Category: Insights

Our Body Politic: A win for Democrats and a blow for democracy, the power of investing in women entrepreneurs, and envisioning a different way to understand the meaning of work.

This week on Our Body Politic, I dissected political news across the country, from the Senate races in Georgia to the violence in our nation’s capital – and welcomed new contributor and legal analyst Tiffany Jeffers. Impact investor Nathalie Molina Niño took on the exclusion of women of color in finance. Business reporter Ruth Umoh took stock of corporations’ promises to invest in racial equity. Former journalist Carla Murphy told me about her mission to understand why other journalists of color leave newsrooms. Plus, the leaders of the Guild of Future Architects spoke on what work will look like decades from now.

We also have a new Speak prompt this week: If this was your first day in office as president, what would be your top priority and why? According to Farai, “I think the first thing I’d do is put a blanket under the desk in the Oval Office for when I needed a nap, because I know I’d be working 24-7.” To respond, click here, or call us at 929-353-7006 and leave a voicemail. We love to use listener responses on the show, so if you are open to us airing a recording of your response please be sure to say “You have my permission to use this on air.”

Our Body Politic: How to Enter 2021 With Joy, Resilience… and a Plan

Happy New Year! In the spirit of looking forward, I wrote an essay about the launch  of Our Body Politic this year – and what’s coming next. Check it out here and let me know what you’re thinking.

This week on Our Body Politic, I spent more time with the sparkling roster of Our Body Politic contributors. Errin Haines of the 19th predicted the most important political stories of 2021 for women of color. Mutale Nkonde of AI for the People shared her secrets to envisioning success. Psychologist Dr. Ryan DeLapp offered advice to parents about having conversations on race and resilience with their children. Newsy reporter Casey Mendoza reflected on the successes and failures of 2020 in entertainment. And Forbes reporter Ruth Umoh looked back on how the year impacted Black women.

Our Body Politic: How the New Georgia Project made voting cool, why Covid may spur the end of tipping, and what inspires local leaders from California to Arizona and beyond

On this week’s episode, I talked with Nse Ufot of the New Georgia Project about the power of organizing the vote. Air Force Sergeant Tamika Hamilton shared with me about what inspired her to run in California, and Varshini Prakash of the Sunrise Movement connected racial inequity and the climate crisis. Saru Jayaraman of One Fair Wage explained the pandemic’s effect on service workers.  Alejandra Gomez of Living United for Change in Arizona reflects on organizing efforts in the election. Plus, how Dr. Camilla Pang explains the average human’s behavior.

And this week, I’m asking the Our Body Politic community a new question: How are you coping with the pandemic — emotionally or in any other ways? To let us know, you can write to us via this form or call us at 929-353-7006 and leave a voicemail. If you want us to use your voice on-air, be sure and say “You have my permission to air this.”

Our Body Politic: Representative Veronica Escobar on leading El Paso through the Covid crisis, Black homeownership rates in a new light, and Latino representation on the small screen

This week, I talked with Representative Veronica Escobar about Covid and immigration in her district of El Paso. Gina Pérez of the Texas State Board of Education explained how continued cuts to school programs inspired her to take action. Our political contributor Errin Haines brought updates from the political world, and business contributor Ruth Umoh analyzed Black homeownership. Medical student Nia Buckner explained why she and other students updated the Hippocratic Oath, and entertainment contributor Casey Mendoza reflected on the representation of Latinos on television. Plus, journalist Paola Ramos took us looking for the meaning of “Latinx.”

Representative-Elect Jamaal Bowman on a divided Democratic Party, why the 2020 Census still matters, and more

This week I talked with Representative-Elect Jamaal Bowman of New York about his plans for a more just and equitable district, with a major focus on education. Contributor Errin Haines of The 19th updated us on the latest moves in the incoming Biden Administration, and NPR correspondent Hansi Lo Wang explained why the 2020 Census is still not over. Imani Barbarin discussed the intersection of disability and social media. And Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom, MacArthur “Genius”, shared how she beautifully annotates her lived experience as a Black woman and sociologist in her collection of personal essays.

My question for listeners this week is: How would your day be different if you spent as much time on community, family, creativity, and wellness as you do on working? Let us know what you think by writing in here, or calling us at 929-353-7006 and leaving a voicemail. If you want us to use your voice on-air, be sure and say “You have my permission to air this.”

Our Body Politic: Dallas Police Chief Reneé Hall on being fully Black and fully blue

This week on Our Body Politic, I talked to Dallas Chief of Police Reneé Hall about her career in law enforcement at a time of rising consciousness across the nation. Our regular medical contributor Dr. Kavita Trivedi explained the intricacies of Covid testing and why it’s important to keep safety protocols in place. Reporter Ruth Umoh made the connection between student debt and entrepreneurship, and Errin Haines gave us an update on the incoming stars of the Biden-Harris White House. Plus, a higher education leader shared with me how students and colleges are coping during Covid, and author Morgan Jerkins discussed her journey searching for a shared history.

And we have a new question for our listeners! How would your day be different if you spent as much time on community, family, creativity, and wellness as you do on working? You can leave us a message here, or you can call us at 929-353-7006 and leave a voicemail. If you want us to use your voice on-air, be sure and say “You have my permission to air this.”

Our Body Politic: Media veteran Maria Hinojosa, #PublishingPaidMe, and journalists of color creating inclusive newsrooms

This week on Our Body Politic, we’re giving thanks to the journalists who are changing the world around us. First, veteran journalist Maria Hinojosa spoke about creating a more inclusive newsroom as one of the pioneering Latinas in public radio. Then journalist Wendi Thomas discussed why she built a newsroom by and for locals in Memphis; and Jenni Monet shared how to decolonize our news feeds. The New York Times’ Somini Segupta talked about covering the climate crisis. And Lisa Lucas explained how a Twitter hashtag changed her career path, and her goals as a new publisher. Plus, the women behind the Guild of Future Architects joined me for the second part of our conversation on envisioning our collective future.

Our Body Politic: Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib on the future of the Democratic Party, religion in U.S. politics, and author Yaa Gyasi on the power of faith

This week on Our Body Politic, I spoke with Congresswoman Tlaib about The Squad’s role, how grassroots activism is shaping the future of the Democratic Party, and on how she continues to fight for her constituents despite working in a polarized Congress. Infectious disease expert Dr. Celine Gounder, a member of the Biden Covid-19 task force, offered insights into two promising vaccine, as well as the goals of President-Elect Joe Biden’s Covid Task Force. Lonnae O’Neal of ESPN’s “The Undefeated” investigated the intersection of race, sports and health in America. Scholar Robert P. Jones discussed the intersection of religion and politics, and bestselling author Yaa Gyasi told us about her new book, her Ghanaian roots, and removing the stigma around mental health.

This week, we’re asking: Imagine if women of color trusted the society around them and felt truly liberated. What would you do if you felt truly liberated and financially secure? Let us know what you think by calling 929-353-7006 and leaving a voicemail, or writing in here.

Our Body Politic: Senator Tammy Duckworth on a Lifetime of Service, Breaking Down the “WoC Vote,” and the Freedom to Imagine Liberation

This week on Our Body Politic, I spoke with Senator Tammy Duckworth about serving in the military, becoming a mother, and advocating for safe and equitable environments for veterans. Washington insider Stephanie Valencia broke down the so-called Latino vote, and challenged the major parties to show up beyond an election year. I talked to our finance contributor Ruth Umoh about the Biden Plan for Black America, and the significance and optics of Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris for women of color. Futurists Sharon Chang and Kamal Sinclair of The Guild of Future Architects led us through imaging a future of liberation for women of color. Ajón Crump shared how she’s spending her time in lockdown by fundraising for and sending free sneakers to nurses on the frontline of the pandemic. And journalist S. Mitra Kalita and I got real on the role of journalists in a pandemic.

And now I want to hear from you! Imagine if women of color trusted the society around them and felt truly liberated. What would you do if you felt truly liberated and financially secure? Let us know by writing to us here or calling us at 929-353-7006 and leaving a voicemail.

Our Body Politic’s 2020 Election Special: What’s on the Agenda for Women of Color Starting the Day After

The day after the election, Our Body Politic served up a special election episode where I talked with Errin Haines, editor-at-large of The 19th, and Jess Morales Rocketto, civic engagement director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance, about what motivated women of color to turn out at the polls and take up leadership roles in activism, media, and more. Plus, what WoC want to see in political leaders from now on.

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