Politically Re-Active with W. Kamau Bell & Hari Ko

Politically Re-Active with W. Kamau Bell & Hari Ko

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With the political circus of the 2016 presidential election heating up, you can laugh or you can cry. Choose to laugh. Comedians and longtime friends W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu have a shared curiosity about politics and our constantly changing electoral landscape. Whether it's an interest in exposing the unjust or the absurd, you can count on Hari and Kamau to ask the important "why?" Why do we have super delegates? Why is it still so hard for people to vote? Why was Joe the Plumber a thing? They'll try to answer questions like those each and every week throughout the election.


Presenting Maeve in America  

Maeve grapples with perhaps the hottest topic of Trump’s USA, immigration. More importantly, she meets Roz Koo: business woman, activist, and professional butt-kicker of the highest order. Roz recounts a childhood in occupied Shanghai, a high flying career in 1980s San Francisco, and a bold life of service that merges two countries into one.

Facing the Future with CNN’s Jake Tapper  

What do you do when a liar, xenophobe, misogynist, and racist becomes president? Get to work and do some damn good reporting if you’re guest Jake Tapper of CNN. In our final episode of the season, Kamau and Hari continue to process the reality of a Trump presidency by reading notes from our listeners who are also coping with the election results. Then, the guys talk with the CNN Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent about the future of journalism, the elitism of the Democratic Party, and how Hillary Clinton hurt her chances at the presidency with a decision made 15 years ago. Whether you think it’s the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning, join us as we face the future and figure out what to do next.
Jake Tapper hosts The Lead every day on CNN at 4pm EST. You can also catch him on Sunday mornings while he anchors CNN’s State of the Union. Follow Jake on Twitter: @jaketapper.
Thanks to all of you who have been listening to the show this season! We’ve been reading your tweets and emails. If you want a Season 2, continue to tweet us at #politicallyreactive or email us at politicallyreactive@firstlook.org!
In the meantime, check out Hari’s new album Mainstream American Comic and Kamau’s album Semi Prominent Negro can be yours if you visit www.killrockstars.com. Need more of your favorite hosts? Find where they’ll be appearing at http://www.wkamaubell.com/ and http://www.harikondabolu.com/

Roxane Gay on Anger After the Election  

This week on Politically Re-Active, Kamau and Hari process the election results. Standup comedian Laurie Kilmartin and writer Roxane Gay join the guys to help make sense of a deeply painful moment in American history. From the costs to black and brown communities, to the culpability of the mainstream media, to what the future will actually look like following the end of Hillary’s historic run, there are many questions and few answers. This is not the post-election conversation we wanted to have. Note: This episode was recorded on the evening of November 9, 2016.
White people, if you need somewhere to start, join Showing Up For Racial Justice: http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/about
Find more information about Roxane Gay’s essays, books, and appearances at http://www.roxanegay.com/.
And Laurie Kilmartin is always performing in LA and all over the country. Find her dates here: http://www.kilmartin.com/.
Finally, Hari’s new album Mainstream American Comic and Kamau’s album Semi Prominent Negro can be yours if you visit www.killrockstars.com. Need more of your favorite hosts? Find where they’ll be appearing at http://www.wkamaubell.com/ and http://www.harikondabolu.com/
Thanks for listening – tweet us at #politicallyreactive or email us at politicallyreactive@firstlook.org.

Voting Day Update About This Week's Show!  

Our show will be Thursday not Wednesday, but we've got the amazing Roxane Gay!

You read that right, one of our all time favorite writers Roxane Gay will be joining us on this post-election recap/cool-down/anxiety fest. Check out her most recent piece in the New York Times "Voting with My Head and Heart." http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/06/opinion/sunday/voting-with-my-head-and-heart.html

Hope your voting day goes well, remember to call 866-OUR-VOTE if you have any issues! 

Comedian Hasan Minhaj on New Brown America and His Superpowers  

Also, what Chief Wahoo means for #NoDAPL and Native American  rights.

We’ve only got a few more episodes left in this season of Politically Re-Active, so we’re packing each show to the brim! First, Kamau and Hari call up Sterling HolyWhiteMountain of the Blackfeet Nation and CleveScene editor-in-chief Vince Grzegorek to get the down low on Cleveland’s racist baseball mascot. Then the hosts sit down with an old friend: Daily Show contributor and standup comedian Hasan Minhaj. Minhaj talks about bringing his personal life into his performance, the kinds of people he does NOT want laughing at his jokes, and how genius and kindness are not mutually exclusive.

Minhaj is currently touring with his one-man show “Homecoming King” – find out how to see him in person at http://www.hasanminhaj.com. And follow Vince Grzegorek’s on Twitter at @vincethepolack and Sterling HolyWhiteMountain’s at @MrHWM.

Finally! Hari’s new album Mainstream American Comic and Kamau’s album Semi Prominent Negro can be yours if you visit www.killrockstars.com! Need more of your favorite hosts? Find tour dates and more at http://www.wkamaubell.com/ and http://www.harikondabolu.com/

And a friendly reminder that next week’s show will be released on THURSDAY not Wednesday so we have a little more time to gather our thoughts post election.

Thanks for listening! Tweet us at #politicallyreactive or email us at politicallyreactive@firstlook.org.

Dr. Jill Stein on Investing Your Vote  

In spite of being called a long shot, Dr. Jill Stein aims to prove that the only wasted vote is the vote for the failed two-party system. The doctor, activist, and Green Party presidential nominee sits down with Kamau and Hari to talk about her political origins, diversifying the Green Party, her invitation to Bernie Sanders, and the rumors that have followed her throughout the campaign. That’s all in this week’s episode of Politically Re-Active!

Learn more about Dr. Stein (the “other woman” on the ballot, as she calls herself) at http://www.jill2016.com/.

And catch Kamau and Hari at a venue near you! Check out their standup dates at http://www.wkamaubell.com/ and http://www.harikondabolu.com/. And find Hari’s new album Mainstream American Comic and Kamau’s album Semi Prominent Negro at www.killrockstars.com.

Thanks for listening! Tweet us at #politicallyreactive or email us at politicallyreactive@firstlook.org.

S. E. Cupp on being an Anti-Trump Conservative  

The first conservative guest in the history of Politically Re-Active opens up to Kamau and Hari about being a “Republican Translator,” how the GOP can win back Trump supporters, and America’s last remaining safe space: baseball. It’s a civil, respectful, aisle-crossing look at a garbage year in politics. Plus, Kamau defines a very gross word and Hari regrets a sexist joke.

Keep up with S. E. Cupp on Twitter at @secupp, or find her work at http://thesecupp.com/.

Catch Kamau and Hari at a venue near you! Check out their standup dates at http://www.wkamaubell.com/ and http://www.harikondabolu.com/. And find Hari’s new album Mainstream American Comic and Kamau’s album Semi Prominent Negro at www.killrockstars.com.
Thanks for listening! Tweet us at #politicallyreactive or email us at politicallyreactive@firstlook.org.

Comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh & Chicano Band Las Cafeteras are Everything Trump Fears  

The East LA band Las Cafeteras has a saying: “if we can’t dance together, we can’t move together.” The Chicano/Chicana group continues our discussion on the intersection of art and activism today: not just the fights and struggles of community movements, but the joy and laughter (and in their case, the dancing).

And given perhaps the wildest weekend in this whole election, we brought in our favorite feminist muslim comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh to help us figure out what the hell just happened. Yes, we’ll talk about Trump and Billy Bush, the debate, and all the bizarre and gross reactions.

Please check out more music from Las Cafeteras and catch them live! Go to http://lascafeteras.com/ for more info. And please check out Zahra’s amazing award-winning podcast Good Muslim Bad Muslim that she co-hosts with Taz Ahmed: http://www.goodmuslimbadmuslim.com/. And find more of Zahra’s writing, comedy and performances at http://www.zahracomedy.com/.

Want to meet your favorite hosts in person? Kamau and Hari are coming to a venue near you! Find their standup dates at http://www.wkamaubell.com/ and http://www.harikondabolu.com/. Find Hari’s new album Mainstream American Comic and Kamau’s album Semi Prominent Negro at www.killrockstars.com.

Thanks for listening! Tweet us at #politicallyreactive or email us at politicallyreactive@firstlook.org.

Rosa Clemente on Third Parties in a Broken System  

Hip-hop activist, journalist, and community organizer Rosa Clemente has a few good reasons why she doesn’t rock with the Dems. For one, they keep trying to kick her party – the Green Party – off of state ballots. And don’t get her started on Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy! In this episode of Politically Re-Active, the Green Party’s ’08 vice presidential nominee talks about the personal consequences of being on a political ticket, why the Green Party is forced to go after the presidency, and how the black and brown people of America are the biggest losers in the two-party system. To those who roll their eyes at “voting your conscience,” take a listen – Rosa might have you thinking way beyond this election...

Find Rosa on the road as she travels the nation with her speaking tour, “Truth II Power”! Dates and info are at http://rosaclemente.net/.
Want to meet your favorite hosts in person? Kamau and Hari are coming to a venue near you! Find their standup dates at http://www.wkamaubell.com/ and http://www.harikondabolu.com/. Find Hari’s new album Mainstream American Comic and Kamau’s album Semi Prominent Negro at www.killrockstars.com.
Thanks for listening! Tweet us at #politicallyreactive or email us at politicallyreactive@firstlook.org.

Rachel Maddow on Donald Trump, Dick Cheney, and River Monsters  

Not Loch Ness Monsters, River Monsters.

Decompress from the presidential debate with your favorite hosts and this week’s guest, Rachel Maddow! With just under six weeks to go until the election, the author and TV icon gets real about Trump, from his chances of actually winning to his media strategy and finally to Mike Pence’s motivations for joining the ticket (the guy just needed a job). Rachel’s mission is to “increase the amount of useful information in the world,” and she does plenty of that on this week’s episode of #politicallyreactive! 

The Rachel Maddow Show airs on MSNBC weeknights at 9pm EST. Learn more about Rachel on her personal website: http://www.rachelmaddow.com/.

Find Hari’s new album Mainstream American Comic and Kamau’s album Semi Prominent Negro at www.killrockstars.com. Check out Hari and Kamau’s upcoming tour dates at their websiteswww.harikondabolu.com and www.wkamaubell.com.

Thanks for listening! Keep those tweets coming: #politicallyreactive

Presidential Debate Tailgate with John Dickerson  

The host of CBS' Face the Nation talks about the skill of moderating presidential debates.

In a first for Politically Re-Active, Kamau and Hari chat with a member of the mainstream media! John Dickerson is the host of CBS’s Face the Nation, and like Kamau, is a man of many podcasts (“Whistlestop,” anyone?). The veteran journalist and moderator extraordinaire stops by just in time for next week’s Hillary v. Trump showdown, offering pro tips on steering a presidential debate and explaining why it’s actually better when the candidates do the fact-checking. So start your presidential debate tailgate and dive into this episode of #politicallyreactive!
Pick up John’s latest book Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History on Amazon. And get educated before the election with John’s brilliant podcast of the same name: http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/whistlestop.html

Still want more? Find Kamau and Hari at a venue near you! 

Hari will be in SF this week at Cobb’s Comedy Club from September 22-24! Check out www.harikondabolu.com for more info.

Kamau has his live radio talk show Kamau Right Now! this Thursday September 22nd. Check out KALW.org to stream live or find the podcast. You can also check out www.wkamaubell.com for tour dates and of course, more podcasts.

Thanks for listening! Keep those tweets coming: #politicallyreactive

BONUS EPISODE: NoDAPL, Mailbag, & Our Old Pal Adam Mansbach  

The long-awaited Mailbag Episode!

HOLD UP; WAIT A MINUTE – it’s a bonus episode in three acts! As Native tribes continue their protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline, Kamau and Hari catch up with the #NoDAPL movement by calling writer, filmmaker, and indigenous advocate, Benalex Dupris. Then we dig into the good, the bad, and the ugly of the Politically Re-Active mailbag, from your questions about “being invited into whiteness” to Hari’s awkward relationship with John Brown. Last but not least: White people, come get your boy! Author Adam Mansbach joins Kamau to talk about owning whiteness and taking down the Donald.
We KNOW you want to hear more Hari and Kamau, so find their latest work at www.harikondabolu.com and www.wkamaubell.com.
You can check out a short interview Benalex Dupris did with Vice earlier this week:http://www.vice.com/video/daily-vice-standing-rock-reservation-big-oil
You can check out Adam Mansbach’s latest work at www.adammansbach.com and be on the lookout for the new movie he wrote about a young Obama at Colombia called Barry.
And keep sending us those comments! #politicallyreactive and politicallyreactive@firstlook.org


Jasiri X: Hip Hop and the Movement  

Also - bonus episode tomorrow!

Before Kendrick Lamar electrified the Grammys and Beyonce got mainstream America in “Formation,” rapper Jasiri X was making music with a message. His social justice-inspired approach to hip hop has won him countless fans – Angela Davis, Harry Belafonte, and Chuck D, to name a few. Molded by his experiences as a teenager in Pittsburgh, Jasiri’s songs address the challenges and current events that affect people of color in America. In this episode, Jasiri talks with Kamau and Hari about how art and activism are inseparable, the pros and cons of being a “conscious” rapper, and how there’s never a good time for your wife to find out you’ve just been arrested.  

Find Jasiri’s work at www.jasirix.com and follow him on Twitter at @jasiri_x.

Hari’s coming to a venue near you! Check out his tour dates and find his new album Mainstream American Comic at www.harikondabolu.com. And subscribe to Kamau’s other awesome podcasts at www.wkamaubell.com.

Tune in tomorrow for our much-anticipated “Mailbag” episode featuring YOU! Keep sending us your questions and comments at #politicallyreactive or politicallyreactive@firstlook.org

Shaun King on Controversy, Color, and Kaepernick  

And Kamau's musical take on the Star Spangled Banner.

Our guest this week is known for his bold and relentless writing on racial injustice and police brutality. Surprise: the “alt right” is not a fan. They’ve accused New York Daily News Senior Justice reporter Shaun King of everything from theft to being the new Rachel Dolezal (remember her?). One of the most vocal members of the Black Lives Matter movement, King breaks down how BLM unites unlikely allies and is a true extension of the Civil Rights Movement. The activist also responds to accusations that he’s white (he’s not) and reflects on why he identifies with his friend, Colin Kaepernick. In this episode, we get into all of it – not only King’s own past, but the past, present, and future of race in America. 
Keep up with Shaun on Twitter: @shaunking

And find Hari’s new album Mainstream American Comic at www.harikondabolu.com! That’s also where you can find tour dates (meet him on the road!). And learn more about Kamau’s podcasts and projects at www.wkamaubell.com
Tune in next week when we answer your questions! Keep commenting at #politicallyreactive and politicallyreactive@firstlook.org

Lindy West on Seeing Women as Real People  

And how movies in the 80s were really kinda creepy.

This week on Hari and Co. Politically Re-Active, Kamau and Hari chat with author, columnist and legendary internet-troll confronter, Lindy West! West delves into rape culture, the objectification of female Olympians, the perils of white feminism, and why her feelings on Hillary may be complicated, but her decision to vote for her isn’t. Check out Lindy’s new book Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman at lindywest.net, and follow her on Twitter at #thelindywest. 

And come meet Hari at a venue near you! Find his tour dates at www.harikondabolu.com. That’s also where you can find his new album Mainstream American Comic. And subscribe to Kamau’s million other podcasts at www.wkamaubell.com.
We’re answering your questions soon, so send us your Twitter comments and emails!: #politicallyreactive or politicallyreactive@firstlook.org

Dave Zirin on Loving and Hating the Olympics  

Today we're talking about sports! (And politics)

Every four years, Americans pick a president. And every fours summers, the world’s nations send its most muscled and agile to compete in a display of artistry and athleticism. And on #politicallyreactive, we’re talking about both! Put your headphones on and get pumped because this episode has legs: Kamau and Hari zip through a recap of the Rio Olympics with The Nation’s sports editor Dave Zirin, talking about the political highlights (Ethiopian marathon runner Feyisa Lilesa’s symbol of protest and the triumph of Rio’s own Rafaela Silva in judo) to the worst (two words: Ryan Lochte). And of course because this is #politicallyreactive, we dig into the shadowiness of Olympic bids which if successful, tend to result in the displacement of poor communities while leaving the environment much worse off.

Check out Dave Zirin’s podcast Edge of Sports from Panoply: http://www.edgeofsportspodcast.com/

Check out Hari’s tour and pick up his new album Mainstream American Comic at www.harikondabolu.com. 

Find out where Kamau will be next and subscribe to his other great podcasts at www.wkamaubell.com

And send us your Twitter comments and emails NOW! We’re answering your questions very soon: #politicallyreactive or politicallyreactive@firstlook.org

David Daley on How Republicans Ratf**ked American Democracy  

No really, that's what it's about.

The year 2012 looked like the start of a promising era for Democrats. Obama had just won his second term as president, the Dems had taken a big majority in the Senate, and the party had earned 1.3 million more votes than the GOP. So how on earth did the House of Representatives stay in the hands of Republicans?? Former Salon editor-in-chief David Daley says it all comes down to one word: gerrymandering. Gerrymandering is the drawing of congressional boundaries such that the district demographic favors one party over another. And it’s bad for American democracy. Really bad. Just check out the title of Daley’s new book: Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind The Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy.

Join Kamau and Hari on this fascinating and terrifying journey through gerrymandering, and find David Daley’s book Ratf**ked on Amazon! https://www.amazon.com/Ratf-ked-Behind-Americas-Democracy/dp/1631491628
Got a minute? Come meet Kamau and Hari in person! Hari is promoting his new album “Mainstream American Comic” at a local venue near you, and Kamau is zig-zagging across the country with the “W. Kamau Bell Curve.” Learn more at http://www.harikondabolu.com/ and http://www.wkamaubell.com/.
Special thanks to Evgeny Teilor for the use of “Unveiling Soul”: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Evgeny_Teilor/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Keep tweeting us at #politicallyreactive! Thanks!

dream hampton on Black Liberation in the Hour of Chaos  

And the price of being a critical woman of color.

She was tight with Biggie and has the ear of some of today’s biggest musicians, but writer, filmmaker, and social justice activist dream hampton prefers to stay out of the limelight – if she can. Known as “your favorite rapper’s favorite writer,” hampton has become an influencer who doesn’t shy away from dialogue, both supporting the movements she cares about most while continuing to question them from within. In this name- and mic-dropping episode, hampton and the Politically Re-Active hosts talk about the promise and pitfalls of young activists today, the cost of being a critical woman of color on Twitter, and the power of celebrity involvement in political issues (remember when Jay Z rapped for Prop 47? That was all hampton.). It’s all in this episode of #politicallyreactive!
Dive into the mind of dream hampton on Twitter: @dreamhampton.

And catch our hosts at a venue near you! Hari is touring with his new album “Mainstream American Comic,” and Kamau is taking “The W. Kamau Bell Curve” cross-country . Find more info at http://www.harikondabolu.com/ and http://www.wkamaubell.com/.
Remember to keep tweeting us at #politicallyreactive and send questions or suggestions to politicallyreactive@firstlook.org for our upcoming mailbag episode.

How Van Jones Keeps His Cool in the Cable News Circus  

And why does he call himself Van...

Our guest this week is one of Fox News’s least favorite people. Coincidentally, he’s one of Kamau and Hari’s favorites! Van Jones is a CNN commentator and activist who has started numerous social and environmental justice initiatives – and that’s on top of serving as President Obama’s green jobs advisor in 2009. In this candid conversation, Jones shares what it’s like to be the preferred punching bag of conservative pundits while also being the most compassionate person in the room. For those of you who were wondering how to keep your cool while talking with your Trump-loving uncle, this episode is for you.

Learn more about Jones’s causes #yeswecode, #cut50, and Green for All at www.vanjones.net.

And find Hari’s new album “Mainstream American Comic” at www.killrockstars.com/hari! Or if you prefer to see him live, check out the dates for his upcoming tour at www.harikondabolu.com. Kamau’s also coming to a venue near you – visit www.wkamaubell.com to find out when.

Thanks for listening to #politicallyreactive!

Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman Gives Us the Election Unfiltered  

(Almost) Live from the DNC!

Kamau and Hari are in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention! ...or at least they’re in the recording studio just outside of the convention. In this episode, the Politically Re-Active hosts talk to Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman to break down the resignation of DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the policing Amy observed at the RNC, and the movements across America that give her hope.

For more of Amy’s independent investigative journalism, head over to http://www.democracynow.org/

Hari’s new album “Mainstream American Comic” is out now at  www.killrockstars.com/hari! You can find tickets for his upcoming tour at harikondabolu.com and for Kamau’s tour schedule, check out wkamaubell.com. 

And of course, leave US a good review on iTunes! Thanks for listening to #politicallyreactive – we’ll see you next Wednesday.

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