Cape Up with Jonathan Capehart

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Opinion writer Jonathan Capehart talks with newsmakers who challenge your ideas on politics, and explore how race, religion, age, gender and cultural identity are redrawing the lines that both divide and unite America. 'Cape Up' is a podcast from Washington Post Opinions.

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From Stonewall to an openly gay presidential candidate

June 28th, 2019


50 years after a police raid of Stonewall Inn ushered in the modern LGBTQ rights movement, author Charles Kaiser reflects on how the movement has …

Voices: Passing the baton

June 6th, 2019


Civil rights veterans welcome young activists to a lifetime of service, sharing lessons and struggles, and seeing how the next generation will shape and redefine what it means to keep the legacy alive.

Voices: The power of nonviolent resistance

May 30th, 2019


A clash between a longtime civil rights activist and a leader from a younger generation kicks off a discussion of the most effective path to change and the journeys that brought civil rights leaders to their belief in …

Voices: How music propelled the civil rights movement

May 23rd, 2019


“Without songs, we couldn't have had a movement.”

Voices: Women of the civil rights movement

May 9th, 2019


Rep. Barbara Lee and Andrew Young explain why women are so often eliminated from civil rights stories — and why that’s so wrong

Coming up on ‘Voices of the Movement’ …

May 2nd, 2019


…more voices from the civil rights movement as they explore the themes that made the movement what it was, and that connect it to today. But first, we want to hear from you. What voices do you hope get preserved? And …

Voices: The story of Bloody Sunday and today’s pilgrimage to Selma

April 25th, 2019


Congressman John Lewis and others who were there recall marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., to protest the suppression of black votes.

Voices: How MLK's famous letter was smuggled out of jail

April 18th, 2019


Clarence B. Jones, Martin Luther King Jr.’s lawyer and occasional speechwriter, describes how he smuggled the letter out of jail.

Voices: Children ‘stripped of innocence’

April 11th, 2019


A member of the Little Rock Nine and a survivor of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing both lost the illusion of safety in their young lives.

Voices of the Movement: The day Martin Luther King Jr. died

April 4th, 2019


Andrew Young, King’s chief strategist with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and others who were close to King recall the moment they heard of his assassination.

Coming soon: Voices of the Movement, a special project from Cape Up

March 25th, 2019


Starting April 4, ‘Cape Up’ will be presenting a special series highlighting the voices of civil rights leaders. Some you know and some you may not. For the next two months, we’re going to hear their voices. Listen to …

Schumer’s push on voting rights: 'Wake up and smell the coffee, Chief Justice'

March 7th, 2019


Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) called me to his grand office in the U.S. Capitol to talk about “undoing the damage” of the Shelby v. …

What Trump needs to learn about Frederick Douglass

February 28th, 2019


This episode was originally published on October 16, 2018. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.

How Derek Black went from being the golden boy of white nationalism to its outspoken critic

February 26th, 2019


Derek Black was the golden boy of white nationalism. After enrolling in college, he began to change. Eli Saslow chronicles Black's transformation in …

Why the most productive conversations around race, are probably the ones you never hear.

February 21st, 2019


This episode was originally published on February 27, 2018. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.

‘Go ahead and have the theater’: Rep. Karen Bass knows there’s no actual emergency

February 19th, 2019


Rep. Karen Bass (D), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, discusses how her constituents flipped seven congressional seats and how Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reminds Bass of her younger self.

Jazz artist Wynton Marsalis says rap and hip-hop are 'more damaging than a statue of Robert E. Lee'

February 14th, 2019


This episode was originally published on May 22, 2018. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.

Meet the ‘Colored Girls,’ the hidden figures in American politics

February 12th, 2019


Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, and Minyon Moore discuss their book 'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics' and how they got …

Bryan Stevenson wants us to confront racial terrorism and then say, ‘Never again.’

February 7th, 2019


This episode was originally published on April 24, 2018. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.

The man who could be governor. Who is Justin Fairfax?

February 5th, 2019


Lt. Gov. of Va. Justin Fairfax (D) is only the second African American in Virginia's history to be elected statewide and if Gov. Ralph Northam (D) …

How the justice system criminalizes the poor — and funds itself in the process

January 29th, 2019


Alexandra Natapoff, author of 'Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal', exposes how our criminal justice system criminalizes poverty and ensnares …

‘We thought he was cute’: Remembering King with one of the 'Little Rock Nine'

January 21st, 2019


Today, as we honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Jonathan discusses the Civil Rights Movement with Minnijean-Brown Trickey. Minnijean was 15 …

Is Kamala Harris running for president?

January 15th, 2019


Senator Kamala Harris discusses her career path, inspirations and her new book, "The Truths We Hold," in this in-depth conversation hosted by …

Everyone’s talking about Beto and Biden. But here’s another ‘B’ you should know.

January 8th, 2019


In the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination, there’s one name you need to know: Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind. He’s a veteran, …

Chicago's forgotten gun violence victims: 'We've normalized hopelessness'

January 1st, 2019


We revisit our best episode from 2018. Three Chicago teens. All victims of gun violence. In the wake of the Parkland shootings, they plea for the …

Mark Hamill on Luke’s fate, Trump vs. Vader and more

December 25th, 2018


For Christmas, we're bringing back an old favorite: Mark Hamill! He talks about why Star Wars still resonates so strongly and shares some stories …

Is Mueller’s investigation nearing the ‘worst-case scenario’? Garrett Graff thinks so.

December 18th, 2018


Garrett Graff, author of 'The Threat Matrix: Inside Robert Mueller's FBI and the War on Global Terror,' deeply understands the ins and outs of Mueller's current investigation. He helps make sense of the avalanche of …

Senator Doug Jones says Mueller investigation 'has never been a witch hunt.'

December 11th, 2018


A year ago, Doug Jones became the first Democrat elected to the Senate from Alabama in 25 years. He discusses what the past year has been like, the Mueller investigation and Trump's fascination with tariffs.

How Derek Black went from being the golden boy of white nationalism to its outspoken critic

December 4th, 2018


Derek Black was the golden boy of white nationalism. His godfather is David Duke. After enrolling in college, he began to change. Eli Saslow …

Chicago's forgotten gun violence victims: 'We've normalized hopelessness'

November 27th, 2018


Three Chicago teens. All victims of gun violence. In the wake of the Parkland shootings, they plea for the same attention for their own communities. …

Lucy McBath: From ‘Cape Up’ to Congress

November 20th, 2018


Hear congresswoman-elect Lucy McBath in an interview from 2016. Along with DeJuan Patterson, she talks about gun violence, the death of her son, and …

Michael Steele on why he remains in the Republican Party: ‘I’m not leaving. This is my house’

November 13th, 2018


Michael Steele, former chair of the Republican National Committee, is back on the podcast to discuss the midterm elections, Nancy Pelosi and whether …

Trump is trying to scare us. Here's why he's failing.

November 6th, 2018


Deborah and James Fallows traveled more than one hundred thousand miles across America. In this time of division and hatred, they came away with a surprisingly optimistic vision of the country.

Why Stacey Abrams could break Georgia's 'Gone with the Wind' stereotype

October 30th, 2018


Stacey Abrams could be the first African American governor of Georgia and the first black woman governor in the United States. With midterms in a …

Eric Holder: ‘We have to take on this president. We have to take on this Republican Party.’

October 23rd, 2018


Eric Holder, former attorney general of the United States, discusses his efforts toward creating fairer districts, the controversy over his "kick …

What Trump needs to learn about Frederick Douglass

October 16th, 2018


David Blight, author of 'Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom', tells you how Douglass became a demanding voice for America to live up to its ideals.

We need to learn who we are before algorithms decide for us

October 9th, 2018


Yuval Noah Harari, author of '21 lessons for the 21st century', discusses artificial intelligence, the algorithms that control it and the people who …

How Republicans like Holly Harris are fighting for criminal justice reform

October 2nd, 2018


Holly Harris, Executive Director of the Justice Action Network, thinks the penal system in America is broken and that mass incarceration doesn’t make …

The 'courage, power and persistence' of Wendy Sherman

September 24th, 2018


Ambassador Wendy Sherman comes back to the podcast to discuss her new book 'Not for the Faint of Heart,' President Trump, John McCain and her mother.

DNC Chairman Tom Perez says these midterm elections are the most important of our lifetime

September 18th, 2018


When Tom Perez took over as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, he said his mission was to rebuild trust and infrastructure. Seventeen months later, with wins in several states, Perez is confident that the …

Human Rights Campaign president: 'We are going to get our country back'

September 11th, 2018


As the midterm elections bear down upon us, Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, is traveling all over the country helping LGBTQ and allied candidates in their quest for higher office and being a voice …

The biggest threat to democracy that nobody is talking about

September 4th, 2018


Karen Hobert Flynn, president of Common Cause, is sounding an alarm over a drive to call for a constitutional convention and the lasting damage that …

Inside Andrew Gillum’s campaign to become Florida’s first black governor

August 28th, 2018


Aug. 28 is primary day in Florida and a chance for Andrew Gillum to become the state's first African American democratic nominee for governor. To reacquaint you, this episode is a rerun of our June conversation with the …

'We think prison is the only way to hold people accountable when they break the law'

August 20th, 2018


Karol Mason, president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a former Obama Justice Department official, discusses what the public thinks …

How Robert Runcie helped the Parkland generation find their voice

August 14th, 2018


Robert Runcie instituted radical changes when he became superintendent of Broward County schools. Those changes helped give rise to the Parkland …

Arthur Brooks says contempt is not just bad for marriages. It kills politics and the country, too.

August 7th, 2018


Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, discusses the moral mistakes of the Trump administration, populism and why he's …

‘I am more forgiving’: When Alex Wagner learned the truth about her family’s history

July 31st, 2018


'Futureface' is No. 1 on President Obama's summer reading list. Author Alex Wagner, who is half-white and half-Burmese, discusses how untangling her family's history gave her a new perspective on our country today.

‘It’s like he took a knee to Putin’: Mitch Landrieu on Helsinki, and the Democrats’ identity crisis

July 24th, 2018


Former New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu joins Jonathan in front of a live audience at the Opportunity 2020 conference in Columbus Ohio. They discuss …

How your data is used by the police and where it goes wrong

July 17th, 2018


In the conversation around criminal justice reform, more attention is being paid to how the police work. Professor Andrew Ferguson, author of ‘The …

David Miliband on immigration crisis: “What’s going on is dehumanization”

July 10th, 2018


David Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee and former British foreign affairs minister discusses the immigration crisis at the US southern border and puts it into a global context.

'Stop acting as though Trump is the first,' says the Rev. William Barber

July 3rd, 2018


Today our moral underpinnings are being tested. So there's no better person to talk to than Rev. Barber, the man whose multiple arrests in the Moral …

Jeh Johnson speaks out on separating immigrant families: ‘It’s just something I couldn’t do’

June 26th, 2018


As the Trump Administration grapples with a crisis of its own making Jeh Johnson, former Secretary of Homeland Security tells us about what happened when he faced separating children from their parents.

Will lightning strike twice in the South? Andrew Gillum campaigns in Trump country

June 19th, 2018


Andrew Gillum is the mayor of Tallahassee and he's attempting to do something never attempted by a black person in Florida: Be elected governor. But he's got to get through the primary first.

Tim Kaine calls out the 'glass jaws' and 'crybabies' of the Trump administration

June 12th, 2018


Senator Tim Kaine, member of the armed services committee and foreign relations committee weighs in on North Korea, the drama in Canada and the demons unleashed by President Trump.

Steve Phillips on why Democrats need to stop focusing on the white working class

June 5th, 2018


Steve Phillips, author of "Brown is the New White", discusses how the inability of the largely white democratic leadership to inspire people of color …

Starbucks is closed to talk race. We're open to do the same.

May 29th, 2018


Today, Starbucks is closing its stores nationwide for racial bias training. So we're bringing you a collection of past interviews that explore the …

Jazz artist Wynton Marsalis says rap and hip-hop are 'more damaging than a statue of Robert E. Lee'

May 22nd, 2018


The Pulitzer Prize-winning musician talks about how his new work "the ever-funky lowdown" fits in the current conversation around race and how rap …

How Jordan Klepper does satire in the age of Trump

May 15th, 2018


Jordan Klepper, the host of Comedy Central's, "The Opposition," talks about how he does the show in an age when the comedy of real life tops about what comedians can come up with.

Kevin de León: Meet the "unicorn" taking on Dianne Feinstein

May 8th, 2018


California state Sen. Kevin de León is taking on Sen. Dianne Feinstein in the primaries. So who is he? He discusses his immigrant roots, his …

‘I’m not convinced I’m dead’: Mark Hamill on Luke’s fate, Trump vs. Vader and more

May 4th, 2018


To celebrate May The Fourth, we brought Mark Hamill on the show. He talks about his career, why Star Wars still resonates so strongly, and Mark shares some stories from Star Wars history that you might not have heard …

Laugh it up fuzzball!

May 1st, 2018


Search your feelings, you know it to be true ... that you want to listen to Mark Hamill.

Bryan Stevenson TL;DR

April 26th, 2018


We've taken Jonathan's hour long sit down with Bryan Stevenson on the lynching memorial and legacy museum opening in Montgomery, Alabama and cut it down to give you some highlights.

Bryan Stevenson wants us to confront racial terrorism and then say, ‘Never again.’

April 24th, 2018


Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, discusses the opening of the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice (aka, the lynching memorial). He talks about confronting racial …

Robert Kagan on why Americans don't want the U.S. to be the leader of the free world

April 17th, 2018


Foreign policy expert Robert Kagan discusses our nation's retreat from its international responsibilities under President Trump and why it could mean …

Loretta Lynch: "Attorney-client privilege is alive and well in this country."

April 10th, 2018


Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch returns to the podcast to talk about the impromptu tarmac meeting with President Clinton, her working relationship with former FBI director James Comey, and the raid on the …

"I just felt like something had died in all of us." John Lewis on the death of Martin Luther King

April 3rd, 2018


Civil Rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) reflects on 50 years of his life and the life of America without Martin Luther King Jr. and why he’s making …

Police violence affects women of color just as much as men. Why don’t we hear about it?

March 27th, 2018


Andrea Ritchie, author of 'Invisible No More' discusses how women of color bear the brunt of police violence just as much as men of color, how …

Joanne Lipman: "It isn't just women leaning in, we need men to reach across the divide"

March 20th, 2018


Joanne Lipman, author of 'That's What She Said" talks about the tense environment between men and women in the workplace, how diversity training made things worse, and what women do to be seen as equal in a so-called …

Sen. Chris Murphy on how Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un could be a disaster for the United States

March 13th, 2018


Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) discusses President Trump's planned meeting with Kim Jong Un and what makes the Parkland students activism on gun …

Eric Holder on running for president: ‘I think I’ve got the guts’

March 6th, 2018


Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder discusses the independent counsel investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election, his work at a …

“We are invisible no matter what heights we’ve risen to”: April Ryan

March 1st, 2018


This episode originally aired on January 10, 2017. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.

Why the most productive conversations around race, are probably the ones you never hear.

February 27th, 2018


Michele Norris, NPR's first female African American host and founder of The Race Card project, talks about America's foundational ailment and how race is an integral part of our national discourse.

Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

February 22nd, 2018


This episode originally aired on September 23, 2016. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.

‘Freedom of speech, but not freedom of action’: Two moms on raising black boys

February 20th, 2018


Tai Hall, author of "#LunchboxChronicles," and Margaret Capehart, Jonathan Capehart's own mother, share an intergenerational conversation about raising black boys — 40 years apart.

Dr. Carla Hayden on being the first female African-American librarian of Congress

February 15th, 2018


This episode was originally published on August 29, 2017. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.

How the ‘home of American slavery’ became a ‘microcosm for the entire country’

February 13th, 2018


Lt. Gov. of Virginia Justin Fairfax is only the second African American in Virginia's history to be elected statewide. He discusses how his inauguration marks the history of his state and America.

Lucy McBath, who lost her son to gun violence, and DeJuan Patterson, who survived it

February 8th, 2018


This episode was originally published on November 1, 2016. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.

Tamron Hall on being unapologetically black

February 6th, 2018


To kick off our Black History Month spotlight former 'Today Show' host Tamron Hall discusses how she became the first African American woman to host …

Broderick Johnson, former cabinet secretary and chair of My Brother's Keeper Alliance

February 1st, 2018


This episode was originally published on October 3, 2017. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.

Michael Steele's State of the Union

January 30th, 2018


President Trump delivers his first State of the Union address but former chair of the Republican party Michael Steele says after one year of the Trump presidency, the state of the union is shaky.

Michael Wolff in depth on his unprecedented access to Trump

January 23rd, 2018


The controversial author of 'Fire and Fury' discusses his sourcing, his access, and details in the book that have everyone talking.

This is a live …

Why Kim Jong Un is ‘very rational within his own context’

January 16th, 2018


Lisa Monaco, former homeland security adviser to President Obama, discusses North Korea, America's standing in the world, the travel ban, terrorism and Robert Mueller.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe reflects on his term in office

January 9th, 2018


Soon-to-be former governor Terry McAuliffe talks about the Virginia gubernatorial election, his views on race and gender issues, and what it was like …

Dionne Warwick on her work in the fight against HIV/AIDS

January 2nd, 2018


Dionne Warwick, a seven time Grammy award winner and early activist in the fight against HIV/AIDS discusses her work as an activist and what she …

Deborah Rutter on how the Kennedy Center is much more than "the honors"

December 26th, 2017


Deborah Rutter, president of the Kennedy Center, talks about installing the performing arts center's first artistic director for hip hop to the challenges of being the local performing arts center for the nation's …

Rep. Frederica Wilson on Sgt. La David Johnson

December 19th, 2017


Congresswoman Frederica Wilson of Florida discusses why she is angry about the conflicting stories about what happened to Sgt. La David Johnson and President Trump's call to his widow.

Dan Rather talks about politics and media

December 12th, 2017


Dan Rather, the former CBS news anchor, talks about his new book "What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism," politics, media and why he's still such …

Ali Noorani of the National Immigration Forum talks about DACA

December 5th, 2017


Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, talks about DACA and how to move forward in the immigration debate.

Hillary Clinton reflects with raw honesty on Trump and 2016

November 28th, 2017


Hillary Clinton joins Jonathan and talks about why she wanted to be president, coming to terms with the fact that people don't like her, and sexism and misogyny.

‘Hardball’ anchor Chris Matthews on what today’s politicians can learn from Bobby Kennedy

November 21st, 2017


Chris Matthews of MSNBC's 'Hardball' talks about writing his eighth book, 'Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit,' and Bobby Kennedy's role in the Civil …

Russia, the Clinton campaign and Chardonnay: Donna Brazile unloads

November 14th, 2017


Donna Brazile discusses her contentious relationship with the Clinton campaign, the impact of the Russian hack on the DNC and why she wrote her controversial book about it in the first place.

This interview contains …

Maya MacGuineas explains the difference between tax reform and tax cuts

November 7th, 2017


Congress is debating a tax bill. Maya MacGuineas, the president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, breaks down the complicated tax …

Declaring opioids a public health emergency won't solve the crisis. Here's what will.

October 31st, 2017


In Trump's declaration of the opioid crisis as a public health emergency he forgot to focus on how it would be funded. Dr. Susan Blumenthal talks …

There’s a ‘poisonous dynamic among white people’ over who’s to blame for racism

October 24th, 2017


To further his understanding of the political motivations of the white working-class, Jonathan talks to Joan Williams, author of 'White Working …

Roberta Kaplan on fighting white supremacists in the U.S.

October 17th, 2017


In August, white supremacists and Neo-Nazis released terror on the people of Charlottesville, VA. The people are fighting back with a lawsuit helmed …

Stacey Abrams on running to be Georgia's first black female governor

October 10th, 2017


Stacey Abrams resigned as the minority leader of the Georgia Statehouse to run for governor in 2018, and she has a message that the Democratic party and the electorate need to hear.

Broderick Johnson returns to discuss My Brother's Keeper and race relations after Obama

October 3rd, 2017


The former assistant to the president and White House cabinet secretary talks about how he is continuing the work of My Brother's Keeper during the Trump administration, and debates Ta-Nehisi Coates's latest article …

Trita Parsi explains why pulling out of the nuclear deal with Iran would be harmful

September 26th, 2017


After Trump called the Iran nuclear deal an embarrassment, Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, explains who actually …

Aggie Gund and Darren Walker on the Art For Justice Fund

September 19th, 2017


Renowned philanthropist and art collector Aggie Gund stunned the art world when she sold a painting for $165 million and then used most of the money …

Howard Dean on young voters: ‘These people are not Democrats’

September 12th, 2017


As Hillary Clinton hits the talk show circuit to talk about the 2016 presidential election, Jonathan turns to Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont, to talk about the party’s future and that of the Republican Party.

Shai Akabas explains the debt ceiling in plain English

September 5th, 2017


Shai Akabas, economic policy director at the Bipartisan Policy Center, discusses the debt ceiling and the dangers of not raising it.

Dr. Carla Hayden on being the first female African-American librarian of Congress

August 29th, 2017


Dr. Carla Hayden, the first female African-American librarian of Congress tells Jonathan why she's more of a museum director than a librarian. Plus, she brings out some of the library's most interesting items.

Outtakes from a year of 'Cape Up' (including one conversation that went off the rails)

August 22nd, 2017


'Cape Up' is having its first anniversary and in honor of the big day, Jonathan and Carol Alderman, the show's producer, bring you some of their …

Vanita Gupta on the unabashed display of white supremacy in Charlottesville

August 15th, 2017


Given the events of Charlottesville, you need to hear from Vanita Gupta, former head of the Civil Rights Division in the Justice Department under President Obama and President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on …

Why Steve Bannon isn't going anywhere

August 8th, 2017


Steve Bannon is a problematic personality in the White House and constantly rumored to be about to lose his job. But Josh Green, author of “Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the White …

R. Eric Thomas is the escape from politics that you need right now

August 1st, 2017


The man who gave us the phrase "Auntie Maxine" has Jonathan completely shook. R. Eric Thomas discusses Emmanuel Macron, Barack Obama and who in the Trump administration he’d like to meet.

Kamala Harris gets tough on the Russia probe (and ignores the mansplainers)

July 25th, 2017


Senator Kamala Harris talks about ignoring mansplaining in the Senate, her disdain for the Attorney General and her love for a man she met on a blind date.

Cornell Belcher on the new swing voter

July 18th, 2017


Cornell Belcher talks about who the new swing voter is and what the Democratic Party needs to do to win them over.

Sherrilyn Ifill exposes the absurdity of Trump’s election integrity commission

July 11th, 2017


The president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, discusses the election integrity commission, the ins and outs of voter suppression efforts around the country, their down ballot implications and the …

Fourth of July special: What we’ve learned about Trump from six months of interviews

July 4th, 2017


What better time than the Fourth of July to reflect on what we've learned over the last six months about President Trump? Jonathan revisits key …

Debunking the myths about Planned Parenthood with Cecile Richards

June 27th, 2017


Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, discusses what defunding the organization really means, what it's like to fight with Congress over her work and the possible impact of Trumpcare on Americans.

Debbie Dingell on the struggle to find a place in her own party

June 20th, 2017


Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) diagnoses problems within the Democratic party and how to solve them. Also, her response to the shooting of …

Valerie Jarrett on why she's still optimistic about the future

June 13th, 2017


Valerie Jarrett, former senior adviser to President Obama, is back on the show to discuss Planned Parenthood, LGBT Pride Month and activism across the country.

The real reason people say 'I'm not racist, but'

June 6th, 2017


Justin Gest, author of 'The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality' discusses why working-class whites …

Actor Jesse Williams on race and cultural appropriation: 'Everybody's gonna copy you anyway'

May 30th, 2017


Grey’s Anatomy actor, Jesse Williams, lit up social media at his acceptance speech at the BET awards last year. In this episode, he discusses …

"The monuments were murder": New Orleans mayor defends focus on removing confederate monuments

May 23rd, 2017


Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans, fresh from removing the last of 4 confederate monuments talks race, reconciliation and rebuilding, not just for his city, but for the country.

Senator Christopher Coons on why he prays for President Trump

May 16th, 2017


Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) discusses the firing of FBI director James Comey, the questions he needs answered to replace him and why he prays for President Trump.

Maxine Waters: Jeff Sessions believes “it’s his job to keep minorities in their place”

May 9th, 2017


Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) talks about wanting to impeach Donald Trump, why she thinks Jeff Sessions is a racist and how she feels about her nickname, 'Auntie Maxine'.

Richard Branson on Trump’s coal plans: ‘I can’t think of anything more stupid’

May 2nd, 2017


Sir Richard Branson talks about climate change, space travel, and his kite boarding contest with his best bud Barack Obama.

This interview comes from Washington Post Live and has been edited here for time and clarity.

Author Eric Liu: The power of decentralized resistance

April 25th, 2017


Eric Liu, author of "You're More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen" talks about the evolution of resistance …

It’s not just Trump: With Brexit and France votes, Russia is cultivating the global right

April 18th, 2017


Jame Kirchick discusses some themes in his new book including the rightward lurch of Europeans and their governments and the rise of anti-Semitism.

Khalil Gibran Muhammad on how fear of Trump could become as dangerous as Trump himself

April 11th, 2017


Khalil Gibran Muhammad, a professor at Harvard's Kennedy school, discusses a recent controversy in the schools of his hometown in New Jersey that …

Congresswoman Karen Bass on why she feels like a political therapist

April 4th, 2017


As former speaker of the California Assembly, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) has experience working with a celebrity new to government and says …

Does Estonia understand democracy better than any of us?

March 28th, 2017


President Kersti Kaljulaid is the first female and youngest person ever to be president of Estonia, a Baltic nation whose worries about a resurgent …

Joe Manchin on why he's still a Democrat

March 21st, 2017


Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) discusses Russian interference in the presidential election and the messy effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Tony Blinken: "This administration has turned our traditional openness into weakness"

March 14th, 2017


Tony Blinken, Deputy Secretary of State for President Obama, discusses how President Trump's foreign policy fits into America's traditional role in …

Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union

March 7th, 2017


Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union discusses uninviting Milo Yiannopoulos to CPAC, his definition of “alt-right” and why …

Professor Daina Ramey Berry

February 28th, 2017


Professor Daina Ramey Berry, discusses how she wrote about slavery from the slaves perspective instead of writing about them as objects, and why doing that is so important.

Keith Ellison: The Democratic Party isn't only for Democrats

February 21st, 2017


Rep. Keith Ellison wants to be the next chair of the of the DNC and true to his progressive roots, Ellison also believes “the Democratic Party should …

Tom Perez on why the Democratic party needs a dramatic culture shift

February 14th, 2017


Former Labor Secretary, Tom Perez, is now running to be the leader of the Democratic Party, a party he says needs a culture change that would allow …

Laurence Tribe on why the judiciary is "our last best hope"

February 7th, 2017


As a Harvard Law professor, Laurence Tribe, has taught people like former president Obama and Chief Justice John Roberts. So, as someone who would …

Lena Epstein: "I am a Jewish, millennial female, who is supporting Trump."

January 31st, 2017


Former co-chair of President Trump's Michigan campaign, Lena Epstein, explains why she supports Trump and how she navigates being a minority in her party.

Arthur Brooks explains how dignity links Trump and Obama

January 24th, 2017


There's no one better to talk to about now President Trump than Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute. As the Author of "The Conservative Heart", Brooks discusses how dignity won Donald Trump the …

A Donald Trump survival guide -- from the mouths of Obama officials

January 17th, 2017


On this special Inauguration episode, we re-visit interviews with members of Obama's administration as they give their best advice on how to protect his legacy and maintain the progress made.

April Ryan on racial invisibility

January 10th, 2017


April Ryan, Washington Bureau Chief and White House correspondent for the American Urban Radio Network, discusses the need to be visible and vocal in upcoming years and discusses her latest book, ‘At Mama’s Knee: …

When cabinet members need to reach the president, this is the man they talk to first

January 3rd, 2017


Broderick Johnson, White House Cabinet Secretary, is someone you probably have never heard of, but who has enormous power. He discusses meeting President Obama for the first time and working on perhaps his proudest …

Former Obama official on the Trump cabinet picks that are actually good hires

December 26th, 2016


Derek Chollet, former Obama defense department official discusses Obama's foreign policy, Syria and the infamous red line and why some of …

How Valerie Jarrett became Obama's most trusted adviser, and outlasted all her predecessors

December 20th, 2016


Valerie Jarrett is the longest-serving senior adviser to President Obama. She has survived Washington by being proud of her accomplishments, but never forgetting for whom she worked.

A call to arms from Attorney General Loretta Lynch

December 13th, 2016


Loretta Lynch, Attorney General of the United States, discusses Russian involvement in the US presidential election, the rise of hate crimes in the …

Ambassador Susan Rice on the challenges of national security

December 5th, 2016


Susan Rice, national security advisor to President Obama, talks about the challenges of national security policy-making including Syria, Russia and …

Here's how to preserve the Kennedy ideal in Trump's America, from a Kennedy

November 29th, 2016


Mark Shriver, president of Save the Children Action Network, talks about the importance of our country's children, his father, Sargent Shriver, what it's like being a Kennedy and his quest to get an interview with the …

Michael Steele, Part 2: What Republicans need to do about all "the KKK stuff"

November 22nd, 2016


In part two of Jonathan's conversation with the Michael Steele, former chairman of the RNC, Steele expands on his explanation of how the country got here in the first place and why black Americans didn't show up for …

Michael Steele, Part 1: "Donald Trump is the freest president we've had in a generation"

November 15th, 2016


In part one of a two-part conversation with Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, talks about why President-elect …

Final election predictions, with Dr. Larry Sabato and his Crystal Ball

November 8th, 2016


Sabato’s Crystal Ball analyzes and predicts election outcomes and has been named as one of the most accurate predictors. Dr. Larry Sabato walks us through what to expect on election night.

The everyday trauma of being a black man in America

October 31st, 2016


As a mother who lost her son over "loud music" and a young man who survived being shot in the head, Lucy McBath and DeJuan Patterson discuss the pain …

Export-Import Bank chief Fred Hochberg on jobs, 'good feet' and congressional hurdles

October 25th, 2016


Fred Hochberg, chairman of the Export-Import Bank, talks about Congress stalling the bank's reauthorization and being one of the highest ranking openly gay members of the Obama administration.

Knight Foundation president: We're in the biggest disruption to information since the printing press

October 18th, 2016


Alberto Ibarguen, president of the Knight Foundation, explains why the first amendment doesn't apply to the internet and what the foundation is doing about it.

This is the perfect escape from the insanity of our politics today. Meet Franklin Sirmans.

October 11th, 2016


Franklin Sirmans, director of Perez Art Museum Miami, talks about what it takes to build a 21st century museum and breaking down the walls that separate the museum from the community it inhabits.

Rob Reiner: We are living 'All in the Family' and Trump is Archie Bunker

October 4th, 2016


Rob Reiner, director, actor and activist, discusses how he thinks the media has failed, the position he dreamed about having in a Clinton …

If you still hate Clinton and Trump after the debate, here's Evan McMullin

September 27th, 2016


Evan McMullin, independent presidential candidate talks about his dim view of Donald Trump and the politicians who support him, the need for a new …

Lonnie Bunch: Even if you're white, "the story of slavery is still your story"

September 23rd, 2016


Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture talks about the museum from idea to completion, …

Dr. Anthony Fauci: Forced to rob cancer research to pay for Zika vaccine push

September 20th, 2016


Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, discusses the urgency of funding Zika vaccine research and the possibility of an AIDS-free generation.

Nancy Pelosi: Never bogged down

September 13th, 2016


House minority leader Nancy Pelosi talks about why Donald Trump will never be president, the fight for Zika funding, and how she made it as a woman …

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Doing what needed to be done

September 6th, 2016


Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz talks about the DNC email hack, her decision to resign as chair and the rumors around it, her recent primary victory …

Darren Walker: Using privilege to fight privilege

August 30th, 2016


Jonathan talks to Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation about how his being African American, openly gay and raised poor inform his work in the rarefied air of philanthropy, and more including privilege, black …

Wendy Sherman: The world can't believe Donald Trump

August 23rd, 2016


Jonathan talks with Wendy Sherman, former U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, about Donald Trump's potential impact on US foreign …

Michael Steele is no 'Pied Piper.'

August 16th, 2016


Jonathan talks with former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele, about why Trump is good for Republicans, the party's problem with race and Steele's time studying for the priesthood.

Preview: The mic check

August 11th, 2016


Get a flavor for the Washington Post’s newest podcast as Jonathan Capehart does a mic check with former chairman of the Republican Party Michael Steele.

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