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Closer Than They Appear


How do you go forward when the past is breathing down your neck? Carvell Wallace talks to Americans grappling with the state of the union while trying to reconcile his own family's fractured history. If America is an estranged family, this show is ou...Show More
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Who is America? (with Shereen Marisol Meraji)

34:54 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Carvell Wallace turns to Shereen Marisol Meraji from NPR's Code Switch to ask: How can we come together as a country when it seems like so many things are working to keep us apart? Thanksgiving is one of the only days of the year when a lot of us - l...Show More
What can I give? (with Eva Paterson and Aunt Bea)

38:36 | Dec 20th, 2017

How do you stand against evil, but not the evildoer? How do you go to war for what's right with love for the people you're fighting? Carvell Wallace talks with legendary civil rights lawyer and activist Eva Paterson. And at long last, he also reconne...Show More
How did I get here? (with Mahershala Ali)

28:32 | Nov 15th, 2017

Who or what is in your own past right now that you need to face, but aren’t facing — and why not? Host Carvell Wallace has a theory that maybe this whole nation is just 320 million people who all need to talk with someone they're afraid to talk to. H...Show More
Closer Than They Appear LIVE at the Seattle Art Museum, with Sondra Perry

1:03:16 | May 14th, 2018

Carvell went to Seattle to record a live episode of the show with visual artist Sondra Perry. They looked at images from her exhibit, “Eclogue for [in]HABITABILITY,” and talked about race, displacement, survival, and overcoming the limits of our imag...Show More
Closer and Antique Naked Soul LIVE at SXSW

1:01:40 | Mar 23rd, 2018

Carvell and Antique Naked Soul went to SXSW last week to perform the show live on stage, and talk about their music, its role in the public sphere, and why musicians and podcasters should always work together.
Closer's coming to SXSW and check out Jetty's new show!

01:28 | Mar 1st, 2018

Carvell will be onstage with Antique Naked Soul at SXSW in Austin, TX on Wednesday, March 14, 5-6pm CT. Can’t be there in person? Listen in on TuneIn LIVE. PLUS: subscribe to Jetty’s newest show, Game of Our Lives.
What's next? (with Alexis Frank)

30:48 | Dec 27th, 2017

How do you feel about the future? Do you feel hopeful? Do you feel scared? Can we move forward together as a country? In our Season 1 finale, Carvell Wallace reflects on his journey, connects with his kids about their vision for the future, and gathe...Show More
Is this worth it? (with Van Jones and Rabia Chaudry)

39:18 | Dec 13th, 2017

Do you love America? No, seriously, Carvell Wallace wants to know: do you love America? Today, he talks with Van Jones and Rabia Chaudry about love. Love for our country, love for the complicated humans in our lives, and love for ourselves. Together,...Show More
Why me? (with Shamrace Mims)

32:01 | Dec 6th, 2017

Carvell Wallace goes to his hometown of McKeesport, PA and it's like visiting a small town... but it's also like visiting the remaining survivors of an apocalypse. Carvell talks with his childhood friend, Shamrace Mims. Decades ago, they rode bikes a...Show More
If not me, then who? (with Dr. Ayaz Virji)

30:30 | Nov 29th, 2017

Going out and talking to people is a little thing, but it's also a big thing. Especially if those people are different from you, or might not like you, or might even reject you. Carvell Wallace talks to someone who's doing just that. Dr. Ayaz Virji i...Show More
Run Up On The Bear

04:51 | Oct 31st, 2017

Carvell Wallace and his young daughter talk about how scary it is to confront a bear. Season 1 starts November 15, 2017.