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Created and hosted by award-winning journalist Farai Chideya, Our Body Politic is unapologetically centered on reporting on not just how women of color experience the major political events of today, but how they're impacting those very issues. Weekly episodes feature in-depth conversations about th… read more

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Farewell

February 22nd, 2024

0:39

An important message from RadioPublic

Black Country Music Stars on Diversifying The Genre

February 23rd, 2024

51:54

On this episode of Our Body Politic, guest host Mara S. Campo looks at the foundational role of Black Americans in country music, and the barriers to …

How Native Women Are Working to End the MMIW Crisis

February 16th, 2024

56:25


On this special episode of Our Body Politic produced in partnership with Level Forward, we highlight the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women’s …

Can BIPOC Musicians Shape the Future of Classical Music?

February 9th, 2024

49:14

Can the world of classical music become more inclusive given its history? On this episode of Our Body Politic, guest host Celeste Headlee, a …

Innovative Solutions For A Growing Nationwide Mental Health Crisis

February 2nd, 2024

49:40

Guest host Mara S. Campo, Anchor and Managing Editor at Revolt Black News, looks at the ongoing national mental health crisis and talks to people who …

Black Maternal Matters

January 26th, 2024

49:57

On this episode of Our Body Politic, Farai Chideya looks back at our conversations around Black Maternal health. First, she speaks with Aftershock …

How Black Women are Leading the Soft Life Movement

January 19th, 2024

56:43

On this episode of Our Body Politic, guest host Mara S. Campo looks at the idea of the “soft life” as a form of self care for Black women. Mara …

Black Country Music Stars on Diversifying The Genre

January 12th, 2024

51:54

On this episode of Our Body Politic, guest host Mara S. Campo looks at the foundational role of Black Americans in country music, and the barriers to …

6. Jan 6th: An American Story - Why January 6th is Not Over

January 4th, 2024

27:40

By now, the story of what happened on January 6 2021 is seared into the public psyche. But there is still an untold story.

Many of the investigators …

5. Jan 6th: An American Story - The Lawmakers

January 4th, 2024

34:56

By now, the story of what happened on January 6 2021 is seared into the public psyche. But there is still an untold story.

Many of the investigators …

4. Jan 6th: An American Story - The Book of Purple

January 4th, 2024

33:47

By now, the story of what happened on January 6 2021 is seared into the public psyche. But there is still an untold story.

Many of the investigators …

3. Jan 6th: An American Story - America In Black and White

January 4th, 2024

22:25

By now, the story of what happened on January 6 2021 is seared into the public psyche. But there is still an untold story.

Many of the investigators …

2. Jan 6th: An American Story - 187 Minutes

January 4th, 2024

29:40

By now, the story of what happened on January 6 2021 is seared into the public psyche. But there is still an untold story.

Many of the investigators …

OBP’s Best Books of 2023 with Tananarive Due, Linda Villarosa, and Baynard Woods

December 29th, 2023

57:29

On this episode of Our Body Politic, host Farai Chideya looks back on some of our favorite conversations with authors this past year. First we hear …

Conversations on Care: How to Give a Good Apology and Music for Mindfulness

December 22nd, 2023

49:50

On this episode of Our Body Politic, host Farai Chideya looks back on our best advice from guests about how to take care of our relationships, …

A Love Letter to Hip-Hop: How Women Shaped the First 50 Years

December 15th, 2023

53:35

On this episode of Our Body Politic, guest host Callie Crossley, who is a host and commentator for GBH Boston, looks back at the first 50 years of …

Mobilizing for 2024: The Power of Ballot Initiatives and Engaging Black and Asian American Voters

December 8th, 2023

58:44

On this episode of Our Body Politic, Sayu Bhojwani, guest host and founder of Women’s Democracy Lab, speaks with Chris Melody Fields Figueredo, …

2023 Labor Movements And An Immigrant Capitol Sergeant’s Perspective On the January 6th Insurrection

December 1st, 2023

57:04

On this episode of Our Body Politic, Karen Attiah, guest host and Columnist for the Washington Post, speaks with labor journalist Kim Kelly about the …

OBP Rewind: The Gift of Health And Deb Haaland on Being an Indigenous Leader

November 24th, 2023

49:00

On this episode of Our Body Politic, host Farai Chideya listens back to some of the conversations she is thankful for this year. First, is Farai’s …

Living Data: Insights on Cultural Competency and the American Mindset

November 17th, 2023

56:16

On this episode of Our Body Politic, host Farai Chideya talks with Shannon-Janean Currie, vice president at Benenson Strategy Group, which conducted …

Examining Election Day, VP Kamala Harris’s Ratings, and America’s History of Division

November 10th, 2023

49:37

On this episode of Our Body Politic, guest host Sayu Bhojwani talks with Adriane Lentz-Smith, associate professor of history at Duke University about …

How Poll Workers, the Supreme Court, and Medical Biases Impact U.S. Democracy

November 3rd, 2023

1:02:08

On this episode of Our Body Politic, guest host Karen Grigsby Bates talks with Virginia Kase Solomón, CEO of the League of Women Voters, about the …

What Horror Noire Reveals About American Society

October 27th, 2023

55:44

On this episode of Our Body Politic, host Farai Chideya is celebrating the spooky season with Black women creators of horror. First we hear her …

Israel-Hamas Conflict and Roxane Gay On Her Latest Book ‘Opinions’

October 20th, 2023

50:02

On this episode of Our Body Politic, guest host Hagar Chemali, Creator and Host of Oh My World! talks with SiriusXM Host and MSNBC columnist Nayyera …

Redistricting Battles: Exploring Their Impact from Los Angeles to Alabama

October 13th, 2023

56:26

On this episode of Our Body Politic, guest host Karen Grigsby Bates talks about redistricting and newly redrawn maps in Alabama with Marina Jenkins, …

How Native Women Are Working to End the MMIW Crisis

October 6th, 2023

56:25

On this special episode of Our Body Politic, we highlight the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women’s (MMIW) crisis. Guest-host Andrea Ambam, speaks …

Georgia Politics: Voter Mobilization and A Democrat’s Journey to the GOP

September 22nd, 2023

56:27

We’re celebrating our third year anniversary at Our Body Politic! We started this journey covering the 2020 election, so let’s continue on that path …

Whose Vote Counts? Suspended Florida Prosecutor Worrell’s 2024 Run and Political Lawsuits

September 15th, 2023

59:07

From redistricting to Governors acting against the will of the people, we explore, whose vote counts? On this episode of Our Body Politic, host Farai …

The Rising Danger Of Extremism In America

September 8th, 2023

49:54

One of the biggest threats facing Americans today…is extremism. What can be done to combat the rising danger of extremist events in the United …

Can BIPOC Musicians Shape the Future of Classical Music?

September 1st, 2023

49:14

Can the world of classical music become more inclusive given its history? On this episode of Our Body Politic, guest host Celeste Headlee, a …

The Continuing Effects of Summer Heat and Student Loan Repayments

August 25th, 2023

49:55

Fall is on the way, and school is back in session. And THIS year, the summer heat and student loans are making big headlines. On this episode of Our …

Tonya Mosley’s Path to Journalism Royalty

August 18th, 2023

49:33

Tonya Mosley never expected to become a darling of public radio and podcasting; in fact, she had her heart set on becoming a print reporter. Now …

Trump’s Federal Indictment, Political Rumors and the Dangers of Tech

August 11th, 2023

48:50

This week, Our Body Politic host and creator Farai Chideya unpacks the latest indictment against former President Trump, with former Senior …

Hollywood’s Historic Strikes And BIPOC Representation On-Screen

August 4th, 2023

47:28

Hollywood is on strike. How will this historic double strike affect the already dwindling numbers of writers of color in television and feature-film …

OBP's Summer Book Club

July 28th, 2023

49:05

This week on Our Body Politic, Farai Chideya revisits some of her favorite conversations with three authors. She starts with award-winning …

The Power of Mindfulness

July 21st, 2023

55:00

America is in a time of unprecedented mental health challenges. Many different cultures developed mindfulness techniques over millennia, and now, …

The Downfall of Affirmative Action: What Happens Now?

July 14th, 2023

49:43

On June 29, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled against a long-standing college admissions practice: affirmative action. For many, the …

The Crisis of Caregiving

July 7th, 2023

1:00:36

This episode of Our Body Politic is a special on caregiving. We start the show with the voices of caregivers, lawmakers and advocates. Then, OBP …

Examining America’s “Whitelash” and the state of voting rights

June 30th, 2023

48:05

On this episode of Our Body Politic, we focus on two hot topics in the news: the wave of white supremacist sentiments that has taken hold inside and …

Transpolitics 101

June 23rd, 2023

58:46

Transgender rights are increasingly under attack in the United States, despite studies showing that the majority of Americans don’t want laws …

Juneteenth Celebration of Black Memory and Black Freedom

June 16th, 2023

55:28

On June 19, 1865, enslaved people were finally freed in Texas – a day of joy that would become known and celebrated in Black communities as …

Our Nation’s Enduring Public Health Emergency: Gun Violence

June 9th, 2023

53:15

An elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. A grocery store in East Buffalo, New York. A mall in Allen, Texas. The list of locations where mass shootings …

Layoffs, Shutdowns, and Cancellations: The Latest News About the News

June 2nd, 2023

54:10

Between layoffs, show cancellations, downsizing and network shut-downs, some are calling the recent news about the news an all out “media massacre.” …

Finding Joy in Wellness and Movement at Every Age

May 26th, 2023

59:22

In today’s image-obsessed world, the pressure from celebrities, beauty brands and pop culture toward changing and manipulating one’s body can be …

A Guest-Host Celebration!

May 19th, 2023

56:53

Our Body Politic was founded on a mission to give a platform to and uplift the voices of Black women and women of color. This week, we hand the mic …

The Complexity of South Asian American Identity

May 12th, 2023

1:00:36

Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial or ethnic group in the United States. And people of Indian descent make up the largest part of America's South Asian diaspora, which includes Bangladeshi, Nepalis, …

OBP Rewind: Collective Crises: Infectious Disease and Informed Democracy

May 5th, 2023

48:25

This week, an Our Body Politic encore: Farai interviews Steven Thrasher, LGBTQ scholar, journalist and author of “The Viral Underclass: The Human …

Innovative Solutions For A Growing Nationwide Mental Health Crisis

April 28th, 2023

49:40

Guest host Mara S. Campo, Anchor and Managing Editor at Revolt Black News, looks at the ongoing national mental health crisis and talks to people who …

Women and Transgender Athletes in Sports

April 21st, 2023

48:52

More than fifty years after Title IX, we take a wider look at the treatment and coverage of female and transgender athletes. At the close of a dramatic NCAA women’s championship, Natasha Alford, Senior Correspondent at …

Local, State, and National: The Power of Political Coalitions

April 14th, 2023

49:26

Guest host Natasha Alford, in for Farai Chideya, explores political coalition building through three lenses. From the national stage - to hotly …

Just Economy: Jelani Cobb On Rebuilding Trust In The Media

April 7th, 2023

49:01

Guest host and Washington Post Columnist Karen Attiah sits down with writer, historian, and scholar Jelani Cobb at the 2023 Just Economy Conference …

Around the World: The Latest in Geopolitics from Ukraine to China to Nigeria.

March 31st, 2023

48:43

Guest host Hagar Chemali, foreign policy expert and Creator and Host of the YouTube show "Oh My World!" looks closely at the latest in international …

Mandela Barnes on Wisconsin State Supreme Court

March 29th, 2023

7:19

Another OBP Extended Edition! Guest host Natasha Alford speaks with former Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes on the hotly contested election for State Supreme Court in Wisconsin.

The State of America Summit: How Storytelling and Civic Engagement Go Hand-in-Hand

March 24th, 2023

50:05

This week, we share a panel from the 92nd Street Y’s State of America Summit. Host Farai Chideya asks: who defines America’s Values? We discuss the power of storytelling and civil society with Bird Runningwater, CEO of …

Black Women Creating a New Media Landscape

March 17th, 2023

49:05

Guest host and ESPN executive Marsha Cooke continues a conversation about black women in the media. Panelists share how they focus on building inclusive content for Black audiences including expanding coverage to …

Pandemic Woes and How Black Women Helped Build the Biden Administration

March 10th, 2023

49:00

Three years after the first lockdowns in the US, we look at how public health has changed and how we have changed with it. Plus a new book, “Black Women Will Save the World: An Anthem,” explores black women’s …

How Turkey’s Earthquake May Shake Up Its Political Future and Making the Case for Good Apologies

March 3rd, 2023

48:30

The Turkish government's weak response to the region’s devastating earthquakes may signal the beginning of a political shift away from the current …

The Censorship of Black History and its Impact on Students, Teachers, and Society

February 24th, 2023

48:39

When the College Board removed concepts like “intersectionality, mass incarceration, reparations, and the Black Lives Matter movement” from its …

The Truth Behind Deputy Gangs Inside the LA Sheriff’s Office

February 17th, 2023

49:07

There are at least 18 documented gangs inside the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Farai speaks with award-winning reporter Cerise Castle about her 15-part investigative series that explores the complex history of …

Indigenous Leaders on Protecting Native Rights, Land, & Culture

February 10th, 2023

49:27

We’re uplifting Indigenous voices! First, Farai interviews Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland on what she’s learning from the survivors and …

OBP 124 Extras: Brazil and the Global Rise of Far-Right Populism

February 3rd, 2023

31:47

Hagar Chemali, foreign policy expert and host of the YouTube Show "Oh My World”, facilitates a conversation with OBP creator and host, Farai Chideya …

The Growing Crisis of U.S. Gun Violence

February 3rd, 2023

33:43

Farai interviews senior news writer and founding staffer at The Trace, Jennifer Mascia on the recent shootings in California, and what's going wrong …

OBP 123 Extended Edition: Black Financial Planning

January 27th, 2023

25:25

Want more 'Our Body Politic' Episode 123? Here's the full conversation between guest host and NPR Correspondent Cheryl Corley and Washington Post …

Building Black Wealth through Reparations, Restoration and Information

January 27th, 2023

48:34

NPR Correspondent Cheryl Corley guest-hosts this week’s episode on the racial wealth gap and how Black Americans are working to narrow it. First, Corley speaks with former Alderwoman of Evanston, Illinois’s 5th Ward …

The Tech Industry’s Influence Online and In Communities

January 20th, 2023

47:31

Our Body Politic joined KPCC’s Public Radio Palooza for a special live taping featuring Farai in discussion with Dr. Safiya U. Noble, Professor of …

Embracing Creative Action in Culture and Society

January 13th, 2023

48:35

Farai interviews transmedia conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas and art curator, Rujeko Hockley about building an artistic legacy as life partners, …

How to Spot – and Stop – the Makings of a Civil War

January 6th, 2023

48:43

Two years after the attack on the U.S. Capitol, Farai interviews Dr. Barbara F. Walter, Rohr Professor of Pacific International Relations at the …

OBP Rewind: Celebrating 100 Episodes: Past, Present and Future

December 30th, 2022

50:51

Our Body Politic celebrates the new year by re-airing our 100th episode. Farai reflects on some of the show’s most impactful moments of news and …

OBP Rewind: Remembering Urvashi Vaid and Creating Liberation

December 23rd, 2022

50:44

This week we re-air an episode from June 2022, featuring a past interview between Farai and the late intersectional activist, lawyer, educator, and author Urvashi Vaid who led movements for a range of progressive …

Black Women on the Future of Twitter and Building Generational Wealth

December 16th, 2022

50:32

Farai is joined by Karen Attiah, Our Body Politic contributor and columnist for the Washington Post, and Dr. Sarah J. Jackson, Presidential Associate …

Our Political Remix 3: Gun Violence and Policing in America

December 9th, 2022

50:19

This week in our Political Remix series, we’re bringing back some of Farai’s key interviews with three women of color exploring the impact of gun …

Refining How We View U.S. History, Politics, and Community

December 2nd, 2022

50:20

Farai interviews Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry, award-winning journalist, author, and host of WNYC’s “The Takeaway”, on reimagining how we view U.S. …

OBP Archives: Aging with Purpose and Redefining Strength for Black Women

November 25th, 2022

50:33

This week we revisit an episode from our archives. First, a past conversation between Farai and author of Sign My Name to Freedom, Betty Reid Soskin, who retired at age 100 from her work as a National Park Ranger and …

Going Uphill and Unpacking the 2022 Midterm Results

November 18th, 2022

50:43

This week, Farai interviews Jemele Hill, contributing writer for the Atlantic and author of the new book, Uphill: A Memoir on how her upbringing informs her impassioned writing and reporting. Then we receive insights on …

Discussing Georgia’s Midterm Election Results and Diving Into International Politics

November 11th, 2022

50:25

This week, Farai interviews Tia Mitchell, Washington Correspondent for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and chair of the National Association of …

Political Polarization Ahead of the 2022 Midterms

November 4th, 2022

50:31

This week on the show we’re presenting a midterms special where we highlight different races across the nation. Farai interviews Cheri Beasley, …

Understanding “Black Disprivilege” and Using Culturally Responsive Care to Heal Communities of Color

October 28th, 2022

50:41

This week, Farai interviews Kiara Imani, Esq on how navigating “Black disprivilege” throughout her life led her to write her debut memoir “Therapy Isn’t Just for White People”. Then, Farai speaks to affirmation …

Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes on the Campaign Trail, and Bodily Autonomy in Iran

October 21st, 2022

52:22

This week Farai talks to Wisconsin’s Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes about what inspired his run for the U.S. Senate, and how he sees the politics of …

Our Political Remix 2: Covering, Questioning and Re-Imagining U.S. Government

October 14th, 2022

50:36

This week, we’re offering another political remix of some of our most enlightening political conversations to provide context ahead of the 2022 …

Gen Z In The Midterms: 25-Year-Old Congressional Candidate Maxwell Frost and HBCUs Voter Base

October 7th, 2022

50:36

This week, we’re spotlighting a powerful voting bloc: Generation Z. First, Farai interviews Maxwell Alejandro Frost, Democratic nominee for Florida’s …

Exposing Environmental Racism and Election Security Woes

September 30th, 2022

50:41

This week, Farai speaks with reporter and WAPT-TV news anchor Troy Johnson on Jackson, Mississippi’s recurring water crisis, and why catastrophes …

Our Political Remix #1: NY AG Letitia James, Latino Voters, Immigration in Politics, and Gubernatorial Candidate Wes Moore

September 23rd, 2022

50:14

This week, we’re re-airing some of Our Body Politic’s most noteworthy and illuminating political interviews from the past two years. In preparation …

Women of Color Mobilizing Before the Midterms and The Passing of Queen Elizabeth II

September 16th, 2022

50:27

This week, Farai interviews Dr. Sayu Bhojwani, civic entrepreneur and founder of Women’s Democracy Lab, about what it takes to create a more inclusive democracy and what current intraparty tensions reveal about the …

All Things Midterms and How Race & Culture Shape Our Identity

September 9th, 2022

50:31

This week on Our Body Politic, creator and host Farai Chideya interviews Anita Kumar, longtime reporter and first-ever senior editor of Standards …

Charting the Long March to Equality, Justice, and Joy

September 2nd, 2022

50:39

This week on Our Body Politic, creator and host Farai Chideya interviews Bryan Greene, consulting producer on the Oscar-winning documentary, “Summer …

Collective Crises: Infectious Disease and Informed Democracy

August 26th, 2022

50:38

This week, Farai interviews Steven Thrasher, LGBTQ scholar, journalist and author of “The Viral Underclass: The Human Toll When Inequality and …

Celebrating 100 Episodes: Past, Present and Future

August 19th, 2022

51:02

This week, Our Body Politic celebrates its 100th episode. Host Farai Chideya reflects on some of the show’s most impactful moments of news and …

How We Value Black Women’s Health in the US and Abroad

August 12th, 2022

50:08

This week, host Farai Chideya interviews longtime TV and film producer and now co-director of the Sundance award-winning documentary Aftershock, Tonya Lewis Lee and one of the film’s featured subjects, reproductive …

How Feminists in China Fight Authoritarianism, Facing Food Apartheid in the U.S., and Black Women Get Real about Preparing for Retirement

August 5th, 2022

50:23

This week, Our Body Politic re-airs a timely episode from November 2021. Host Farai Chideya talks with author and China expert Leta Hong Fincher …

How Building & Maintaining Community Makes a Healthier Society for All

July 29th, 2022

50:31

Is friendship truly the greatest gift of life? This week, Our Body Politic guest host and acclaimed radio journalist Celeste Headlee interviews …

The Lessons We Learn from Lived Experiences

July 22nd, 2022

50:18

This week, Farai interviews New York Times bestselling author Julie Lythcott-Haims on what adulthood— or “adulting”— looks like for millennials and …

Closing the Nature Gap and the Latest from the Jan 6 Committee

July 15th, 2022

50:33

Who deserves and enjoys access to “America the Beautiful?” This week OBP guest host and veteran broadcast journalist Celeste Headlee interviews …

Women of Color Leading the Charge Towards Workplace Equity

July 8th, 2022

50:36

What does the movement for workplace equity and inclusion look like today? This week, Our Body Politic guest host and acclaimed radio journalist …

Remembering George Floyd and Reimagining Abortion and Community Care

July 1st, 2022

50:22

This week, Farai is joined by Washington Post investigative journalists and co-authors, Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa to talk about their new …

Breaking Down the Jan 6 Hearings with Jill Wine-Banks

June 24th, 2022

50:32

This week, Our Body Politic presents a special episode where Farai exclusively speaks to former Watergate prosecutor, legal expert and MSNBC analyst …

Remembering Urvashi Vaid and Creating Liberation

June 17th, 2022

50:44

This week, Our Body Politic honors politics and pride, featuring a past interview between Farai and the late intersectional activist, lawyer, …

Repairing A Nation And Fighting Online Disinformation

June 10th, 2022

50:25

This week, Farai speaks to the filmmakers of a new documentary The Big Payback Erika Alexander and Whitney Dow along with a key voice from the film founder and executive director of FirstRepair, Robin Rue Simmons. The …

Finding Joy in Stories, Service, and the Great Outdoors

June 3rd, 2022

50:16

This week, we are revisiting some of OBP’s most joyous interviews starting with Farai’s conversation with two publishers of color, Elizabeth Méndez …

Spotlighting Black Women & Femmes in Pop Culture and Seeking Wellness in the Face of Tragedy

May 27th, 2022

49:24

At Our Body Politic, the impact and experiences of Black women and other women of color takes center stage. This week, Farai interviews award-winning …

Voices of Buffalo, Rep. Ruben Gallego on Racial Terror, and CRT

May 20th, 2022

50:08

This week, U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego of Arizona speaks with Farai about how his past experience as a Marine combat veteran helped him keep himself and fellow congresspeople safe during the insurrection on …

Preparing for and Fighting Against a Post-Roe Future

May 13th, 2022

50:26

Given the recent leaked draft of a Supreme Court decision which could overturn Roe v. Wade, we do a special episode with a focus on abortion access, …

Aging with Purpose and Redefining Strength for Black Women

May 6th, 2022

50:30

What does it mean to age with purpose? In this week’s show, we are invited to hear a past conversation between Farai and author of Sign My Name to Freedom Betty Reid Soskin, who recently retired at age 100 from her work …

In Depth -- The Investigation into January 6th, plus the Roots of the Insurrection

April 29th, 2022

50:23

This week Boston Globe senior op-ed writer Kimberly Atkins Stohr joins Farai to discuss the latest findings - and potential government involvement - …

Leveraging Financial Power to Build Equity; A Brief History of Black Education in America; PLUS Restorative Economics Creating Pathways to Prosperity

April 22nd, 2022

50:41

How do you harness the power of money for the greater good? This week, Farai speaks to philanthropist Mona Sinha, founder and CEO of the Insight …

Black Women Fighting Against Disinformation and Reshaping Tech; PLUS Inflation & Reproductive Rights Shaping the Midterms

April 15th, 2022

50:23

This week, Farai speaks with Bridget Todd, technology guru and creator and host of the podcast, “There Are No Girls on the Internet.” In addition to …

Empowering People in Disaster; Creating a Stronger Democracy; and All Things SCOTUS

April 8th, 2022

50:45

This week, Farai speaks to Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto, former mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico about what it took to guide her people through the aftermath …

"Long COVID”; Decolonizing Parenting; COVID and Mental Health

April 1st, 2022

50:42

This week, Farai speaks to Dr. Raven Baxter about the effects of “long COVID” and the power she discovered from her own personal journey with the …

SCOTUS Confirmation Hearing; A Well-Read Black Girl; Oscar Predictions

March 25th, 2022

50:21

This week, Farai speaks to Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee who shares a firsthand take on the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings at Capitol …

Finding Joy, Nikki Giovanni’s Wisdom, and High Gas Prices

March 18th, 2022

50:42

And a big thank you to Tonya Mosley, host and creator of the podcast Truth Be Told and her team: Ayanna Angel, Aisha Brown, James T. Green and Enrico …

Revisiting Pipeline Protests, A Sacred Family Heirloom, and Discrimination During War

March 11th, 2022

50:27

This week on Our Body Politic, Farai looks back on the 2016-2017 Dakota Access Pipeline protests with investigative journalist Jenni Monet to discuss …

Judge Jackson's Nomination, Translating Global News, and the State of the Union

March 4th, 2022

50:22

This week, Farai talks with Georgetown law professor and OBP legal contributor, Tiffany Jeffers about the upcoming SCOTUS hearings for nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. Farai also speaks with Marcus Mabry, Senior VP of …

Remembering Sandy Hook; Coping With Inflation; and War in Ukraine

February 25th, 2022

50:18

This week on Our Body Politic, Farai interviews Nelba Márquez-Greene, parent of one of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy that occurred …

Black Media Mavens, Revisting Malcolm X’s Murder, and Sippin’ Tea with Karen Attiah

February 18th, 2022

50:34

This week, Farai speaks to co-founders Akoto Ofori-Atta and Lauren Williams of the new media initiative, Capital B– aimed at providing what’s lacking in Black communities across the country – reliable and trusted …

Being Muslim in America, Electing Black Women, and Global Affairs

February 11th, 2022

50:51

This week, Farai talks with Daily Beast columnist Wajahat Ali about the trials he and his family have faced in America as muslims with Pakistani …

Florida’s Latino Vote and Biden’s SCOTUS Pick

February 4th, 2022

50:42

On this week's show, Host Farai Chideya talks with Politico’s Sabrina Rodriguez and pollster Fernand Amandi about how the Latino vote in Florida …

Workers in the U.S. Feel the Squeeze of Inflation, the Booming Business of Astrology, and the First Year of Vice President Kamala Harris

December 31st, 2021

50:12

Host Farai Chideya talks to OBP’s economics analyst Jamila Michener of Cornell University about the real impact of inflation on low-wage workers, and why they are upsetting power dynamics in the labor market. Farah …

Best Of 2021: Addressing Maternal Physical and Mental Health, the Ongoing Crisis over What to Teach Kids, and How One Activist Disrupts from Within Institutions

December 24th, 2021

50:07

In this holiday rerun, Farai Chideya brings back some of the best interviews of the year. First, Representative Lauren Underwood of Illinois on her …

How Confronting the Myth of American Innocence Can Stop Our Slide into Authoritarianism, and a Look Ahead at the Political Lessons We Carry into 2022

December 17th, 2021

50:33

Host Farai Chideya talks with Pulitzer-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones about why people need to speak out against bans on teaching U.S. …

Voting Rights Activism from Fannie Lou Hamer to Today, Tackling High Maternal Mortality Rates in the U.S., and How to Reframe Abortion as a Liberty Issue for All

December 10th, 2021

50:00

Host Farai Chideya talks with LaTosha Brown, cofounder of the Black Voters Matter Fund, about where she thinks constituents like herself belong in …

Why Voters Lose When Democrats Fight Each Other, Back to Basics with Covid-19 Prevention, and a Call to Action for Women of Color

December 3rd, 2021

50:14

Host Farai Chideya talks with former Ohio state Senator Nina Turner about the pros and cons of being a progressive within the Democratic Party. Doctors Uché and Oni Blackstock share their family’s history with …

How Feminists in China Fight Authoritarianism, Facing Food Apartheid in the U.S., and Black Women Get Real about Preparing for Retirement

November 26th, 2021

49:51

Host Farai Chideya talks with author and China expert Leta Hong Fincher about how feminists face up to the country’s authoritarian regime, and the similarities with gender-equality struggles in the U.S. Sixto Cancel of …

Honoring the Emanuel Nine, What We Can Do about Information Disorder, and Critical Race Theory as a Political Football

November 19th, 2021

50:21

Host Farai Chideya talks about the power of forgiveness with Sharon Risher, whose relatives were among the Mother Emanuel shooting victims. Michael Arad, the architect behind the new memorial to the Emanuel Nine, …

The Challenge to Define Accountability in the Criminal Justice System, Anti-racism in Media, and What’s Really Going On with Facebook

November 12th, 2021

50:36

Host Farai Chideya talks with MacArthur Fellow, poet Reginald Dwayne Betts, about why we struggle to articulate exactly how we want to change the …

What the Elections Teach Us About Swing Voter Issues Today, How Race and Ethnicity Shape Young People of Color Politically, and Why Welcoming Refugees Helps Us

November 5th, 2021

48:29

Host Farai Chideya talks with longtime immigrant rights expert Cecilia Muñoz about Welcome.US, a website that connects people to the process of …

A Candidate in Virginia Challenges the Two-Party System, the Two Sisters Using Their Skills to Address Afghan Refugee Health, and Why Stan Culture Harms Us All

October 29th, 2021

49:49

Host Farai Chideya asks Virginia gubernatorial candidate Princess Blanding about running on a third-party ticket and how her platform is diverse and …

A Haitian Author on Her Family’s Immigration Story, Celebrating and Supporting Black Women in the Media, and What We Lose Politically with the Death of Colin Powell

October 22nd, 2021

50:08

Host Farai Chideya talks with award-winning writer Edwidge Danticat about why it’s important to tell specific stories that complicate the immigrant narrative in the U.S. Writer Zeba Blay shares insights from her new …

Anita Hill on Fighting Gender Violence for Thirty Years, How the Digital Economy Infringes on Our Civil Rights, and the Mask Debate in Schools

October 15th, 2021

49:53

Host Farai Chideya talks with Anita Hill thirty years after she first testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee that Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her. She discusses what we can do to …

How to Heal from Racial Trauma in the Workplace, Celebrating Women of Color in Hollywood’s Nerdiest Genres, and a Frank Conversation About the Future of the U.S. Military

October 8th, 2021

50:32

Host Farai Chideya talks with author Minda Harts about the moment she made a difficult decision to leave a racist work environment and prioritize her …

Why the Economic Recovery Has Been Slow for Women of Color, Research Says Millennials of Color Are Worried and Hopeful about Money, and How Pauli Murray’s Writing and Thinking Still Influence Us Today

October 1st, 2021

50:19

Host Farai Chideya celebrates the show’s first anniversary  with a conversation on Black homeownership and the importance of housing policy with 2021 …

Reporting on Domestic Extremism, One Family Marked by It and White Evangelical Christianity’s Extremist Links

September 24th, 2021

50:13

Host Farai Chideya shares her experience at the “Justice for J6” rally and talks about how extremists view the media with reporter Chris Jones of the outlet 100 Days in Appalachia. Wes Moore, who’s running for governor …

The January Insurrection According to Rep. Pramila Jayapal, What Families Need to Know about Covid in Kids, and Our Roundtable Debates AOC’s Met Gala Moment

September 17th, 2021

50:14

Farai Chideya talks with Representative Pramila Jayapal of Washington about her decision to have an abortion years ago, and her experience of the …

A Latina Veteran on the U.S.’s Role in the World Today, Following the Corporate Money Pledged to Racial Equality, and Roundtable Guests Reflect on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

September 10th, 2021

49:51

Farai Chideya talks with Latina veteran Pam Campos-Palma about the role of the U.S. military in a changing geopolitical climate. Our legal analyst …

When Public Health Saves Lives, Returning to In-Person Education with a Disability, and Texas Abortion Ban’s Impact on Women of Color

September 3rd, 2021

49:57

Farai Chideya talks with Dr. Leana Wen about how public health can save lives, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, and about her book “Lifelines.” Lydia X.Z. Brown explains how important it is to have a safe …

Centering the Experiences of Afghan Women, Why the U.N. Climate Report is a Gift, and #MeToo as a Social Justice Issue

August 27th, 2021

50:08

Farai Chideya talks with Nadia Hashimi, an Afghan-American pediatrician and novelist who advocates for Afghan women, about what she’s hearing from people on the ground there now. Tech contributor Mutale Nkonde explains …

Documenting Extremist Youth Recruitment, the Power of Protest, and Examining Our Narratives about Afghanistan

August 20th, 2021

50:24

Farai Chideya talks with journalist Dana Coester about her extensive reporting on how extremists recruit rural youth online. Carol Alvarado of the …

A Deep Dive into Voting Rights, the Impact of Cuomo’s Resignation, and Politics in Haiti in Context

August 13th, 2021

49:58

Farai Chideya goes into the history of voting rights with legal expert Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to fully understand why our …

Making the Most of College, Books that Educate and Empower, and Two New Models of Community-based Journalism

August 6th, 2021

50:29

Farai Chideya talks with Dr. Angel Pérez of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling about how students can access the resources …

Black Women on Writing with Purpose, and What History Says about Overlooking the Insurrection

July 30th, 2021

50:28

Farai Chideya talks with author Roxane Gay about the skill and craft required to write about trauma. Writer Deesha Philyaw of “The Secret Lives of Church Ladies” explores womanhood, relationships, and “what we owe our …

The Complex Task of Public Safety Reform, Live Entertainment Slowly Regains Steam, and An Astrophysicist Takes on Bias in STEM

July 23rd, 2021

50:38

Farai Chideya talks with St. Louis mayor Tishaura Jones about how she hopes to accomplish her progressive goals. Business of entertainment contributor Casey Mendoza reports on the #FreeBritney movement as a reproductive …

Next-Level Thinking for Public Safety, Meet a 10-Year-Old Chess National Master, and the Biden-Harris Administration Toughens Up on Covid-19 and Voting Rights

July 16th, 2021

50:48

Farai Chideya talks with Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, a Biden-Harris adviser on Covid-19 and health equity, about where we are in the pandemic. …

Engaging the Latino Electorate, the Challenges of Immigration Reform, and Women of Color Building Their Own Institutions

July 9th, 2021

51:01

Farai Chideya talks with Representative Nydia Velázquez about recovery and self-determination for Puerto Rico, and how she paved the way for other …

Voting Rights under Attack, Talking to Loved Ones about the Covid-19 Vaccine, and Freeing Ourselves from Political Myths

July 2nd, 2021

50:02

Farai Chideya talks with journalist Judd Legum about why he digs deep into corporate money in politics, especially after the insurrection of January …

How the Military is Tackling Sexual Assault and Extremism, and Reviewing the Latest Supreme Court Decisions

June 25th, 2021

49:05

Farai Chideya talks with Our Body Politic legal analyst Tiffany Jeffers and Slate’s health and race reporter Julia Craven on a Sippin’ the Political …

Black Americans Call for Political Substance over Symbolism, the Biden-Harris Administration on Systemic Racism, and the Power of Telling Our Stories

June 18th, 2021

47:36

Farai Chideya talks with special guest Jenni Monet, an Indigenous affairs reporter and media critic at Indigenously, and Errin Haines of The 19th, on …

Real Talk on Parenting During the Pandemic and the Mental Health Impacts on Mothers and Children, Voting Rights Under Threat, and the Benefits of Being Outdoors

June 11th, 2021

46:38

Farai Chideya welcomes the co-hosts of The Double Shift podcast on Sippin’ the Political Tea to talk about the impact the pandemic had on moms’ …

Why the Tulsa Massacre Matters Today, the Insurrection as White Supremacist Backlash, and Tackling Algorithmic Bias

June 4th, 2021

48:37

On Sippin’ the Political Tea, Farai Chideya  goes through the most important news of the week with contributors Errin Haines of the 19th and Jess …

How Racism Is at the Root of White Evangelical Power, Why Child Care Is Also Necessary Infrastructure, and Practical Advice for Securing Your Finances

May 28th, 2021

47:40

Farai Chideya talks with Dr. Anthea Butler, professor at the University of Pennsylvania, about the role white evangelical Christians play in …

A Conservative on Rejecting Trumpism, Why the Vaccination Push Here and Abroad Must Continue, and Making Sense of the Infighting among Republicans

May 21st, 2021

50:08

Farai Chideya talks with political advisor and long-time conservative Tara Setmayer on repudiating Donald Trump from the beginning, and where she …

Senator Mazie Hirono Tackles Anti-Asian Hate Crimes from the Senate, the Supreme Court Rules on Minors in Prison, and What the World Thinks of the U.S. After Trump

May 14th, 2021

47:45

Farai Chideya talks with Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawai’i about opposing Donald Trump vociferously, her bill to tackle anti-Asian hate crimes, and her …

How History Books and Monuments Shape our National Narrative, Preparing for the Next Pandemic, and Practical Advice on Staying Safe During Police Encounters

May 7th, 2021

48:09

This week Farai Chideya looks at what makes it into our history books—and why—with New York Times investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, …

DC Statehood Back in Play, Why National Security Risks Need Reassessing, and Looking Back on 100 Days of Biden-Harris Administration

April 30th, 2021

47:52

This week Farai Chideya talks with DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton on why she’s fighting to make DC a state. Public opinion researcher Tresa …

Samaria Rice, Tamir Rice’s mother, on the Chauvin verdict, Yamiche Alcindor and April Ryan Talk about Holding the Powerful Accountable

April 23rd, 2021

49:50

This week Farai Chideya talks with Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice and founder of the Tamir Rice Foundation, on what justice looks like to her. …

Combatting Domestic Terrorism, a Cannabis Entrepreneur and a Policymaker on Social Equity in the Industry, and Why #OscarsSoWhite Still Applies

April 16th, 2021

47:32

This week Farai Chideya talks with Representative Val Demings about Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial, the continued threat of domestic terrorism, and her thoughts on George Floyd’s murder as a former officer of …

The Black Maternal Death Crisis, the Real Reason Black Women Die from Covid-19 More Than White Men

April 9th, 2021

49:09

This week Farai Chideya talks with Representative Lauren Underwood about how the federal government can tackle the Black maternal health crisis. Dr. Rachel Hardeman of the Center for Antiracism Research for Health …

Ayanna Pressley on “Legislating Equity, Healing, and Justice,” a GA State Senator on Treating Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue, and Imara Jones on Why Patriarchy Threatens All Women

March 26th, 2021

48:04

This week Farai Chideya talks with Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley about her legislative priorities, holding fellow members of Congress …

WNBA Star Layshia Clarendon Gets Political, the Anti-Asian violence in Georgia, and the Lives of Black Mothers of Three Civil Rights Leaders

March 19th, 2021

47:12

This week Farai Chideya talks with WNBA star Layshia Clarendon about their role in pushing the league to engage with politics, and why it’s important …

The Actual Cost of Racism in the U.S., One Woman’s Battle with Covid-19, and the State of Security at the Capitol

March 12th, 2021

47:04

This week Farai Chideya dives into the consequences of zero-sum thinking around race with Heather McGhee, author of “The Sum of Us.” Marissa Tirona recounts her harrowing experience with Covid-19, one year after her …

How the Covid-19 Pandemic Raises Issues of Ableism, Investment Opportunities in WoC Entrepreneurs, and Black Maternal Health Disparities

March 5th, 2021

50:31

This week we’re recharging and planning ahead. So we’ve curated some of the most interesting conversations Farai Chideya has had with our guests in the last few months. Senator Tammy Duckworth talks about how her …

Elizabeth Warren on What an Economy Should Do, How Covid-19 Vaccination Protects Others, and the Stigma of Intimate Partner Violence

February 26th, 2021

48:55

This week, Farai Chideya talks with Senator Elizabeth Warren about why she still pushes for student debt relief and an increased minimum wage, and …

A Provocative Way to Build Black Voting Power, Why Covid-19 Vaccination Must Be a Global Effort, and the Limits of Inclusion at the Golden Globes

February 19th, 2021

47:49

This week, Farai Chideya talks to Charles Blow, New York Times opinion columnist and author of “The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto,” about …

Tackling Racism and Sexism in the Tech Industry, Ecofascism Explained, the Political Aftermath of a Second Trump Impeachment Trial

February 12th, 2021

47:06

This week, Farai Chideya and her guests talk about whistleblowing in the tech industry, how ecofascism happens, and the second Trump impeachment trial. Ifeoma Ozoma, founder of Earthseed, talks about the discrimination …

Speaking with Hispanic Republicans, Vaccinating the Country Equitably, and Who Faced Accountability for the Insurrection

February 5th, 2021

49:37

This week, Farai Chideya and her guests discuss the Covid-19 vaccine, a Golden Globe-nominated film, and the future of the Republican Party. …

Black Identity in the White House and Beyond, Unpacking the First Set of Biden-Harris Executive Orders

January 29th, 2021

47:20

This week, Farai Chideya and her guests talk about the challenges and victories of Covid vaccination efforts, and dive into the administration’s plans to reverse course on four years of Donald Trump. Dr. Grace Lee of …

Maxine Waters on How the Democratic Party Moves Forward, Black and Indigenous Strategists Demand More from the Government, and the New Administration's Biggest Challenges

January 22nd, 2021

51:07

This week, Farai Chideya and her guests discuss the new administration and the historic role of Vice President Kamala Harris. Democratic …

AG Tish James Seeks Accountability for President Trump, the “Black Cassandra” Syndrome, and Why Journalists of Color Need to Be Heard

January 15th, 2021

51:16

This week, Farai Chideya and her guests dissect the aftermath of the January 6th coup attempt at the Capitol.  New York AG Letitia James shares the …

The Power of Investing in Women Entrepreneurs, and a New Way to Grasp the Meaning of Work

January 8th, 2021

51:20

This week, Farai Chideya and her guests dissect political news across the country, from the Senate races in Georgia to the violence in our nation’s …

Futurist Mutale Nkonde on How to Achieve Your Goals, a Psychologist on How to Shape Conversations about Racism

January 1st, 2021

51:01

This week, Farai Chideya spends more time with the sparkling roster of Our Body Politic contributors. Errin Haines of the 19th predicts the most …

How the New Georgia Project Made Voting Cool, and What Inspires Local Leaders from California to Arizona

December 25th, 2020

51:11

This week, Farai Chideya talks with Nse Ufot of the New Georgia Project about the power of organizing the vote. Air Force Sergeant Tamika Hamilton on what inspired her to run in California, and Varshini Prakash of the …

Black Homeownership Rates in a New Light, Rep. Veronica Escobar on Leading El Paso Through the Covid Crisis, and Latino Representation on the Small Screen

December 18th, 2020

51:11

This week, Farai Chideya talks with Representative Veronica Escobar about Covid and immigration in her district of El Paso. Gina Pérez of the Texas …

Tressie McMillan Cottom on Black Womanhood, Why the 2020 Census Remains in Contention, and Jamaal Bowman on a Divided Democratic Party

December 11th, 2020

51:56

This week Farai Chideya talks with Representative-Elect Jamaal Bowman of New York about his plans for a more just and equitable district, with a major focus on education. Contributor Errin Haines of The 19th updates …

Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall on Being fully Black and Fully Blue, Filipino Americans Fighting Disinformation

December 4th, 2020

51:07

This week Farai Chideya talks to Dallas Chief of Police Reneé Hall about her career in law enforcement at a time of rising consciousness across the …

Maria Hinojosa on Inclusive Storytelling, and Journalists of Color Creating Newsrooms from Tennessee to Laguna Pueblo Lands

November 27th, 2020

50:55

This week Farai Chideya talks with journalists who are changing the world around them. First, veteran journalist Maria Hinojosa on creating a more inclusive newsroom as one of the pioneering Latinas in public radio. …

Rashida Tlaib on the Future of the Democratic Party, and Yaa Gyasi on the Power of Faith

November 20th, 2020

51:12

Congresswoman Tlaib talks about The Squad’s role and how grassroots activism is shaping the future of the Democratic Party. Infectious disease expert …

Tammy Duckworth on a Lifetime of Service, Breaking Down the “WoC Vote,” and the Freedom to Imagine Liberation

November 13th, 2020

51:00

This week Farai Chideya speaks with Senator Tammy Duckworth about serving in the military, becoming a mother, and advocating for safe and equitable environments for veterans. Washington insider Stephanie Valencia breaks …

Truth in the Age of Disinformation, the Resilience of Black Voters, and Escaping into Fantasy

November 6th, 2020

50:33

This week political contributor Errin Haines and host Farai Chideya reflect on the Presidential election and the role of Black women and women of …

2020 Election Special: What's on the Agenda for Women of Color Starting the Day After

November 4th, 2020

18:26

Farai Chideya talks with Errin Haines, editor-at-large of The 19th, and Jess Morales Rocketto, civic engagement director at the National Domestic …

The Rising Influence of the HBCU Vote, SCOTUS and Healthcare Access, and Dolores Huerta, Still Fighting for All of Us

October 30th, 2020

50:14

This week Farai Chideya dives into how federal judges are central in the fight to protect reproductive health with Alexis McGill Johnson of Planned Parenthood. We break down the steps in creating more inclusive …

Black Americans Buying Guns, Making Your Voting Plan, and an Inspiring Filipina Filmmaker

October 23rd, 2020

50:47

This week Farai Chideya explores Black gun ownership with journalist Trymaine Lee, and takes the pulse of voters in California with Representative …

WoC and the Republican Party, Healthcare for the People, and the Activism of 2020

October 16th, 2020

50:46

This week Farai Chideya explores the ideological diversity among women of color with Shirlene Ostrov, the Chairman of the Hawaii Republican Party, …

Divers Discover Sunken Slave Ships, Amna Nawaz on the VP Debate, and How White Supremacy is Bad for Your Health

October 9th, 2020

50:36

This week Farai Chideya talks with California Congresswoman Barbara Lee about housing, climate change and Covid in the East Bay Area. Dr. Jonathan Metzl breaks down how the country’s racial hierarchy affects healthcare …

Understanding Disinformation Campaigns, Deb Haaland on Leading as a Laguna Pueblo Native, Why Flu Shots Are Vital Right Now

October 2nd, 2020

50:29

This week on Our Body Politic, Farai Chideya talks with Congresswoman Deb Haaland of New Mexico about leading with her Laguna Pueblo heritage. Farai …

Naomi Osaka's Activism, Replacing RBG with a Black Woman, and the Fight Over the Census

September 26th, 2020

50:32

Welcome to the first episode of Our Body Politic, created by award-winning journalist Farai Chideya. This episode digs into the controversies …

Our Body Politic Trailer

September 22nd, 2020

2:32

Created and hosted by award-winning journalist Farai Chideya, Our Body Politic is unapologetically centered on reporting on not just how women of …

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