11 episodes

How do you go forward when the past is breathing down your neck? Carvell Wallace talks to Americans grappling with the state of the union while trying to reconcile his own family's fractured history.If America is an estranged family, this show is our awkward holiday dinner.

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How do you go forward when the past is breathing down your neck? Carvell Wallace talks to Americans grappling with the state of the union while trying to reconcile his own family's fractured history.If America is an estranged family, this show is our awkward holiday dinner.

    Run Up On The Bear

    Run Up On The Bear

    Carvell Wallace and his young daughter talk about how scary it is to confront a bear. Season 1 starts November 15, 2017. 

    • 4 min
    How did I get here? (with Mahershala Ali)

    How did I get here? (with Mahershala Ali)

    Who or what is in your own past right now that you need to face, but aren’t facing — and why not? Host Carvell Wallace has a theory that maybe this whole nation is just 320 million people who all need to talk with someone they're afraid to talk to. He certainly needs to do that himself. Actor Mahershala Ali joins Carvell to talk about family, America, and grace.

    • 28 min
    Who is America? (with Shereen Marisol Meraji)

    Who is America? (with Shereen Marisol Meraji)

    Carvell Wallace turns to Shereen Marisol Meraji from NPR's Code Switch to ask: How can we come together as a country when it seems like so many things are working to keep us apart? Thanksgiving is one of the only days of the year when a lot of us - literally, physically - have to come together with people we might not agree with, whether we want to or not. It's the quintessential American holiday. So who are the quintessential Americans?

    • 34 min
    If not me, then who? (with Dr. Ayaz Virji)

    If not me, then who? (with Dr. Ayaz Virji)

    Going out and talking to people is a little thing, but it's also a big thing. Especially if those people are different from you, or might not like you, or might even reject you. Carvell Wallace talks to someone who's doing just that. Dr. Ayaz Virji is the town doctor in the 1400-person town of Dawson, Minnesota. He, his wife, and their three children are the only Muslim family in Dawson. The 2016 election changed how he saw his neighbors — so he started talking.

    • 30 min
    Why me? (with Shamrace Mims)

    Why me? (with Shamrace Mims)

    Carvell Wallace goes to his hometown of McKeesport, PA and it's like visiting a small town... but it's also like visiting the remaining survivors of an apocalypse. Carvell talks with his childhood friend, Shamrace Mims. Decades ago, they rode bikes and played Atari. They sat on porches in the late afternoon, throwing rocks and talking rap crews and Transformers. That was of course until Carvell moved. The town changed. And Carvell's path and Shamrace's path... they diverged.

    • 32 min
    Is this worth it? (with Van Jones and Rabia Chaudry)

    Is this worth it? (with Van Jones and Rabia Chaudry)

    Do you love America? No, seriously, Carvell Wallace wants to know: do you love America? Today, he talks with Van Jones and Rabia Chaudry about love. Love for our country, love for the complicated humans in our lives, and love for ourselves. Together, they also explore power, specifically political power, and whether or not we can pursue political power with love.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
620 Ratings

620 Ratings

Jiia2 ,

Thank you Carvell

A truly beautiful show. His interviews and stories are told from a tender place. He is not afraid of being vulnerable and getting to the truth of things. Stripped of any cliches, sound bites, and unproductive criticism his work beautifully captures the movement between hope and hopeless that we all feel these days.

31MJ14 ,

Amazingly real

Thanks for the great insight you have chosen to share with us. I feel your pain and am learning so much about this place I though to knew. You are the best of what it means to be a human! Love and peace to you!

007pisssd ,

DON’T SLEEP!

This show is amazing. I’m learning so much! I’m mainly learning that I’m okay...a lot of my thoughts about how I feel...I’m not alone. Thank you so much Carvell for doing the work.

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