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Bakari Sellers on the Present and Future State of Politics

Plus, an interviewer’s cringey question to Ari Lennox has the internet abuzz

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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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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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John McWhorter on ‘Woke Racism’

Larry and author John McWhorter touch on many of the issues and obstacles holding back the modern anti-racism movement

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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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Omicron: Feelings vs. Facts

Derek discusses the rise of the "Vaxxed and Done" movement and reviews the latest omicron data with John Burn-Murdoch of the Financial Times

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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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Being Proud of Not Dating Black Women, and Talking Hip-Hop With Reason

Plus, Van and Rachel talk about New York’s newest mayor drawing backlash

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Ben Smith, January 6 Anniversary, Ken Rosenthal, and More

Bryan and David also discuss the release of a People magazine issue that highlights Betty White’s 100th birthday

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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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Worst Future NFL Franchises, Lakers Guard Austin Reaves, Plus Author Michael Wolff on Covering the Notorious

Plus, Ryen answers some listener-submitted Life Advice questions

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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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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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Pat McAfee, Chris Wallace, a Texas Sportswriting Legend, and More

Bryan and David also discuss ‘80s and ‘90s commercial fiction power rankings

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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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Lizz Winstead on Comedy and Activism

Plus, reacting to the Jussie Smollett verdict and discussing the complexities of opposing arguments in politics

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Jussie Smollett Found Guilty and Travis Scott Speaks on Astroworld Tragedy

Plus, Rachel and Van discuss the Department of Justice suing the state of Texas and the production woes for ‘Black Panther 2’

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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

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Geoff Bennett on Journalism vs. Opinion and Combating Misinformation

Plus, Geoff breaks down which politician gives the best interview, the role misinformation plays in today’s politics, and what it was like covering the Trump administration