Rank #1: Roxane Gay on Anger After the Election
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 email@example.com.
Rank #2: Rachel Maddow on Donald Trump, Dick Cheney, and River Monsters
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
Rank #3: Comedian Hasan Minhaj on New Brown America and His Superpowers
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rank #4: Shaun King on Controversy, Color, and Kaepernick
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 email@example.com
Rank #5: Aasif Mandvi on the Gaslighting Presidency
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rank #6: Kathleen Hanna on 3rd Wave Feminism & Why She's "With Her"
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!
Rank #7: S. E. Cupp on being an Anti-Trump Conservative
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 email@example.com.
Rank #8: Pastor Michael McBride Says Stop Reaching for Whiteness
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
Rank #9: Getting Adversarial with Journalist Jeremy Scahill
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Twitter at @politicreactive.
Rank #10: Patrisse Khan-Cullors on Black Lives Matter & Resistance under 45
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 email@example.com.
Rank #11: Private Prisons with Shane Bauer
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.
Rank #12: Robert Reich on Min. Wage, the Bern, & His Date with Hillary
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.
Rank #13: Charlottesville: Why did this happen and how do we move forward?
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. Follow our guests:Spencer Sunshine (@transform6789) https://spencersunshine.com/publications/Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) https://www.mediamatters.org/authors/matt-gertz/51Rosa Clemente (@rosaclemente) http://rosaclemente.netPastor Michael McBride (@pastormykmac) http://www.livefreeusa.org 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.
Rank #14: Speaking with bell hooks & Talking DACA
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). Follow our guests! 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.
Rank #15: Naomi Klein Says "No Is Not Enough"
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!