Black Politics

Transcript: The Black Radical Tradition Can Guide Our Struggles Against Oppression w/ Robin D.G. Kelley

06 Jul 2023
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Freedom Dreams w/ Robin D.G. Kelley

27 Jan 2023
Featuring Robin D.G. Kelley on Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination.

Hammer and Hoe with Robin D.G. Kelley

15 May 2021
Dan interviews historian Robin D.G. Kelley on his classic book Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists during the Great Depression.

Black Left with Charisse Burden-Stelly

11 Apr 2021
Dan interviews Charisse Burden-Stelly on racial capitalism, the history of the US Black left, and the US government’s Red Scare attacks on Black radicals.

The NAACP's Anti-Lynching Struggle with Megan Ming Francis

22 Nov 2020
Dan interviews political scientist Megan Ming Francis about the NAACP’s struggle against racist violence in the teens and 20s and how it remade the criminal justice system and the civil rights movement alike.

What Now with Cornel West

06 Nov 2020
Dan interviews Cornel West on how to think about and act upon the world that this week presented to us.

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06 Nov 2020
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Philly Black Power with Matthew Countryman

03 Sep 2020
Dan interviews historian Matthew Countryman on his book Up South: Civil Rights and Black Power in Philadelphia.

Young Lords with Johanna Fernández

16 Jul 2020
This is an incredible moment to learn about the Young Lords from historian Johanna Fernández, the author of The Young Lords: A Radical History.

Uprising with Cathy Cohen, Jasson Perez, Malaika Jabali

04 Jun 2020
Dan interviews Cathy Cohen, Jasson Perez, and Malaika Jabali on this uprising, the conditions that made it possible, and where it might be headed.

Worldmaking after Empire with Adom Getachew

27 Oct 2019
Adom Getachew explains how anticolonial leaders from across the black Atlantic tried to not only cast off European rule but also end empire by constructing an egalitarian global political and economic order in its place....

Bernie and Black Voters with Malaika Jabali and Wendi Muse

30 May 2019
Dan has in-depth discussion on Bernie’s approach to race and what he must do to win over Black voters with Malaika Jabali and Wendi Muse. Contrary to conventional wisdom, Sanders isn’t unpopular with Black voters....

A New Poor People’s Campaign with Nijmie Dzurinko

16 Jan 2018
Martin Luther King Jr. launched the Poor People’s Campaign alongside other organizers shortly before he was assassinated 50 years ago. Today, organizers nationwide are relaunching that movement as The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call...

Killing the Black Body with Dorothy Roberts

09 Jan 2018
Chattel slavery made black women’s reproduction the source of private property—and in doing so invented race and American racism. Ever since, the denigration and regulation of black women’s childbearing has been central to the construction...

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: Recovering Identity Politics from Neoliberalism

19 Dec 2017
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor returns to The Dig to discuss her new book How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective. Forty years ago, a group of black feminists coined the term “identity politics”...

James Forman Jr.: Locking Up Our Own

20 Jun 2017
Mass incarceration controls poor people and populations that have been excluded from the labor market. Politically, tough-on-crime rhetoric has for decades been a tool for politicians to appeal to white voters’ racism. But what’s less...

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on Black Liberation and Socialism

25 Apr 2017
Putting “black faces in high places,” scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor argues, has not only failed to benefit the working class and poor black majority; it has actually harmed them by legitimating an individualistic, meritocratic narrative that...