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Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with analysis from Sam Sinyangwe, Kaya Henderson, and De’Ara Balenger. Then he sits down for deep conversations with experts, influencers, and diverse local and national leaders. New episodes every Tuesday.

174 Episodes
DeRay, De'Ara, Kaya, and Sam dive into recent overlooked news including teachers' unions, police discipline records, election delays, and facial recognition. Johnetta Elzie joins again to update us about developments around the current protests. Then, DeRay sits down with representatives from Ameelio; the nonprofit that allows families to communicate with incarcerated populations. Deray De'Ara Kaya Sam Ameelio
DeRay, De'Ara, Kaya, and Sam dive into recent overlooked news including food insecurity, voting rights for ex-felons, election polling, and pandemic learning pods. Johnetta Elzie joins again to update us about developments around the current protests. Then, DeRay sits down with Sarah Iannarone, who is running for mayor in Portland, to discuss the police-state response in that city. News links: DeRay Kaya Sam De'Ara
DeRay, Sam, De'Ara, and Kaya dive into recent overlooked news including anti-vaxxers, reparations, CDC pandemic data, and Candace Valenzuela's run for Congress. Johnetta Elzie joins again to update us about developments around the current protests. Then, DeRay sits down with Elise Buik to discover what the United Way is doing to fight new heights in homelessness amid a pandemic.  News links: DeRay Kaya Sam De'Ara
DeRay, De'Ara, Kaya, and Sam dive into recent overlooked news including 'no knock' warrants, coroner elections, Oklahoma's Supreme Court decision, and foreign coronavirus responses. Johnetta Elzie joins again to update us about developments around the current protests. Then, Kaya sits down with Baltimore public schools' CEO Sonja Santelises to discuss the issues facing schools as reopening looms on the horizon.
DeRay, Sam, De'Ara, and Kaya dive into recent overlooked news, including judicial misconduct, cultural quilting, the blockades of homeschooling, and racism in property tax assessments. Johnetta Elzie joins again to update us about developments around the current protests. Then, DeRay connects with Mary Kay Henry to discuss the work the Service Employees International Union is doing to protect workers and inspire new voters.
DeRay, Sam, De'Ara, and Kaya tackle this week’s overlooked news, including poisoned baby powder, DC statehood, major strides in police reform, and school reopening issues. DeRay chats again with Johnetta Elzie about the current protest climate. Then, DeRay connects with journalist Soledad O'Brien, to discuss her new podcast and how race shapes our reception of media. DeRay: De'Ara: Kaya: Sam:
DeRay and Sam are joined by Kaya Henderson and De'Ara Balenger, new Pod Save the People news crew members. They discuss LA evictions, climate change impact on pregnancy, immigration policy, and defunding police foundations. DeRay chats with Johnetta Elzie about the current protest climate. Finally, DeRay speaks with Joanna Schwartz, about police data and what the future of fixing our country looks like. Links: DeRay: Kaya: De'Ara: Sam:
This week DeRay sits down with Black farmers Angie & June Provost to talk about their unique experiences and challenges, including racist limitations, Then, DeRay connects to Amy Kennedy, who is running for Congress in NJ, about widening the historical tent.
This week DeRay sits down with John Rappaport, a law professor and research scholar examining criminal procedures in the justice system. They discuss Rappaport's findings regarding police misconduct and the effects of police behavior on communities.
This week DeRay, Brittany, Sam, and Clint discuss the murder of George Floyd and the protests around the nation. Then, DeRay sits down with Justine Barron and Amelia McDonell-Parry, who have been researching the death and cover-up of Freddie Gray, which just hit a five-year anniversary.  To take further action, visit Campaign Zero’s curated resources here:
This week DeRay, Brittany, Sam, and Clint discuss police accountability, city funding, the data on social distancing, and the history of marijuana. Then, DeRay sits down with Dr. Nzinga Harrison of the new podcast "In Recovery" from Lemonada Media. Harrison examines the effects of coronavirus on addiction and recovery.
This week DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss Ohio's hacker protest, prisoner connectivity apps, Africa's coronavirus response, and the stats on how Black Democratic voters are changing. Then, DeRay sits down with Mehrsa Baradaran to evaluate all of the ethnic groups that were ignored in the first round of stimulus promotion, and what we need to make sure we include in the second round. Show Notes  Ohio and their efforts to eliminate workers receiving unemployment thwarted by a hacker  Connections with incarcerated parents is easier with a new app developed by a teen What African nations are teaching everyone about fighting COVID 5 facts about black Democrats
Content Warning: Violence. This week, DeRay, Brittany, Sam, and Clint discuss social distancing arrests, Ahmaud Arbery's murder, pandemic-influenced police violence, and a Sioux tribe's fight with South Dakota's governor. Then, DeRay sits down with Maryland State Senator Bill Ferguson to explore what it means to be a legislator facing 2020's unexpected problems. Show links ProPublica - Early Data Shows Black People Are Being Disproportionally Arrested for Social Distancing Violations CNN - Sioux tribe rejects South Dakota governor request to remove Covid-19 checkpoints NYT - Georgia Killing Puts Spotlight on a Police Force’s Troubled History The New Yorker - How Racism Is Shaping the Coronavirus Pandemic
This week, DeRay, Sam, Brittany, and Clint discuss food stamp limitations, racial disparities in coronavirus deaths, Missouri prosecutors, and the imprisonment of housing insecure people in St. Louis. Then, DeRay sits down with Mike Schmidt, who is currently running to become the next district attorney of Portland., code SAVETHEPEOPLE
This week, DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss college courses for inmates, the story of Onesimus, Fox News misinformation, and the Japanese island that ended quarantine too early. Then, DeRay sits down with President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Vanita Gupta, to examine the need for mail-in ballots around upcoming elections., code PSTP
This week, DeRay, Clint, and Sam discuss stimulus checks for the rich, coronavirus' impact on the environment, and Trump's new commission on policing. Then, DeRay sits down with the newly minted Dr. Clint Smith III to discuss his dissertation, “What If They Open That Door One Day? What Education Means to People Sentenced to Juvenile Life Without Parole.“ SHOW NOTES Forbes - How some wealthy Americans are cashing in on the stimulus Business Insider - The coronavirus is actually helping the environment, but will it stay this way? Shadowproof - Inside Donald Trump's New Commission On Policing
This week, DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss how the US Postal Service is critical to November elections, stimulus oversights for Black-owned businesses, pandemic jail quarantines, and coronavirus in Africa. Then, DeRay sits down with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to examine the response of America's third largest city to the current crisis. In The Bubble, wherever you get your podcasts
This week, DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss Florida's unemployment blowback, COVID-19's impact on the disabled, and the disease's spread across race and class lines. Then, DeRay sits down with David Cole from the ACLU to examine justice issues under coronavirus, including digital trials and discriminatory rationing.  SHOW NOTES Politico - Florida becomes a nightmare for Trump ProPublica - African Americans Have Contracted and Died of Coronavirus at an Alarming Rate The New York Times - Staying at home not an option for everyone The Atlantic - Coronavirus and Americans with disabilities
This week, DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss Joseph Lowery's legacy, class divides in medical care, grocery store supply chains, and Rhode Island's quarantine enforcement. Then, DeRay sits down with Keri Blakinger from The Marshall Project, to examine the impacts of coronavirus on incarcerated people., code PEOPLE Bubble with Andy Slavitt wherever you get your podcasts
This week, DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss the coronavirus and its influence on food stamp recipients, abortion clinic closures, thermometer technology, and victims of domestic violence. Then, DeRay sits down with Rep. Maxine Waters to talk about the battles she's facing in D.C. and her hopes for our national recovery.¬_found=1&gor=start
Comments (22)

Carl Davidson

The interview with Dr. Nzinga Harrison was so interesting and informative. Our society needs to completely rethink how we medically and socially treat addiction. All of the judgmental stigmatization must end.

May 27th


Love this show!!! Such good production for a podcast. Heard about it on ear hustle, so I knew I would like it, but it's so much better than I anticipated. Great reporting and interviews and info on the pandemic's impact on disadvantaged peoples in this country, not just poc but prisoners, working poor, people with disabilities, women. Love love love. Thank you for putting it out. So much better than network mainstream news.

Apr 16th


The hosts of this show are so thoughtful and compassionate. they focus on communities are being overlooked right now, such as child victims of domestic violence who are trapped at home with their abusers.

Mar 28th

Jason McIntyre

So nothing critical about Warren huh except Clint talking about how she was faking the funk about her Indian roots. That's interesting not going to talk about her being a republican until she was 47 that's cool what about her being for Medicare for all until she wasn't and how she struggled with that question or about how when she was doing well in the polls everything was fine and then when Bernie started to do well she wants to say based on a conversation they had a year ago that she all of a sudden remembered he was a sexist even though he urged her to run the last time around that's convenient 🧐 and I'm not saying sexism isn't a thing because of course it is but when you use it too liberally it loses some of its viger saying she's mad counts as masogony for real Joy Ann Reid did a segment on her show about Bernie's body language no bullshit Body language had a expert on and everything does that also count as sexist? ijs 🤔

Feb 26th


Solitary Confinement is a violation of the 8th Amendment's protection against cruel and unusual punishment and should be abolished.

Feb 16th

Tatyana Noyb

Boy you made an understatement. I'm here on Tuesday post iowa flop. Yeah, talk about result disputes at 62%, friends :)))

Feb 5th


4% of people on death row are exonerated? That's so many innocent people.

Dec 18th
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Ty Smith

Cites study that says joblessness increases crime after applauding Amazon pulling out of New York and taking all their jobs with them. Did they applaude the continued crime rate in New York?

Feb 20th

Heather Reedy

I value this podcast on so many levels. It has two ingredients I love; it's smart and it's positive. I always come away feeling I've learned a ton, and empowered to be the change I seek. I was struck by the negative comments I just saw complaining and dismissing this podcast because of how regularly the hosts discuss racism and their perspectives and experience of it. So I feel compelled to write the following: I happen to be white, and I notice I gravitate towards white voices--it's my default because it's what I know (and it's the dominant culture). Listening to this podcast opens me up and increases my perspective. I come away having more empathy and understanding of experiences outside of my own. I regularly feel more connected to all of humanity after an episode of Pod Save The People. It feeds my soul and increases my desire to effect change. So grateful 💗

Oct 26th

James Williams

It's basically Pod Save America, but with more black stereotypes. It's also much less focused and more badly expressed to the point that episodes often devolve into an hour of complaining about about white people in general.

Jul 29th

Erin Bristow

When I was growing up the program was called book it. Read a book a night weekly and we received a coupon good for a personal pizza from pizza hut. Now the kids have to complete an entire month for a personal pizza.

Jul 25th

Brooke Ackerly

without this podcast, I would lose my mind

Jun 21st

Clyde Bohannon

Beware. Crazy people podcast that make everything about race.

May 30th
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phyllis wiggins

12/19 episode enjoyed it very much.

Dec 21st

McKenzie DeBusk

See ya.

Nov 9th

Brian Lincicome

Your 8/19 episode has made me unsubscribe to this pod. The fact that each of your guests admitted to rooting for the "black person" in every Emmy category, regardless of merit, shows me you are all as racist as those whom you would condemn. Such blatant racism can only fuel the alt right and contribute to the current divisive atmosphere. I, for one, can no longer support you with my subscription.

Sep 20th
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