Pod Save the People

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


  • Go Where The Love Is (with Zo Orchingwa and Emma Gray)

    Aug 04 2020

    DeRay, De'Ara, Kaya, and Sam dive into recent overlooked news including teachers' unions, police discipline records, election delays, and facial recognition. Johnetta Elzie joins again to update us about developments around the current protests. Then, DeRay sits down with representatives from Ameelio; the nonprofit that allows families to communicate with incarcerated populations.DerayDe'AraKayaSamAmeelio

  • On the Ground in Portland (with Sarah Iannarone)

    Jul 28 2020

    DeRay, De'Ara, Kaya, and Sam dive into recent overlooked news including food insecurity, voting rights for ex-felons, election polling, and pandemic learning pods. Johnetta Elzie joins again to update us about developments around the current protests. Then, DeRay sits down with Sarah Iannarone, who is running for mayor in Portland, to discuss the police-state response in that city.News links:DeRayKayaSamDe'Ara

  • A National Reckoning (with Elise Buik)

    Jul 21 2020

    DeRay, Sam, De'Ara, and Kaya dive into recent overlooked news including anti-vaxxers, reparations, CDC pandemic data, and Candace Valenzuela's run for Congress. Johnetta Elzie joins again to update us about developments around the current protests. Then, DeRay sits down with Elise Buik to discover what the United Way is doing to fight new heights in homelessness amid a pandemic. News links:DeRayKayaSamDe'Ara

  • Will Schools Reopen? (with Sonja Santelises)

    Jul 14 2020

    DeRay, De'Ara, Kaya, and Sam dive into recent overlooked news including 'no knock' warrants, coroner elections, Oklahoma's Supreme Court decision, and foreign coronavirus responses. Johnetta Elzie joins again to update us about developments around the current protests. Then, Kaya sits down with Baltimore public schools' CEO Sonja Santelises to discuss the issues facing schools as reopening looms on the horizon.

  • We've Been Here Before (with Mary Kay Henry)

    Jul 07 2020

    DeRay, Sam, De'Ara, and Kaya dive into recent overlooked news, including judicial misconduct, cultural quilting, the blockades of homeschooling, and racism in property tax assessments. Johnetta Elzie joins again to update us about developments around the current protests. Then, DeRay connects with Mary Kay Henry to discuss the work the Service Employees International Union is doing to protect workers and inspire new voters.

  • The Blackest State (with Soledad O'Brien)

    Jun 30 2020

    DeRay, Sam, De'Ara, and Kaya tackle this week’s overlooked news, including poisoned baby powder, DC statehood, major strides in police reform, and school reopening issues. DeRay chats again with Johnetta Elzie about the current protest climate. Then, DeRay connects with journalist Soledad O'Brien, to discuss her new podcast and how race shapes our reception of media.DeRay: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/23/health/baby-powder-cancer.html?referringSource=articleShareDe'Ara: https://www.washington...more

  • What Comes Next (with Joanna Schwartz)

    Jun 23 2020

    DeRay and Sam are joined by Kaya Henderson and De'Ara Balenger, new Pod Save the People news crew members. They discuss LA evictions, climate change impact on pregnancy, immigration policy, and defunding police foundations. DeRay chats with Johnetta Elzie about the current protest climate. Finally, DeRay speaks with Joanna Schwartz, about police data and what the future of fixing our country looks like.Links:DeRay: https://www.latimes.com/homeless-housing/story/2020-06-18/despite-protections-lan...more

  • We Deserve Better (with Angie & June Provost)

    Jun 16 2020

    This week DeRay sits down with Black farmers Angie & June Provost to talk about their unique experiences and challenges, including racist limitations, Then, DeRay connects to Amy Kennedy, who is running for Congress in NJ, about widening the historical tent.

  • What Science Says About Police (with John Rappaport)

    Jun 09 2020

    This week DeRay sits down with John Rappaport, a law professor and research scholar examining criminal procedures in the justice system. They discuss Rappaport's findings regarding police misconduct and the effects of police behavior on communities. 

  • Keep the Fight (with Justine Barron and Amelia McDonell-Parry)

    Jun 02 2020

    This week DeRay, Brittany, Sam, and Clint discuss the murder of George Floyd and the protests around the nation. Then, DeRay sits down with Justine Barron and Amelia McDonell-Parry, who have been researching the death and cover-up of Freddie Gray, which just hit a five-year anniversary. To take further action, visit Campaign Zero’s curated resources here: bit.ly/CZImmediateActionBombas.com/PEOPLEhttp://votesaveamerica.com/adopt

  • Engage In Joy (with Dr. Nzinga Harrison)

    May 26 2020

    This week DeRay, Brittany, Sam, and Clint discuss police accountability, city funding, the data on social distancing, and the history of marijuana. Then, DeRay sits down with Dr. Nzinga Harrison of the new podcast "In Recovery" from Lemonada Media. Harrison examines the effects of coronavirus on addiction and recovery. http://michiganlawreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/117MichLRev635_Woods.pdfhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/05/21/columbia-study-coronavirus-deaths/?utm_campaign=wp...more

  • Common Language of Emotions (with Mehrsa Baradaran)

    May 19 2020

    This week DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss Ohio's hacker protest, prisoner connectivity apps, Africa's coronavirus response, and the stats on how Black Democratic voters are changing. Then, DeRay sits down with Mehrsa Baradaran to evaluate all of the ethnic groups that were ignored in the first round of stimulus promotion, and what we need to make sure we include in the second round.Show Notes Ohio and their efforts to eliminate workers receiving unemployment thwarted by a hacker Connecti...more

  • Justice for Ahmaud Arbery (with State Senator Bill Ferguson)

    May 12 2020

    Content Warning: Violence. This week, DeRay, Brittany, Sam, and Clint discuss social distancing arrests, Ahmaud Arbery's murder, pandemic-influenced police violence, and a Sioux tribe's fight with South Dakota's governor. Then, DeRay sits down with Maryland State Senator Bill Ferguson to explore what it means to be a legislator facing 2020's unexpected problems.Show linksProPublica - Early Data Shows Black People Are Being Disproportionally Arrested for Social Distancing ViolationsCNN - Sioux tr...more

  • You Need Everyone (with Mike Schmidt)

    May 05 2020

    This week, DeRay, Sam, Brittany, and Clint discuss food stamp limitations, racial disparities in coronavirus deaths, Missouri prosecutors, and the imprisonment of housing insecure people in St. Louis. Then, DeRay sits down with Mike Schmidt, who is currently running to become the next district attorney of Portland.http://www.stlamerican.com/news/columnists/guest_columnists/senate-bill-would-disempower-elected-prosecutor-disenfranchise-st-louis-voters/article_9b0b8d78-8bc2-11ea-8f3e-b7a9c71d7ae9....more

  • Voting Rights and Medical Fights (with Vanita Gupta)

    Apr 28 2020

    This week, DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss college courses for inmates, the story of Onesimus, Fox News misinformation, and the Japanese island that ended quarantine too early. Then, DeRay sits down with President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Vanita Gupta, to examine the need for mail-in ballots around upcoming elections. http://boston1775.blogspot.com/2020/04/first-instructed-in-it-by-guramantee.htmlhttps://time.com/5826918/hokkaido-coronavirus-lockdow...more

  • Even the Best Players Have Coaches (with Dr. Clint Smith III)

    Apr 21 2020

    This week, DeRay, Clint, and Sam discuss stimulus checks for the rich, coronavirus' impact on the environment, and Trump's new commission on policing. Then, DeRay sits down with the newly minted Dr. Clint Smith III to discuss his dissertation, “What If They Open That Door One Day? What Education Means to People Sentenced to Juvenile Life Without Parole.“SHOW NOTES Forbes - How some wealthy Americans are cashing in on the stimulusBusiness Insider - The coronavirus is actually helping the environm...more

  • Battle-Tested (with Mayor Lori Lightfoot)

    Apr 14 2020

    This week, DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss how the US Postal Service is critical to November elections, stimulus oversights for Black-owned businesses, pandemic jail quarantines, and coronavirus in Africa. Then, DeRay sits down with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to examine the response of America's third largest city to the current crisis.https://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/chesapeake-jail-annex-to-open-as-housing-for-covid-19-inmates-in-hampton-roads/article_07f66077-7117-50c1-8bb3-01...more

  • Exploitation of a Crisis (with David Cole)

    Apr 07 2020

    This week, DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss Florida's unemployment blowback, COVID-19's impact on the disabled, and the disease's spread across race and class lines. Then, DeRay sits down with David Cole from the ACLU to examine justice issues under coronavirus, including digital trials and discriminatory rationing. SHOW NOTESPolitico - Florida becomes a nightmare for TrumpProPublica - African Americans Have Contracted and Died of Coronavirus at an Alarming RateThe New York Times - Stayin...more

  • Pandemics And Prison (with Keri Blakinger)

    Mar 31 2020

    This week, DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss Joseph Lowery's legacy, class divides in medical care, grocery store supply chains, and Rhode Island's quarantine enforcement. Then, DeRay sits down with Keri Blakinger from The Marshall Project, to examine the impacts of coronavirus on incarcerated people. https://www.texasmonthly.com/food/heb-prepared-coronavirus-pandemic/https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/27/business/economy/coronavirus-inequality.htmlhttps://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020...more

  • Even Alone, We're Still A Collective (with Rep. Maxine Waters)

    Mar 24 2020

    This week, DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss the coronavirus and its influence on food stamp recipients, abortion clinic closures, thermometer technology, and victims of domestic violence. Then, DeRay sits down with Rep. Maxine Waters to talk about the battles she's facing in D.C. and her hopes for our national recovery.https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/18/health/coronavirus-fever-thermometers.html?referringSource=articleSharehttps://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/usda-fights-to-purge-food-stam...more

  • Take This Seriously (with Andy Slavitt)

    Mar 17 2020

    This week DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss the spread of coronavirus and America's responses regarding law enforcement, prison populations, border enforcement, and the elevated risked to the African-American population. Then, DeRay sits down to discuss COVID-19 with Andy Slavitt, former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Obama.Story LinksKENS5 - BCSO limiting deputy contact with public in efforts to stall coronavirus spreadThe Undefeate...more

  • System Not Psyche (with Jessica Pishko)

    Mar 10 2020

    This week, DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss the remaining Democratic nominees, coronavirus fears, new protest laws, and car repair vouchers distributed by police. Then, Deray sits down with Jessica Pishko, who investigates sheriff abuse of power, and how the system is rigged.https://blavity.com/cops-in-minneapolis-are-giving-out-vouchers-for-vehicle-repairs-instead-of-tickets?category1=politicshttps://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/federal-judge-rules-st-louis-ordinance-used...more

  • Even The Best Players Have Coaches (with George Gascón)

    Mar 03 2020

    This week DeRay, Clint, and Sam discuss San Francisco's sentencing enhancements, Virginia's child parole, and the voter suppression of Pleasant Grove. Then, DeRay sits down with George Gascón, who is running to be LA's progressive new D.A. in the March 3rd election.Show NotesThe Appeal - San Francisco D.A. To Announce Sweeping Changes On Sentencing Policy And Police StopsThe Appeal - Virginia Makes All Children Eligible For Parole, A Major Shift For This Punitive StateThe Guardian - The majority...more

  • Our Presidential Roundtable

    Feb 25 2020

    This week DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss the entire list of Democratic candidates ahead of Super Tuesday. https://burrow.com/PEOPLEhttps://www.betterhelp.com/start/?go=true&transaction_id=102011f543b6db7cfc943c926e757d&utm_source=podcast&utm_campaign=281&utm_medium=Desktop&utm_content=&utm_term=people&not_found=1&gor=start

  • What Should You Chase? (with Garlin Gilchrist)

    Feb 18 2020

    This week DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss Google's boundary redraws, college loans, the Party of Lincoln, and the Kentucky Derby. Then, DeRay sits down with community Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist to discuss criminal justice reform, tech feedback, and how there is a path forward for Flint. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-african-americans-disappeared-kentucky-derby-180963159/https://www.npr.org/2020/02/05/802904167/watchdog-group-minority-college-graduates-may-pay-higher-...more

  • Hold Them Lovingly Accountable (with Michael & Pele Bennett)

    Feb 11 2020

    This week DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss solitary confinement, New York's free college program, prison torture, and the end of Confederate holidays.Then, DeRay sits down with the NFL's Michael Bennett and his wife Pele Bennett to discuss their new podcast, Mouthpeace, which explores sports culture and activism, issues of equity, relationships, and more.Show Notes The Cornell Chronicle - Solitary confinement heightens post-incarceration death riskApple News - Why New York’s free college...more

  • Demand More (with Zach Norris)

    Feb 04 2020

    This week DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss Trump's extended travel ban, civil rights statues, birth tourism, and surgical gown shortages. Then, DeRay sits down with community leader Zach Norris to examine our broken mythologies surrounding crime and safety.https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/22/health/surgical-gown-recall-cardinal-health-trnd/index.htmlhttps://www.vox.com/2020/1/24/21077138/trump-birth-tourism-immigration-pregnant-women-saipanhttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-ban...more

  • Know Your Limit (with Professor Richard L. Hasen)

    Jan 28 2020

    This week DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss Seattle's smartphone voting, Florida's felon fines, Houston's cancer clusters, and criticism of the 1619 Project. Then, DeRay sits down with election specialist Richard L. Hasen to examine frightening gaps in our voting security, regional pockets of governmental incompetence, and why he thinks we're in the midst of democracy's meltdown. Also, please watch Matthew A. Cherry's Oscar-nominated animated short film Hair Love.Show LinksThe Verge: Seatt...more

  • Go Where the People Are (with Brittany Young)

    Jan 21 2020

    This week DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss facial recognition technology, the link between guns and racism, Johns Hopkins ending legacy admissions, and the public perception of Martin Luther King, Jr. Then, DeRay sits down with Brittany Young, who uses the Baltimore dirt bike community to inspire interest in STEM. SHOW NOTES More about Brittany and her program The New York TImes - The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know ItThe Guardian - 'Dying of whiteness': why racism is ...more

  • Imagine More Radically (with Saidiya Hartman)

    Jan 14 2020

    This week we've got DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam covering The Royal Family, racism in textbooks, poverty replacing the draft, restitution centers, and the marketing of drugs to jails. Then, DeRay sits down with 2019 MacArthur Fellow Saidiya Hartman to examine the complications in archiving black history. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/12/pharmaceutical-companies-are-marketing-drugs-jailers/604264/https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2019/09/17/student-loan-crisis-not-mi...more

  • Do The List (with Teach For All CEOs)

    Jan 07 2020

    We're back! This week DeRay, Brittany, and Clint discuss IRS cheats, drug price increases, and the heartbreaking legacy of January 1 for enslaved people in the US. Then, DeRay sits down with three CEOs from various countrywide organizations within the Teach For All Organization. DeRay is joined by James Kassaga Arinaitwe from Teach for Uganda, Daniel Dotse, from Lead for Ghana, and Folawe Omikunle from Teach for Nigeria.https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2020/01/03/irs-reforms-free-file-progra...more

  • What's Good For Me Is Good For Society (DA Rachael Rollins and College Behind Bars documentary)

    Dec 24 2019

    This week we've got two interviews: The first is with DA Rachael Rollins, who is the first woman to hold the office of Suffolk County D.A. and the first woman of color to serve as a Massachusetts D.A. Then, DeRay chats with the creative team (and one of the subjects) from the Ken Burns produced PBS docuseries College Behind Bars.Lynn Novick, directorSarah Botstein, producerJule Hall, BPI alumNow streaming at www.pbs.org/collegebehindbars

  • Every Little Bit Counts (Mondaire Jones)

    Dec 17 2019

    DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss how an IRS notice saved 700 lives, death penalty repeal, Kentucky's voter rolls, and UNC's Silent Sam problem. DeRay talks to Mondaire Jones, who is running to be the first black and openly gay Congressman.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/10/upshot/irs-letter-health-insurance-fine-study.html#click=https://t.co/JFuWkzTTaYhttps://www.cnn.com/2019/12/07/opinions/unc-sons-of-confederate-veterans-silent-sam-cox/index.htmlhttps://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/...more

  • Democracy Is A Full-Contact Sport (DeNora Getachew)

    Dec 10 2019

    DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss California's police policies, high interest loans, food safety risks, and how McKinsey helped the Trump administration. DeRay talks to DeNora Getachew from Generation Citizen.https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/461774-risking-food-safety-usda-plans-to-let-slaughterhouses-self-policehttps://www.propublica.org/article/they-loan-you-money-then-they-get-a-warrant-for-your-arresthttps://twitter.com/samswey/status/1202723007942340609?s=21https://www.p...more

  • In Your Skin (Nic Stone)

    Dec 03 2019

    DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss the hidden history of slavery in the North, alien encouragement provisions, misguigded magistrates, and Iraqi protests. DeRay talks to author Nic Stone about her book "Dear Martin" and her flurry of new releases that aim to influence a younger generation's understanding of racism and fantastical visions of processing the past. https://www.propublica.org/article/these-judges-can-have-less-training-than-barbers-but-still-decide-thousands-of-cases-each-yearht...more

  • No In Between (Ibram X. Kendi)

    Nov 26 2019

    DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss WeWork's collapse, refugee resettlement, real estate investigations, and ballot organization lawsuits. DeRay talks to author and historian Ibram X. Kendi about what it means to be an Anti-Racist.https://qz.com/1741113/no-refugees-were-resettled-in-the-us-in-october-2019/https://mashable.com/article/wework-2400-layoffs/https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/democrats-sue-three-battleground-states-over-law-that-gop-candidates-names-be-listed-first-on-ballot...more

  • Let's Push Together (Randi Weingarten)

    Nov 19 2019

    DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss Brooklyn's attempt to integrate middle schools, the psychology of inequality, partisan District Attorney problems, and Trump's EPA lighting the planet on fire. Then, DeRay chats with Randi Weingarten, the leader of the American Federation of Teachers, regarding union fights facing the nation.https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/01/15/the-psychology-of-inequalityhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/11/15/what-happened-when-brooklyn-tried-integra...more

  • Present Not Permanent (Amb. Susan Rice)

    Nov 12 2019

    DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss Twitter banning political ads, Harvard's reparations, Native peoples' adoption opportunities, and the oppressive National Vetting Center just created by the Trump administration. DeRay talks to Ambassador Susan Rice about her new book "Tough Love" and her work in both the Clinton and Obama administrations.https://www.propublica.org/article/border-agents-can-now-get-classified-intelligence-information-experts-call-that-dangeroushttps://www.washingtonpost.co...more

  • Students Deserve Better (Kerry Washington and Julián Castro)

    Nov 05 2019

    DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss college admissions, standardized testing, NCAA student athletes, and diversity in the suburbs. DeRay talks to actress Kerry Washington about her work on Netflix's "American Son". Then, DeRay and presidential candidate Julián Castro chat by phone briefly to discuss Castro's police reform plan.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/25/us/democrats-republicans-suburbs.html?smid=tw-nytnational&smtyp=curhttps://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/a-civil-rights-c...more

  • Net Positives with Ramesh Srinivasan

    Oct 29 2019

    Deray, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss how Facebook bought a police force, cell phones driving the fall of crime rates in the 90s, the destruction of Central Park communities, and Historically Black Colleges. DeRay talks to Ramesh Srinivasan about his new book Beyond The Valley and the intersection between technology and political bias.https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2019/05/how-mobile-phones-could-have-changed-the-drug-game/590503/https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/20/arts/lyons-se...more

  • Take A Break But Don't Quit (with Alphonso David)

    Oct 22 2019

    Deray, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss Puerto Rico's indefinitely delayed financial relief, environmental effects of urban living, genetic mutations worth testing for, and the LAPD's use of undue force against the homeless. DeRay talks to Alphonso David, who is the first person of color to lead the Human Rights Campaign.https://e360.yale.edu/features/can-we-turn-down-the-temperature-on-urban-heat-islandshttps://www.newsweek.com/puerto-rico-access-billions-disaster-relief-delayed-hud-violating-l...more

  • Brittany Got Married!

    Oct 15 2019

    Deray, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss the effect of incarcerated family members on children, the transgender Supreme Court battle, Baltimore's mass sweep of illegal convictions, and the trap-release-trap process of avoiding medical bills for inmates. DeRay talks to Ashlee Marie Preston about Trans-representation and what the media is doing wrong across the board.https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-09-young-adults-exposed-incarceration-children.htmlhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/1...more

  • Get Grounded in Yourself (with Krista Tippett)

    Oct 08 2019

    DeRay talks to Krista Tippett about the On Being Project that explores spiritual equity and the art of living. The News Crew will be back together next week.SimpliSafe.com/PEOPLEGETQUIP.com/SAVETHEPEOPLECasper.com/DERAY100 and use DERAY100 at checkoutBuffy.co. with code PSTThe 57 Bus by Dashka Slater is available wherever books are sold.

  • Most Solutions Are Simple, But Not Small

    Oct 01 2019

    DeRay, Brittany, Clint and Sam discuss the racial disparity in student debt, remaking the charity system, mandatory minimums hiding police misconduct, and Trump cutting 500,000 student lunches for cruelty's sake. DeRay talks to residents and corrections officers at the Young Men Emerging unit in the D.C. Department of Corrections about policing.https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/trump-administration-rule-could-end-free-school-lunches-for-about-500000-children/2019/09/24/4c488f66-def1...more

  • Come Out of the Shadows

    Sep 24 2019

    DeRay, Brittany, Clint and Sam discuss D.C. statehood, Baltimore's refusal to internally review their police department, a recently unearthed secret plan to circumvent Brown vs. Board of Education in Texas, and why South Dakota (of all places) leads the nation in jail admissions. Stephanie Wittels Wachs, host of the new podcast, "Last Day," and co-founder of Lemonada Media, and Ithaca's Mayor Svante Myrick, join DeRay to talk about America's opioid crisis.https://www.baltimoresun.com/politics/bs...more

  • Everyday Is the Right Day to Tell the Truth

    Sep 17 2019

    DeRay, Brittany, Clint and Sam discuss Felicity Huffman, LA's draconian proposal for anti-homeless measures, California's public prison ban, the complicated history of sugar in America, and post-incarceration finances. Paul Tough, author of "The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us" joins DeRay to discuss the broken collegiate system.https://www.themarshallproject.org/2019/09/10/what-gate-money-can-and-cannot-buyhttps://www.latimes.com/projects/homeless-sleeping-maps/https://ww...more

  • Be Ready to Be Tired

    Sep 10 2019

    DeRay, Brittany, Clint and Sam discuss the man behind modern Republican gerrymandering, the connection between the firing of NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo and a decrease in arrests, how one Trump-Appointed prosecutor is  interfering in local reform, and the perpetuation of whiteness in classical sculpture. Anthony Graves, death row exoneree, and Cassandra Stubbs, join DeRay to talk about capital punishment and their work at the ACLU.https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/10/29/the-myth-of-whiten...more

  • Maintain Your Demands (PJ Morton)

    Sep 03 2019

    DeRay, Brittany, Sam and Clint discuss Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio's attempt to reclaim his post, what will happen during the upcoming partial shut down of the Federal Election Commission, one woman's experience giving birth in prison, and how the Phoenix police purge officer discipline records. Grammy-award winning musician PJ Morton joins DeRay to talk about his new album, "PAUL."https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-sheriff-joe-arpaio-bid-reclaim-arizona-post-20190826-iro3fbygrzcr7hkszk...more

  • Corner to Corner (Chef Roy Choi)

    Aug 27 2019

    DeRay, Sam, Brittany and Clint discuss a new rule that enables the Trump administration to change the asylum law, global wildfires, a new way the Fair Housing Act may be crippled, and some unexpected results from legalizing hemp. Chef Roy Choi joins DeRay to discuss his career in the food industry and his new TV show, "Broken Bread."https://onezero.medium.com/a-proposed-trump-administration-rule-could-let-lenders-discriminate-through-a-i-2f9a729b0f3chttps://apple.news/AXDDdvQRcRvG8u7ZH_IUMwQhttp...more

  • Measure Fear Against the Outcomes

    Aug 20 2019

    DeRay, Clint, Brittany and Sam discuss The 1619 Project from The New York Times, prison gerrymandering, how Google plans to tackle disaster relief, and bias in hate speech detection algorithms. Missouri Democratic Congressional Candidate Cori Bush joins DeRay to talk about protesting in Ferguson, her campaign and how she navigates activism and politics.https://www.vox.com/recode/2019/8/15/20806384/social-media-hate-speech-bias-black-african-american-facebook-twitterhttps://www.vox.com/future-per...more

  • Walk Into Your Gifts

    Aug 13 2019

    DeRay, Clint and Sam discuss how the PATRIOT Act targets drug use more than terrorism, unequal access to opportunities for students, and the lasting effects of the bombing of Nagasaki. Physician Jonathan Metzl joins DeRay to discuss his book, "Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland."https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/10/patriot-act-warrants-used-more-drugs-terrorism/https://1gyhoq479ufd3yna29x7ubjn-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uplo...more

  • Clean the Grill. Start Fresh.

    Aug 06 2019

    DeRay, Clint, Brittany and Sam discuss detention centers for immigrant children, ways Black WWII veterans were denied benefits from the GI Bill, how a school in DC founded by nuns gained profits from selling enslaved people, and a lawsuit to change how governors are elected in Mississippi. Comedian Gastor Almonte joins DeRay to talk about his album, ‘Immigrant Made.”’

  • Change the Terms (David Treuer)

    Jul 30 2019

    DeRay, Brittany, Sam and Clint discuss the history of the motto "In God We Trust," low-wage health care jobs, a proposal to ban facial recognition in public housing, and ensuring that formerly incarcerated Floridians maintain the right to vote. David Treuer joins DeRay to talk about his book, "The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present."

  • Interrogate the Obvious (In the Dark)

    Jul 23 2019

    DeRay, Sam, Brittany and Clint discuss  a plan to fix inequality in San Francisco, officers illegally using information from sealed arrests, why women are more vulnerable in cars, and protests against the construction of a telescope at Mauna Kea. Samara Freemark and Natalie Jablonski join DeRay to talk about the latest season of 'In the Dark' and the Supreme Court case, Flowers v. Mississippi.

  • Unlearning Fear (Logan Browning)

    Jul 16 2019

    DeRay, Clint, Brittany and Sam discuss racial hierarchies in the culinary field, bias within disability classifications, vanilla ice cream as it relates to America's history of racism, and legal preservations of confederate beliefs. Logan Browning joins DeRay to talk about what she has learned from starring in 'Dear White People” and using her voice in Hollywood.

  • Be in the Room to Make Change

    Jul 09 2019

    DeRay, Sam, Brittany and Clint discuss economic myths about undocumented immigrants, conditions in prisons, California's ban against natural hair discrimination, and transparency among police departments. Jennifer Eberhardt joins DeRay to talk about implicit bias and racism.

  • The Power of a True Apology (Nora McInerny)

    Jul 02 2019

    DeRay, Clint, Brittany and Sam discuss the history of school busing, language used among athletic leagues, two recent Supreme Court decisions, and how bias is overlooked within the NYPD. Nora McInerny joins DeRay to talk about her podcast, “Terrible, Thanks for Asking,” her new book, and what she has learned about grief and joy.

  • Talking About the Debates

    Jun 25 2019

    DeRay, Brittany, Clint and Sam share overlooked news to help inform your perspective as you watch this week's presidential debates. Then, DeRay is joined by presidential candidate Julián Castro to discuss his People First Policing policy proposal and how he is preparing for Wednesday's debate.

  • Listen to Yourself (Blair Underwood)

    Jun 18 2019

    DeRay, Sam, Brittany and Clint discuss how sheriffs undermine their successors, a multipronged approach to eliminating inequality, racial discrimination in the cable TV industry, and reducing bias among prosecutors. Actor Blair Underwood joins DeRay to talk about his role in "When They See Us," Ava DuVernay's series about The Exonerated Five.

  • Season 3 Premiere With Trevor Noah

    Jun 11 2019

    For the season 3 premiere of Pod Save the People, DeRay, Brittany, Clint and Sam discuss the overlooked news, including a review of the Facebook accounts of thousands of police officers, murders of Black transgender women, houselessness in Los Angeles, and the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. Trevor Noah joins DeRay to talk what he has learned as host of The Daily Show, the 2020 president election, and making his book into a film.

  • Draw Strength from Your Weaknesses

    Jun 04 2019

    This episode, DeRay is joined by activist and writer Feminista Jones to discuss organizing, Black Feminism, and the power of the internet. Then, New Mexico's Attorney General, Hector Balderas, talks to DeRay about what it's like to be one of the only Democratic Attorney Generals in a border state.

  • Leave Your Ego Outside (Glenda Jackson)

    May 28 2019

    DeRay, Clint, Brittany and Sam discuss the overlooked news, including illegal police raids, the original symbolism of The Statue of Liberty, Trump’s farm bailout, and why many Americans live close to their moms. Glenda Jackson joins DeRay to talk about playing King Lear on Broadway and her political career as a former member of the British Parliament.

  • When People Say...

    May 21 2019

    DeRay, Sam, Brittany and Clint discuss Ben Carson, the debate around Rikers Island, factoring adversity into the SAT's, and how the War on Drugs has prevented Black men from obtaining college degrees. Danielle Sered joins DeRay to talk about her book, 'Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair."

  • Growth (House Majority Whip James Clyburn)

    May 14 2019

    DeRay, Brittany, Clint and Sam discuss abortion, school lunches, ICE hacking phones, and how Black Lives Matter protests have affected Americans' perspectives on race. House Majority Whip James Clyburn joins DeRay to talk about the 2020 presidential election, the Congressional Black Caucus and infrastructure.

  • Climb More Trees

    May 07 2019

    DeRay, Clint, Brittany and Sam discuss New York's decision to become the first major city to stop charging for calls from jail, a revealing report about the shooting of Oscar Grant, a new Bronx bookstore, and John Kelly's involvement in a shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children. Bryan Lee, Jr joins DeRay to talk about design justice, monuments that celebrate white supremacy, and how public spaces affect communities.

  • Not Today (Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich)

    Apr 30 2019

    DeRay, Brittany, Sam and Clint discuss criminal fines and the disenfranchised, childhood mortality in America, and whether or not sheriffs are necessary. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich joins DeRay to talk about the 2020 Presidential Election, the "common good," and how American politics have changed.

  • Responsibility (In Celebration of Earth Day)

    Apr 23 2019

    DeRay, Sam, Brittany and Clint discuss online diversity trainings, how low-income individuals spend more on health care, the history of slaveowners receiving reparations, and gratuitous dental procedures. In honor of Earth Day, DeRay is joined by marine biologist Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Ayana Young, co-founder of For the Wild.

  • Look for Unlikely Allies

    Apr 16 2019

    DeRay, Clint, Brittany and Sam discuss Georgetown's reparations fund, the new Black Maternal Health Caucus, life-long prison sentences without the possibility of parole, and “proactive policing.” New York Times Magazine Staff Writer Emily Bazelon joins DeRay to talk about the power of prosecutors, transforming the American court system and ending mass incarceration.

  • Inside Outside Strategy (LIVE from Portland, OR)

    Apr 09 2019

    DeRay, Sam and Brittany are LIVE from Portland, Oregon. They’re joined by Representative Jennifer Williamson and Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty to talk about the treatment of incarcerated women, Elizabeth Warren’s housing crisis plan, policing, Trump's budget and more.

  • There Is No Straight Line (LIVE from Seattle, WA)

    Apr 02 2019

    DeRay, Brittany and Sam are LIVE from Seattle, Washington with Mayor Jenny Durkan. They discuss overlooked news, houselessness, presidential candidates, policing, and more. 

  • Rest Doesn’t Mean Failure (LIVE from Los Angeles, CA)

    Mar 26 2019

    DeRay and Sam are LIVE from Los Angeles with Pod Save America's Jon Lovett, Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Erica Chidi Cohen, reproductive rights advocate and LOOM co-founder.

  • We Don’t Agonize, We Organize (LIVE from San Francisco, California)

    Mar 19 2019

    DeRay, Brittany and Sam are LIVE from San Francisco with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Katherine Maher, the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation.

  • Mango Season

    Mar 12 2019

    DeRay, Brittany, Sam and Clint talk about the unequal distribution of federal disaster funds, how a messenger’s identity affects a movement’s momentum, kidney donations, and artificial intelligence. Actor André Holland joins DeRay to discuss his new film "High Flying Bird," the commodification of Black athletes and how art helps him work through trauma.

  • History is Today (Episode 100)

    Mar 05 2019

    DeRay, Clint, Brittany and Sam talk about a Black man who outsmarted a neo-Nazi group, the high cost of insulin, a decrease in Black homeownership, and the trauma of attending a school proximate to homicides. Nedgine Paul Deroly, co-founder & CEO of Anseye Pou Ayiti, joins DeRay to discuss how she's working to improve education in Haiti.

  • Unforced Errors (LIVE from Philadelphia, PA)

    Feb 26 2019

    DeRay, Sam and Brittany are LIVE from Underground Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Plus, DeRay is joined by Philly district attorney Larry Krasner to discuss equity and criminal justice.

  • Early Polling (LIVE from Brooklyn, NY)

    Feb 19 2019

    DeRay, Brittany and Sam are LIVE from The Bell House with founder and editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight Nate Silver and comedian Hari Kondabolu.

  • Don't Plateau

    Feb 12 2019

    DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany explain what’s on their hearts and minds during Black History Month. President and CEO of the Public Welfare Foundation Candice Jones joins DeRay to talk about juvenile and adult prison reform.

  • The Facts

    Feb 05 2019

    DeRay, Brittany, Sam and Clint talk about Jussie Smollet and Howard Schultz, plus colonialism and climate change, a mother’s fatal fall on NYC subway steps, a growing number of urban prosecutors refusing to pursue marijuana convictions, and how opioid overdoses increase when prisoners are forced off prescribed relapse medication. African American Studies Chair at UCLA, Dr. Marcus Hunter, joins DeRay to talk about everything from inclusion to reparations. #BHM

  • I Exist

    Jan 29 2019

    DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including Marsy’s law, bias in court reporting, predatory ticketing in St. Louis County, and the California doctors who cross state lines to perform abortions. South African pop star and actor Nakhane joins DeRay to talk about music, art and identity.

  • Sit With Your Ideas

    Jan 22 2019

    DeRay, Clint, Brittany and Sam discuss how police are treated as a protected class, the lack of diversity within the Green Movement, states that celebrate Robert E. Lee, and free drug testing and counseling at festivals. The National Black Justice Coalition's David Johns joins DeRay to talk about education, protecting LGBTQ youth, and his time in the Obama Administration.

  • Play the Long Game

    Jan 15 2019

    DeRay, Sam, Brittany and Clint talk about how the government shutdown is affecting federal prisons, hunger on college campuses, the DOJ's implication that immigration is linked to terrorism, and Bennett College's financial vulnerability. Law Professor Lara Bazelon joins DeRay to discuss restorative justice for those who have been wrongfully convicted. 

  • Curiosity

    Jan 08 2019

    Brittany, Sam and Clint are back with DeRay for the overlooked news, including a discussion of Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s tax proposal, the millions of children who have experienced a lockdown this year alone, formerly incarcerated voter re-enfranchisement, and racial sentencing disparities. Tomi Adeyemi joins DeRay to talk about her book, Children of Blood and Bone.

  • Trust What Got You Here

    Jan 01 2019

    For this special holiday episode, DeRay talks to Sarah Koenig, the host and executive producer of the podcast Serial, and Emmanuel Dzotsi who helped report and produce the show's most recent season. Then, he's joined by Stanford's Rob Reich to discuss his new book, "Just Giving: Why Philanthropy is Failing Democracy and How it Can do Better.” 

  • Build Communities

    Dec 25 2018

    For this special holiday episode, DeRay talks to Lizz Winstead about creating "The Daily Show" and founding Lady Parts Justice League, an organization that uses humor to educate people about reproductive healthcare and abortion policies. Then, he's joined by Emily Hunt Turner, Tommy Franklin and Roslynn Pedracine to discuss All Square, a nonprofit that provides professional development training to formerly incarcerated individuals.

  • Remember Your Motivation

    Dec 18 2018

    DeRay, Sam, Brittany and Clint talk about Florida legislation that protects police, the effects of tuition-free college, HUD oversight failures, and how the IRS targets low-income people. Deborah Richardson of the International Human Trafficking Institute joins DeRay to discuss how common human trafficking is and ways communities can solve the issue.

  • Get Creative

    Dec 11 2018

    DeRay, Brittany, Clint and Sam talk about using creativity to combat white supremacy, confronting housing segregation, Cyntoia Brown's prison sentence, and the rise of dollar stores. Nicholas Turner of the Vera Institute of Justice joins DeRay to discuss prison systems globally.

  • Embrace the Complexity

    Dec 04 2018

    DeRay, Clint, Brittany and Sam discuss the Wrongful Conviction Tax Relief Act, the effect of racism on home ownership, fraud in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, and immigrant deportation trials. WNYC's Jad Abumrad joins DeRay to talk about anti-gay conversion therapy and his new podcast series, UnErased. Note: This episode includes explicit language.

  • Worthy

    Nov 27 2018

    DeRay, Sam, Brittany and Clint discuss the overlooked news, including "Black Wall Street," domestic violence, global gun policies, and license plate surveillance. Michaele Turnage Young of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Harvard student Ivy Yan join DeRay to talk about the Harvard affirmative action lawsuit.

  • Keep Raising Hell

    Nov 20 2018

    DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss the Georgia gubernatorial election, the new prison reform bill, incarcerated firefighters, and American fast food consumption. Representative Gwen Moore (WI-4) joins DeRay to talk about congressional news, including Nancy Pelosi's race for minority speaker and welfare reform.

  • Celebrate the Wins

    Nov 13 2018

    DeRay, Sam, Brittany, and Clint discuss the overlooked news, including Roe v. Wade's vulnerability, holistic public defense, the role of consent decrees in curbing police brutality, and Mississippi's Senate runoff race. The Washington Post's Elizabeth Bruenig joins DeRay to talk about her article, "She reported her rape. Her hometown turned against her. Can justice ever be served?"

  • Can’t Stop Thinking About...

    Nov 06 2018

    DeRay, Brittany, Sam, and Clint discuss how one vote can make a difference and the overlooked news they can't stop thinking about. Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli joins DeRay to talk about how she is improving the justice system in Illinois.

  • Know the Source

    Oct 30 2018

    DeRay, Clint, Sam, and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including the population decline in Chicago's public schools, how jury selection is shaped by racism, affirmative action, and telling fact from opinion. Valerie Jarrett and John Zimmer join DeRay to talk about Lyft and how they're helping Americans exercise their right to vote.

  • Midterm Review Session

    Oct 23 2018

    DeRay, Clint, Brittany and Sam discuss the midterm elections, ballots to watch, decreased protections for transgender people, a new DUI law, and hiring discrimination. Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley joins DeRay to talk about her historic run for Congress.

  • Flint: Lead & Beyond

    Oct 16 2018

    DeRay, Brittany, Sam and Clint discuss the overlooked news, including the decline of U.S. prison populations, how American abortion policies affect women around the world, the death penalty, and who benefits from President Trump's tax cuts. Pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha joins DeRay to talk about her efforts to get the government to recognize the effects of lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan. 

  • We Gotta Live Our Commitments

    Oct 09 2018

    DeRay, Clint, Sam and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including the recent earthquake in Haiti, the consequences of privatizing policy policymaking, who can get charged with felony murder in California, and how limited access to abortion harms women. Jon Favreau joins DeRay and Tre'vell Anderson of the LA Times to talk about the future of activism and American politics. 

  • Plant the Seeds

    Oct 02 2018

    DeRay, Clint, Sam and Brittany discuss Brett Kavanaugh's nomination, and the overlooked news, including the treatment of unaccompanied migrant children in America, how the government prevents undocumented pregnant minors from getting abortions, and the benefits of universal Preschool in Washington, D.C. John Olszewski joins DeRay to discuss his candidacy for Baltimore County Executive. 

  • There's No Power Like People Power

    Sep 25 2018

    DeRay, Clint, Sam and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including why many college students don't vote, midterm predictions among millennials, service workers as first line medical responders, and addiction treatment in prisons. Maria Hadden, candidate for 49th Ward Alderwoman in Chicago and Kina Collins, chairwoman of the Illinois Council on Women & Girls, join DeRay to discuss working within and around government to change policy and shift Illinois culture.

  • Never Cover Your Eyes

    Sep 18 2018

    Clint, Brittany and DeRay are on to discuss the overlooked news, including the impact of economics on the ability to evacuate from a hurricane, college access, and North Carolina gerrymandering. Sam joins remotely to share his news about a House bill that would reclassify dozens of offenses as “crimes of violence.” Anand Giridharadas joins DeRay in the studio to talk about his new book, Winners Take All.

  • Walk Into The Risk

    Sep 11 2018

    DeRay, Brittany, Sam and Clint discuss voter ID for older voters, Rachael Rollins and criminal justice reform, voter suppression, and the DeVos Administration’s rerouting of federal education money for guns. Wesley Lowery and Kimbriell Kelly join DeRay to talk about their ongoing work to understand why fewer arrests are made for violent crimes with Black victims.

  • Hope

    Sep 04 2018

    In this episode Tish James joins to discuss her run to be the next NY Attorney General and Brittany, Clint, Sam, and DeRay discuss the overlooked news of the day. And DeRay announces the launch of his book and the importance of hope in the work of justice. 

  • Tell Someone

    Aug 30 2018

    DeRay talks with actor Terry Crews about #MeToo, Hollywood, and the work ahead. Sam, Clint and Brittany are on to talk this week's news, including new issues in environmental justice and policing/criminal justice.

  • Keep the Same Energy

    Aug 21 2018

    DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including how Georgia is attempting to consolidate voting locations in ways that would disenfranchise black voters and the relationship between homelessness and incarceration. Actress Regina King joins to discuss her most recent project Seven Seconds, a series on Netflix that focuses on police violence. 

  • The Politics of Teeth

    Aug 14 2018

    DeRay, Sam and Brittany are on to talk about Spike Lee’s new movie Blackkklansman, the white supremacy rally in DC, and this week’s overlooked news. Clint joins to share his thoughts drawing distinctions between past and current waves of immigration. Oral health writer and expert Mary Otto and health care expert Ifetayo Johnson about the history, access and implications of dental health care nationwide, and what communities can do to improve community oral health.

  • Politics of Fear

    Aug 07 2018

    DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including how white Americans support welfare programs — but only for themselves, says new research, and how federal court rules in favor of NAACP’s case and restores DACA. Beto O'Rourke, the 2018 Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas, joins DeRay and discusses immigration, challenging Ted Cruz, and the future of Texas.

  • Oppression Depends on Secrecy

    Jul 31 2018

    DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including how the Trump administration is attacking a crucial lifeline for domestic violence victims, and how Memphis police spying on activists is worse than we thought. Candidate for St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell joins DeRay and discusses how he wants to reform the criminal justice system in St. Louis, and Lyft’s Vice President of Government Relations, Joseph Okpaku, joins DeRay to discuss new legislation that could put a ca...more

  • Movements

    Jul 24 2018

    DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including Target's coupon fix for cash-strapped teachers and what it says about the state of education funding, and President Trump’s status as the single biggest political advertiser on Facebook. “Sorry to Bother You” director Boots Riley joins DeRay and discusses how class factors into movements, his film, and how to leverage power.

  • Historic Wins

    Jul 17 2018

    DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including what white, middle-class parents report saying to their children about racial tension, and the Trump administration’s new message on anti-poverty programs. New York’s 14th congressional Democratic primary winner Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins DeRay and discusses what it means to be a Democratic Socialist, the future of healthcare, and her historic win.

  • Choice

    Jul 10 2018

    DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including a Judge’s ruling in Detroit that access to literacy is not a constitutional right, and how police killings have harmed mental health in black communities. Democrats for Education Reform president Shavar Jeffries joins DeRay and discusses DFER’s core work, what impact charter schools have on diversity, and why he thinks choice matters.

  • Smart Justice

    Jul 03 2018

    DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including Alexandria Ocasio’s definition of democratic socialism and the lack of accountability in immigration detention contracting. "Hamilton" star Daveed Diggs and Bill Cobb, Deputy Director at the ACLU, talk about the Campaign for Smart Justice.

  • I Really Do Care

    Jun 26 2018

    DeRay, Sam and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including the not-so-secret meaning of Melania Trump’s jacket and how Starbucks and other corporations came to Ferguson after Michael Brown was shot, but not to the neighborhood where he died. Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mahlon Mitchell joins DeRay and discusses his race to become the first black governor in a state that has struggled with race relations. Mike Johnston explains how one of his students inspired him to run for governor of ...more

  • Cages

    Jun 19 2018

    DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including how to decide who to root for in The World Cup and how the Trump Administration is separating children from their parents at the border. Dr. Nadine Burke joins DeRay and discusses how our bodies can be imprinted for life by “Adverse Childhood Experiences”—like abuse, neglect, parental addiction or mental illness.

  • Politics of Confrontation

    Jun 12 2018

    DeRay, Brittany and Sam are together for the news, including a discussion of unsolved murders, the politics of health care, and the economic cost of sexual harassment. Candidates for State’s Attorney Ivan Bates and Thiru Vignarajah each join DeRay to talk about their bid to serve as Baltimore’s lead prosecutor. Full interviews also available at https://crooked.com/podcast/politics-of-confrontation/

  • The Party

    Jun 05 2018

    DeRay, Clint, Sam and Brittany talk Drake and Pusha T, Black women voters, and the many deaths following Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (NY-9) joins DeRay to talk about the future of the Party, immigration issues under Trump, and being one of only the eleven House members total who didn’t vote for the Blue Lives Matter bill.

  • Not Every Ground is a Battleground

    May 29 2018

    DeRay, Clint, Brittany and Sam talk about the latest NFL controversary, a spike in overdoses in libraries, a wide array of criminal justice updates, and the weak response to Paige Patterson’s controversial Southern Baptist leadership. Cleo Wade joins DeRay to talk about art, activism and her new book, Heart Talk.

  • Protect the Win

    May 22 2018

    DeRay, Sam, Brittany and Clint talk about the new blue lives matter law in the House and Senate, a steep rise in suicide rates among teens, the Royal Wedding, and more. Ari Melber joins DeRay to talk about Michael Cohen, Giuliani and #muteRKelly, and we have a short update on the SNAP bill from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

  • A Long Shadow

    May 15 2018

    DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including depiction of abortions in the mainstream and marijuana arrests in NYC. Author and researcher Chuck Collins and policy expert Josh Hoxie join to discuss their study Road to Zero about the nuances of the racial wealth gap.

  • If You Believe in Justice

    May 08 2018

    DeRay, Clint, and Brittany discuss women’s wages, misconduct records for corrections officers, prison riots in context, and Donald Glover. Louisiana State Senator JP Morrell joins DeRay to talk about his efforts to overturn a law that does not require a unanimous jury for criminal convictions.

  • We’re Not Going Anywhere

    May 01 2018

    In the Season 2 premiere, DeRay, Brittany, Sam and Clint are back together for the weekly news. Brené Brown and DeRay are together in Houston to talk about trauma, activism, addiction, and Beyoncé.

  • Year Gone By

    Apr 24 2018

    In between seasons, DeRay, Sam, Brittany and Clint all have their own special messages for listeners (and yes, Clint has poems). Hear some of DeRay’s and your favorite episodes and behind-the-scenes reflections on each. Season 2 debuts on May 1 with an extra special guest!

  • Be Part of the Story (LIVE from NYC)

    Apr 17 2018

    DeRay, Brittany and Sam, with special guest Rembert Browne, are live from NYC opening the NYC Podfest to talk about the NFL, the Flint water crisis, and Facebook. Touré joins DeRay for an interview about interviews, including R. Kelly and Kanye.

  • Race is Making Everything About Me (LIVE from Nat Geo HQ)

    Apr 10 2018

    DeRay, Brittany, Sam and Clint are live from National Geographic HQ in Washington, D.C. to discuss race and science, MLK, Maya Angelou, and the news, and DeRay has a conversation about black holes, women in STEM and race and genetics with Nat Geo explorers Jedidah Isler and Keolu Fox.

  • The Formula

    Apr 03 2018

    The full crew is together for the news, including a discussion of new evidence in the Alton Sterling case. Derek Thomson, author of Hit Makers, joins DeRay to help us understand how certain things become a hit, while others don’t. Beyoncé, social movements, Parkland and Billboard’s Top 100 are all discussed. 

  • Don’t Leave Anyone Behind

    Mar 27 2018

    DeRay, Sam, Brittany and Clint talk about Koch brothers spreading fake news in the Black community, how NY is forgetting juveniles in its prison system, a new study on race and class, and how WI is tinkering with election laws. Senator Tammy Duckworth (IL) joins DeRay from the Hill to talk about gun policy, the FBI, ICE practices, arcane maternity leave policies in the Senate, opioids and more.

  • People Built This

    Mar 20 2018

    DeRay, Sam, Clint, and Brittany talk about the assassination of Marielle Franco, charging low-income college students to stay on campus during breaks, public officials who profit off of prison nutrition systems, and the Austin bombings. Irma Solis from NYCLU and Stephanie Gibbs of Safe Passage Project join to help us understand how the DOJ, ICE and local police are violating due process of immigrant children every day.

  • Think Before You Retweet

    Mar 13 2018

    DeRay, Brittany, Sam and Clint discuss a new study on the rapid spread of fake news on Twitter, the racial wealth gap, arming teachers, and WA’s new deadly force legislation. Author and musician Gyasi Ross catches up with DeRay to discuss the DNC 2020 and issues facing Native communities.

  • Joy & The Gift

    Mar 06 2018

    Clint, Sam and DeRay talk about land reform in South Africa, a stalled child marriage bill in KY and progressive voting rights legislation coming out of Washington State. DeRay and Brené Brown discuss joy, privilege and discomfort with Pastor Amy live from the Riverside Church in NYC.

  • Don’t Tell Your Story Too Soon

    Feb 27 2018

    DeRay, Clint, Brittany and Sam talk about applying a racial equity lens to gun control, what guns do to bodies, the lastest on immigration, and energy efficiency in low-income communities. NAACP Legal Defense Fund President Sherrilyn Ifill joins to DeRay to talk about judicial nominations and criminal justice through the courts.

  • The World We Want to Live In (LIVE from Washington, D.C.)

    Feb 20 2018

    DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany are live from The Lincoln Theatre. Washington Post’s Wesley Lowrey joins the news crew fresh from his time with students at Parkland High, and Ben Jealous joins to talk about legalizing marijuana and the Baltimore PD. Black Panther is discussed at length, but no spoilers, we promise.

  • Representation

    Feb 13 2018

    Sam, Clint, Brittany and DeRay discuss this week’s news, including cuts to Medicaid and PA’s gerrymandering battle. Science fiction authors and scholars Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes join to DeRay talk about Black Panther, the history of Black superheroes and Afrofuturism.

  • Outrage and Action

    Feb 06 2018

    Clint and Brittany join DeRay to talk the news during our first Black History Month podcast. Sam shares a special call to action. Professor Brandon Terry (Harvard, African and African American studies) joins to talk to DeRay about Martin Luther King’s legacy, today’s struggle for rights and democracy, and finding moral courage outside of religion.

  • Can’t Pour From An Empty Cup

    Jan 30 2018

    DeRay, Brittany, Sam, and Clint talk about Flint’s water crisis, Florida’s potential restoration of voting rights, minimum wage, and the $400M that the Koch brothers are pouring into midterms. Author and commentator Reza Aslan joins DeRay to talk about being Muslim in America, Jesus as a protestor, the link between religion and voting, finding moral courage outside of religious identity, and his new book, God: A Human History. Thanks to our sponsors: BETTERMENT betterment.com/people CASPER MA...more

  • Challenge and Confront

    Jan 24 2018

    Brittany, Sam, DeRay and Clint are on for the news. Wendy Kopp, co-founder and CEO of Teach For All, joins DeRay talk through lessons learned across the international education community and the need for diverse and community-driven leadership. DeRay talks with Kat Calvin, founder and CEO of Spread the Vote, to help us understand voter ID laws and how to get involved in advance of upcoming elections. 

  • Just Let the People Do It

    Jan 16 2018

    Clint, Sam, Brittany and DeRay talk through his week’s news, and invite you to the first Pod Save the People live show in D.C. on 2/18 for Black History Month. U.S. Congressman Joe Crowley (NY-14) joins DeRay to talk DACA, TPS, and impeachment. Thanks to our sponsors: ZipRecruiter: ZipRecruiter.com/savethepeople UPSTART: upstart.com/PEOPLE WordPress: wordpress.com/PODSAVE 

  • Put Your Plan Together

    Jan 09 2018

    Sam, Clint and Brittany are back for the news. DeRay sits down to talk with program director Amy Roza, and students Donte Small, Ramieka Robinson-Peoples and Sekwan Merritt about their experiences in the Goucher College Prison Education Program (GPEP), which reverses the school-to-prison pipeline by providing college education to incarcerated adults. Thanks to our sponsors: WORDPRESS wordpress.com/people MACK WELDON mackweldon.com PROMO CODE: PEOPLE

  • Lifting Others Up

    Jan 02 2018

    DeRay talks with Wes Moore about his new role fighting systemic poverty at Robin Hood, #closerikers, and hope. Laura Weidman Powers of Code2040 joins DeRay to discuss the important of diversity in the tech industry and her time in Obama’s White House. Thanks to our sponsors: MACK WELDON mackweldon.com Promo code: PEOPLE WORDPRESS wordpress.com/PEOPLE

  • Let's Do Better in the New Year

    Dec 26 2017

    DeRay joins Piper Kerman, author and producer of Orange is the New Black, and Georgia Lerner, ED of the Women’s Prison Association to talk about women, children and the criminal justice system. Tracey Feild of the Casey Foundation joins to help us understand the foster care system and how we can help.

  • Courage

    Dec 19 2017

    DeRay gets together with Chelsea Handler to talk about the world, allyship, and being both funny and angry (swearing abounds). Political pollster Cornell Belcher joins DeRay to discuss the synergies between Obama’s win and Doug Jones’. Sam, Brittany and Clint join for this week’s news. Thanks to our sponsors: DOLLAR SHAVE CLUB: thedollarshaveclub.com/PEOPLE STITCH FIX: stitchfix.com/PEOPLE

  • Bonus Pod: Tom Perez Talks Doug Jones

    Dec 15 2017

    DeRay sits down to talk to Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez to process the special Alabama U.S. Senate race and Democratic victor Doug Jones, and to discuss what the DNC has learned about getting out the vote alongside African American communities.

  • You Are Already Political

    Dec 12 2017

    Sam, Brittany and DeRay discuss the week’s news, and Clint joins for a special spoken word message about who in society is deemed worthy of our empathy. DeRay sits down with Tom Wheeler, former FCC Chairman, to help us understand net neutrality and the upcoming FCC vote on December 14. Sinéad Burke joins to talk about disability activism, including her experience as a little person and teacher. Thanks to our sponsors: BOMBAS: bombas.com/people DOLLAR SHAVE CLUB: dollarshaveclub.com/people ...more

  • It’s Such BS

    Dec 05 2017

    DeRay sits down for a deep conversation with U.S. Senator (NY) Kirsten Gillibrand at the Senate studio to talk about leading in a time of Trump, sexual assault in the military and on the Hill, the 2018 elections, the new tax bill, being a working mom in the Senate and much more. Clint, Sam and Brittany talk about the tax bill, the census, and seeing Coco.

  • Take the First Step

    Nov 28 2017

    Clint, Sam and Brittany join DeRay for the weekly news, including the effect of climate change on child brides, the recent news on human trafficking, Trump stacking the courts, and more. DeWanda Wise joins DeRay to talk about her new role as Nola in Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It. Shannon Minter and Jennifer Levi join to talk about their work on key federal cases to block Trump’s military transgender ban, and what you can do to help. 

  • This Is Personal

    Nov 21 2017

    DeRay, Brittany, Sam and Clint talk about this week’s news including, #metoo, the current tax bill, a study on the impact of teachers of color and the so-called “digital Muslim ban.” Andy Slavitt joins for a brief update on the GOP snuck health care changes into the latest tax bill, and DeRay talks with Glenn Martin of Just Leadership USA about closing Rikers Island Jail in NYC and the justice system more broadly.

  • The Race to Zero

    Nov 14 2017

    The news crew gathers to discuss defense attorneys in immigration court, the impact of non-profits in low-income communities, and more and a surprise guest joins for Brittany’s birthday. Author and law professor Mehrsa Baradaran joins DeRay to talk about the racial wealth gap, and tax law professor and former OMB staffer David Kamin briefs us on the latest tax bills.

  • It’s Election Day

    Nov 07 2017

    This Election Day episode is dedicated to voting rights with Faiz Shakir, National Policy Director for the ACLU, and journalist Ari Berman. The news crew discusses gun violence and voting rights, and Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League joins DeRay to talk about the recent 67% rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes and what the ADL is doing about it.

  • Rejecting The Wrong Questions

    Oct 31 2017

    FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny joins to talk with DeRay about how antitrust and consumer protection affects our daily lives. Then DeRay speaks with St. Paul mayoral candidate Melvin Carter about his campaign and the recent racist attacks by the St. Paul police union. And Brittany, Sam, Clint and DeRay discuss this week’s intense news cycle.

  • War on Science

    Oct 24 2017

    Gov. Christie Todd Whitman, former head of the EPA under George W. Bush, joins DeRay to explain climate change, why environmental regulation has no place in partisan politics, and why the GOP keeps backing Trump even though she believes he’s unfit to lead. Joshua Kissi of Street Etiquette and TONL joins to talk about ensuring representation in stock photography and art as activism. Sam, Brittany and Clint talks this week’s news.

  • Your Founding Fathers Were Protestors

    Oct 17 2017

    Deesha Dyer, former White House Social Secretary for President Obama, joins DeRay to share stories from Obama’s White House. DeRay is joined by NAACP and Yale Law attorneys about their lawsuit against Trump to ensure the 2020 census process – which affects nationwide districting, representation and resources – is public. Brittany, Clint, Sam and DeRay talk about ICE’s solitary confinement policy, soccer, population projections, and governing the opioid crisis.

  • The Answer to Our Ancestors’ Prayers

    Oct 10 2017

    DeRay, Clint, Brittany and Sam talk about Indigenous Peoples Day, restoring prisoner rights in Florida, and more. Dr. Henry Louis Gates joins to explore race, oppression and anthropology through geneology, and Chef Sean Sherman joins to talk about pre-colonial cooking and indigenous nutrition.

  • Ask the Biggest Question

    Oct 03 2017

    DeRay, Brittany, Clint and Sam talk about this week’s news, including the deadly violence in Las Vegas. David Cole, national legal director of the ACLU, joins DeRay to share more about what the ACLU is doing to protecting civil rights through litigation, and Sarah Kate Ellis of GLAAD talks to DeRay about intersectionality and activism in the LGBTQ community.

  • Didn’t Get Here Alone

    Sep 26 2017

    DeRay, Clint, Sam and Brittany talk about Puerto Rico, NFL protests, North Korea and police union contracts. The New Yorker writer Evan Osnos joins to help us understand North Korea past and present having just returned himself from a visit. Phil Weiser, former Obama staffer and current candidate for CO’s Attorney General, helps us understand antitrust issues and why he’s running.

  • We Can All Win

    Sep 19 2017

    DeRay talks with TN State Senator Lee Harris about the outrageous prison sentences related to drug free school zones. Sheriff Tom Dart from Cook County joins to talk about reducing the jail population in big ways. Sam, Clint and Brittany are on again to talk this week’s news, including St. Louis and The Emmys.

  • Navigating Identity and Navigating Justice

    Sep 12 2017

    DeRay and Congressman John Yarmuth (D-KY) help us understand the federal budget, including the latest debt ceiling deal among Trump, Pelosi and Schumer, how the DNC is preparing for 2020, and the opioid crisis in KY. Actress Dawn-Lyen Gardner from Queen Sugar joins DeRay to talk about being an activist actress and what it’s like have Ava and Oprah as mentors. Brittany, Sam and Clint join for the weekly news and some celebration of Sloane and Serena.

  • Her Wings Were Clipped Short

    Sep 08 2017

    DeRay speaks with Marissa about her experiences and perspectives as a DACA recipient. Eric Columbus, former special counsel for Homeland Security, joins to share more information about DACA and what’s next, and Clint joins to share a burning thought on the recent national DACA conversation.

  • We Don't Know How This Movie Ends

    Sep 05 2017

    Brittany, Clint and Sam join to discuss this week’s news, including the threat to DACA and Houston. Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams joins DeRay to chat about her campaign and the potential of being the first Black woman governor - ever. Arne Duncan and Curtis Toler meet up with DeRay in Chicago to talk about their work at Chicago CRED, providing economic opportunities to reduce violence.

  • Justice In 36 Seconds

    Aug 29 2017

    DeRay sits down for a personal conversation with Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to talk about her path, bond and bail systems, the pace of justice, and her vision. Sam, Brittany and Clint join to talk about a wild news week. AZ State Senator Reggie Bolding processes Arpaio’s pardon with DeRay.

  • On Their Shoulders

    Aug 22 2017

    Colin Warner, Nnamdi Asomugha and and Matt Ruskin from the film Crown Heights stop by the studio, and President Obama’s former Drug Czar, Michael Botticelli, joins to help listeners understand the opioid epidemic from a health and policy standpoint. DeRay processes the world after Charlottesville with Brittany, Sam and Clint. Birmingham mayoral candidate, Randall Woodfin, joins DeRay briefly to discuss the biggest issues facing his city.

  • The House We Live In

    Aug 15 2017

    DeRay talks to Common about The 13th’s Emmy nomination, Charlottesville, and art + activism, criminal justice and the NFL. DeRay chats with Nathanial Pearlman about the Resistance Dashboard. Clint, Brittany and Sam join to talk about the history of white supremacy in relation to this past week’s news.

  • BONUS Pod: Charlottesville

    Aug 14 2017

    DeRay talks with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe about the deadly white supremacy violence in Charlottesville, VA’s police and state response, and the leadership needed to move forward locally and nationally. Wes Gobar and Devin Willis from UVA’s Black Student Alliance join DeRay, as does Danyelle, the NAACP’s UVA chapter leader to talk about their experiences on the ground and what’s next.

  • Win the Available Victory

    Aug 08 2017

    DeRay interviews NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio at Gracie Mansion about policing, universal pre-K, and turnstyle jumping. Sam, Clint and Brittany join to talk about the myths of meritocracy and rehabilitation and a myriad of other issues facing America. DeRay and Chris Hayes talk about the debt ceiling, the opioid crisis, and cross-racial solidarity together.

  • Don’t Forget Your Purpose

    Aug 01 2017

    Sam, Brittany and Clint are on for the news, and Andy Slavitt joins for another health care update. Former US Secretary of the Navy under Obama, Ray Mabus, joins DeRay to talk about the joint chiefs’ reaction to Trump’s transgender ban by tweet, climate change as a national security issue, and our international reputation. DeRay sits down with rap artist Vic Mensa to talk about misogyny, hypermasculinity, therapy, Malcolm X and police violence, all related to Vic’s new album, The Autobiography.

  • Stay in Your Lane Sounds a Lot Like Stay in Your Place

    Jul 25 2017

    DeRay, Brittany, Sam and Clint talk about prisons, inequitable foster care practices, Trump’s refusal to enforce public law and the new Confederate show. Andy Slavitt joins for a healthcare update. DeRay sits down with Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges to talk about the police killings of Justine Damond and Jamar Clark. Golden Globe winning actress Tracee Ellis Ross joins DeRay to talk about activism, hand washing her clothes, and what’s next in her career.

  • This is No Time to Grow Weary

    Jul 18 2017

    DeRay, Brittany, Clint and Sam discuss the week’s news and Andy Slavitt joins for a timely health care bill update. Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor and head of public and intergovernmental affairs for President Obama, joins DeRay to talk about criminal justice, reparations, and reflections on eight years in the White House. Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak meets with DeRay to reflect on local leadership and talk about the future of the DNC.

  • A Box Won't Fix Racism

    Jul 11 2017

    DeRay sits down in person on his birthday to discuss the news with Brittany, Sam and Clint. Andy Slavitt joins again this week for brief health care updates. DeRay talks at length with Governor McAuliffe about restoration of voting rights, the Governor’s biggest regrets, and a fiery conversation around voter apathy. Nikkita Oliver, Seattle mayoral candidate, joins to share more about why she’s one of 21 candidates in Seattle.

  • Intentional Inequity

    Jul 04 2017

    DeRay speaks with Senator Schatz from Hawaii about the current political context and also brings back Andy Slavitt, the former head of Obamacare for 3 years, who provides a brief update on the status of the healthcare legislation. Clint Smith III is back and joins DeRay and Brittany to discuss the news, with a particular focus on intentional inequity.

  • Education Nation

    Jun 27 2017

    DeRay speaks with Andy Slavitt, the former head of Obamacare for 3 years, who provides a brief update on the status of the healthcare legislation. Clint Smith I back and joins DeRay, Sam and Brittany to discuss the news, including recent studies about discrimination and news about adoption and other issues. Former Secretary of Education John King joins to discuss the state of public education , reflections on the current administration and what's to come. Also, Kelly Ward who is leading the nati...more

  • FCC and Me

    Jun 20 2017

    DeRay speaks with Andy Slavitt, the former head of Obamacare for 3 years, who provides a brief update on the status of the healthcare legislation. Clint Smith joins DeRay and Sam to discuss the news, including updates from the Dept. of Education and Hawaii's recent legislation. FCC Commissioner Mignon joins to discuss the work of the FCC and Lee Petro, a lead lawyer working on prisoner rights, joins to illuminate the work of ensuring that the incarcerated can connect with loved ones.

  • When You Have to Face Yourself

    Jun 13 2017

    DeRay sits down for a candid conversation with Katy Perry in person about race, cultural appropriation, allyship, political tension in her family and what Katy’s doing to grown and learn. DeRay chats with Clarence Wardell of Results for America about using data on policing, schools and the environment to foster American cities that work. Brittany, Sam and DeRay dive into this past week’s news including environmental conditions at prisons and the DOJ’s latest emoluments defense. This episode is d...more

  • Do You Love Justice, or Not?

    Jun 06 2017

    DeRay talks candidly with Congressman and DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison (MN-5th) about Resistance Summer, who’s on the 2020 Presidential bench, Comey’s upcoming testimony, Kushner’s security clearance, engaging black women in the DNC, and why we have to keep fighting for justice. DeRay, Sam and Brittany talk through this past week’s news, and DeRay shares new data on which federal elected officials are holding town halls alongside a conversation with Jimmy Dahman at The Town Hall Project.

  • The Iconography of Resistance

    May 30 2017

    DeRay, Brittany and Sam go deep on the past week’s news, including the economics of mass incarceration, emoluments, education budgets, and the troubling work to preserve Confederate monuments. DeRay speaks with Vanita Gupta, former head of the Civil Rights Division at DOJ, about civil rights retractions under Sessions, burning criminal justice questions and civil asset forfeiture. This episode is dedicated to victims of violence worldwide, past and present.

  • Behind the Vote

    May 16 2017

    DeRay sits down to talk about voting rights with Carolyn DeWitt, Executive Director of Rock the Vote, Kristen Clarke, head of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, and Tomas Lopez of the Brennan Center for Justice. DeRay, Brittany and Sam spend extra time digging into the past week’s explosive news cycle, plus BET Award nominations.

  • BONUS POD with Edward Snowden

    May 12 2017

    DeRay speaks with Edward Snowden about his perspective on Trump's decision to fire FBI Director Comey, the intersection of race and surveillance, the relationship between the police and the government, and his thoughts about his own status returning to America.

  • “Product, Not the Producer”

    May 09 2017

    DeRay, Brittany Packnett and Sam Sinyangwe are together again to talk about the most important news of the past week. Then, Grammy-award winning artist and activist John Legend joins DeRay to talk about parenting, women’s reproductive rights, mass incarceration and using his celebrity for good. And NYU professor and federal "numbers geek" David Kamin looks at Trump's proposed tax code changes through a historical lens.

  • "American Do-Over"

    May 02 2017

    In the inaugural episode, DeRay is joined by Senator Cory Booker to reflect on Trump's First 100 Days and the work that lies ahead in Congress. Andy Slavitt, the former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare join to discuss Obamacare as compared to TrumpCare. DeRay, Brittany Packnett and Samuel Sinyangwe talk about the most important items in the news for the past week.

  • Pod Save the People - TEASER

    Apr 25 2017

    Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson takes you inside conversations about culture, social justice, and politics by exploring the history, language, and people who are shaping the struggle for progress — and talking about the steps that each of us can take to make a difference.