A show about the unfinished business of our history and its grip on our future.

Live Sundays at 6PM on 93.9 FM and AM 820.

  • The American Story, in Half a Year

    Jul 19, 2021
    2021 began with an insurrection, and it’s remained quietly intense ever since. We open the phones for a six-month check in on the political culture of the Biden era.
  • Can America Be Redeemed?

    Jul 5, 2021
    Eddie Glaude and Imani Perry consider the question through the work of James Baldwin and Richard Wright. Plus: How our country could enter a period of “post-traumatic growth.”
  • How the Right’s Anti-Trans Hate Machine Works

    Jun 28, 2021
    More than 100 anti-Trans bills have been introduced across 30 states since January. We find out what’s happening — both in the courts and in society — and what still needs to be done. 
  • Why We Must Vote

    Jun 21, 2021
    New York City faces a consequential election. We look at the history of our local election laws. Plus, the mastermind behind new voting restrictions nationally.
  • David Dinkins vs. the NYPD

    Jun 14, 2021
    How NYC’s first Black mayor tried to balance concerns about public safety with demands for a more accountable police force -- and the violent resistance he faced from the police union.
  • The Dawn of ‘Anti-Racist’ America

    Jun 7, 2021
    Ibram X. Kendi reflects on a shifting political culture -- and the fierce backlash against it. Plus, a remembrance of the 1921 Tulsa massacre.
  • The ‘Big Bang’ in Jazz History

    May 31, 2021
    Composer Jason Moran takes Kai on a musical journey back to 1918, when a group of Black soldiers reinvented American music.

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