How do we survive in the age of Trump? Kamau and Hari are here for you. In season 2 of Politically Re-Active, comedians and longtime friends W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu are here to navigate the dumpster fire that is the US political landscape. The hosts will have some help answering questions and separating fact from fake news as they talk to today’s most fascinating artists, activists, writers, journalists and political thinkers. Join Kamau and Hari as they discuss how to move forward, how to be an active part of the resistance, and how to stay joyful in the face of the unknown. Don’t “hold up, wait a minute” - subscribe today.
Presenting Maeve in AmericaThis week, we present a new podcast from our friend Maeve Higgins! Maeve grapples with perhaps the hottest topic of Trump’s USA: immigration. More importantly, she meets Roz Koo - business woman, activist, and professional butt-kicker of the highest order. Ro… Read More
Facing the Future with CNN’s Jake TapperWhat do you do when a liar, xenophobe, misogynist, and racist becomes president? Get to work and do some damn good reporting if you’re guest Jake Tapper of CNN. In our final episode of the season, Kamau and Hari continue to process the reality of a Trump presi… Read More
Roxane Gay on Anger After the ElectionThis week on Politically Re-Active, Kamau and Hari process the election results. Standup comedian Laurie Kilmartin and writer Roxane Gay join the guys to help make sense of a deeply painful moment in American history. From the costs to black and brown communit… Read More
Voting Day Update About This Week's Show!Our show will be Thursday not Wednesday, but we've got the amazing Roxane Gay!You read that right, one of our all time favorite writers Roxane Gay will be joining us on this post-election recap/cool-down/anxiety fest. Check out her most recent piece in the New… Read More
Comedian Hasan Minhaj on New Brown America and His SuperpowersAlso, what Chief Wahoo means for #NoDAPL and Native American rights.We’ve only got a few more episodes left in this season of Politically Re-Active, so we’re packing each show to the brim! First, Kamau and Hari call up Sterling HolyWhiteMountain of the Blackf… Read More
Dr. Jill Stein on Investing Your VoteIn spite of being called a long shot, Dr. Jill Stein aims to prove that the only wasted vote is the vote for the failed two-party system. The doctor, activist, and Green Party presidential nominee sits down with Kamau and Hari to talk about her political origi… Read More
S. E. Cupp on being an Anti-Trump ConservativeThe first conservative guest in the history of Politically Re-Active opens up to Kamau and Hari about being a “Republican Translator,” how the GOP can win back Trump supporters, and America’s last remaining safe space: baseball. It’s a civil, respectful, aisle… Read More
Comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh & Chicano Band Las Cafeteras are Everything Trump FearsThe East LA band Las Cafeteras has a saying: “if we can’t dance together, we can’t move together.” The Chicano/Chicana group continues our discussion on the intersection of art and activism today: not just the fights and struggles of community movements, but t… Read More
Rosa Clemente on Third Parties in a Broken SystemHip-hop activist, journalist, and community organizer Rosa Clemente has a few good reasons why she doesn’t rock with the Dems. For one, they keep trying to kick her party – the Green Party – off of state ballots. And don’t get her started on Hillary Clinton’s … Read More
Rachel Maddow on Donald Trump, Dick Cheney, and River MonstersNot Loch Ness Monsters, River Monsters.Decompress from the presidential debate with your favorite hosts and this week’s guest, Rachel Maddow! With just under six weeks to go until the election, the author and TV icon gets real about Trump, from his chances of … Read More
Presidential Debate Tailgate with John DickersonThe host of CBS' Face the Nation talks about the skill of moderating presidential debates.In a first for Politically Re-Active, Kamau and Hari chat with a member of the mainstream media! John Dickerson is the host of CBS’s Face the Nation, and like Kamau, is a… Read More
BONUS EPISODE: NoDAPL, Mailbag, & Our Old Pal Adam MansbachThe long-awaited Mailbag Episode!HOLD UP; WAIT A MINUTE – it’s a bonus episode in three acts! As Native tribes continue their protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline, Kamau and Hari catch up with the #NoDAPL movement by calling writer, filmmaker, and indigenous … Read More
Jasiri X: Hip Hop and the MovementAlso - bonus episode tomorrow!Before Kendrick Lamar electrified the Grammys and Beyonce got mainstream America in “Formation,” rapper Jasiri X was making music with a message. His social justice-inspired approach to hip hop has won him countless fans – Angela … Read More
Shaun King on Controversy, Color, and KaepernickAnd Kamau's musical take on the Star Spangled Banner.Our guest this week is known for his bold and relentless writing on racial injustice and police brutality. Surprise: the “alt right” is not a fan. They’ve accused New York Daily News Senior Justice reporter … Read More
Lindy West on Seeing Women as Real PeopleAnd how movies in the 80s were really kinda creepy.This week on Hari and Co. Politically Re-Active, Kamau and Hari chat with author, columnist and legendary internet-troll confronter, Lindy West! West delves into rape culture, the objectification of female Oly… Read More
Dave Zirin on Loving and Hating the OlympicsToday we're talking about sports! (And politics)Every four years, Americans pick a president. And every fours summers, the world’s nations send its most muscled and agile to compete in a display of artistry and athleticism. And on #politicallyreactive, we’re t… Read More
David Daley on How Republicans Ratf**ked American DemocracyNo really, that's what it's about.The year 2012 looked like the start of a promising era for Democrats. Obama had just won his second term as president, the Dems had taken a big majority in the Senate, and the party had earned 1.3 million more votes than the G… Read More
dream hampton on Black Liberation in the Hour of ChaosAnd the price of being a critical woman of color.She was tight with Biggie and has the ear of some of today’s biggest musicians, but writer, filmmaker, and social justice activist dream hampton prefers to stay out of the limelight – if she can. Known as “your … Read More
How Van Jones Keeps His Cool in the Cable News CircusAnd why does he call himself Van...Our guest this week is one of Fox News’s least favorite people. Coincidentally, he’s one of Kamau and Hari’s favorites! Van Jones is a CNN commentator and activist who has started numerous social and environmental justice ini… Read More
Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman Gives Us the Election Unfiltered(Almost) Live from the DNC!Kamau and Hari are in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention! ...or at least they’re in the recording studio just outside of the convention. In this episode, the Politically Re-Active hosts talk to Democracy Now!’s Amy G… Read More
Pramila Jayapal on Majority Minority Districts & Teaching Hari How to Dress HimselfHari and Kamau also get into #GOPSoWhite.
Robert Reich on Min. Wage, the Bern, & His Date with HillaryRobert Reich wants to save capitalism?The richest people in the U.S. right now are wealthier than they have been “ever in the history of humankind,” says former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich. So why are the rest of us hustling so hard? In this episode, the B… Read More
Pastor Michael McBride Says Stop Reaching for WhitenessWe talk Black Lives Matter and setting white people free.There are two things that Pastor Michael McBride is sure of: Jesus... and white supremacy. The activist and religious leader join W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu in the studio to make sense of last week… Read More
Kathleen Hanna on 3rd Wave Feminism & Why She's "With Her"A brief history of third wave feminism and how some of those ideas fit into politics todayPunk and feminist icon Kathleen Hanna join W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu on Politically Re-Active to talk about her time in the riot grrrl band Bikini Kill and what it… Read More
Private Prisons with Shane BauerWe still have a show!Mother Jones journalist Shane Bauer joins hosts W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu to talk about his recent and crazy article about working as a guard at a private prison in Louisiana for four months. You may recognize his name as one of the… Read More
Dog Whistling with Ian Haney-LópezOur first show!On the first episode of this brand new show, comedians W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu start digging into the strange facets of our political system. Berkeley professor Ian Haney-López joins them to talk about dog whistling in politics. They ge… Read More
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W. Kamau Bell
W. Kamau Bell is a critically acclaimed sociopolitical comedian and host of the Emmy Award nominated hit CNN docu-series United Shades of America. Season two of the show premieres in April 2017. Kamau’s first book, The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian, is set to come out May 2, 2017. Kamau is the host of three podcasts: Politically Re-Active, Denzel Washington is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period, and Kamau Right Now! Kamau’s first comedy special, Semi-Prominent Negro, was produced and directed by Morgan Spurlock.
Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based comedian and writer who the New York Times has described as “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” His new album Mainstream American Comic is a follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut Waiting for 2042, which was also released on legendary indie label Kill Rock Stars. Paste Magazine named the album one of the Top 10 Standup Albums of 2014. Currently, Hari is touring the country, and making a documentary film with Tru TV tentatively titled “The Problem with Apu” about the stereotypical Indian character on The Simpsons.