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 navigate the dumpster fire that is the US political landscape. The hosts answer questions and separate fact from fake news with help from 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.

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Episodes

  • Janet Mock on Surpassing Certainty

    She’s spoken at the Women’s March on Washington, hosted a show for MSNBC, edited for Allure and Marie Claire, and written a New York Times bestselling memoir – and that’s not even half of the revolutionary work that trans writer and activist Janet Mock has don… Read More
  • Naomi Klein Says "No Is Not Enough"

    It usually takes Naomi Klein five years to write a book. This time, it took her less than five months. The journalist, author, and activist’s latest work _No Is Not Enough_ is all about Trump, the dark trends that have led to his presidency, and the urgent nee… Read More
  • Comedy in the Trump Era: 3 Comedians, a Professor, and Kamau’s Mom

    Live from Limestone! Professor Jeffrey C. Isaac, Karinda Dobbins, Arish Singh, Sophie Hughes, and Janet Cheatham Bell! For the first time ever, it’s Politically Re-Active LIVE! Kamau and Hari take the show on the road to Bloomington, Indiana, for the Limesto… Read More
  • Jill Filipovic on the Feminist Pursuit of Happiness

    Writer Jill Filipovic on the feminist pursuit of happiness Imagine a world in which women weren’t forced to struggle for equality in a system rigged against them. Imagine instead, the ideal world of journalist and author Jill Filipovic – one in which happine… Read More
  • Rashad Robinson & Color of Change Cancels Bill O'Reilly

    Rashad Robinson has done battle with Bill O’Reilly and won – twice. He’s taken on the shady, corporate-driven conservative operation ALEC and gotten companies like Coca Cola and Walmart to back down from supporting stand-your-ground laws. And now, after succes… Read More
  • Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl on Rad American Women

    Listeners, you and your kids need a new alphabet – specifically, one that starts with “A is for Angela Davis”. In this episode of Politically Re-Active, we talk with writer Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl about their illustrated children’s books, "Ra… Read More
  • Political Analyst Angela Rye Calls It Like It Is

    It’s hard to find a bright spot in the 2016 election, but born woke, political commentator and analyst Angela Rye was one. A regular on CNN’s thuderdome-like panels, Angela doesn’t mince words calling out lies and advocating for people of color and women. In … Read More
  • Getting Adversarial with Journalist Jeremy Scahill

    Folks on both the left and the right have a love-hate relationship with reporter and Intercept co-founder Jeremy Scahill. His brand of “adversarial” investigative journalism makes no exceptions – not for the nation’s most powerful, and especially not for those… Read More
  • Aasif Mandvi on the Gaslighting Presidency

    You probably got to know him as the “Senior Middle East Correspondent,” or the “Senior Muslim Correspondent,” or maybe the “Senior Foreign Looking Correspondent”, but actor, writer, and former Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi has moved into the hot seat f… Read More
  • Michael Skolnik on Being a White Woke Guy

    Long before we asked our white audience members to “come get your boy” (keep tweeting!: #WhitesAgainstTrump), activist and entrepreneur Michael Skolnik was using his privilege to support social justice movements and reform the criminal justice system all over … Read More
  • Journalist Alia Malek on What We're Missing When We Talk About About Syria

    It’s been six years of the devastating civil war in Syria – more than 11 million people have been displaced, and last week’s horrifying chemical attack on Syrian citizens by their own president Bashar al-Assad has been yet another reminder of the human cost of… Read More
  • YouTube's Akilah Hughes on #BlackWomenAtWork & Feeding The Buzz

    Our guest this week is Akilah… obviously! Akilah Hughes – otherwise known as Akilah Obviously – is a writer, comedian, and YouTuber who talks as easily about race, feminism, and intersectionality as she does pizza, hair, and punching Nazis. In this conversatio… Read More
  • Patrisse Khan-Cullors on Black Lives Matter & Resistance under 45

    Kick off Season 2 with your favorite hosts and grassroots organizer, resistance fighter, and #blacklivesmatter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors! We dig into why Patrisse identifies as an organizer and not an activist, what it was like to see #blacklivesmatter … Read More
  • Season Two Trailer!

    The second season of Politically Re-Active launches March 29th! Be sure to subscribe now on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts, so you won't miss a thing.

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Hosted By

  • 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

    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.