On Pod Save the People, organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with fellow activists Brittany Packnett Cunningham and Sam Sinyangwe, and writer Clint Smith. They offer a unique take on the news, with a special focus on overlooked stories and topics that often impact people of color.
There’s also a weekly one-on-one interview with DeRay and special guests, from singer/songwriter John Legend to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. The experts, influencers, and diverse local and national leaders who come on the show go deep on social, political, and cultural issues. New episodes every Tuesday.
DeRay sits down for a deep conversation with U.S. Senator (NY) Kirsten Gillibrand at the Senate studio to talk about leading in a time of Trump, sexual assault in the military and on the Hill, the 2018 elections, the new tax bill, being a working mom in the Senate and much more. Clint, Sam and Brittany talk about the tax bill, the census, and seeing Coco.
Clint, Sam and Brittany join DeRay for the weekly news, including the effect of climate change on child brides, the recent news on human trafficking, Trump stacking the courts, and more. DeWanda Wise joins DeRay to talk about her new role as Nola in Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It. Shannon Minter and Jennifer Levi join to talk about their work on key federal cases to block Trump’s military transgender ban, and what you can do to help.
DeRay, Brittany, Sam and Clint talk about this week’s news including, #metoo, the current tax bill, a study on the impact of teachers of color and the so-called “digital Muslim ban.” Andy Slavitt joins for a brief update on the GOP snuck health care changes into the latest tax bill, and DeRay talks with Glenn Martin of Just Leadership USA about closing Rikers Island Jail in NYC and the justice system more broadly.
The news crew gathers to discuss defense attorneys in immigration court, the impact of non-profits in low-income communities, and more and a surprise guest joins for Brittany’s birthday. Author and law professor Mehrsa Baradaran joins DeRay to talk about the racial wealth gap, and tax law professor and former OMB staffer David Kamin briefs us on the latest tax bills.
This Election Day episode is dedicated to voting rights with Faiz Shakir, National Policy Director for the ACLU, and journalist Ari Berman. The news crew discusses gun violence and voting rights, and Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League joins DeRay to talk about the recent 67% rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes and what the ADL is doing about it.