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Capehart

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 from Washington Post Live events.

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Starbucks COO Rosalind Brewer on race and leadership

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

48mins

3 Dec 2019

Rank #1

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Hillary Clinton reflects with raw honesty on Trump and 2016

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.

34mins

28 Nov 2017

Rank #2

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Michael Wolff in depth on his unprecedented access to Trump

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 recording of a Politics & Prose event at Sixth & I in Washington, D.C.

1hr 4mins

23 Jan 2018

Rank #3

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

Justin Gest, author of 'The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality' discusses why working-class whites continue to stick by President Trump.

32mins

6 Jun 2017

Rank #4

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

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.

18mins

4 Apr 2019

Rank #5

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

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 before.

1hr 37mins

4 May 2018

Rank #6

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

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 Monday movement have galvanized the nation. This episode is one part history seminar and two parts church.

55mins

3 Jul 2018

Rank #7

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Tamron Hall on being unapologetically black

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 the show and what it means to her to be unapologetically black and unapologetically American.

39mins

6 Feb 2018

Rank #8

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The biggest threat to democracy that nobody is talking about

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

35mins

4 Sep 2018

Rank #9

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

Foreign policy expert Robert Kagan discusses our nation's retreat from its international responsibilities under President Trump and why it could mean the end of the world order America created after WWII.

32mins

17 Apr 2018

Rank #10

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

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 the hurdles faced by black women, voter suppression and why she would consider being the VP nominee.

1hr 27mins

10 Dec 2019

Rank #11

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

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 Rights Era and his family's politics.

33mins

21 Nov 2017

Rank #12

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Wendy Sherman: The world can't believe Donald Trump

Jonathan talks with Wendy Sherman, former U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, about Donald Trump's potential impact on US foreign policy, the U.S. president's unrivaled ability to launch nuclear weapons and more.

18mins

23 Aug 2016

Rank #13

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

Former New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu joins Jonathan in front of a live audience at the Opportunity 2020 conference in Columbus Ohio. They discuss the removal of Confederate statues from New Orleans, Trump and the future of the Democratic Party.

45mins

24 Jul 2018

Rank #14

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

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.

52mins

11 Dec 2018

Rank #15

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

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.

22mins

12 Sep 2017

Rank #16

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

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder discusses the independent counsel investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election, his work at a national redistricting effort, and whether he has his eyes on a White House run in 2020.

49mins

6 Mar 2018

Rank #17

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Russia, the Clinton campaign and Chardonnay: Donna Brazile unloads

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 some adult language.

51mins

14 Nov 2017

Rank #18

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

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 man who could make history.

44mins

28 Aug 2018

Rank #19

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Michael Steele's State of the Union

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.

39mins

30 Jan 2018

Rank #20