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.
Brittany, Clint and Sam join to discuss this week’s news, including the threat to DACA and Houston. Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams joins DeRay to chat about her campaign and the potential of being the first Black woman governor - ever. Arne Duncan and Curtis Toler meet up with DeRay in Chicago to talk about their work at Chicago CRED, providing economic opportunities to reduce violence.
DeRay sits down for a personal conversation with Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to talk about her path, bond and bail systems, the pace of justice, and her vision. Sam, Brittany and Clint join to talk about a wild news week. AZ State Senator Reggie Bolding processes Arpaio’s pardon with DeRay.
Colin Warner, Nnamdi Asomugha and and Matt Ruskin from the film Crown Heights stop by the studio, and President Obama’s former Drug Czar, Michael Botticelli, joins to help listeners understand the opioid epidemic from a health and policy standpoint. DeRay processes the world after Charlottesville with Brittany, Sam and Clint. Birmingham mayoral candidate, Randall Woodfin, joins DeRay briefly to discuss the biggest issues facing his city.
DeRay talks to Common about The 13th’s Emmy nomination, Charlottesville, and art + activism, criminal justice and the NFL. DeRay chats with Nathanial Pearlman about the Resistance Dashboard. Clint, Brittany and Sam join to talk about the history of white supremacy in relation to this past week’s news.
DeRay talks with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe about the deadly white supremacy violence in Charlottesville, VA’s police and state response, and the leadership needed to move forward locally and nationally. Wes Gobar and Devin Willis from UVA’s Black Student Alliance join DeRay, as does Danyelle, the NAACP’s UVA chapter leader to talk about their experiences on the ground and what’s next.