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Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with analysis from Kaya Henderson, De’Ara Balenger, and others. Then he sits down for deep conversations with experts, influencers, and diverse local and national leaders. New episodes every Tuesday.

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Communication is Key (with Barrett Holmes Pitner)

Nov 30 • 01:31:48

DeRay, Kaya, Myles and De’Ara cover the underreported news of the week—including GoGo at the Grammy's, exoneration with no restitution, a Hendrix family dispute, and thousands of Latino drivers labeled as white. DeRay interviews Barrett Holmes Pitner about his new book The Crime Without A Name: Combatting Ethnocide and the Erasure of Culture in America which was named one ...

Rest is Essential (with Malcolm Bell)

Nov 23 • 01:27:33

DeRay, Kaya, Myles and De’Ara cover the underreported news of the week—including a student loan forgiveness program, the first Black woman to live in a space station, a charity aiming to end youth violence through creativity, and the shocking acquittal of a serial rapist. DeRay interviews Malcolm Bell about his new book The Attica Turkey Shoot: Carnage, Cover-Up and the Pu...

Choose You (with Dr. Priya Fielding-Singh)

Nov 16 • 01:08:36

DeRay, Kaya, and Myles cover the underreported news of the week—including new policies at St. Jude hospital, a fake landlord scandal, and a John Coltrane album gone platinum. DeRay interviews Dr. Priya Fielding-Singh about her new book How the Other Half Eats: The Untold Story of Food & Inequality in America....

Move with Intent (with Stanley Nelson & Traci Curry)

Nov 9 • 01:12:57

DeRay, Kaya, and De’Ara cover the underreported news of the week—including Black women in elected office, public bathrooms, and a scandal involving D.C. police and whiskey. DeRay interviews Stanley Nelson & Traci Curry about their new Showtime documentary "Attica."...

Happy Halloween (with Destiny Lopez)

Nov 2 • 01:04:13

DeRay, Kaya, and De'Ara, cover the underreported news of the week—including the gubernatorial election in Virginia, Stacy Abrams' efforts toward eliminating medical debt, a police chief in Georgia who is leading on police reform, and a win for fair wages for ICE detainees who work in their detention centers. DeRay interviews Destiny Lopez....

Special Episode (with Dr. Nabarun Dasgupta)

Oct 26 • 43:45

Give Grace (with Michael Tubbs)

Oct 19 • 53:39

Listen and Learn (with Dr. Marcia Chatelain)

Oct 12 • 01:03:00

DeRay, De'Ara, and guest Myles E. Johnson cover the underreported news of the week—including Dave Chappelle, Noname's Hood Library, Mount Everest, and John Singer Sargent. DeRay interviews Dr. Marcia Chatelain about the failed promise of Black capitalism explored in her book "Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America." ...

One Hurdle at a Time (with Valerie Jarrett)

Oct 5 • 01:06:58

DeRay, Kaya, De'Ara, and guest Myles E. Johnson cover the underreported news of the week—including Black inventors, New Jersey verdicts, J. Marion Sims, and Soul Train. DeRay interviews Valerie Jarrett about Civic Nation's "Made to Save" initiative to increase vaccine access....

Ratchet Academics (with Dr. Christopher Emdin)

Sep 28 • 01:12:29

DeRay, Kaya, and De'Ara cover the underreported news of the week, including Gayl Jones, abortion laws, and Our Black Girls. DeRay interviews Dr. Christopher Emdin, author of "Ratchetdemic: Reimagining Academic Success."...

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