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October 8, 2019
In a conversation recorded this past June, the former Senator discusses the politics of her state of North Dakota, the issues where Democrats and Republicans should agree, and her new One Country initiative.
October 1, 2019
Rep. Maxine Waters joins Jonathan to talk about the impeachment inquiry and the role of the Financial Services Committee. And why she keeps getting approached by white men wanting to take pictures.
September 24, 2019
At the Aspen Ideas Festival in June, Masha Gessen spoke about Vladimir Putin's worldview, the dangers of creating a false reality and why we need to change how we discuss facts.
September 16, 2019
Speaker Nancy Pelosi joins the season premiere of 'Cape Up' to talk about U.S. leadership in the world, her relationships with Republican colleagues, and of course, the president.
August 30, 2019
Joe Biden discusses the presidential campaign, his standing with the African-American community and he responds to criticism of his so-called "gaffes".
June 28, 2019
50 years after a police raid of Stonewall Inn ushered in the modern LGBTQ rights movement, author Charles Kaiser reflects on how the movement has developed over the years.
June 6, 2019
Civil rights veterans welcome young activists to a lifetime of service, sharing lessons and struggles, and seeing how the next generation will shape and redefine what it means to keep the legacy alive.
May 30, 2019
A clash between a longtime civil rights activist and a leader from a younger generation kicks off a discussion of the most effective path to change and the journeys that brought civil rights leaders to their belief in nonviolence.
May 30, 2019
A clash between a longtime civil rights activist and a leader from a younger generation kicks off a discussion of the most effective path to change and the journeys that brought civil rights leaders to their belief in nonviolence.
May 23, 2019
“Without songs, we couldn't have had a movement.”
May 16, 2019
"Sometimes we have to remember we're all human beings."
May 16, 2019
"Sometimes we have to remember we're all human beings."
May 9, 2019
Rep. Barbara Lee and Andrew Young explain why women are so often eliminated from civil rights stories — and why that’s so wrong
May 2, 2019
…more voices from the civil rights movement as they explore the themes that made the movement what it was, and that connect it to today. But first, we want to hear from you. What voices do you hope get preserved? And what lessons can we learn from them?
April 25, 2019
Congressman John Lewis and others who were there recall marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., to protest the suppression of black votes.
April 18, 2019
Clarence B. Jones, Martin Luther King Jr.’s lawyer and occasional speechwriter, describes how he smuggled the letter out of jail.
April 11, 2019
A member of the Little Rock Nine and a survivor of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing both lost the illusion of safety in their young lives.
April 4, 2019
Andrew Young, King’s chief strategist with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and others who were close to King recall the moment they heard of his assassination.
March 25, 2019
Starting April 4, ‘Cape Up’ will be presenting a special series highlighting the voices of civil rights leaders. Some you know and some you may not. For the next two months, we’re going to hear their voices. Listen to their stories. And try to understand.
March 7, 2019
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) called me to his grand office in the U.S. Capitol to talk about “undoing the damage” of the Shelby v. Holder decision, instituting automatic registration and granting statehood to the District of Columbia.
February 28, 2019
This episode was originally published on October 16, 2018. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.
February 26, 2019
Derek Black was the golden boy of white nationalism. After enrolling in college, he began to change. Eli Saslow chronicles Black's transformation in his new book "Rising Out of Hatred." This episode was originally published on December 4, 2018.
February 21, 2019
This episode was originally published on February 27, 2018. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.
February 19, 2019
Rep. Karen Bass (D), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, discusses how her constituents flipped seven congressional seats and how Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reminds Bass of her younger self.
February 14, 2019
This episode was originally published on May 22, 2018. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.
February 12, 2019
Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, and Minyon Moore discuss their book 'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics' and how they got their start on Jesse Jackson's presidential campaign.
February 7, 2019
This episode was originally published on April 24, 2018. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.
February 5, 2019
Lt. Gov. of Va. Justin Fairfax (D) is only the second African American in Virginia's history to be elected statewide and if Gov. Ralph Northam (D) resigns over a racist photo, Fairfax could make history again. Listen to the interview with him from 2018.
January 29, 2019
Alexandra Natapoff, author of 'Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal', exposes how our criminal justice system criminalizes poverty and ensnares Americans through misdemeanors.
January 21, 2019
Today, as we honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Jonathan discusses the Civil Rights Movement with Minnijean-Brown Trickey. Minnijean was 15 years old when she integrated Central High School in 1957 as part of “the Little Rock Nine.'
January 15, 2019
Senator Kamala Harris discusses her career path, inspirations and her new book, "The Truths We Hold," in this in-depth conversation hosted by Politics and Prose and recorded live at GW Lisner Auditorium on Jan. 9.
January 8, 2019
In the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination, there’s one name you need to know: Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind. He’s a veteran, unapologetically progressive, openly gay and one of Obama’s four picks for future leaders of the Democratic Party.
January 1, 2019
We revisit our best episode from 2018. Three Chicago teens. All victims of gun violence. In the wake of the Parkland shootings, they plea for the same attention for their own communities. Jonathan visits one of them to hear what it's like firsthand.
December 25, 2018
For Christmas, we're bringing back an old favorite: Mark Hamill! He talks about why Star Wars still resonates so strongly and shares some stories from Star Wars history that you might not have heard before. This was originally recorded April 2018.
December 18, 2018
Garrett Graff, author of 'The Threat Matrix: Inside Robert Mueller's FBI and the War on Global Terror,' deeply understands the ins and outs of Mueller's current investigation. He helps make sense of the avalanche of news coming out of the probe.
December 11, 2018
A year ago, Doug Jones became the first Democrat elected to the Senate from Alabama in 25 years. He discusses what the past year has been like, the Mueller investigation and Trump's fascination with tariffs.
December 4, 2018
Derek Black was the golden boy of white nationalism. His godfather is David Duke. After enrolling in college, he began to change. Eli Saslow chronicles Black's transformation in his new book "Rising Out of Hatred."
November 27, 2018
Three Chicago teens. All victims of gun violence. In the wake of the Parkland shootings, they plea for the same attention for their own communities. Jonathan visits one of them to hear what it's like firsthand. Produced by Carol Alderman.
November 20, 2018
Hear congresswoman-elect Lucy McBath in an interview from 2016. Along with DeJuan Patterson, she talks about gun violence, the death of her son, and how she pushed forward.
November 13, 2018
Michael Steele, former chair of the Republican National Committee, is back on the podcast to discuss the midterm elections, Nancy Pelosi and whether or not the focus should really be on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
November 6, 2018
Deborah and James Fallows traveled more than one hundred thousand miles across America. In this time of division and hatred, they came away with a surprisingly optimistic vision of the country.
October 30, 2018
Stacey Abrams could be the first African American governor of Georgia and the first black woman governor in the United States. With midterms in a week, we're rerunning her interview from Sept. 2017 to reacquaint you with the woman who could make history.
October 23, 2018
Eric Holder, former attorney general of the United States, discusses his efforts toward creating fairer districts, the controversy over his "kick 'em" comment and his views on Kanye West.
October 16, 2018
David Blight, author of 'Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom', tells you how Douglass became a demanding voice for America to live up to its ideals.
October 9, 2018
Yuval Noah Harari, author of '21 lessons for the 21st century', discusses artificial intelligence, the algorithms that control it and the people who control our data. This conversation was originally recorded at Sixth & I in Washington D.C.
October 2, 2018
Holly Harris, Executive Director of the Justice Action Network, thinks the penal system in America is broken and that mass incarceration doesn’t make us safer.
September 24, 2018
Ambassador Wendy Sherman comes back to the podcast to discuss her new book 'Not for the Faint of Heart,' President Trump, John McCain and her mother.
September 18, 2018
When Tom Perez took over as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, he said his mission was to rebuild trust and infrastructure. Seventeen months later, with wins in several states, Perez is confident that the Democratic Party is back on track.
September 11, 2018
As the midterm elections bear down upon us, Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, is traveling all over the country helping LGBTQ and allied candidates in their quest for higher office and being a voice for Americans who have had enough.
September 4, 2018
Karen Hobert Flynn, president of Common Cause, is sounding an alarm over a drive to call for a constitutional convention and the lasting damage that could do.
August 28, 2018
Aug. 28 is primary day in Florida and a chance for Andrew Gillum to become the state's first African American democratic nominee for governor. To reacquaint you, this episode is a rerun of our June conversation with the man who could make history.
August 20, 2018
Karol Mason, president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a former Obama Justice Department official, discusses what the public thinks criminal justice means, what it actually means and what it should mean.
August 14, 2018
Robert Runcie instituted radical changes when he became superintendent of Broward County schools. Those changes helped give rise to the Parkland generation after his students experienced one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history.
August 7, 2018
Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, discusses the moral mistakes of the Trump administration, populism and why he's leaving his job.
July 31, 2018
'Futureface' is No. 1 on President Obama's summer reading list. Author Alex Wagner, who is half-white and half-Burmese, discusses how untangling her family's history gave her a new perspective on our country today.
July 24, 2018
Former New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu joins Jonathan in front of a live audience at the Opportunity 2020 conference in Columbus Ohio. They discuss the removal of Confederate statues from New Orleans, Trump and the future of the Democratic Party.
July 17, 2018
In the conversation around criminal justice reform, more attention is being paid to how the police work. Professor Andrew Ferguson, author of ‘The Rise of Big Data Policing’ walks through the tools police are using to combat crime and its downsides.
July 10, 2018
David Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee and former British foreign affairs minister discusses the immigration crisis at the US southern border and puts it into a global context.
July 3, 2018
Today our moral underpinnings are being tested. So there's no better person to talk to than Rev. Barber, the man whose multiple arrests in the Moral Monday movement have galvanized the nation. This episode is one part history seminar and two parts church.
June 26, 2018
As the Trump Administration grapples with a crisis of its own making Jeh Johnson, former Secretary of Homeland Security tells us about what happened when he faced separating children from their parents.
June 19, 2018
Andrew Gillum is the mayor of Tallahassee and he's attempting to do something never attempted by a black person in Florida: Be elected governor. But he's got to get through the primary first.
June 12, 2018
Senator Tim Kaine, member of the armed services committee and foreign relations committee weighs in on North Korea, the drama in Canada and the demons unleashed by President Trump.
June 5, 2018
Steve Phillips, author of "Brown is the New White", discusses how the inability of the largely white democratic leadership to inspire people of color is a problem staring them right in the face.
May 29, 2018
Today, Starbucks is closing its stores nationwide for racial bias training. So we're bringing you a collection of past interviews that explore the history of African Americans in this country and how that informs what Starbucks employees will be hearing.
May 22, 2018
The Pulitzer Prize-winning musician talks about how his new work "the ever-funky lowdown" fits in the current conversation around race and how rap and hip-hop is damaging to that conversation. This interview includes strong language, including the n-word.
May 15, 2018
Jordan Klepper, the host of Comedy Central's, "The Opposition," talks about how he does the show in an age when the comedy of real life tops about what comedians can come up with.
May 8, 2018
California state Sen. Kevin de León is taking on Sen. Dianne Feinstein in the primaries. So who is he? He discusses his immigrant roots, his unplanned foray into politics and his disdain for Trump, and what all of that has to do with unicorns.
May 4, 2018
To celebrate May The Fourth, we brought Mark Hamill on the show. He talks about his career, why Star Wars still resonates so strongly, and Mark shares some stories from Star Wars history that you might not have heard before.
May 1, 2018
Search your feelings, you know it to be true ... that you want to listen to Mark Hamill.
April 26, 2018
We've taken Jonathan's hour long sit down with Bryan Stevenson on the lynching memorial and legacy museum opening in Montgomery, Alabama and cut it down to give you some highlights.
April 24, 2018
Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, discusses the opening of the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice (aka, the lynching memorial). He talks about confronting racial terrorism and how to end it.
April 17, 2018
Foreign policy expert Robert Kagan discusses our nation's retreat from its international responsibilities under President Trump and why it could mean the end of the world order America created after WWII.
April 10, 2018
Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch returns to the podcast to talk about the impromptu tarmac meeting with President Clinton, her working relationship with former FBI director James Comey, and the raid on the president's lawyer, Michael Cohen.
April 3, 2018
Civil Rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) reflects on 50 years of his life and the life of America without Martin Luther King Jr. and why he’s making his first trip back to Indianapolis since he learned the news there that King was dead.
March 27, 2018
Andrea Ritchie, author of 'Invisible No More' discusses how women of color bear the brunt of police violence just as much as men of color, how nobody is talking about it, and what we should be doing about the issue.
March 20, 2018
Joanne Lipman, author of 'That's What She Said" talks about the tense environment between men and women in the workplace, how diversity training made things worse, and what women do to be seen as equal in a so-called man's world.
March 13, 2018
Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) discusses President Trump's planned meeting with Kim Jong Un and what makes the Parkland students activism on gun control different than the others.
March 6, 2018
Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder discusses the independent counsel investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election, his work at a national redistricting effort, and whether he has his eyes on a White House run in 2020.
March 1, 2018
This episode originally aired on January 10, 2017. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.
February 27, 2018
Michele Norris, NPR's first female African American host and founder of The Race Card project, talks about America's foundational ailment and how race is an integral part of our national discourse.
February 22, 2018
This episode originally aired on September 23, 2016. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.
February 20, 2018
Tai Hall, author of "#LunchboxChronicles," and Margaret Capehart, Jonathan Capehart's own mother, share an intergenerational conversation about raising black boys — 40 years apart.
February 15, 2018
This episode was originally published on August 29, 2017. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.
February 13, 2018
Lt. Gov. of Virginia Justin Fairfax is only the second African American in Virginia's history to be elected statewide. He discusses how his inauguration marks the history of his state and America.
February 8, 2018
This episode was originally published on November 1, 2016. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.
February 6, 2018
To kick off our Black History Month spotlight former 'Today Show' host Tamron Hall discusses how she became the first African American woman to host the show and what it means to her to be unapologetically black and unapologetically American.
February 1, 2018
This episode was originally published on October 3, 2017. We’re republishing it as part of our Black History Month spotlight series dedicated to featuring African American voices whose perspectives you need to hear.
January 30, 2018
President Trump delivers his first State of the Union address but former chair of the Republican party Michael Steele says after one year of the Trump presidency, the state of the union is shaky.
January 23, 2018
The controversial author of 'Fire and Fury' discusses his sourcing, his access, and details in the book that have everyone talking. This is a live recording of a Politics & Prose event at Sixth & I in Washington, D.C.
January 16, 2018
Lisa Monaco, former homeland security adviser to President Obama, discusses North Korea, America's standing in the world, the travel ban, terrorism and Robert Mueller.
January 9, 2018
Soon-to-be former governor Terry McAuliffe talks about the Virginia gubernatorial election, his views on race and gender issues, and what it was like serving during an eventful time in Virginia politics.
January 2, 2018
Dionne Warwick, a seven time Grammy award winner and early activist in the fight against HIV/AIDS discusses her work as an activist and what she would do if President Trump called her about it.
December 26, 2017
Deborah Rutter, president of the Kennedy Center, talks about installing the performing arts center's first artistic director for hip hop to the challenges of being the local performing arts center for the nation's capital.
December 19, 2017
Congresswoman Frederica Wilson of Florida discusses why she is angry about the conflicting stories about what happened to Sgt. La David Johnson and President Trump's call to his widow.
December 12, 2017
Dan Rather, the former CBS news anchor, talks about his new book "What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism," politics, media and why he's still such a hit with Millennials.
December 5, 2017
Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, talks about DACA and how to move forward in the immigration debate.
November 28, 2017
Hillary Clinton joins Jonathan and talks about why she wanted to be president, coming to terms with the fact that people don't like her, and sexism and misogyny.
November 21, 2017
Chris Matthews of MSNBC's 'Hardball' talks about writing his eighth book, 'Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit,' and Bobby Kennedy's role in the Civil Rights Era and his family's politics.
November 14, 2017
Donna Brazile discusses her contentious relationship with the Clinton campaign, the impact of the Russian hack on the DNC and why she wrote her controversial book about it in the first place. This interview contains some adult language.
November 7, 2017
Congress is debating a tax bill. Maya MacGuineas, the president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, breaks down the complicated tax reform debate and explains why popular deductions might actually hurt our nation's fiscal health.
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