189 episodes

Created and hosted by award-winning journalist Farai Chideya, Our Body Politic is unapologetically centered on reporting on not just how women of color experience the major political events of today, but how they're impacting those very issues. Weekly episodes feature in-depth conversations about the economy, health, politics, education, the environment, and the most prescient issues—because all issues are women's issues. Tune in every Friday everywhere you listen to podcasts, and on public radio stations around the country.

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Created and hosted by award-winning journalist Farai Chideya, Our Body Politic is unapologetically centered on reporting on not just how women of color experience the major political events of today, but how they're impacting those very issues. Weekly episodes feature in-depth conversations about the economy, health, politics, education, the environment, and the most prescient issues—because all issues are women's issues. Tune in every Friday everywhere you listen to podcasts, and on public radio stations around the country.

    Black Country Music Stars on Diversifying The Genre

    Black Country Music Stars on Diversifying The Genre

    On this episode of Our Body Politic, guest host Mara S. Campo looks at the foundational role of Black Americans in country music, and the barriers to entry that still exist. First we hear Mara’s conversation with professor Francesca Royster, author of “Black Country Music: Listening for Revolutions.” Then Mara talks with country music singer Brittney Spencer who was one of Rolling Stone’s 25 artists to watch in 2023. We round out the show hearing grammy-nominated Mickey Guyton speak with Mara about paving the way for other Black women in country music.

    • 51 min
    How Native Women Are Working to End the MMIW Crisis

    How Native Women Are Working to End the MMIW Crisis

    On this special episode of Our Body Politic produced in partnership with Level Forward, we highlight the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women’s (MMIW) crisis. Guest-host Andrea Ambam, an Artist and Host of Level Forward’s More to Talk About, speaks with Lorna Cuny, a member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe from South Dakota and Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the Medicine Wheel Ride and Darlene Gomez, attorney at her law firm Darlene Law, who serves on the MMIW-R Task Force for New Mexico and is General Counsel for Medicine Wheel Ride, about The Medicine Wheel Riders, a national group raising awareness about the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s crisis. Then Andrea Ambam speaks with Alecia Onzahwah, about her efforts to arm Indigenous women with information (through The Skye Woman Project) and tools to defend themselves (through Skye Woman Beauty). We round out the show with Andrea speaking with Prairie Rose Seminole, co-director of the documentary We Ride for Her about owning the Native narrative through community filmmaking.

    • 56 min
    Can BIPOC Musicians Shape the Future of Classical Music?

    Can BIPOC Musicians Shape the Future of Classical Music?

    Can the world of classical music become more inclusive given its history? On this episode of Our Body Politic, guest host Celeste Headlee, a journalist and best-selling author, speaks with Professor Philip Ewell, professor of music theory at Hunter College about the history of classical music and Blackness. Then Celeste speaks with professor and Harpist Ashley Jackson about the significance of performing the works of Black female composers. Celeste is also joined by 8-time Grammy-winning musician Christian McBride on the links between jazz and classical music. We round out the show with Lara Downes, concert pianist, musical creator and host of the NPR video series Amplify, about performing for others and her hope for making an impact on the next generation.

    • 49 min
    Innovative Solutions For A Growing Nationwide Mental Health Crisis

    Innovative Solutions For A Growing Nationwide Mental Health Crisis

    Guest host Mara S. Campo, Anchor and Managing Editor at Revolt Black News, looks at the ongoing national mental health crisis and talks to people who are working outside the box to make a difference.

    • 49 min
    Black Maternal Matters

    Black Maternal Matters

    On this episode of Our Body Politic, Farai Chideya looks back at our conversations around Black Maternal health. First, she speaks with Aftershock co-director Tonya Lewis Lee and film subject Shawnee Benton-Gibson. Then, we hear from Dr. Rachel Hardeman about racism as one of the root causes of health disparities in the U.S. After, author Anna Malaika Tubbs talks about her book The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation. We round out the show with Tressie McMillan Cottom who speaks about her horrific labor and delivery experience.

    • 49 min
    How Black Women are Leading the Soft Life Movement

    How Black Women are Leading the Soft Life Movement

    On this episode of Our Body Politic, guest host Mara S. Campo looks at the idea of the “soft life” as a form of self care for Black women. Mara speaks with Dr. Judith Joseph, a board certified psychiatrist, and Chair of Women in Medicine Collaborative at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons about the concept. Mara also talks with the founder of Saddie Baddies, Priscilla O. Agyeman about using her skills to teach women how they can embrace a soft life. We round out the show with Zee Clarke, author of Black People Breathe who offers practical methods to embrace rest.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
648 Ratings

648 Ratings

HoodNicole ,

Always worth the listen

This is one of the most thought inspiring and provoking podcasts out there. I always learn new things and appreciate getting an inside opportunity to hear from a community that I am or as familiar with.
As a white woman, I aim to expand those who I learn from and this podcast is an incredible wealth to me.

House of Charlita ,

So smart, engaging and here for me

I love this podcast for the diversity of subjects that are covered from perspective that speak to me and that I seek out. Thank you for the January 6th special investigation. That was so informative to hear from people of color that were directly involved in investigating the attempted coup of white supremacists. Really amazing and vital work. Now I know why there have been so many guest hosts for Ms. Chideya but they’ve all been great. Please keep up this brilliance!

Lolita6370 ,

You Are So Necessary

I don’t know how many 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ratings they will allow from me. But I wouldn’t know half of what I know about what’s happening in the world or within the Black world if Farai didn’t focus and report on it. I had no idea half of the guests even existed because mainstream isn’t covering them. I have admired Farai for a while. I have learned so much from her writing and journalism. 💐 Keep doing it girl, you do it well. 👍🏾🫶🏾
Lolita Pitts/ Big LoLo 😁
Clinton Township, Michigan

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