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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, with conversations adapted … read more

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Raphael Warnock’s push for a new America

June 28th, 2022

31:54

In this conversation recorded June 20 for Washington Post Live, Sen. Raphael G. Warnock (D-Ga.), who is also a reverend, discusses his new memoir and the arc of American history.

Robin Thede on comedically reflecting on Black America through ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’

June 21st, 2022

29:33

In this conversation recorded on June 14 for Washington Post Live, Robin Thede, creator, showrunner, executive producer, writer and star of HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” joins Washington Post associate editor …

Michael R. Jackson’s ‘big, Black and queer’ musical, ‘A Strange Loop’

June 14th, 2022

28:56

In this conversation recorded on June 9 for Washington Post Live, writer Michael R. Jackson discusses his now-Tony Award-winning musical “A Strange Loop.”

Eric Holder on the violent past and imperiled future of voting

June 7th, 2022

31:00

In this interview recorded on June 6 for Washington Post Live, Eric Holder, the 82nd U.S. attorney general, joins Jonathan Capehart to discuss his …

Jeff Nussbaum on history’s ‘undelivered’ speeches

May 31st, 2022

29:04

In this conversation recorded on May 27 for Washington Post Live, political speechwriter Jeff Nussbaum talks about the undelivered speeches that …

The ‘constant barrage of tragedy’ shaping Black America

May 24th, 2022

28:34

In this conversation recorded on May 19 for Washington Post Live, Minneapolis City Council President Andrea Jenkins discusses the two-year …

“Broken Doors,” Episode 1

May 20th, 2022

42:43

An unusual warrant. A pattern of questionable no-knock raids. A reporting thread that just kept going. “Broken Doors” is a new investigative podcast …

Illinois governor says ‘hell no’ to overturning Roe v. Wade

May 17th, 2022

27:58

In a conversation recorded May 12 for Washington Post Live, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) discusses abortion and the leaked Supreme Court draft.

Danyel Smith’s ‘Very Personal History’ gives Black women of pop music their due

May 10th, 2022

31:52

 In this Washington Post Live conversation from May 4, author Danyel Smith explains why she wanted to give Black women their due in “Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop.”

Four years in Jackie Robinson’s life

April 29th, 2022

31:12

In this conversation recorded on April 29 for Washington Post Live, author Kostya Kennedy discusses his new book “True: The Four Seasons of Jackie Robinson.”

Janelle Monáe redefines the American Dream

April 26th, 2022

28:24

In this conversation recorded on April 18 for Washington Post Live, singer, actor and activist Janelle Monáe discusses her latest album, and her debut book, “The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer.”

Telling the full history of a Founding Father’s plantation

April 19th, 2022

25:39

James Madison was the fourth president of the United States, and his Montpelier estate was maintained by about 300 enslaved people over more than 140 years. In this conversation recorded on April 14 for Washington Post …

Harvey Fierstein on his memoir and LGBT kids today

April 12th, 2022

31:09

In this conversation recorded on April 6 for Washington Post Live, Tony Award winning playwright and actor Harvey Fierstein discusses his memoir “I Was Better Last Night” and his advice to LGBT kids growing up in …

The significance of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

April 5th, 2022

27:05

In this conversation recorded on March 30 for Washington Post Live, New York University Professor of Law Melissa Murray discusses the significance of the confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, as well as the news …

Mariama Diallo and Zoe Renee on the horror of microaggressions in ‘Master’

March 29th, 2022

29:24

In this conversation recorded on March 23 for Washington Post Live, director Mariama Diallo and actor Zoe Renee discuss the psychological horror …

Wil Haygood on representation and ‘colorization’ in film

March 22nd, 2022

28:35

Journalist Wil Haygood joins Jonathan Capehart to discuss his new book, “Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World.” This …

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on how sanctions work to isolate Russia

March 15th, 2022

18:41

In this conversation recorded on March 10 for Washington Post Live, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen discusses the effects of sanctions on Russia's economy, record-high inflation and gas prices affecting American …

Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy on Russia, Jan. 6 and why she isn't seeking a fourth term

March 8th, 2022

29:35

First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) speaks to Jonathan Capehart about U.S. involvement in the defense of Ukraine, the …

Rep. Joyce Beatty on the nomination of a Black woman to the Supreme Court

March 1st, 2022

12:15

As Black History Month comes to a close, Rep. Joyce Beatty of Ohio, who serves as chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, discusses her heroes, …

A conversation with Janai S. Nelson

February 22nd, 2022

22:31

Next month, Janai S. Nelson, who currently serves as the associate director counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, will succeed Sherrilyn Ifill as president of the legendary civil rights organization. …

Al Franken is 'the only former U.S. senator currently on tour'

February 15th, 2022

26:28

In a conversation recorded Feb. 9 for Washington Post Live, the former senator and "Saturday Night Live" star discusses the possibility of running for elected office again and whether he'd take over "SNL" if Lorne …

Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn talks hard-fought success in 'Rise'

February 8th, 2022

26:56

The most decorated female ski racer in history, Lindsey Vonn writes about her Olympic victories, as well as her battle with depression, in "Rise: My Story." This conversation was recorded for Washington Post Live on …

Is the U.S. on a path to civil war? This political scientist thinks so.

February 1st, 2022

29:36

In “How Civil Wars Start: And How to Stop Them,” Barbara F. Walter argues that the United States has not been a traditional democracy for a few …

What happens if Russia invades Ukraine?

January 25th, 2022

27:36

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, joins Jonathan Capehart for a discussion about forestalling conflicts abroad, …

The Rev. Al Sharpton on voting rights and 'righteous troublemakers'

January 18th, 2022

25:43

In this conversation recorded on Jan. 13 for Washington Post Live, the Rev. Al Sharpton talks about the battle over voting rights and his new book, …

Jamie Raskin on 'Trauma, Truth and the Trials of American Democracy'

January 11th, 2022

27:20

In his moving new book, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) recalls the death of his son, Tommy, in the days before the Jan. 6 insurrection and how he and his family endured a year of unthinkable loss. This conversation first …

Carmelo Anthony shares his story in 'Where Tomorrows Aren't Promised'

January 4th, 2022

26:54

One of the NBA's biggest stars, Carmelo Anthony goes back to his Baltimore beginnings in "Where Tomorrows Aren't Promised." The conversation was originally recorded September 14 for Washington Post Live.

A holiday message from Jonathan

December 28th, 2021

1:18

As 2021 comes to a close, Jonathan Capehart reflects on the year — its challenges, curiosities and inspirations — and looks forward to 2022.

'Citizen Ashe' traces the life and career of a tennis legend

December 21st, 2021

27:17

Tennis great Arthur Ashe was the first Black man to win the Australian Open, the U.S. Open, and Wimbledon. Now, he is the subject of a new …

Billy Porter on growing up Black and gay in America

December 14th, 2021

25:15

“Pose” star Billy Porter joins Jonathan Capehart to discuss his memoir, “Unprotected,” and his journey from poverty to stardom. This conversation is adapted from Washington Post Live.

Michael J. Fox gets personal about Parkinson's

November 30th, 2021

22:46

In his latest memoir, "No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality," veteran actor Michael J. Fox discusses how he's adapted to life with Parkinson's disease. This conversation was recorded in September for …

A message from Jonathan

September 28th, 2021

1:13

After five years of incredible conversations, the curtain is coming down on "Cape Up." But that doesn't mean Jonathan is going away. Tune in for a special announcement.


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Explaining the debt ceiling in plain English

September 21st, 2021

21:13

In an episode that originally aired in September 2017, Shai Akabas, economic policy director at the Bipartisan Policy Center, discusses the debt …

'The monuments were murder'

September 14th, 2021

26:43

In a conversation from 2017, then-Mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu reflects on removing the last Confederate monument from his city, and the damage wrought by the myth of the Lost Cause.


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Rep. Andy Kim on anti-Asian hate

September 7th, 2021

43:23

In an episode that originally aired in March, the New Jersey congressman discusses anti-Asian hate in the wake of the Atlanta spa shootings, and how he talks about the rise in hate crimes with his young son.


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Sen. Jeff Merkley's decade-long push for filibuster reform

August 31st, 2021

37:08

In this conversation from March, Merkley gets into how the filibuster has ground work in the Senate to a halt. And what he thinks should be done to …

The Republican Party is still in thrall to Donald Trump. Its members could learn from Stuart Stevens

August 24th, 2021

35:55

In an episode that aired Sept. 22, 2020, the author of "It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump" talks about the evolution of …

We need more honest teaching of America's painful history

August 17th, 2021

1:01:11

In this episode from 2018, Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative explains why we must come to terms with America's history if we are ever to start healing. The conversation is as relevant as ever amid debates …

Ibram X. Kendi explains why racist policies — not people — are the problem

August 10th, 2021

33:48
The author of "How to be Antiracist" discusses the effect of bad policies and how we can move forward from them.
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Equity is about more than just hiring diverse employees

August 3rd, 2021

31:30
Vernā Myers, Netflix's VP of inclusion strategy, discusses how she advocates for diverse voices to be heard at the table.
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Texas state Rep. Senfronia Thompson explains why she joined the Austin walkout

July 27th, 2021

24:16
The Texas state representative is among the 57 Democrats who left Austin in order to deny state Republicans the quorum needed to pass their voter suppression bill. They came to Washington with one goal: to appeal for …

Mitch Landrieu says when it comes to race, 'people are closing their eyes to basic history'

July 20th, 2021

42:15
Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who succeeded in removing four Confederate monuments in his city in 2017, reflects on the state of race …

Robin DiAngelo explains why White progressives have such a hard time confronting racism

July 13th, 2021

43:40
The best-selling author of "White Fragility" discusses her new book, "Nice Racism," and why silence is part of the problem.
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How Ty Seidule went from revering Robert E. Lee to being one of his fiercest detractors

July 6th, 2021

42:49
America's birthday this year comes at a moment when its history is being debated, so we're bringing back this episode with Ty Seidule, author of …

Rashad Robinson is an intersectional leader fighting for equity and justice

June 29th, 2021

33:00
The Color of Change president talks about what power means when it comes to fighting for civil rights.
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Linda Thomas-Greenfield talks about Black Lives Matter and her experiences as a career diplomat

June 22nd, 2021

35:06
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations discusses the importance of addressing uncomfortable truths and her experience in the Rwandan genocide.
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Lonnie Bunch contextualizes this fraught moment in America's racial narrative

June 15th, 2021

33:01
The 14th secretary of the Smithsonian Institution discusses the importance of Juneteenth, the Black Lives Matter movement and the need to face uncomfortable truths about our history.
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HRC's Alphonso David on the fight for LGBTQ equality in 2021

June 8th, 2021

35:24
This Pride Month, Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David discusses the importance of viewing the fight for LGBTQ equality through an …

Deon Jones protested George Floyd's murder. He's suing LAPD for shooting him with a rubber bullet.

June 1st, 2021

35:01
"The first thing that happened that I said was, 'God, please don’t let me die here today.'" The musician and entrepreneur shares how his protest experience changed his life.
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Keith Ellison reflects on the year since the murder of George Floyd

May 25th, 2021

29:41
The Minnesota attorney general discusses the Floyd case and the need for Congress to take immediate action on police reform.
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How Ty Seidule went from revering Robert E. Lee to being one of his fiercest detractors

May 18th, 2021

42:47
The retired Army brigadier general, professor and author of "Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause" …

Mayor Muriel Bowser discusses the future of Black Lives Matter Plaza and D.C. without Donald Trump

May 11th, 2021

30:29
The D.C. mayor talked about the coronavirus pandemic, D.C. statehood and more.
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What do progressives think of Joe Biden now that he's president? Rep. Pramila Jayapal is happy.

May 4th, 2021

33:05
The chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus discuses the Biden agenda and her journey to become the first Indian American woman elected to Congress.
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Karol Mason on the killing of George Floyd and the issue we must address: 'The fear of Black people'

April 27th, 2021

29:35
 The president of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice discusses the Derek Chauvin trial, policing and how we can heal America's racial wounds.

PwC's chair talks about the role U.S. business leaders should play in America's racial reckoning

April 20th, 2021

31:20

Tim Ryan says leaders shouldn't be afraid to speak up against systemic issues: "One of the things that business leaders need is, we need certainty. …

Rebecca Carroll talks about her experience as a Black woman being raised by White parents

April 13th, 2021

43:59
The author of "Surviving the White Gaze: A Memoir" discusses her Opinions piece on transracial adoption: "Trying to navigate this existence and this …

Heather McGhee explains how racism keeps everyone from having nice things

April 6th, 2021

46:09

McGhee discusses her book, “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together," and unpacks one big example of inequality …

Sen. Jeff Merkley has been pushing for filibuster reform since 2011. This time, he might get it done

March 30th, 2021

35:55

The Oregon Democrat stares down threats from Mitch McConnell to fix a rule that he says has broken the Senate.

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Rep. Andy Kim talks about the impact of anti-Asian hate: 'I wish I knew what to say to my kids'

March 23rd, 2021

42:12

The New Jersey congressman discusses his family’s experiences as Asian Americans and the role he hopes to play in the wake of the Atlanta spa …

Rep. Karen Bass believes now is the time for police reform: 'The stars are aligned right now'

March 16th, 2021

35:53
The former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus discusses the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, vaccine inequality and voter suppression.
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Mae Jemison, the first Black woman in space, is still reaching for the stars

March 9th, 2021

32:28

Jemison talks about the obstacles she faced, as a 16-year-old college student and then a scientist, and gives advice to today's Black Lives Matter …

Lee Daniels and Andra Day on the hidden activist life of Billie Holiday

February 23rd, 2021

31:02

The director and singer discuss their latest movie “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” and how the FBI’s efforts to stop her from singing “Strange …

Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain on the 400-year story of Black people in America

February 16th, 2021

29:27
Kendi and Blain edited “Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019,” which tells the story of Black people in America from …

Jonathan Metzl on what's driving polarization in a post-Trump America — and how to fix it

February 9th, 2021

37:30

The "Dying of Whiteness" author talks about what he’s learning from new focus groups and why the 2019 Democratic victories in the Kentucky and Louisiana governor’s races "in the middle of Trumpism" provide a roadmap for …

'The Hate U Give’ author Angie Thomas on the importance of humanizing Black men

February 2nd, 2021

31:17
Writing in the wake of the death of George Floyd, Thomas said, “The weight and the responsibility…felt even greater.”
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Former white nationalist Derek Black puts the Jan. 6 insurrection into perspective

January 26th, 2021

35:29
Derek Black, the godson of David Duke and the son of the creator of the website Stormfront, discusses the future of white nationalism in the context …

A former White House social secretary shares how an inauguration should look behind the scenes

January 19th, 2021

44:18
Capricia Penavic Marshall knows presidential transitions — at least in years anything close to normal. This hand-off is certainly not that, but let …

Laurence Tribe says Trump should be impeached again — even if a Senate conviction is unlikely

January 12th, 2021

36:20

Tribe, a Harvard constitutional law professor, also discusses his former student Ted Cruz and explains why the push to use Section 3 of the 14th …

Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock on the issues that would drive them in the Senate

January 4th, 2021

27:00

The Democratic candidates in Georgia are hoping to unseat Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. Late last year, Ossoff and Warnock were both guests on “Cape Up.” This episode reprises highlights from those …

Jon Ossoff and the ‘movement energy’ he’s tapping in Georgia

December 15th, 2020

26:15

Ossoff, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Georgia, talks about mobilizing voters in the Peach State and the high stakes of what he calls "the most important legislative election in the history of our state.

Symone Sanders has something to say — and now she’ll speak for Kamala Harris

December 8th, 2020

45:42
Sanders, who will be Harris's senior adviser and chief spokeswoman, discusses working for the Bernie Sanders and then Biden campaigns and the incident that inspired the title of her book, “No, You Shut Up: Speaking …

No one gave Ritchie Torres a shot. He'll soon be the first gay, Afro-Latino member of Congress.

December 1st, 2020

34:48

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee didn’t support him. The local Democratic Party didn’t support him. AOC didn’t endorse him. So Ritchie Torres of the South Bronx will arrive in Washington as a free man …

Julián Castro, a 2020 presidential contender, on why Joe Biden beat him — and Trump

November 24th, 2020

33:18
Castro, a housing and urban development secretary under Barack Obama and former mayor of San Antonio, also discusses the Latino vote in 2020 and the silence among Republicans as President Trump tries to "steal the …

Ilhan Omar: 'Rift' between progressive, moderate Dems 'isn't as strong as it's being made out to be'

November 17th, 2020

30:37

In a Washington Post Live event, Omar joined Jonathan to discuss the election, why Trump lost Minnesota and the future of the Democratic Party.

Raphael Warnock believes he'll win in Georgia. He tells us why.

November 10th, 2020

33:15
The senior pastor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s former church talks about how the rigors of being a minister have prepared him for the campaign trail, and why he thinks he'll beat Republican incumbent Sen. Kelly …

Michael Steele, former RNC chairman: 'Donald Trump is the biggest block to the American Dream'

November 3rd, 2020

41:32
The former head of the Republican Party explains why he endorsed Joe Biden, why he won’t leave his party and why he believes that in the battle of …

Caroline Rose Giuliani, daughter of Rudy, says Trump 'has this echo chamber of lies around him'

October 27th, 2020

12:23
Giuliani, an LA filmmaker, discusses her recent article encouraging people to vote for the Biden-Harris ticket. She says her relationship with her …

Brittney Cooper explains why Trump is polling historically well with Black men

October 20th, 2020

35:35
Cooper, who teaches women's and gender studies and Africana studies at Rutgers, expands on her tweet that Ice Cube could be to 2020 what white female …

MJ Hegar wants to bring Texas values to the Senate. She says John Cornyn lacks backbone and courage.

October 13th, 2020

30:57
"The minute that John Cornyn went from being Texas to D.C., that's when his approval ratings plummeted," says Hegar, who considers health-care access …

The Rev. Al Sharpton discusses why it is imperative to 'Rise Up' in this moment

September 29th, 2020

29:46
The activist and minister talks about the themes in his latest book, "Rise Up: Confronting a Country at the Crossroads," including latte liberals and …

Stuart Stevens was an uncompromising Republican — until Donald Trump

September 22nd, 2020

36:09
The author of "It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump" talks about the evolution of his party and what that means going …

Derek Black was groomed to be the new face of white nationalism. Now he's working against it.

July 28th, 2020

40:07

Black grew up in a family of white nationalists, with David Duke as his godfather. But he renounced those views in college and recently has been …

Michelle Lujan Grisham on U.S. covid-19 response: 'Most outrageous environment I’ve ever worked in'

July 22nd, 2020

34:03
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) talks about using her past government experience to battle the coronavirus today, her views on the statues debate and what it means to be in the conversation to be Joe Biden's …

Tammy Duckworth: Trump ‘cares more about dead traitors than he does about our troops’

July 21st, 2020

20:39
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), a military veteran who was recently in the news when Tucker Carlson said she "hated America," discusses Trump's …

What Susan Rice thinks she could bring to a Biden administration

July 15th, 2020

36:29
Susan Rice, a former U.N. ambassador and national security adviser, is being considered as a potential running mate for Joe Biden. She discusses not …

‘This election is a matter of life and death:’ Karen Bass talks race, covid-19 and the election

July 14th, 2020

28:21
Rep. Bass, who is among those being vetted as Joe Biden’s running mate, discusses her work as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and her hopes for the future. "The world needs us,” she says.
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Kamala Harris: 'This is the time to act' on police reform — and those reforms need teeth

July 7th, 2020

18:20
Harris, a Democratic senator from California, also discussed during a live taping of Cape Up the coronavirus pandemic and the explosive allegation …

We aren't paying enough attention to the impact of the pandemic on the arts

June 30th, 2020

28:04
Poet Elizabeth Alexander, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation president who spoke at President Barack Obama’s first inauguration, discusses the importance of the arts to society and has advice for those who have lost loved …

'We're all struggling with this': The Army's top enlisted service member opens up about race

June 23rd, 2020

30:44
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael A. Grinston, the highest ranking enlisted member of the U.S. Army, discusses his upbringing in Alabama and why he …

The author of ‘White Rage’ on the persistent pattern of punishing blacks for their resilience

June 16th, 2020

40:40
"We actually punish black people for being resilient," says Carol Anderson, the author of “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide.” She …

Civil rights icon John Lewis is ‘deeply moved’ by today’s demonstrations

June 9th, 2020

18:53
Rep. John Lewis doesn't want today's fighters to give up. "You must be able and prepared to give until you cannot give any more," he says. "We must use our time and our space on this little planet that we call Earth to …

The author of ‘White Fragility’ doesn’t think ‘most white people care about racial injustice’

June 2nd, 2020

38:02

Robin DiAngelo, the author of “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism,” doesn’t mince words. “I actually don’t think that most white people care about racial injustice. I really don’t,” …

Why this candidate for West Virginia governor isn't even the focal point of his own campaign

May 26th, 2020

31:13

Stephen Smith is running an unconventional campaign for governor of West Virginia. Its policy proposals and budget have been written by the people. …

Think no one can defeat Lindsey Graham? 'Watch me!' his Democratic opponent says.

May 19th, 2020

37:36

Jaime Harrison, a Democrat, is vying to become South Carolina’s second black sitting U.S. senator. Here's why his race to defeat the incumbent, …

Why Billy Porter says he can’t be a politician

May 15th, 2020

29:07

Billy Porter has a Grammy, a Tony and an Emmy. But showing up at the Oscars in a black velvet tuxedo gown made him a cultural icon. The attitude that …

The eerie similarities between the killings of Ahmaud Arbery and Trayvon Martin

May 12th, 2020

20:08

Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Ahmaud Arbery's family, talks about how Arbery’s case is “like a modern day lynching.” Crump also discusses the eerie similarities between Arbery’s case and the case of Trayvon Martin.

‘Dying of whiteness’ during the coronavirus pandemic

May 5th, 2020

23:30

Jonathan Metzl, author of “Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland,” comes back to the podcast to …

Coronavirus is exploiting ‘the fissures of society,’ the Rev. William Barber says

April 28th, 2020

33:01

The Rev. William Barber has preached about how racism, poverty, voter suppression and the lack of access to health care are linked. Now the coronavirus has forced us to face these issues in America, and he says …

How Michigan's governor and Chicago's mayor are battling coronavirus

April 24th, 2020

41:20
Interviews with two elected officials in two different jurisdictions dealing with the coronavirus pandemic: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, who, after instituting one of the strictest stay-at-home orders in the …

America 'has been abused by this president,' former RNC chairman Michael Steele says

April 21st, 2020

31:42

Michael Steele, former chair of the Republican National Committee, discusses President Trump’s daily briefings and how Trump has treated Americans during the coronavirus pandemic. This episode contains explicit language …

‘I was right’ about the G-spot, says Dr. Ruth

April 14th, 2020

33:23

Dr. Ruth Westheimer has been doling out frank advice about sex and relationships for 40 years. This week she answers questions on sex and …

Coronavirus is a totally different disaster for philanthropies to handle

April 7th, 2020

26:52

Darren Walker’s philanthropic career has put him in the middle of helping to resolve some of the nation’s biggest problems, from New Orleans …

240,000 coronavirus deaths: ‘In what circle of hell is that a good outcome,’ asks Susan Rice

April 3rd, 2020

37:11

The Obama administration created a playbook for pandemic preparedness for President Trump. Now, as we live through the coronavirus, former national security adviser Susan Rice says President Trump has tossed their …

‘No such thing as social distancing’ when you’re incarcerated.'

March 31st, 2020

25:00

Holly Harris of Justice Action Network and Topeka Sam of New Yorkers United for Justice are warning that jails are breeding grounds for COVID-19 and …

An insight into Kamala Harris, a potential VP for Biden

March 24th, 2020

53:49

Though she disbanded her presidential campaign, Sen. Kamala Harris is now a possible vice presidential candidate. Back in early 2019, Jonathan Capehart talked with Harris about her memoir, upbringing and career in front …

Val Demings says the VP talk is 'such an honor'

March 17th, 2020

26:37

Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) serves on multiple committees, and was one of seven House impeachment managers who argued for the conviction of President …

Election forecaster Rachel Bitecofer explains "the reason Joe Biden is the nominee"

March 10th, 2020

39:03

Rachel Bitecofer became a sought after prognosticator after July 2018, when she predicted the Democrats would retake the House. In this episode, …

Chasten Buttigieg reflects on husband's presidential campaign

March 3rd, 2020

33:16

Chasten Buttigieg talks about the historic nature of Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign and what it meant to the LGBTQ community.

Why Pete Buttigieg thinks he's the one to beat Donald Trump

February 25th, 2020

32:04

Pete Buttigieg talks about the rise of Bernie Sanders, the hurdles he faces with black voters and whether or not he's actually gay.

Richie Jackson on why being gay is a gift

February 18th, 2020

42:10

Broadway and television producer Richie Jackson says being gay is a gift and was thrilled when his son came out to him. After his son said being gay was no big deal, Jackson decided to write his book ‘Gay Like Me: A …

Doug Jones's impeachment vote was more courageous than Romney's

February 12th, 2020

26:29

Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) discusses what might be the most important vote of his Senate career: to convict President Trump on both Articles of Impeachment.

Deval Patrick to Democrats: ‘Others have plans, I have results’

February 4th, 2020

33:07

Governor Deval Patrick is running for the Democratic nomination for president. His is an uphill fight, made tougher by the fact that African-American voters are not giving the only black candidate now in the race the …

Jonathan Metzl on how white identity permeates policymaking outside of Washington

January 28th, 2020

45:41

Jonathan Metzl talks about his book "Dying of Whiteness," and the racial politics of taxes, healthcare and guns in America.

Rep. Swalwell on impeachment: ‘America won’t get a fair trial if witnesses don’t testify’

January 21st, 2020

20:16

In an interview at the Capitol on Jan. 17, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) -- a member of the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees -- breaks …

Why Silicon Valley’s congressman is all in for Bernie Sanders

January 14th, 2020

47:06

Rep. Ro Khanna joins Jonathan to talk about Iran, the Sanders campaign and why the Democratic field has become so white.

Kevin Sheekey, Bloomberg campaign manager: 'We're running to replace the president'

December 17th, 2019

44:06

At Bloomberg campaign headquarters in NY last week, campaign manager Kevin Sheekey explained why Michael Bloomberg entered the race and why he believes a national campaign can win.

Stacey Abrams: 'We can't simply win the race. We have to win the system.'

December 10th, 2019

1:27:40

On the day Kamala Harris dropped out of the presidential race, Jonathan was in Boston for a live conversation with Stacey Abrams. She talked about …

Starbucks COO Rosalind Brewer on race and leadership

December 3rd, 2019

48:49

Starbucks COO Rosalind Brewer joined Jonathan at a live event in June to talk about race, leadership and what happened at that Philadelphia Starbucks.

Kamala Harris says Trump “has a reason to be afraid” of her

November 26th, 2019

55:20

Senator Kamala Harris wants you to know she doesn't pay attention to polls, her policy proposals are guided by doing the right thing, not just the …

Pamela Newkirk on the failure of diversity initiatives and what we can do instead

November 19th, 2019

47:26

The author of "Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business" joined Jonathan for a live conversation at Politics & Prose …

Cory Booker explains why he's running for president

November 12th, 2019

1:00:16

Senator Cory Booker sits down with Jonathan in Newark to talk about why he's running for president, what drives him, and why he's not worried about …

The unexpected life of Valerie Jarrett

November 5th, 2019

54:22

At the Aspen Ideas Festival this summer, Valerie Jarrett joined a live "Cape Up" event to discuss her book "Finding My Voice," and to dole out a …

Chef Jose Andres: 'Hunger is beyond politics'

October 29th, 2019

1:14:56

There's a reason chef Jose Andres was selected to throw out the first pitch at game 5 of the World Series. At a live event recorded earlier this year, Andres talks about leadership, humanity and how disaster response …

Michael Steele to Democrats: 'Trust Nancy'

October 22nd, 2019

40:03

Michael Steele comes back to the podcast to talk about this extraordinary political moment and why Republicans refuse to step up.

Cecile Richards's message to American women: 'Don’t wait.'

October 15th, 2019

28:38

In a live event at Third Way in June, former Planned Parenthood president and Supermajority founder Cecile Richards discussed the myths and realities …

Heidi Heitkamp on Trump’s reckless strategies: ‘You cannot lead a party of one’

October 8th, 2019

39:20

In a conversation recorded this past June, the former Senator discusses the politics of her state of North Dakota, the issues where Democrats and …

House Democrats finally catch up with Maxine Waters on impeachment

October 1st, 2019

38:22

Rep. Maxine Waters joins Jonathan to talk about the impeachment inquiry and the role of the Financial Services Committee. And why she keeps getting …

What does a journalist fear about Putin? ‘They’re the exact same things that scare me about Trump.’

September 24th, 2019

37:59

At the Aspen Ideas Festival in June, Masha Gessen spoke about Vladimir Putin's worldview, the dangers of creating a false reality and why we need to change how we discuss facts.

Why Nancy Pelosi says it doesn’t matter whether Trump can be trusted

September 16th, 2019

26:04

Speaker Nancy Pelosi joins the season premiere of 'Cape Up' to talk about U.S. leadership in the world, her relationships with Republican colleagues, …

Biden responds to 'gaffes' criticism: 'What is it that I said wrong?'

August 30th, 2019

42:10

Joe Biden discusses the presidential campaign and his standing with the African American community, and he responds to criticism of his so-called "gaffes."

From Stonewall to an openly gay presidential candidate

June 28th, 2019

39:12

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

24:21

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

20:44

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

20:13

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

Voices: Women of the civil rights movement

May 9th, 2019

23:31

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

1:40

…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

25:14

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

19:46

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

25:01

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

18:48

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

2:09

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

14:12

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

55:10

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

47:09

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

40:43

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

35:28

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

53:33

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

1:07:53

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

1:00:54

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

46:30

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

58:47

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

41:07

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

1:03:26

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

51:52

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

32:29

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

1:37:12

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

41:48

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

52:10

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

49:33

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

32:34

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

36:37

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

44:12

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

48:33

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

20:54

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

31:53

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

54:18

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

1:06:29

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

38:44

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

44:52

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

49:01

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

42:15

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

35:05

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

44:30

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

41:04

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

39:37

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

30:01

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

50:52

'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

45:29

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

41:27

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

27:54

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

55:52

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

50:32

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

44:57

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

42:58

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

49:38

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

33:39

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

54:40

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

47:03

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

1:01:20

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

1:37:09

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

2:06

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

Bryan Stevenson TL;DR

April 26th, 2018

14:39

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

1:01:37

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

32:27

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

54:29

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

42:17

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

40:58

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

47:08

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

32:05

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

49:32

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

26:14

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

41:58

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

13:58

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

59:47

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

27:46

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

46:40

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

35:40

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

39:27

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

31:31

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

39:59

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

1:04:40

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

44:16

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

36:36

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

26:17

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

28:33

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

40:17

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

45:42

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

25:02

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

34:14

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

33:10

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

51:54

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

29:18

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

30:43

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

36:02

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

23:41

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

26:46

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

31:03

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

36:08

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

30:52

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

22:32

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

24:52

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

27:41

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

16:45

'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

19:37

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

38:15

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

32:47

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

28:53

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

30:05

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

34:55

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

13:50

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

26:58

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

24:12

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

27:16

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

32:53

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

33:34

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

25:17

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

17:43

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

31:22

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

34:17

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

27:43

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

26:11

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

28:21

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

28:27

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

14:11

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

27:51

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

34:37

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

29:30

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

26:25

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

25:54

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

22:50

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

28:20

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

32:00

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

26:23

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

12:36

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

24:51

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

28:59

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

26:50

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

34:14

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

24:25

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

21:35

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

29:49

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

21:08

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

20:59

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

24:17

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

35:17

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

28:00

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

28:09

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

28:28

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

29:08

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

36:01

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

14:16

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

26:25

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

22:59

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

32:43

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

26:31

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

18:01

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

19:04

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

1:31

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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