Crooked Media

News • "society & culture"

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

Popular episodes

Get the Photos (with Tigray Action Committee)

Jul 27 • 58:59

DeRay, Kaya, Sam, and De'Ara cover the underreported news of the week, including Black policewomen, the Cleveland Guardians, executive clemency, and Philadelphia's law enforcement corruption. DeRay interviews Millete Birhanemaskel of Tigray Action Committee about the war in Ethiopia....

Go For a Walk (with Carmen Gutierrez)

Jul 20 • 56:44

DeRay, Kaya, Sam, and De'Ara cover the underreported news of the week, including critical race theory, nuisance ordinances, district attorney switch-ups, and the $129 billion school stimulus. DeRay interviews sociologist Carmen Gutierrez about health insurance complications for previously incarcerated persons....

Explore the Options (with Brandon L. Garrett)

Jul 13 • 01:10:04

DeRay, Kaya, Sam, and De'Ara cover the underreported news of the week, including spelling bees, Afghanistan, California jails, and vaccination marketing. DeRay interviews law professor Brandon L. Garrett about his book "Autopsy of a Crime Lab: Exposing the Flaws in Forensics."...

Chase the Question (with David Smith & Alec Karakatsanis)

Jul 6 • 01:10:13

Pay It Forward (with Jarvis R. Givens & John King Jr.)

Jun 29 • 01:02:49

Trust Your Gut (with Myles E. Johnson & Mario Rosser)

Jun 22 • 01:17:05

DeRay, Kaya, Sam, and De'Ara cover the underreported news of the week, including prison mail and forced labor, artist David Drake, and the business of editing bodycam footage. DeRay interviews writer Myles E. Johnson about Black queer representation, then sits down with Mario Rosser—candidate for NYC Council, Central Harlem District 9....

Study Juneteenth (with Maya Wiley)

Jun 15 • 55:07

DeRay, Kaya, Sam, and De'Ara cover the underreported news of the week, including murder rates, honor students, Ralph Northam, and healthcare for Louisiana inmates. DeRay interviews NYC mayoral candidate Maya Wiley ahead of the Democratic primary....

Tell Them You Love Them (with Elizabeth Hinton)

Jun 8 • 01:06:18

DeRay, Sam, Kaya, and De'Ara cover the underreported news of the week, including Naomi Osaka, AFL-CIO's police reform report, Harlem theater, NFL's race-norming, and childbirth calculators. DeRay interviews Elizabeth Hinton about her new book "America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s"....

Don't Let It Go Unchallenged (with Stanley Nelson & Marco Williams)

Jun 1 • 44:02

DeRay, Sam, Kaya, and De'Ara cover the underreported news of the week, including San Domingo, Oklahoma mayors, Seasame Street, and unmarked Indigenous graves. DeRay interviews directors Stanley Nelson and Marco Williams of the new documentary "Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre"....

Answer Your Calling (with Dr. James Wood)

May 25 • 01:14:27

DeRay, Sam, Kaya, and De'Ara cover the underreported news of the week, including the one-year anniversary of George Floyd's murder, the Citizen app, facial recognition, prison staffing, and population stagnation. DeRay interviews Dr. James Wood about racial disparities in orthopedics....

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