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.
Power is Power (with Mary Hooks)
DeRay, Don and Myles cover the underreported news of the week — the "experts" paid to defend anti-trans laws, United Auto Workers strike moves full speed ahead, and the complex life of the first Black supermodel. DeRay interviews the tactical lead for the Stop Cop City Coalition Mary Hooks.
Cruel Intentions (with Vincent Schiraldi)
DeRay, Kaya, De'Ara and Myles cover the underreported news of the week — expiration of U.S. childcare relief funding, Florida college faculty members flee the school system, Fulton County DA claps back at Republican probe, and the Black designer behind Jackie Kennedy's iconic fashion. DeRay interviews author and juvenile justice policy reformer Vincent Schiraldi about his new book Mass Supervision: Probation, Parole, and the Illusion of Safety and Freedom.
Rocks and Glass Houses
DeRay, Kaya, Myles, and De'Ara cover the underreported news of the week — a racist attack on a Jacksonville Dollar General, delayed COVID care for patients of color due to faulty oxygen readings, Silicon Valley elite build a city from scratch, extreme menopausal symptoms for women of color, and Texas' ongoing violence against trans youth.
What Goes Around Comes Around
DeRay, Kaya, Myles, and De'Ara cover the underreported news of the week — the outcome of Maui fires, extremists recruited into US military, Little Rock's fight for Black History curriculum and the life and legacy of Clarence Avant.
The Other Side is Diabolical (with Stanley Nelson & Valerie Scoon)
DeRay, Kaya, Don, and De'Ara cover the underreported news of the week — a study finding youth placed in adult prisons have their lives cut shorter, Alabama state refuses Supreme Court orders, false exceptions for restrictive abortion laws, and a new album from a musical icon. DeRay interviews award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson and co-director Valerie Scoon about their newest documentary titled 'Sound of the Police'
Rock the Boat
DeRay, Kaya and De'Ara cover the underreported news of the week — a mother in need misplaced by NYPD, the first of its kind Black fine art print fair, and one man's personal vendetta against affirmative action.
The Sky Is Falling
Miles was on fire this episode! Such excellent points raised by Miles, including the need to take into account socioeconomic inequality when trying to promote a democratic agenda/accomplishments to the black community. Student debt relief helped so many but what about those who didn’t go to college? How are we making schools better so kids want to go to college, and how are we going to take on criminal justice reform? Great episode - thank you!
Always love the topics and the information I learn. Keeps me fresh with what’s going on behind the scenes of our world. I always start my Tuesday with coffee and this pod. Thank you!
Why such bad Audio issues???
Guys your Podcast is amazing but as a listener it just sounds like a bad zoom call half the time now. What has gone on with your audio issues the last few episodes??? there is either someone’s mic live, and there’s constantly rustling in the background (very distracting) or in this latest episode someone’s dogs barking entirely cutting off DeRay.
Please just mute yourselves when you’re not speaking, or entirely re-record a portion prior to releasing. There is no reason to post a portion that has SO MUCH background interference.