Episodes
After Florida Governor Ron DeSantis banned the new AP African American studies course from the state, the College Board released a revised version of the course that many are saying is missing key elements of history. On today's show, Noliwe Rooks, department chair and professor of Africana studies at Brown University, reflects on what's in, and what students will be missing from the course as it now is.
Published 02/06/23
When police kill innocent Black people, victims' families are often thrust into a public mourning that's partially an tragic spectacle, and partially a motivator of change. On today's show, Charles Blow, New York Times opinion columnist, author and MSNBC political analyst, shares his thoughts on how family members of Black men and boys murdered by police officers are forced to mourn in public, and reflects on the week since the video was released.
Published 02/03/23
A freshman House Democrat from New York brings the latest news from Congress, plus his analysis on George Santos, investigations into Trump, and more. On today's show, Rep. Dan Goldman (D, NY-10), former lead counsel for the impeachment investigation of President Trump in 2019, and former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District NY, talks about the latest news from Congress.
Published 02/02/23
What are we to call this phase of living with COVID-19, as a new variant dubbed "the Kraken" emerges, and as federal emergency measures are set to expire soon? On today's show, Daniel Griffin, MD, PhD, infectious disease physician with a PhD in molecular medicine, researcher at Columbia, Optum chief of the division of Infectious Disease, president of Parasites Without Borders and co-host of the podcast "This Week in Virology", talks about what it means that President Biden plans to end the...
Published 02/01/23
What's similar, and what's different, about the way the justice system treats the rich (like Trump), the powerful (like police officers), and average Americans? On today's show, Elie Honig, senior legal analyst at CNN, author of Untouchable: How Powerful People Get Away with It (Harper, 2023), and former New Jersey and federal prosecutor, talks about the way the criminal justice system works differently for those with wealth and power, as well as weighing in on the prosecution of the police...
Published 01/31/23
Amid the outrage over the killing of Tyre Nichols by police, we take stock of the discussion about whether the issue is individual cops, or the structure and culture of policing. On today's show, Janai Nelson, president and director-counsel of the Legal Defense Fund, talks about the murder charges for the former Memphis police officers in the death of Tyre Nichols, the release of the videotape of the encounter, and the federal civil rights investigation into the incident.
Published 01/30/23
The year 1993 saw the inauguration of a Democratic U.S. president and a Republican mayor of New York. We're exploring the dynamics that took root when Bill Clinton and Rudy Giuliani rose to the height of their political power—and their impact on the world in 2023. On Today's Show: How today's hyper-partisanship got its start in the 1990s. Guests: Nicole Hemmer, political historian and founding director of the Rogers Center for the American Presidency at Vanderbilt University, co-host of the...
Published 01/27/23
What to do about fentanyl, the powerful synthetic opioid responsible for a continued rise in overdose deaths in New York City and across the country? On Today's Show: Sam Quinones, independent journalist and the author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic and The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth, and Courtney McKnight, clinical assistant professor of epidemiology at NYU's School of Global Public Health, talk about the drug and...
Published 01/25/23
On Today's Show: Shefali Luthra, a healthcare reporter at the 19th, discusses new FDA rules allowing pharmacies to distribute abortion pills, how red states are responding to underground pill movements, and how abortion access has changed in the 50 years since the Roe v. Wade decision.
Published 01/23/23
On the 30th anniversary of Pres. Bill Clinton's inauguration, we explore the the short- and long-term impacts of his tenure. On Today's Show: Eleanor Clift, columnist for The Daily Beast, and David Maraniss, associate editor at The Washington Post, Pulitizer Prize-winning reporter, and the author of several books and biographies, including First in His Class: A Biography Of Bill Clinton (Simon & Schuster, 1995) and his latest, Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe (Simon &...
Published 01/20/23
Thanks to redlining, we know that historically, Black people have faced historical barriers to purchasing property. What about trying to *sell* property as a Black real estate agent? On today's show, Colette Coleman, a writer focused on race and equity, discusses her New York Times article "Selling Houses While Black" about the challenges faced, and strategies adopted, by Black real estate agents, who are underrepresented in the profession and earn less than their white counterparts.
Published 01/19/23
With a key fiscal deadline looming over the federal government, we explore how important the national debt actually is. On today's show, John Cassidy, staff writer at The New Yorker, explains the economics -- and politics -- of the approaching "debt ceiling".
Published 01/18/23
Gas stoves, versus electric stoves, have sparked some health and safety questions. What's the environmental impact of these appliances, and what are the politics of regulating them? On Today's Show:Somini Sengupta, international climate reporter for The New York Times and lead writer for the Climate Forward newsletter, explains why gas stoves have recently become a political flashpoint, and digs into what the science says about risks they may pose to our health and to the environment.
Published 01/17/23
For this year's MLK day show, we opened the phones for listeners to share their memories and personal experience with the civil rights movements of the 50s and 60s. On today's show, Peniel Joseph, Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values, founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of The Third Reconstruction: America's Struggle for Racial Justice in the Twenty-First Century (Basic...
Published 01/16/23
Ahead of MLK day on Monday, we hear from faith leaders who are continuing Dr. King's legacy of anti-racism, today. On today's show, Jacqueline Lewis, senior minister at the Middle Church and author of Fierce Love: A Bold Path to Ferocious Courage and Rule-Breaking Kindness that Can Heal the World (Harmony, 2021), and Joshua Stanton, rabbi at East End Temple in Manhattan, talk about Sunday's MLK Day teach-in "(Re)Building Black and Jewish Beloved Community."
Published 01/13/23
Why do Republicans want to give the IRS less money, and what would it mean for taxpayers across income brackets? On today's show, Catherine Rampell, an opinion columnist at the Washington Post, an economic and political commentator for CNN, a special correspondent for the PBS NewsHour and a contributor to Marketplace, explains why Republicans are trying rescind additional IRS funding, what that funding was intended for, and what might happen if they succeed.
Published 01/12/23
As part of our 'Climate Story Of The Week' series, we review climate change and policy since one year ago. On today's show, now that 2022 has come to a close, Henry Fountain, climate reporter for the New York Times provides an update on climate trends.
Published 01/11/23
Now that Republicans are in control of the House of Representatives, what will be the fate of some of the Democrats' policy items? On today's show, Rep. Ritchie Torres, U.S. Representative (D-NY15), recaps the grueling Speaker selection process and predicts what the change in leadership will mean for his constituents.
Published 01/10/23
On the 2nd anniversary of the attack on the Capitol, a look at what we now know about who's responsible for the events of Jan. 6. On today's show, Ari Melber, host of "The Beat with Ari Melber" and chief legal correspondent for MSNBC, talks about the official January 6 committee report and reflects on the insurrection, its fallout, and where the House is headed now.
Published 01/06/23
As the contest over who will be the next House speaker drags on, we look at the views of the voters in districts represented by those GOP members who want anyone but Kevin McCarthy. On today's show, Astead Herndon, New York Times national political reporter and host of their midterms podcast "The Run-Up", talks about the GOP's policy priorities in the House and what Republican voters expect of the representatives who are holding out against electing Kevin McCarthy as House Speaker.
Published 01/05/23
With the injury count as high as it is in a contact sport like football, what is there to say about the morality of being a fan? On today's show, Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest after a tackle in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday. Though medical personnel restored Hamlin's heartbeat, this emergency shines a light on the league's injury crisis. William Rhoden, columnist for Andscape and former longtime sports columnist at The New York Times, discusses...
Published 01/04/23
With Congress's new term beginning, we explore what's next in national politics. On today's show, Molly Ball, national political correspondent for TIME and the author of Pelosi (Henry Holt and Co., 2020), kicks off the new year with a look at the new divided Congress and what the Republican majority in the House will do in the first weeks of January.
Published 01/03/23
On Today's Show: An end-of-year news quiz about developments in the Jan. 6th investigation, featuring guest quizmaster Brooke Gladstone, host of WNYC's On the Media.
Published 12/29/22
As new details develop in the name of accountability for January 6th, we look at what it means to hold a president accountable, and whether it was done right in the wake of Watergate. On today's show, Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, CNN political analyst, NPR contributor, and author of The Presidency of Donald J. Trump: A First Historical Assessment (Princeton University Press, 2022) and co-author with Kevin Kruse of the forthcoming Myth...
Published 12/28/22