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How do we survive in the age of Trump? Kamau and Hari are here for you. In season 2 of Politically Re-Active, comedians and longtime friends W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu navigate the dumpster fire that is the US political landscape. The hosts answer questions and separate fact from fake news with help from today’s most fascinating artists, activists, writers, journalists and political thinkers. Join Kamau and Hari as they discuss how to move forward, how to be an active part of the resistance, and how to stay joyful in the face of the unknown. Don’t “hold up, wait a minute” - subscribe today.

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How do we survive in the age of Trump? Kamau and Hari are here for you. In season 2 of Politically Re-Active, comedians and longtime friends W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu navigate the dumpster fire that is the US political landscape. The hosts answer questions and separate fact from fake news with help from today’s most fascinating artists, activists, writers, journalists and political thinkers. Join Kamau and Hari as they discuss how to move forward, how to be an active part of the resistance, and how to stay joyful in the face of the unknown. Don’t “hold up, wait a minute” - subscribe today.

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2545 Ratings
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2341
112
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50

Sorely missed

By Philosofox the DJ - Aug 21 2019
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So good. Got me into podcasts.

Does this need another 5 star review

By Arielle Levy - Jul 07 2019
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Probably not but I'm going to do it anyway. Thank you for making this podcast for me.

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Politically Re-Active with W. Kamau Bell & Hari Kondabolu

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How do we survive in the age of Trump? Kamau and Hari are here for you. In season 2 of Politically Re-Active, comedians and longtime friends W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu navigate the dumpster fire that is the US political landscape. The hosts answer questions and separate fact from fake news with help from today’s most fascinating artists, activists, writers, journalists and political thinkers. Join Kamau and Hari as they discuss how to move forward, how to be an active part of the resistance, and how to stay joyful in the face of the unknown. Don’t “hold up, wait a minute” - subscribe today.

Roxane Gay on Anger After the Election

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This week on Politically Re-Active, Kamau and Hari process the election results. Standup comedian Laurie Kilmartin and writer Roxane Gay join the guys to help make sense of a deeply painful moment in American history. From the costs to black and brown communities, to the culpability of the mainstream media, to what the future will actually look like following the end of Hillary’s historic run, there are many questions and few answers. This is not the post-election conversation we wanted to have. Note: This episode was recorded on the evening of November 9, 2016. White people, if you need somewhere to start, join Showing Up For Racial Justice: http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/aboutFind more information about Roxane Gay’s essays, books, and appearances at http://www.roxanegay.com/.And Laurie Kilmartin is always performing in LA and all over the country. Find her dates here: http://www.kilmartin.com/.Finally, Hari’s new album Mainstream American Comic and Kamau’s album Semi Prominent Negro can be yours if you visit www.killrockstars.com. Need more of your favorite hosts? Find where they’ll be appearing at http://www.wkamaubell.com/ and http://www.harikondabolu.com/. Thanks for listening – tweet us at #politicallyreactive or email us at politicallyreactive@firstlook.org.

Nov 10 2016

1hr 16mins

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Facing the Future with CNN’s Jake Tapper

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What do you do when a liar, xenophobe, misogynist, and racist becomes president? Get to work and do some damn good reporting if you’re guest Jake Tapper of CNN. In our final episode of the season, Kamau and Hari continue to process the reality of a Trump presidency by reading notes from our listeners who are also coping with the election results. Then, the guys talk with the CNN Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent about the future of journalism, the elitism of the Democratic Party, and how Hillary Clinton hurt her chances at the presidency with a decision made 15 years ago. Whether you think it’s the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning, join us as we face the future and figure out what to do next.Jake Tapper hosts The Lead every day on CNN at 4pm EST. You can also catch him on Sunday mornings while he anchors CNN’s State of the Union. Follow Jake on Twitter: @jaketapper.Thanks to all of you who have been listening to the show this season! We’ve been reading your tweets and emails. If you want a Season 2, continue to tweet us at #politicallyreactive or email us at politicallyreactive@firstlook.org!In the meantime, check out Hari’s new album Mainstream American Comic and Kamau’s album Semi Prominent Negro can be yours if you visit www.killrockstars.com. Need more of your favorite hosts? Find where they’ll be appearing at http://www.wkamaubell.com/ and http://www.harikondabolu.com/.

Nov 17 2016

1hr 19mins

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Rachel Maddow on Donald Trump, Dick Cheney, and River Monsters

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Not Loch Ness Monsters, River Monsters.Decompress from the presidential debate with your favorite hosts and this week’s guest, Rachel Maddow! With just under six weeks to go until the election, the author and TV icon gets real about Trump, from his chances of actually winning to his media strategy and finally to Mike Pence’s motivations for joining the ticket (the guy just needed a job). Rachel’s mission is to “increase the amount of useful information in the world,” and she does plenty of that on this week’s episode of #politicallyreactive! The Rachel Maddow Show airs on MSNBC weeknights at 9pm EST. Learn more about Rachel on her personal website: http://www.rachelmaddow.com/.Find Hari’s new album Mainstream American Comic and Kamau’s album Semi Prominent Negro at www.killrockstars.com. Check out Hari and Kamau’s upcoming tour dates at their websiteswww.harikondabolu.com and www.wkamaubell.com.Thanks for listening! Keep those tweets coming: #politicallyreactive

Sep 28 2016

1hr 3mins

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Kathleen Hanna on 3rd Wave Feminism & Why She's "With Her"

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A brief history of third wave feminism and how some of those ideas fit into politics todayPunk and feminist icon Kathleen Hanna join W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu on Politically Re-Active to talk about her time in the riot grrrl band Bikini Kill and what it was like to be at the forefront of third wave feminism. Not to mention, clarifying that for us. As well as the second wave. And the first.They discuss the prospect of the first female president, and what obligation - if any - women have to support her. (Yes, they definitely talk about that Gloria Steinem Bernie quote)She also talks about making music with her current band The Julie Ruin and how her process has changed since the early days in the riot grrrl scene.Her new album with the band The Julie Ruin drops July 8 on Hardly Art. It's called "Hit Reset" and you can pre-order it now at www.thejulieruin.com.Keep those tweets coming and tag us with #politicallyreactive. Oh and be on the lookout for two episodes dropping next week!

Jul 06 2016

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Shaun King on Controversy, Color, and Kaepernick

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And Kamau's musical take on the Star Spangled Banner.Our guest this week is known for his bold and relentless writing on racial injustice and police brutality. Surprise: the “alt right” is not a fan. They’ve accused New York Daily News Senior Justice reporter Shaun King of everything from theft to being the new Rachel Dolezal (remember her?). One of the most vocal members of the Black Lives Matter movement, King breaks down how BLM unites unlikely allies and is a true extension of the Civil Rights Movement. The activist also responds to accusations that he’s white (he’s not) and reflects on why he identifies with his friend, Colin Kaepernick. In this episode, we get into all of it – not only King’s own past, but the past, present, and future of race in America. Keep up with Shaun on Twitter: @shaunkingAnd find Hari’s new album Mainstream American Comic at www.harikondabolu.com! That’s also where you can find tour dates (meet him on the road!). And learn more about Kamau’s podcasts and projects at www.wkamaubell.com. Tune in next week when we answer your questions! Keep commenting at #politicallyreactive and politicallyreactive@firstlook.org

Sep 07 2016

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Speaking with bell hooks & Talking DACA

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W. Kamau Bell won an Emmy!!! And while he was on the red carpet, Hari was able to interview legendary feminist and author bell hooks about love, labels, and her views on the current administration. Kamau and Hari also gain understanding on DACA from Luis Fernando Macías (assistant professor in Chicano and Latin American Studies at Fresno State) and Elizabeth Perez (the first DREAMer to work for the City of Phoenix).

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bell hooks (@bellhooks): http://www.bellhooksinstitute.com

Luis Fernando Macías (@macias_lf)

Elizabeth Perez aka Elle ( @EllePerezPerez)

For updates on us, follow Politically Re-Active on Facebook and Twitter (@PoliticReActive). Send us your comments using the #politicallyreactive. Thanks! Check out Hari’s tour dates and albums at Harikondabolu.comand for all Kamau’s projects check out wkamaubell.com.

Sep 14 2017

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Pastor Michael McBride Says Stop Reaching for Whiteness

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We talk Black Lives Matter and setting white people free.There are two things that Pastor Michael McBride is sure of: Jesus... and white supremacy. The activist and religious leader join W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu in the studio to make sense of last week’s fatal police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, as well as the attack on the Dallas police during a peaceful protest of those killings. For those in search of a little grace and some straight talk about freeing white folks from whiteness (and minorities reaching for that same whiteness), this conversation is for you. Learn more about Pastor Mike’s work on ending gun violence and the incarceration of young people of color at the Pico National Network’s LIVE FREE campaign website: www.livefreeusa.org.And pre-order Hari’s new album “Mainstream American Comic” at www.killrockstars.com/hari.Need more Politically Re-Active? We’re dropping not one, but two episodes this week! Come back tomorrow, Thursday, July 12th for a conversation with guest Robert Reich. And join us every Wednesday throughout the election for a new episode. And and keep tweeting us what you see happening in the political landscape today or any cool topic or guest ideas for us. Tag us with #politicallyreactive

Jul 13 2016

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Private Prisons with Shane Bauer

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We still have a show!Mother Jones journalist Shane Bauer joins hosts W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu to talk about his recent and crazy article about working as a guard at a private prison in Louisiana for four months. You may recognize his name as one of the American hikers held in an Iranian prison from 2009 to 2011. Well after that, he went back in (albeit in a very different way). He tells his story and sheds some light on the private prison industry. Spoiler alert, it's a mess.You can find our next episode next Wednesday, so make sure you've subscribed!Keep tweeting us your show ideas or what really makes you re-active with #politicallyreactive.

Jun 30 2016

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Aasif Mandvi on the Gaslighting Presidency

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You probably got to know him as the “Senior Middle East Correspondent,” or the “Senior Muslim Correspondent,” or maybe the “Senior Foreign Looking Correspondent”, but actor, writer, and former Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi has moved into the hot seat for this episode of Politically Re-Active. Join Aasif and your favorite hosts as they talk about political satire during the Bush years, Aasif’s reaction to the Muslim ban and the “gaslighting presidency”, and what it means to “wrestle your inner Hitler to the ground”.

Keep up to date with Aasif on Twitter: @aasif. That’s also where you’ll find a link to learn more about his memoir _No Land’s Man_, which the New York Times calls “explosively funny”.

Kamau’s also got a book coming out! _The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell_ is available for pre-order on Amazon. If you’d like to hear his awkward thoughts in person, you can meet him on his book tour. Visit http://www.wkamaubell.com/ to learn more. And if you STILL can’t get enough Kamau, watch him on the season premiere of United Shades of America, which returns to CNN on April 30th!

Hari is ALSO on tour, and he wants you to show up, Midwest fans! Tour dates are at his website: http://www.harikondabolu.com/.

Keep telling us what you think of the show! We’re on Twitter: @politicreactive. Or if you want to wax poetic, shoot us an email: politicallyreactive@firstlook.org.

Apr 27 2017

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Comedian Hasan Minhaj on New Brown America and His Superpowers

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Also, what Chief Wahoo means for #NoDAPL and Native American  rights.We’ve only got a few more episodes left in this season of Politically Re-Active, so we’re packing each show to the brim! First, Kamau and Hari call up Sterling HolyWhiteMountain of the Blackfeet Nation and CleveScene editor-in-chief Vince Grzegorek to get the down low on Cleveland’s racist baseball mascot. Then the hosts sit down with an old friend: Daily Show contributor and standup comedian Hasan Minhaj. Minhaj talks about bringing his personal life into his performance, the kinds of people he does NOT want laughing at his jokes, and how genius and kindness are not mutually exclusive. Minhaj is currently touring with his one-man show “Homecoming King” – find out how to see him in person at http://www.hasanminhaj.com. And follow Vince Grzegorek’s on Twitter at @vincethepolack and Sterling HolyWhiteMountain’s at @MrHWM.Finally! Hari’s new album Mainstream American Comic and Kamau’s album Semi Prominent Negro can be yours if you visit www.killrockstars.com! Need more of your favorite hosts? Find tour dates and more at http://www.wkamaubell.com/ and http://www.harikondabolu.com/. And a friendly reminder that next week’s show will be released on THURSDAY not Wednesday so we have a little more time to gather our thoughts post election.Thanks for listening! Tweet us at #politicallyreactive or email us at politicallyreactive@firstlook.org.

Nov 02 2016

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Charlottesville: Why did this happen and how do we move forward?

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Kamau and Hari dive deep into the events that stirred the nation this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. One of the largest white supremacist demonstrations in recent US history led to the death of anti-racist protester Heather Heyer and injured many others. Journalist/activist Spencer Sunshine explains the historical background of white supremacy groups in America and how they organize themselves today. We also hear from Media Matters senior fellow Matthew Gertz, community organizer Rosa Clemente, Pastor Michael McBride, and OUR LISTENERS. They all share how they’re processing this moment and taking action.

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For updates on us, follow Politically Re-Active on Facebook and Twitter (@PoliticReActive.) Send us your comments using the #politicallyreactive. Thanks! Check out Hari’s tour dates and albums at Harikondabolu.com and for all Kamau’s projects check out wkamaubell.com.

Aug 17 2017

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Robert Reich on Min. Wage, the Bern, & His Date with Hillary

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Robert Reich wants to save capitalism?The richest people in the U.S. right now are wealthier than they have been “ever in the history of humankind,” says former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich. So why are the rest of us hustling so hard? In this episode, the Berkeley professor joins hosts W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu to talk about the viability of a universal basic income, Trumponomics, Bernie Sanders’ influence on the direction of the Democratic Party, and yes, the time Reich asked Hillary Clinton out on a date. Check out Robert Reich’s latest book Saving Capitalism: http://robertreich.org/. And pre-order Hari’s new album “Mainstream American Comic” at www.killrockstars.com/hariThanks for listening! Join us every Wednesday throughout the election for a new episode of #politicallyreactive.

Jul 14 2016

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Getting Adversarial with Journalist Jeremy Scahill

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Folks on both the left and the right have a love-hate relationship with reporter and Intercept co-founder Jeremy Scahill. His brand of “adversarial” investigative journalism makes no exceptions – not for the nation’s most powerful, and especially not for those advocating for wars abroad. In this episode of #politicallyreactive, we talk with Jeremy about his refusal to sit on a panel with Milo Yiannopoulos on Real Time with Bill Maher, what it was like to interview Julian Assange for the Intercepted podcast, his thoughts on Russian involvement in U.S. politics, and the people who give him hope for the future (hint: it’s probably you!). Click “play” to find out why Jeremy has earned the title, “one-man truth squad”.

Keep tabs on Jeremy on Twitter (@jeremyscahill) and subscribe to the Intercepted podcast on your preferred podcast platform! Or stream the show online at: https://theintercept.com/podcasts/

Book tours, TV shows, standup – oh my! Catch Kamau in-person for his The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell book tour or on TV for CNN’s United Shades of America! More info at http://www.wkamaubell.com/. And Hari really, REALLY wants you to come see him on tour – find dates at: http://www.harikondabolu.com/.

Got a comment or suggestion? Email us at politicallyreactive@firstlook.org or follow us on Twitter at @politicreactive.

May 04 2017

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Political Analyst Angela Rye Calls It Like It Is

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It’s hard to find a bright spot in the 2016 election, but born woke, political commentator and analyst Angela Rye was one. A regular on CNN’s thuderdome-like panels, Angela doesn’t mince words calling out lies and advocating for people of color and women. In this episode of #politicallyreactive we speak with Angela about authenticity and difficult conversations. Click “play” to find out why Angela is not trying to be objective.
Follow Angela on Twitter (@angela_rye ‏).

Book tours, TV shows, standup – oh my! Catch Kamau in-person for his The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell book tour or on TV for CNN’s United Shades of America! More info at http://www.wkamaubell.com/. And Hari really, REALLY wants you to come see him on tour – find dates at: http://www.harikondabolu.com/.

Got a comment or suggestion? Email us at politicallyreactive@firstlook.org or follow us on Twitter at @politicreactive.

May 11 2017

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Naomi Klein Says "No Is Not Enough"

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It usually takes Naomi Klein five years to write a book. This time, it took her less than five months. The journalist, author, and activist’s latest work _No Is Not Enough_ is all about Trump, the dark trends that have led to his presidency, and the urgent need for intersectional action right now – not later. In this episode of Politically Re-Active, we dig into the “capitalist burlesque” that has taken over the White House and explain how Trump’s scandals only reinforce his corporate brand (“impunity through wealth”). With so many crises unfolding around the globe, Naomi says, it’s time to band together to revive our own idea of utopia. So tweet us yours: @politicreactive.

Learn more about _No Is Not Enough_ at https://www.noisnotenough.org/ and follow Naomi Klein on Twitter: @NaomiAKlein.

Kamau’s on TV! And on stage! And so is Hari! Find their tour dates, albums, and latest works at http://www.wkamaubell.com/ and http://www.harikondabolu.com/. Thanks!

Jun 15 2017

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Patrisse Khan-Cullors on Black Lives Matter & Resistance under 45

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Kick off Season 2 with your favorite hosts and grassroots organizer, resistance fighter, and #blacklivesmatter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors! We dig into why Patrisse identifies as an organizer and not an activist, what it was like to see #blacklivesmatter go viral, and the fear – and courage – that goes along with being viewed as an enemy of the state. There’s no other person we’d rather laugh and resist with than Patrisse – and you.

Follow Patrisse on Twitter: @osope. You can also learn more about her fight against police brutality at http://patrissecullors.com/. And of course, get involved with #blacklivesmatter – chapter information is available at http://blacklivesmatter.com/.

And meet your hosts! Both Kamau and Hari are going on tour – find out when they’ll be in your city at www.harikondabolu.com and www.wkamaubell.com. If you can’t wait until then, you can always listen to Hari’s new record “Hari Kondabolu’s New Material Night Volume I” on Bandcamp and iTunes. Or you can watch Kamau on CNN’s “United Shades of America” beginning in late April.

As always, send us your thoughts and suggestions on Twitter and over email: @politicreactive or politicallyreactive@firstlook.org.

Mar 29 2017

1hr 14mins

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Presidential Debate Tailgate with John Dickerson

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The host of CBS' Face the Nation talks about the skill of moderating presidential debates.In a first for Politically Re-Active, Kamau and Hari chat with a member of the mainstream media! John Dickerson is the host of CBS’s Face the Nation, and like Kamau, is a man of many podcasts (“Whistlestop,” anyone?). The veteran journalist and moderator extraordinaire stops by just in time for next week’s Hillary v. Trump showdown, offering pro tips on steering a presidential debate and explaining why it’s actually better when the candidates do the fact-checking. So start your presidential debate tailgate and dive into this episode of #politicallyreactive!Pick up John’s latest book Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History on Amazon. And get educated before the election with John’s brilliant podcast of the same name: http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/whistlestop.htmlStill want more? Find Kamau and Hari at a venue near you! Hari will be in SF this week at Cobb’s Comedy Club from September 22-24! Check out www.harikondabolu.com for more info.Kamau has his live radio talk show Kamau Right Now! this Thursday September 22nd. Check out KALW.org to stream live or find the podcast. You can also check out www.wkamaubell.com for tour dates and of course, more podcasts.Thanks for listening! Keep those tweets coming: #politicallyreactive

Sep 21 2016

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Killer Mike of Run the Jewels on Allyship, Equity, and Apocalypse Preparation

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You’re going to walk away from this week’s Politically Re-Active, happier and smarter after listening to our conversation with Killer Mike of Run the Jewels. From equity, to allyship and building political power, Killer Mike rallies us to think big and do better. This may take learning how to survive the zombie apocalypse, which Killer Mike shares some insights on too. And in this week’s episode we yet again gain a new term to add to our vocabulary, “the big three.” So get ready to learn and laugh a whole lot.

But it’s not all politics, we also talk to Killer Mike about his new album with El-P, “Run the Jewels 3.” To check-out their albums and tour dates visit  www.runthejewels.com. You can also follow them on Twitter @Run Jewels, @Killer Mike, and @The Real El P.

And don’t forget we have new t-shirts! Visit podswag.com/pr or podswag.com/politicallyreactive. Both work! To get the latest updates on us follow us on Facebook at Politically Re-Active and Twitter @PoliticReActive and send us your comments using the #politicallyreactive. Thanks!

Check out Hari’s tour dates and albums at Harikondabolu.com and for all Kamau’s project check out wkamaubell.com.

Jul 27 2017

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S. E. Cupp on being an Anti-Trump Conservative

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The first conservative guest in the history of Politically Re-Active opens up to Kamau and Hari about being a “Republican Translator,” how the GOP can win back Trump supporters, and America’s last remaining safe space: baseball. It’s a civil, respectful, aisle-crossing look at a garbage year in politics. Plus, Kamau defines a very gross word and Hari regrets a sexist joke.Keep up with S. E. Cupp on Twitter at @secupp, or find her work at http://thesecupp.com/.Catch Kamau and Hari at a venue near you! Check out their standup dates at http://www.wkamaubell.com/ and http://www.harikondabolu.com/. And find Hari’s new album Mainstream American Comic and Kamau’s album Semi Prominent Negro at www.killrockstars.com.Thanks for listening! Tweet us at #politicallyreactive or email us at politicallyreactive@firstlook.org.

Oct 19 2016

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Lindy West on Seeing Women as Real People

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And how movies in the 80s were really kinda creepy.This week on Hari and Co. Politically Re-Active, Kamau and Hari chat with author, columnist and legendary internet-troll confronter, Lindy West! West delves into rape culture, the objectification of female Olympians, the perils of white feminism, and why her feelings on Hillary may be complicated, but her decision to vote for her isn’t. Check out Lindy’s new book Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman at lindywest.net, and follow her on Twitter at #thelindywest. And come meet Hari at a venue near you! Find his tour dates at www.harikondabolu.com. That’s also where you can find his new album Mainstream American Comic. And subscribe to Kamau’s million other podcasts at www.wkamaubell.com.We’re answering your questions soon, so send us your Twitter comments and emails!: #politicallyreactive or politicallyreactive@firstlook.org

Aug 30 2016

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Introducing Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan

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We'd like to introduce you to The Intercept’s newest podcast, Deconstructed. Every Friday, journalist Mehdi Hasan unpacks the most consequential news event of the week, challenging the mainstream media’s tired takes. As a Brit, a Muslim, and an immigrant based in Donald Trump's Washington, D.C., Mehdi gives a refreshingly provocative perspective on the ups and downs of American and global politics.

Listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher

More about the show: theintercept.com/deconstructed

Apr 02 2018

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Introducing Kondabolu Brothers

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Hari and his brother Ashok have a new podcast: Kondabolu Brothers. Check out the first episode in your podcast app right now. Witness two brothers occasionally acknowledging their live audience, find out why World War 1 is overrated, and learn why pizza should not be your favorite food. It’s fun.


Subscribe here in Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/untitled-kondabolu-brothers-podcast/id594239207?mt=2

Listen in Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=176079

Mar 08 2018

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What did we learn? With Alicia Garza and Wyatt Cenac

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It’s the end of season 2 already? We close strong with messages from our listeners and conversations with #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Alicia Garza, and comedian Wyatt Cenac. Garza is an Oakland-based organizer who is currently the Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She describes her lasting impressions from the 2016 election cycle and gives advice for those hoping to be “allies.” Cenac opens up about his experiences on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and explains why his new TOPIC produced series “aka Wyatt Cenac” focuses on a superhero fighting gentrification in Brooklyn. 


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Wyatt Cenac (@wyattcenachttps://www.wyattcenac.com

Alicia Garza (@aliciagarzahttps://www.facebook.com/the.one.and.only.aliciagarza


While we’re away, keep our #politicallyreactive hashtag strong. Thanks! Check out Hari’s tour dates and albums at Harikondabolu.com and for all Kamau’s projects check out wkamaubell.com.

Oct 05 2017

1hr 46mins

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Writing for very smart brothas (including President Obama)

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Season 2 is almost over! This week Kamau and Hari are joined by Damon Young (Co-founder of VerySmartBrothas.theroot.com) and David Litt (author of "Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years") to discuss the power of the pen. Young explains Pittsburgh culture and headline structure. Litt lets us in on the challenges and triumphs of writing for President Barack Hussein Obama. If you’ve enjoyed the podcast, call in and tell us what YOU'VE learned this season by dialing 646-389-3721. Your voice may appear in next week’s finale episode.

Follow our guests!

Damon Young (@VerySmartBros)

David Litt (https://www.thanksobamabook.com)

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Hurricane Maria Community Recovery Fund (www.mariafund.org)

Send us your comments using the #politicallyreactive. Thanks! Check out Hari’s tour dates and albums at Harikondabolu.com and for all Kamau’s projects check out wkamaubell.com.

Sep 28 2017

1hr 13mins

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Neil deGrasse Tyson brings the universe down to Earth

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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson joins W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu to discuss the politics of space exploration, people's fear of artificial intelligence, and even tell some jokes. Tyson is Director of the Hayden Planetarium. In his latest book, “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry,” he breaks down the basics of the Big Bang theory and quantum mechanics, among other essentials we should understand about the universe.

Follow Neil deGrasse Tyson! (@neiltysonhttp://www.haydenplanetarium.org/tyson/

Send us your comments using the #politicallyreactive. Thanks! Check out Hari’s tour dates and albums at Harikondabolu.com and for all Kamau’s projects check out wkamaubell.com.

Sep 21 2017

1hr 8mins

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Speaking with bell hooks & Talking DACA

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W. Kamau Bell won an Emmy!!! And while he was on the red carpet, Hari was able to interview legendary feminist and author bell hooks about love, labels, and her views on the current administration. Kamau and Hari also gain understanding on DACA from Luis Fernando Macías (assistant professor in Chicano and Latin American Studies at Fresno State) and Elizabeth Perez (the first DREAMer to work for the City of Phoenix).

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bell hooks (@bellhooks): http://www.bellhooksinstitute.com

Luis Fernando Macías (@macias_lf)

Elizabeth Perez aka Elle ( @EllePerezPerez)

For updates on us, follow Politically Re-Active on Facebook and Twitter (@PoliticReActive). Send us your comments using the #politicallyreactive. Thanks! Check out Hari’s tour dates and albums at Harikondabolu.comand for all Kamau’s projects check out wkamaubell.com.

Sep 14 2017

1hr 20mins

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Disaster Capitalism and How To Fight It, with Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Mustafa Santiago Ali

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Kamau and Hari dive into the impact of structural and environmental racism with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (professor of African American Studies at Princeton University) and Mustafa Santiago Ali (environmental justice leader with Hip Hop Caucus). Taylor advocates for building a unified movement against racism and economic inequality. Ali explains how disasters such as Hurricane Harvey amplify injustices evident in our society. They both share what can be done about it. Listeners also tell us how they are staying politically active.


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For updates on us, follow Politically Re-Active on Facebook and Twitter (@PoliticReActive). Send us your comments using the #politicallyreactive. Thanks! Check out Hari’s tour dates and albums at Harikondabolu.com and for all Kamau’s projects check out wkamaubell.com.

Sep 07 2017

1hr 9mins

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Roy Wood Jr. and Franchesca Ramsey fighting trolls with truth and satire

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How do social commentary and comedy mix? W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu are joined with guests Roy Wood Jr. (The Daily Show with Trevor Noah) and Franchesca Ramsey (MTV’s Decoded) to explore the power of humor in today’s polarizing political era. Roy talks about the new sense of diversity on 'The Daily Show' and dissects a rising style of comedy where comedians get audiences to clap in agreement rather than laugh at jokes. Franchesca describes her balancing act with social media and how she avoids sexist and racist trolls online while maintaining her popular presence and personal life.

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For updates on us, follow Politically Re-Active on Facebook and Twitter (@PoliticReActive.) Send us your comments using the #politicallyreactive. Thanks! Check out Hari’s tour dates and albums at Harikondabolu.com and for all Kamau’s projects check out wkamaubell.com.

Aug 31 2017

1hr 18mins

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Smashing the Confederacy in the streets and on the screen

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The ACLU got a lot of heat last week when their neutral free speech stance had them defending the alt right in Charlottesville. We talk to ACLU Senior Staff Attorney Lee Rowland about the organization’s decision to change course and not defend groups that protest with firearms and the effect that will have on their methods going forward. Historian Mark Bray teaches Kamau and Hari how to pronounce Antifa and what the group is all about. And April Reign, a co-creator of trending hashtag #NoConfederate, talks about why the 'Game of Thrones' producers should think twice about creating a TV show where black people are enslaved again.

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For updates on us, follow Politically Re-Active on Facebook and Twitter (@PoliticReActive.) Send us your comments using the #politicallyreactive. Thanks! Check out Hari’s tour dates and albums at Harikondabolu.com and for all Kamau’s projects check out wkamaubell.com.

Aug 24 2017

1hr 5mins

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Bonus! Listeners respond to Charlottesville

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This week on Politically Re-Active we dedicated a full episode to the events that stirred the nation last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. We asked our listeners to call in and share their thoughts. And they sure did show up! We received more than 50 powerful messages centering on love, education, and perseverance. Thank you for inspiring us.

For updates on us, follow Politically Re-Active on Facebook (@politicallyreactive) and Twitter (@PoliticReActive.) Send us your comments using the #politicallyreactive. Thanks! Check out Hari’s tour dates and albums at Harikondabolu.com and for all Kamau’s projects check out wkamaubell.com.

Aug 19 2017

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Charlottesville: Why did this happen and how do we move forward?

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Kamau and Hari dive deep into the events that stirred the nation this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. One of the largest white supremacist demonstrations in recent US history led to the death of anti-racist protester Heather Heyer and injured many others. Journalist/activist Spencer Sunshine explains the historical background of white supremacy groups in America and how they organize themselves today. We also hear from Media Matters senior fellow Matthew Gertz, community organizer Rosa Clemente, Pastor Michael McBride, and OUR LISTENERS. They all share how they’re processing this moment and taking action.

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For updates on us, follow Politically Re-Active on Facebook and Twitter (@PoliticReActive.) Send us your comments using the #politicallyreactive. Thanks! Check out Hari’s tour dates and albums at Harikondabolu.com and for all Kamau’s projects check out wkamaubell.com.

Aug 17 2017

1hr 16mins

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Is this what democracy looks like? Jake Tapper & Jessica Byrd give their take

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This week, Kamau and Hari cope with possible nuclear threat, learn how Jessica Byrd helps underrepresented communities engage in the political process, and “bravely” release the interview with Jake Tapper. How has the Trump administration affected Tapper’s reporting style? Why hasn’t Byrd given up all hope on the Democratic party? ALL OF THIS IS ANSWERED HERE.

  • Find Jessica Byrd on Twitter at @JessicaLBYRD and at http://threepointstrategies.org
  • Follow Jake Tapper on Twitter at @jaketapper and on CNN as host of 'The Lead’ (4pm ET) and ‘State of the Union’ (9am and 12pm ET)
  • For updates about us, follow Politically Re-Active on Facebook and Twitter (@PoliticReActive) and send us your comments using the #politicallyreactive. Thanks! Check out Hari’s tour dates and albums at Harikondabolu.com and for all Kamau’s projects check out wkamaubell.com.

Aug 10 2017

1hr 14mins

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Lewis Black, legendary political comedian is so angry, he won’t even talk about ‘you know who’. Now THAT’S angry!

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This week’s Politically Re-Active finds our hosts meeting up with legendary political comedian Lewis Black, and getting some important questions answered. How did he become “The King of Rant”? What’s making him rant right now? From his early days yelling at walls, to his current “fan rant” driven tour, Black let’s us in on his creative process.

Black has been making regular appearances on The Daily Show since the show began over two decades ago, and he weighs in with a unique perspective on each host.

Of course, with three political comedians in the kitchen, the conversation simmers around the many recent blunders from the current administration, and one lost opportunity for Mario Cantone. The icing on this conversational cake? Lewis Black is a socialist. This episode has lots to unpack, but again, we not only have two, but three political comedians to doing the unpacking.

If you’re feeling the love (or even if you’re angry) then catch Lewis on his fall Rant, White and Blue tour. Grab your tickets at www.lewisblack.com. You can also follow Lewis on Twitter at @TheLewisBlack  

And don’t forget we have new t-shirts! Visit podswag.com/pr or podswag.com/politicallyreactive. Both work! To get the latest updates on us follow us on Facebook at Politically Re-Active and Twitter @PoliticReActive and send us your comments using the #politicallyreactive. Thanks!

Check out Hari’s tour dates and albums at Harikondabolu.com and for all Kamau’s project check out wkamaubell.com.

Aug 03 2017

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Killer Mike of Run the Jewels on Allyship, Equity, and Apocalypse Preparation

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You’re going to walk away from this week’s Politically Re-Active, happier and smarter after listening to our conversation with Killer Mike of Run the Jewels. From equity, to allyship and building political power, Killer Mike rallies us to think big and do better. This may take learning how to survive the zombie apocalypse, which Killer Mike shares some insights on too. And in this week’s episode we yet again gain a new term to add to our vocabulary, “the big three.” So get ready to learn and laugh a whole lot.

But it’s not all politics, we also talk to Killer Mike about his new album with El-P, “Run the Jewels 3.” To check-out their albums and tour dates visit  www.runthejewels.com. You can also follow them on Twitter @Run Jewels, @Killer Mike, and @The Real El P.

And don’t forget we have new t-shirts! Visit podswag.com/pr or podswag.com/politicallyreactive. Both work! To get the latest updates on us follow us on Facebook at Politically Re-Active and Twitter @PoliticReActive and send us your comments using the #politicallyreactive. Thanks!

Check out Hari’s tour dates and albums at Harikondabolu.com and for all Kamau’s project check out wkamaubell.com.

Jul 27 2017

1hr 6mins

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Hold Up, Wait a Minute: Twitter Feuds & Threat Models

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What do you do when a Twitter beef disrupts your plans? That’s what happened to this week’s Politically Re-Active. But don’t you worry. We’re picking up the pieces and bringing you the good, bad, and ugly of today’s digital age. We’re speaking with Jessie Daniels about how anything can turn into a shitstorm in a matter of seconds on Twitter. She’s a Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and The Graduate Center, CUNY. She is also among the founders of the emerging field of digital sociology. We’ll also speak to cyber security expert Nicholas Weaver about whether or not we need to worry about anyone spying on our boring lives and if so, who that might be. He’s a researcher focusing on computer security at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, California.

You can follow CUNY Professor Jessie Daniels at @JessieNYC. Also check out her books  “White Lies” and “Cyber Racism.” She is currently working on a new book, “Tweetstorm: The Rise of the “Alt-Right” and the Mainstreaming of White Nationalism.” To keep up with Nicholas Weaver follow him on twitter at at @ncweaver.

If you haven’t heard, we have new t-shirts! Visit podswag.com/pr or podswag.com/politicallyreactive. Both work! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter too @PoliticReActive and send us your comments using the #politicallyreactive. Thanks!

Check out Hari’s tour dates and albums at Harikondabolu.com and for all Kamau’s project check out wkamaubell.com.

Jul 20 2017

1hr 10mins

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Street Heat w/ Congresswoman Barbara Lee & Linda Sarsour

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We’re back with a powerhouse episode! California Congresswoman Barbara Lee and National Women’s March Co-Chair Linda Sarsour breakdown the reality of fighting for social, racial, and economic justice. We learn about how Congresswoman Lee’s political career was shaped by working with the Black Panthers and on Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm's historical presidential campaign. We learn about how Linda Sarsour fought to disband the NYPD’s unwarranted surveillance of the American Muslim community after 9/11. Congresswoman Lee says if you want to see change you’ve got to keep up the “street heat.” And Sarsour says it’s time for us to be louder than the haters, who are so dang loud. Prepared to be inspired!

To keep up with Representative Barbara Lee’s work follow her on Twitter at @RepBarbaraLee. And you can find Linda Sarsour @Lsarsour

If you haven’t heard, we have new t-shirts! Visit podswag.com/pr or podswag.com/politicallyreactive. Both work! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter too @PoliticReActive and send us your comments using the #politicallyreactive. Thanks!

Check out Hari’s tour dates and albums at Harikondabolu.com and for all Kamau’s project check out wkamaubell.com.

Jul 13 2017

1hr 29mins

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BONUS! Phoebe Robinson, Lindy West, Shane Bauer-Live at Clusterfest

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Coming to you LIVE from San Francisco, it’s Politically Re-Active at Comedy Central’s Clusterfest! Joining your favorite hosts on stage are comedian and podcast queen Phoebe Robinson, the brilliantly witty writer (and This American Life favorite) Lindy West, and our favorite undercover investigative journalist, Shane Bauer! We talk about white nationalists taking over Berkeley, the danger of buying into Ivanka Trump’s beauty, and of course, Bill Maher. And for the comedy nerds, a surprise guest shows up on stage… so hit “play” already!

Phoebe Robinson’s got a book and hella podcasts! Read _You Can’t Touch My Hair_ and listen to her shows 2 Dope Queens and Sooo Many White Guys wherever you’re listening to this podcast. And follow her on Twitter, boo boos!: @dopequeenpheebs.

Lindy West isn’t on Twitter, but you can read her musings and analysis at The Guardian and find her tour dates at http://www.lindywest.net/. And like Phoebe, she’s got a New York Times bestselling book! Pick up _Shrill_ ASAP!

Private prisons, border militia, and white nationalists – Shane Bauer’s incredible reporting can be found at www.motherjones.com. In the meantime, keep up with him on Twitter: @shane_bauer.

Kamau and Hari have missed you! So listen to their standup, read their books, watch them on CNN, and find them in person at http://www.wkamaubell.com/ and http://www.harikondabolu.com/. Thanks, and be back soon! 

Jul 06 2017

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Janet Mock on Surpassing Certainty

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She’s spoken at the Women’s March on Washington, hosted a show for MSNBC, edited for Allure and Marie Claire, and written a New York Times bestselling memoir – and that’s not even half of the revolutionary work that trans writer and activist Janet Mock has done in her young career. In this episode, we talk with Janet about the writing process for her latest memoir “Surpassing Certainty,” the strong history and community of trans people in her native Hawaii, why the term “passing” is problematic for her, and why we should complicate our language when we use the word “woman”. For those of you who don’t know Janet: You’re about to become fans!

Find Janet’s books, podcast (Never Before), and speaking events at www.janetmock.com. And follow Janet on Twitter!: @janetmock

We’re going on break for TWO WEEKS! Kamau and Hari are going to miss you. So listen to their standup, read their books, watch them on CNN, and find them in person at http://www.wkamaubell.com/ and http://www.harikondabolu.com/. Thanks, and be back soon!

Jun 22 2017

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Naomi Klein Says "No Is Not Enough"

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It usually takes Naomi Klein five years to write a book. This time, it took her less than five months. The journalist, author, and activist’s latest work _No Is Not Enough_ is all about Trump, the dark trends that have led to his presidency, and the urgent need for intersectional action right now – not later. In this episode of Politically Re-Active, we dig into the “capitalist burlesque” that has taken over the White House and explain how Trump’s scandals only reinforce his corporate brand (“impunity through wealth”). With so many crises unfolding around the globe, Naomi says, it’s time to band together to revive our own idea of utopia. So tweet us yours: @politicreactive.

Learn more about _No Is Not Enough_ at https://www.noisnotenough.org/ and follow Naomi Klein on Twitter: @NaomiAKlein.

Kamau’s on TV! And on stage! And so is Hari! Find their tour dates, albums, and latest works at http://www.wkamaubell.com/ and http://www.harikondabolu.com/. Thanks!

Jun 15 2017

1hr 10mins

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Comedy in the Trump Era: 3 Comedians, a Professor, and Kamau’s Mom

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Live from Limestone!

Professor Jeffrey C. Isaac, Karinda Dobbins, Arish Singh, Sophie Hughes, and Janet Cheatham Bell! For the first time ever, it’s Politically Re-Active LIVE! Kamau and Hari take the show on the road to Bloomington, Indiana, for the Limestone Comedy Festival (AKA, “THE GREATEST WEEKEND OF YOUR LIFE VOL V.”). Your favorite hosts talk with Indiana University Political Science Professor Jeffrey C. Isaac about rating Trump’s performance, the Paris Climate Agreement, and why Trump probably won’t ever be impeached. Then, not one, not two, but THREE amazing comedians in the form of Karinda Dobbins, Arish Singh, and Sophie Hughes share what it’s like to tell jokes in the Trump Era. Finally, Kamau’s mom Janet Cheatham Bell joins the hosts to put all of our current political nonsense into perspective. It’s our most jampacked show ever – join us and feel like you were there!

Learn more about Indiana University’s Jeffrey C. Issac’s work here: http://polisci.indiana.edu/faculty/profiles/isaac.shtml

Follow Karinda and Arish on Twitter! @arishish and @KarindaDobbins

Find Sophie on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ComicSophieHughes/

And read more about Kamau’s awesome mom Janet Cheetam Bell at her website: http://www.janetcheathambell.com/index.htm

Kamau and Hari are on TV! And they’re doing other podcasts! And standup! Find out more at http://www.wkamaubell.com/ and http://www.harikondabolu.com/

Jun 08 2017

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