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The Bakari Sellers Podcast

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The Art of Local Politics With Mayor Frank Scott

Bakari talks to Mayor Scott about the career path that led him to hold office in Little Rock, having a servant’s heart in the world of politics, and governing during the pandemic

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Michael Bennett on NFL Activism and Things That Make White People Uncomfortable

The Seahawks alum joins Bakari to discuss his post-NFL career

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Deidre DeJear on Why She Wants to Be the Next Governor of Iowa

Plus, how to motivate Democrat voters before the 2022 election cycle

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Jeffrey Toobin on the Kyle Rittenhouse Case and the Dilemma on the Supreme Court

Bakari and Toobin discuss the details of the Rittenhouse case and what kind of verdict to expect, plus the predicament Democrats face with Justice Stephen Breyer

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Soledad O’Brien on the Problems With Political Media, the Coverage of Kamala Harris, and Her Show, ‘Matter of Fact’

Soledad O’Brien joins Bakari to reflect on her career and discuss what she’s currently working on

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Politico’s Maya King on Activism at Howard, the Politics of Crime, and the 2022 Elections

Bakari and Maya King discuss the importance of HBCUs and what to expect in next year’s midterm elections

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Mental Health, Alternative Medicine, and COVID-19 With Psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Oden

Dr. Thomas Oden talks about the impact his life experiences have had on the way he practices psychiatry, his use of alternative medicine in his work, and how COVID-19 has impacted mental health

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Michael Eric Dyson on What People Get Wrong About Critical Race Theory

Plus, reacting to Democrats’ loss in Virginia and discussing how the party has to step up for Black voters

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Ricky Williams on Leaving the NFL to Start a Cannabis Company

Ricky also gives his predictions for this football season

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Roy Wood Jr. on Stand-up, His Alabama Roots, and What Makes a Comedian

Roy Wood Jr. talks about how he got started in stand-up, how his Alabama roots have influenced him as a comedian, and the qualities that make a good comedian

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Tamron Hall on Her Journey to Become a Talk Show Host and Her New Book, ‘As the Wicked Watch’

Bakari and Tamron also discuss what can be done to fight misinformation in the media

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Cedric the Entertainer on His Comedy Career, ‘The Neighborhood,’ and Dave Chappelle

Bakari talks with the legendary comedian about his career and the evolution of TV comedy

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The Restoration of Voting Rights and Florida Politics With Desmond Meade

Desmond also talks about how overcoming homelessness and addiction shaped his worldview and his new book ‘Let My People Vote’

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Dr. Charles Thompson on What It’s Like to Be a Bariatric Surgeon

Bakari and Dr. Thompson also discuss mental health and racism in medicine

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New York Times Reporter Jonathan Martin on the Dysfunction Around Biden’s Infrastructure Bill and the Build Back Better Agenda

Jonathan Martin joins Bakari to discuss senators’ motivations and whether or not the bill will be passed

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Black Political Power and Looking Ahead to the 2022 Midterms With Quentin James

Bakari and Quentin James discuss the Black political power that helped elect Biden, and how Kamala Harris is being used as vice president

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Inside the Career of a Sports Agent With Tory Dandy

Dandy joins Bakari to discuss his experience managing stars like DK Metcalf and how COVID has affected his work

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Haitian Asylum Seekers, ‘The Matter of Black Lives,’ and the Problem With Moderate Democrats

Bakari is joined by Jelani Cobb to discuss the Haitian asylum seekers at the Texas border and how to turn the Black Lives Matter movement into long-term political power

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The Forgotten History of NFL Integration, With Keyshawn Johnson and Bob Glauber

Keyshawn Johnson and Bob Glauber join Bakari to talk about their new book, ‘The Forgotten First,’ which highlights the careers of the first Black NFL players

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Gabrielle Union on Living Life With Grace, Parenting in Public, and Her Second Book, ‘You Got Anything Stronger?’

Bakari is joined by actress and author Gabrielle Union to talk about life, children, and her second memoir.

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Randall Kennedy on Obama’s Legacy, Defunding the Police, and Respectability Politics

Bakari is joined by Harvard law professor Randall Kennedy to discuss Barack Obama’s legacy, clerking for Thurgood Marshall, and more!

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Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy Addresses COVID Myths and COVID Facts

Plus, discussion on why mental health can’t be ignored during the pandemic

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Life Advice With Rick Ross

The rapper joins Bakari to discuss his long and successful career as well as his new book, ‘The Perfect Day to Boss Up’

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Maggie Haberman on Afghanistan, Fighting Misinformation, and Texas’s Abortion Laws

Bakari is joined by New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman to talk about the situation in Afghanistan and more news from this week

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Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin on Police Reform, Getting Reelected, and Pragmatic Leadership

Bakari is joined by the recently reelected mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, Randall Woodfin

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Aunjanue Ellis of ‘Lovecraft Country’ on Her Southern Roots, Making the Show, and Working in Hollywood as a Black Actress

Bakari is joined by Aunjanue Ellis to talk about her work on the show ‘Lovecraft Country’ and whether Hollywood is finally recognizing Black talent

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Jurnee Smollett on Her Acting Journey, ‘Lovecraft Country,’ and What Is Coming Next

Bakari is joined by Jurnee Smollett to talk about her career and the activism she does alongside it

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Rep. Stacey Plaskett on Representing the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Situation in Afghanistan, and Haiti

Bakari and Rep. Plaskett reflect on the U.S. pulling out of Afghanistan, discuss ways to help Haiti after a massive earthquake, and more

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The State of the COVID-19 Pandemic With Dr. Ebony Hilton

Bakari is joined by Dr. Ebony Hilton, associate professor of anesthesiology at the University of Virginia, to talk about the COVID vaccine, face masks, and the Delta variant

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Kent Babb on College Football and His New Book, ‘Across the River: Life, Death, and Football in an American City’

The Washington Post writer joins Bakari to discuss his new book

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Rep. Karen Bass on a Progressive Solution for Crimes and Policing

Bakari is joined by Representative Karen Bass to talk about the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, her role as the chair of the House subcommittee on Africa, and the state of various bills in Congress

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Dr. Ibram X. Kendi on the Backlash to Critical Race Theory and the Steps to Make America Anti-Racist

The author joins Bakari to discuss prejudice around school curriculum