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English, Political, 1 season, 397 episodes, 2 days, 2 hours, 18 minutes
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Opinion writer Jonathan Capehart talks with newsmakers who challenge your ideas on politics, and explore how race, religion, age, gender and cultural identity are redrawing the lines that both divide and unite America. "Cape Up" is a podcast from Washington Post Opinions, with conversations adapted from Washington Post Live events.
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Best Of: Alex Edelman on ‘Just For Us’ and comedy as “a high-wire, high-risk act”

Alex Edelman has just won a Tony award for his Broadway solo stand-up show "Just for Us" that he also turned into a HBO special. In this encore presentation from April, Edelman talks about exploring antisemitism through humor in the hit show and why the special “felt conversant with the moment but also sort of an escape from” Hamas’s October 7 attack. Conversation recorded on April 3, 2024.
6/20/202434 minutes, 43 seconds
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Deborah Lipstadt on the rise of antisemitism, threats to democracy and lessons from history

Historian and special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism Deborah Lipstadt joins The Post’s Jonathan Capehart for a conversation about the spike in antisemitism following the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel, her role at the State Department, her scholarship about the Holocaust and the lessons of the past for today. Conversation recorded on Thursday, June 11, 2024.
6/14/202429 minutes, 48 seconds
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Best Of: Alicia Roth Weigel on new documentary about intersex community

Following its success as a 45th annual Telly Award winner in the DEI category, we revisit a 2023 conversation with Alicia Roth Weigel, an activist profiled in “Every Body," a new documentary exploring the lives of intersex people who are born with a combination of male and female biological traits as she discusses the intersex community, gender identity and the state of LGBTQIA+ rights in the country. Conversation recorded on Wednesday, July 19, 2023.
5/30/202430 minutes, 39 seconds
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Hoa Xuande on his breakout role in 'The Sympathizer' and his journey from Australia to Hollywood

Actor Hoa Xuande, star of the new espionage thriller "The Sympathizer," talks about his role as a double agent in the miniseries, how the show reexamines the Vietnam war through the Vietnamese perspective and how growing up in Australia led him on a path to "figure out who he really is." Conversation recorded on Thursday, May 23 2024.
5/23/202429 minutes
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Robert Kagan on his latest novel 'Rebellion,' and why a country led by Trump would be 'frightening'

Historian and Washington Post editor at large Robert Kagan joins The Post’s Jonathan Capehart for a conversation about the stakes in the 2024 presidential election, the historical parallels to this moment in American politics and what he calls the “anti-liberal rebellion.” Conversation recorded on Thursday, May 16, 2024.
5/16/202431 minutes, 51 seconds
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The state of global press freedom and the threats to democracy

During Washington Post Live's World Press Freedom Day event on May 3, Jodie Ginsberg, CEO of the Committee to Protect Journalists, Clayton Weimers, executive director of RSF USA and president and CEO of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Stephen Capus assess the state of global press freedom, ensuring the safety for journalists around the world, the technological shifts reshaping the industry and what's at stake as billions around the world head to the polls this year.
5/9/202425 minutes, 10 seconds
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Percival Everett on reimagining ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’

Acclaimed author Percival Everett joins The Post’s Jonathan Capehart for a conversation about Everett’s latest novel, “James,” which reexamines Jim from Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” in an attempt to give the character “control of his own story.” Everett also tackles the issue of book bans across the country, Twain’s use of the n-word in his literature and why Everett believes “it belongs there.” Conversation recorded on Thursday, April 25, 2024.
5/2/202427 minutes, 43 seconds
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Jon Bon Jovi on a new Hulu docuseries and the 40th anniversary of his band's debut album

Legendary musician Jon Bon Jovi of the band Bon Jovi, joins The Post’s Jonathan Capehart for a conversation about the group’s new Hulu docuseries, “Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story,” which chronicles their journey from Jersey Shore clubs to some of the largest stages in the world, their trials and triumphs, what their legacy means and the 40th anniversary of their self-titled debut album. Conversation recorded on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at the Motion Picture Association.
4/25/202429 minutes, 13 seconds
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Best Of: Colin Jost on his journey to SNL and the power of comedy

Longtime SNL cast member Colin Jost will be hosting this year's White House correspondents’ dinner. We revisit a 2020 conversation with Jost about how he has used the power of the written word and comedy to get through life’s challenges and some of the poignant events that have shaped him. Conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on July 20, 2020.
4/11/202425 minutes, 35 seconds
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Alex Edelman on ‘Just for Us’ and the state of Jewish comedy

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on April 3, comedian Alex Edelman talks about his HBO comedy special “Just for Us,” how it became “conversant with the times” in the aftermath of Oct. 7, the mechanics of his comedy and why he’s decided to stop doing the routine.
4/4/202435 minutes, 24 seconds
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Adam Bry on the future of drones at home and in the battlefield

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on March 21, Skydio CEO Adam Bry talks about the prominence of China in the drone industry, why it threatens U.S. national security, and how the company’s drones are being used both in Ukraine and here in the United States.
3/28/202423 minutes, 36 seconds
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Regina King on bringing groundbreaking lawmaker Shirley Chisholm to the big screen

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on March 22, actor Regina King breaks down her starring role as Shirley Chisholm in the new biopic, “Shirley,” talks about why the film took 15 years to make and explores the lawmaker’s enduring legacy.
3/21/202431 minutes, 44 seconds
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Julio Torres on his surrealist take on the U.S. immigration system, ‘Problemista’

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on March 13, actor and comedian Julio Torres talks about his directorial debut, “Problemista,” which he also wrote and stars in, digs into how his own experience with the U.S. immigration system informs the film and explores the importance of the protagonist Alejandro being a fully fleshed character.
3/14/202424 minutes, 5 seconds
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Rep. Ro Khanna on why he’s calling for a permanent cease-fire in the Israel-Gaza war

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on March. 6, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) breaks down why he’s worried President Biden’s support for Israel is fraying the Democratic coalition, how Congress should investigate the administrations steady and quiet transfer of arms to Israel, how activists’ calls for a permanent cease-fire have affected White House messaging, and what he hopes to hear from the president’s State of the Union address.
3/8/202429 minutes, 56 seconds
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Jeffrey Wright on ‘American Fiction,’ identity and ‘improving discourse’ regarding race in the U.S.

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on Feb. 23, Oscar-nominated actor Jeffrey Wright discusses his latest film, "American Fiction," how the movie further explores themes of race and identity, how to have "better discourse" regarding race and the landscape for Black storytellers in Hollywood.
2/29/202431 minutes, 7 seconds
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A’ja Wilson on inspiring the next generation with ‘Dear Black Girls’

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on Feb. 15, two-time WNBA champion A’ja Wilson discusses her new book, “Dear Black Girls: How to Be True to You,” as well as how her grandmother made her a dreamer, what brought her to basketball and why Black women and girls need to have “the talk” that’s associated with Black men and boys since the death of Trayvon Martin.”
2/22/202429 minutes, 56 seconds
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Denver Mayor Mike Johnston on the ‘catastrophe’ of U.S. immigration policy

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on Feb. 14, Denver Mayor Mike Johnston talks about how the influx of migrants sent to his city has pushed it to “a breaking point,” what the impact of the bipartisan Senate immigration bill would have been and how former president Donald Trump is trying to keep the crisis going.
2/15/202429 minutes, 47 seconds
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Post Opinions: The Disorienting Feeling of Being American Amid the Israel-Gaza War

Almost four months since Hamas’ barbaric attacks, Israel’s bloody operation in Gaza is still ongoing, with civilian casualties mounting by the day. The war has dominated our news feeds and dinner table conversations, and opened up rifts that cross traditional partisan lines. Three of our columnists — Jason Rezaian, Alyssa Rosenberg and Shadi Hamid — got together to discuss if the war is changing how they think about America, its moral standing in the world and what it means to be an American. Keep listening for updates on more conversations coming from the Opinions team at The Post. Capehart will be back with a new episode next week.
2/8/202420 minutes, 49 seconds
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Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor on the journey from ‘Caste’ to ‘Origin’

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on Feb. 2, actor Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor digs into her new film “Origin," working with director Ava DuVernay, and how she prepared her portrayal of author Isabel Wilkerson writing the best-selling book, “Caste: The Origin of Our Discontents.” 
2/2/202433 minutes, 20 seconds
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Michele Norris shines light on ’Our Hidden Conversations’

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on Jan. 19, Post columnist Michele L. Norris discusses her new book, “Our Hidden Conversations: What Americans Really Think About Race and Identity,” how she got people to open up about such a fraught topic, and the difference between “race” and “racism.”
1/25/202439 minutes, 18 seconds
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David Oyelowo on bringing the first Black deputy U.S. marshal west of the Mississippi River to life

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on Jan. 10, actor David Oyewolo talks about his new series, “Lawmen: Bass Reeves,” in which he plays the eponymous Bass Reeves, the first Black deputy U.S. marshal west of the Mississippi River. Oyelowo also discusses what it was like to work with his wife in a part weighted with personal and historic significance, and why it was important for him to bring Reeves’s story to the screen.
1/18/202431 minutes, 49 seconds
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Justin Pearson on continuing the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on Jan. 11, Tennessee Rep. Justin J. Pearson discusses how the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has impacted the rising generation of political leaders and why he thinks U.S. institutions are being degraded through partisan politics.
1/11/202428 minutes, 18 seconds
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Best of: Colson Whitehead on ‘Crook Manifesto’ and his Harlem trilogy

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on July 20, Colson Whitehead discusses his new book, “Crook Manifesto,” how the novel fits into the Harlem trilogy, his process of grounding critiques of how we live into his writing, and what genres he plans to conquer next.
12/28/202330 minutes, 32 seconds
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Best of: How Ruth E. Carter brings Black style to the big screen

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on June 22, two-time Academy Award-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter discusses her new book, “The Art of Ruth E. Carter: Costuming Black History and the Afrofuture, from Do the Right Thing to Black Panther,” dives deep on her creative process, and reflects on how her work has helped define Black style and culture.
12/21/202329 minutes, 23 seconds
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Michelle Ebanks is forging the Apollo Theater’s next act

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on Dec. 14, Michelle Ebanks, the president and CEO of the Apollo Theater, discusses the history of the legendary performing arts venue in the heart of Harlem, the building’s first expansion and renovation – and how two decades of leadership at Essence Communications have positioned her to lead the Apollo into its next chapter.
12/14/202323 minutes, 50 seconds
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Adrienne Warren and Marissa Jo Cerar dig into ‘Black Cake’

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on Dec. 6, actor Adrienne Warren and creator & show runner Marissa Jo Cerar discuss their new series, “Black Cake,” and dig into the intergenerational, intersectional story of a Black American family learning the truth about their mother after her death. Warren and Cerar also touch on the importance of showing stories of Black and Brown people that are not about the civil rights movements, slavery or oppression, and why the story could only be adapted as a series, not a film.
12/7/202329 minutes, 16 seconds
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Lily Gladstone and Erica Tremblay on their ‘love letter’ to Native communities

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on Nov. 29, actor Lily Gladstone and writer-director Erica Tremblay discuss their new film, “Fancy Dance,” the importance of setting the story on a Seneca-Cayuga reservation, the themes of indifference and invisibility, and why, despite its great acclaim and reviews, no studio has bought the film.
11/30/202331 minutes, 51 seconds
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Best of: Ned Blackhawk on ‘The Rediscovery of America’

In this conversation first recorded for Washington Post Live on April 27, Yale University professor Ned Blackhawk discusses his book, “The Rediscovery of America: Natives Peoples and the Unmaking of U.S. History,” which recently won the National Book Award for nonfiction, and explores the foundational role Native Americans have played in U.S. history, including in the formulation of our country’s Constitution, and how their presence and contributions are frequently overlooked, or worse, erased.
11/23/202329 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Empty Grave of Comrade Bishop: ‘Somebody knows’

Every 19th of October, Grenadians mark a somber anniversary: the 1983 execution of the country’s former prime minister and revolutionary leader, Maurice Bishop, and others who died alongside him. The people of this Caribbean nation still have no closure 40 years later. The remains of Bishop and his supporters were never returned to their family members and are missing to this day. In the first episode of “The Empty Grave of Comrade Bishop,” The Washington Post’s Martine Powers takes us on the personal journey that led her to learn about Grenada’s history. Martine delves into why Bishop was such an influential figure, what made the United States nervous about him and why the mystery of his missing remains continues to haunt so many on the island.Listen to more episodes here – or on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music or Spotify. You can find photos and documents from the investigation in our special episode guide here. Subscribers to The Washington Post can get early access to episodes of the series on Apple Podcasts, as well as ad-free listening. Link your Post subscription now or sign up to become a new Post subscriber here.
11/19/202351 minutes, 26 seconds
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Tzipi Livni and Rula Jebreal share their perspectives on the Israel-Gaza war

In these Washington Post Live conversations from Nov. 14, former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni and award-winning Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal discuss the Israel-Gaza war from their respective vantages, plus the next steps for the conflict.
11/14/202323 minutes, 57 seconds
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Rob Rubba on charting Oyster Oyster’s sustainable path

In this Washington Post Live conversation from Nov. 8, Rob Rubba — winner of the 2023 James Beard Award for outstanding chef — discusses his Michelin-starred restaurant Oyster Oyster, why he sees it as a “stepping-stone” for restaurants of the future and how sustainability is worked into everything from the food in the kitchen to the plate on the table.
11/9/202321 minutes, 10 seconds
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Rep. Goldman on his first term in the House, and being in Israel on Oct. 7

In this Washington Post Live conversation from Oct. 31, Rep. Daniel S. Goldman (D-N.Y.) discusses how he and his family sheltered in a Tel Aviv hotel during Hamas’s terrorist attack on Israel, his support for Israel’s right to defend itself and his thoughts on new House Speaker Mike Johnson.
11/3/202330 minutes, 3 seconds
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Jada Pinkett Smith corrects the record

In this Washington Post Live conversation from Oct. 16, actress and author Jada Pinkett Smith discusses her new memoir, “Worthy,” growing up in Baltimore, her misunderstood relationship with Tupac Shakur, and corrects the record about her marriage with Will Smith.
10/19/202331 minutes, 3 seconds
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Raoul Peck turns his lens on the land dispossession of Black owners

In this Washington Post Live conversation from Oct. 4, filmmaker Raoul Peck discusses his new documentary, “Silver Dollar Road,” which explores the history of land dispossession of Black homeowners through the story of the Reels family, and explains what drew him to their fight to save their home.
10/12/202331 minutes, 38 seconds
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Drew Gilpin Faust on her mid-century path to civil rights activism

In this Washington Post Live conversation from Sept. 20, Drew Gilpin Faust, a historian and the first female president of Harvard University, discusses her new book, “Necessary Trouble: Growing Up Midcentury,” which chronicles her path toward civil rights activism, and puts her scholarship on the Civil War into greater context.
10/5/202330 minutes, 35 seconds
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Samantha Power on climate change’s disproportionate impact on women

In this Washington Post Live conversation from Sept. 18, USAID administrator Samantha Power discusses the ways women are leading the charge in combating our changing climate, why they are disproportionately impacted, and USAID’s efforts to help communities mitigate and adapt to the climate change.
9/28/202328 minutes, 10 seconds
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Michele Norris on the importance of ‘Your Mama’s Kitchen’

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on Sept. 6, Post columnist Michele Norris discusses her new podcast, “Your Mama’s Kitchen,” where she talks with guests about the importance of their mom’s kitchen in the life of their home and family, and how childhood food memories shape us.
9/14/202328 minutes, 23 seconds
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Best of: Mark Whitaker on 1966 – the year Black Power challenged the civil rights movement

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on Feb. 8, former Newsweek editor Mark Whitaker discusses his new book, “Saying It Loud: 1966 – The Year Black Power Challenged the Civil Rights Movement,” how the year transformed the way in which Black Americans viewed their lives and lessons for activists organizing today.
9/7/202330 minutes, 44 seconds
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Best of: Chasten Buttigieg has something to say about coming out and acceptance

In this Washington Post Live conversation from May 10, Chasten Buttigieg discusses the new edition of his memoir, “I Have Something to Tell You,” which he rewrote for young adults, why he thinks the far right is going after LGBTQ Americans and what he hopes for his two children when they are old enough to read his book.
8/31/202329 minutes, 3 seconds
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Best of: Maya Moore Irons and Jonathan Irons on ‘Love & Justice’

In this conversation first recorded for Washington Post Live on Jan. 19, Maya Moore Irons and Jonathan Irons discuss their new book, “Love & Justice: A Story of Triumph on Two Different Courts,” their journey to get him released from prison after a wrongful conviction and their view on reforms to the criminal justice system.
8/24/202331 minutes, 34 seconds
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Pete Berg on the Sackler family and his new series, ‘Painkiller’

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on Aug. 11, director Pete Berg talks about his new limited series, “Painkiller,” which details the efforts by the Sackler family to aggressively profit from OxyContin by expanding the availability and marketing of the prescription opioid.
8/17/202328 minutes, 55 seconds
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Alicia Roth Weigel on new documentary about intersex community

In this conversation recorded on July 19 for Washington Post Live, Alicia Roth Weigel, an activist profiled in “Every Body," a new documentary exploring the lives of intersex people who are born with a combination of male and female biological traits, joins The Post’s Jonathan Capehart for a conversation about the intersex community, gender identity and the state of LGBTQIA+ rights in the country.
8/11/202329 minutes, 49 seconds
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Paul Ortiz on Florida’s efforts to curtail the teaching of Black history

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on Aug. 2, University of Florida professor of history Paul Ortiz discusses the state’s efforts to curtail the teaching of African American history, including new curriculum standards to teach how enslaved people benefited from skills gained during slavery.
8/3/202329 minutes, 1 second
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Christine Emba and Richard Reeves explore masculinity and modern men

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on July 12, Washington Post opinion writer Christine Emba and Richard Reeves, president of the American Institute for Boys and Men, discuss Emba’s essay, “Men are lost. Here’s a map out of the wilderness,” how to address issues facing the modern American male and why the phrase “toxic masculinity” is a problem.
7/27/202333 minutes, 1 second
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Colson Whitehead on ‘Crook Manifesto’ and his Harlem trilogy

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on July 20, Colson Whitehead discusses his new book, “Crook Manifesto,” how the novel fits into the Harlem trilogy, his writing process and what genres he plans to conquer next.
7/20/202330 minutes, 32 seconds
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Lisa Jackson on Apple’s response to the Supreme Court’s affirmative action decision

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on July 12, Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, discusses the company’s ongoing efforts around equity and justice as well as its response to the Supreme Court’s curtailing of affirmative action in higher education.
7/13/202327 minutes, 4 seconds
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How Ruth E. Carter brings Black style to the big screen

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on June 22, two-time Academy Award-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter discusses her new book, “The Art of Ruth E. Carter: Costuming Black History and the Afrofuture, from Do the Right Thing to Black Panther,” dives deep on her creative process, and reflects on how her work has helped define Black style and culture.
7/6/202329 minutes, 17 seconds
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Assistant HHS Secretary Rachel Levine on disparate health outcomes in Black and Brown communities

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on June 29, Rachel Levine, assistant secretary for Health at the Department of health and Human Services, discusses the interlocking issues that lead to disparate health outcomes in Black and Brown communities and gives her thoughts on the rash of anti-LGBTQI+ bills popping up around the country.
6/29/202321 minutes, 38 seconds
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Gov. Roy Cooper on fighting for abortion rights in North Carolina

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on June 15, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) talks about his fierce opposition to the his state’s recently passed 12-week abortion ban, contending with the Republican supermajority in the state legislature, Donald Trump’s second indictment and why he thinks President Biden can “absolutely” win North Carolina in 2024.
6/22/202328 minutes, 31 seconds
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Best of: Demetre Daskalakis on the quest for an HIV vaccine

In this Pride encore presentation of Capehart recorded for Washington Post Live on Feb. 22, Demetre Daskalakis, a career HIV specialist and advocate currently serving as the deputy coordinator for the White House National Mpox Response, discusses the search for an HIV vaccine, the role stigma plays in viruses propagating and whether eradicating HIV is possible in the near future.
6/15/202321 minutes, 32 seconds
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Carlos Simon on composing music to honor George Floyd’s life

In this Washington Post Live conversation recorded on May 17, composer Carlos Simon digs into his new work inspired by George Floyd’s life, “brea(d)th,” discusses the process of composing the work with librettist Marc Bamuthi Joseph and how it reflects the promise of an equitable future in America.
6/8/202330 minutes, 3 seconds
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Keith Ellison reflects on the third anniversary of George Floyd’s murder

In this Washington Post Live conversation, first recorded on May 24, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison talks about the third anniversary of George Floyd's murder, his role in holding former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin accountable, how Floyd’s death fits into a horrific pattern of violence in American life, and his new book, “Break The Wheel: Ending the Cycle of Police Violence.”
6/1/202327 minutes, 22 seconds
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White House domestic policy adviser Susan Rice’s exit interview

In this Washington Post Live conversation first recorded on May 24, Susan Rice, the only person to serve as both national security adviser and domestic policy adviser in the White House, talks about her decision to leave her role, how her work in national security helped her in domestic policy as well as her greatest accomplishments and regrets.
5/25/202328 minutes, 48 seconds
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Oscar Munoz’s ‘quintessentially American’ story - that started in Mexico

In this Washington Post Live conversation from May 10, Oscar Munoz, the executive chairman of United Airlines, talks about his new memoir, “Turnaround Time,” in which he reveals that he was undocumented when he first came to the United States and recounts his journey to the c-suite of one of the country’s top four airlines.
5/18/202333 minutes, 8 seconds
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Chasten Buttigieg has something to say about coming out and acceptance

In this Washington Post Live conversation from May 10, Chasten Buttigieg discusses the new edition of his memoir, “I Have Something to Tell You,” which he rewrote for young adults, why he thinks the far right is going after LGBTQ Americans and what he hopes for his two children when they are old enough to read his book.
5/11/202329 minutes, 1 second
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Kristina Ishmael on digital barriers to equitable education

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on April 28, Kristina Ishmael, deputy director of the Education Department’s Office of Educational Technology, discusses the barriers to closing the digital divide, the importance of reliable internet access in providing equitable education and the obstacles to distributing financial assistance where it’s needed most.
5/4/202320 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ned Blackhawk on ‘The Rediscovery of America’

In this conversation first recorded for Washington Post Live on April 27, Yale University professor Ned Blackhawk discusses his new book, “The Rediscovery of America: Natives Peoples and the Unmaking of U.S. History,” which explores the foundational role Native Americans have played in U.S. history, including in the formulation of our country’s Constitution, and how their presence and contributions are frequently overlooked, or worse, erased.
4/27/202329 minutes, 27 seconds
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Joan Biskupic on the rise of the Supreme Court’s conservative supermajority

In this conversation first recorded for Washington Post Live on April 17, CNN senior Supreme Court analyst Joan Biskupic discusses her new book, “Nine Black Robes: Inside the Supreme Court’s Drive to the Right and Its Historic Consequences,” which explores the rise of the court’s 6-3 conservative supermajority, the role of the Federalist Society in shaping it, and the complicated roles of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
4/20/202329 minutes, 26 seconds
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Best of: Nikki Giovanni is against banning any book

In this Washington Post Live conversation from Oct. 5, 2022, famed author and poet Nikki Giovanni discusses her children’s book, “A Library,” explores the freedom books give our lives and explains why she’s against banning any book.
4/13/202329 minutes, 47 seconds
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Mickalene Thomas on Black women’s place in the western art canon

In this conversation first recorded for Washington Post Live on April 6, artist Mickalene Thomas discusses her work celebrating the beauty of Black women, her exhibitions around the world and the power of seeing Black people engaged in leisure and relaxation.
4/6/202331 minutes, 25 seconds
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Anna Deavere Smith and Arne Duncan on their new opera ‘The Walkers’

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on March 27, renowned playwright Anna Deavere Smith and former education secretary and creator of Chicago CRED Arne Duncan discuss their new opera, “The Walkers,” which explores Chicago CRED’s engagement and collaboration with people throughout the city most at risk of gun violence.
3/30/202328 minutes, 21 seconds
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Richard Parsons pushes to make asset management more equitable

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on March 23, Richard Parsons, former CEO of Time Warner, discusses his work as chair of Equity Alliance, the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, accusations of “woke capitalism” and the actions taken by the federal government.
3/23/202324 minutes, 22 seconds
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Elizabeth Way and Elena Romero on how hip-hop transformed fashion

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on March 16, Elizabeth Way and Elena Romero, co-curators of the “Fresh, Fly, and Fabulous” exhibition at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, discuss hip-hop’s enduring influence of fashion, the history of high-fashion brands appropriating streetwear and what it really means to wear your “Sunday best.”
3/16/202328 minutes, 38 seconds
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Demetre Daskalakis on the quest for an HIV vaccine

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on Feb. 22, Demetre Daskalakis, a career HIV specialist and advocate currently acting as the deputy coordinator for the White House National Monkeypox Response, speaks about the search for an HIV vaccine, the role stigma plays in viruses propagating and whether eradicating HIV is possible in the near future.
3/9/202321 minutes, 33 seconds
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Mitch Landrieu’s plan to bring manufacturing back to the United States

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on Feb. 9, Mitch Landrieu, the White House infrastructure implementation coordinator, discussed President Biden’s ambitious plans to bring manufacturing back to the United States, the new jobs the administration’s programs have already created and why racism in America “continues to be its Achilles’ heel.”
3/2/202326 minutes, 49 seconds
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Mayor Levar Stoney on preserving history while tearing down Confederate statues

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on Feb. 15, Levar Stoney, the mayor of Richmond, talks about why he ordered his city to remove statues commemorating the Confederacy, the various efforts to whitewash American history in states across the country, and what guides him as a leader.
2/23/202328 minutes, 46 seconds
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Vanita Gupta on police reform, accountability and culture

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on Feb. 9, Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta examines the state of police accountability nationwide as well as how department culture can override policy and blunt the effectiveness of changes intended to improve community relations.
2/14/202327 minutes, 35 seconds
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Mark Whitaker on 1966 – the year Black Power challenged the civil rights movement

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on Feb. 8, former Newsweek editor Mark Whitaker discusses his new book, “Saying It Loud: 1966 – The Year Black Power Challenged the Civil Rights Movement,” how the year transformed the way in which Black Americans viewed their lives and lessons for activists organizing today.
2/8/202330 minutes, 1 second
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Maya Moore Irons and Jonathan Irons on ‘Love & Justice’

In this conversation first recorded for Washington Post Live on Jan. 19, Maya Moore Irons and Jonathan Irons discuss their new book, “Love & Justice: A Story of Triumph on Two Different Courts,” their journey to get him released from prison after a wrongful conviction and their view on reforms to the criminal justice system.
1/31/202331 minutes, 34 seconds
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Best of: Wes Moore on becoming Maryland’s first African American governor

In this conversation first recorded for Washington Post Live on Nov. 30, then-Gov.-elect Wes Moore of Maryland discusses his victory and plans for the first 100 days, the state of national politics, and how being the first African American governor of Maryland (and only the third in U.S. history) weighs on him.
1/24/202328 minutes, 6 seconds
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Branden Jacobs-Jenkins on ‘Kindred’ and reexamining American slavery through science fiction

In this Washington Post Live conversation recorded on Nov. 12, playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins discusses his TV adaptation of Octavia Butler’s novel “Kindred,” why he thinks TV and movies have “damaged our ability” to understand history, and what he is ultimately trying to show about slavery.
1/18/202330 minutes, 14 seconds
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Bill Nighy on ‘Living,’ mortality and ‘Love Actually’

In this Washington Post Live conversation recorded on Jan. 6, actor Bill Nighy discusses his new film “Living,” its universal themes of mortality and procrastination, and the enduring legacy of the film that put him on the map, “Love Actually.”
1/10/202327 minutes, 46 seconds
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Best of: Michael R. Jackson’s ‘big, Black and queer’ musical, ‘A Strange Loop’

In this Washington Post Live conversation recorded on June 9, writer Michael R. Jackson discusses his now-Tony Award-winning musical “A Strange Loop” and its decades-long journey to the stage.
1/3/202328 minutes, 27 seconds
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Best of: Inside the personal and political life of Democratic strategist Lis Smith

In this Washington Post Live conversation from July 20, veteran Democratic political strategist Lis Smith discusses her memoir, “Any Given Tuesday,” a behind-the-scenes look at the fine line between personal and professional life while working at the top of Democratic politics.
12/27/202251 minutes, 10 seconds
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Elegance Bratton on the masculinity of forgiveness

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on Dec. 15, Elegance Bratton discusses his feature film debut, “The Inspection,” the gay protagonist’s emotionally complex relationships with his mother and fellow Marines, and why film was the right medium to tell this autobiographical story.
12/20/202230 minutes, 44 seconds
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Cherry Jones and Vera Farmiga on ‘Five Days at Memorial’

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on Nov. 30, Cherry Jones and Vera Farmiga discuss their new miniseries “Five Days at Memorial,” which chronicles the events at Memorial Hospital in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the unimaginable decisions the characters they portray are forced to make.
12/13/202231 minutes, 9 seconds
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Wes Moore on becoming Maryland’s first African American governor

In this conversation first recorded for Washington Post Live on Nov. 30, Maryland Gov.-elect Wes Moore discusses his victory over Republican Dan Cox, his plan for his first 100 days, the state of national politics and whether the Washington Commanders should keep playing football in Maryland.
12/6/202228 minutes, 13 seconds
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Best of: Michael Fanone’s battle for accountability for Jan. 6

In this Washington Post Live conversation from Oct. 18, former D.C. police officer Michael Fanone discusses his new book, “Hold the Line: The Insurrection and One Cop’s Battle for America’s Soul,” recounts his firsthand experience defending the U.S. Capitol and explains why it’s so important to hold insurrectionists accountable for the violence of Jan. 6, 2021.
11/29/202230 minutes, 36 seconds
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Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s journey from the segregated South to the United Nations

In this conversation first recorded at the Global Women’s Summit on Nov. 15, Thomas-Greenfield discusses how her upbringing in the segregated South has affected her work as a diplomat and what it’s like being a Black women in a world dominated by White men.
11/22/202218 minutes, 6 seconds
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Matthew F. Delmont on Black Americans fighting for ‘double victory’ in WWII

In this Washington Post Live conversation from Nov. 3, professor Matthew F. Delmont discusses his new book, “Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad,” the important roles Black Americans played in every branch of the military, and the disrespect and violence they faced when returning home.
11/15/202229 minutes, 42 seconds
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Wendell Pierce puts ‘Death of A Salesman’ in a whole new light

In this Washington Post Live conversation from Oct. 24, veteran actor Wendell Pierce discusses his starring role in the latest rendition of Arthur Miller’s “Death of A Salesman,” and how having a Black family at the play’s center shines a whole new light on the classic drama.
11/8/202228 minutes, 31 seconds
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Rahul Gupta on fentanyl and the nightmare of synthetic drugs

In this Washington Post Live conversation from Oct. 26, Rahul Gupta, the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, discusses harm-reduction programs and treatment for people addicted to substances, the evolution of overdoses in the United States and the nightmare synthetic drugs are inflicting across the country.
11/1/202229 minutes, 33 seconds
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Michael Fanone’s battle for accountability for Jan. 6

In this Washington Post Live conversation from Oct. 18, former D.C. police officer Michael Fanone discusses his new book, “Hold the Line: The Insurrection and One Cop’s Battle for America’s Soul,” recounts his firsthand experience defending the U.S. Capitol and explains why it’s so important to hold insurrectionists accountable for the violence of Jan. 6, 2021.
10/25/202230 minutes, 54 seconds
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Sen. Gary Peters on what’s at stake this midterm season

In this Washington Post Live conversation from Oct. 12, Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan discusses what’s at stake this midterm election cycle, what his fellow Democrats need to do to succeed in Georgia, Pennsylvania and Ohio, and his message to his Republican colleagues who’ve been silent in the face of attacks on our democracy.
10/18/202226 minutes, 29 seconds
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Nikki Giovanni is against banning any book

In this Washington Post Live conversation from Oct. 5, famed author and poet Nikki Giovanni discusses her new children’s book, “A Library,” explores the freedom books give our lives and explains why she’s against banning any book.
10/11/202229 minutes, 41 seconds
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Nina Totenberg and Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s decades-long friendship

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on Sept. 29, NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg discusses her new memoir, “Dinners With Ruth,” about her decades-long friendship with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the Supreme Court’s upcoming term.
10/4/202229 minutes, 14 seconds
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Steve Phillips on ‘How We Win the Civil War’

In this Washington Post Live conversation from Sept. 26, author Steve Phillips discusses his new book, “How We Win the Civil War,” the state of American democracy and why he says a “race-conscious” lens is key to understanding the upcoming midterm elections.
9/27/202228 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ibram X. Kendi encourages kids to ask difficult questions about U.S. history

In this Washington Post Live conversation from Sept. 14, historian and best-selling author Ibram X. Kendi discusses his new children’s book, “Magnolia Flower,” what inspired him to adapt the writing of Zora Neale Hurston and why the latest push to ban books isn’t new.
9/20/202230 minutes, 27 seconds
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From ‘Pose’ to ‘Loot,’ Michaela Jaé Rodriguez explains who she’s always been

In this Washington Post Live conversation from July 7, actress Michaela Jaé Rodriguez discusses being the first out trans actress to win a Golden Globe, her historic role as Blanca Evangelista in the FX series “Pose,” and her current starring role alongside Maya Rudolph in the Apple TV Plus series “Loot.”
9/13/202229 minutes, 8 seconds
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Billy Porter’s unstoppable journey

In this Washington Post Live conversation from Dec. 7, 2021, Billy Porter discusses his memoir, “Unprotected,” and opens up about his journey from the poverty of Pittsburgh to becoming the Tony, Grammy and Emmy-winning singer, actor and producer he is today.
9/6/202225 minutes, 54 seconds
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Lena Waithe and Rishi Rajani give an insider’s view of representation in Hollywood

In this Washington Post Live conversation from July 7, Waithe and Rajani discuss Hillman Grad, the production company Waithe founded in 2015 to serve as a pipeline for marginalized storytellers; the shows “Master of None” and “The Chi,” which put Waithe on the map; and what it takes to make Hollywood more equitable.
8/30/202229 minutes, 23 seconds
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Katy Tur on the promise and peril of a family in breaking news journalism

In this Washington Post Live conversation from June 21, MSNBC anchor Katy Tur discusses her new memoir, “Rough Draft,” growing up with parents who pioneered “breaking news chopper reporting,” the impact of her father’s anger on her family, and her father's mid-50s transition from Bob to Zoey.
8/23/202232 minutes, 43 seconds
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Jason Kander opens up about politics, PTSD, masculinity and ‘Invisible Storm’

In this Washington Post Live conversation from July 27, former Democratic rising star Jason Kander discusses his new memoir, “Invisible Storm: A Soldier’s Memoir of Politics and PTSD,” and opens up about his decision to leave politics, his take on what Sen. Josh Hawley calls masculinity, and the impact of his work helping veterans across the country.
8/16/202230 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Midwest mayor fighting gun violence and defending abortion

In this Washington Post Live conversation from Aug. 4, Quinton Lucas, the mayor of Kansas City, Mo., discusses his leadership role in the big Midwest city, his efforts to protect abortion in neighboring Kansas and how to reduce gun violence by keeping gun manufacturers accountable.
8/9/202230 minutes, 18 seconds
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Heather McGhee on how to move past racist ‘zero sum politics’ and prosper together

In this Washington Post Live conversation from July 21, author Heather McGhee discusses her best-selling book, “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together,” and her new podcast series that continues her cross-country examination of the economic and social costs of racism.
8/2/202229 minutes, 4 seconds
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Inside the personal and political life of Democratic strategist Lis Smith

In this Washington Post Live conversation from July 20, veteran Democratic political strategist Lis Smith discusses her new memoir, “Any Given Tuesday,” a behind-the-scenes look at the fine line between personal and professional life while working at the top of Democratic politics.
7/26/202251 minutes, 10 seconds
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Tonya Lewis Lee on ‘Aftershock’ and America’s Black maternal mortality crisis

In this Washington Post Live conversation from July 6, filmmaker Tonya Lewis Lee discusses her new documentary “Aftershock,” racial disparities in maternal mortality rates and how Black women have affected reproductive care in the United States.
7/19/202229 minutes, 32 seconds
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Vanita Gupta on the future of policing and American democracy

In this conversation recorded on June 28 as part of Washington Post Live’s ongoing series “Protecting Public Safety,” Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta discusses issues central to the future of American democracy, from how the department of justice is fighting violent crime to the impact of the Supreme Court’s recent decisions.
7/12/202227 minutes, 6 seconds
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Danyel Smith’s ‘Very Personal History’ gives Black women of pop music their due

In this rerun conversation from May 4, author Danyel Smith explains why she wanted to give Black women their due in “Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop.”
7/5/202231 minutes, 22 seconds
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Raphael Warnock’s push for a new America

In this conversation recorded June 20 for Washington Post Live, Sen. Raphael G. Warnock (D-Ga.), who is also a reverend, discusses his new memoir and the arc of American history.
6/28/202231 minutes, 54 seconds
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Robin Thede on comedically reflecting on Black America through ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’

In this conversation recorded on June 14 for Washington Post Live, Robin Thede, creator, showrunner, executive producer, writer and star of HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” joins Washington Post associate editor Jonathan Capehart to discuss the third season of the Emmy Award-winning series and her career as a comedy writer.
6/21/202229 minutes, 33 seconds
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Michael R. Jackson’s ‘big, Black and queer’ musical, ‘A Strange Loop’

In this conversation recorded on June 9 for Washington Post Live, writer Michael R. Jackson discusses his now-Tony Award-winning musical “A Strange Loop.”
6/14/202228 minutes, 56 seconds
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Eric Holder on the violent past and imperiled future of voting

In this interview recorded on June 6 for Washington Post Live, Eric Holder, the 82nd U.S. attorney general, joins Jonathan Capehart to discuss his book, “Our Unfinished March: The Violent Past and Imperiled Future of the Vote.”
6/7/202231 minutes
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Jeff Nussbaum on history’s ‘undelivered’ speeches

In this conversation recorded on May 27 for Washington Post Live, political speechwriter Jeff Nussbaum talks about the undelivered speeches that would have rewritten history from the likes of John Lewis, Richard Nixon and Hillary Clinton.
5/31/202229 minutes, 4 seconds
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The ‘constant barrage of tragedy’ shaping Black America

In this conversation recorded on May 19 for Washington Post Live, Minneapolis City Council President Andrea Jenkins discusses the two-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death and the murder of 10 African Americans at a grocery store in Buffalo.
5/24/202228 minutes, 34 seconds
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“Broken Doors,” Episode 1

An unusual warrant. A pattern of questionable no-knock raids. A reporting thread that just kept going. “Broken Doors” is a new investigative podcast series from The Washington Post. Hosted by Jenn Abelson and Nicole Dungca.Read more:No-knock warrants allow police to force their way into people’s homes without warning. What happens when this aggressive police tactic becomes the rule, rather than the exception? “Broken Doors” is a new investigative podcast series about how no-knock warrants are deployed in the American justice system — and the consequences for communities when accountability is flawed at every level. Hosted by Jenn Abelson and Nicole Dungca.In the first episode of this series, sheriff’s deputies burst through the front door of a man’s home as he slept. He said they pointed a gun at his head and ransacked his home in search of drugs and cash. The no-knock search warrant they used was threadbare. But that wasn’t the worst of it.The six-episode series is out now wherever you get your podcasts. You can email the “Broken Doors” team with any tips or feedback at [email protected]
5/20/202242 minutes, 43 seconds
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Illinois governor says ‘hell no’ to overturning Roe v. Wade

In a conversation recorded May 12 for Washington Post Live, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) discusses abortion and the leaked Supreme Court draft.
5/17/202227 minutes, 58 seconds
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Danyel Smith’s ‘Very Personal History’ gives Black women of pop music their due

 In this Washington Post Live conversation from May 4, author Danyel Smith explains why she wanted to give Black women their due in “Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop.”
5/10/202231 minutes, 52 seconds
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Four years in Jackie Robinson’s life

In this conversation recorded on April 29 for Washington Post Live, author Kostya Kennedy discusses his new book “True: The Four Seasons of Jackie Robinson.”
4/29/202231 minutes, 12 seconds
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Janelle Monáe redefines the American Dream

In this conversation recorded on April 18 for Washington Post Live, singer, actor and activist Janelle Monáe discusses her latest album, and her debut book, “The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer.”
4/26/202228 minutes, 24 seconds
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Telling the full history of a Founding Father’s plantation

James Madison was the fourth president of the United States, and his Montpelier estate was maintained by about 300 enslaved people over more than 140 years. In this conversation recorded on April 14 for Washington Post Live, James French, chair of the Montpelier Descendants Committee, joins Jonathan Capehart to discuss.
4/19/202225 minutes, 39 seconds
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Harvey Fierstein on his memoir and LGBT kids today

In this conversation recorded on April 6 for Washington Post Live, Tony Award winning playwright and actor Harvey Fierstein discusses his memoir “I Was Better Last Night” and his advice to LGBT kids growing up in America today.
4/12/202231 minutes, 9 seconds
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The significance of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

In this conversation recorded on March 30 for Washington Post Live, New York University Professor of Law Melissa Murray discusses the significance of the confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, as well as the news swirling around Ginni Thomas and her quest to overturn the 2020 election.
4/5/202227 minutes, 5 seconds
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Mariama Diallo and Zoe Renee on the horror of microaggressions in ‘Master’

In this conversation recorded on March 23 for Washington Post Live, director Mariama Diallo and actor Zoe Renee discuss the psychological horror thriller “Master.”
3/29/202229 minutes, 24 seconds
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Wil Haygood on representation and ‘colorization’ in film

Journalist Wil Haygood joins Jonathan Capehart to discuss his new book, “Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World.” This conversation was recorded on March 16 for Washington Post Live.
3/22/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on how sanctions work to isolate Russia

In this conversation recorded on March 10 for Washington Post Live, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen discusses the effects of sanctions on Russia's economy, record-high inflation and gas prices affecting American consumers.
3/15/202218 minutes, 41 seconds
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Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy on Russia, Jan. 6 and why she isn't seeking a fourth term

First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) speaks to Jonathan Capehart about U.S. involvement in the defense of Ukraine, the investigation into Jan. 6 and what's next in her career. This conversation was recorded on March 2 for Washington Post Live.
3/8/202229 minutes, 35 seconds
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Rep. Joyce Beatty on the nomination of a Black woman to the Supreme Court

As Black History Month comes to a close, Rep. Joyce Beatty of Ohio, who serves as chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, discusses her heroes, and the racism she and other Black women on Capitol Hill face. This conversation was recorded on Feb. 16 for "Washington Post Live."
3/1/202212 minutes, 15 seconds
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A conversation with Janai S. Nelson

Next month, Janai S. Nelson, who currently serves as the associate director counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, will succeed Sherrilyn Ifill as president of the legendary civil rights organization. This conversation was recorded Feb. 18 for Washington Post Live.
2/22/202222 minutes, 31 seconds
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Al Franken is 'the only former U.S. senator currently on tour'

In a conversation recorded Feb. 9 for Washington Post Live, the former senator and "Saturday Night Live" star discusses the possibility of running for elected office again and whether he'd take over "SNL" if Lorne Michaels retires.
2/15/202226 minutes, 28 seconds
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Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn talks hard-fought success in 'Rise'

The most decorated female ski racer in history, Lindsey Vonn writes about her Olympic victories, as well as her battle with depression, in "Rise: My Story." This conversation was recorded for Washington Post Live on Jan. 11.
2/8/202226 minutes, 56 seconds
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Is the U.S. on a path to civil war? This political scientist thinks so.

In “How Civil Wars Start: And How to Stop Them,” Barbara F. Walter argues that the United States has not been a traditional democracy for a few years, and worse, that we are following a well-worn path to civil war. This conversation was recorded for Washington Post Live on Jan. 26.
2/1/202229 minutes, 36 seconds
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What happens if Russia invades Ukraine?

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, joins Jonathan Capehart for a discussion about forestalling conflicts abroad, particularly as Russia amasses troops on the Ukrainian border. (This conversation was recorded for Washington Post Live on Jan. 18, 2022.)
1/25/202227 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Rev. Al Sharpton on voting rights and 'righteous troublemakers'

In this conversation recorded on Jan. 13 for Washington Post Live, the Rev. Al Sharpton talks about the battle over voting rights and his new book, "Righteous Troublemakers: Untold Stories of the Social Justice Movement in America."
1/18/202225 minutes, 43 seconds
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Jamie Raskin on 'Trauma, Truth and the Trials of American Democracy'

In his moving new book, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) recalls the death of his son, Tommy, in the days before the Jan. 6 insurrection and how he and his family endured a year of unthinkable loss. This conversation first aired on Washington Post Live on Jan. 5.
1/11/202227 minutes, 20 seconds
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Carmelo Anthony shares his story in 'Where Tomorrows Aren't Promised'

One of the NBA's biggest stars, Carmelo Anthony goes back to his Baltimore beginnings in "Where Tomorrows Aren't Promised." The conversation was originally recorded September 14 for Washington Post Live.
1/4/202226 minutes, 54 seconds
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A holiday message from Jonathan

As 2021 comes to a close, Jonathan Capehart reflects on the year — its challenges, curiosities and inspirations — and looks forward to 2022.
12/28/20211 minute, 18 seconds
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'Citizen Ashe' traces the life and career of a tennis legend

Tennis great Arthur Ashe was the first Black man to win the Australian Open, the U.S. Open, and Wimbledon. Now, he is the subject of a new documentary, called "Citizen Ashe," directed by Rex Miller and Sam Pollard. (This interview with Miller and Pollard was adapted from Washington Post Live.)
12/21/202127 minutes, 17 seconds
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Billy Porter on growing up Black and gay in America

“Pose” star Billy Porter joins Jonathan Capehart to discuss his memoir, “Unprotected,” and his journey from poverty to stardom. This conversation is adapted from Washington Post Live.
12/14/202125 minutes, 15 seconds
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Charles Blow's memoir is now an operatic masterpiece

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12/7/202129 minutes, 13 seconds
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Michael J. Fox gets personal about Parkinson's

In his latest memoir, "No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality," veteran actor Michael J. Fox discusses how he's adapted to life with Parkinson's disease. This conversation was recorded in September for Washington Post Live.See more from Jonathan CapehartRead more from Washington Post OpinionsListen to Please, Go On
11/30/202122 minutes, 46 seconds
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Stevie Van Zandt's 'Unrequited Infatuations'

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11/23/202127 minutes, 14 seconds
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Billie Jean King writes her biography — again

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11/16/202128 minutes, 6 seconds
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Paris Hilton's fight against the 'troubled teen industry'

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11/9/202129 minutes, 59 seconds
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John Legend isn't just an artist. He's an activist.

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11/2/202130 minutes, 19 seconds
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A message from Jonathan

After five years of incredible conversations, the curtain is coming down on "Cape Up." But that doesn't mean Jonathan is going away. Tune in for a special announcement.See more from Jonathan Capehart Read more from Washington Post OpinionsListen to the new Post Opinions podcast: Please, Go On
9/28/20211 minute, 13 seconds
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Explaining the debt ceiling in plain English

In an episode that originally aired in September 2017, Shai Akabas, economic policy director at the Bipartisan Policy Center, discusses the debt ceiling and the dangers of not raising it.See more from Jonathan Capehart Read more from Washington Post OpinionsListen to the new Post Opinions podcast: Please, Go On
9/21/202121 minutes, 13 seconds
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'The monuments were murder'

In a conversation from 2017, then-Mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu reflects on removing the last Confederate monument from his city, and the damage wrought by the myth of the Lost Cause.See more from Jonathan Capehart Read more from Washington Post OpinionsListen to the new Post Opinions podcast: Please, Go On
9/14/202126 minutes, 43 seconds
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Rep. Andy Kim on anti-Asian hate

In an episode that originally aired in March, the New Jersey congressman discusses anti-Asian hate in the wake of the Atlanta spa shootings, and how he talks about the rise in hate crimes with his young son.See more from Jonathan Capehart Read more from Washington Post OpinionsListen to the new Post Opinions podcast: Please, Go On
9/7/202143 minutes, 23 seconds
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Sen. Jeff Merkley's decade-long push for filibuster reform

In this conversation from March, Merkley gets into how the filibuster has ground work in the Senate to a halt. And what he thinks should be done to fix it, especially to preserve voting rights. See more from Jonathan Capehart Read more from Washington Post OpinionsListen to the new Post Opinions podcast: Please, Go On
8/31/202137 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Republican Party is still in thrall to Donald Trump. Its members could learn from Stuart Stevens

In an episode that aired Sept. 22, 2020, the author of "It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump" talks about the evolution of the GOP — and what that means going forward.See more from Jonathan Capehart Read more from Washington Post OpinionsListen to the new Post Opinions podcast: Please, Go On
8/24/202135 minutes, 55 seconds
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We need more honest teaching of America's painful history

In this episode from 2018, Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative explains why we must come to terms with America's history if we are ever to start healing. The conversation is as relevant as ever amid debates about "critical race theory."See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upListen to the new Post Opinions podcast: https://www.washingtonpost.com/podcasts/please-go-on/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
8/17/20211 hour, 1 minute, 11 seconds
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Ibram X. Kendi explains why racist policies — not people — are the problem

The author of "How to be Antiracist" discusses the effect of bad policies and how we can move forward from them.See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upListen to the new Post Opinions podcast: https://www.washingtonpost.com/podcasts/please-go-on/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
8/10/202133 minutes, 48 seconds
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Equity is about more than just hiring diverse employees

Vernā Myers, Netflix's VP of inclusion strategy, discusses how she advocates for diverse voices to be heard at the table.See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upListen to the new Post Opinions podcast: https://www.washingtonpost.com/podcasts/please-go-on/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
8/3/202131 minutes, 30 seconds
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Texas state Rep. Senfronia Thompson explains why she joined the Austin walkout

The Texas state representative is among the 57 Democrats who left Austin in order to deny state Republicans the quorum needed to pass their voter suppression bill. They came to Washington with one goal: to appeal for federal action on voting rights. See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upListen to the new Post Opinions podcast: https://www.washingtonpost.com/podcasts/please-go-on/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
7/27/202124 minutes, 16 seconds
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Mitch Landrieu says when it comes to race, 'people are closing their eyes to basic history'

Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who succeeded in removing four Confederate monuments in his city in 2017, reflects on the state of race relations in our country.See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upListen to the new Post Opinions podcast: https://www.washingtonpost.com/podcasts/please-go-on/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
7/20/202142 minutes, 15 seconds
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Robin DiAngelo explains why White progressives have such a hard time confronting racism

The best-selling author of "White Fragility" discusses her new book, "Nice Racism," and why silence is part of the problem.See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
7/13/202143 minutes, 40 seconds
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How Ty Seidule went from revering Robert E. Lee to being one of his fiercest detractors

America's birthday this year comes at a moment when its history is being debated, so we're bringing back this episode with Ty Seidule, author of "Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner's Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause." Original air date: May 18.See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upOpinion by Ty Seidule: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/06/18/what-rename-army-bases-that-honor-confederate-soldiers/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
7/6/202142 minutes, 49 seconds
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Rashad Robinson is an intersectional leader fighting for equity and justice

The Color of Change president talks about what power means when it comes to fighting for civil rights.See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upListen to our new Opinions podcast, Please, Go On: https://www.washingtonpost.com/podcasts/please-go-on/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
6/29/202133 minutes
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Linda Thomas-Greenfield talks about Black Lives Matter and her experiences as a career diplomat

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations discusses the importance of addressing uncomfortable truths and her experience in the Rwandan genocide.Podcast listeners can get one year of unlimited access to The Post for just $29. That’s less than one dollar a week. Learn more and subscribe.See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upListen to our newest Opinions podcast, Please, Go On: https://www.washingtonpost.com/podcasts/please-go-on/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
6/22/202135 minutes, 6 seconds
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Lonnie Bunch contextualizes this fraught moment in America's racial narrative

The 14th secretary of the Smithsonian Institution discusses the importance of Juneteenth, the Black Lives Matter movement and the need to face uncomfortable truths about our history.Podcast listeners can get one year of unlimited access to The Post for just $29. That’s less than one dollar a week. Learn more and subscribe.See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upListen to our newest Opinions podcast, Please, Go On: https://www.washingtonpost.com/podcasts/please-go-on/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
6/15/202133 minutes, 1 second
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HRC's Alphonso David on the fight for LGBTQ equality in 2021

This Pride Month, Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David discusses the importance of viewing the fight for LGBTQ equality through an intersectional lens.See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
6/8/202135 minutes, 24 seconds
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Deon Jones protested George Floyd's murder. He's suing LAPD for shooting him with a rubber bullet.

"The first thing that happened that I said was, 'God, please don’t let me die here today.'" The musician and entrepreneur shares how his protest experience changed his life.See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
6/1/202135 minutes, 1 second
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Keith Ellison reflects on the year since the murder of George Floyd

The Minnesota attorney general discusses the Floyd case and the need for Congress to take immediate action on police reform.See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
5/25/202129 minutes, 41 seconds
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How Ty Seidule went from revering Robert E. Lee to being one of his fiercest detractors

The retired Army brigadier general, professor and author of "Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause" discusses the Confederate general's legacy and its impact on him.See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upOpinion by Ty Seidule: What to rename the Army bases that honor Confederate soldiers
5/18/202142 minutes, 47 seconds
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Mayor Muriel Bowser discusses the future of Black Lives Matter Plaza and D.C. without Donald Trump

The D.C. mayor talked about the coronavirus pandemic, D.C. statehood and more.See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up 
5/11/202130 minutes, 29 seconds
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What do progressives think of Joe Biden now that he's president? Rep. Pramila Jayapal is happy.

The chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus discuses the Biden agenda and her journey to become the first Indian American woman elected to Congress.See more from Jonathan CapehartRead more from Washington Post Opinions
5/4/202133 minutes, 5 seconds
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Karol Mason on the killing of George Floyd and the issue we must address: 'The fear of Black people'

 The president of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice discusses the Derek Chauvin trial, policing and how we can heal America's racial wounds.See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
4/27/202129 minutes, 35 seconds
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PwC's chair talks about the role U.S. business leaders should play in America's racial reckoning

Tim Ryan says leaders shouldn't be afraid to speak up against systemic issues: "One of the things that business leaders need is, we need certainty. We need a strong democracy."
4/20/202131 minutes, 20 seconds
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Rebecca Carroll talks about her experience as a Black woman being raised by White parents

The author of "Surviving the White Gaze: A Memoir" discusses her Opinions piece on transracial adoption: "Trying to navigate this existence and this identity, it was just exhausting."See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
4/13/202143 minutes, 59 seconds
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Heather McGhee explains how racism keeps everyone from having nice things

McGhee discusses her book, “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together," and unpacks one big example of inequality holding everyone back: the large municipal swimming pools of the 1960s.
4/6/202146 minutes, 9 seconds
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Sen. Jeff Merkley has been pushing for filibuster reform since 2011. This time, he might get it done

The Oregon Democrat stares down threats from Mitch McConnell to fix a rule that he says has broken the Senate.See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
3/30/202135 minutes, 55 seconds
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Rep. Andy Kim talks about the impact of anti-Asian hate: 'I wish I knew what to say to my kids'

The New Jersey congressman discusses his family’s experiences as Asian Americans and the role he hopes to play in the wake of the Atlanta spa shootings.
3/23/202142 minutes, 12 seconds
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Rep. Karen Bass believes now is the time for police reform: 'The stars are aligned right now'

The former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus discusses the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, vaccine inequality and voter suppression.See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
3/16/202135 minutes, 53 seconds
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Mae Jemison, the first Black woman in space, is still reaching for the stars

Jemison talks about the obstacles she faced, as a 16-year-old college student and then a scientist, and gives advice to today's Black Lives Matter activists.
3/9/202132 minutes, 28 seconds
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Charles Blow wants Black Americans to move back to the South to gain real political power

See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
3/2/202147 minutes, 51 seconds
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Lee Daniels and Andra Day on the hidden activist life of Billie Holiday

The director and singer discuss their latest movie “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” and how the FBI’s efforts to stop her from singing “Strange Fruit” turned the jazz singer into a leader in civil rights.
2/23/202131 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain on the 400-year story of Black people in America

Kendi and Blain edited “Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019,” which tells the story of Black people in America from the perspectives of 90 writers who reflect the community's diversity and lived experience.See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
2/16/202129 minutes, 27 seconds
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Jonathan Metzl on what's driving polarization in a post-Trump America — and how to fix it

The "Dying of Whiteness" author talks about what he’s learning from new focus groups and why the 2019 Democratic victories in the Kentucky and Louisiana governor’s races "in the middle of Trumpism" provide a roadmap for bridging the divide.
2/9/202137 minutes, 30 seconds
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'The Hate U Give’ author Angie Thomas on the importance of humanizing Black men

Writing in the wake of the death of George Floyd, Thomas said, “The weight and the responsibility…felt even greater.”See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
2/2/202131 minutes, 17 seconds
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Former white nationalist Derek Black puts the Jan. 6 insurrection into perspective

Derek Black, the godson of David Duke and the son of the creator of the website Stormfront, discusses the future of white nationalism in the context of recent events.See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upSupport this podcast and the work of The Washington Post by subscribing, with a special, limited-time offer for podcast listeners. A digital subscription gets you unlimited access to everything The Post publishes. Subscribe to The Post now: washingtonpost.com/subscribe
1/26/202135 minutes, 29 seconds
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A former White House social secretary shares how an inauguration should look behind the scenes

Capricia Penavic Marshall knows presidential transitions — at least in years anything close to normal. This hand-off is certainly not that, but let Marshall explain how it ought to unfold in all its process and pageantry.See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upSupport this podcast and the work of The Washington Post by subscribing, with a special, limited-time offer for podcast listeners. A digital subscription gets you unlimited access to everything The Post publishes. Subscribe to The Post now: washingtonpost.com/subscribe
1/19/202144 minutes, 18 seconds
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Laurence Tribe says Trump should be impeached again — even if a Senate conviction is unlikely

Tribe, a Harvard constitutional law professor, also discusses his former student Ted Cruz and explains why the push to use Section 3 of the 14th Amendment against Trump is an inadequate response to the violent insurrection he inspired.
1/12/202136 minutes, 20 seconds
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Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock on the issues that would drive them in the Senate

The Democratic candidates in Georgia are hoping to unseat Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. Late last year, Ossoff and Warnock were both guests on “Cape Up.” This episode reprises highlights from those conversations.
1/4/202127 minutes
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Jon Ossoff and the ‘movement energy’ he’s tapping in Georgia

Ossoff, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Georgia, talks about mobilizing voters in the Peach State and the high stakes of what he calls "the most important legislative election in the history of our state.
12/15/202026 minutes, 15 seconds
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Symone Sanders has something to say — and now she’ll speak for Kamala Harris

Sanders, who will be Harris's senior adviser and chief spokeswoman, discusses working for the Bernie Sanders and then Biden campaigns and the incident that inspired the title of her book, “No, You Shut Up: Speaking Truth to Power and Reclaiming America.”See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
12/8/202045 minutes, 42 seconds
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No one gave Ritchie Torres a shot. He'll soon be the first gay, Afro-Latino member of Congress.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee didn’t support him. The local Democratic Party didn’t support him. AOC didn’t endorse him. So Ritchie Torres of the South Bronx will arrive in Washington as a free man politically.
12/1/202034 minutes, 48 seconds
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Julián Castro, a 2020 presidential contender, on why Joe Biden beat him — and Trump

Castro, a housing and urban development secretary under Barack Obama and former mayor of San Antonio, also discusses the Latino vote in 2020 and the silence among Republicans as President Trump tries to "steal the election.”See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
11/24/202033 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ilhan Omar: 'Rift' between progressive, moderate Dems 'isn't as strong as it's being made out to be'

In a Washington Post Live event, Omar joined Jonathan to discuss the election, why Trump lost Minnesota and the future of the Democratic Party.
11/17/202030 minutes, 37 seconds
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Raphael Warnock believes he'll win in Georgia. He tells us why.

The senior pastor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s former church talks about how the rigors of being a minister have prepared him for the campaign trail, and why he thinks he'll beat Republican incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler.See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
11/10/202033 minutes, 15 seconds
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Michael Steele, former RNC chairman: 'Donald Trump is the biggest block to the American Dream'

The former head of the Republican Party explains why he endorsed Joe Biden, why he won’t leave his party and why he believes that in the battle of democracy vs. white supremacy, democracy will win.See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
11/3/202041 minutes, 32 seconds
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Caroline Rose Giuliani, daughter of Rudy, says Trump 'has this echo chamber of lies around him'

Giuliani, an LA filmmaker, discusses her recent article encouraging people to vote for the Biden-Harris ticket. She says her relationship with her father "goes through ups and downs," but "I do think he's proud of me for speaking my mind."See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
10/27/202012 minutes, 23 seconds
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Brittney Cooper explains why Trump is polling historically well with Black men

Cooper, who teaches women's and gender studies and Africana studies at Rutgers, expands on her tweet that Ice Cube could be to 2020 what white female Trump voters were to 2016. "Both parties," she says, "have taken Black people for granted."See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
10/20/202035 minutes, 35 seconds
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MJ Hegar wants to bring Texas values to the Senate. She says John Cornyn lacks backbone and courage.

"The minute that John Cornyn went from being Texas to D.C., that's when his approval ratings plummeted," says Hegar, who considers health-care access and economic recovery top issues for Texans.See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
10/13/202030 minutes, 57 seconds
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Sen. Chris Coons believes John McCain and John Lewis each left us an urgent message

Sen. Chris Coons believes John McCain and John Lewis each left us an urgent messageSee more from Jonathan CapehartRead more from Washington Post Opinions
10/6/202043 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Rev. Al Sharpton discusses why it is imperative to 'Rise Up' in this moment

The activist and minister talks about the themes in his latest book, "Rise Up: Confronting a Country at the Crossroads," including latte liberals and toxic masculinity.See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
9/29/202029 minutes, 46 seconds
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Stuart Stevens was an uncompromising Republican — until Donald Trump

The author of "It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump" talks about the evolution of his party and what that means going forward.See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
9/22/202036 minutes, 9 seconds
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Derek Black was groomed to be the new face of white nationalism. Now he's working against it.

Black grew up in a family of white nationalists, with David Duke as his godfather. But he renounced those views in college and recently has been involved in Black Lives Matter protests. "Everyone has a moral choice to decide," he says.
7/28/202040 minutes, 7 seconds
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Michelle Lujan Grisham on U.S. covid-19 response: 'Most outrageous environment I’ve ever worked in'

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) talks about using her past government experience to battle the coronavirus today, her views on the statues debate and what it means to be in the conversation to be Joe Biden's running mate.Want to share your feedback on this show and other Washington Post podcasts? Go to https://washingtonpost.com/podcastsurvey?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upSee more from Jonathan Capehart Read more from Washington Post Opinions
7/22/202034 minutes, 3 seconds
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Tammy Duckworth: Trump ‘cares more about dead traitors than he does about our troops’

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), a military veteran who was recently in the news when Tucker Carlson said she "hated America," discusses Trump's failures on the military, coronavirus and race — and what she would do if asked to be Joe Biden's running mate.Want to share your feedback on this show and other Washington Post podcasts? Go to https://washingtonpost.com/podcastsurvey?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upSee more from Jonathan Capehart Read more from Washington Post Opinions
7/21/202020 minutes, 39 seconds
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What Susan Rice thinks she could bring to a Biden administration

Susan Rice, a former U.N. ambassador and national security adviser, is being considered as a potential running mate for Joe Biden. She discusses not only foreign policy but also the global pandemic and the racial reckoning facing America today.Want to share your feedback on this show and other Washington Post podcasts? Go to https://washingtonpost.com/podcastsurvey?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upSee more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
7/15/202036 minutes, 29 seconds
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‘This election is a matter of life and death:’ Karen Bass talks race, covid-19 and the election

Rep. Bass, who is among those being vetted as Joe Biden’s running mate, discusses her work as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and her hopes for the future. "The world needs us,” she says.Want to share your feedback on this show and other Washington Post podcasts? Go to https://washingtonpost.com/podcastsurvey?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upSee more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
7/14/202028 minutes, 21 seconds
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Kamala Harris: 'This is the time to act' on police reform — and those reforms need teeth

Harris, a Democratic senator from California, also discussed during a live taping of Cape Up the coronavirus pandemic and the explosive allegation that Russia was paying bounties to the Taliban for killing U.S. troops.See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
7/7/202018 minutes, 20 seconds
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We aren't paying enough attention to the impact of the pandemic on the arts

Poet Elizabeth Alexander, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation president who spoke at President Barack Obama’s first inauguration, discusses the importance of the arts to society and has advice for those who have lost loved ones during the covid-19 pandemic.See more from Jonathan Capehart Read more from Washington Post Opinions
6/30/202028 minutes, 4 seconds
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'We're all struggling with this': The Army's top enlisted service member opens up about race

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael A. Grinston, the highest ranking enlisted member of the U.S. Army, discusses his upbringing in Alabama and why he sometimes felt, being biracial, he was "not black enough for black people."See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-up
6/23/202030 minutes, 44 seconds
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The author of ‘White Rage’ on the persistent pattern of punishing blacks for their resilience

"We actually punish black people for being resilient," says Carol Anderson, the author of “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide.” She lays out a persistent pattern of injustice for African Americans in U.S. history.See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRelated episodes:The author of "White Fragility" doesn't think "most white people care about racial injustice" - https://link.chtbl.com/WhiteFragility
6/16/202040 minutes, 40 seconds
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Civil rights icon John Lewis is ‘deeply moved’ by today’s demonstrations

Rep. John Lewis doesn't want today's fighters to give up. "You must be able and prepared to give until you cannot give any more," he says. "We must use our time and our space on this little planet that we call Earth to make a lasting contribution."See more from Jonathan Capehart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jonathan-capehart/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRead more from Washington Post Opinions: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cape-upRelated episodes:"I just felt like something had died in all of us": John Lewis on MLK's death - https://link.chtbl.com/lewis-on-mlkVoices of the Movement: Civil rights veterans share their legacy - https://link.chtbl.com/cape-up-voicesThe author of "White Fragility" doesn't think "most white people care about racial injustice" - https://link.chtbl.com/WhiteFragility
6/9/202018 minutes, 53 seconds
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The author of ‘White Fragility’ doesn’t think ‘most white people care about racial injustice’

Robin DiAngelo, the author of “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism,” doesn’t mince words. “I actually don’t think that most white people care about racial injustice. I really don’t,” she says.
6/2/202038 minutes, 2 seconds
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Why this candidate for West Virginia governor isn't even the focal point of his own campaign

Stephen Smith is running an unconventional campaign for governor of West Virginia. Its policy proposals and budget have been written by the people. Listen to Smith discuss why the pandemic has enhanced his campaign's “West Virginia Can’t Wait” message.
5/26/202031 minutes, 13 seconds
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Think no one can defeat Lindsey Graham? 'Watch me!' his Democratic opponent says.

Jaime Harrison, a Democrat, is vying to become South Carolina’s second black sitting U.S. senator. Here's why his race to defeat the incumbent, Republican Lindsey Graham, has gone from improbable to possible.
5/19/202037 minutes, 36 seconds
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Why Billy Porter says he can’t be a politician

Billy Porter has a Grammy, a Tony and an Emmy. But showing up at the Oscars in a black velvet tuxedo gown made him a cultural icon. The attitude that led to that moment is a key to his success and offers a good lesson for us today.
5/15/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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The eerie similarities between the killings of Ahmaud Arbery and Trayvon Martin

Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Ahmaud Arbery's family, talks about how Arbery’s case is “like a modern day lynching.” Crump also discusses the eerie similarities between Arbery’s case and the case of Trayvon Martin.
5/12/202020 minutes, 8 seconds
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‘Dying of whiteness’ during the coronavirus pandemic

Jonathan Metzl, author of “Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland,” comes back to the podcast to explain how his argument “has been on steroids since this pandemic started.”
5/5/202023 minutes, 30 seconds
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Coronavirus is exploiting ‘the fissures of society,’ the Rev. William Barber says

The Rev. William Barber has preached about how racism, poverty, voter suppression and the lack of access to health care are linked. Now the coronavirus has forced us to face these issues in America, and he says Americans are eager to fight back.
4/28/202033 minutes, 1 second
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How Michigan's governor and Chicago's mayor are battling coronavirus

Interviews with two elected officials in two different jurisdictions dealing with the coronavirus pandemic: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, who, after instituting one of the strictest stay-at-home orders in the nation, is getting set to review them, and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who had made ending the racial health disparities in her city a priority before the virus hit and is now facing a pandemic with a disproportionate impact on African Americans.
4/24/202041 minutes, 20 seconds
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America 'has been abused by this president,' former RNC chairman Michael Steele says

Michael Steele, former chair of the Republican National Committee, discusses President Trump’s daily briefings and how Trump has treated Americans during the coronavirus pandemic. This episode contains explicit language and listener discretion is advised.
4/21/202031 minutes, 42 seconds
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‘I was right’ about the G-spot, says Dr. Ruth

Dr. Ruth Westheimer has been doling out frank advice about sex and relationships for 40 years. This week she answers questions on sex and relationships during Coronavirus. This episode contains adult language. Listener discretion is advised.
4/14/202033 minutes, 23 seconds
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Coronavirus is a totally different disaster for philanthropies to handle

Darren Walker’s philanthropic career has put him in the middle of helping to resolve some of the nation’s biggest problems, from New Orleans rebuilding after Katrina to the bankruptcy of Detroit. Coronavirus is a totally different disaster.
4/7/202026 minutes, 52 seconds
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240,000 coronavirus deaths: ‘In what circle of hell is that a good outcome,’ asks Susan Rice

The Obama administration created a playbook for pandemic preparedness for President Trump. Now, as we live through the coronavirus, former national security adviser Susan Rice says President Trump has tossed their “Pandemics for dummies” manual aside.
4/3/202037 minutes, 11 seconds
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‘No such thing as social distancing’ when you’re incarcerated.'

Holly Harris of Justice Action Network and Topeka Sam of New Yorkers United for Justice are warning that jails are breeding grounds for COVID-19 and are pleading with President Trump and governors to release certain prisoners into home confinement.
3/31/202025 minutes
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An insight into Kamala Harris, a potential VP for Biden

Though she disbanded her presidential campaign, Sen. Kamala Harris is now a possible vice presidential candidate. Back in early 2019, Jonathan Capehart talked with Harris about her memoir, upbringing and career in front of a live audience.
3/24/202053 minutes, 49 seconds
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Val Demings says the VP talk is 'such an honor'

Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) serves on multiple committees, and was one of seven House impeachment managers who argued for the conviction of President Trump. Now, her name is being bandied about as a potential vice presidential nominee.
3/17/202026 minutes, 37 seconds
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Election forecaster Rachel Bitecofer explains "the reason Joe Biden is the nominee"

Rachel Bitecofer became a sought after prognosticator after July 2018, when she predicted the Democrats would retake the House. In this episode, Bitecofer talks about how she makes her predictions.
3/10/202039 minutes, 3 seconds
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Chasten Buttigieg reflects on husband's presidential campaign

Chasten Buttigieg talks about the historic nature of Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign and what it meant to the LGBTQ community.
3/3/202033 minutes, 16 seconds
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Why Pete Buttigieg thinks he's the one to beat Donald Trump

Pete Buttigieg talks about the rise of Bernie Sanders, the hurdles he faces with black voters and whether or not he's actually gay.
2/25/202032 minutes, 4 seconds
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Richie Jackson on why being gay is a gift

Broadway and television producer Richie Jackson says being gay is a gift and was thrilled when his son came out to him. After his son said being gay was no big deal, Jackson decided to write his book ‘Gay Like Me: A Father Writes to his Son'.
2/18/202042 minutes, 10 seconds
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Doug Jones's impeachment vote was more courageous than Romney's

Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) discusses what might be the most important vote of his Senate career: to convict President Trump on both Articles of Impeachment.
2/12/202026 minutes, 29 seconds
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Deval Patrick to Democrats: ‘Others have plans, I have results’

Governor Deval Patrick is running for the Democratic nomination for president. His is an uphill fight, made tougher by the fact that African-American voters are not giving the only black candidate now in the race the boost and support he needs.
2/4/202033 minutes, 7 seconds
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Jonathan Metzl on how white identity permeates policymaking outside of Washington

Jonathan Metzl talks about his book "Dying of Whiteness," and the racial politics of taxes, healthcare and guns in America.
1/28/202045 minutes, 41 seconds
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Rep. Swalwell on impeachment: ‘America won’t get a fair trial if witnesses don’t testify’

In an interview at the Capitol on Jan. 17, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) -- a member of the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees -- breaks down what's happened and what's to come in the impeachment process.
1/21/202020 minutes, 16 seconds
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Why Silicon Valley’s congressman is all in for Bernie Sanders

Rep. Ro Khanna joins Jonathan to talk about Iran, the Sanders campaign and why the Democratic field has become so white.
1/14/202047 minutes, 6 seconds
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Kevin Sheekey, Bloomberg campaign manager: 'We're running to replace the president'

At Bloomberg campaign headquarters in NY last week, campaign manager Kevin Sheekey explained why Michael Bloomberg entered the race and why he believes a national campaign can win.
12/17/201944 minutes, 6 seconds
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Stacey Abrams: 'We can't simply win the race. We have to win the system.'

On the day Kamala Harris dropped out of the presidential race, Jonathan was in Boston for a live conversation with Stacey Abrams. She talked about the hurdles faced by black women, voter suppression and why she would consider being the VP nominee.
12/10/20191 hour, 27 minutes, 40 seconds
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Starbucks COO Rosalind Brewer on race and leadership

Starbucks COO Rosalind Brewer joined Jonathan at a live event in June to talk about race, leadership and what happened at that Philadelphia Starbucks.
12/3/201948 minutes, 49 seconds
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Kamala Harris says Trump “has a reason to be afraid” of her

Senator Kamala Harris wants you to know she doesn't pay attention to polls, her policy proposals are guided by doing the right thing, not just the popular thing and she believes President Trump should be scared of her, not the other way around.
11/26/201955 minutes, 20 seconds
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Pamela Newkirk on the failure of diversity initiatives and what we can do instead

The author of "Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business" joined Jonathan for a live conversation at Politics & Prose about why diversity programs fail, the success stories, and what we can all do better.
11/19/201947 minutes, 26 seconds
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Cory Booker explains why he's running for president

Senator Cory Booker sits down with Jonathan in Newark to talk about why he's running for president, what drives him, and why he's not worried about his poll numbers.
11/12/20191 hour, 16 seconds
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The unexpected life of Valerie Jarrett

At the Aspen Ideas Festival this summer, Valerie Jarrett joined a live "Cape Up" event to discuss her book "Finding My Voice," and to dole out a wealth of hard-earned life and career advice.
11/5/201954 minutes, 22 seconds
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Chef Jose Andres: 'Hunger is beyond politics'

There's a reason chef Jose Andres was selected to throw out the first pitch at game 5 of the World Series. At a live event recorded earlier this year, Andres talks about leadership, humanity and how disaster response needs to change.
10/29/20191 hour, 14 minutes, 56 seconds
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Michael Steele to Democrats: 'Trust Nancy'

Michael Steele comes back to the podcast to talk about this extraordinary political moment and why Republicans refuse to step up.
10/22/201940 minutes, 3 seconds
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Cecile Richards's message to American women: 'Don’t wait.'

In a live event at Third Way in June, former Planned Parenthood president and Supermajority founder Cecile Richards discussed the myths and realities of making women heard in politics.
10/15/201928 minutes, 38 seconds
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Heidi Heitkamp on Trump’s reckless strategies: ‘You cannot lead a party of one’

In a conversation recorded this past June, the former Senator discusses the politics of her state of North Dakota, the issues where Democrats and Republicans should agree, and her new One Country initiative.
10/8/201939 minutes, 20 seconds
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House Democrats finally catch up with Maxine Waters on impeachment

Rep. Maxine Waters joins Jonathan to talk about the impeachment inquiry and the role of the Financial Services Committee. And why she keeps getting approached by white men wanting to take pictures.
10/1/201938 minutes, 22 seconds
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What does a journalist fear about Putin? ‘They’re the exact same things that scare me about Trump.’

At the Aspen Ideas Festival in June, Masha Gessen spoke about Vladimir Putin's worldview, the dangers of creating a false reality and why we need to change how we discuss facts.
9/24/201937 minutes, 59 seconds
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Why Nancy Pelosi says it doesn’t matter whether Trump can be trusted

Speaker Nancy Pelosi joins the season premiere of 'Cape Up' to talk about U.S. leadership in the world, her relationships with Republican colleagues, and of course, the president.
9/16/201926 minutes, 4 seconds
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Biden responds to 'gaffes' criticism: 'What is it that I said wrong?'

Joe Biden discusses the presidential campaign and his standing with the African American community, and he responds to criticism of his so-called "gaffes."
8/30/201942 minutes, 10 seconds
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From Stonewall to an openly gay presidential candidate

50 years after a police raid of Stonewall Inn ushered in the modern LGBTQ rights movement, author Charles Kaiser reflects on how the movement has developed over the years.
6/28/201939 minutes, 12 seconds
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Voices: Passing the baton

Civil rights veterans welcome young activists to a lifetime of service, sharing lessons and struggles, and seeing how the next generation will shape and redefine what it means to keep the legacy alive.
6/6/201924 minutes, 21 seconds
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Voices: The power of nonviolent resistance

A clash between a longtime civil rights activist and a leader from a younger generation kicks off a discussion of the most effective path to change and the journeys that brought civil rights leaders to their belief in nonviolence.
5/30/201920 minutes, 44 seconds
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Voices: How music propelled the civil rights movement

“Without songs, we couldn't have had a movement.”
5/23/201920 minutes, 13 seconds
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Voices: How segregationist George Wallace became a model for racial reconciliation

"Sometimes we have to remember we're all human beings."
5/16/201916 minutes, 20 seconds
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Voices: Women of the civil rights movement

Rep. Barbara Lee and Andrew Young explain why women are so often eliminated from civil rights stories — and why that’s so wrong
5/9/201923 minutes, 31 seconds
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Coming up on ‘Voices of the Movement’ …

…more voices from the civil rights movement as they explore the themes that made the movement what it was, and that connect it to today. But first, we want to hear from you. What voices do you hope get preserved? And what lessons can we learn from them?
5/2/20191 minute, 40 seconds
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Voices: The story of Bloody Sunday and today’s pilgrimage to Selma

Congressman John Lewis and others who were there recall marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., to protest the suppression of black votes.
4/25/201925 minutes, 14 seconds
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Voices: How MLK's famous letter was smuggled out of jail

Clarence B. Jones, Martin Luther King Jr.’s lawyer and occasional speechwriter, describes how he smuggled the letter out of jail.
4/18/201919 minutes, 46 seconds
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Voices: Children ‘stripped of innocence’

A member of the Little Rock Nine and a survivor of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing both lost the illusion of safety in their young lives.
4/11/201925 minutes, 1 second
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Voices of the Movement: The day Martin Luther King Jr. died

Andrew Young, King’s chief strategist with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and others who were close to King recall the moment they heard of his assassination.
4/4/201918 minutes, 48 seconds
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Coming soon: Voices of the Movement, a special project from Cape Up

Starting April 4, ‘Cape Up’ will be presenting a special series highlighting the voices of civil rights leaders. Some you know and some you may not. For the next two months, we’re going to hear their voices. Listen to their stories. And try to understand.
3/25/20192 minutes, 9 seconds
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Schumer’s push on voting rights: 'Wake up and smell the coffee, Chief Justice'

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) called me to his grand office in the U.S. Capitol to talk about “undoing the damage” of the Shelby v. Holder decision, instituting automatic registration and granting statehood to the District of Columbia.
3/7/201914 minutes, 12 seconds
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What Trump needs to learn about Frederick Douglass

This episode was originally published on October 16, 2018. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.
2/28/201955 minutes, 10 seconds
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How Derek Black went from being the golden boy of white nationalism to its outspoken critic

Derek Black was the golden boy of white nationalism. After enrolling in college, he began to change. Eli Saslow chronicles Black's transformation in his new book "Rising Out of Hatred." This episode was originally published on December 4, 2018.
2/26/201947 minutes, 9 seconds
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Why the most productive conversations around race, are probably the ones you never hear.

This episode was originally published on February 27, 2018. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.
2/21/201940 minutes, 43 seconds
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‘Go ahead and have the theater’: Rep. Karen Bass knows there’s no actual emergency

Rep. Karen Bass (D), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, discusses how her constituents flipped seven congressional seats and how Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reminds Bass of her younger self.
2/19/201935 minutes, 28 seconds
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Jazz artist Wynton Marsalis says rap and hip-hop are 'more damaging than a statue of Robert E. Lee'

This episode was originally published on May 22, 2018. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.
2/14/201953 minutes, 33 seconds
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Meet the ‘Colored Girls,’ the hidden figures in American politics

Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, and Minyon Moore discuss their book 'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics' and how they got their start on Jesse Jackson's presidential campaign.
2/12/20191 hour, 7 minutes, 53 seconds
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Bryan Stevenson wants us to confront racial terrorism and then say, ‘Never again.’

This episode was originally published on April 24, 2018. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.
2/7/20191 hour, 54 seconds
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The man who could be governor. Who is Justin Fairfax?

Lt. Gov. of Va. Justin Fairfax (D) is only the second African American in Virginia's history to be elected statewide and if Gov. Ralph Northam (D) resigns over a racist photo, Fairfax could make history again. Listen to the interview with him from 2018.
2/5/201946 minutes, 30 seconds
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How the justice system criminalizes the poor — and funds itself in the process

Alexandra Natapoff, author of 'Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal', exposes how our criminal justice system criminalizes poverty and ensnares Americans through misdemeanors.
1/29/201958 minutes, 47 seconds
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‘We thought he was cute’: Remembering King with one of the 'Little Rock Nine'

Today, as we honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Jonathan discusses the Civil Rights Movement with Minnijean-Brown Trickey. Minnijean was 15 years old when she integrated Central High School in 1957 as part of “the Little Rock Nine.'
1/21/201941 minutes, 7 seconds
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Is Kamala Harris running for president?

Senator Kamala Harris discusses her career path, inspirations and her new book, "The Truths We Hold," in this in-depth conversation hosted by Politics and Prose and recorded live at GW Lisner Auditorium on Jan. 9.
1/15/20191 hour, 3 minutes, 26 seconds
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Everyone’s talking about Beto and Biden. But here’s another ‘B’ you should know.

In the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination, there’s one name you need to know: Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind. He’s a veteran, unapologetically progressive, openly gay and one of Obama’s four picks for future leaders of the Democratic Party.
1/8/201951 minutes, 52 seconds
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Chicago's forgotten gun violence victims: 'We've normalized hopelessness'

We revisit our best episode from 2018. Three Chicago teens. All victims of gun violence. In the wake of the Parkland shootings, they plea for the same attention for their own communities. Jonathan visits one of them to hear what it's like firsthand.
1/1/201932 minutes, 29 seconds
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Mark Hamill on Luke’s fate, Trump vs. Vader and more

For Christmas, we're bringing back an old favorite: Mark Hamill! He talks about why Star Wars still resonates so strongly and shares some stories from Star Wars history that you might not have heard before. This was originally recorded April 2018.
12/25/20181 hour, 37 minutes, 12 seconds
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Is Mueller’s investigation nearing the ‘worst-case scenario’? Garrett Graff thinks so.

Garrett Graff, author of 'The Threat Matrix: Inside Robert Mueller's FBI and the War on Global Terror,' deeply understands the ins and outs of Mueller's current investigation. He helps make sense of the avalanche of news coming out of the probe.
12/18/201841 minutes, 48 seconds
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Senator Doug Jones says Mueller investigation 'has never been a witch hunt.'

A year ago, Doug Jones became the first Democrat elected to the Senate from Alabama in 25 years. He discusses what the past year has been like, the Mueller investigation and Trump's fascination with tariffs.
12/11/201852 minutes, 10 seconds
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How Derek Black went from being the golden boy of white nationalism to its outspoken critic

Derek Black was the golden boy of white nationalism. His godfather is David Duke. After enrolling in college, he began to change. Eli Saslow chronicles Black's transformation in his new book "Rising Out of Hatred."
12/4/201849 minutes, 33 seconds
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Chicago's forgotten gun violence victims: 'We've normalized hopelessness'

Three Chicago teens. All victims of gun violence. In the wake of the Parkland shootings, they plea for the same attention for their own communities. Jonathan visits one of them to hear what it's like firsthand. Produced by Carol Alderman.
11/27/201832 minutes, 34 seconds
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Lucy McBath: From ‘Cape Up’ to Congress

Hear congresswoman-elect Lucy McBath in an interview from 2016. Along with DeJuan Patterson, she talks about gun violence, the death of her son, and how she pushed forward.
11/20/201836 minutes, 37 seconds
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Michael Steele on why he remains in the Republican Party: ‘I’m not leaving. This is my house’

Michael Steele, former chair of the Republican National Committee, is back on the podcast to discuss the midterm elections, Nancy Pelosi and whether or not the focus should really be on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
11/13/201844 minutes, 12 seconds
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Trump is trying to scare us. Here's why he's failing.

Deborah and James Fallows traveled more than one hundred thousand miles across America. In this time of division and hatred, they came away with a surprisingly optimistic vision of the country.
11/6/201848 minutes, 33 seconds
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Why Stacey Abrams could break Georgia's 'Gone with the Wind' stereotype

Stacey Abrams could be the first African American governor of Georgia and the first black woman governor in the United States. With midterms in a week, we're rerunning her interview from Sept. 2017 to reacquaint you with the woman who could make history.
10/30/201820 minutes, 54 seconds
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Eric Holder: ‘We have to take on this president. We have to take on this Republican Party.’

Eric Holder, former attorney general of the United States, discusses his efforts toward creating fairer districts, the controversy over his "kick 'em" comment and his views on Kanye West.
10/23/201831 minutes, 53 seconds
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What Trump needs to learn about Frederick Douglass

David Blight, author of 'Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom', tells you how Douglass became a demanding voice for America to live up to its ideals.
10/16/201854 minutes, 18 seconds
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We need to learn who we are before algorithms decide for us

Yuval Noah Harari, author of '21 lessons for the 21st century', discusses artificial intelligence, the algorithms that control it and the people who control our data. This conversation was originally recorded at Sixth & I in Washington D.C.
10/9/20181 hour, 6 minutes, 29 seconds
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How Republicans like Holly Harris are fighting for criminal justice reform

Holly Harris, Executive Director of the Justice Action Network, thinks the penal system in America is broken and that mass incarceration doesn’t make us safer.
10/2/201838 minutes, 44 seconds
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The 'courage, power and persistence' of Wendy Sherman

Ambassador Wendy Sherman comes back to the podcast to discuss her new book 'Not for the Faint of Heart,' President Trump, John McCain and her mother.
9/24/201844 minutes, 52 seconds
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DNC Chairman Tom Perez says these midterm elections are the most important of our lifetime

When Tom Perez took over as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, he said his mission was to rebuild trust and infrastructure. Seventeen months later, with wins in several states, Perez is confident that the Democratic Party is back on track.
9/18/201849 minutes, 1 second
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Human Rights Campaign president: 'We are going to get our country back'

As the midterm elections bear down upon us, Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, is traveling all over the country helping LGBTQ and allied candidates in their quest for higher office and being a voice for Americans who have had enough.
9/11/201842 minutes, 15 seconds
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The biggest threat to democracy that nobody is talking about

Karen Hobert Flynn, president of Common Cause, is sounding an alarm over a drive to call for a constitutional convention and the lasting damage that could do.
9/4/201835 minutes, 5 seconds
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Inside Andrew Gillum’s campaign to become Florida’s first black governor

Aug. 28 is primary day in Florida and a chance for Andrew Gillum to become the state's first African American democratic nominee for governor. To reacquaint you, this episode is a rerun of our June conversation with the man who could make history.
8/28/201844 minutes, 30 seconds
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'We think prison is the only way to hold people accountable when they break the law'

Karol Mason, president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a former Obama Justice Department official, discusses what the public thinks criminal justice means, what it actually means and what it should mean.
8/20/201841 minutes, 4 seconds
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How Robert Runcie helped the Parkland generation find their voice

Robert Runcie instituted radical changes when he became superintendent of Broward County schools. Those changes helped give rise to the Parkland generation after his students experienced one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history.
8/14/201839 minutes, 37 seconds
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Arthur Brooks says contempt is not just bad for marriages. It kills politics and the country, too.

Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, discusses the moral mistakes of the Trump administration, populism and why he's leaving his job.
8/7/201830 minutes, 1 second
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‘I am more forgiving’: When Alex Wagner learned the truth about her family’s history

'Futureface' is No. 1 on President Obama's summer reading list. Author Alex Wagner, who is half-white and half-Burmese, discusses how untangling her family's history gave her a new perspective on our country today.
7/31/201850 minutes, 52 seconds
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‘It’s like he took a knee to Putin’: Mitch Landrieu on Helsinki, and the Democrats’ identity crisis

Former New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu joins Jonathan in front of a live audience at the Opportunity 2020 conference in Columbus Ohio. They discuss the removal of Confederate statues from New Orleans, Trump and the future of the Democratic Party.
7/24/201845 minutes, 29 seconds
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How your data is used by the police and where it goes wrong

In the conversation around criminal justice reform, more attention is being paid to how the police work. Professor Andrew Ferguson, author of ‘The Rise of Big Data Policing’ walks through the tools police are using to combat crime and its downsides.
7/17/201841 minutes, 27 seconds
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David Miliband on immigration crisis: “What’s going on is dehumanization”

David Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee and former British foreign affairs minister discusses the immigration crisis at the US southern border and puts it into a global context.
7/10/201827 minutes, 54 seconds
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'Stop acting as though Trump is the first,' says the Rev. William Barber

Today our moral underpinnings are being tested. So there's no better person to talk to than Rev. Barber, the man whose multiple arrests in the Moral Monday movement have galvanized the nation. This episode is one part history seminar and two parts church.
7/3/201855 minutes, 52 seconds
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Jeh Johnson speaks out on separating immigrant families: ‘It’s just something I couldn’t do’

As the Trump Administration grapples with a crisis of its own making Jeh Johnson, former Secretary of Homeland Security tells us about what happened when he faced separating children from their parents.
6/26/201850 minutes, 32 seconds
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Will lightning strike twice in the South? Andrew Gillum campaigns in Trump country

Andrew Gillum is the mayor of Tallahassee and he's attempting to do something never attempted by a black person in Florida: Be elected governor. But he's got to get through the primary first.
6/19/201844 minutes, 57 seconds
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Tim Kaine calls out the 'glass jaws' and 'crybabies' of the Trump administration

Senator Tim Kaine, member of the armed services committee and foreign relations committee weighs in on North Korea, the drama in Canada and the demons unleashed by President Trump.
6/12/201842 minutes, 58 seconds
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Steve Phillips on why Democrats need to stop focusing on the white working class

Steve Phillips, author of "Brown is the New White", discusses how the inability of the largely white democratic leadership to inspire people of color is a problem staring them right in the face.
6/5/201849 minutes, 38 seconds
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Starbucks is closed to talk race. We're open to do the same.

Today, Starbucks is closing its stores nationwide for racial bias training. So we're bringing you a collection of past interviews that explore the history of African Americans in this country and how that informs what Starbucks employees will be hearing.
5/29/201833 minutes, 39 seconds
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Jazz artist Wynton Marsalis says rap and hip-hop are 'more damaging than a statue of Robert E. Lee'

The Pulitzer Prize-winning musician talks about how his new work "the ever-funky lowdown" fits in the current conversation around race and how rap and hip-hop is damaging to that conversation. This interview includes strong language, including the n-word.
5/22/201854 minutes, 40 seconds
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How Jordan Klepper does satire in the age of Trump

Jordan Klepper, the host of Comedy Central's, "The Opposition," talks about how he does the show in an age when the comedy of real life tops about what comedians can come up with.
5/15/201847 minutes, 3 seconds
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Kevin de León: Meet the "unicorn" taking on Dianne Feinstein

California state Sen. Kevin de León is taking on Sen. Dianne Feinstein in the primaries. So who is he? He discusses his immigrant roots, his unplanned foray into politics and his disdain for Trump, and what all of that has to do with unicorns.
5/8/20181 hour, 1 minute, 20 seconds
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‘I’m not convinced I’m dead’: Mark Hamill on Luke’s fate, Trump vs. Vader and more

To celebrate May The Fourth, we brought Mark Hamill on the show. He talks about his career, why Star Wars still resonates so strongly, and Mark shares some stories from Star Wars history that you might not have heard before.
5/4/20181 hour, 37 minutes, 9 seconds
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Laugh it up fuzzball!

Search your feelings, you know it to be true ... that you want to listen to Mark Hamill.
5/1/20182 minutes, 6 seconds
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Bryan Stevenson TL;DR

We've taken Jonathan's hour long sit down with Bryan Stevenson on the lynching memorial and legacy museum opening in Montgomery, Alabama and cut it down to give you some highlights.
4/26/201814 minutes, 39 seconds
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Bryan Stevenson wants us to confront racial terrorism and then say, ‘Never again.’

Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, discusses the opening of the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice (aka, the lynching memorial). He talks about confronting racial terrorism and how to end it.
4/24/20181 hour, 1 minute, 37 seconds
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Robert Kagan on why Americans don't want the U.S. to be the leader of the free world

Foreign policy expert Robert Kagan discusses our nation's retreat from its international responsibilities under President Trump and why it could mean the end of the world order America created after WWII.
4/17/201832 minutes, 27 seconds
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Loretta Lynch: "Attorney-client privilege is alive and well in this country."

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch returns to the podcast to talk about the impromptu tarmac meeting with President Clinton, her working relationship with former FBI director James Comey, and the raid on the president's lawyer, Michael Cohen.
4/10/201854 minutes, 29 seconds
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"I just felt like something had died in all of us." John Lewis on the death of Martin Luther King

Civil Rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) reflects on 50 years of his life and the life of America without Martin Luther King Jr. and why he’s making his first trip back to Indianapolis since he learned the news there that King was dead.
4/3/201842 minutes, 17 seconds
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Police violence affects women of color just as much as men. Why don’t we hear about it?

Andrea Ritchie, author of 'Invisible No More' discusses how women of color bear the brunt of police violence just as much as men of color, how nobody is talking about it, and what we should be doing about the issue.
3/27/201840 minutes, 58 seconds
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Joanne Lipman: "It isn't just women leaning in, we need men to reach across the divide"

Joanne Lipman, author of 'That's What She Said" talks about the tense environment between men and women in the workplace, how diversity training made things worse, and what women do to be seen as equal in a so-called man's world.
3/20/201847 minutes, 8 seconds
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Sen. Chris Murphy on how Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un could be a disaster for the United States

Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) discusses President Trump's planned meeting with Kim Jong Un and what makes the Parkland students activism on gun control different than the others.
3/13/201832 minutes, 5 seconds
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Eric Holder on running for president: ‘I think I’ve got the guts’

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder discusses the independent counsel investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election, his work at a national redistricting effort, and whether he has his eyes on a White House run in 2020.
3/6/201849 minutes, 32 seconds
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“We are invisible no matter what heights we’ve risen to”: April Ryan

This episode originally aired on January 10, 2017. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.
3/1/201826 minutes, 14 seconds
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Why the most productive conversations around race, are probably the ones you never hear.

Michele Norris, NPR's first female African American host and founder of The Race Card project, talks about America's foundational ailment and how race is an integral part of our national discourse.
2/27/201841 minutes, 58 seconds
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Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

This episode originally aired on September 23, 2016. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.
2/22/201813 minutes, 58 seconds
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‘Freedom of speech, but not freedom of action’: Two moms on raising black boys

Tai Hall, author of "#LunchboxChronicles," and Margaret Capehart, Jonathan Capehart's own mother, share an intergenerational conversation about raising black boys — 40 years apart.
2/20/201859 minutes, 47 seconds
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Dr. Carla Hayden on being the first female African-American librarian of Congress

This episode was originally published on August 29, 2017. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.
2/15/201827 minutes, 46 seconds
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How the ‘home of American slavery’ became a ‘microcosm for the entire country’

Lt. Gov. of Virginia Justin Fairfax is only the second African American in Virginia's history to be elected statewide. He discusses how his inauguration marks the history of his state and America.
2/13/201846 minutes, 40 seconds
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Lucy McBath, who lost her son to gun violence, and DeJuan Patterson, who survived it

This episode was originally published on November 1, 2016. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.
2/8/201835 minutes, 40 seconds
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Tamron Hall on being unapologetically black

To kick off our Black History Month spotlight former 'Today Show' host Tamron Hall discusses how she became the first African American woman to host the show and what it means to her to be unapologetically black and unapologetically American.
2/6/201839 minutes, 27 seconds
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Broderick Johnson, former cabinet secretary and chair of My Brother's Keeper Alliance

This episode was originally published on October 3, 2017. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.
2/1/201831 minutes, 31 seconds
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Michael Steele's State of the Union

President Trump delivers his first State of the Union address but former chair of the Republican party Michael Steele says after one year of the Trump presidency, the state of the union is shaky.
1/30/201839 minutes, 59 seconds
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Michael Wolff in depth on his unprecedented access to Trump

The controversial author of 'Fire and Fury' discusses his sourcing, his access, and details in the book that have everyone talking. This is a live recording of a Politics & Prose event at Sixth & I in Washington, D.C.
1/23/20181 hour, 4 minutes, 40 seconds
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Why Kim Jong Un is ‘very rational within his own context’

Lisa Monaco, former homeland security adviser to President Obama, discusses North Korea, America's standing in the world, the travel ban, terrorism and Robert Mueller.
1/16/201844 minutes, 16 seconds
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Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe reflects on his term in office

Soon-to-be former governor Terry McAuliffe talks about the Virginia gubernatorial election, his views on race and gender issues, and what it was like serving during an eventful time in Virginia politics.
1/9/201836 minutes, 36 seconds
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Dionne Warwick on her work in the fight against HIV/AIDS

Dionne Warwick, a seven time Grammy award winner and early activist in the fight against HIV/AIDS discusses her work as an activist and what she would do if President Trump called her about it.
1/2/201826 minutes, 17 seconds
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Deborah Rutter on how the Kennedy Center is much more than "the honors"

Deborah Rutter, president of the Kennedy Center, talks about installing the performing arts center's first artistic director for hip hop to the challenges of being the local performing arts center for the nation's capital.
12/26/201728 minutes, 33 seconds
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Rep. Frederica Wilson on Sgt. La David Johnson

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson of Florida discusses why she is angry about the conflicting stories about what happened to Sgt. La David Johnson and President Trump's call to his widow.
12/19/201740 minutes, 17 seconds
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Dan Rather talks about politics and media

Dan Rather, the former CBS news anchor, talks about his new book "What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism," politics, media and why he's still such a hit with Millennials.
12/12/201745 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ali Noorani of the National Immigration Forum talks about DACA

Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, talks about DACA and how to move forward in the immigration debate.
12/5/201725 minutes, 2 seconds
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Hillary Clinton reflects with raw honesty on Trump and 2016

Hillary Clinton joins Jonathan and talks about why she wanted to be president, coming to terms with the fact that people don't like her, and sexism and misogyny.
11/28/201734 minutes, 14 seconds
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‘Hardball’ anchor Chris Matthews on what today’s politicians can learn from Bobby Kennedy

Chris Matthews of MSNBC's 'Hardball' talks about writing his eighth book, 'Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit,' and Bobby Kennedy's role in the Civil Rights Era and his family's politics.
11/21/201733 minutes, 10 seconds
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Russia, the Clinton campaign and Chardonnay: Donna Brazile unloads

Donna Brazile discusses her contentious relationship with the Clinton campaign, the impact of the Russian hack on the DNC and why she wrote her controversial book about it in the first place. This interview contains some adult language.
11/14/201751 minutes, 54 seconds
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Maya MacGuineas explains the difference between tax reform and tax cuts

Congress is debating a tax bill. Maya MacGuineas, the president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, breaks down the complicated tax reform debate and explains why popular deductions might actually hurt our nation's fiscal health.
11/7/201729 minutes, 18 seconds
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Declaring opioids a public health emergency won't solve the crisis. Here's what will.

In Trump's declaration of the opioid crisis as a public health emergency he forgot to focus on how it would be funded. Dr. Susan Blumenthal talks about where the money might come from and how we got here in the first place.
10/31/201730 minutes, 43 seconds
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There’s a ‘poisonous dynamic among white people’ over who’s to blame for racism

To further his understanding of the political motivations of the white working-class, Jonathan talks to Joan Williams, author of 'White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America', about how the economy, family and race all play a role.
10/24/201736 minutes, 2 seconds
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Roberta Kaplan on fighting white supremacists in the U.S.

In August, white supremacists and Neo-Nazis released terror on the people of Charlottesville, VA. The people are fighting back with a lawsuit helmed by Roberta Kaplan, the woman who successfully argued the case that hastened marriage equality in the U.S.
10/17/201723 minutes, 41 seconds
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Stacey Abrams on running to be Georgia's first black female governor

Stacey Abrams resigned as the minority leader of the Georgia Statehouse to run for governor in 2018, and she has a message that the Democratic party and the electorate need to hear.
10/10/201726 minutes, 46 seconds
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Broderick Johnson returns to discuss My Brother's Keeper and race relations after Obama

The former assistant to the president and White House cabinet secretary talks about how he is continuing the work of My Brother's Keeper during the Trump administration, and debates Ta-Nehisi Coates's latest article with Jonathan.
10/3/201731 minutes, 3 seconds
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Trita Parsi explains why pulling out of the nuclear deal with Iran would be harmful

After Trump called the Iran nuclear deal an embarrassment, Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, explains who actually negotiated the deal and what it would mean if Trump pulled the United States out of the deal.
9/26/201736 minutes, 8 seconds
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Aggie Gund and Darren Walker on the Art For Justice Fund

Renowned philanthropist and art collector Aggie Gund stunned the art world when she sold a painting for $165 million and then used most of the money to start the "Art for Justice Fund" with Ford Foundation President Darren Walker.
9/19/201730 minutes, 52 seconds
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Howard Dean on young voters: ‘These people are not Democrats’

As Hillary Clinton hits the talk show circuit to talk about the 2016 presidential election, Jonathan turns to Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont, to talk about the party’s future and that of the Republican Party.
9/12/201722 minutes, 32 seconds
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Shai Akabas explains the debt ceiling in plain English

Shai Akabas, economic policy director at the Bipartisan Policy Center, discusses the debt ceiling and the dangers of not raising it.
9/5/201724 minutes, 52 seconds
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Dr. Carla Hayden on being the first female African-American librarian of Congress

Dr. Carla Hayden, the first female African-American librarian of Congress tells Jonathan why she's more of a museum director than a librarian. Plus, she brings out some of the library's most interesting items.
8/29/201727 minutes, 41 seconds
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Outtakes from a year of 'Cape Up' (including one conversation that went off the rails)

'Cape Up' is having its first anniversary and in honor of the big day, Jonathan and Carol Alderman, the show's producer, bring you some of their favorite outtakes.
8/22/201716 minutes, 45 seconds
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Vanita Gupta on the unabashed display of white supremacy in Charlottesville

Given the events of Charlottesville, you need to hear from Vanita Gupta, former head of the Civil Rights Division in the Justice Department under President Obama and President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
8/15/201719 minutes, 37 seconds
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Why Steve Bannon isn't going anywhere

Steve Bannon is a problematic personality in the White House and constantly rumored to be about to lose his job. But Josh Green, author of “Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the White House,” says Bannon is here to stay.
8/8/201738 minutes, 15 seconds
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R. Eric Thomas is the escape from politics that you need right now

The man who gave us the phrase "Auntie Maxine" has Jonathan completely shook. R. Eric Thomas discusses Emmanuel Macron, Barack Obama and who in the Trump administration he’d like to meet.
8/1/201732 minutes, 47 seconds
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Kamala Harris gets tough on the Russia probe (and ignores the mansplainers)

Senator Kamala Harris talks about ignoring mansplaining in the Senate, her disdain for the Attorney General and her love for a man she met on a blind date.
7/25/201728 minutes, 53 seconds
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Cornell Belcher on the new swing voter

Cornell Belcher talks about who the new swing voter is and what the Democratic Party needs to do to win them over.
7/18/201730 minutes, 5 seconds
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Sherrilyn Ifill exposes the absurdity of Trump’s election integrity commission

The president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, discusses the election integrity commission, the ins and outs of voter suppression efforts around the country, their down ballot implications and the omnipresent spectre of race in all of it.
7/11/201734 minutes, 55 seconds
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Fourth of July special: What we’ve learned about Trump from six months of interviews

What better time than the Fourth of July to reflect on what we've learned over the last six months about President Trump? Jonathan revisits key interviews and highlights what we can learn from them.
7/4/201713 minutes, 50 seconds
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Debunking the myths about Planned Parenthood with Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, discusses what defunding the organization really means, what it's like to fight with Congress over her work and the possible impact of Trumpcare on Americans.
6/27/201726 minutes, 58 seconds
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Debbie Dingell on the struggle to find a place in her own party

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) diagnoses problems within the Democratic party and how to solve them. Also, her response to the shooting of congressional republicans and staffers on a baseball field in Alexandria, Va.
6/20/201724 minutes, 12 seconds
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Valerie Jarrett on why she's still optimistic about the future

Valerie Jarrett, former senior adviser to President Obama, is back on the show to discuss Planned Parenthood, LGBT Pride Month and activism across the country.
6/13/201727 minutes, 16 seconds
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The real reason people say 'I'm not racist, but'

Justin Gest, author of 'The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality' discusses why working-class whites continue to stick by President Trump.
6/6/201732 minutes, 53 seconds
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Actor Jesse Williams on race and cultural appropriation: 'Everybody's gonna copy you anyway'

Grey’s Anatomy actor, Jesse Williams, lit up social media at his acceptance speech at the BET awards last year. In this episode, he discusses cultural appropriation and reminisces about partying with Naomi Campbell at the White House.
5/30/201733 minutes, 34 seconds
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"The monuments were murder": New Orleans mayor defends focus on removing confederate monuments

Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans, fresh from removing the last of 4 confederate monuments talks race, reconciliation and rebuilding, not just for his city, but for the country.
5/23/201725 minutes, 17 seconds
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Senator Christopher Coons on why he prays for President Trump

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) discusses the firing of FBI director James Comey, the questions he needs answered to replace him and why he prays for President Trump.
5/16/201717 minutes, 43 seconds
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Maxine Waters: Jeff Sessions believes “it’s his job to keep minorities in their place”

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) talks about wanting to impeach Donald Trump, why she thinks Jeff Sessions is a racist and how she feels about her nickname, 'Auntie Maxine'.
5/9/201731 minutes, 22 seconds
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Richard Branson on Trump’s coal plans: ‘I can’t think of anything more stupid’

Sir Richard Branson talks about climate change, space travel, and his kite boarding contest with his best bud Barack Obama. This interview comes from Washington Post Live and has been edited here for time and clarity.
5/2/201734 minutes, 17 seconds
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Author Eric Liu: The power of decentralized resistance

Eric Liu, author of "You're More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen" talks about the evolution of resistance movements, and offers advice for protesters today.
4/25/201727 minutes, 43 seconds
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It’s not just Trump: With Brexit and France votes, Russia is cultivating the global right

Jame Kirchick discusses some themes in his new book including the rightward lurch of Europeans and their governments and the rise of anti-Semitism.
4/18/201726 minutes, 11 seconds
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Khalil Gibran Muhammad on how fear of Trump could become as dangerous as Trump himself

Khalil Gibran Muhammad, a professor at Harvard's Kennedy school, discusses a recent controversy in the schools of his hometown in New Jersey that involved race and slavery and the current dangers it revealed.
4/11/201728 minutes, 21 seconds
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Congresswoman Karen Bass on why she feels like a political therapist

As former speaker of the California Assembly, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) has experience working with a celebrity new to government and says she now feels like a political therapist for her constituents.
4/4/201728 minutes, 27 seconds
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Does Estonia understand democracy better than any of us?

President Kersti Kaljulaid is the first female and youngest person ever to be president of Estonia, a Baltic nation whose worries about a resurgent Russia are tempered by its faith in NATO and democracy.
3/28/201714 minutes, 11 seconds
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Joe Manchin on why he's still a Democrat

Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) discusses Russian interference in the presidential election and the messy effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.
3/21/201727 minutes, 51 seconds
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Tony Blinken: 'This administration has turned our traditional openness into weakness'

Tony Blinken, Deputy Secretary of State for President Obama, discusses how President Trump's foreign policy fits into America's traditional role in the world including Russia, NATO and American diplomacy.
3/14/201734 minutes, 37 seconds
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Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union

Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union discusses uninviting Milo Yiannopoulos to CPAC, his definition of “alt-right” and why conservatives support Trump.
3/7/201729 minutes, 30 seconds
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Professor Daina Ramey Berry

Professor Daina Ramey Berry, discusses how she wrote about slavery from the slaves perspective instead of writing about them as objects, and why doing that is so important.
2/28/201726 minutes, 25 seconds
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Keith Ellison: The Democratic Party isn't only for Democrats

Rep. Keith Ellison wants to be the next chair of the of the DNC and true to his progressive roots, Ellison also believes “the Democratic Party should always be the party that stands with the aspiring working people of America.”
2/21/201725 minutes, 54 seconds
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Tom Perez on why the Democratic party needs a dramatic culture shift

Former Labor Secretary, Tom Perez, is now running to be the leader of the Democratic Party, a party he says needs a culture change that would allow democrats to connect with people again.
2/14/201722 minutes, 50 seconds
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Laurence Tribe on why the judiciary is "our last best hope"

As a Harvard Law professor, Laurence Tribe, has taught people like former president Obama and Chief Justice John Roberts. So, as someone who would know, Tribe discusses President Trumps rocky relationship with the constitution.
2/7/201728 minutes, 20 seconds
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Lena Epstein: "I am a Jewish, millennial female, who is supporting Trump."

Former co-chair of President Trump's Michigan campaign, Lena Epstein, explains why she supports Trump and how she navigates being a minority in her party.
1/31/201732 minutes
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Arthur Brooks explains how dignity links Trump and Obama

There's no one better to talk to about now President Trump than Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute. As the Author of "The Conservative Heart", Brooks discusses how dignity won Donald Trump the White House.
1/24/201726 minutes, 23 seconds
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A Donald Trump survival guide -- from the mouths of Obama officials

On this special Inauguration episode, we re-visit interviews with members of Obama's administration as they give their best advice on how to protect his legacy and maintain the progress made.
1/17/201712 minutes, 36 seconds
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April Ryan on racial invisibility

April Ryan, Washington Bureau Chief and White House correspondent for the American Urban Radio Network, discusses the need to be visible and vocal in upcoming years and discusses her latest book, ‘At Mama’s Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White’.
1/10/201724 minutes, 51 seconds
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When cabinet members need to reach the president, this is the man they talk to first

Broderick Johnson, White House Cabinet Secretary, is someone you probably have never heard of, but who has enormous power. He discusses meeting President Obama for the first time and working on perhaps his proudest achievement, My Brothers Keeper.
1/3/201728 minutes, 59 seconds
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Former Obama official on the Trump cabinet picks that are actually good hires

Derek Chollet, former Obama defense department official discusses Obama's foreign policy, Syria and the infamous red line and why some of President-elect Trump's picks to head the Pentagon and Homeland Security are actually good hires.
12/26/201626 minutes, 50 seconds
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How Valerie Jarrett became Obama's most trusted adviser, and outlasted all her predecessors

Valerie Jarrett is the longest-serving senior adviser to President Obama. She has survived Washington by being proud of her accomplishments, but never forgetting for whom she worked.
12/20/201634 minutes, 14 seconds
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A call to arms from Attorney General Loretta Lynch

Loretta Lynch, Attorney General of the United States, discusses Russian involvement in the US presidential election, the rise of hate crimes in the US and calls for private citizens to keep protecting the civil rights of Americans.
12/13/201624 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ambassador Susan Rice on the challenges of national security

Susan Rice, national security advisor to President Obama, talks about the challenges of national security policy-making including Syria, Russia and Benghazi. She also discusses having the talk about race with her children.
12/5/201621 minutes, 35 seconds
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Here's how to preserve the Kennedy ideal in Trump's America, from a Kennedy

Mark Shriver, president of Save the Children Action Network, talks about the importance of our country's children, his father, Sargent Shriver, what it's like being a Kennedy and his quest to get an interview with the pope.
11/29/201629 minutes, 49 seconds
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Michael Steele, Part 2: What Republicans need to do about all "the KKK stuff"

In part two of Jonathan's conversation with the Michael Steele, former chairman of the RNC, Steele expands on his explanation of how the country got here in the first place and why black Americans didn't show up for Hillary Clinton.
11/22/201621 minutes, 8 seconds
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Michael Steele, Part 1: "Donald Trump is the freest president we've had in a generation"

In part one of a two-part conversation with Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, talks about why President-elect Donald Trump will govern as a pragmatic populist.
11/15/201620 minutes, 59 seconds
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Final election predictions, with Dr. Larry Sabato and his Crystal Ball

Sabato’s Crystal Ball analyzes and predicts election outcomes and has been named as one of the most accurate predictors. Dr. Larry Sabato walks us through what to expect on election night.
11/8/201624 minutes, 17 seconds
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The everyday trauma of being a black man in America

As a mother who lost her son over "loud music" and a young man who survived being shot in the head, Lucy McBath and DeJuan Patterson discuss the pain of coping with the violence they've endured. This episode contains explicit language.
10/31/201635 minutes, 17 seconds
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Export-Import Bank chief Fred Hochberg on jobs, 'good feet' and congressional hurdles

Fred Hochberg, chairman of the Export-Import Bank, talks about Congress stalling the bank's reauthorization and being one of the highest ranking openly gay members of the Obama administration.
10/25/201628 minutes
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Knight Foundation president: We're in the biggest disruption to information since the printing press

Alberto Ibarguen, president of the Knight Foundation, explains why the first amendment doesn't apply to the internet and what the foundation is doing about it.
10/18/201628 minutes, 9 seconds
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This is the perfect escape from the insanity of our politics today. Meet Franklin Sirmans.

Franklin Sirmans, director of Perez Art Museum Miami, talks about what it takes to build a 21st century museum and breaking down the walls that separate the museum from the community it inhabits.
10/11/201628 minutes, 28 seconds
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Rob Reiner: We are living 'All in the Family' and Trump is Archie Bunker

Rob Reiner, director, actor and activist, discusses how he thinks the media has failed, the position he dreamed about having in a Clinton administration and whether he's planning a move from entertainment to politics.
10/4/201629 minutes, 8 seconds
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If you still hate Clinton and Trump after the debate, here's Evan McMullin

Evan McMullin, independent presidential candidate talks about his dim view of Donald Trump and the politicians who support him, the need for a new conservative party, Black Lives Matter and the movie that inspired him to join the CIA.
9/27/201636 minutes, 1 second
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Lonnie Bunch: Even if you're white, "the story of slavery is still your story"

Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture talks about the museum from idea to completion, including his initial reaction to a man claiming to have Harriet Tubman's shawl.
9/23/201614 minutes, 16 seconds
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Dr. Anthony Fauci: Forced to rob cancer research to pay for Zika vaccine push

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, discusses the urgency of funding Zika vaccine research and the possibility of an AIDS-free generation.
9/20/201626 minutes, 25 seconds
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Nancy Pelosi: Never bogged down

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi talks about why Donald Trump will never be president, the fight for Zika funding, and how she made it as a woman in politics.
9/13/201622 minutes, 59 seconds
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Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Doing what needed to be done

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz talks about the DNC email hack, her decision to resign as chair and the rumors around it, her recent primary victory and more.
9/6/201632 minutes, 43 seconds
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Darren Walker: Using privilege to fight privilege

Jonathan talks to Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation about how his being African American, openly gay and raised poor inform his work in the rarefied air of philanthropy, and more including privilege, black lives matter and dancing.
8/30/201626 minutes, 31 seconds
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Wendy Sherman: The world can't believe Donald Trump

Jonathan talks with Wendy Sherman, former U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, about Donald Trump's potential impact on US foreign policy, the U.S. president's unrivaled ability to launch nuclear weapons and more.
8/23/201618 minutes, 1 second
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Michael Steele is no 'Pied Piper.'

Jonathan talks with former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele, about why Trump is good for Republicans, the party's problem with race and Steele's time studying for the priesthood.
8/16/201619 minutes, 4 seconds
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Preview: The mic check

Get a flavor for the Washington Post’s newest podcast as Jonathan Capehart does a mic check with former chairman of the Republican Party Michael Steele.
8/11/20161 minute, 31 seconds
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Elizabeth Way and Elena Romero on how hip-hop transformed fashion

In this conversation recorded for Washington Post Live on March 16, Elizabeth Way and Elena Romero, co-curators of the “Fresh, Fly, and Fabulous” exhibition at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, discuss hip-hop’s enduring influence on fashion, the history of high-fashion brands appropriating streetwear and what it really means to wear your “Sunday best.”
12/31/196928 minutes, 38 seconds
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Wes Moore on becoming Maryland’s first African American governor

In this conversation first recorded for Washington Post Live on Nov. 30, Maryland Gov.-elect Wes Moore discusses his victory over Republican Dan Cox, his plan for his first 100 days, the state of national politics and whether the Washington Commanders should keep playing football in Maryland.
12/31/196928 minutes, 13 seconds