Farai Chideya is a novelist, journalist, and radio host. She currently produces and hosts the podcast "Our Body Politic." She is also Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University, where she teaches courses in radio production and media economics. Prior to 2009, Chideya was the host of the National Public Radio radio program "News & Notes." She produced and hosted the show "Pop and Politics with Farai Chideya," a series on politics that ran for 15 years, and the podcast "One with Farai." Before that, she hosted "Your Call," a daily radio call-in show on KALW in San Francisco. Chideya was a member of the improv comedy troupe The Immediate Gratification Players. She is also the founder and president the pop culture blog "PopandPolitics.com." In addition to radio, video and online journalism, Chideya appears as a political analyst on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, ABC News, Fox News, BET and HBO. She is a senior writer for the website FiveThirtyEight. Chideya's first novel, "Kiss the Sky," was published in 2009. She is part of The Finish Party writing group, and is the author of three non-fiction books about race and politics: "Don't Believe the Hype," "The Color of Our Future," and "Trust: Reaching the 100 Million Missing Voters." Chideya began her career working for Newsweek magazine, MTV News, the Oxygen Network and the non-profit community news website, TheBeehive.org. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times Syndicate, The Chicago Tribune Syndicate, The American Prospect, The San Francisco Chronicle, Time Magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine, Vibe Magazine, Spin Magazine and Glamour. Chideya was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She received her B.A. in English Literature from Harvard College.
This week Farai Chideya looks at what makes it into our history books—and why—with New York Times investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of the 1619 Project. Then she talks with poet and philanthropist Elizabeth Alexander about how monuments and public spaces also shape our historical narrative. Dr. Mary Bassett of Harvard University shares what she thinks it will take to truly address healthcare inequities laid bare by Covid-19, and how that would prepare us for the next epidemic. And the weekly roundtable Sippin’ the Political Tea welcomes special guests Kyhisha Zebley, a police sergeant in Philadelphia, and Gabriela Mejia, an anti-harassment advocate at the organization Hollaback!, to talk about how to be a safe and effective bystander during encounters with police.1:05 Nikole Hannah-Jones on why teaching the 1619 Project is a free speech issue12:41 Poet Elizabeth Alexander on the role of public spaces in teaching history20:59 Dr. Mary Bassett talks about lessons learned from Zimbabwe’s healthcare system29:15 Sippin’ the Political Tea: how to be a safe witness to police brutality with a law enforcement officer and an anti-harassment advocate
This week Farai Chideya talks with DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton on why she’s fighting to make DC a state. Public opinion researcher Tresa Undem shares how attitudes about race, gender, and power influenced voters in 2020. Retired Major General Linda Singh of the National Guard talks about how the insurrection on January 6th highlighted the need to focus on domestic terrorism, and discusses the role of law enforcement in social-justice protests. On Sippin’ the Political Tea, contributors Errin Haines of the 19th and Jess Morales Rocketto of the National Domestic Workers Alliance join Farai to take stock of the first 100 days of the Biden-Harris administration.0:52 Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton on the argument for DC statehood12:30 Survey researcher Tresa Undem on top predictors for voters in 202020:22 Retired Major General Linda Singh on the aftermath of January 6th28:50 Sippin’ the Political Tea: a look back at the first 100 days of the Biden-Harris administration with regular contributors Errin Haines and Jess Morales Rocketto
This week Farai Chideya talks with Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice and founder of the Tamir Rice Foundation, on what justice looks like to her. Our Body Politic contributor Dr. Kavita Trivedi reminds us how to keep children safe until they’re eligible for Covid-19 vaccines. PBS NewsHour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor reflects on the responsibility of covering whoever is in power. And The Grio’s April Ryan joins our Sippin’ the Political Tea roundtable to analyze the week’s news.EPISODE RUNDOWN0:48 Samaria Rice on what justice looks like to her and her family12:16 Contributor Dr. Kavita Trivedi on how to protect kids in the pandemic19:58 PBS NewsHour’s Yamiche Alcindor on lessons learned from the Trump era30:49 Sippin’ the Political Tea invites The Grio’s April Ryan to talk about the news
This week Farai Chideya talks with Representative Val Demings about Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial, the continued threat of domestic terrorism, and her thoughts on George Floyd’s murder as a former officer of the law. Cannabis entrepreneur Khadijah Adams talks about what it would take to give people of color an equal opportunity in the industry they helped create. And Dianna Houenou of New Jersey’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission shares what it means to work for social equity in the state’s new cannabis marketplace. Plus, on our weekly roundtable, Sippin’ the Political Tea, Farai welcomes business of entertainment contributor Casey Mendoza and #OscarsSoWhite founder April Reign to talk about what the latest awards nominations say about inclusion in Hollywood.EPISODE RUNDOWN0:44 Representative Val Demings on accountability for the January 6th insurrection12:33 Dianna Houenou on New Jersey’s regulation of cannabis businesses19:08 Khadijah Adams on why people of color need to invest in the marijuana industry28:44 Sippin’ the Political Tea: representation in Hollywood with #OscarsSoWhite campaign founder April Reign and OBP business of entertainment contributor Casey Mendoza
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Jul 27th, 1969
New York, New York, United States of America
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2 days, 5 hours
Podchaser Creator ID logo 997240