Cape Up with Jonathan Capehart

119 EpisodesProduced by The Washington Post

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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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 Dem…

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 f…

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 could do.

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 criminal justice means, what it actually means and what it should mean.

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 generation after his students experienced one of the deadliest mass shootin…

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 leaving his job.

‘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 the removal of Confederate statues from New Orleans, Trump and the futu…

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 Rise of Big Data Policing’ walks through the tools police are using to co…
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