Pod Save the People

Pod Save the People

Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with analysis from Kaya Henderson, De’Ara Balenger, and others. Then he sits down for deep conversations with experts, influencers, and diverse local and national leaders. New episodes every Tuesday.

Episodes

November 29, 2022 89 min

DeRay, Myles, De'Ara and Kaya  cover the underreported news of the week— including a hip-hop store ran by undercover cops, Chance the Rapper's free music festival in Ghana, top universities boycott school rankings, and a pedophilic Balenciaga ad campaign. DeRay interviews Wendy Sawyer of the Prison Policy Initiative and her most recent report titled All Profit, No Risk: How the bail industry exploits the justice system.


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DeRay, Myles, De'Ara and Kaya  cover the underreported news of the week— including the newest additions to the national portrait gallery, youth voters turn back midterm red wave, an out of touch Broadway play, and a UK law that will make you do the time even if you were not present for the crime. DeRay interviews Kevin Hazzard about his newest book American Sirens: The Incredible Story of the Black Men Who Became America's ...

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DeRay, Myles, De'Ara and Kaya  cover the underreported news of the week— including Black women Republicans in Congress, the correlation between Black women's health and retirement planning, a Native American adoption law in Supreme Court, and an unusual casting for Rihanna's Savage Fenty show. DeRay interviews Dr. Rebecca Kavanaugh about her recent Teen Vogue op-ed about the reemergence of the D.A.R.E. program in school...

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DeRay, Myles, and Kaya  cover the underreported news of the week— including an abortion pill network, higher mortality rate for Babies born to Black mothers who use fertility treatments die at far higher rates, fresh trial for Black Panther Mumia, and a thread of anti-Semitism from rapper Kanye West. DeRay interviews Dr. Lawrence T. Brown about his newest book The Black Butterfly: The Harmful Politics of Race and Space in America.

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October 25, 2022 64 min

DeRay, De'Ara, Kaya, and Myles cover the under-reported news of the week - including the shortage of Black sperm donors, anti-colorism protests erupting throughout Mexico, housing rights for squatters, and racism within cardiac care. 

 

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Kaya https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2022/10/20/black-sperm-donors/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=wp_dmv7&wpsirc=nl_dmv7

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October 18, 2022 60 min

DeRay, Myles, De'Ara and Kaya  cover the underreported news of the week— including stock increases for companies hiring Black CEOs, a school board's attempt to hijack a Black student podcast, poor ventilation in nail salons impact on reproductive health, and Angelica Ross makes history on Broadway. 

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De’Ara https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2022/10/12/black-ceo-appointments-market-reaction-study-diversity/

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October 4, 2022 71 min

DeRay, Myles, De'Ara and Kaya  cover the underreported news of the week— including accountability for celebrities and online harassment, the predatory nature of the parent plus loan, single mothers forced to reveal sexual histories or forfeit welfare benefits and a case for leaving America to escape racism.

 

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Myles https://www.thedailybeast.com/nicki-minaj-fans-came-for-youtuber-kimberly-nicole-foster-so-shes-suing-them

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DeRay, Myles, and Kaya  cover the underreported news of the week— including non-profit hospitals exploit poor patients, the working class Black men who pioneered emergency medicine and the life and legacy of Pharoah Sanders. DeRay interviews Jelani Anglin and Kim Belizaire about their 24/7 emergency arrest hotline, Good Call NYC. 

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Kaya https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/24/business/nonprofit-hospitals-poor-patients.html

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September 20, 2022 84 min

DeRay, Myles, and De’Ara  cover the underreported news of the week— including mismanaged funds within the Homeowner's Association, the Jackson, Mississippi water crisis, and pedophilic accusations against Tiffany Haddish. DeRay interviews author and journalist to chat his new book Inheritance: An Autobiography of Whiteness.

 

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DeRay https://www.propublica.org/article/colorado-hoa-management-companies-investigation

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September 13, 2022 82 min

DeRay, De’Ara, Myles and Kaya cover the underreported news of the week— including private schools flushed with private money, pandemic impact on math and reading progress, the conservative evolution of rapper Jay Z, and Samuel Jackson's broadway debut.

 

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Myles https://www.nme.com/news/music/jay-z-hits-back-at-criticism-of-his-wealth-we-fucking-killed-ourselves-to-get-to-this-space-3303357

De’Ara https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/ne...

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August 30, 2022 85 min

DeRay, De'Ara, Myles, and Kaya  cover the underreported news of the week— including the first Black woman to compose music for NYC ballet, affirmative action's return to the Supreme Court, Torrance police officer's racists text messages exposed, and an unexpected motivator for Democrats voting in the November election. DeRay interviews activist and founder Dwayne Betts about his non-profit organization Freedom Reads.

 

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Systematic racism, police brutality and generational trauma all play a huge role into the mental health of the Black Community. The ladies of Imani State of Mind are taking a deep dive into what it really means to be Black in America and the harsh realities race plays on the Black community's mental health.

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DeRay, Myles, Kaya and De’Ara  cover the underreported news of the week— including U.S postal workers dying from heat stroke, Minneapolis plan to fire white teachers, Kanye West on Fox News, and artist Isaac Julien breathes new life into the Harlem Rennaisance. DeRay interviews award winning investigative reporter J.David McSwane about his new book Pandemic Inc.: Chasing the Capitalists and Thieves Who Got Rich While We Got Sick.


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DeRay, Myles, and Kaya  cover the underreported news of the week— including stolen skulls of Black Philadelphians displayed in Ivy League schools, the massive effort to change the way kids are taught to read, and the life and legacy of Issey Mayake. DeRay interviews activist and founder Elizabeth Pfiester about T1International and the Insulin4All movement.

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August 9, 2022 71 min

DeRay, Myles, and De’Ara  cover the underreported news of the week— including Republicans sue for rights to discriminate against LGBT+ students, a pipeline for Black aspiring pilots, and the life and legacy of Nichelle Nichols. DeRay interviews author and journalist  Professor Linda Villarosa about her new book Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives & on the Health of Our Nation.

 

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DeRay, Myles, De’Ara and Kaya cover the underreported news of the week— including Oklahoma State Board of Education downgrading Tulsa schools  accreditation over implicit bias training, nursing homes suing friends and family to collect on patient bills, Beyoncé pays homage to historical figures on the Renaissance album, while superstar Kelis accuses Beyoncé of disrespect. DeRay interviews author and historian Professor Robin D.G. K...

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July 26, 2022 104 min

DeRay, Myles, De’Ara and Kaya cover the underreported news of the week— including scorching temperatures in Texas prisons, land stolen from a Black family returned, Oxford dictionary seeks to define African-American language, and a big win for actress Mo’Nique. De’Ara interviews political strategist Valerie Biden about her new book Growing Up Biden: A Memoir.

 

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DeRay https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/local/texas/texas-prisons-he...

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July 19, 2022 100 min

DeRay, Myles, De’Ara and Kaya cover the underreported news of the week— including U.S. states charging families for foster care, an increasing amount of Democrats switching to Republican, D.C mayor clears up cryptic comment on her sexuality, and Macy Gray apologizes for anti-train comments. DeRay interviews author and producer Van Lathan Jr. about his new book Fat, Crazy, and Tired: Tales from the Trenches of Transformation.

 

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July 12, 2022 17 min

DeRay, De’Ara, Myles and Kaya cover the underreported news of the week— including Biden’s executive order on abortion, Beyoncé’s new abuser-vetting system, the discovery of a 1955 arrest warrant from the Emmett Till case, and the Raiders historic hire of the NFL's first Black female president.


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DeRay https://www.nationalreview.com/2022/07/bidens-pro-abortion-gambit/

Myles https://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article/56509/1/bey...

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July 5, 2022 41 min

This July 4th holiday week, DeRay shares the underreported news of the week, highlighting police harrassment of Angeli Rose Gomez, mother of two children who were held hostage during the Uvalde shooting and rushed in past the police to save them. Gomez has been an outspoken parent about the police's response to the shooting. DeRay also speaks to Leah Goodridge, a Commissioner from the NYC Planning Commission and housing rights ...

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