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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.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Planes, Trains and Pandemic Travel Plans

    Planes, Trains and Pandemic Travel Plans

    With a growing number of Americans vaccinated, many are contemplating traveling for the holidays, despite concerns about a new COVID variant. For Black travelers, navigating an unfamiliar society’s ideas about race adds another complication. On this episode of A Word, Jason Johnson is joined by veteran lifestyle journalist and travel expert Dayvee Sutton to talk about her experience while traveling as a Black woman during the pandemic. 
    Guest: Dayvee Sutton, veteran lifestyle journalist and travel expert
    Podcast production by Jasmine Ellis
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    • 25 min
    Cooking for the Culture

    Cooking for the Culture

    The holidays bring out the chef in many of us. For Vallery Lomas, stress-baking through her final year of law school laid the foundation for a career as a chef, and a victory in the Great American Baking Show. This week, she joins host Jason Johnson this week to talk about her unlikely path to celebrity chef status, and her new book Life is What You Bake It. 

    Guest: Vallery Lomas, cookbook author, recipe developer, and creator at @foodieinnewyork on Instagram

    Podcast production by Ahyiana Angel and Jasmine Ellis

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    • 25 min
    Colorism, Cluelessness, and Carefree Black Girls

    Colorism, Cluelessness, and Carefree Black Girls

    Zeba Blay popularized the hashtag #carefreeblackgirls, a celebration of positive online representation of Black women and girls. In her book Carefree Black Girls, she reckons with why––even in a pop culture led by people of color––so many critics are white men. Blay joins the show this week to discuss The Harder They Fall, Passing, Dave Chappelle, and where today’s artists are, and aren’t, hitting the mark on race. 
    Guest: Zeba Blay, culture and film critic and author of the book Carefree Black Girls
    Podcast production by Ahyiana Angel and Jasmine Ellis
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    • 28 min
    Lights, Camera, Revolution

    Lights, Camera, Revolution

    Decades before Moonlight, Black Panther, or anything from Spike Lee, Black film artists worked through and around the studio system to bring their visions to the big screen. Now the Black Film Archive has brought together classics from 1915 to 1979. Its creator Maya Cade joins Jason Johnson on A Word to talk about the importance of African Americans connecting with movies from the past.
    Guest: Maya Cade, creator of Black Film Archive and audience development specialist for the Criterion Collection
    Podcast production by Jasmine Ellis
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    • 26 min
    Legacy of Fire: The L.A. Riots

    Legacy of Fire: The L.A. Riots

    It’s been almost 30 years since the Los Angeles riots rocked the nation. Even now, many Americans remember where they were when they heard that four L.A.P.D. officers were acquitted for beating Rodney King. On today’s episode of A Word, Jason Johnson is joined by Joel Anderson, host of Slate’s Slow Burn Season 6: The L.A. Riots. They talk about the roots of the 1992 crisis, and whether it’s better understood as a riot or an uprising. 
    Guest: Joel Anderson, Slate writer and host of Slow Burn: The L.A. Riots
    Podcast production by Jasmine Ellis
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    • 29 min
    From Schoolyards to Prisonyards

    From Schoolyards to Prisonyards

    School is supposed to be a safe environment for students to thrive. But too many school policies put non-white and disabled students on the path to prison. On today’s episode of A Word, Jason Johnson speaks with professor and author Lori Martin, about fighting the school-to-prison pipeline, and how parents can protect their children from falling into the criminal justice system.
    Guest: Lori Martin, sociology professor at Louisiana State University and author of Big Box Schools: Race, Education, and the Danger of the Wal-Martization of Public Schools in America
    Podcast production by Jasmine Ellis
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    • 27 min

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Another great episode of a word, keep them coming!

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Appreciate the culturally broadening content

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