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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....Show More
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Don’t Forget Your Purpose

1:46:12 | Aug 1st, 2017

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, clim...Show More
FCC and Me

1:22:22 | Jun 20th, 2017

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 ...Show More
BONUS POD with Edward Snowden

1:32:58 | May 12th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Growth (House Majority Whip James Clyburn)

1:00:07 | May 14th

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 ...Show More
Climb More Trees

1:01:01 | May 7th

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...Show More
Not Today (Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich)

54:54 | Apr 30th

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,...Show More
Responsibility (In Celebration of Earth Day)

1:07:52 | Apr 23rd

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 mar...Show More
Look for Unlikely Allies

1:04:19 | Apr 16th

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 joi...Show More
Inside Outside Strategy (LIVE from Portland, OR)

1:02:22 | Apr 9th

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...Show More
There Is No Straight Line (LIVE from Seattle, WA)

1:01:00 | Apr 2nd

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)

1:12:50 | Mar 26th

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)

59:34 | Mar 19th

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

59:14 | Mar 12th

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 ...Show More
History is Today (Episode 100)

1:02:40 | Mar 5th

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 ...Show More
Unforced Errors (LIVE from Philadelphia, PA)

1:10:24 | Feb 26th

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)

1:02:28 | Feb 19th

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

48:59 | Feb 12th

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

58:20 | Feb 5th

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 opioi...Show More
I Exist

54:58 | Jan 29th

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 act...Show More
Sit With Your Ideas

57:07 | Jan 22nd

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 Co...Show More
Play the Long Game

58:54 | Jan 15th

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 Professo...Show More

58:53 | Jan 8th

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 ...Show More
Trust What Got You Here

52:04 | Jan 1st

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 discus...Show More
Build Communities

53:13 | Dec 25th, 2018

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 j...Show More
Remember Your Motivation

1:06:17 | Dec 18th, 2018

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 Inst...Show More
Get Creative

1:03:42 | Dec 11th, 2018

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 dis...Show More
Embrace the Complexity

58:34 | Dec 4th, 2018

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 abou...Show More

1:04:28 | Nov 27th, 2018

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...Show More
Keep Raising Hell

1:07:10 | Nov 20th, 2018

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, incl...Show More
Celebrate the Wins

1:00:32 | Nov 13th, 2018

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 Elizabet...Show More
Can’t Stop Thinking About...

59:27 | Nov 6th, 2018

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 Illinoi...Show More
Know the Source

1:15:28 | Oct 30th, 2018

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...Show More
Midterm Review Session

1:08:14 | Oct 23rd, 2018

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 f...Show More
Flint: Lead & Beyond

58:44 | Oct 16th, 2018

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. Pediatric...Show More
We Gotta Live Our Commitments

1:10:18 | Oct 9th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Plant the Seeds

50:14 | Oct 2nd, 2018

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 t...Show More
There's No Power Like People Power

1:13:16 | Sep 25th, 2018

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, can...Show More
Never Cover Your Eyes

1:27:24 | Sep 18th, 2018

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...Show More
Walk Into The Risk

1:44:26 | Sep 11th, 2018

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 DeR...Show More

1:25:00 | Sep 4th, 2018

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 ju...Show More
Tell Someone

1:05:09 | Aug 30th, 2018

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

1:17:02 | Aug 21st, 2018

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...Show More
The Politics of Teeth

58:16 | Aug 14th, 2018

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....Show More
Politics of Fear

1:07:29 | Aug 7th, 2018

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, th...Show More
Oppression Depends on Secrecy

49:38 | Jul 31st, 2018

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. L...Show More

1:10:06 | Jul 24th, 2018

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 Fac...Show More
Historic Wins

1:12:00 | Jul 17th, 2018

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 congress...Show More

53:51 | Jul 10th, 2018

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 R...Show More
Smart Justice

1:11:19 | Jul 3rd, 2018

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 Direc...Show More
I Really Do Care

1:02:18 | Jun 26th, 2018

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. Wisc...Show More

53:03 | Jun 19th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Politics of Confrontation

1:13:45 | Jun 12th, 2018

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...Show More
The Party

1:01:02 | Jun 5th, 2018

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...Show More
Not Every Ground is a Battleground

1:03:16 | May 29th, 2018

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...Show More
Protect the Win

1:03:54 | May 22nd, 2018

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...Show More
A Long Shadow

1:01:04 | May 15th, 2018

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 abo...Show More
If You Believe in Justice

58:30 | May 8th, 2018

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 requir...Show More
We’re Not Going Anywhere

1:04:12 | May 1st, 2018

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

49:29 | Apr 24th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Be Part of the Story (LIVE from NYC)

1:01:32 | Apr 17th, 2018

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)

1:05:57 | Apr 10th, 2018

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 exp...Show More
The Formula

1:08:07 | Apr 3rd, 2018

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 mov...Show More
Don’t Leave Anyone Behind

1:03:48 | Mar 27th, 2018

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 Duckwort...Show More
People Built This

1:00:41 | Mar 20th, 2018

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 fr...Show More
Think Before You Retweet

1:03:54 | Mar 13th, 2018

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 202...Show More
Joy & The Gift

1:00:33 | Mar 6th, 2018

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 liv...Show More
Don’t Tell Your Story Too Soon

1:03:45 | Feb 27th, 2018

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 D...Show More
The World We Want to Live In (LIVE from Washington, D.C.)

1:34:44 | Feb 20th, 2018

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. B...Show More

58:46 | Feb 13th, 2018

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 sup...Show More
Outrage and Action

1:03:54 | Feb 6th, 2018

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’...Show More
Can’t Pour From An Empty Cup

1:25:12 | Jan 30th, 2018

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 abo...Show More
Challenge and Confront

1:26:44 | Jan 24th, 2018

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...Show More
Just Let the People Do It

1:08:40 | Jan 16th, 2018

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. Than...Show More
Put Your Plan Together

1:16:29 | Jan 9th, 2018

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...Show More
Lifting Others Up

46:03 | Jan 2nd, 2018

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...Show More
Let's Do Better in the New Year

1:13:54 | Dec 26th, 2017

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 un...Show More

1:32:29 | Dec 19th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Bonus Pod: Tom Perez Talks Doug Jones

25:38 | Dec 15th, 2017

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 c...Show More
You Are Already Political

1:24:40 | Dec 12th, 2017

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 t...Show More
It’s Such BS

1:16:17 | Dec 5th, 2017

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...Show More
Take the First Step

1:10:37 | Nov 28th, 2017

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 ...Show More
This Is Personal

1:21:31 | Nov 21st, 2017

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 ...Show More
The Race to Zero

1:35:35 | Nov 14th, 2017

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 a...Show More
It’s Election Day

1:19:40 | Nov 7th, 2017

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 Le...Show More
Rejecting The Wrong Questions

1:31:23 | Oct 31st, 2017

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...Show More
War on Science

1:33:22 | Oct 24th, 2017

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...Show More
Your Founding Fathers Were Protestors

1:18:56 | Oct 17th, 2017

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 a...Show More
The Answer to Our Ancestors’ Prayers

1:10:06 | Oct 10th, 2017

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 pr...Show More
Ask the Biggest Question

1:29:22 | Oct 3rd, 2017

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 litigat...Show More
Didn’t Get Here Alone

1:16:42 | Sep 26th, 2017

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 Wei...Show More
We Can All Win

1:16:50 | Sep 19th, 2017

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...Show More
Navigating Identity and Navigating Justice

1:29:22 | Sep 12th, 2017

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 Qu...Show More
Her Wings Were Clipped Short

41:36 | Sep 8th, 2017

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 ...Show More
We Don't Know How This Movie Ends

1:14:15 | Sep 5th, 2017

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....Show More
Justice In 36 Seconds

1:16:35 | Aug 29th, 2017

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 R...Show More
On Their Shoulders

1:21:59 | Aug 22nd, 2017

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. ...Show More
The House We Live In

1:17:35 | Aug 15th, 2017

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 w...Show More
BONUS Pod: Charlottesville

52:12 | Aug 14th, 2017

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 B...Show More
Win the Available Victory

1:39:52 | Aug 8th, 2017

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. DeR...Show More
Stay in Your Lane Sounds a Lot Like Stay in Your Place

1:46:06 | Jul 25th, 2017

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 ...Show More
This is No Time to Grow Weary

1:28:08 | Jul 18th, 2017

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...Show More
A Box Won't Fix Racism

1:43:50 | Jul 11th, 2017

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 Govern...Show More
Intentional Inequity

1:38:12 | Jul 4th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Education Nation

1:38:09 | Jun 27th, 2017

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 abou...Show More
When You Have to Face Yourself

1:28:11 | Jun 13th, 2017

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...Show More
Do You Love Justice, or Not?

1:02:51 | Jun 6th, 2017

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 hav...Show More
The Iconography of Resistance

1:23:37 | May 30th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Behind the Vote

1:13:40 | May 16th, 2017

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 ex...Show More
“Product, Not the Producer”

1:33:35 | May 9th, 2017

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 in...Show More
"American Do-Over"

1:32:06 | May 2nd, 2017

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 Oba...Show More
Pod Save the People - TEASER

01:23 | Apr 25th, 2017

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 ca...Show More