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Jelani Cobb

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“Juneteenth and the GOP’s anti-anti-racism.” (with Jelani Cobb!)

Pod Save America

Joe Manchin is Joe Manchining all over infrastructure and voting rights legislation, New Yorker writer Jelani Cobb joins to discuss the right-wing hysteria over teaching kids about racism, and Joe Biden meets Vladimir Putin in the most hotly-anticipated summit of the summer.For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 16mins

17 Jun 2021

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Jelani Cobb's Grown Folks' Bedtime Stories

Lady Don't Take No

Alicia Garza is joined by Jelani Cobb, staff writer for The New Yorker,  and Columbia University’s Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism. Garza  and Cobb cover it all, from peloton hot takes and doppelgängers to reconstruction and the history of BLM. Plus, Garza’s round up of all that’s good and awful from the past week.Jelani Cobb on Twitter and InstagramLady Don't Take No on Twitter, Instagram & FacebookAlicia Garza on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook. This pod is supported by the Black Futures LabProduction by Phil SurkisTheme music: "Lady Don't Tek No" by LatyrxAlicia Garza founded the Black Futures Lab to make Black communities powerful in politics. She is the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, an international organizing project to end state violence and oppression against Black people. Garza serves as the Strategy & Partnerships Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She is the co-founder of Supermajority, a new home for women’s activism. Alicia was recently named to TIME’s Annual TIME100 List of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, alongside her BLM co-founders Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors. She is the author of the critically acclaimed book, The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart (Penguin Random House),  and she warns you -- hashtags don’t start movements. People do. 


14 May 2021

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Uprooting Inequality: A Conversation with Jelani Cobb

Conversations with Chanda

Jelani Cobb is an award-winning writer for The New Yorker on issues of race, history, justice, and politics. He currently is a part of the Westminster Town Hall Forum’s series, “The Arc Toward Justice: Taking Stock One Year After George Floyd’s Death,” which is sponsored by the Minneapolis Foundation. In this episode, Chanda and Jelani talk about the adultification of Black children, the calculated risks Black people need to consider when interacting with police, and what needs to happen to create meaningful police reform.


7 May 2021

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Jelani Cobb on Derek Chauvin’s Conviction and the Future of Police Reform

The New Yorker Radio Hour

The murder of George Floyd galvanized the public and led to the largest protests in American history. Even Donald Trump said of the videos of Floyd’s killing, “It doesn't get any more obvious or it doesn't get any worse than that,” presumably referring to the use of force by police. America waited anxiously for the outcome of the murder trial of the former police officer Derek Chauvin. The prosecution’s case was notable for the unusually candid and definitive statements against Chauvin’s actions that were made by senior figures in the Minneapolis Police Department. The New Yorker’s Jelani Cobb covered the trial and says that this testimony sends a message to law enforcement. “There are now circumstances where public scrutiny and public outrage and egregious offenses that come to light can actually generate enough outrage that you actually will not be defended by your fellow-officers,” he tells David Remnick. “It may seem like a low bar. But, given what we’ve seen previously, that’s a pretty astounding development.” 


23 Apr 2021

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Jelani Cobb on the murder of Daunte Wright, the Derek Chauvin trial, and how to tell the whole story

The Kicker

Reporters were in Minneapolis covering the trial of Derek Chauvin when news broke about the police shooting of Daunte Wright. On this week’s Kicker, Jelani Cobb, a staff writer at the New Yorker and the author of “The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress,” joins Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of CJR, to discuss his work in Minneapolis over the past week, the ways reporters can contextualize so many deaths, and how he will approach next week’s expected verdict.


16 Apr 2021

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Jelani Cobb: "Whose Vote Counts?"

Arizona Spotlight

Also on Arizona Spotlight: Chris Dashiell recommends standout shorts from the "What's Up Docs?" online film festival; and the uncertain future of the Chiricahua Leopard Frog.


5 Feb 2021

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Trump’s GOP Suicide Pact+ A Conversation With Jelani Cobb February 1, 2021

Mea Culpa with Michael Cohen

With just one week to go before the start of Donald Trump’s second Impeachment, the GOP has once again rallied behind the former president; ending the bi-partisan furor that promised to force Trump out of American politics once and for all. The reality of the situation is that the state party hacks who control the GOP on a grassroots level have become infected by MAGA diehards who have but one litmus: how much you support the former president. They have threatened to primary and expel any congressmen who step out of line. Plus, Michael speaks with New Yorker staff writer Jelani Cobb on Biden’s vision for American unity and much, much more. For cool Mea Culpa gear, check out www.meaculpapodcast.com/merch 

1hr 25mins

1 Feb 2021

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Biden Clears a Low Bar | Jelani Cobb

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: Ears Edition

President Biden exceeds America's low expectations, Desi Lydic looks back at Melania Trump's defining moments as First Lady, and the New Yorker's Jelani Cobb discusses America post-Trump.Please visit dailyshow.com/FirstRespondersFirst to help provide medical and psychological treatment for first responders on the front lines of fighting COVID Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com


22 Jan 2021

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Historian and Journalist Jelani Cobb on New Frontline Documentary ‘Policing the Police 2020′

KQED's Forum

In the new Frontline documentary “Policing the Police 2020,” historian and journalist Jelani Cobb returns as a correspondent, taking viewers inside a U.S. police department. The current wave of protests against police brutality and calls to defund the police prompted the update to Frontline’s 2016 documentary, “Policing the Police,” which focused on reform efforts at the Newark, N.J. police department. In the 2020 sequel, premiering Sept. 15 on PBS, Cobb revisits the Newark police department to illustrate the broader challenges the nation faces in eradicating police brutality, improving public safety and establishing a more just society. In this hour, we’ll talk to Cobb about the film and whether America can change for the better.


11 Sep 2020

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Jelani Cobb - The Complexity of Race in America - Episode 38

The Great Day Podcast with Meir Kay

Howard University graduated, former director of the Africana Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut, staff writer for The New Yorker since 2015, teacher at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and award winning journalist is quite the resume.Jelani Cobb is a Queens native and has been writing and reporting on race, politics, history, and culture for more than three decades. He is the author of The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress as well as To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic. His articles and essays have appeared in the Washington Post, The New Republic, Essence, Vibe, The Progressive, and TheRoot.com.Not only have I had the opportunity to read Jelani's work but I had the chance to work with him at a writers work shop. The workshop was based around his children's book, "A Kid's Book about Racism." I was very intrigued about the subject matter and what I learned in the workshop. Jelani's work doesn't just take place in newspapers and on college campuses. Jelani's adopted children come from different backgrounds and his house has become outset for many of his unique takes. In the end its all about developing empathy and trying to relate where others we may not normally connect with come from. I hope you enjoy this show and please take time to learn more about Jelani and his writing.Connect with JelaniInstagramTwitterDon't forget to subscribe to The Great Day PodcastYou can watch the full episode on YouTubeAnd be sure to follow my Instagram page and Facebook page to stay up to date on everything I'm working on.I'm Meir Kay and Have A Great Day! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 3mins

23 Jul 2020