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 Myles Johnson. Then he sits down for deep conversations with experts, influencers, and diverse local and national leaders. New episodes every Tuesday.

Episodes

February 13, 2024 62 mins

Measles make a comeback, Black pastors pressure Biden for cease-fire, and none of these candidates please! Pod Save The People is back with the Blackest Book Club reading list in collaboration with Reconstruction and Campaign Zero. DeRay interviews Dr. Uché Blackstock about her new book Legacy: A Black Physician Reckons with Racism in Medicine.

 

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Measles making a comeback in US due to vaccine skepticism, says CDC

Black Pastors Pre...

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Court scandals, unlikely political allies - here's your weekly download leading up to the November Primary. Pod Save The People is back with the Blackest Book Club reading list in collaboration with Reconstruction and Campaign Zero. 

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Affirmative Tactics (with Donovan Ramsey)

Fani Willis admits relationship with prosecutor on Trump Georgia case

Black male voters tell MSNBC why Trump appeals to them: 'We're broke with Biden... with ...

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January 30, 2024 66 mins

Pay up! Trump ordered to pay 83M in defamation damages, diversity blamed for defective airplanes, new federal regulations on Native museum displays, D'Angelo's creative journey, and did a Black woman teach you how to type? 

 

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Trump ordered to pay E. Jean Carroll $83.3M in defamation damages trial

How right-wing influencers turned airplanes and airports into culture war battlegrounds

‘Seeking Mavis Beacon’: The Wild Search for a Tec...

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Ron Desantis, Nikki Haley, Donald Trump, oh my! Republicans scramble for their chosen candidate, crime and inflation on a quiet decline, an uncanny publication merger, a timely inquiry into Watts Happening Cultural Center, and a historic donation to Atlanta's Spelman College. DeRay interviews U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves on the advancing  economic initiatives within the Biden administration.

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Trump mocks Nikki Hal...

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January 16, 2024 36 mins

DeRay, Kaya, and Myles celebrate MLK Day and cover the underreported news of the week — Black people screened out of clinical trials for new Alzheimer's treatment,  Regina King set to play Shirley Chisholm in upcoming Netflix film, and  vice president of a Missouri HBCU dies by suicide after colleague intimidation.

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Bernice King Says Her “Mother Wasn’t a Prop” After Jonathan Majors Compares Girlfriend to Civil Rights Icon

Promisin...

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January 9, 2024 76 mins

In the first episode of 2024: DeRay, Kaya, De'Ara and Myles cover the underreported news of the week —  sickle cell treatments advance with limited accessibility, Taraji. P. Henson criticizes 'The Color Purple' production, GOP active in Iowa but absent for the state's only minority-focused forum, Democrats begin election-time appeal to Black voters.


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The Right Is Dancing on Claudine Gay’s Grave. But It Was the Center-Left That Di...

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December 19, 2023 39 mins

In the final episode of 2023: DeRay, Kaya, and De'Ara cover the underreported news of the week — pharmacies share medical data with police without a warrant, widening disparity in mortgage approval rates between White and Black borrowers, and a debate the American vote.

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Mother of 6-year-old who shot his teacher sentenced to 2 years in prison for child neglect

Pharmacies share medical data with police without a warrant, inquiry fi...

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DeRay, Kaya, and De'Ara cover the underreported news of the week — noise surveillance in the nation's largest city, the decline of youth voters, and unprecedented diversity in president-appointed judges. DeRay interviews Pulitzer prize winning author Matthew Desmond about his new book Poverty, by America

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Quiet, Please: New York’s ‘Noise Cameras’ Are Listening

Most of Biden’s appointed judges to date are women, racial or ethnic ...

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December 5, 2023 59 mins

DeRay, Kaya, De'Ara and Myles cover the underreported news of the week — the ongoing criminalization of miscarriage, vulnerable groups targeted by power hungry GOP,  ski masks banned for the wintertime, and a debate on choreography copyright.

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Woman’s abuse of corpse case heads to grand jury

Choreography Copyright Case Against ‘Fortnite’ Maker Epic Games Rebooted With First-of-Its-Kind Ruling

Backlash to affirmative action hits pio...

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November 28, 2023 65 mins

DeRay, Kaya, De'Ara and Myles cover the underreported news of the week — the GOP scramble to increase donations, Asian American families struggle post-affirmative action, hairdressers provide therapy services in West Africa, and the pertinence of modern minstrelsy. 

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How the History of Blackface Is Rooted in Racism

When Will Black TikTokers Stop Performing For The White Gaze?

Post-affirmative action, Asian American families are mor...

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November 14, 2023 58 mins

DeRay, Kaya and Myles cover the underreported news of the week — Trump's latest power hungry reelection strategy, Darius Jackson's dark secret exposed, and the rapid evolution of artificial intelligence.

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Why Aren’t Millennials Having Kids?

Psaki: If elected to a second term, Trump would…

Behind the Curtain: Trump allies pre-screen loyalists for unprecedented power grab

Keke Palmer and a Basic Understanding of Domestic Abuse

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November 7, 2023 65 mins

DeRay, Kaya, De'Ara and Myles cover the underreported news of the week — NYPD interferes with federal investigation, heightened frustrations with Biden administration, Dwight Howard's sexual assault allegations, and a debate about one-sided book bans. 

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NYPD ‘Wellness Check’ Before Feds Raided Mayor Eric Adams’ Fundraiser Called Into Question: ‘FBI Would Never Ask For One’

Gossip about Dwight Howard’s sexuality detracts from the g...

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DeRay, Kaya, De'Ara and Myles cover the underreported news of the week — the origin of Nashville's "Music City" moniker,  Black British hidden figures, a nonprofit flower project focused on Black male mental health, and overexposure to our own reflections. DeRay interviews author and political theorist Juliet Hooker about her new book Black Grief/White Grievance: The Politics of Loss.

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Why is Nashville called Music City? The Fisk...

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October 24, 2023 90 mins

DeRay, Kaya, De'Ara and Myles cover the underreported news of the week — Southern GOP's latest attempt to steal the House, Chicago's ongoing contract with ShotSpotter, the earliest known U.S. novel authored by an enslaved Black woman, and the secret world of immortality science. DeRay interviews Amanda Seales about her new political-comedy documentary 'In Amanda We Trust'.

 

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North Carolina Republicans unveil map proposals that co...

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October 17, 2023 67 mins

DeRay, Don and Myles cover the underreported news of the week — a race for speaker of the House, context to the Israel & Palestine conflict and the dark side of fitness journeys. DeRay interviews Daria Dawson of America Votes about the current state of progressive politics. 

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The latest on the race for speaker of the House 

Black Feminist Perspectives on Palestine

Why are Americans obsessed with fitness? The answer: Neoliberalism

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DeRay, Don, and Myles  cover the underreported news of the week — imprisoned people's right to write, the first openly gay Black woman appointed to  CA Senate, and Tupac's postmortem justice. DeRay interviews authors Roger A. Mitchell Jr. & Jay D. Aronson about his their new book Death in Custody: How America Ignores the Truth and What We Can Do about It.

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The Prisoner and the Pen

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2Pac Shooting: Keffe D Arrested by Polic...

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September 26, 2023 112 mins

DeRay, Kaya, De'Ara and Myles cover the underreported news of the week — Dallas mayor sudden switch to Republican party, Biden's policy narrative, a Houston music love story, and contrasting opinions on women in the policing system. Kaya interviews publishing professional Jennifer Baker of Narrative Initiative about her article titled Black Women Are Being Erased in Book Publishing.

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Dallas mayor switches parties, making the...

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September 19, 2023 86 mins

DeRay, Don and Myles cover the underreported news of the week — the "experts" paid to defend anti-trans laws, United Auto Workers strike moves full speed ahead, and the complex life of the first Black supermodel. DeRay interviews the tactical lead for the Stop Cop City Coalition Mary Hooks.

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Inside The Cottage Industry Of ‘Experts’ Paid To Defend Anti-Trans Laws

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The Complex Life of Donyale Luna, The First Black Supermode...

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September 12, 2023 75 mins

DeRay, Kaya, De'Ara and Myles  cover the underreported news of the week — expiration of U.S. childcare relief funding, Florida college faculty members flee the school system, Fulton County DA claps back at Republican probe, and the Black designer behind Jackie Kennedy's iconic fashion. DeRay interviews author and juvenile justice policy reformer Vincent Schiraldi about his new book Mass Supervision: Probation, Parole, and the Illus...

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August 29, 2023 64 mins

DeRay, Kaya, Myles, and De'Ara cover the underreported news of the week  — a racist attack on a Jacksonville Dollar General, delayed COVID care for patients of color due to faulty oxygen readings,  Silicon Valley elite build a city from scratch, extreme menopausal symptoms for women of color, and Texas' ongoing violence against trans youth. 

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Faulty Oxygen Readings Delayed Care to Black and Hispanic Covid Patients, Study Fin...

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