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July 7, 2020
Harris, a Democratic senator from California, also discussed during a live taping of Cape Up the coronavirus pandemic and the explosive allegation that Russia was paying bounties to the Taliban for killing U.S. troops.
June 30, 2020
Poet Elizabeth Alexander, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation president who spoke at President Barack Obama’s first inauguration, discusses the importance of the arts to society and has advice for those who have lost loved ones during the covid-19 pandemic.
June 23, 2020
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael A. Grinston, the highest ranking enlisted member of the U.S. Army, discusses his upbringing in Alabama and why he sometimes felt, being biracial, he was "not black enough for black people."
June 16, 2020
"We actually punish black people for being resilient," says Carol Anderson, the author of “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide.” She lays out a persistent pattern of injustice for African Americans in U.S. history.
June 9, 2020
Rep. John Lewis doesn't want today's fighters to give up. "You must be able and prepared to give until you cannot give any more,’ he says. ‘We must use our time and our space on this little planet that we call Earth to make a lasting contribution."
June 2, 2020
Robin DiAngelo, the author of “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism,” doesn’t mince words. “I actually don’t think that most white people care about racial injustice. I really don’t,” she says.
May 26, 2020
Stephen Smith is running an unconventional campaign for governor of West Virginia. Its policy proposals and budget have been written by the people. Listen to Smith discuss why the pandemic has enhanced his campaign's “West Virginia Can’t Wait” message.
May 19, 2020
Jaime Harrison, a Democrat, is vying to become South Carolina’s second black sitting U.S. senator. Here's why his race to defeat the incumbent, Republican Lindsey Graham, has gone from improbable to possible.
May 15, 2020
Billy Porter has a Grammy, a Tony and an Emmy. But showing up at the Oscars in a black velvet tuxedo gown made him a cultural icon. The attitude that led to that moment is a key to his success and offers a good lesson for us today.
May 12, 2020
Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Ahmaud Arbery's family, talks about how Arbery’s case is “like a modern day lynching.” Crump also discusses the eerie similarities between Arbery’s case and the case of Trayvon Martin.
May 5, 2020
Jonathan Metzl, author of “Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland,” comes back to the podcast to explain how his argument “has been on steroids since this pandemic started.”
April 28, 2020
The Rev. William Barber has preached about how racism, poverty, voter suppression and the lack of access to health care are linked. Now the coronavirus has forced us to face these issues in America, and he says Americans are eager to fight back.
April 24, 2020
Interviews with two elected officials in two different jurisdictions dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
April 21, 2020
Michael Steele, former chair of the Republican National Committee, discusses President Trump’s daily briefings and how Trump has treated Americans during the coronavirus pandemic. This episode contains explicit language and listener discretion is advised.
April 14, 2020
Dr. Ruth Westheimer has been doling out frank advice about sex and relationships for 40 years. This week she answers questions on sex and relationships during Coronavirus. This episode contains adult language. Listener discretion is advised.
April 7, 2020
Darren Walker’s philanthropic career has put him in the middle of helping to resolve some of the nation’s biggest problems, from New Orleans rebuilding after Katrina to the bankruptcy of Detroit. Coronavirus is a totally different disaster.
April 3, 2020
The Obama administration created a playbook for pandemic preparedness for President Trump. Now, as we live through the coronavirus, former national security adviser Susan Rice says President Trump has tossed their “Pandemics for dummies” manual aside.
March 31, 2020
Holly Harris of Justice Action Network and Topeka Sam of New Yorkers United for Justice are warning that jails are breeding grounds for COVID-19 and are pleading with President Trump and governors to release certain prisoners into home confinement.
March 24, 2020
Though she disbanded her presidential campaign, Sen. Kamala Harris is now a possible vice presidential candidate. Back in early 2019, Jonathan Capehart talked with Harris about her memoir, upbringing and career in front of a live audience.
March 17, 2020
Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) serves on multiple committees, and was one of seven House impeachment managers who argued for the conviction of President Trump. Now, her name is being bandied about as a potential vice presidential nominee.
March 10, 2020
Rachel Bitecofer became a sought after prognosticator after July 2018, when she predicted the Democrats would retake the House. In this episode, Bitecofer talks about how she makes her predictions.
March 3, 2020
Chasten Buttigieg talks about the historic nature of Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign and what it meant to the LGBTQ community.
February 25, 2020
Mayor Pete Buttigieg talks about the rise Bernie Sanders, the hurdles he faces with black voters and whether or not he's actually gay.
February 18, 2020
Broadway and television producer Richie Jackson says being gay is a gift and was thrilled when his son came out to him. After his son said being gay was no big deal, Jackson decided to write his book ‘Gay Like Me: A Father Writes to his Son'.
February 12, 2020
Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) discusses what might be the most important vote of his Senate career: to convict President Trump on both Articles of Impeachment.
February 4, 2020
Governor Deval Patrick is running for the Democratic nomination for president. His is an uphill fight, made tougher by the fact that African-American voters are not giving the only black candidate now in the race the boost and support he needs.
January 28, 2020
Jonathan Metzl talks about his book "Dying of Whiteness," and the racial politics of taxes, healthcare and guns in America.
January 21, 2020
In an interview at the Capitol on Jan. 17, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) -- a member of the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees -- breaks down what's happened and what's to come in the impeachment process.
January 14, 2020
Rep. Ro Khanna joins Jonathan to talk about Iran, the Sanders campaign and why the Democratic field has become so white.
December 17, 2019
At Bloomberg campaign headquarters in NY last week, campaign manager Kevin Sheekey explained why Michael Bloomberg entered the race and why he believes a national campaign can win.
December 10, 2019
On the day Kamala Harris dropped out of the presidential race, Jonathan was in Boston for a live conversation with Stacey Abrams. She talked about the hurdles faced by black women, voter suppression and why she would consider being the VP nominee.
December 3, 2019
Starbucks COO Rosalind Brewer joined Jonathan at a live event in June to talk about race, leadership and what happened at that Philadelphia Starbucks.
November 26, 2019
Senator Kamala Harris wants you to know she doesn't pay attention to polls, her policy proposals are guided by doing the right thing, not just the popular thing and she believes President Trump should be scared of her, not the other way around.
November 19, 2019
The author of "Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business" joined Jonathan for a live conversation at Politics & Prose about why diversity programs fail, the success stories, and what we can all do better.
November 12, 2019
Senator Cory Booker sits down with Jonathan in Newark to talk about why he's running for president, what drives him, and why he's not worried about his poll numbers.
November 5, 2019
At the Aspen Ideas Festival this summer, Valerie Jarrett joined a live "Cape Up" event to discuss her book "Finding My Voice," and to dole out a wealth of hard-earned life and career advice.
October 29, 2019
There's a reason chef Jose Andres was selected to throw out the first pitch at game 5 of the World Series. At a live event recorded earlier this year, Andres talks about leadership, humanity and how disaster response needs to change.
October 22, 2019
Michael Steele comes back to the podcast to talk about this extraordinary political moment and why Republicans refuse to step up.
October 15, 2019
In a live event at Third Way in June, former Planned Parenthood president and Supermajority founder Cecile Richards discussed the myths and realities of making women heard in politics.
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.
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