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Our Body Politic podcast

Our Body Politic

Created and hosted by award-winning journalist Farai Chideya, Our Body Politic is unapologetically centered on reporting on not just how women of color experience the major political events of today, but how they're impacting those very issues. Weekly episodes feature in-depth conversations about the economy, health, politics, education, the environment, and the most prescient issues—because all issues are women's issues. Tune in every Friday everywhere you listen to podcasts, and on public radio stations around the country.

Created and hosted by award-winning journalist Farai Chideya, Our Body Politic is unapologetically centered on reporting on not just how women of color experience the major political events of today, but how they're impacting those very issues. Weekly episodes feature in-depth conversations about the economy, health, politics, education, the environment, and the most prescient issues—because all issues are women's issues. Tune in every Friday everywhere you listen to podcasts, and on public radio stations around the country.

 

#128

OBP 124 Extras: Brazil and the Global Rise of Far-Right Populism

Hagar Chemali, foreign policy expert and host of the YouTube Show "Oh My World”, facilitates a conversation with OBP creator and host, Farai Chideya and foreign policy enthusiast and creator of the “What in the World?” podcast, Bunmi Akinnusoto about what pro-Bolsonaro Brazilians storming their congress tells us about extremism here in the US and around the world. ... Read more

22 hrs Ago

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31:47

22 hrs Ago


#127

The Growing Crisis of U.S. Gun Violence

Farai interviews senior news writer and founding staffer at The Trace, Jennifer Mascia on the recent shootings in California, and what's going wrong with gun regulations in the US. Then, she speaks with the President of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Thema Bryant on how to identify individuals who are prone to committing acts of domestic terrorism, as well as how affected communities can heal from gun violence. Content Advisory: Mentions of various types of gun violence and suicide. ... Read more

22 hrs Ago

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33:43

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#126

Building Black Wealth through Reparations, Restoration and Information

NPR Correspondent Cheryl Corley guest-hosts this week’s episode on the racial wealth gap and how Black Americans are working to narrow it. First, Corley speaks with former Alderwoman of Evanston, Illinois’s 5th Ward Robin Rue Simmons about how her organization, FirstRepair, is helping people across the nation in the fight for reparations. Corley also interviews the founder and executive director of Black Women Build Baltimore, Shelley Halstead, about how homeownership helps build wealth and community. Then, Corley and Washington Post personal finance expert Michelle Singletary discuss the importance of choosing the right financial planner, and why it's never too late to learn financial literacy. ... Read more

27 Jan 2023

48 MINS

48:34

27 Jan 2023


#125

OBP 123 Extended Edition: Black Financial Planning

Want more 'Our Body Politic' Episode 123? Here's the full conversation between guest host and NPR Correspondent Cheryl Corley and Washington Post personal finance expert Michelle Singletary. They talk through the importance of choosing the right financial planner, what Black families need to know about wealth, and why it's never too late to learn financial literacy. ... Read more

27 Jan 2023

25 MINS

25:25

27 Jan 2023


#124

The Tech Industry’s Influence Online and In Communities

Our Body Politic joined KPCC’s Public Radio Palooza for a special live taping featuring Farai in discussion with Dr. Safiya U. Noble, Professor of Gender Studies and African American Studies at UCLA, board member of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, and author of Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism, about how to address inequities caused by the tech industry. Farai also interviews Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times best-selling author of How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success and Palo Alto councilmember about her goals to address wealth disparity and community displacement. We also feature live performances by singer-songwriter, Monica Martin, who opens up about her journey to becoming a musician. ... Read more

20 Jan 2023

47 MINS

47:31

20 Jan 2023


#123

Embracing Creative Action in Culture and Society

Farai interviews transmedia conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas and art curator, Rujeko Hockley about building an artistic legacy as life partners, and the role public and collaborative art plays in shaping our society. Then on our roundtable, Sippin’ the Political Tea, Farai is joined by Washington Post columnist, Karen Attiah and Entertainment Correspondent for Scripps News, Casey Mendoza to discuss the latest in entertainment and pop culture, including Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle’s quest to control their narrative. ... Read more

13 Jan 2023

48 MINS

48:35

13 Jan 2023


#122

How to Spot – and Stop – the Makings of a Civil War

Two years after the attack on the U.S. Capitol, Farai interviews Dr. Barbara F. Walter, Rohr Professor of Pacific International Relations at the University of California, San Diego, and author of the New York Times bestseller, How Civil Wars Start, on the serious threat factionalism poses to American democracy. Then, Farai talks to former FBI agent, counterterrorism expert, and Associate Senior Vice President of Homeland Security, Dr. Erroll G. Southers, who details how and why homegrown violent extremism is widening the distance between Americans and a solid democratic process, and what is being done to stop it. ... Read more

06 Jan 2023

48 MINS

48:43

06 Jan 2023


#121

OBP Rewind: Celebrating 100 Episodes: Past, Present and Future

Our Body Politic celebrates the new year by re-airing our 100th episode. Farai reflects on some of the show’s most impactful moments of news and political coverage over the past two years with OBP regular contributors Karen Attiah, columnist for the Washington Post and Tiffany Jeffers, associate professor at Georgetown University Law Center. The trio examines the current political atmosphere, its origins, and reflect on how issues like reproductive rights, the COVID-19 crisis, and the aftermath of the Jan. 6 Insurrection could impact this year’s midterms elections and why cultivating hope and safeguarding democracy is more important than ever. ... Read more

30 Dec 2022

50 MINS

50:51

30 Dec 2022


#120

OBP Rewind: Remembering Urvashi Vaid and Creating Liberation

This week we re-air an episode from June 2022, featuring a past interview between Farai and the late intersectional activist, lawyer, educator, and author Urvashi Vaid who led movements for a range of progressive issues, including AIDS advocacy, LGBT rights, and prison reform. The pair discuss Vaid’s legacy as a leading figure in social change and what it truly takes to change the lived experience of everyone— to achieve lived equality. Then in our series, “Our Body Politics Presents…” we feature the podcast Truth Be Told with host Tonya Mosley who interviews minister and writer Danté Stewart about how to cultivate “little experiments of liberation” while experiencing and navigating repetitive acts of American violence.
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23 Dec 2022

50 MINS

50:44

23 Dec 2022


#119

Black Women on the Future of Twitter and Building Generational Wealth

Farai is joined by Karen Attiah, Our Body Politic contributor and columnist for the Washington Post, and Dr. Sarah J. Jackson, Presidential Associate Professor of communications at the University of Pennsylvania and coauthor of Hashtag Activism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice, to discuss what Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover could mean for women of color users. Then, we reach into the archives for a past conversation between Farai and Mellody Hobson, co-CEO of Ariel Investments about how race relations inform financial security and the vitality of providing financial literacy for people of color. ... Read more

16 Dec 2022

50 MINS

50:32

16 Dec 2022


#118

Our Political Remix 3: Gun Violence and Policing in America

This week in our Political Remix series, we’re bringing back some of Farai’s key interviews with three women of color exploring the impact of gun violence and policing in the U.S. First, Farai speaks to activist, therapist, and mother, Nelba Marquéz-Greene on the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting. Then, we get reflections from Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice, on policing and justice right after the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Plus, Farai speaks to former Dallas Police Chief Reneé Hall on bridging the divide between Black communities and the police. ... Read more

09 Dec 2022

50 MINS

50:19

09 Dec 2022


#117

Refining How We View U.S. History, Politics, and Community

Farai interviews Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry, award-winning journalist, author, and host of WNYC’s “The Takeaway”, on reimagining how we view U.S. history and politics, specifically regarding how Black women in media and academia shape our nation’s progress. Then, Farai speaks with Tiffany Dufu, founder of The Cru, a peer coaching platform that provides women with community and resources to achieve professional goals and advance their careers. ... Read more

02 Dec 2022

50 MINS

50:20

02 Dec 2022


#116

OBP Archives: Aging with Purpose and Redefining Strength for Black Women

This week we revisit an episode from our archives. First, a past conversation between Farai and author of Sign My Name to Freedom, Betty Reid Soskin, who retired at age 100 from her work as a National Park Ranger and community historian. Then in “Our Body Politics Presents,” we hear from Tonya Mosley’s podcast “Truth Be Told” where she speaks to Ayanna Brown, a mother who graciously details her cycle of loving, losing, grieving, and persevering. And on “Sippin’ the Political Tea” Farai speaks with professor and Vice Chair of preventive medicine at Northwestern University, Dr. Mercedes Carnethon and author of 55, Underemployed and Faking Normal, Elizabeth White on how to age well, physically, emotionally and financially. ... Read more

25 Nov 2022

50 MINS

50:33

25 Nov 2022


#115

Going Uphill and Unpacking the 2022 Midterm Results

This week, Farai interviews Jemele Hill, contributing writer for the Atlantic and author of the new book, Uphill: A Memoir on how her upbringing informs her impassioned writing and reporting. Then we receive insights on the 2022 midterm election results from political reporters across the nation such as Alex Nguyen with the Texas Tribune, Hibah Ansari with Minnesota’s Sahan Journal, and Lauren Gibbons of Bridge Michigan. And on our weekly political roundtable, Sippin’ the Political Tea, Farai is joined by Kimberly Atkins Stohr, senior columnist for the Boston Globe and inaugural columnist for the Emancipator, and Sabrina Rodriguez, national politics reporter for the Washington Post. ... Read more

18 Nov 2022

50 MINS

50:43

18 Nov 2022


#114

Discussing Georgia’s Midterm Election Results and Diving Into International Politics

This week, Farai interviews Tia Mitchell, Washington Correspondent for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and chair of the National Association of Black Journalists about the U.S. midterm election results in Georgia and what they tell us about the nation’s political atmosphere. And on this week’s roundtable foreign policy expert, host of “Oh My World” on Youtube, and Our Body Politic guest host, Hagar Chemali, is joined by Ash Sarkar, contributing editor for UK-based media company Novara Media, and Bobby Ghosh, Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering foreign affairs, to talk about the latest political news in Brazil and the United Kingdom. ... Read more

11 Nov 2022

50 MINS

50:25

11 Nov 2022


#113

Political Polarization Ahead of the 2022 Midterms

This week on the show we’re presenting a midterms special where we highlight different races across the nation. Farai interviews Cheri Beasley, former Chief Justice of North Carolina’s Supreme Court on her race to replace retiring Republican senator Richard Burr. We hear from Tene Darby, chairperson of the Lancaster City Democratic Committee in Pennsylvania, on the midterm races happening in her state. Then, Farai speaks with Democratic state representative Dr. Yadira Caraveo on what she hopes to bring to Colorado state’s newly created 8th Congressional district. Farai is then joined by Astead Herndon, national political journalist and New York Times podcast host about how voters’ concerns are dictating their political affiliations and deepening polarization and division. ... Read more

04 Nov 2022

50 MINS

50:31

04 Nov 2022


#112

Understanding “Black Disprivilege” and Using Culturally Responsive Care to Heal Communities of Color

This week, Farai interviews Kiara Imani, Esq on how navigating “Black disprivilege” throughout her life led her to write her debut memoir “Therapy Isn’t Just for White People”. Then, Farai speaks to affirmation musician, Toni Jones, about how she uses music as a tool for healing. And on the weekly segment, Sippin’ the Political Tea, Farai is joined by Dr. Kali Cyrus, psychiatrist, activist and co-founder of Gemma and Adriana Alejandre, trauma therapist and founder of LatinX Therapy on the state of our collective and personal mental health journeys, and how they are shaped by what’s happening in the world. ... Read more

28 Oct 2022

50 MINS

50:41

28 Oct 2022


#111

Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes on the Campaign Trail, and Bodily Autonomy in Iran

This week Farai talks to Wisconsin’s Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes about what inspired his run for the U.S. Senate, and how he sees the politics of division. Then, foreign policy expert Hagar Chemali interviews Firuzeh Mahmoudi, co-founder and Executive Director of United for Iran, about the youth and woman-led protests for bodily autonomy in Iran. And on our weekly segment, ‘Sippin’ the Political Tea,’ Farai is joined by Michelle Singletary, financial columnist at The Washington Post and Bryan Greene, Vice President of Policy Advocacy at the National Association of REALTORS®, to break down how inflation and rising interest rates affect homeownership. ... Read more

21 Oct 2022

52 MINS

52:22

21 Oct 2022


#110

Our Political Remix 2: Covering, Questioning and Re-Imagining U.S. Government

This week, we’re offering another political remix of some of our most enlightening political conversations to provide context ahead of the 2022 Midterms. We bring back Farai’s interview with Tara Setmayer CNN political commentator and contributor to ABC News on why she chose to break her loyalty with the Republican party. Then, Farai speaks to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton about the fight for D.C. Statehood and Yamiche Alcindor, anchor and moderator of Washington Week on PBS and Washington Correspondent for NBC News on lessons from covering the Trump era. And on the weekly segment Sippin’ the Political Tea, Farai is joined by Errin Haines, founder and editor-at-large for The 19th and April Ryan, political analyst and The Grio’s White House correspondent to process the guilty verdict for former officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, police reform, and the early days of the Biden-Harris administration. ... Read more

14 Oct 2022

50 MINS

50:36

14 Oct 2022


#109

Gen Z In The Midterms: 25-Year-Old Congressional Candidate Maxwell Frost and HBCUs Voter Base

This week, we’re spotlighting a powerful voting bloc: Generation Z. First, Farai interviews Maxwell Alejandro Frost, Democratic nominee for Florida’s 10th Congressional District, about how his Afro-Cuban identity and work as an organizer and musician help shape his political platform and views. Then Farai is joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and host of MSNBC’s “Into America” Trymaine Lee who shares what he’s learned about the political interests of young Black voters attending historically Black colleges and universities in his new series, “The Power of the Black Vote.” ... Read more

07 Oct 2022

50 MINS

50:36

07 Oct 2022


#108

Exposing Environmental Racism and Election Security Woes

This week, Farai speaks with reporter and WAPT-TV news anchor Troy Johnson on Jackson, Mississippi’s recurring water crisis, and why catastrophes like this so often happen in communities of color. Then, we share again Farai’s conversation from April with Carmen Yulín Cruz, former mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, about how she guided her people through the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. And on our weekly segment, Sippin’ the Political Tea, Farai is joined by Kim Wehle, law professor and advisor at Protect Democracy and Tammy Patrick, Senior Advisor to the Elections program at Democracy Fund to discuss election security ahead of the 2022 midterms. ... Read more

30 Sep 2022

50 MINS

50:41

30 Sep 2022


#107

Our Political Remix #1: NY AG Letitia James, Latino Voters, Immigration in Politics, and Gubernatori...

This week, we’re re-airing some of Our Body Politic’s most noteworthy and illuminating political interviews from the past two years. In preparation of the 2022 Midterms, we’re looking at how some of the most pressing political issues continue to shape our nation by revisiting conversations with key public officials like New York Attorney General Letitia “Tish” James, who shares insights on holding Jan 6 insurrectionists accountable, scholar Geraldo Cadava, who breaks down the history of Hispanic Republicans, and Bertica Cabrera Morris, a longstanding Republican organizer and businesswoman. We also hear from U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawai’i who shares how being the only immigrant in the U.S. Senate shapes her politics, and Wes Moore, the current Democratic nominee for governor of Maryland, who shares how his ancestors’ experience with white supremacists and his service in the U.S. military inform and inspire his political career. ... Read more

23 Sep 2022

50 MINS

50:14

23 Sep 2022


#106

Women of Color Mobilizing Before the Midterms and The Passing of Queen Elizabeth II

This week, Farai interviews Dr. Sayu Bhojwani, civic entrepreneur and founder of Women’s Democracy Lab, about what it takes to create a more inclusive democracy and what current intraparty tensions reveal about the election field ahead of the midterms. Then, we re-air a conversation from “One With Farai” featuring Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry and her 2011 book “Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America.” And in this week’s segment of ‘Sippin’ the Political Tea’, Farai interviews Bobby Ghosh, Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering foreign affairs and Hagar Chemali, foreign policy expert and host of “Oh My World!” on YouTube, about the death of Queen Elizabeth II amidst the United Kingdom’s energy crisis. ... Read more

16 Sep 2022

50 MINS

50:27

16 Sep 2022


#105

All Things Midterms and How Race & Culture Shape Our Identity

This week on Our Body Politic, creator and host Farai Chideya interviews Anita Kumar, longtime reporter and first-ever senior editor of Standards & Ethics at POLITICO, on the 2022 midterm elections landscape. Farai and Kumar delve into how issues like political violence and extremism, abortion rights, and even media coverage are playing for the upcoming elections. Then, Farai interviews Carmen Rita Wong, writer, journalist, finance expert and author of the new memoir “Why Didn’t You Tell Me?” Wong candidly shares how discovering a series of family secrets surrounding her heritage led her to re-examine her race and culture, while also forging a path for discovering and living as her most authentic self. ... Read more

09 Sep 2022

50 MINS

50:31

09 Sep 2022


#104

Charting the Long March to Equality, Justice, and Joy

This week on Our Body Politic, creator and host Farai Chideya interviews Bryan Greene, consulting producer on the Oscar-winning documentary, “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised),” and Vice President of Public Advocacy at the National Association of REALTORS. Farai and Greene discuss how events like the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival serve as opportunities for Black Americans to thrive in the face of social and housing discrimination. Then in our series, “Our Body Politics Presents…” we feature the podcast Truth Be Told with host Tonya Mosley who interviews author and scholar Dr. Marcia Chatelain and founder of Feed Our Soul Adrienne Wilson about how Black Americans are seeking and achieving equity by decolonizing their relationship to food. ... Read more

02 Sep 2022

50 MINS

50:39

02 Sep 2022


#103

Collective Crises: Infectious Disease and Informed Democracy

This week, Farai interviews Steven Thrasher, LGBTQ scholar, journalist and author of “The Viral Underclass: The Human Toll When Inequality and Diseases Collide.” Thrasher offers insights from his new book on how systematic marginalization determines who is most affected by public health crises like HIV/AIDS, COVID-19 and now – monkeypox. Then, Farai speaks to Howard Polskin, president and founder of “TheRighting,” a newsletter, site and social media feed that compiles and disseminates far-right political commentary to cross pollinate the divided media audiences in the U.S. and combat disinformation in the news. ... Read more

26 Aug 2022

50 MINS

50:38

26 Aug 2022


#102

Celebrating 100 Episodes: Past, Present and Future

This week, Our Body Politic celebrates its 100th episode. Host Farai Chideya reflects on some of the show’s most impactful moments of news and political coverage over the past two years with OBP regular contributors Karen Attiah, columnist for the Washington Post and Tiffany Jeffers, associate professor at Georgetown University Law Center. The trio examines the current political atmosphere, its origins, and reflect on how issues like reproductive rights, the COVID-19 crisis, and the aftermath of the Jan. 6 Insurrection could impact this year’s midterms elections and why cultivating hope and safeguarding democracy is more important than ever. ... Read more

19 Aug 2022

51 MINS

51:02

19 Aug 2022


#101

How We Value Black Women’s Health in the US and Abroad

This week, host Farai Chideya interviews longtime TV and film producer and now co-director of the Sundance award-winning documentary Aftershock, Tonya Lewis Lee and one of the film’s featured subjects, reproductive justice advocate Shawnee Benton-Gibson. Benton-Gibson’s daughter died in October 2019 after giving birth – one more fatality in a long epidemic of Black maternal mortality. Farai also speaks to Lewis Lee one-on-one about how her work in media and experience as a children’s author led to her work as a maternal health advocate. Then, in our weekly segment Sippin’ the Political Tea, Farai interviews legal analyst and NYU Law professor Melissa Murray and University of Pennsylvania Ph.D History candidate Kimberly St. Julian-Varnon about the impact and implications of the highly politicized conviction of WNBA star Brittney Griner in Russia. ... Read more

12 Aug 2022

50 MINS

50:08

12 Aug 2022