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W. Kamau Bell on ‘We Need to Talk About Cosby’

Larry weighs in on President Biden’s first year in office before he’s joined by W. Kamau Bell to discuss his documentary, ‘We Need to Talk About Cosby’

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Chasing History With Carl Bernstein

Bakari talks to Bernstein about the start of the latter’s career during the civil rights movement, the current state of political journalism, and what he wants readers to take away from his new book

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Mitch McConnell’s Americans and the Awkwafina Backlash

Van and Rachel also remember the life and legacy of André Leon Talley before diving into Fresh and Fit going head-to-head with Brittany Renner

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2022 Is Off to a Terrible Start for Democrats

Derek is joined by James Fallows to discuss the filibuster and voting-rights wars

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The Best Version of Baltimore With Mayor Brandon Scott

Mayor Scott discusses what outsiders don’t know about Baltimore, reforming policing within the city, and the work toward equitable economic development

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The Whitewashing of MLK and Mario Lopez’s Silence

Van and Rachel get into the Cowboys’ loss before reflecting on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Patrisse Cullors on the State of the BLM Movement and Reforming Prisons

Plus, Bakari and Patrisse discuss the importance of 911 alternatives during a mental health crisis

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Dr. Anthony Fauci on COVID-19 Misconceptions and Keeping Schools Safe

Bakari Sellers is joined by Dr. Anthony Fauci to emphasize the importance of vaccinations and boosters and to discuss the coronavirus’s impact on the youngest and most vulnerable of us

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The Forever Fight for Voting Rights and Kate Sosin on Ending Violence Against the Trans Community

Plus, Van and producers Trudy and Donnie discuss the NFL coming out of the war on race unscathed

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Everybody Was Wrong About Inflation

Michael Batnick and Ben Carlson join to discuss the highest inflation rate in 40 years

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Comprehensive Gun Reform With Shannon Watts

Shannon talks about what led to her founding the nation’s largest grassroots group fighting gun violence, taking on the NRA, and the prospect of reforming gun laws in 2022

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Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on Closing Achievement Gaps and Fixing Student Loan Programs

Plus, Van and Rachel talk about the convictions in the Ahmaud Arbery murder case and Urban Meyer being an even bigger POS than we thought

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RIP Longform, Carlson vs. Cruz, Bob Saget Obits, and Postgame Question of the Week

Plus, reacting to Nick Kristof’s attempt to run for governor in Oregon

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Conversations With the Rev. Al Sharpton and Illustrator Reggie Brown

Reggie discusses his journey from biotechnology to children’s illustration before Rev. Sharpton joins to talk about his relationship with James Brown and the unsung heroes of the social justice movement in America

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The Biggest Inventions of the 2020s: Cancer Vaccines, Flying Cars, Space Travel, and More

Derek breaks down what could be coming in science and tech over the rest of the decade

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Bakari and Van Lathan Talk Omicron With Dr. Italo Brown

Discussing COVID-19 variants and vaccine mandates

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Millennials vs. Zoomers: Is There a Difference?

Plus, Justin and Micah debate what defines the separation of the age brackets and whether they are "old" in culture

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Janet Jackson on Michael and Omicron Updates With Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding

Van and Rachel discuss the pop singer’s upcoming documentary

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Michelle Obama 2024 and Cerise Castle on LAPD’s Use of Force

Plus, Van and Rachel react to the deaths of the legendary Archbishop Desmond Tutu and coach-broadcaster John Madden

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The Legacy of Harry Reid and What to Expect in 2022 With Ryan Nobles

Plus, Bakari and Ryan talk about voter anxiety during the pandemic and the perception around the Hill of Kamala Harris’s first year as VP

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The Four Ways That America Is Polarizing

David Frum joins Derek to talk about rising and falling polarization by race, gender, education, and place—and what it tells us about America’s strange new politics

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Kim Potter Found Guilty and Bachelor Nation’s First Black Couple

Plus, Van and Lindsay debate whether Jay-Z would be unbeatable in a ‘Verzuz’ battle

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Joe Manchin Says “No,” and COVID-19 Surges

Plus, Van and Rachel touch on the hip-hop community mourning the death of Drakeo the Ruler

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The Four Biggest Myths of the U.S. Economy. Plus, Omicron in 100 Seconds.

Derek is joined by Morgan Housel to discuss inflation, the great resignation, and the future of robots

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Mariana van Zeller on ‘Trafficked’

Larry also weighs in on the omicron variant and his faith in the current political system while looking forward to 2022

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The Return of Student Loans and Deion Sanders Gets Top Recruit

Van and Rachel react to President Joe Biden’s decision not to extend student loan relief, and a Louisiana judge’s decision to blame a slur on a sedative

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Funding HBCUs and the Importance of Minority-Based Scholarship Programs With Lodriguez Murray

Lodriguez also breaks down the support for HBCUs during the Trump administration compared to Joe Biden’s term

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Food, Farming, and the Climate Crisis

Dave and Chris are joined by John Doerr and Ryan Panchadsaram to discuss their new book, ‘Speed & Scale’

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The Realities of Climate Change and the Future of Roe v. Wade

Plus, Van and Rachel discuss Governor Gavin Newsom’s plans to use Texas’s restrictive abortion law as a model for an assault weapon ban, and the recent crime wave in L.A. has folks moving differently

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The Elizabeth Holmes Trial With Rebecca Jarvis of ‘The Dropout’ Podcast

Derek discusses the evidence in the case against the Theranos founder

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Confronting the Rise of White Nationalism and Vigilantism With Laura Coates

Laura also discusses the importance of reform-oriented prosecutors in the U.S. justice system and the difference between having a seat at the table and being a decision-maker at the table

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Media Report Card! Biden Blues, Omicron Fears, Chris Cuomo, and a Celebrity Profile for the Ages 

Derek is joined by Bryan Curtis to grade the news media on its coverage of recent events