Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with analysis from Kaya Henderson, De’Ara Balenger, and others. Then he sits down for deep conversations with experts, influencers, and diverse local and national leaders. New episodes every Tuesday.
Revisit History (with Prof. Robin D.G. Kelley)
DeRay, Myles, De’Ara and Kaya cover the underreported news of the week— including Oklahoma State Board of Education downgrading Tulsa schools accreditation over implicit bias training, nursing homes suing friends and family to collect on patient bills, Beyoncé pays homage to historical figures on the Renaissance album, while superstar Kelis accuses Beyoncé of disrespect. DeRay interviews author and historian Professor Robin D.G. Kelley about his new book Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination.
Oldie but Goodie (with Valerie Biden)
DeRay, Myles, De’Ara and Kaya cover the underreported news of the week— including scorching temperatures in Texas prisons, land stolen from a Black family returned, Oxford dictionary seeks to define African-American language, and a big win for actress Mo’Nique. De’Ara interviews political strategist Valerie Biden about her new book Growing Up Biden: A Memoir.
Hold Your Light (with Van Lathan Jr.)
DeRay, Myles, De’Ara and Kaya cover the underreported news of the week— including U.S. states charging families for foster care, an increasing amount of Democrats switching to Republican, D.C mayor clears up cryptic comment on her sexuality, and Macy Gray apologizes for anti-train comments. DeRay interviews author and producer Van Lathan Jr. about his new book Fat, Crazy, and Tired: Tales from the Trenches of Transformation.
DeRay, De’Ara, Myles and Kaya cover the underreported news of the week— including Biden’s executive order on abortion, Beyoncé’s new abuser-vetting system, the discovery of a 1955 arrest warrant from the Emmett Till case, and the Raiders historic hire of the NFL's first Black female president.
Find Time (with Leah Goodridge)
This July 4th holiday week, DeRay shares the underreported news of the week, highlighting police harrassment of Angeli Rose Gomez, mother of two children who were held hostage during the Uvalde shooting and rushed in past the police to save them. Gomez has been an outspoken parent about the police's response to the shooting. DeRay also speaks to Leah Goodridge, a Commissioner from the NYC Planning Commission and housing rights advocate.
Talk It Through (with Andrea Guerrero)
DeRay, De’Ara and Kaya cover the underreported news of the week— including a stark racial bias among forensic scientists, the unique impact of Roe v Wade on Black women of the South, and a US Representative’s public declaration of “victory for white life”. DeRay interviews leader and activist Andrea Guerrero of Alliance San Diego about the cover up unit within the U.S. Border Patrol Agency.
So grateful for this podcast. Thank you for your thoughtful content and very real conversations…
Great chat! Thank you.
No mention of his Oscar win, however. Would have been nice to learn about that journey.
This podcast never disappoints. Great hosts with thoughtful perspectives on news and events. Fantastic guests. Always thought provoking and always leaving me with something to think about or to dig into a bit more when I’ve finished listening.