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.
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.
FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny joins to talk with DeRay about how antitrust and consumer protection affects our daily lives. Then DeRay speaks with St. Paul mayoral candidate Melvin Carter about his campaign and the recent racist attacks by the St. Paul police union. And Brittany, Sam, Clint and DeRay discuss this week’s intense news cycle.
Gov. Christie Todd Whitman, former head of the EPA under George W. Bush, joins DeRay to explain climate change, why environmental regulation has no place in partisan politics, and why the GOP keeps backing Trump even though she believes he’s unfit to lead. Joshua Kissi of Street Etiquette and TONL joins to talk about ensuring representation in stock photography and art as activism. Sam, Brittany and Clint talks this week’s news.
Deesha Dyer, former White House Social Secretary for President Obama, joins DeRay to share stories from Obama’s White House. DeRay is joined by NAACP and Yale Law attorneys about their lawsuit against Trump to ensure the 2020 census process – which affects nationwide districting, representation and resources – is public. Brittany, Clint, Sam and DeRay talk about ICE’s solitary confinement policy, soccer, population projections, and governing the opioid crisis.
DeRay, Clint, Brittany and Sam talk about Indigenous Peoples Day, restoring prisoner rights in Florida, and more. Dr. Henry Louis Gates joins to explore race, oppression and anthropology through geneology, and Chef Sean Sherman joins to talk about pre-colonial cooking and indigenous nutrition.