenging the mainstream media’s tired takes. As a Brit, a Muslim, and an immig...Show More
Introducing Kondabolu Brothers

02:35 | Mar 8th, 2018

Hari and his brother Ashok have a new podcast: Kondabolu Brothers. Check out the first episode in your podcast app right now. Witness two brothers occasionally acknowledging their live audience, find out why World War 1 is overrated, and learn why pi...Show More
What did we learn? With Alicia Garza and Wyatt Cenac

1:46:41 | Oct 5th, 2017

It’s the end of season 2 already? We close strong with messages from our listeners and conversations with #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Alicia Garza, and comedian Wyatt Cenac. Garza is an Oakland-based organizer who is currently the Special Projects D...Show More
Writing for very smart brothas (including President Obama)

1:13:08 | Sep 28th, 2017

Season 2 is almost over! This week Kamau and Hari are joined by Damon Young (Co-founder of VerySmartBrothas.theroot.com) and David Litt (author of "Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years") to discuss the power of the pen. Young explains P...Show More
Neil deGrasse Tyson brings the universe down to Earth

1:08:02 | Sep 21st, 2017

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson joins W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu to discuss the politics of space exploration, people's fear of artificial intelligence, and even tell some jokes. Tyson is Director of the Hayden Planetarium. In his latest boo...Show More
Speaking with bell hooks & Talking DACA

1:20:35 | Sep 14th, 2017

W. Kamau Bell won an Emmy!!! And while he was on the red carpet, Hari was able to interview legendary feminist and author bell hooks about love, labels, and her views on the current administration. Kamau and Hari also gain understanding on DACA from ...Show More
Disaster Capitalism and How To Fight It, with Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Mustafa Santiago Ali

1:09:49 | Sep 7th, 2017

Kamau and Hari dive into the impact of structural and environmental racism with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (professor of African American Studies at Princeton University) and Mustafa Santiago Ali (environmental justice leader with Hip Hop Caucus). Taylo...Show More
Roy Wood Jr. and Franchesca Ramsey fighting trolls with truth and satire

1:18:41 | Aug 31st, 2017

How do social commentary and comedy mix? W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu are joined with guests Roy Wood Jr. (The Daily Show with Trevor Noah) and Franchesca Ramsey (MTV’s Decoded) to explore the power of humor in today’s polarizing political era. R...Show More
Smashing the Confederacy in the streets and on the screen

1:05:04 | Aug 24th, 2017

The ACLU got a lot of heat last week when their neutral free speech stance had them defending the alt right in Charlottesville. We talk to ACLU Senior Staff Attorney Lee Rowland about the organization’s decision to change course and not defend groups...Show More
Bonus! Listeners respond to Charlottesville

14:09 | Aug 19th, 2017

This week on Politically Re-Active we dedicated a full episode to the events that stirred the nation last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. We asked our listeners to call in and share their thoughts. And they sure did show up! We received more th...Show More
Is this what democracy looks like? Jake Tapper & Jessica Byrd give their take

1:14:50 | Aug 10th, 2017

This week, Kamau and Hari cope with possible nuclear threat, learn how Jessica Byrd helps underrepresented communities engage in the political process, and “bravely” release the interview with Jake Tapper. How has the Trump administration affected Ta...Show More
Killer Mike of Run the Jewels on Allyship, Equity, and Apocalypse Preparation

1:06:03 | Jul 27th, 2017

You’re going to walk away from this week’s Politically Re-Active, happier and smarter after listening to our conversation with Killer Mike of Run the Jewels. From equity, to allyship and building political power, Killer Mike rallies us to think big a...Show More
Hold Up, Wait a Minute: Twitter Feuds & Threat Models

1:10:18 | Jul 20th, 2017

What do you do when a Twitter beef disrupts your plans? That’s what happened to this week’s Politically Re-Active. But don’t you worry. We’re picking up the pieces and bringing you the good, bad, and ugly of today’s digital age. We’re speaking with J...Show More
Street Heat w/ Congresswoman Barbara Lee & Linda Sarsour

1:29:47 | Jul 13th, 2017

We’re back with a powerhouse episode! California Congresswoman Barbara Lee and National Women’s March Co-Chair Linda Sarsour breakdown the reality of fighting for social, racial, and economic justice. We learn about how Congresswoman Lee’s political ...Show More
BONUS! Phoebe Robinson, Lindy West, Shane Bauer-Live at Clusterfest

51:46 | Jul 6th, 2017

Coming to you LIVE from San Francisco, it’s Politically Re-Active at Comedy Central’s Clusterfest! Joining your favorite hosts on stage are comedian and podcast queen Phoebe Robinson, the brilliantly witty writer (and This American Life favorite) Lin...Show More
Janet Mock on Surpassing Certainty

51:20 | Jun 22nd, 2017

She’s spoken at the Women’s March on Washington, hosted a show for MSNBC, edited for Allure and Marie Claire, and written a New York Times bestselling memoir – and that’s not even half of the revolutionary work that trans writer and activist Janet Mo...Show More
Comedy in the Trump Era: 3 Comedians, a Professor, and Kamau’s Mom

54:47 | Jun 8th, 2017

Live from Limestone! Professor Jeffrey C. Isaac, Karinda Dobbins, Arish Singh, Sophie Hughes, and Janet Cheatham Bell! For the first time ever, it’s Politically Re-Active LIVE! Kamau and Hari take the show on the road to Bloomington, Indiana, for t...Show More
Jill Filipovic on the Feminist Pursuit of Happiness

1:00:17 | Jun 1st, 2017

Writer Jill Filipovic on the feminist pursuit of happiness Imagine a world in which women weren’t forced to struggle for equality in a system rigged against them. Imagine instead, the ideal world of journalist and author Jill Filipovic – one in whi...Show More
Rashad Robinson & Color of Change Cancels Bill O'Reilly

58:53 | May 25th, 2017

Rashad Robinson has done battle with Bill O’Reilly and won – twice. He’s taken on the shady, corporate-driven conservative operation ALEC and gotten companies like Coca Cola and Walmart to back down from supporting stand-your-ground laws. And now, af...Show More
Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl on Rad American Women

57:59 | May 18th, 2017

Listeners, you and your kids need a new alphabet – specifically, one that starts with “A is for Angela Davis”. In this episode of Politically Re-Active, we talk with writer Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl about their illustrated children’s ...Show More
Political Analyst Angela Rye Calls It Like It Is

57:27 | May 11th, 2017

It’s hard to find a bright spot in the 2016 election, but born woke, political commentator and analyst Angela Rye was one. A regular on CNN’s thuderdome-like panels, Angela doesn’t mince words calling out lies and advocating for people of color and w...Show More
Getting Adversarial with Journalist Jeremy Scahill

52:24 | May 4th, 2017

Folks on both the left and the right have a love-hate relationship with reporter and Intercept co-founder Jeremy Scahill. His brand of “adversarial” investigative journalism makes no exceptions – not for the nation’s most powerful, and especially not...Show More
Aasif Mandvi on the Gaslighting Presidency

59:12 | Apr 27th, 2017

You probably got to know him as the “Senior Middle East Correspondent,” or the “Senior Muslim Correspondent,” or maybe the “Senior Foreign Looking Correspondent”, but actor, writer, and former Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi has moved into the ...Show More
Michael Skolnik on Being a White Woke Guy

54:13 | Apr 19th, 2017

Long before we asked our white audience members to “come get your boy” (keep tweeting!: #WhitesAgainstTrump), activist and entrepreneur Michael Skolnik was using his privilege to support social justice movements and reform the criminal justice system...Show More
Journalist Alia Malek on What We're Missing When We Talk About About Syria

55:54 | Apr 12th, 2017

It’s been six years of the devastating civil war in Syria – more than 11 million people have been displaced, and last week’s horrifying chemical attack on Syrian citizens by their own president Bashar al-Assad has been yet another reminder of the hum...Show More
YouTube's Akilah Hughes on #BlackWomenAtWork & Feeding The Buzz

1:01:20 | Apr 5th, 2017

Our guest this week is Akilah… obviously! Akilah Hughes – otherwise known as Akilah Obviously – is a writer, comedian, and YouTuber who talks as easily about race, feminism, and intersectionality as she does pizza, hair, and punching Nazis. In this c...Show More
Patrisse Khan-Cullors on Black Lives Matter & Resistance under 45

1:14:05 | Mar 29th, 2017

Kick off Season 2 with your favorite hosts and grassroots organizer, resistance fighter, and #blacklivesmatter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors! We dig into why Patrisse identifies as an organizer and not an activist, what it was like to see #blackli...Show More
Season Two Trailer!

02:57 | Mar 22nd, 2017

The second season of Politically Re-Active launches March 29th! Be sure to subscribe now on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts, so you won't miss a thing.
Season Two?

15:02 | Mar 15th, 2017

Kamau and Hari play catch up on the state of the world since last November. We hear some updates on past guests and they talk a little about who they might want to have on, if, you know, they were interested in doing another season...
Presenting Maeve in America

39:53 | Nov 23rd, 2016

This week, we present a new podcast from our friend Maeve Higgins!  Maeve grapples with perhaps the hottest topic of Trump’s USA: immigration. More importantly, she meets Roz Koo - business woman, activist, and professional butt-kicker of the highest...Show More
Facing the Future with CNN’s Jake Tapper

1:19:28 | Nov 17th, 2016

What do you do when a liar, xenophobe, misogynist, and racist becomes president? Get to work and do some damn good reporting if you’re guest Jake Tapper of CNN. In our final episode of the season, Kamau and Hari continue to process the reality of a T...Show More
Roxane Gay on Anger After the Election

1:16:41 | Nov 10th, 2016

This week on Politically Re-Active, Kamau and Hari process the election results. Standup comedian Laurie Kilmartin and writer Roxane Gay join the guys to help make sense of a deeply painful moment in American history. From the costs to black and brow...Show More
Voting Day Update About This Week's Show!

00:45 | Nov 8th, 2016

Our show will be Thursday not Wednesday, but we've got the amazing Roxane Gay!You read that right, one of our all time favorite writers Roxane Gay will be joining us on this post-election recap/cool-down/anxiety fest. Check out her most recent piece ...Show More
Comedian Hasan Minhaj on New Brown America and His Superpowers

1:24:24 | Nov 2nd, 2016

Also, what Chief Wahoo means for #NoDAPL and Native American  rights.We’ve only got a few more episodes left in this season of Politically Re-Active, so we’re packing each show to the brim! First, Kamau and Hari call up Sterling HolyWhiteMountain of ...Show More
Dr. Jill Stein on Investing Your Vote

1:10:34 | Oct 26th, 2016

In spite of being called a long shot, Dr. Jill Stein aims to prove that the only wasted vote is the vote for the failed two-party system. The doctor, activist, and Green Party presidential nominee sits down with Kamau and Hari to talk about her polit...Show More
S. E. Cupp on being an Anti-Trump Conservative

1:05:23 | Oct 19th, 2016

The first conservative guest in the history of Politically Re-Active opens up to Kamau and Hari about being a “Republican Translator,” how the GOP can win back Trump supporters, and America’s last remaining safe space: baseball. It’s a civil, respect...Show More
Comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh & Chicano Band Las Cafeteras are Everything Trump Fears

53:54 | Oct 12th, 2016

The East LA band Las Cafeteras has a saying: “if we can’t dance together, we can’t move together.” The Chicano/Chicana group continues our discussion on the intersection of art and activism today: not just the fights and struggles of community moveme...Show More
Rosa Clemente on Third Parties in a Broken System

45:44 | Oct 5th, 2016

Hip-hop activist, journalist, and community organizer Rosa Clemente has a few good reasons why she doesn’t rock with the Dems. For one, they keep trying to kick her party – the Green Party – off of state ballots. And don’t get her started on Hillary ...Show More
Rachel Maddow on Donald Trump, Dick Cheney, and River Monsters

1:03:34 | Sep 28th, 2016

Not Loch Ness Monsters, River Monsters.Decompress from the presidential debate with your favorite hosts and this week’s guest, Rachel Maddow! With just under six weeks to go until the election, the author and TV icon gets real about Trump, from his c...Show More
Presidential Debate Tailgate with John Dickerson

50:42 | Sep 21st, 2016

The host of CBS' Face the Nation talks about the skill of moderating presidential debates.In a first for Politically Re-Active, Kamau and Hari chat with a member of the mainstream media! John Dickerson is the host of CBS’s Face the Nation, and like K...Show More
BONUS EPISODE: NoDAPL, Mailbag, & Our Old Pal Adam Mansbach

1:08:42 | Sep 15th, 2016

The long-awaited Mailbag Episode!HOLD UP; WAIT A MINUTE – it’s a bonus episode in three acts! As Native tribes continue their protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline, Kamau and Hari catch up with the #NoDAPL movement by calling writer, filmmaker, and i...Show More
Jasiri X: Hip Hop and the Movement

47:42 | Sep 14th, 2016

Also - bonus episode tomorrow!Before Kendrick Lamar electrified the Grammys and Beyonce got mainstream America in “Formation,” rapper Jasiri X was making music with a message. His social justice-inspired approach to hip hop has won him countless fans...Show More
Shaun King on Controversy, Color, and Kaepernick

56:39 | Sep 7th, 2016

And Kamau's musical take on the Star Spangled Banner.Our guest this week is known for his bold and relentless writing on racial injustice and police brutality. Surprise: the “alt right” is not a fan. They’ve accused New York Daily News Senior Justice...Show More
Lindy West on Seeing Women as Real People

49:10 | Aug 30th, 2016

And how movies in the 80s were really kinda creepy.This week on Hari and Co. Politically Re-Active, Kamau and Hari chat with author, columnist and legendary internet-troll confronter, Lindy West! West delves into rape culture, the objectification of ...Show More
Dave Zirin on Loving and Hating the Olympics

50:23 | Aug 25th, 2016

Today we're talking about sports! (And politics)Every four years, Americans pick a president. And every fours summers, the world’s nations send its most muscled and agile to compete in a display of artistry and athleticism. And on #politicallyreactiv...Show More
David Daley on How Republicans Ratf**ked American Democracy

43:38 | Aug 17th, 2016

No really, that's what it's about.The year 2012 looked like the start of a promising era for Democrats. Obama had just won his second term as president, the Dems had taken a big majority in the Senate, and the party had earned 1.3 million more votes ...Show More
dream hampton on Black Liberation in the Hour of Chaos

47:27 | Aug 10th, 2016

And the price of being a critical woman of color.She was tight with Biggie and has the ear of some of today’s biggest musicians, but writer, filmmaker, and social justice activist dream hampton prefers to stay out of the limelight – if she can. Known...Show More
How Van Jones Keeps His Cool in the Cable News Circus

48:48 | Aug 3rd, 2016

And why does he call himself Van...Our guest this week is one of Fox News’s least favorite people. Coincidentally, he’s one of Kamau and Hari’s favorites! Van Jones is a CNN commentator and activist who has started numerous social and environmental j...Show More
Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman Gives Us the Election Unfiltered

34:51 | Jul 27th, 2016

(Almost) Live from the DNC!Kamau and Hari are in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention! ...or at least they’re in the recording studio just outside of the convention. In this episode, the Politically Re-Active hosts talk to Democracy No...Show More
Robert Reich on Min. Wage, the Bern, & His Date with Hillary

27:35 | Jul 14th, 2016

Robert Reich wants to save capitalism?The richest people in the U.S. right now are wealthier than they have been “ever in the history of humankind,” says former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich. So why are the rest of us hustling so hard? In this epis...Show More
Pastor Michael McBride Says Stop Reaching for Whiteness

46:03 | Jul 13th, 2016

We talk Black Lives Matter and setting white people free.There are two things that Pastor Michael McBride is sure of: Jesus... and white supremacy. The activist and religious leader join W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu in the studio to make sense of...Show More
Kathleen Hanna on 3rd Wave Feminism & Why She's "With Her"

42:58 | Jul 6th, 2016

A brief history of third wave feminism and how some of those ideas fit into politics todayPunk and feminist icon Kathleen Hanna join W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu on Politically Re-Active to talk about her time in the riot grrrl band Bikini Kill a...Show More
Private Prisons with Shane Bauer

33:07 | Jun 30th, 2016

We still have a show!Mother Jones journalist Shane Bauer joins hosts W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu to talk about his recent and crazy article about working as a guard at a private prison in Louisiana for four months. You may recognize his name as ...Show More
Dog Whistling with Ian Haney-López

27:53 | Jun 29th, 2016

Our first show!On the first episode of this brand new show, comedians W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu start digging into the strange facets of our political system. Berkeley professor Ian Haney-López joins them to talk about dog whistling in politic...Show More
Introducing Politically Re-Active

02:00 | Jun 9th, 2016

Coming soon, a new podcast from W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu.  Subscribe now to be sure to get all of the latest episodes as they are launched!