Rank #1: 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.
Rank #2: 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.
Rank #3: BONUS POD with Edward Snowden
DeRay speaks with Edward Snowden about his perspective on Trump's decision to fire FBI Director Comey, the intersection of race and surveillance, the relationship between the police and the government, and his thoughts about his own status returning to America.
Rank #4: The House We Live In
DeRay talks to Common about The 13th’s Emmy nomination, Charlottesville, and art + activism, criminal justice and the NFL. DeRay chats with Nathanial Pearlman about the Resistance Dashboard. Clint, Brittany and Sam join to talk about the history of white supremacy in relation to this past week’s news.
Rank #5: Didn’t Get Here Alone
DeRay, Clint, Sam and Brittany talk about Puerto Rico, NFL protests, North Korea and police union contracts. The New Yorker writer Evan Osnos joins to help us understand North Korea past and present having just returned himself from a visit. Phil Weiser, former Obama staffer and current candidate for CO’s Attorney General, helps us understand antitrust issues and why he’s running.
Rank #6: “Product, Not the Producer”
DeRay, Brittany Packnett and Sam Sinyangwe are together again to talk about the most important news of the past week. Then, Grammy-award winning artist and activist John Legend joins DeRay to talk about parenting, women’s reproductive rights, mass incarceration and using his celebrity for good. And NYU professor and federal "numbers geek" David Kamin looks at Trump's proposed tax code changes through a historical lens.
Rank #7: We Can All Win
DeRay talks with TN State Senator Lee Harris about the outrageous prison sentences related to drug free school zones. Sheriff Tom Dart from Cook County joins to talk about reducing the jail population in big ways. Sam, Clint and Brittany are on again to talk this week’s news, including St. Louis and The Emmys.
Rank #8: Courage
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
Rank #9: Your Founding Fathers Were Protestors
Deesha Dyer, former White House Social Secretary for President Obama, joins DeRay to share stories from Obama’s White House. DeRay is joined by NAACP and Yale Law attorneys about their lawsuit against Trump to ensure the 2020 census process – which affects nationwide districting, representation and resources – is public. Brittany, Clint, Sam and DeRay talk about ICE’s solitary confinement policy, soccer, population projections, and governing the opioid crisis.
Rank #10: 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.
Rank #11: Curiosity
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.
Rank #12: If You Believe in Justice
DeRay, Clint, and Brittany discuss women’s wages, misconduct records for corrections officers, prison riots in context, and Donald Glover. Louisiana State Senator JP Morrell joins DeRay to talk about his efforts to overturn a law that does not require a unanimous jury for criminal convictions.
Rank #13: Year Gone By
In between seasons, DeRay, Sam, Brittany and Clint all have their own special messages for listeners (and yes, Clint has poems). Hear some of DeRay’s and your favorite episodes and behind-the-scenes reflections on each. Season 2 debuts on May 1 with an extra special guest!
Rank #14: 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.
Rank #15: 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
Rank #16: Keep the Same Energy
DeRay, Sam, Clint and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including how Georgia is attempting to consolidate voting locations in ways that would disenfranchise black voters and the relationship between homelessness and incarceration. Actress Regina King joins to discuss her most recent project Seven Seconds, a series on Netflix that focuses on police violence.
Rank #17: On Their Shoulders
Colin Warner, Nnamdi Asomugha and and Matt Ruskin from the film Crown Heights stop by the studio, and President Obama’s former Drug Czar, Michael Botticelli, joins to help listeners understand the opioid epidemic from a health and policy standpoint. DeRay processes the world after Charlottesville with Brittany, Sam and Clint. Birmingham mayoral candidate, Randall Woodfin, joins DeRay briefly to discuss the biggest issues facing his city.
Rank #18: Rest Doesn’t Mean Failure (LIVE from Los Angeles, CA)
DeRay and Sam are LIVE from Los Angeles with Pod Save America's Jon Lovett, Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Erica Chidi Cohen, reproductive rights advocate and LOOM co-founder.
Rank #19: Don’t Forget Your Purpose
Sam, Brittany and Clint are on for the news, and Andy Slavitt joins for another health care update. Former US Secretary of the Navy under Obama, Ray Mabus, joins DeRay to talk about the joint chiefs’ reaction to Trump’s transgender ban by tweet, climate change as a national security issue, and our international reputation. DeRay sits down with rap artist Vic Mensa to talk about misogyny, hypermasculinity, therapy, Malcolm X and police violence, all related to Vic’s new album, The Autobiography.
Rank #20: Joy & The Gift
Clint, Sam and DeRay talk about land reform in South Africa, a stalled child marriage bill in KY and progressive voting rights legislation coming out of Washington State. DeRay and Brené Brown discuss joy, privilege and discomfort with Pastor Amy live from the Riverside Church in NYC.