Each week, State of Resistance features a frank conversation with a leader in the resistance. Whether it’s a national activist or someone toiling away at the grassroots out of the spotlight, we’ll talk about the issues — from DACA to climate change to labor issues to criminal justice reform — with a focus on what real people can do to get more involved and help make change at their own level, in their own communities. We’ll talk about the emotional toll of activism, especially as so many folks are seeing the things they worked their whole lives for swiftly rolled back.
Hiatus and a special gift
While Sally tours the country for her new book THE OPPOSITE OF HATE, the podcast will be on a short hiatus. In the meantime, Sally recorded a song for you. And then go listen to the great back episodes.
Live from #SXSW on activism in Texas and how to turn red states blue
Recorded at the TuneIn stage at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, Sally talks with Jolt’s Cristina Tzintzun and NARAL Pro-Choice Texas’s Heather Busby about their work fighting for justice and equality in the Texas climate — and how they, and others, are changing the state for the better
Vanita Gupta on the legacy of the Obama Administration -- and how Trump is ruining it
Vanita Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division in Obama's Department of Justice and now head of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, talks about where we are and where we're going
“Like the beginning of Hunger Games… You ran for your life” — students from Stoneman Douglas talk about gun reform
Stoneman Douglas students Adam Alhanti and Dylan Baierlein talk about the school shooting and the activism its awakened since, including how they both became engaged in the gun control debate and their message for politicians standing in the way of change. “Everyone who lived through that shooting will soon be able to vote.”
How communities can impede ICE raids
Immigrant rights activist Gabe Gonzalez is helping organize citizens and businesses in his Chicago neighborhood in the event of mass raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents — raids that are already starting to happen in 7-11s and schools and workplaces across the country. Sally hears Gabe’s tips on how you can organize your own community to resist raids. Plus a special, adorable guest.
How many people make a revolution? Erica Chenoweth on getting the resistance to scale
Political scientist Erica Chenoweth has studied political resistance movements worldwide over the last century. She tells Sally that non-violent resistance movements are more effective. And she shares the magic percent of a nation’s population that, when engaged, leads to a peaceful revolution.
How to make a difference (while having fun)
If you want our democracy to work for all of us, this podcast is for you. You get the inside scoop from THE most effective activists across the country. And of course, since it's Sally, it's super fun too. This podcast gives me hope - and ways to take action.
Interested until Ended w/ f bombs
Grateful this exists!
It’s really helpful to hear these stories and remember we’re all in this together. These interviews have given me hope when I needed it most. Sally Kohn is an awesome host!