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Pod Save the People

Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with analysis from Kaya Henderson, De’Ara Balenger, and others. Then he sits down for deep conversations with experts, influencers, and diverse local and national leaders. New episodes every Tuesday.

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Ask the Question (with Dr. Daniel Laroche)

DeRay, Sam, and De'Ara dive into the underreported news of the week, including protest data, Black-owned business partnerships, and Harriet Tubman. Netta Elzie gives an update on what's happening with the nationwide protests. DeRay sits down with Dr. Daniel Laroche to discuss why glaucoma disproportionately impacts the Black community.For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsavethepeople.DeRaySamDe'Ara


16 Feb 2021

Rank #1

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We’re Not Going Anywhere

In the Season 2 premiere, DeRay, Brittany, Sam and Clint are back together for the weekly news. Brené Brown and DeRay are together in Houston to talk about trauma, activism, addiction, and Beyoncé.

1hr 4mins

1 May 2018

Rank #2

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Not Today (with Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich)

DeRay, Brittany, Sam and Clint discuss criminal fines and the disenfranchised, childhood mortality in America, and whether or not sheriffs are necessary. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich joins DeRay to talk about the 2020 Presidential Election, the "common good," and how American politics have changed.


30 Apr 2019

Rank #3

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The Facts

DeRay, Brittany, Sam and Clint talk about Jussie Smollet and Howard Schultz, plus colonialism and climate change, a mother’s fatal fall on NYC subway steps, a growing number of urban prosecutors refusing to pursue marijuana convictions, and how opioid overdoses increase when prisoners are forced off prescribed relapse medication. African American Studies Chair at UCLA, Dr. Marcus Hunter, joins DeRay to talk about everything from inclusion to reparations. #BHM


5 Feb 2019

Rank #4

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Responsibility (In Celebration of Earth Day)

DeRay, Sam, Brittany and Clint discuss online diversity trainings, how low-income individuals spend more on health care, the history of slaveowners receiving reparations, and gratuitous dental procedures. In honor of Earth Day, DeRay is joined by marine biologist Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Ayana Young, co-founder of For the Wild.

1hr 6mins

23 Apr 2019

Rank #5

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BONUS Pod: Charlottesville

DeRay talks with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe about the deadly white supremacy violence in Charlottesville, VA’s police and state response, and the leadership needed to move forward locally and nationally. Wes Gobar and Devin Willis from UVA’s Black Student Alliance join DeRay, as does Danyelle, the NAACP’s UVA chapter leader to talk about their experiences on the ground and what’s next.


14 Aug 2017

Rank #6

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Look for Unlikely Allies

DeRay, Clint, Brittany and Sam discuss Georgetown's reparations fund, the new Black Maternal Health Caucus, life-long prison sentences without the possibility of parole, and “proactive policing.” New York Times Magazine Staff Writer Emily Bazelon joins DeRay to talk about the power of prosecutors, transforming the American court system and ending mass incarceration.

1hr 3mins

16 Apr 2019

Rank #7

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War on Science

Gov. Christie Todd Whitman, former head of the EPA under George W. Bush, joins DeRay to explain climate change, why environmental regulation has no place in partisan politics, and why the GOP keeps backing Trump even though she believes he’s unfit to lead. Joshua Kissi of Street Etiquette and TONL joins to talk about ensuring representation in stock photography and art as activism. Sam, Brittany and Clint talks this week’s news.

1hr 33mins

24 Oct 2017

Rank #8

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Get Creative

DeRay, Brittany, Clint and Sam talk about using creativity to combat white supremacy, confronting housing segregation, Cyntoia Brown's prison sentence, and the rise of dollar stores. Nicholas Turner of the Vera Institute of Justice joins DeRay to discuss prison systems globally.

1hr 3mins

11 Dec 2018

Rank #9

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Season 3 Premiere (with Trevor Noah)

For the season 3 premiere of Pod Save the People, DeRay, Brittany, Clint and Sam discuss the overlooked news, including a review of the Facebook accounts of thousands of police officers, murders of Black transgender women, houselessness in Los Angeles, and the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. Trevor Noah joins DeRay to talk what he has learned as host of The Daily Show, the 2020 president election, and making his book into a film.

1hr 3mins

11 Jun 2019

Rank #10

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Brittany, Sam and Clint are back with DeRay for the overlooked news, including a discussion of Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s tax proposal, the millions of children who have experienced a lockdown this year alone, formerly incarcerated voter re-enfranchisement, and racial sentencing disparities. Tomi Adeyemi joins DeRay to talk about her book, Children of Blood and Bone.


8 Jan 2019

Rank #11

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Students Deserve Better (with Kerry Washington and Julián Castro)

DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss college admissions, standardized testing, NCAA student athletes, and diversity in the suburbs. DeRay talks to actress Kerry Washington about her work on Netflix's "American Son". Then, DeRay and presidential candidate Julián Castro chat by phone briefly to discuss Castro's police reform plan.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/25/us/democrats-republicans-suburbs.html?smid=tw-nytnational&smtyp=curhttps://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/a-civil-rights-challenge-to-testing-joins-the-college-admissions-battlehttps://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-08-27/what-if-everyone-applied-to-collegehttps://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/10/ncaa-had-cut-student-athletes-better-deal/601036/https://www.upstart.com/People

1hr 1min

5 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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Do The List (with Teach For All CEOs)

We're back! This week DeRay, Brittany, and Clint discuss IRS cheats, drug price increases, and the heartbreaking legacy of January 1 for enslaved people in the US. Then, DeRay sits down with three CEOs from various countrywide organizations within the Teach For All Organization. DeRay is joined by James Kassaga Arinaitwe from Teach for Uganda, Daniel Dotse, from Lead for Ghana, and Folawe Omikunle from Teach for Nigeria.https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2020/01/03/irs-reforms-free-file-program-can-now-compete-turbotax-h-r-block/2802945001/https://www.forbes.com/sites/joshuacohen/2020/01/04/annual-ritual-of-drug-price-increases-to-get-more-political-scrutiny-in-2020/#6b0e30121852https://time.com/5750833/new-years-day-slavery-history/https://www.grove.co/welcome/swaps-hiw/?offer=savethepeoplepod20swaps&utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=or&utm_campaign=acq-podsavethepeople&utm_term=podsavethepeople&utm_content=2675https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/so-free-month?utm_source=Audio&utm_medium=Podcast&utm_campaign=1000140For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsavethepeople. 

1hr 5mins

7 Jan 2020

Rank #13

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Play the Long Game

DeRay, Sam, Brittany and Clint talk about how the government shutdown is affecting federal prisons, hunger on college campuses, the DOJ's implication that immigration is linked to terrorism, and Bennett College's financial vulnerability. Law Professor Lara Bazelon joins DeRay to discuss restorative justice for those who have been wrongfully convicted. 


15 Jan 2019

Rank #14

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A Long Shadow

DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including depiction of abortions in the mainstream and marijuana arrests in NYC. Author and researcher Chuck Collins and policy expert Josh Hoxie join to discuss their study Road to Zero about the nuances of the racial wealth gap.

1hr 1min

15 May 2018

Rank #15

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Mango Season

DeRay, Brittany, Sam and Clint talk about the unequal distribution of federal disaster funds, how a messenger’s identity affects a movement’s momentum, kidney donations, and artificial intelligence. Actor André Holland joins DeRay to discuss his new film "High Flying Bird," the commodification of Black athletes and how art helps him work through trauma.


12 Mar 2019

Rank #16

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Net Positives with Ramesh Srinivasan

Deray, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss how Facebook bought a police force, cell phones driving the fall of crime rates in the 90s, the destruction of Central Park communities, and Historically Black Colleges. DeRay talks to Ramesh Srinivasan about his new book Beyond The Valley and the intersection between technology and political bias.https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2019/05/how-mobile-phones-could-have-changed-the-drug-game/590503/https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/20/arts/lyons-seneca-village-monument.htmlhttps://www.vice.com/en_us/article/d3akm7/how-facebook-bought-a-police-forcehttps://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/21/opinion/hbcu-college.htmlhttps://simplisafe.com/peoplehttps://www.getquip.com/affiliate?affiliate=crooked&utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=sponsor&utm_campaign=pod_save_the_peoplehttps://casper.com/?coupon_code=deray100&coupon_code_amount=100&cvo_placement=landingpage&cvosrc=podcast.podcast.deray100&partner_hero_name=Pod+Save+the+People&partner_hero_type=listener&promo_code=deray100&promo_type=standard&utm_campaign=deray100&utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=podcasthttps://harrietfilmtickets.com/


29 Oct 2019

Rank #17

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Talking About the Debates

DeRay, Brittany, Clint and Sam share overlooked news to help inform your perspective as you watch this week's presidential debates. Then, DeRay is joined by presidential candidate Julián Castro to discuss his People First Policing policy proposal and how he is preparing for Wednesday's debate.


25 Jun 2019

Rank #18

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DeRay gets together with Chelsea Handler to talk about the world, allyship, and being both funny and angry (swearing abounds). Political pollster Cornell Belcher joins DeRay to discuss the synergies between Obama’s win and Doug Jones’. Sam, Brittany and Clint join for this week’s news.Thanks to our sponsors: DOLLAR SHAVE CLUB: thedollarshaveclub.com/PEOPLE STITCH FIX: stitchfix.com/PEOPLE

1hr 32mins

19 Dec 2017

Rank #19

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History is Today (Episode 100)

DeRay, Clint, Brittany and Sam talk about a Black man who outsmarted a neo-Nazi group, the high cost of insulin, a decrease in Black homeownership, and the trauma of attending a school proximate to homicides. Nedgine Paul Deroly, co-founder & CEO of Anseye Pou Ayiti, joins DeRay to discuss how she's working to improve education in Haiti.

1hr 2mins

5 Mar 2019

Rank #20