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

  • 'I Did Not Watch the Video'

    May 21, 2020
    In the aftermath of Ahmaud Arbery’s killing, Kai calls up "Friday Black" author Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah to reflect on love, loss... and American zombies.
  • The Life and Work of Ida B. Wells

    May 8, 2020
    Here's the story of investigative journalist and activist Ida B. Wells, who's courageous anti-lynching work just received a Pulitzer Prize.
  • Inside the Prison Pandemic

    May 1, 2020
    There are roughly 2.3 million people in jails and prisons. They can’t socially distance. They can barely wash their hands. So now what?
  • Why Covid-19 Is Killing Black People

    Apr 24, 2020
    The pandemic has hit black communities uniquely hard. To understand why, we explore how racism shows up in black bodies — all the way down to the cellular level.
  • Questions to Ask While Waiting

    Apr 13, 2020
    Many of us are bracing for the changes Covid-19 will bring, including to our relationships. So reporter Jenny Casas turned to Benji Hart’s poem as a tool for connecting with one another.
  • A History of Style in a Pandemic

    Apr 8, 2020
    Here’s how black women in Chicago used lace and jewels to turn their mandatory face masks into works of art, more than 100 years ago.
  • Dispatches from People Stranded in Place

    Apr 3, 2020
    From the homeless in San Francisco to immigration detention centers, here's how the response to Covid-19 is undermined by choices that have little to do with healthcare.
  • Keep Calm and Check Your Bias

    Mar 26, 2020
    Research shows that racism and other prejudices are most acute when the stakes are high, so Kai talks with Dr. Gail Christopher about how to control for that reality, during a pandemic.
  • Presenting: White Lies

    Mar 24, 2020
    We present: White Lies, a new podcast from NPR about murder, guilt, memory, and -- like our show -- how America's history still holds a grip on our future.