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, Brittany and Sam go deep on the past week’s news, including the economics of mass incarceration, emoluments, education budgets, and the troubling work to preserve Confederate monuments. DeRay speaks with Vanita Gupta, former head of the Civil Rights Division at DOJ, about civil rights retractions under Sessions, burning criminal justice questions and civil asset forfeiture. This episode is dedicated to victims of violence worldwide, past and present.
DeRay sits down to talk about voting rights with Carolyn DeWitt, Executive Director of Rock the Vote, Kristen Clarke, head of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, and Tomas Lopez of the Brennan Center for Justice. DeRay, Brittany and Sam spend extra time digging into the past week’s explosive news cycle, plus BET Award nominations.
DeRay speaks with Edward Snowden about his perspective on Trump's decision to fire FBI Director Comey, the intersection of race and surveillance, the relationship between the police and the government, and his thoughts about his own status returning to America.
DeRay, Brittany Packnett and Sam Sinyangwe are together again to talk about the most important news of the past week. Then, Grammy-award winning artist and activist John Legend joins DeRay to talk about parenting, women’s reproductive rights, mass incarceration and using his celebrity for good. And NYU professor and federal "numbers geek" David Kamin looks at Trump's proposed tax code changes through a historical lens.
In the inaugural episode, DeRay is joined by Senator Cory Booker to reflect on Trump's First 100 Days and the work that lies ahead in Congress. Andy Slavitt, the former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare join to discuss Obamacare as compared to TrumpCare. DeRay, Brittany Packnett and Samuel Sinyangwe talk about the most important items in the news for the past week.