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America doesn’t need another conversation about race. At least, not the kind we’ve been having ... the ones that are sparked by a crisis and move quickly from shock, to empty promises, to forgetting. No. What America needs are REAL conversations about race … ones that shine a light on the facts, the history, and the reality of how race plays out in our politics and society. That’s what Slate offers each week on A Word With Jason Johnson. A veteran political commentator, Johnson will bring his incisive wit to thoughtful discussions with leaders, journalists and other change-makers who will tell the truth about America’s challenges around race, and ideas on the way forward.

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America doesn’t need another conversation about race. At least, not the kind we’ve been having ... the ones that are sparked by a crisis and move quickly from shock, to empty promises, to forgetting. No. What America needs are REAL conversations about race … ones that shine a light on the facts, the history, and the reality of how race plays out in our politics and society. That’s what Slate offers each week on A Word With Jason Johnson. A veteran political commentator, Johnson will bring his incisive wit to thoughtful discussions with leaders, journalists and other change-makers who will tell the truth about America’s challenges around race, and ideas on the way forward.

    When Police Kill ... Again

    When Police Kill ... Again

    Minnesota police killed another unarmed Black man, less than a year after George Floyd’s death. On Sunday, twenty-year-old Daunte Wright was fatally shot by then-officer Kim Potter during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center. On today’s episode of A Word, Jason Johnson is joined by Johnathon McClellan, president of the civil rights advocacy group Minnesota Justice Coalition. They talk about Wright's death, the Derek Chauvin trial, and the ongoing battle for police reform in Minnesota. 
    Guest: Johnathon McClellan, president of the Minnesota Justice Coalition
    Podcast production by Ahyiana Angel and Jasmine Ellis
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    Editor’s Note: The guest misstated that Daunte Wright has a daughter. He has a son.
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    • 22 min
    Farming While Black

    Farming While Black

    Black farmers scored a major victory in the Covid relief package, winning billions of dollars in aid. The farmers call it fairness. Some Republicans call it reparations. On today’s episode of A Word, Jason Johnson is joined by John Boyd Jr. to talk about what this relief means for Black farmers across the country. Boyd is the founder and president of the National Black Farmers Association, and says the time is now for the Biden administration to make up for decades of government discrimination.
    Guest: John Boyd Jr., founder, and president of the National Black Farmers Association
    Podcast production by Ahyiana Angel and Jasmine Ellis
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    Editor's Note: This episode misstated former US Rep. John Conyers' role in Congress. He was a member of the US House of Representatives, not a Senator.
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    • 23 min
    Battling Georgia’s Backlash Against Black Voters

    Battling Georgia’s Backlash Against Black Voters

    After historic Black turnout flipped Georgia, Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed a new law that could hit Black and other voters of color hard. On today’s episode of A Word, Jason Johnson is joined by LaTosha Brown. She is the co-founder of Black Voters Matter, one of the groups that helped Democrats win Georgia at the Senate and presidential level. They discuss how activists are fighting back against this new controversial law.
    Guest: LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter
    Podcast production by Ahyiana Angel and Jasmine Ellis
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    • 24 min
    The Falcon and the Rise of Black Superheroes

    The Falcon and the Rise of Black Superheroes

    The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is the latest example of Black characters taking on the mantle of comic book superheroes. On this week’s episode of A Word, Jason Johnson is joined by professor and award-winning comic book artist John Jennings. Jennings is also the curator of the ABRAMS Megascope line of graphic novels. They discuss the importance of Black characters winning more power in comic books, and why Black superheroes still have to deal with microaggressions and overt racism.
    Guest: John Jennings, a professor of Media and Culture Studies at the University of California Riverside and an award-winning comic book artist. He is also the curator of the ABRAMS Megascope line of graphic novels.
    Podcast production by Ahyiana Angel and Jasmine Ellis
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    • 24 min
    The Fight for Water Justice

    The Fight for Water Justice

    On today’s episode of A Word, host Jason Johnson discusses how the recent water crisis that struck Jackson, Mississippi has become an everyday consequence of inequality in many rural Black communities. His guest is MacArthur “Genius” Catherine Coleman Flowers. She is the author of “Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret.” They talk about environmental justice and how access to safe drinking water is an issue throughout the nation.
    Guest: Catherine Coleman Flowers, author of “Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret,” and a winner of a 2020 MacArthur Genius Grant. She’s currently helping to lead a project to survey problems with the nation’s water system.
    Podcast production by Ahyiana Angel and Jasmine Ellis
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    • 22 min
    Remembering Breonna Taylor

    Remembering Breonna Taylor

    On today’s episode of A Word, host Jason Johnson discusses the death of Breonna Taylor, one year later, with Kentucky State Representative Attica Scott. She’s the author of Breonna’s Law, which would ban no-knock warrants, like the one used by the police who killed Taylor. 
    Guest: Representative Attica Scott, a state lawmaker for Kentucky’s 41st District and author of Breonna’s law. 
    Podcast production by Ahyiana Angel and Jasmine Ellis
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    • 25 min

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