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Trump Is Back in the News Cycle, How to Talk to an Embattled Quarterback, and the Return of Harry Caray

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Discussing Monkeypox With Dr. Italo Brown and Dr. Ulysses Burley

Dr. Brown and Dr. Burley also discuss the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic

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A New Way to Think About Racism in America

Derek is joined by Heather McGhee to discuss ‘The Sum of Us’ and why many laws today that might not seem explicitly racist still sustain racial inequality

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Trump’s Troubles, Plus Talking Monkeypox With Dr. Sabrina Assoumou

Plus, Van and Rachel wonder if Serena Williams is the greatest athlete of all time

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Breaking Down HBCU Funding With Lodriguez Murray

Bakari and Lodriguez grade the Biden administration’s support of HBCUs, discuss the UNCF public policy and government affairs report, and break down the CHIPS and Science Act

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Aldis Hodge Talks ‘City on a Hill,’ ‘Black Adam,’ and More, Plus the Cale Gundy Story and the Latest on Alex Jones

Van and Rachel also debate a love story published in the New York Times

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Carbon Removal Might Be the World’s Most Important Technology. How Does It Work?

Derek is joined by Giana Amador to explain the different carbon removal technologies and why some people think this advancement won’t ever work

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Curiosity Corner: Monkeypox Myths, Millennial Facts, and Overpopulation Fears

In the latest edition of "Curiosity Corner," Derek breaks down the myths around how monkeypox spreads, the affordability crisis for millenials, and more

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A Deep Dive Into the Deshaun Watson Suspension and Brittney Griner’s Sentence

Plus, Van and Rachel discuss the federal charges against Breonna Taylor’s killers

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The Georgia and Florida Elections With Fredrick Hicks

Bakari and Fredrick discuss Stacey Abrams’s outreach to Black men and the outlook of Raphael Warnock vs. Herschel Walker, and give a preview of the races taking place in Florida

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How the Democrats’ New Climate Bill Could Change the World

Derek heads a conversation with Robinson Meyer about the Democrats’ new climate deal and what it would mean on a global scale

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The Safer America Plan, Plus Inflation Reduction With Marc Goldwein

Van and Rachel also go over the latest news regarding Brittney Griner and a potential prisoner exchange and Kyler Murray’s contractually obligated study

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GDP Fell Again. So, Are We in a Recession?

Derek is joined by economics professor Austan Goolsbee to talk about the latest GDP report, America’s plummeting productivity, and more

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Dan Snyder Is Sailing Away From Consequences That Might Never Come

After avoiding a subpoena while on his mega-yacht, Snyder will finally meet with Congress this week about the Commanders’ toxic workplace culture. But it’s a jury of his fellow owners who could determine what will come next—and what kind of precedent that would set.

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Antjuan Seawright and the Power of the Collective Black Vote

Bakari is joined by political strategist and founder of Blueprint Strategy Antjuan Seawright to discuss election enthusiasm in the Black community, and more

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Biden Tests Positive for COVID, and a Chappelle Show Is Canceled

Plus, Rachel and Van get into Ne-Yo’s comments regarding R. Kelly and separating art from artist

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Why It Seems Like So Many Countries Are Falling Apart

Political scientist Ian Bremmer joins Derek to discuss the many crises taking place around the world, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, prime minister exits in the U.K. and Italy, wildfires in Europe, economic collapses in Turkey and El Salvador, and more

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Listener Mail on the NFL Sunday Ticket, Trump 2024, and Movie Newscasts

Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline

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‘Any Given Tuesday’ With Lis Smith

The strategist and author comes on to discuss the current state of Democratic politics, the post–Roe v. Wade landscape, a behind-the-scenes look at politics found in her new book, ‘Any Given Tuesday,’ and the potential blowback of speaking candidly about political figures in her life

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The Put Your Shoes On Challenge, and Jill Biden on Tacos

Plus, Van and Rachel talk about the concern growing around Orlando Brown and his Bow Wow comments, and LeBron questioning Brittney Griner wanting to return to the U.S.

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‘N-Word’ Usage in Music and Biden’s Executive Order

Plus, Van and Rachel talk about Doja Cat’s ‘Stranger Things’ DMs becoming public and Herschel Walker saying some things

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Congressional Twerking and a Diaspora Discussion

Plus, Van and Rachel give an update on the Brittney Griner situation

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The Biggest Economic Question of the Moment: Is This Peak Inflation?

Noah Smith joins to discuss why retail and oil prices are falling and what it means for the U.S. economy

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Jaylen Walker’s Unnecessary Death and Talking Mass Shootings … Again

Plus, Van and Rachel discuss Brittney Griner’s letter to President Joe Biden from a Russian prison and dynamics of the Black diaspora

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Why Are the Police So Bad at Solving Murders?

Derek and Jeff Asher talk about seven possible explanations for this alarming trend before settling on one explanation that may be the most important

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Danielle Holley-Walker and the State of the Supreme Court

Bakari is joined by dean of the Howard University School of Law, Danielle Holley-Walker, to discuss the swearing in of Ketanji Brown Jackson, the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, and more

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R. Kelly Sentenced and Inflation Talk With Marc Goldwein

Plus, Van and Rachel talk about Ketanji Brown Jackson officially being sworn in

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Abortion Pills Are a Game Changer, Plus Our Next Big Culture War

Derek is joined by New York Times journalist Margot Sanger-Katz to explain the basics of abortion pills and how they’ll change the abortion debate forever

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The Overturning of Roe v. Wade

Constitutional law professor Caroline Mala Corbin also joins the show to help make some sense of the landmark decision

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Five Reasons Everybody Is Wrong About a U.S. Recession—Including Me

Derek is joined by Bloomberg economic columnist Conor Sen to explain why he believes the economy isn’t nearly as troubled as the headlines suggest

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Covering the End of Roe and “I’m Not Reporting This But” Scoop

Bryan and David react to the media’s coverage of the Supreme Court’s ruling and discuss the policies within newsrooms that prohibit journalists from addressing the issue

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The End of Roe v. Wade Changes Everything

Derek examines the potential widespread ramifications of Friday’s landmark decision. We also rerun an interview with New York Times journalist Margot Sanger-Katz.

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Trouble in Texas and Drake’s Album Review

Van and Rachel react to the Texas GOP’s new platform suggesting secession before discussing the mixed reaction to Drake’s new album

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The Economics of Black America With David Clunie

Bakari Sellers is joined by executive director of the Black Economic Alliance David Clunie to discuss energizing the Black electorate in upcoming elections

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Terrance Woodbury and Taking the Pulse of the Public

Terrance discusses his career in public opinion, Black voters possibly feeling "buyer’s remorse" with the Biden administration, and the potential impact of the Supreme Court leak