73 episodes

W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu are comedians who take politics seriously — and longtime friends, trying to help keep each other sane. Join them as they pull the alarm on the dumpster fire that is American politics, and talk to the creators, thinkers, and leaders doing the work to defend and reinvent our democracy.

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

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    • 4.9 • 32 Ratings

W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu are comedians who take politics seriously — and longtime friends, trying to help keep each other sane. Join them as they pull the alarm on the dumpster fire that is American politics, and talk to the creators, thinkers, and leaders doing the work to defend and reinvent our democracy.

    Defund the Police 2021 + Trump's Twitter

    Defund the Police 2021 + Trump's Twitter

    Hari and Kamau can't help noticing that Blue Lives Matter, except when they try to defend the Capitol. Cat Brooks of the Anti Police-Terror Project and Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff of the Center for Policing Equity unpack what it means to "defund the police" — and why it's so damn hard. Plus, the ACLU's Kate Ruane is concerned about Twitter's Trump ban, even though she thinks he deserves much worse.

    Find our guests:
    Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff (@DrPhilGoff)https://www.policingequity.org
    Cat Brooks (@catscommentary) https://www.antipoliceterrorproject.org
    Kate Ruane https://www.aclu.org

    Find us:
    Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) http://www.harikondabolu.com/
    W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) http://www.wkamaubell.com/

    Find the show:
    Twitter (@PoliticReActive)
    Facebook (@politicallyreactive)
    Instagram (@politicallyreactive)

    Produced by Topic Studios. Part of the WarnerMedia Podcast Network. Full credits.www.PoliticallyReActive.com

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    • 1 hr 31 min
    Georgia! + What the hell?

    Georgia! + What the hell?

    Just when Kamau and Hari thought they could breathe and take in the Democratic victories in Georgia's Senate runoff, an armed right-wing mob storms the Capitol. Hear their reaction to the chaos in DC and their conversation with Nse Ufot of the New Georgia Project and The Intercept's Ryan Grim about how Democrats can make the most of their power (and not fuck it up this time).

    Find our guests:
    Nse Ufot (@NseUfot) https://newgeorgiaproject.org
    Ryan Grim (@RyanGrim) https://theintercept.com/podcasts/deconstructed/

    Find us:
    Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) http://www.harikondabolu.com/
    W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) http://www.wkamaubell.com/

    Find the show:
    Twitter (@PoliticReActive)
    Facebook (@politicallyreactive)
    Instagram (@politicallyreactive)

    Produced by Topic Studios. Part of the WarnerMedia Podcast Network. Full credits.www.PoliticallyReActive.com

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Daveed Diggs

    Daveed Diggs

    The multitalented Daveed Diggs joins Hari and Kamau to talk about translating Blindspotting for TV, James McBride's liberating take on Frederick Douglass, and rich people loopholes in the time of COVID. Plus: Advanced-level Oakland shit, from Dope Era to Children's Fairyland.

    Find our guest:
    Daveed Diggs (@DaveedDiggs)

    And mentioned in the episode:
    Deconstructed: Inside Biden's Meeting With Civil Rights Leaders https://theintercept.com/2020/12/10/biden-audio-meeting-civil-rights-leaders/
    Daveed Diggs asks: What to my people is the Fourth of July? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuCeUyItpzE
    Daveed Diggs: Puppy for Hanukkah https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8MkeIo2bUE

    Find us:
    Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) http://www.harikondabolu.com/
    W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) http://www.wkamaubell.com/

    Find the show:
    Twitter (@PoliticReActive)
    Facebook (@politicallyreactive)
    Instagram (@politicallyreactive)

    Produced by Topic Studios. Part of the WarnerMedia Podcast Network. Full credits.www.PoliticallyReActive.com

     

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Georgia Episode with LaTosha Brown

    The Georgia Episode with LaTosha Brown

    Hari and Kamau are ejected from their post-election malaise by LaTosha Brown, the unstoppable co-founder of Black Voters Matter. She's on fire to build electoral power in Black communities and has her sights set on Democrats winning both seats in the Georgia Senate runoff. She's also got a message for progressives: If you want to win, time to root out structural racism. Plus: Hari confronts the inconvenient truth about John Kerry.

    Find our guest:
    LaTosha Brown (@MsLaToshaBrown) https://blackvotersmatterfund.org

    Find us:
    Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) http://www.harikondabolu.com/
    W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) http://www.wkamaubell.com/

    Find the show:
    Twitter (@PoliticReActive)
    Facebook (@politicallyreactive)
    Instagram (@politicallyreactive)

    Produced by Topic Studios. Part of the WarnerMedia Podcast Network. Full credits.www.PoliticallyReActive.com

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 58 min
    Ijeoma Oluo + Sarah Silverman

    Ijeoma Oluo + Sarah Silverman

    Ijeoma Oluo breaks down the costs of catering to underwhelming white guys in her new book Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America – and describes what it’s like to be a target for harassment from people who’ve never read a word she’s written. Sarah Silverman can’t wait for there to be a vaccine so she can get back to stand-up, but in the meantime she checks in about scumbag artists, relearning comedy for her new podcast, and the “Mostly Not Racist” t-shirt Kamau gave her. Plus: Hari puts himself through the Cyber Monday absolution matrix.

    Find our guests:
    Ijeoma Oluo (@IjeomaOluo) https://mediocrethebook.com
    Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) https://art19.com/shows/the-sarah-silverman-podcast

    Find us:
    Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) http://www.harikondabolu.com/
    W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) http://www.wkamaubell.com/

    Find the show:
    Twitter (@PoliticReActive)
    Facebook (@politicallyreactive)
    Instagram (@politicallyreactive)

    Produced by Topic Studios. Part of the WarnerMedia Podcast Network. Full credits.www.PoliticallyReActive.com

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Sarah Cooper + Dr. Peter Hotez

    Sarah Cooper + Dr. Peter Hotez

    Comedian Sarah Cooper shares the secrets she's learned lip-syncing to our most toxic president and making her Netflix special Everything's Fine. Then, Dr. Peter Hotez talks about surviving the COVID-19 spike, fighting anti-science propaganda, developing a dollar-a-dose coronavirus vaccine — and why Kamau should settle his beef with Surgeon General Jerome Adams.

    Find our guests:
    Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) https://sarahcpr.com
    Dr. Peter Hotez (@peterhotez) https://peterhotez.org

    Find us:
    Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) http://www.harikondabolu.com/
    W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) http://www.wkamaubell.com/

    Find the show:
    Twitter (@PoliticReActive)
    Facebook (@politicallyreactive)
    Instagram (@politicallyreactive)

    Produced by Topic Studios. Part of the WarnerMedia Podcast Network. Full credits.www.PoliticallyReActive.com

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 4 min

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32 Ratings

32 Ratings

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