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Created and hosted by award-winning journalist Farai Chideya, Our Body Politic is unapologetically centered on reporting on not just how women of color experience the major political events of today, but how they're impacting those very issues. Weekly episodes feature in-depth conversations about the economy, health, politics, education, the environment, and the most prescient issues—because all issues are women's issues. Tune in every Friday everywhere you listen to podcasts, and on public radio stations around the country. Presented by KCRW, KPCC, and KQED.

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    Voices of Buffalo, Rep. Ruben Gallego on Racial Terror, and CRT

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 50:08

    This week, U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego of Arizona speaks with Farai about how his past experience as a Marine combat veteran helped him keep himself and fellow congresspeople safe during the insurrection on January 6, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol building. The pair also discuss the mass shooting in Buffalo and how replacement theory is a driving force for racial discrimination. 'Our Body Politic Presents' features Pushkin Industries' podcast, “Getting Even With Anita Hill", with Anita Hill's interview of legal scholar and civil rights activist Kimberlé Crenshaw on Critical Race theory, a term Crenshaw helped coin in the late 1980s, that is now central to America's culture wars. And on our weekly segment, Sippin' the Political Tea, Farai speaks to two veteran journalists and longtime residents of Buffalo, N.Y., Rod Watson and Sandy White, about the impacts of the racist mass shooting on their community.

    Preparing for and Fighting Against a Post-Roe Future

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 50:26

    Given the recent leaked draft of a Supreme Court decision which could overturn Roe v. Wade, we do a special episode with a focus on abortion access, law and lived experience. Farai starts with best-selling author of Nomadland, investigative journalist Jessica Bruder. Her Atlantic Magazine cover story, “The Abortion Underground” details the covert network that is preparing for the possible end of legal abortion on the national level. Farai invites Jessica to answer questions provided by OBP listeners as well as share additional insight she has on what preparing for a post-Roe future could look like. Then, Farai speaks with Madison Jacobs, communications strategist at the Public Rights Project about the state-level abortion fight in Michigan and elsewhere. In the weekly segment, Sippin' the Political Tea, Farai speaks with law professor and OBP legal contributor Tiffany Jeffers and reproductive rights expert and UC Irvine law professor Michele Goodwin, who begins with the lived experience and learnings from her own abortion.

    Aging with Purpose and Redefining Strength for Black Women

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 50:30

    What does it mean to age with purpose? In this week's show, we are invited to hear a past conversation between Farai and author of Sign My Name to Freedom Betty Reid Soskin, who recently retired at age 100 from her work as a National Park Ranger and community historian. Then in “Our Body Politics Presents,” we hear more from Tonya Mosley's podcast “Truth Be Told” where she speaks to Ayanna Brown, a mother who graciously details her cycle of loving, losing, grieving, and persevering. On the weekly segment, “Sippin' the Political Tea” Farai speaks with professor and Vice Chair of preventive medicine at Northwestern University, Dr. Mercedes Carnethon and author of 55, Underemployed and Faking Normal, Elizabeth White on how to age well, physically, emotionally and financially.

    In Depth -- The Investigation into January 6th, plus the Roots of the Insurrection

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 50:23

    This week Boston Globe senior op-ed writer Kimberly Atkins Stohr joins Farai to discuss the latest findings - and potential government involvement - in the January 6 insurrection investigation. Our host then speaks candidly with OBP senior producer Bianca Martin about Farai's 30 year journey as a field reporter who focuses on the challenges to democracy and society, and who predicted the 2021 political violence. Their conversation leads us back 12 years to Farai's radio documentary “Pop and Politics Radio.” Traveling hundreds of miles through Arizona during the 2010 midterm election, Farai and the documentary producers saw how many of today's political battles began to take shape, laying groundwork for the 2021 insurrection.

    Leveraging Financial Power to Build Equity; A Brief History of Black Education in America; PLUS Restorative Economics Creating Pathways to Prosperity

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 50:42

    How do you harness the power of money for the greater good? This week, Farai speaks to philanthropist Mona Sinha, founder and CEO of the Insight Circle Fund, about what it means to make an impact as a woman of color in the worlds of finance and of giving. In the series “Our Body Politic Presents…” Aimée Eubanks Davis, host and creator of the podcast After 1954 speaks to author of Black Teachers on Teaching, researcher and professor Michele Foster about the rich past of Black education in the United States, specifically the effects of school desegregation on Black students following Brown V. Board. Then in our weekly segment, ‘Sippin' the Political Tea', Farai speaks about pathways to shared prosperity and innovative approaches to community and finance with Nwamaka Agbo, CEO of the Kataly Foundation and Managing Director of the Restorative Economies Fund; and Jessica Norwood, Founder of RUNWAY.

    Black Women Fighting Against Disinformation and Reshaping Tech; PLUS Inflation & Reproductive Rights Shaping the Midterms

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 50:24

    This week, Farai speaks with Bridget Todd, technology guru and creator and host of the podcast, “There Are No Girls on the Internet.” In addition to spotlighting Bridget's fascinating career as a digital creator and futurist, in our series, “Our Body Politic Presents…” we share a conversation between Bridget and freelancer and activist Shafiqah Hudson about how she and other Black women tried to help Twitter block disinformation. In our weekly segment, Sippin' the Political Tea, Farai speaks to senior adviser at The Lincoln Project and former GOP congressional communications director Tara Setmayer and op-ed columnist for the Washington Post and OBP Contributor Karen Attiah about the latest in U.S. news and politics, particularly how inflation and abortion are affecting current politics and the midterms.

    Empowering People in Disaster; Creating a Stronger Democracy; and All Things SCOTUS

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 50:46

    This week, Farai speaks to Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto, former mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico about what it took to guide her people through the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, as well as to create a compass for women leaders to understand their own power. In "Our Body Politic Presents..." A'shanti Gholar, host of the podcast “The Brown Girls Guide to Politics” interviews Dr. Sadaf F. Jaffer, the first Asian-American woman and first Muslim American woman sworn into the New Jersey General Assembly, about what it means for someone with her intersecting identities to have a voice in legislation. On our weekly segment, Sippin' the Political Tea, Farai talks with Georgetown University law professor and OBP legal contributor Tiffany Jeffers and University of Baltimore law professor and Op-Ed columnist for the Atlantic and Politico Kim Wehle about all things Supreme Court.

    "Long COVID”; Decolonizing Parenting; COVID and Mental Health

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 50:42

    This week, Farai speaks to Dr. Raven Baxter about the effects of “long COVID” and the power she discovered from her own personal journey with the illness. In "Our Body Politic Presents..." Tonya Mosley of the podcast “Truth Be Told” interviews her mother and parenting coach Yolanda Williams about the joys and challenges of raising free and healthy Black children in today's world. On our weekly segment Sippin' the Political Tea, Farai talks with former Obama White House Health Policy Director Dr. Kavita Patel and psychiatrist and activist Dr. Kali Cyrus about mental health and equity in healthcare when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    SCOTUS Confirmation Hearing; A Well-Read Black Girl; Oscar Predictions

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2022 50:21

    This week, Farai speaks to Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee who shares a firsthand take on the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings at Capitol Hill for SCOTUS nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. In ‘Our Body Politic Presents…' we hear from actor and author Gabrielle Union who spoke to the podcast, “Well-Read Black Girl” about writing her truth. And in Sippin' the Political Tea, Farai talks with pop culture gurus Casey Mendoza of Newsy and Candice Frederick of the Huffington Post about all things Oscars.

    Finding Joy, Nikki Giovanni's Wisdom, and High Gas Prices

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2022 50:42

    And a big thank you to Tonya Mosley, host and creator of the podcast Truth Be Told and her team: Ayanna Angel, Aisha Brown, James T. Green and Enrico Benjamin. Truth be Told is a production of TMI Productions in association with Fearless Media.

    Revisiting Pipeline Protests, A Sacred Family Heirloom, and Discrimination During War

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2022 50:27

    This week on Our Body Politic, Farai looks back on the 2016-2017 Dakota Access Pipeline protests with investigative journalist Jenni Monet to discuss activism among indegeonous peoples in America and across the globe. Farai also talks with MacArthur Grant Award winner, Harvard professor and author Tiya Miles about one family heirloom from the enslavement period that remarkably stood the test of time. Then in our weekly segment "Sippin' the Political Tea" Farai is joined by Christina Greer, political scientist and Associate Professor at Fordham University and Kimberly St. Julian-Varnon, a Ph.D. student in History at the University of Pennsylvania, as they examine the discrimination and other barriers international students and also non-white Ukrainanians are facing in result of Putin's invasion.

    Judge Jackson's Nomination, Translating Global News, and the State of the Union

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2022 50:23

    This week on Our Body Politic, Farai talks with law professor Tiffany Jeffers about the upcoming SCOTUS hearings for nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. Farai also talks with one of the main leaders at CNN responsible for making sure you have the tools to digest important global news coverage (like the ongoing war in Ukraine). Farai reviews the State of the Union and GOP politics with Errin Haines and GOP strategist Tara Setmayer.

    Remembering Sandy Hook; Coping With Inflation; and War in Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2022 50:18

    This week on Our Body Politic, Farai talks with the parent of one of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre. It's been ten years since the tragedy, and the healing continues for families of the victims. Then, lighter wallets. Everyone's wallets are a little less full these days as inflation hits record highs - so what do we do? Farai talks about money strategies with personal finance guru Michelle Singletary. And finally, in our weekly segment ‘Sippin' the Political Tea', Farai talks with two experts on the conflict in Ukraine. Russia has invaded Ukraine, tensions in Europe are at their highest levels in decades, and there's no endgame in sight.

    Black Media Mavens, Revisting Malcolm X's Murder, and Sippin' Tea with Karen Attiah

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2022 50:35

    This week, Our Body Politic talks with the co-founders of the new media initiative, Capital B– aimed at providing what's lacking in Black communities across the country – reliable and trusted journalism. Also, we talk to a producer of “X/ onerated,” a documentary about the men accused, and after decades, exonerated in the killing of Malcolm X. We also talk to Karen Attiah of the Washington Post. Karen's opinion column in recent weeks has tackled the controversies surrounding Joe Rogan, Whoopi Goldberg and we also discuss her upcoming book.

    Being Muslim in America, Electing Black Women, and Global Affairs

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2022 50:51

    On this week's show, host Farai Chideya talks with one muslim journalist who describes his family's life in America in 2022 – spoiler alert, it's not easy. Farai also talks about the future of Black elected women as the midterms loom, and global politics in the Ukraine and Beijing.

    Florida's Latino Vote and Biden's SCOTUS Pick

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2022 50:42

    On this week's show, Host Farai Chideya talks with Politico's Sabrina Rodriguez and pollster Fernand Amandi about how the Latino vote in Florida could shape this year's elections. Award-winning journalist and author Celeste Headlee explores structural change around race in public media, and how everyone can have conversations about race that matter. Executive Coach Caroline Kim Oh talks about coaching BIPOC and women leaders, and the power of intentional time. And Farai sips the Political Tea about President Biden's pending SCOTUS nomination with professors Christina Greer and Tiffany Jeffers.

    Anti-Trans Legislation and Trans Women in Sports featuring TransLash Media, Plus Bodily Autonomy, the Culture Wars, and the Legacy of Shirley Chisholm

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2022 50:56

    Our Body Politic Presents: the Podcast "Into America" on Banned Books and the Trauma of Witnessing George Floyd's Death, Plus a Special Roundtable on Covid

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 50:07

    Recordings provided courtesy of the podcast Into America, from MSNBC and NBC News. https://link.chtbl.com/obvkRMCh?sid=obp

    Georgia's Lead Role in the Voting Rights Battle; and the Podcast "As She Rises" on the Climate Crisis and Women of Color

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 50:01

    America Faces the Legacy of the January 6th Insurrection, featuring Sounds Like Hate's "Red Flags Everywhere"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 49:48

    Workers in the U.S. Feel the Squeeze of Inflation, the Booming Business of Astrology, and the First Year of Vice President Kamala Harris

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 50:13

    Host Farai Chideya talks to OBP's economics analyst Jamila Michener of Cornell University about the real impact of inflation on low-wage workers, and why they are upsetting power dynamics in the labor market. Farah Stockman discusses her new book on the fates of workers at a factory in Indiana: “American Made: What Happens to People When Work Disappears.” Alina Brown explains why she shares her passion for astrology on YouTube. On the final Sippin' the Political Tea of the year, Errin Haines of the 19th and Chrissy Greer of Fordham University examine the trajectories of women of color in leadership roles, especially Kamala Harris as she completes her first year as Vice President.EPISODE RUNDOWN0:30 Economics analyst Jamila Michener on the real impact of inflation12:39 Farah Stockman on her book on the working class today23:40 Alina Brown on bringing astrology to her YouTube channel31:13 Sippin' the Political Tea: Errin Haines of the 19th and Professor Christina Greer discuss the future of Black women in U.S. politics

    Best Of 2021: Addressing Maternal Physical and Mental Health, the Ongoing Crisis over What to Teach Kids, and How One Activist Disrupts from Within Institutions

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 50:07

    In this holiday rerun, Farai Chideya brings back some of the best interviews of the year. First, Representative Lauren Underwood of Illinois on her personal and professional connection to the maternal health crisis, and what she thinks politicians can and should do about it. Author Carmen Maria Machado shares how her gay memoir found itself at the center of a controversy in a Texas school district over what to teach students. Educator Lydia X.Z. Brown explains their perspective working within and without institutions as an activist in the disability justice movement. On Sippin' the Political Tea, Farai discusses how moms are faring with their mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic, with the co-hosts of The Double Shift podcast, Angela Garbes and Katherine Goldstein.EPISODE RUNDOWN0:50 Representative Lauren Underwood on maternal health in the U.S.12:33 Author Carmen Maria Machado on the power of a moral panic18:38 Educator Lydia X.Z. Brown on embracing different ways of learning31:18 Sippin' the Political Tea: the co-hosts of The Double Shift come on to talk to Farai about the mental health of moms during the Covid-19 pandemic

    How Confronting the Myth of American Innocence Can Stop Our Slide into Authoritarianism, and a Look Ahead at the Political Lessons We Carry into 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 50:33

    Host Farai Chideya talks with Pulitzer-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones about why people need to speak out against bans on teaching U.S. history, which we'd likely condemn if they were happening in any other country. Two publishers—Elizabeth Méndez Berry of One World and Lisa Lucas of Pantheon and Schocken—discuss the role of books and cultural criticism in the wider political discourse. Merlyne Jean-Louis shares her legal expertise making sure creative entrepreneurs protect their rights to intellectual property. On Sippin' the Political Tea, Errin Haines of the 19th and Karen Attiah of the Washington Post discuss the legacy of bell hooks and how she impacted their work.EPISODE RUNDOWN1:08 Nikole Hannah-Jones on what we lose when we ban the teaching of history12:26 Elizabeth Mendez Berry and Lisa Lucas on the importance of cultural criticism23:26 Merlyne Jean-Louis on protecting your brand as a creative entrepreneur31:16 Sippin' the Political Tea: Errin Haines of the 19th and Karen Attiah of the Washington Post join Farai in a discussion of the week's news

    Voting Rights Activism from Fannie Lou Hamer to Today, Tackling High Maternal Mortality Rates in the U.S., and How to Reframe Abortion as a Liberty Issue for All

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 50:00

    Host Farai Chideya talks with LaTosha Brown, cofounder of the Black Voters Matter Fund, about where she thinks constituents like herself belong in the country's two-party politics. Then Farai looks back at another voting rights and civil rights activist from decades past: Fannie Lou Hamer, as revisited by historian Keisha Blain in her new book: “Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer's Enduring Message to America.” Adriana Lozada, a doula with years of experience helping birthing people, explains what needs to be done to address the maternal health crisis in the U.S. On Sippin' the Political Tea, Errin Haines of the 19th leads a conversation with OBP legal analyst Tiffany Jeffers and CNN editor Eliza Anyangwe examining the Supreme Court's arguments about abortion rights, Stacey Abrams' leadership in Georgia, and the fall-out of Omicron across the globe.EPISODE RUNDOWN1:18 Voting rights activist LaTosha Brown on what keeps her motivated to make change12:32 Historian Keisha Blain on the life and legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer22:26 Doula Adriana Lozada on the U.S.'s maternal health crisis31:16 Sippin' the Political Tea: Errin Haines of the 19th, Eliza Anyangwe of CNN, and Tiffany Jeffers of Georgetown Law dissect the week's news

    Why Voters Lose When Democrats Fight Each Other, Back to Basics with Covid-19 Prevention, and a Call to Action for Women of Color

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 50:14

    Host Farai Chideya talks with former Ohio state Senator Nina Turner about the pros and cons of being a progressive within the Democratic Party. Doctors Uché and Oni Blackstock share their family's history with healthcare, and what we know and don't know about the new Covid-19 variant. Dana Coester of 100 Days in Appalachia explains why she was not surprised by the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict after years studying rising, armed extremism among white youth. On Sippin' the Political Tea, Farai and two fellow journalists and media trailblazers—S. Mitra Kalita of URL Media and Jenni Monet of Indigenously—examine what it really means to consider themselves women of color.EPISODE RUNDOWN0:28 Progressive Democrat Nina Turner on whether the party can deliver for voters12:50 Doctors Uché and Oni Blackstock on their sense of purpose in medicine21:15 Journalist Dana Coester on extremist recruitment of white youth in the U.S.31:20 Sippin' the Political Tea: journalists S. Mitra Kalita and Jenni Monet join Farai to discuss what it means to be a woman of color, especially in media

    How Feminists in China Fight Authoritarianism, Facing Food Apartheid in the U.S., and Black Women Get Real about Preparing for Retirement

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 49:52

    Host Farai Chideya talks with author and China expert Leta Hong Fincher about how feminists face up to the country's authoritarian regime, and the similarities with gender-equality struggles in the U.S. Sixto Cancel of the non-profit Think of Us shares his experience in the foster care system, and what the organization is doing to reform it. Chef Kia Damon explains why she prefers the term “food apartheid.”  On Sippin' the Political Tea, Farai and two guests dive into the details of saving for retirement as Black women—that's with Michelle Singletary of the Washington Post, and Gwen McKinney of the platform Unerased: Black Women Speak.EPISODE RUNDOWN0:14 Leta Hong Fincher on the feminists pushing against authoritarianism in China12:43 Sixto Cancel on his work to reform the U.S. foster care system23:13 Chef Kia Damon feeds the people in Brooklyn31:07 Sippin' the Political Tea: communications specialist Gwen McKinney and the Washington Post's Michelle Singletary get real about protecting your finances as you get older

    Honoring the Emanuel Nine, What We Can Do about Information Disorder, and Critical Race Theory as a Political Football

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 50:21

    Host Farai Chideya talks about the power of forgiveness with Sharon Risher, whose relatives were among the Mother Emanuel shooting victims. Michael Arad, the architect behind the new memorial to the Emanuel Nine, discusses the collaborative process of designing an homage to the congregation. Civil rights leader Rashad Robinson talks about the final report from the Aspen Institute's Commission on Information Disorder. On Sippin' the Political Tea, Karen Attiah of the Washington Post and Khiara Bridges of UC Berkeley examine the way politicians use Critical Race Theory to win elections.EPISODE RUNDOWN0:15 A family member of those slain at Emanuel AME Church in 2015 on the recent settlement by the Department of Justice12:36 Architect Michael Arad on building a memorial honoring the “Emanuel Nine”19:14 Civil rights leader Rashad Robinson on the Aspen Institute's report on information disorder31:30 Sippin' the Political Tea: columnist Karen Attiah and law professor Khiara Bridges examine the impact of critical race theory on our politics right now

    The Challenge to Define Accountability in the Criminal Justice System, Anti-racism in Media, and What's Really Going On with Facebook

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 50:36

    Host Farai Chideya talks with MacArthur Fellow, poet Reginald Dwayne Betts, about why we struggle to articulate exactly how we want to change the prison system in the U.S. OB-GYN Dr. Jamila Perritt explains why she dreams of exercising her medical practice without the interference of politics. Gwen Ifill Award winner Sisi Wei of OpenNews examines the transition from focusing on diversity in newsrooms, to doing impactful anti-racist work in the media industry. And on Sippin' the Political Tea, Mutale Nkonde of AI for the People and Nicol Turner-Lee of the Brookings Institution help Farai examine the latest tech news.EPISODE RUNDOWN0:44 Reginald Dwayne Betts on the power of reading books13:01 Dr. Jamila Perritt on the impact of abortion restrictions on women of color21:28  Sisi Wei on anti-racist work in the media industry31:50 Sippin' the Political Tea: Mutale Nkonde and Nicol Turner-Lee cover the most important tech news of the last few weeks

    What the Elections Teach Us About Swing Voter Issues Today, How Race and Ethnicity Shape Young People of Color Politically, and Why Welcoming Refugees Helps Us

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 48:30

    Host Farai Chideya talks with longtime immigrant rights expert Cecilia Muñoz about Welcome.US, a website that connects people to the process of resettling newcomers. Our Body Politic contributors Diane Wong and Jenn Jackson, researchers at the GenForward survey, share their findings about the favorability of both major parties with young people of color. Author and global citizen Chloe Dulce Louvouezo embarks on an exploration of identity in her book, "Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories From Black Women on Identity, Healing and Self-Trust.” And on Sippin' the Political Tea, Errin Haines of the 19th and Tiffany Jeffers of Georgetown Law dissect the week's news with Farai, going through the major elections this month and what they say about the issues getting voters to the polls.EPISODE RUNDOWN1:04 Cecilia Muñoz on her new initiative to help us welcome refugees10:51 The data scientists at GenForward on young people of color and the two-party system21:21 Author Chloe Dulce Louvouezo on finding home in herself29:35 Sippin' the Political Tea: Our Body Politic contributors Errin Haines and Tiffany Jeffers cover the week's news with Farai Chideya

    A Candidate in Virginia Challenges the Two-Party System, the Two Sisters Using Their Skills to Address Afghan Refugee Health, and Why Stan Culture Harms Us All

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 49:50

    Host Farai Chideya asks Virginia gubernatorial candidate Princess Blanding about running on a third-party ticket and how her platform is diverse and inclusive. Our Body Politic public health contributor Dr. Kavita Trivedi covers everything we need to know about vaccines, and not only against Covid-19. Two sisters in the Bay Area share the story behind starting the Afghan Clinic, which serves the health needs of fellow Afghans. And on Sippin' the Political Tea, Casey Mendoza of Newsy and Karen Attiah of the Washington Post, two contributors on the show, join Farai to examine what the Dave Chappelle controversy says about free speech, stan culture, and the importance of nuanced and fearless cultural critics, especially in communities of color.EPISODE RUNDOWN0:47 Third-party candidate Princess Blanding on her run to be Virginia's Governor11:59 Dr. Kavita Trivedi updates us on all news related to vaccines21:18 Two public health professionals launch the Afghan Clinic to uplift their community's health needs30:56 Sippin' the Political Tea: Our Body Politic contributors Casey Mendoza and Karen Attiah dissect the controversy around Dave Chappelle

    A Haitian Author on Her Family's Immigration Story, Celebrating and Supporting Black Women in the Media, and What We Lose Politically with the Death of Colin Powell

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 50:09

    Host Farai Chideya talks with award-winning writer Edwidge Danticat about why it's important to tell specific stories that complicate the immigrant narrative in the U.S. Writer Zeba Blay shares insights from her new book about Black women in pop culture, “Carefree Black Girls.” TV and filmmaker Felicia Pride discusses her focus on Honeys in her work in entertainment. And on Sippin' the Political Tea, foreign policy expert Hagar Chemali and Leah Wright Rigueur of Johns Hopkins University, a leading expert on Black Republicans, join Farai to discuss the significance of the death of one of the last moderate Black conservatives, Colin Powell.EPISODE RUNDOWN1:40 Author Edwidge Danticat on complicating immigrant narratives12:37 Culture critic Zeba Blay on her new book “Carefree Black Girls”22:30 TV and filmmaker Felicia Pride on celebrating Black women over 4031:28 Sippin' the Political Tea: foreign policy expert Hagar Chemali and Leah Wright Rigueur, a leading expert on Black conservatives, examine the complicated legacy of Colin Powell

    Anita Hill on Fighting Gender Violence for Thirty Years, How the Digital Economy Infringes on Our Civil Rights, and the Mask Debate in Schools

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 49:53

    Host Farai Chideya talks with Anita Hill thirty years after she first testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee that Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her. She discusses what we can do to address sexual assault in her new book, “Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence.” Nicol Turner-Lee of the Brookings Institution explains why private tech companies should not go unregulated. Polly Irungu shares why she founded Black Women Photographers to provide new pathways into  her industry. And on Sippin' the Political Tea, Errin Haines of The 19th and legal analyst Tiffany Jeffers of Georgetown Law join Farai to discuss the week's news.EPISODE RUNDOWN0:35 Professor Anita Hill on ending gender violence in the U.S.12:36  Nicol Turner-Lee on the real impact of an unregulated digital economy25:20 Polly Irungu on investing in Black women and non-binary photographers31:09 Sippin' the Political Tea: legal analyst Tiffany Jeffers and political contributor Errin Haines discuss the future of the GOP, abortion laws, and mask mandates in schools

    How to Heal from Racial Trauma in the Workplace, Celebrating Women of Color in Hollywood's Nerdiest Genres, and a Frank Conversation About the Future of the U.S. Military

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 50:32

    Host Farai Chideya talks with author Minda Harts about the moment she made a difficult decision to leave a racist work environment and prioritize her mental health. Journalist Adam Serwer shares why he felt it was important to write about the Trump Presidency, even if he lost the 2020 election. Farai and business of entertainment contributor Casey Mendoza nerd out about the women of color making waves in science fiction and fantasy fandoms. And in a special episode of Sippin' the Political Tea, retired Major General Linda Singh and Navy veteran Tashandra Poullard open up to Farai about the challenges of coming home from war, and how they'd like to see the U.S. military evolve beyond the “forever wars.”EPISODE RUNDOWN0:22 Author and executive Minda Harts on healing from racial trauma in the workplace13:03 Journalist Adam Serwer on tracing the genealogy of racism and eugenics21:14 Casey Mendoza on the women of color making their mark in sci-fi and fantasy31:55 Sippin' the Political Tea: a special roundtable on the future of the U.S. military with two female women of color veterans

    Why the Economic Recovery Has Been Slow for Women of Color, Research Says Millennials of Color Are Worried and Hopeful about Money, and How Pauli Murray's Writing and Thinking Still Influence Us Today

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 50:20

    Host Farai Chideya celebrates the show's first anniversary  with a conversation on Black homeownership and the importance of housing policy with 2021 MacArthur fellow and historian Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. The data scientists at the GenForward survey dissect the anxiety and optimism of millennials of color around their financial futures. Farai talks with the three filmmakers behind “My Name is Pauli Murray,” a new Amazon documentary about the trail-blazing activist and lawyer. And on Sippin' the Political Tea, contributors Karen Attiah of the Washington Post and Jamila Michener of Cornell University examine the U.S.'s responsibility towards Haitian migrants, and how the infrastructure debate on the Hill impacts women of color.To help celebrate our anniversary, you can fill out our listener feedback form here.EPISODE RUNDOWN1:21 MacArthur fellow Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on the history of Black homeownership12:50 The latest GenForward survey on the financial lives of millennials of color23:16 A new documentary explores the influential life of Pauli Murray31:44 Sippin' the Political Tea: contributors Karen Attiah of the Washington Post and Jamila Michener of Cornell University discuss the week's news

    Reporting on Domestic Extremism, One Family Marked by It and White Evangelical Christianity's Extremist Links

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 50:14

    Host Farai Chideya shares her experience at the “Justice for J6” rally and talks about how extremists view the media with reporter Chris Jones of the outlet 100 Days in Appalachia. Wes Moore, who's running for governor in Maryland, says his ancestors facing white supremacists inspires his political career. Rue Mapp of Outdoor Afro helps others realize that “nature never closes.” And in a special roundtable, Anthea Butler and Robert P. Jones, two experts on religion and politics, explore how white evangelical Christianity is linked to extremism in the U.S.EPISODE RUNDOWN0:45 Farai discusses her experience at the “Justice for J6” rally with fellow extremism reporter Chris Jones12:42 Wes Moore on his campaign priorities as he runs for Governor of Maryland23:31 Rue Mapp of Outdoor Afro on ways to take advantage of nature31:28 Sippin' the Political Tea: Anthea Butler and Robert P. Jones on the intersection of religion and politics in the U.S.

    The January Insurrection According to Rep. Pramila Jayapal, What Families Need to Know about Covid in Kids, and Our Roundtable Debates AOC's Met Gala Moment

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 50:15

    Farai Chideya talks with Representative Pramila Jayapal of Washington about her decision to have an abortion years ago, and her experience of the January 6th insurrection. Our Body Politic's new economics analyst Jamila Michener of Cornell University discusses important policy changes that could benefit workers. Public health contributor Dr. Kavita Trivedi gives practical advice for families with unvaccinated children as kids go back to school. On Sippin' the Political Tea, Errin Haines and Jess Morales Rocketto join Farai to talk about the week's news, and of course, AOC's “Tax the Rich” dress.EPISODE RUNDOWN0:52 Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal gets personal about abortion rights12:56 Economics analyst Jamila Michener dissects job numbers for people of color21:30 Public health contributor Dr. Kavita Trivedi on Covid for kids under 1231:25 Sippin' the Political Tea: Errin Haines of the 19th and Jess Morales Rocketto of the National Domestic Workers Alliance on the week's news

    A Latina Veteran on the U.S.'s Role in the World Today, Following the Corporate Money Pledged to Racial Equality, and Roundtable Guests Reflect on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 49:52

    Farai Chideya talks with Latina veteran Pam Campos-Palma about the role of the U.S. military in a changing geopolitical climate. Our legal analyst Tiffany Jeffers breaks down the new abortion and voting laws in Texas, and what she sees as a Republican tactic to chip away at constitutional rights. The Washington Post's Tracy Jan details her team's investigation into where $50 billion corporations  pledged last year to address racial inequality went. On Sippin' the Political Tea, Hagar Chemali of “Oh My World” and Sonya Ross of Black Women Unmuted ponder the aftermath of  the attacks of September 11, 2001.EPISODE RUNDOWN0:00 Latina veteran Pam Campos-Palma on the end of the U.S. war in Afghanistan0:00 Legal analyst Tiffany Jeffers on the abortion ban and voting restrictions in Texas0:00 Washington Post reporter Tracy Jan on corporate accountability for money pledged to address racial inequality0:00 Sippin' the Political Tea: Hagar Chemali of “Oh My World” and Sonya Ross of Black Women Unmuted on the 20th anniversary of 9/11

    When Public Health Saves Lives, Returning to In-Person Education with a Disability, and Texas Abortion Ban's Impact on Women of Color

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 49:57

    Farai Chideya talks with Dr. Leana Wen about how public health can save lives, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, and about her book “Lifelines.” Lydia X.Z. Brown explains how important it is to have a safe learning environment, especially with the return to in-person teaching. The new chief curator at the National Gallery of Art, E. Carmen Ramos, talks about elevating Latino and Latin American art in mainstream museums. On Sippin' the Political Tea, Errin Haines of The 19th and political scientist Christina Greer of Fordham University join Farai to discuss the real-life ramifications of the abortion ban in Texas, and the Biden-Harris administration's handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan.EPISODE RUNDOWN0:49 Public health expert Dr. Leana Wen answers listener questions about Covid-1912:30 Disability justice advocate and lawyer Lydia X.Z. Brown on the anxiety around returning to in-person teaching25:15 The National Art Gallery's new chief curator E. Carmen Ramos on spreading her love of Latino art31:16 Sippin' the Political Tea: Errin Haines of The 19th and political scientist Christina Greer discuss the week's news, including the abortion ban in Texas

    Centering the Experiences of Afghan Women, Why the U.N. Climate Report is a Gift, and #MeToo as a Social Justice Issue

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 50:08

    Farai Chideya talks with Nadia Hashimi, an Afghan-American pediatrician and novelist who advocates for Afghan women, about what she's hearing from people on the ground there now. Tech contributor Mutale Nkonde explains how average social media users are being pulled into a network of disinformation about the Covid-19 vaccine. New York Times reporter Somini Sengupta makes the case that there's still a lot we can do to mitigate climate disaster. On Sippin' the Political Tea, Errin Haines of The 19th and Brittany Packnett Cunningham of the podcast Undistracted join Farai to discuss voting rights, New York's new Governor, and why we need to reframe #MeToo as a social justice issue.EPISODE RUNDOWN0:20 Afghan-American author Nadia Hashimi on the urgency to evacuate Afghan women12:32 Tech contributor Mutale Nkonde on how disinformation about the Covid-19 vaccine is spreading22:07 New York Times reporter Somini Sengupta on the latest climate science31:21 Sippin' the Political Tea: Errin Haines of The 19th and Brittany Packnett Cunningham of the podcast Undistracted join Farai to talk about the week's news

    Documenting Extremist Youth Recruitment, the Power of Protest, and Examining Our Narratives about Afghanistan

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 50:24

    Farai Chideya talks with journalist Dana Coester about her extensive reporting on how extremists recruit rural youth online. Carol Alvarado of the Texas Senate shares what it took to stage a 15-hour filibuster of a state law that would make it harder for people to vote. New York Times editor Veronica Chambers highlights the joy and lessons from the Black Lives Matter movement in her new children's book “Call and Response: the Story of Black Lives Matter.” On Sippin' the Political Tea, Eliza Anyangwe, editor at CNN's “As Equals” series, and foreign policy expert Hagar Chemali who hosts “Oh My World” on YouTube, analyze the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan and the Western narratives around it.EPISODE RUNDOWN0:51 Award-winning journalist Dana Coester on how extremists recruit rural youth online12:53 Texas state Senator Carol Alvarado on her 15-hour filibuster to defend voting rights20:55 Veronica Chambers of the New York Times on her new children's book ““Call and Response: the Story of Black Lives Matter.”31:42 Sippin' the Political Tea: Eliza Anyangwe of CNN and Hagar Chemali of YouTube channel “Oh My World” on the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan

    A Deep Dive into Voting Rights, the Impact of Cuomo's Resignation, and Politics in Haiti in Context

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 49:59

    Farai Chideya goes into the history of voting rights with legal expert Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to fully understand why our democracy is under threat today. Representative Bee Nguyen of the Georgia General Assembly shares why protecting voting rights is central to her campaign for Georgia Secretary of State. Journalist Manolia Charlotin provides important historical perspective to help us understand the political upheaval in Haiti. On Sippin' the Political Tea, New York politics is on the menu, with our host, Errin Haines of The 19th, and Marina Villenueve of the Associated Press.EPISODE RUNDOWN0:53 Sherrilyn Ifill breaks down our history of voting rights in the U.S.12:34 Georgia state Representative Bee Nguyen on her role defending voting rights in her state21:52 Manolia Charlotin of Press On offers context for the recent political upheaval in Haiti31:21 Sippin' the Political Tea: Errin Haines of the 19th and Marina Villeneuve of the Associated Press talk about New York state politics

    Making the Most of College, Books that Educate and Empower, and Two New Models of Community-based Journalism

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 50:30

    Farai Chideya talks with Dr. Angel Pérez of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling about how students can access the resources they need for a successful college experience. Luvvie Ajayi Jones shares lessons from her book on facing your fears. Latinx author Carmen Maria Machado addresses criticism of her memoir from a school district in Texas, and why it matters to share her story. Social media maven Omehabiba Khan tells the origin story of her successful Instagram dating site for Muslims, Rishta Live. And on the weekly roundtable Sippin' the Political Tea, Farai Chideya talks about what accountable, community-based journalism can look like with two founders of local news organizations based in New York: Mazin Sidahmed of Documented, and S. Mitra Kalita of Epicenter-NYC.EPISODE RUNDOWN00:35 Dr. Angel Pérez gives advice for college students and their families approaching the new year13:01 Luvvie Ajayi Jones on facing fear, which she calls “the everlasting hater”22:02 Author Carmen Maria Machado on moral panic and her book “In the Dream House”27:07 Omehabiba Khan on her online dating platform for Muslims31:30 Sippin' the Political Tea: Farai Chideya and journalists S. Mitra Kalita of Epicenter-NYC and Mazin Sidahmed of Documented talk about local journalism

    Black Women on Writing with Purpose, and What History Says about Overlooking the Insurrection

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 50:29

    Farai Chideya talks with author Roxane Gay about the skill and craft required to write about trauma. Writer Deesha Philyaw of “The Secret Lives of Church Ladies” explores womanhood, relationships, and “what we owe our mothers.” Journalist Soledad O'Brien on navigating racism and sexism in the media industry, and striking out on her own. On Sippin' the Political Tea, Errin Haines of The 19th examines the importance of taking the insurrection of January 6th seriously, with political scientist Christina Greer and public policy expert Carol Anderson.EPISODE RUNDOWN00:42 Roxane Gay on the skill it takes to write about trauma12:44 Deesha Philyaw on writing and womanhood22:37 Soledad O'Brien on taking her own path in journalism31:45 Sippin' the Political Tea: Errin Haines and special guests Carol Anderson and Christina Greer talk about the week's news

    The Complex Task of Public Safety Reform, Live Entertainment Slowly Regains Steam, and An Astrophysicist Takes on Bias in STEM

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 50:38

    Farai Chideya talks with St. Louis mayor Tishaura Jones about how she hopes to accomplish her progressive goals. Business of entertainment contributor Casey Mendoza reports on the #FreeBritney movement as a reproductive justice issue, and shares which entertainment venues are reopening. Astrophysicist Sarafina Nance explains how she manages the sexism and racism in her field, and invites other women like her to study science. And Errin Haines of The 19th hosts the weekly news roundtable Sippin' the Political Tea, with Tiffany Jeffers and Jess Morales Rocketto.EPISODE RUNDOWN00:54 St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones on public safety reform 13:08 Contributor Casey Mendoza on this summer's entertainment news 23:18 Astrophysicist Sarafina Nance on making her mark31:56 Sippin' the Political Tea: Errin Haines, Jess Morales Rocketto, and Tiffany Jeffers talk about the week's news

    Next-Level Thinking for Public Safety, Meet a 10-Year-Old Chess National Master, and the Biden-Harris Administration Toughens Up on Covid-19 and Voting Rights

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2021 50:49

    Farai Chideya talks with Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, a Biden-Harris adviser on Covid-19 and health equity, about where we are in the pandemic. Researcher Dr. Jenn Jackson shares the GenForward survey results that show young people's evolving stance on policing and police reform. Sharon Chang and Kamal Sinclair of the Guild of Future Architects reimagine public safety. Ten-year-old Tanitoluwa Adewumi and his family on overcoming obstacles to help him become chess national master. And Farai Chideya, Errin Haines, and Jess Morales Rocketto update us on the voting rights debate in the weekly news roundtable, Sippin' the Political Tea.EPISODE RUNDOWN00:55 Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith is Chair of the Presidential Covid-19 Health Equity Task Force13:10 A look at the GenForward surveys on protests and policing18:49 The Guild of Future Architects takes on public safety reform27:42 Tani Adewumi shares how he became a chess national master32:05 Sippin' the Political Tea: Errin Haines, Jess Morales Rocketto, and Farai Chideya talk about the week's news

    Engaging the Latino Electorate, the Challenges of Immigration Reform, and Women of Color Building Their Own Institutions

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 51:02

    Farai Chideya talks with Representative Nydia Velázquez about recovery and self-determination for Puerto Rico, and how she paved the way for other Latinas in Congress. Cecilia Muñoz, longtime policy expert and former Obama administration official, explains how Democrats and Republicans just aren't having the same conversation when it comes to immigration reform. Our Body Politic producer Priscilla Alabi looks into ways of forming a susu, and the scams that are taking advantage of this age-old savings practice. And political contributor Errin Haines leads a conversation about women of color creating their own career paths on the roundtable, Sippin' the Political Tea, with Farai and Jess Morales Rocketto.EPISODE RUNDOWN00:31 Representative Nydia Velázquez on Puerto Rican voters13:12 Policy expert Cecilia Muñoz on how to frame immigration reform23:17 A look at the age-old practice of the susu and how it's faring today32:04 Sippin' the Political Tea: Errin Haines, Jess Morales Rocketto, and Farai Chideya talk about the week's news

    Voting Rights under Attack, Talking to Loved Ones about the Covid-19 Vaccine, and Freeing Ourselves from Political Myths

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021 50:03

    Farai Chideya talks with journalist Judd Legum about why he digs deep into corporate money in politics, especially after the insurrection of January 6th. Our Body Politic health contributor Dr. Kavita Trivedi shares how to stay safe with the spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19, and convincing your loved ones to get vaccinated. In her new book, The Guardian columnist Nesrine Malik challenges us to rethink our paradigms for understanding politics. Plus, political contributor Errin Haines and legal analyst Tiffany Jeffers join Farai on the roundtable, Sippin' the Political Tea, to discuss assaults on voting rights, the staying power of Trumpism, and the myth of objectivity.EPISODE RUNDOWN00:54 Journalist Judd Legum on holding corporations accountable for their political spending12:54 Health contributor Dr Kavita Trivedi on the latest Covid-19 news23:42 Nesrine Malik on her book “We Need New Stories: The Myths that Subvert Freedom”31:23 Sippin' the Political Tea: Errin Haines, Tiffany Jeffers ,and Farai Chideya talk about the week's news 

    How the Military is Tackling Sexual Assault and Extremism, and Reviewing the Latest Supreme Court Decisions

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 49:06

    Farai Chideya talks with Our Body Politic legal analyst Tiffany Jeffers and Slate's health and race reporter Julia Craven on a Sippin' the Political Tea roundtable focused on new Supreme Court rulings. Retired Major General Linda Singh of the Maryland National Guard shares her experience handling sexual assault cases in the military, and why she wants to hold the institution's leaders accountable. Military Times bureau chief Meghann Myers explains why the military is having trouble tackling another pressing issue: extremism within its ranks. And Farai talks with fellow journalist Geraldine Moriba about what constitutes extremism, and how it manifests in the false “Lost Cause” narrative about the Confederacy.EPISODE RUNDOWN00:49 On Sippin' the Political Tea, legal analyst Tiffany Jeffers and journalist Julia Craven discuss the latest SCOTUS decisions18:40 Retired Major General Linda Singh on holding military leaders accountable for addressing sexual assault30:46 Military Times reporter Meghann Myers on the military's efforts to tackle extremism within its ranks39:37 Journalist Geraldine Moriba on confronting false narratives about the Confederacy and Confederate monuments

    Black Americans Call for Political Substance over Symbolism, the Biden-Harris Administration on Systemic Racism, and the Power of Telling Our Stories

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2021 47:37

    Farai Chideya talks with special guest Jenni Monet, an Indigenous affairs reporter and media critic at Indigenously, and Errin Haines of The 19th, on Sippin' the Political Tea. U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia L. Fudge explains why it's so important to her that the federal government call out systemic racism. Harvard University historian Annette Gordon-Reed reflects on Juneteenth through the lens of memoir. And author Nobuko Miyamoto shares her new book, “Not Yo' Butterfly,” about her decades as an artist and activist in the U.S.EPISODE RUNDOWN1:02 Sippin' the Political Tea discusses the week's news with Indigenous affairs reporter Jenni Monet and contributor Errin Haines18:45 Secretary Marcia L. Fudge of Housing and Urban Development on acknowledging systemic racism in the federal government30:03 Annette Gordon-Reed of Harvard on celebrating Juneteenth growing up in Texas38:00 Nobuko Miyamoto on her new memoir and the power of artistic expression

    Real Talk on Parenting During the Pandemic and the Mental Health Impacts on Mothers and Children, Voting Rights Under Threat, and the Benefits of Being Outdoors

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2021 46:39

    Farai Chideya welcomes the co-hosts of The Double Shift podcast on Sippin' the Political Tea to talk about the impact the pandemic had on moms' mental health, and how they can begin to recover. New York Times Opinion columnist Jamelle Bouie shares his views on the latest voting rights legislation, and why he decided to take full parental leave this year for the birth of his second child. Dr. Miguelina Germán, a child behavioral health specialist, gives an overview of how children have fared this past year, and what we have to look forward to with schools reopening. And camp counselor and Black Outside director Angelica Holmes shares her personal and professional experience with the benefits of outdoor activities for Black girls.EPISODE RUNDOWN00:39 Sippin' the Political Tea covers the mental health of mothers during the pandemic with the co-hosts of The Double Shift podcast18:19 Jamelle Bouie on voting rights, studying history, and being a full-time parent30:07 Dr. Miguelina Germán on the mental health of children during the pandemic39:11 Camp counselor Angelica Holmes on the importance of taking kids outdoors

    Why the Tulsa Massacre Matters Today, the Insurrection as White Supremacist Backlash, and Tackling Algorithmic Bias

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2021 48:38

    On Sippin' the Political Tea, Farai Chideya  goes through the most important news of the week with contributors Errin Haines of the 19th and Jess Morales Rocketto of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Farai welcomes Trymaine Lee of MSNBC's podcast “Into America” to talk about his coverage of the centennial of the Tulsa Massacre. Social justice advocate Tamika Mallory shares her family's legacy of activism in her new book, “State of Emergency.” OBP tech contributor Mutale Nkonde of AI for the People explains why we're more aware of disinformation and misinformation after January 6th, and what her organization is doing to combat algorithmic discrimination. EPISODE RUNDOWN00:39 Sippin' the Political Tea with Errin Haines of the 19th and Jess Morales Rocketto of the National Domestic Workers Alliance goes over the week's news18:22 Trymaine Lee of MSNBC on the Tulsa Race Massacre's impact on Black business owners today30:39 Tamika Mallory on her new book and generations of her family being activists39:45 Mutale Nkonde of AI for the People explains our growing understanding of disinformation and misinformation and their role in Covid vaccinations

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