Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with analysis from Kaya Henderson, De’Ara Balenger, and Myles Johnson. Then he sits down for deep conversations with experts, influencers, and diverse local and national leaders. New episodes every Tuesday.
Ready for Reckoning
DeRay, Kaya, De'Ara and Myles cover the underreported news of the week — the GOP scramble to increase donations, Asian American families struggle post-affirmative action, hairdressers provide therapy services in West Africa, and the pertinence of modern minstrelsy.
Evolution Has Pros and Cons
DeRay, Kaya and Myles cover the underreported news of the week — Trump's latest power hungry reelection strategy, Darius Jackson's dark secret exposed, and the rapid evolution of artificial intelligence.
Lesser of Two Evils?
DeRay, Kaya, De'Ara and Myles cover the underreported news of the week — NYPD interferes with federal investigation, heightened frustrations with Biden administration, Dwight Howard's sexual assault allegations, and a debate about one-sided book bans.
All Things Politicized (with Juliet Hooker)
DeRay, Kaya, De'Ara and Myles cover the underreported news of the week — the origin of Nashville's "Music City" moniker, Black British hidden figures, a nonprofit flower project focused on Black male mental health, and overexposure to our own reflections. DeRay interviews author and political theorist Juliet Hooker about her new book Black Grief/White Grievance: The Politics of Loss.
Amanda Seales the Deal
DeRay, Kaya, De'Ara and Myles cover the underreported news of the week — Southern GOP's latest attempt to steal the House, Chicago's ongoing contract with ShotSpotter, the earliest known U.S. novel authored by an enslaved Black woman, and the secret world of immortality science. DeRay interviews Amanda Seales about her new political-comedy documentary 'In Amanda We Trust'.
Political Climate (with Daria Dawson)
DeRay, Don and Myles cover the underreported news of the week — a race for speaker of the house, context to the Israel and Palestine conflict and the dark side of fitness journey. DeRay interviews Daria Dawson of America Votes about the current state of progressive politics.
Entertaining pod with fun banter among the crew. Love that they tackle current topics in the news and aren’t afraid to push back with light arguments.
Finally, a take from crooked that represents those who are conflicted between the harm reduction of toeing the “progressive” party line vs the very real implications of our govt actions in Palestine. I thought I was losing my mind for a couple weeks. So grateful for this show.
Yes! Timely with Elijah McLean!
Miles, I have one question for you: if everyone who is incarcerated was able to read a book and the world went a direction where 45 actually got held accountable… would you want him to be able to write, print and receive fanfare/ proceeds for a book about what he’s done to this country? What about Ethan Crumbly or his parents? Parkland shooter? I think we agree there are individuals who would benefit from such writings such as psychologists, psychiatrist, and therapist in context with textbooks and maybe we can find a way to pay proceeds for that.