Rank #1: History of Black Music ft. Questlove
On the last day of Black History Month, America’s DJ Questlove and U.S. Senator Cory Booker sit down to talk about the history of black music, some of their favorite songs growing up, and the music that inspires them today.
Rank #2: First Step ft. Senator Dick Durbin
Recorded in the hours after a historic bipartisan criminal justice reform bill passed the Senate in the final weeks of 2018, Senator Booker and Senator Durbin to talk about it's significance.
Rank #3: "They Finna Let Me Go" ft. Edward Douglas
Edward Douglas is one of the first people released from prison after our criminal justice reform bill – the First Step Act – was signed into law. Mr. Douglas and his daughter – Senator Booker's State of the Union guests – talk about his new life as a free man and what's next.
Rank #4: What's Really at Stake? ft. Alyssa Milano
Actress & activist Alyssa Milano talks to Cory Booker about what's really at stake in the Supreme Court nominee fight of our lifetime – and how every single person has the power to create positive change.
Rank #5: The War on Marijuana ft. Weldon Angelos
Senator Cory Booker speaks with justice advocate Weldon Angelos about the failed War on Drugs. Angelos was sentenced to 55 years in prison for a first-time marijuana offense but had his sentence reduced after a major public campaign drew attention to the injustice of his case.
This is a special episode recorded LIVE in partnership with the Center for American Progress and its podcast, Thinking Cap.
Rank #6: To the Class of 2018
A message from Sen. Booker for the Class of 2018 about how power is far more than the lines on your resume or the title on your business card. Con-GRAD-ulations to all the graduates!
Rank #7: Dear Mom
In honor of Mother's Day, Sen. Cory Booker called* his mom Carolyn and had a deeply personal conversation about raising black boys in America, fighting the chicken pox, caregiving, and whether she thought her son would grow up to become a U.S. Senator.
*Please forgive any audio quality issues – the conversation happened remotely over the phone!
Rank #8: Environmental Injustice ft. Catherine Flowers
Activist Catherine Flowers shares stories of communities continually struggling against unspeakable environmental injustices.
Rank #9: BONUS: The Story of My Dad
This Black History Month I wanted to share with you the story of my Dad – in my own words. His story of struggle and perseverance, the story of black history in the United States – it is all part of a larger story of our nation working to live up to its promise and potential. I stand on the Senate floor and never lose sight of what had to happen to get me there.
My dad's not with me, he never got to see me speak on the Senate floor – but I know he's watching progress in heaven along with all of our ancestors.
Rank #10: Queen City ft. Mayor Vi Lyles
The first African-American female mayor of Charlotte, NC – Vi Lyles – talks to Cory Booker about local government, women of color in politics, and when to be a "critical friend."