This week, Farai Chideya talks with Senator Elizabeth Warren about why she still pushes for student debt relief and an increased minimum wage, and why she believes these are racial-justice issues. Epidemiologist and Our Body Politic contributor Dr. Kavita Trivedi takes our most pressing questions about Covid-19 vaccinations. Film producer and author Tanya Selvaratnam discusses her new book “Assume Nothing: A Story of Intimate Violence.” Plus, our political roundtable with Errin Haines and special guest Brittany Packnett Cunningham, unpacks the racial resentment behind the aftermath of the January 6th insurrection, CPAC, and Senators’ grilling of the Biden-Harris Cabinet picks.
0:59 Senator Elizabeth Warren talks about how her personal experience growing up “on the ragged edge of the middle class” informs her view of our current economic structures
6:15 Black and Latinx students are disproportionately impacted by student loan debt, Senator Warren explains, which is why she says debt relief is a racial-justice issue.
12:11 Dr. Kavita Trivedi explains in detail what you need to know about the protection the Covid-19 vaccine provides.
15:39 The decline in Covid cases in the U.S. might be a hopeful sign as we aim for herd immunity, Dr. Trivedi says.
22:06 Tanya Selvaratnam discusses why she wrote her new book, “Assume Nothing: A Story of Intimate Violence.”
25:13 Selvaratnam says she talks about her experience with intimate partner violence to remove the stigma of being a survivor of abuse.
30:41 “Sippin’ the Political Tea” guest Brittany Packnett Cunningham talks about her podcast, UNDISTRACTED.
35:19 Errin Haines talks about the potential significance of Maya Wiley’s candidacy in the New York City mayoral race.
36:04 Haines says the idea of “electability” hampers many minority candidates, including Black women who run for office, but that “electing somebody is what makes them electable!”
37:56 Packnett Cunningham compares the lack of accountability for the January 6th, 2021, insurrection to decisions made in the post-Civil War era.
40:12 “I'm less worried about Donald Trump running for reelection than I am about a kinder, gentler, ready-for-prime-time Donald Trump to run,” Packnett Cunningham says, about why it’s important to hold the former President accountable for his role in the insurrection.
42:28 Packnett Cunningham says the real concern about elections should be around the unprecedented amount of voter suppression bills currently in state legislatures.
44:50 Farai Chideya says fear of revenge from historically oppressed minorities may be a factor in the higher scrutiny several Biden-Harris Cabinet nominees are currently facing in the Senate.
This week, Farai Chideya talks to Charles Blow, New York Times opinion columnist and author of “The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto,” about his proposal for building Black political power in the South. Dr. Ashish Jha of Brown University explains why vaccinating against Covid-19 must be a global effort, and Dr. Debra Furr-Holden of Michigan State University says getting Black Americans vaccinated is a key part of that effort. Our business of entertainment contributor Casey Mendoza breaks down who was nominated, who was snubbed, and who might be miscategorized at the Golden Globes. And political roundtable regulars Errin Haines and Jess Morales Rocketto explain why it’s important to keep trying to hold former President Trump accountable for his actions, despite his acquittal by the Senate.
0:55 Writer and columnist Charles Blow explains how moving en masse can change the political dynamics of a state.
7:04 A central argument in his book, Blow dispels the myth that racism only exists in the South.
10:34 Blow says that because of implicit bias, multi-racial coalitions can be limiting for building Black power.
14:16 Dr. Ashish Jha explains how herd immunity works in the vaccination process.
16:26 Dr. Jha says there is promising research that current vaccines can fight against most variants of Covid-19.
17:54 Dr. Jha says that vaccination efforts must be global in order to eliminate the threat of Covid-19 variants that prolong the pandemic.
19:58 Casey Mendoza looks at past controversies addressing the lack of diversity in entertainment awards shows.
22:38 Mendoza reflects on the role of white creators in the conversation about diversity and inclusion in Hollywood.
24:38 Mendoza explains why the Golden Globes were highly criticized for the categorization of “Minari” as a foreign language film.
25:53 Categorizing international or foreign-language films still proves to be problematic, Mendoza explains.
30:00 Errin Haines reflects on her interview with Vice President Kamala Harris.
33:28 Farai Chideya discusses Charles Blow’s idea for obtaining Black political power with Errin Haines.
36:02 After the impeachment acquittal of former President Donald Trump, Jess Morales Rocketto says that the threat of Trump and Trumpism is still very real.
39:00 Chideya tries to make sense of the conflicting positions from Senator Mitch McConnell regarding Trump’s role in the January 6th insurrection.
41:27 Sippin’ the Political Tea’s experts discuss other ways people are trying to hold Trump accountable for the events of January 6th, and why voting to convict on an impeachment charge would have had different consequences.
This week, Farai Chideya and her guests talk about whistleblowing in the tech industry, how ecofascism happens, and the second Trump impeachment trial. Ifeoma Ozoma, founder of Earthseed, talks about the discrimination she says she experienced as a Black woman working at Pinterest, and what she’s doing to protect more whistleblowers through a new California amendment. Technology contributor Mutale Nkonde breaks down why the way tech companies treat their employees impacts our everyday lives. And climate writer Mary Annaïse Heglar explains why how white supremacists engage with the climate crisis matters. Plus, Errin Haines of the 19th and Jess Morales Rocketto of the National Domestic Workers Alliance discuss the repercussions of former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, pandemic relief from the Biden-Harris administration, and Stacey Abrams’ plan to strengthen our democracy.
3:04 Ifeoma Ozoma talks about how Pinterest benefited from having her be the face of the company, and why she feels she was treated unfairly by those in more powerful positions.
5:37 Ozoma says the way tech companies treat employees like her is similar to the way they treat their PoC consumer base.
6:34 Ozoma talks about why she is working to get resources to whistleblowers in the tech industry, including protections through a proposed California legislation, the Silenced No More Act.
12:26 Contributor and tech expert Mutale Nkonde continues the conversation about discrimination in the tech industry.
13:45 Nkonde talks about Timnit Gebru, her significant research into artificial intelligence, and why her treatment at Google strikes so close to home.
17:41 Some of Nkonde’s recent research looks into a significant disinformation campaign during the 2020 Presidential election, that many newsrooms missed.
20:04 Climate writer Mary Annaïse Heglar talks about her work identifying ecofascism.
22:38 Heglar talks about how the climate crisis is a “threat multiplier.”
24:11 Heglar explains why she uses Twitter to call out fossil fuel companies for their wrongdoings.
28:10 Our weekly political roundtable “Sippin’ the Political Tea’ breaks down the ramifications of the second impeachment trial for the public, and the political parties.
29:42 Farai Chideya and Errin Haines of The 19th talk about the video of the January 6th insurrection that was played during the impeachment trial.
31:19 Jess Morales Rocketto talks about House delegate Stacey Plaskett and how female elected officials are using fashion to make a statement.
33:18 Chideya discusses the potential consequences of the impeachment trial for the Republican Party.
36:58 Haines discusses Vice President Kamala Harris’ role as an equal partner in the administration.
39:30 Morales Rocketto says she wants to see the policies focused on helping immigrants, included in Covid relief negotiations.
40:43 Chideya says the pandemic relief plan gives Americans the opportunity to see what their government can do for them, and compares it to government aid in Europe.
This week, Farai Chideya and her guests discuss the Covid-19 vaccine, a Golden Globe-nominated film, and the future of the Republican Party. Businesswoman Bertica Cabrera Morris and Professor Geraldo Cadava share the diversity of the conservative Hispanic experience. Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious diseases specialist and epidemiologist, explains why the lack of public health infrastructure, especially technology, impacts the distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine. Business of entertainment contributor Casey Mendoza discusses two major Black films making waves in the upcoming awards season. Plus, political journalist Errin Haines of The 19th and Professor Tiffany Jeffers of Georgetown Law dive into the repercussions of the January 6th insurrection for the Republican Party, members of Congress, and voting rights across the country.
1:24 Businesswoman Bertica Cabrera Morris talks about her relationship with the Republican Party as a Hispanic conservative.
6:15 Cabrera Morris says she doesn’t agree with the behavior exhibited at the Capitol on January 6th, and that it harmed organizers in the Republican party like herself.
11:47 A listener shares their response on the SPEAK platform, to the question, “How have your priorities changed since the beginning of the pandemic?”
14:41 Professor Geraldo Cadava explains that the Republican Party has fed divisions between Latinos and African Americans for political gain.
16:51 Cadava explains that Hispanic Republicans will often point to the ways the Democratic Party has let down or alienated Latino voters, giving the Republican Party room to grow their base.
17:58 Dr. Celine Gounder explains how the variants of Covid-19 present new and different challenges to controlling the pandemic.
19:54 The vaccination process is hampered by the lack of health infrastructure, including basic technology for scheduling patients, says Dr Gounder.
21:38 Dr. Gounder dives into what is needed for a more equitable distribution of vaccines.
25:54 Casey Mendoza gives an overview of Golden Globe-nominated film, One Night in Miami.
27:28 Mendoza talks about the ways award shows have adapted to include movies that are streaming during the pandemic.
29:22 The documentary film MLK/FBI looks at how strategically the FBI worked to discredit the Civil Rights Movement.
30:40 Errin Haines and Tiffany Jeffers break down the recent events in Congress in the weekly political roundtable “Sippin’ the Political Tea.”
31:13 Farai Chideya talks about being impacted by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s Instagram Live video recounting her experience of the January 6th insurrection.
33:13 Jeffers looks back to the Civil War and Reconstruction to draw comparisons to the divisions in politics today.
35:31 Haines and Chideya discuss the Republican Party’s response to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green.
37:14 Voters who changed their party registration after the election may be key to understanding the future of the Republican party, Chideya explains.
42:02 Jeffers makes the case that granting D.C statehood could give Capitol Hill staff and D.C. residents more security.
46:35 The burden that people of color endure when taking the time to vote needs to be addressed to ensure a more fair democracy, Chideya says.
This week, Farai Chideya and her guests talk about the challenges and victories of Covid vaccination efforts, and dive into the administration’s plans to reverse course on four years of Donald Trump. Dr. Grace Lee of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices describes what must be done to distribute vaccines equitably. “Vaccine Vixen” Ashley Nealy explains why as a Black woman she wanted to participate in the clinical trials. Actor and playwright Anna Deavere Smith analyzes the image of Vice President Kamala Harris in the White House. Author Kenya Hunt reflects on Black female identity around the world in her book, Girl Gurl Grrrl: On Womanhood and Belonging in the Age of Black Girl Magic. Plus, political journalist Errin Haines of The 19th and Jess Morales-Rocketto of the National Domestic Workers Alliance get into the swift actions of the Biden-Harris administration, the white supremacy problem within law enforcement, and the future of the Republican party.
0:43 Dr. Grace Lee explains that some populations who are less likely to be willing to receive the Covid vaccine, are the same groups that have been disproportionately ravaged by the disease.
4:20 Although many people are skeptical about getting vaccinated, Dr. Lee says inoculation is the best way for society to create immunity.
7:10 Dr. Lee emphasizes the importance of community leaders leading the way towards vaccination, especially within groups that may not trust the medical establishment.
10:21 A caller from the SPEAK platform shares what she’d do to get the pandemic under control if she was at the White House.
12:03 Ashley Nealy, a Covid-19 vaccine trial participant, shares why it’s important to encourage other people of color to take the Covid-19 vaccine.
15:56 Playwright, university professor and author Anna Deavere Smith discusses her most recent works, including a TIME magazine article on Vice President Kamala Harris.
18:02 Deavere Smith explains how she uses performing arts to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline.
23:04 Fashion director Kenya Hunt explores her experience of Black womanhood, in the U.S. and abroad.
24:14 Hunt explains why she thinks Black women like herself feel pressure to represent a whole demographic of people, and why that’s too simplistic.
27:20 Seeing the political force that Black women wielded in the recent U.S. elections gives Hunt hope and optimism.
28:19 Errin Haines, editor-at-large at The 19th, and Jess Morales Rocketto, civic engagement director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance, take part in our weekly politics segment Sippin the Political Tea.
28:58 Haines and Chideya talk about the slate of executive orders signed by the Biden-Harris administration within the last week, including the reversal of the transgender military ban.
34:09 With the new administration’s huge emphasis on racial equity, Morales Rocketto admits that she has been slightly skeptical, yet optimistic, about the Biden-Harris administration’s plan to deliver on this front.
36:56 Haines breaks down Democrats’ plans to get cash to people who are most in need of assistance, emphasizing the impact this could have specifically on women.
41:07 Haines and Chideya discuss the warnings from the Department of Homeland Security of increased threats of domestic terrorism.
43:24 Haines and Morales Rocketto unpack the importance of the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump, which is expected to start on February 9th.
This week, Farai Chideya and her guests discuss the new administration and the historic role of Vice President Kamala Harris. Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters discusses what her party wants to accomplish now that it controls the legislative and executive branches. Political strategist Glynda Carr of Higher Heights wants to elevate more Black women to political leadership roles. Activist and producer Sarah Eagle Heart examines what the Biden-Harris administration could do to address the needs of Indigenous communities. Plus, political journalist Errin Haines of The 19th and Jess Morales-Rocketto of the National Domestic Workers Alliance dive into the priorities, hurdles, and first 100 days of the 46th President and Vice President.
EPISODE RUNDOWN1:26 Farai Chideya talks to people in D.C. for the Presidential Inauguration.2:52 Representative Maxine Waters describes the scene during the Capitol siege. 5:14 Representative Waters describes the inequalities that Black women like her experience in the many facets of society. 8:39 Representative Waters says she is elated about the organizing efforts in Georgia.11:16 Having Kamala Harris as Vice President speaks to what is possible for Black Americans, says Waters. 13:16 Political strategist Glynda Carr talks about her efforts to get more Black women elected into leadership roles.14:05 Carr breaks down the four pillars of Higher Heights, her organization that endorses and advocates to elect Black women into office.17:10 Electing New York’s Attorney General Letitia James was a recent success story for Higher Heights.21:40 The Covid update looks into the strategy to get Covid vaccinations to those who need it most. 23:13 Activist and producer Sarah Eagle Heart dives into her social justice work as a member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe. 26:03 Eagle Heart recounts her first time protesting a racist depiction of Indigenous people at a homecoming ceremony in her hometown, when she was a teenager.28:13 When Eagle Heart approached top organizers of the Women’s March to point out the lack of Indigenous representation, she became part of the solution to amplify these voices in the movement.29:21 If she was able to ask anything of Vice President Kamala Harris, Eagle Heart would want to be sure that the rights of Indigenous people are included in the new administration.32:34 Our segment Sippin’ the Political Tea, looks back at a historic week with political experts Errin Haines and Jess Morales Rocketto.33:58 Youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman was Chideya’s favorite moment of last week’s inaugural celebration. 36:39 Chideya takes her listeners to the streets of D.C. the morning of the Inauguration.39:42 Morales Rocketto looks at some of the historic appointments to the Biden-Harris administration’s Cabinet.43:14 Haines looks at how the media will shift its focus from President Trump to the Biden-Harris administration.44:50 Although there is a new president, “Trump is gone, but Trumpism isn’t,” Chideya explains.45:33 The Biden-Harris administration has promised to make sweeping reforms to immigration policy, Morales Rocketto says.47:53 Haines questions how the Biden-Harris administration will tackle issues like systemic racism.
This week, Farai Chideya and her guests dissect the aftermath of the January 6th coup attempt at the Capitol. New York AG Letitia James shares the values that guide her work, which includes investigating President Trump. Boston Globe reporter Jazmine Ulloa reflects on her first-hand experience of the Capitol siege. As transition director of Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’ team, political strategist Minyon Moore expands on Harris’ role in uniting the country. Plus, a new extended segment of “Sippin’ the Political Tea” with contributors Errin Haines and Jess Morales Rocketto.
0:51 Farai Chideya breaks down what she calls the “Black Cassandra Syndrome” and why she thinks more people should listen to journalists of color.
2:34 New York Attorney General Letiticia James talks about her goal to uphold an equal application of the law, regardless of social status.
5:50 James explains that her humble upbringing and daily interactions with her community encourage her to seek justice for all.
7:55 Lawmakers’ priorities tend to neglect the needs of average Americans, especially minority communities, James explains.
13:12 Journalist Jazmine Ulloa describes what the siege on the Capitol looked like, on the ground.
14:56 Many journalists in the Senate press gallery doubted that rioters could break into the building, Ulloa explains.
17:40 Ulloa has had a career in crime reporting and describes the impact her work has on her community.
21:48 The Covid Update looks at the uptick in daily deaths and the effects of the illness on “long-haulers.”
24:04 Political strategist Minyon Moore gives her insight on the upcoming Biden-Harris Administration.
24:47 Moore’s political career began with the campaign to elect Chicago’s first Black mayor.
28:17 Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris uplifts the voices of everyday Americans and “represents the people,” Moore explains.
29:42 The SPEAK platform takes in input from callers all across the country. This week, one caller shares what they’d do if they were President, on their first day in the Oval Office.
32:31 Our Body Politic’s extended roundtable “Sipping the Political Tea” covers all things news and politics with contributors Jess Morales Rocketto and Errin Haines.
34:03 Chideya breaks down her blog post from four years ago, “The Call to Whiteness,” which dissects and predicts the patterns that result from white supremacy in politics.
37:16 Haines expresses the frustration that her and other Black journalists have experienced over the years when they try to talk about racism and white supremacy.
39:17 Morales Rocketto looks into the motives behind President Trump’s supporters in the Capitol, Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, and their future roles in the Republican Party.
43:19 Haines, Morales Rocketto, and Chideya talk about what in politics has most surprised them most in the last week.
This week, Farai Chideya and her guests dissect political news across the country, from the Senate races in Georgia to the violence in our nation’s capital. And we welcome new contributor and legal analyst Tiffany Jeffers. Impact investor Nathalie Molina Niño takes on the exclusion of women of color in finance. Business reporter Ruth Umoh takes stock of corporations’ promises to invest in racial equity. Former journalist Carla Murphy tells Farai about her mission to understand why other journalists of color leave newsrooms. Plus, the leaders of the Guild of Future Architects on what work will look like decades from now.
0:45 Farai Chideya asks supporters of President Trump why they came to DC on January 6th.
2:41 Legal analyst Tiffany Jeffers breaks down the different legal and ethical questions behind Trump’s call to Georgia’s Secretary of State.
4:46 Political contributor Errin Haines and Tiffany Jeffers dissect what the insurrection means for democracy in America.
6:16 Jeffers explains how white supremacy is baked into the country’s legal systems.
10:00 Haines describes what the group of reluctant Trump supporters will mean for the incoming Biden-Harris administration.
13:09 Impact investor Nathalie Molina Niño talks about her background in tech, and her increasing interest in political financing.
17:45 Niño explains the importance of investing in women of color, one the most entrepreneurial and innovative groups of businesspeople across the globe.
19:37 In order to get more money in the hands of women business owners, we have to invest, loan, and buy from this same community, Niño says.
22:27 The Covid update looks at the upward trend of confirmed cases and deaths due to the coronavirus, as well as the implication of the newest variant of the virus.
26:11 Our Body Politic contributor and business reporter, Ruth Umoh, looks into corporations’ promises to invest in racial equity.
28:07 The mechanism behind diversity initiatives differs from company to company, leaving it up to reporters to hold them accountable, Umoh says.
30:17 Umoh suggests that companies should first define what they mean by diversifying their company, before trying to hit unknown targets.
32:38 Carla Murphy, a former journalist, has stepped out of the profession and now focuses on why others are leaving the industry.
34:56 The reckoning in journalism is being shaped by the social movements of the last few years, Murphy explains, like Occupy Wall Street and #MeToo.
36:32 Murphy says it’s very difficult to succeed in the media industry without having independent financial support as an early career journalist.
37:24 Organizing for a living wage is imperative in the journalist world, Murphy says.
39:55 The SPEAK platform records callers’ voicemails and gives a prompt for listeners to participate in Our Body Politic.
41:46 Sharon Chang and Kamal Sinclair of The Guild of Future Architects return to examine how we can better understand the role work plays in our lives.
45:50 Sinclair suggests society should invest in unlocking human potential by not only valuing people’s work output, but by valuing the creativity and passion within their work.
49:30 Chang explains why she thinks the word retirement should be abolished altogether.
This week, Farai Chideya spends more time with the sparkling roster of Our Body Politic contributors. Errin Haines of the 19th predicts the most important political stories of 2021 for women of color. Mutale Nkonde of AI for the People shares her secrets to envisioning success. Psychologist Dr. Ryan DeLapp offers advice to parents about having conversations on race and resilience with their children. Newsy reporter Casey Mendoza reflects on the successes and failures of 2020 in entertainment. Forbes reporter Ruth Umoh looks back on how the year impacted Black women.
3:27 Errin Haines reflects on 2020 and predicts what could happen politically in 2021.
7:39 Haines says Black women were key figures in politics in 2020: “as crucial part of the electorate, you definitely saw Black women flexing their power in 2020.”
14:18 Mutale Nkonde of AI for the People takes listeners back to being inspired by Oprah 20 years ago, and how those practices helped her work towards her future.
15:42 Nkonde describes how she envisions and reaches the goals she sets for herself professionally.
17:54 Nkonde talks about Dr. Timnit Gebru’s studies on racism within facial recognition technology.
24:50 Dr. Ryan DeLapp, an attending psychologist at Montefiore health system in the Bronx, explains the mental health impact Covid is having on children.
26:56 Dr. Delapp says reorganizing routines will be important as things continue to change with the pandemic.
29:23 Dr. DeLapp explains that having a conversation with children about race should start from a place of pride.
32:30 Casey Mendoza gives updates on the major gains and losses in entertainment in 2020.
25:45 One group that has emerged with the pandemic is the National Independent Venue Association or NIVA, a lobbying group for venues across the country.
37:28 Mendoza offers a glimmer of hope for the upcoming year.
38:52 Ruth Umoh recaps the financial ramifications of 2020 for Black women and all women of color.
39:52 Umoh discusses why she thinks Black women should invest more in the stock market, especially since it’s been fruitful during the pandemic.
44:34 Reflecting and looking towards the New Year with the Our Body Politic team.
This week, Farai Chideya talks with Nse Ufot of the New Georgia Project about the power of organizing the vote. Air Force Sergeant Tamika Hamilton on what inspired her to run in California, and Varshini Prakash of the Sunrise Movement connects racial inequity and the climate crisis. Saru Jayaraman of One Fair Wage explains the pandemic's effect on service workers. Alejandra Gomez of Living United for Change in Arizona reflects on organizing efforts in the election. Plus, how Dr. Camilla Pang explains the average human’s behavior.
2:27 Chief officer of The New Georgia Project Nsé Ufot explains how The New Georgia Project used platforms like Twitch to reach a younger audience.
8:16 Ufot gives details on the group’s goal to knock on one million doors ahead of the Georgia Senate race.
15:45 Air Force Sergeant Tamika Hamilton describes what inspired her to run as the Republican candidate for California’s 3rd Congressional District.
19:52 Hamilton talks about her plans to run in 2022.
22:51 Varshini Prakash, co-founder and executive director of the Sunrise Movement, explains why climate policies might have a chance in 2021.
25:14 Prakash explains that to deal with the climate crisis, the country must also deal with inequality.
28:23 Prakash talks about the prospect of Deb Haaland as Interior Secretary in the Biden Administration.
32:22 Saru Jayaraman is the president of One Fair Wage, an organization fighting for a more equitable wage structure for workers in the service industry.
34:20 Jayaraman says workers who live off tips are facing major challenges with the pandemic.
38:32 Alejandra Gomez of LUCHA shares what inspired her to get involved in organizing.
40:16 Gomez the role of organizing and activism in the political changes in her state of Arizona.
44:19 Dr Camilla Pang talks about how she uses science to better understand human behavior.
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