85 episodes

W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu are comedians who take politics seriously — and longtime friends, trying to help keep each other sane. Join them as they pull the alarm on the dumpster fire that is American politics, and talk to the creators, thinkers, and leaders doing the work to defend and reinvent our democracy.

Politically Re-Active with W. Kamau Bell & Hari Kondabolu Topic

    • News
    • 4.8 • 3.5K Ratings

W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu are comedians who take politics seriously — and longtime friends, trying to help keep each other sane. Join them as they pull the alarm on the dumpster fire that is American politics, and talk to the creators, thinkers, and leaders doing the work to defend and reinvent our democracy.

    Season Finale: MY BAD

    Season Finale: MY BAD

    Hari and Kamau face up to their mistakes before it's too late. And we all learn so much.

    Rosa Clemente calls b******t on Puerto Rican statehood—and gives a crash course on the Puerto Rican people’s historic struggle for self-determination.

    Yasmin Benoit unpacks the basics of asexuality and shares asexual perspectives on libido, attraction, romance, and kids.

    And Oren Nimni talks Cargill v. Doe and Nestle v. Doe—the Supreme Court cases about cocoa, corporate America, and child slavery we should have asked Neal Katyal about.

    Plus: The disturbing revelation that Hari is in fact a "strawberry man".

    Find our guests:
    Rosa Clemente (@rosaclemente) https://rosaclemente.net
    Yasmin Benoit (@theyasminbenoit)
    Oren Nimni (@orennimni) https://www.currentaffairs.org/author/oren-nimni

    Mentioned on the show:
    War Against All Puerto Ricans https://waragainstallpuertoricans.com
    Naomi Klein: The Battle for Paradise https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/1235-the-battle-for-paradise
    Corredor Afro https://corredorafro.org/inicio/
    The Asexual Visibility and Education Network https://asexuality.org
    Just Security: Nestle/Cargill v. Doe https://www.justsecurity.org/tag/nestle-cargill-v-doe-symposium/

    Find us:
    Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) http://www.harikondabolu.com/
    W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) http://www.wkamaubell.com/

    Find the show:
    Twitter (@PoliticReActive)
    Facebook (@politicallyreactive)
    Instagram (@politicallyreactive)

    Produced by Topic Studios. Part of the WarnerMedia Podcast Network.
    Full credits.www.PoliticallyReActive.com

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Ilana Glazer + Sex Work Without Shame

    Ilana Glazer + Sex Work Without Shame

    LaLa B Holston-Zannell invites Hari and Kamau to let go of the shame and have a real conversation about sex work, white supremacy, and why decriminalization is a matter of life and death for trans Black women.

    Then Ilana Glazer talks about mobilizing young voters during a pandemic, the pros and cons of baby modeling, and how to make a horror movie about fertility treatments. And yeah, "Yas queen."

    Find our guests:
    LaLa B Holston-Zannell (@LaLaZannell) https://www.aclu.org/news/by/lala-b-holston-zannell/
    Ilana Glazer (@ilazer)

    ACLU: It's Time to Decriminalize Sex Work https://www.aclu.org/sexwork
    Veneno https://www.hbomax.com/veneno
    POSE https://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/pose
    Generator Collective https://www.generatorcollective.com
    Indivisible https://indivisible.org
    Bessemer Amazon Union https://bamazonunion.org

    Find us:
    Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) http://www.harikondabolu.com/
    W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) http://www.wkamaubell.com/

    Find the show:
    Twitter (@PoliticReActive)
    Facebook (@politicallyreactive)
    Instagram (@politicallyreactive)

    Produced by Topic Studios. Part of the WarnerMedia Podcast Network.
    Full credits.www.PoliticallyReActive.com

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Chase Strangio + Dr. Connie Wun + Derek DelGaudio

    Chase Strangio + Dr. Connie Wun + Derek DelGaudio

    Three powerful, absolutely-nothing-like-one-another conversations on this week's jam-packed mega-episode:

    The ACLU's Chase Strangio blows open the absurdity and cruelty of state legislation targeting trans youth who want to play sports—and agrees with Hari about Rodney Dangerfield's relevance to the conversation.

    Dr. Connie Wun lifts up the humanity of the victims of the spa killings near Atlanta and connects their murders to America's long history of racist and colonial violence against Asians and Asian-Americans. And she makes the case that cops won't end hate crimes—but organized communities can.

    Then Derek DelGaudio, creator of In & Of Itself and author of AMORALMAN, communes with Kamau about magic, identity, performance, and only-childness.

    Find our guests:
    Chase Strangio (@chasestrangio) https://www.aclu.org/news/by/chase-strangio/
    Dr. Connie Wun (@conniewunphd) https://www.conniewunphd.com
    Derek DelGaudio (@derek_del)

    Trans-led orgs recommended by Chase:
    Transformation Project (South Dakota) https://www.transformationprojectsd.org
    Transgender Education Network of Texas https://www.transtexas.org

    Grassroots orgs highlighted by Connie:
    AAPI Women Lead https://www.imreadymovement.org
    Advancing Justice https://www.advancingjustice-aajc.org
    CAAAV https://caaav.org
    DRUM: Desis Rising Up and Moving https://www.drumnyc.org
    Red Canary Song https://www.redcanarysong.net
    VietLead https://www.vietlead.org
    VietRISE https://vietrise.org
    18 Million Rising https://18millionrising.org

    Also mentioned in the show:
    Disclosurehttp://www.disclosurethemovie.com/about

    Find us:
    Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) http://www.harikondabolu.com/
    W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) http://www.wkamaubell.com/

    Find the show:
    Twitter (@PoliticReActive)
    Facebook (@politicallyreactive)
    Instagram (@politicallyreactive)

    Produced by Topic Studios. Part of the WarnerMedia Podcast Network.
    Full credits.www.PoliticallyReActive.com

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Soledad O'Brien + Desmond Meade

    Soledad O'Brien + Desmond Meade

    Desmond Meade, who led the campaign to restore voting rights to the formerly incarcerated in Florida, returns to talk about Gov. Ron DeSantis's decision to deny him a pardon and renewed threats to democratic participation in his state. But in spite of it all, Desmond's excitement about people exercising the franchise is infectious.

    Then, Emmy-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien is ready to Disrupt & Dismantle structural racism in her new BET series—and to call out cable news for its role in spreading disinformation.

    Plus: Hari admits that for him "new music" means Baby Beluga, and Kamau reveals The Goal of Life.

    Find our guests:
    Desmond Meade (@desmondmeade) https://floridarrc.com/desmond-meade/
    Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) https://soledadobrienproductions.com

    Mentioned in the show:
    Silk Sonic, "Leave the Door Open" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adLGHcj_fmA
    Florida Rights Restoration Coalition https://floridarrc.com
    ACLU of Florida https://www.aclufl.org
    Disrupt & Dismantle https://www.bet.com/shows/disrupt-and-dismantle.html
    Comedian and Filmmaker Hari Kondabolu on Comedy, Culture and Maintaining Your Integrity https://www.culturedmag.com/comedian-and-filmmaker-hari-kondabolu-on-comedy-culture-and-maintaining-your-integrity/
    Brontez Purnell Explores Intimacy and Longing in New Book 100 Boyfriends https://www.culturedmag.com/brontez-purnell-100-boyfriends/

    Find us:
    Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) http://www.harikondabolu.com/
    W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) http://www.wkamaubell.com/

    Find the show:
    Twitter (@PoliticReActive)
    Facebook (@politicallyreactive)
    Instagram (@politicallyreactive)

    Produced by Topic Studios. Part of the WarnerMedia Podcast Network.
    Full credits.www.PoliticallyReActive.com

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Dr. Rhea Boyd + The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears

    Dr. Rhea Boyd + The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears

    Do Black people have an attitude problem about the COVID-19 vaccine? Dr. Rhea Boyd says absolutely not—the problem is lack of access to the vaccine and to real information. So she's launched BetweenUsAboutUs, a national campaign with Black doctors, scientists, and health care professionals (and a certain podcast host), to give Black communities the resources they need to make informed choices and get vaccinated.

    Then Kamau and Hari have the conversation that every politically engaged basketball fan dreams of with Marc J. Spears, Senior NBA writer for The Undefeated. Hear the full story of how the league shut down after the police killing of Jacob Blake, the underappreciated impact NBA players had on the 2020 election, and what it will take for Becky Hammon to get a real shot as the league's first female head coach. Marc also attempts to convert our resident Knicks fan to the Nets. It doesn't work.

    Plus: Hari's anticolonialist recap of Oprah's takedown of the British royal family.

    Find our guests:
    Dr. Rhea Boyd (@RheaBoydMD) https://rheaboyd.com
    Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) https://theundefeated.com

    Mentioned in the show:
    BetweenUsAboutUs https://www.betweenusaboutus.org
    NYT Opinion: Black People Need Better Vaccine Access, Not Better Vaccine Attitudes https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/05/opinion/us-covid-black-people.html

    Find us:
    Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) http://www.harikondabolu.com/
    W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) http://www.wkamaubell.com/

    Find the show:
    Twitter (@PoliticReActive)
    Facebook (@politicallyreactive)
    Instagram (@politicallyreactive)

    Produced by Topic Studios. Part of the WarnerMedia Podcast Network.
    Full credits.www.PoliticallyReActive.com

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Neal Katyal + Amber Ruffin + Lacey Lamar

    Neal Katyal + Amber Ruffin + Lacey Lamar

    Amber Ruffin's career is really taking off (FYI, The Amber Ruffin Show is now on NBC), and she and her sister Lacey Lamar are as close as ever, trading stories about the crazy everyday racist behavior Lacey encounters in their hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. Their book You Won't Believe What Happened to Lacey is necessary reading for anyone who doesn't understand how enough microagressions and you'll want to flip a table.

    Hari and Kamau also talk to top litigator and former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal about facing the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland vs. the insurrectionists, and how the right uses affirmative action to divide Asian Americans from Black and Latino Americans.

    Plus: Arjun unbound!

    Find our guests:
    Neal Katyal @neal_katyalhttps://www.nealkatyal.com
    Amber Ruffin @ambermruffinhttps://youllneverbelievelacey.com

    Mentioned in the show:
    Billie Joe Armstrong on Brontez Purnell’s ‘White Boy Music’: ‘Blast This On a Big-Ass Speaker' https://bit.ly/3sKHFZA
    How to win an argument (at the US Supreme Court, or anywhere) | Neal Katyal https://bit.ly/30b8MRu

    Find us:
    Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) http://www.harikondabolu.com/
    W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) http://www.wkamaubell.com/

    Find the show:
    Twitter (@PoliticReActive)
    Facebook (@politicallyreactive)
    Instagram (@politicallyreactive)

    Produced by Topic Studios. Part of the WarnerMedia Podcast Network.
    Full credits.www.PoliticallyReActive.com

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
3.5K Ratings

3.5K Ratings

Adamrott ,

a great podcast!!!!

Love this show and hope it comes back for a 4th, 5th, 6th (you get the picture) season(s)

Sir_ Jeremy ,

Needing my fix, man….

I love this show because they somehow piss me off at the world and sometimes myself, while at the same time making me laugh hysterically. I need you guys back on the air!

fanofharry ,

Super smart and funny too

These are the kind of conversations that are hard to find, smart, wide ranging, truly thoughtful ,definitely wonderfully politically reactive and also will make you laugh, sometimes even at yourself. I’ve only recently came across this podcast but I’m finding going back and listening to even the very beginning ones very much worthwhile.

Top Podcasts In News

You Might Also Like

More by Topic