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Justin Cunningham, From Juilliard to ‘Grand Crew’

Bakari is joined by TV and theater actor Justin Cunningham to discuss his path from Arkansas to Hollywood

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The Russian Invasion of Ukraine and DJ Akademiks on Misinformation

Plus, there’s a breakdown of the disparity between the WNBA and NBA

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What Vladimir Putin Wants—and How Russia’s War in Ukraine Could Reshape the World

Derek discusses the impact of the recent attacks

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Watching the Coverage of the Invasion of Ukraine

Bryan and David discuss first impressions of videos and photos being aired, talk through the type of cable news coverage we’re seeing in comparison to the papers, and then specifically dissect CNN’s coverage of the events

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Reacting to the Verdict in the Ahmaud Arbery Trial and Trying to Define Justice

Rachel and Van share their thoughts on the guilty verdict

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Russia and Ukraine Coverage, NBA Locker Rooms, and RIP P.J. O’Rourke

Bryan and David respond to coverage about Russia’s invasion of eastern Ukraine and discuss Adam Silver’s recent comments about restricting locker room access

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Four Brilliant Frames for Finding the Next Big Thing, With Venture Capitalist Josh Wolfe

Plus, what’s eating tech stocks in 2022?

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Lee Merritt on Running for Attorney General of Texas

Lee talks about what led him to seek office in the Lone Star state, his idea of actionable police reform, and the plan to close the racial voting gap in Texas

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What American Media Is Getting Wrong About Canada’s Big Protests

David Frum joins to discuss what’s happening in Ottawa

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The Glory Days of Entertainment Weekly and Covering the Olympics With Ty Burr, Owen Gleiberman, and Jason Gay

Bryan also weighs in on why it’s important for reporters to be on site, even in a pandemic

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Black Real Estate and Intergenerational Wealth With Mavis Gragg

Bakari talks to Mavis about her career fighting for Black land ownership, the systemic racism of property law, and actionable tools and steps to take when owning land

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Is Joe Rogan Racist? And the Consequences of “No-Knock” Warrants

Van and Rachel introduce a new segment, the Big Deal, just in time to discuss the controversy surrounding Joe Rogan and his ensuing apology

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This Guy Predicted the 2021 Economy. I Asked Him What’s Next.

Derek is joined by Harvard professor Jason Furman to discuss inflation, the Great Resignation, labor shortages, and the Federal Reserve

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St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones on Legislating in 2022 and the Midwest’s Best-Kept Secret

Mayor Jones also discusses the implementation of non–law enforcement agencies to curb violence and managing the politics of the pandemic

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Elie Mystal on the Search for Justice Stephen Breyer’s Replacement

Bakari and Elie also break down the short list of possible replacements

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A Conversation Across the Aisle With Tamika Hamilton, and Joe Biden’s Pledge

Van and Rachel also break down Joe Rogan’s problematic conversation on Blackness

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Should We Cancel Student Debt?

Derek is joined by Jordan Weissmann to discuss the best arguments for and against canceling student loans, as well as their economic and psychological burden

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The New Yorker’s Jon Lee Anderson on Latin America, War Reporting, and ‘Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life’

The reporter joins Bryan to reflect on his career

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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