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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

    Black to the Future in Music

    Black to the Future in Music

    June is Black Music Month, and this year marks the 30th anniversary of some of the most influential albums in contemporary African American music, including Nas’ Illmatic, and TLC’s CrazySexyCool, to Notorious B.I.G’s Ready to Die. On today’s episode of A Word, Jason Johnson is joined by pop culture columnist Panama Jackson to discuss the legendary Black music of 1994, and the difference between a merely great album, and one that’s going to stand the test of time.

    Guest: Panama Jackson, columnist at TheGrio

    Podcast production by Ahyiana Angel

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    • 29 min
    Daddy Lessons

    Daddy Lessons

    The stereotype of Black fathers is that they’re largely absent, and uninvolved in their children’s lives. And that image persists, despite research that suggests that Black fathers are often more involved in the daily care of their kids than white fathers. On today’s episode of A Word, Jason Johnson is joined by Sean Williams, the founder of The Dad Gang, an organization that uplifts and supports Black and other marginalized fathers. They talk about the challenges of fatherhood, and building a community where dads can help each other.

    Guest: Sean Williams, founder of The Dad Gang

    Podcast production by Kristie Taiwo-Makanjuola

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    • 37 min
    The WNBA’s Great White Hype

    The WNBA’s Great White Hype

    “Petty.” “Jealous.” That’s what many male sportscasters are saying about the women competing against WNBA rookie Caitlin Clark. The former Iowa star is bringing a new level of attention to women’s basketball, but many men who ignored the league for years are now leading the coverage. So how is sexism and racism fueling the way they’re talking about Clark and the rest of the WNBA?

    On today’s episode of A Word, Jason Johnson is joined by veteran sports journalist Jemele Hill to discuss the way the media treats Clark and the African American players who are competing with her. Hill is a contributing writer to The Atlantic, and wrote about the issue for them in the article, “The One Downside of Gender Equality in Sports.”

    Guest: Veteran sports journalist Jemele Hill

    Podcast production by Kristie Taiwo-Makanjuola

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    • 34 min
    Not So Smooth Criminal

    Not So Smooth Criminal

    Former President Donald Trump and his supporters are furious after his conviction on all 34 counts related to his hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels. On today’s episode of A Word, Jason Johnson is joined by legal analyst Yodit Tewolde to discuss the path to the conviction, key moments in the trial, and what the verdict says about the justice system.

    Guest: Legal analyst Yodit Tewolde

    Podcast production by Kristie Taiwo-Makanjuola

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    • 31 min
    Haitian Chaos, American Neglect?

    Haitian Chaos, American Neglect?

    Haiti has suffered under decades of crises, but the latest may be its most intractable. Violent criminals are now effectively in charge of the country, after years of assassinations and political instability left a power vacuum. As a new international force prepares for an intervention, A Word host Jason Johnson discusses the current troubles with Patrick Gaspard, leader of the Center for American Progress. They explore how Haiti fell into such dire circumstances, the role that American guns and policy have played, and how Haitian Americans and the U.S. government could help Haiti find stability.

    Guest: Patrick Gaspard, chief of the Center for American Progress

    Podcast production by Kristie Taiwo-Makanjuola

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    • 38 min
    Hit After Hit: Rap in a Post Kendrick v. Drake World

    Hit After Hit: Rap in a Post Kendrick v. Drake World

    Drake didn’t know who he was messing with, and was never on Kendrick Lamar’s level in hip hop. That’s the verdict of cultural commentator and author Touré. On today’s episode of A Word, he joins host Jason Johnson to break down the meaning behind the brutal rap battle, and whether Not Like Us, BBL Drizzy, Family Matters and other songs central to the beef will rewrite the blueprint for diss tracks forever.

    Guest: Touré, host of the Touré Show podcast, and author of Nothing Compares 2 U: An Oral History of Prince 

    Podcast production by Ahyiana Angel

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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
537 Ratings

537 Ratings

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Episode with Michael Harriot

First, love your commentary! Enjoy listening to you filling in for Joy Reid! The episode with Michael Harriot, was very interesting and spoke a lot of truth. I don’t want to label someone with lazy journalism but the valid point of not checking conservatives when they speak out of tone, because the hosts don’t know how to check them or hold them accountable for the things they say. Great point!!!!

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What podcast do you subscribe to ensures that at the end of every episode provides an action a listener can take or a glimmer of hope for a change? Dr. Johnson’s tag line - a podcast about race, politics AND everything else is so true! I’ve subscribed since the first episode and look forward to listening.

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