Slate Race and Identity

The Slate Race and Identity feed features new episodes from a variety of shows in the Slate podcast network. From One Year, to What Next, to A Word...With Jason Johnson and more, you’ll get informative and thoughtful reporting and analysis on the many ways race and identity shape the world around us. 

Society & Culture
News Commentary
A Word: Bot Battling in the Age of Elon
Has Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover boosted disinformation, or just fear?
22 min
Political Gabfest: Is Antisemitism Back?
Trump elevates proud antisemites Ye and Fuentes; protestors challenge China’s authoritarian regime, and Congress protects marriage equality.
49 min
One Year 1942: The Black-Japanese Axis
A shadowy organization, a mysterious leader, and an alleged conspiracy against America during World War II.
35 min
What Next: Why Outlawing Slavery Won't Outlaw S...
State ballot initiatives took aim at an exemption written right into the 13th Amendment.
22 min
Amicus: When You Take Away the Kids, You Take A...
The case that seeks to strike down the Indian Child Welfare Act is about colonialism, not civil rights.
60 min
A Word: Black Soccer GOALS!
Building Black love for soccer at the World Cup.
21 min
One Year 1942: When Internment Came to Alaska
The U.S. military claimed it was protecting indigenous Alaskans during World War II. The real story is much darker.
37 min
What Next: Will SCOTUS Take Native Children Awa...
Brackeen v. Haaland could impact everything from child adoption to tribal land rights to native sovereignty.
25 min
ICYMI: Who’s Invited to the Cookout?
36 min
A Word: Black Panther’s Pride
While Wakanda Forever honors Chadwick Bosman, writers are inventing Wakanda’s future.
26 min
Amicus: Affirmative Action on the Chopping Block
Professor Cara McClellan on how the Supreme Court is poised to change access to higher education and David Rothkopf on the Deep State stories you haven’t heard.
67 min
A Word: Gang Bangers with Badges
The podcast, A Tradition of Violence, probes charges of deputy gangs in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
25 min
A Word: Jim Crow’s Killers
By Hands Now Known: Resurrecting stories of segregation’s brutality.
22 min
A Word: We Won’t Black Down
GOP-backed laws aim to discourage Black voters. Can activists fight back?
30 min
A Word: How Tech Can Help—or Harm—Racial Justice
Talking about the intersection of technology and the social sciences with Ruha Benjamin.
27 min
A Word: Bleeding Heart on the Bayou
Interview With the Vampire actor Jacob Anderson sinks his teeth into an iconic role.
21 min
A Word: The Case for Critical Race Theory
Critical race theory isn’t taught in public schools. Should it be?
23 min
How To!: Be Yourself in an Interracial Relation...
Karyn Langhorne Folan on the struggles and joys of being an interracial couple.
31 min
One Year - 1986: A Boycott in Mississippi
The civil rights battle that divided a small Southern town, and captivated the nation.
54 min
Represent Lovefest
Aisha cries, our final quiz, and lots of Represent love.
80 min
#89: Filmmakers Leslie Harris and Nikyatu Jusu
Two directors at different stages of their careers explain the importance of telling black girls’ stories.
52 min
The Represent Rose: The Royal Wedding
Black excellence was on display for Meghan and Harry’s big day.
39 min
#88: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wed...
On why this historic love connection matters... maybe.
30 min
#87: Dear White People Creator Justin Simien
On the new season and how he addressed Season 1 critiques.
44 min
#86: Comedians Hari and Ashok Kondabolu
From their new podcast to their problematic favs.
30 min
#85: Isle of Dogs
Wes Anderson’s latest animated feature doesn’t consider Asian-American viewers.
26 min
Pre-Woke Watching
Three of our favorite Pre-Woke Watching segments.
33 min
#84: A Wrinkle in Time and Representations That...
We dive into Ava DuVernay’s latest. Then, a conversation with Bim Adewunmi and Antonia Cereijido about representations that made us feel ashamed or embarrassed.
35 min
#83: Unpacking The Chi
A closer look at Emmy-winning writer Lena Waithe's show and its depiction of Chicago.
33 min
What Went Down at the 2018 Oscars
Recapping the night's highs and lows and figuring out what to make of that #MeToo montage.
35 min
#82: Oscar-Nominated: A Fantastic Woman, Strong...
Ahead of the 90th Academy Awards, we discuss Chile’s Foreign Language Film nominee and revisit conversations with two first-time directors.
36 min
#81: Black Panther Production Designer Hannah B...
On her career, her process, and what it’s like working with Ryan Coogler and Beyonce.
58 min
Wakanda Forever
Three critics hold a spoiler-filled discussion of Black Panther.
53 min
#80: Wesley Snipes Talks Blade and Black Panther
We discuss the black superheroes that predate Ryan Coogler’s new Marvel blockbuster.
56 min
#79: Thinking About #MeToo Through Quentin Tara...
On Netflix’s new documentary, Seeing Allred.
52 min
#78: "Jane the Virgin" Star Jaime Camil
On playing Rogelio de la Vega, lending his voice to Coco, and the state of Latino representation in Hollywood.
44 min
#77: Represent Takes On Sundance
Sebastián Silva explains why he chose to tackle the black American experience in his latest film, Tyrel.
34 min
#76: Oscar Nomination Predictions and Filmmaker...
Our look inside the mind of this year’s Academy voter.
50 min
#75: Actor Bambadjan Bamba Comes Out as Undocum...
Why Hollywood should stand with immigrants in the industry by fighting for DACA.
30 min
#74: Faith-Based Film Producer DeVon Franklin
On his Hollywood commandments for achieving secular success.
46 min
#73: Hollywood Women Respond to #MeToo
We discuss the anti-harassment initiative Time’s Up and talk to Great American Baking Show winner Vallery Lomas about her season’s sudden cancellation.
42 min
Rethinking "Gone With the Wind"
Aisha talks with Studio 360 about how America is finally rethinking "Gone With the Wind."
12 min
#72: Represent: 2017 in Review
Reflecting on the year in representation, from Moonlight to the Weinstein fallout.
57 min
#71: "She’s Gotta Have It" Writer Radha Blank
On criticisms of the show and being a woman of color in a writers’ room.
57 min
#70: She's Gotta Have It and Filmmaker Greta Ge...
On stepping behind the camera for the first time with, Lady Bird.
54 min
#69: Coco and Portrayals of Latinos in Animation
We discuss Disney-Pixar’s new film and look back at animation’s complicated history of Latino representation.
48 min
Weinstein Accusers in Conversation
Alice Evans, Katherine Kendall, and Tomi-Ann Roberts sit down with Slate’s editor-in-chief, Julia Turner,
59 min
#68: Comedian Hari Kondabolu
On his new documentary, "The Problem With Apu."
51 min
#67: The Mindy Project and Queen Sugar's Dawn-L...
Gardner talks Season 2 and personally connecting with her character, Charley Bordelon.
53 min
#66: Actress Q’orianka Kilcher on Portraying a ...
Q’orianka talks starring in Te’Ata, being typecast, and how her activism influences her work.
54 min
#65: Live with Actress Gabourey Sidibe
On her directorial debut, the short film, "The Tale of Four."
45 min
#64: Telling Marsha P. Johnson’s Story
On the Netflix documentary, "The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson," and who gets to tel trans stories
39 min
Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood’s “Open Secret” ...
What Weinstein fallout tells us about how we respond to sexual harassment and assault.
26 min
The Return of Scandal
As Shonda Rhimes’ game-changing drama enters its final season, we recap the premiere episode.
28 min
#63: Fall TV Roundup
Our look at representation in the new and returning TV shows this fall.
43 min
#62: “Strong Island” Director Yance Ford
On making his incredibly personal documentary about the murder of his brother, William Ford 25 years ago.
52 min
#61: Bollywood Star Ali Fazal
On crossing over to Hollywood, his new film Victoria & Abdul, and what it means to represent India at home and abroad.
37 min
#60: Big Freedia Comes To Slay
30 min
The "Insecure" Recap Edition
We have a spoiler-filled discussion about the emotional Season 2 ending of Issa Rae’s hit show.
33 min
#59: “Dear White People” Music Supervisor Morga...
On her process of finding the right musical cues for some of the biggest movies and TV shows of the last few years.
48 min
#58: Steven Universe’s Ian Jones-Quartey On His...
Jones-Quartey talks breaking into animation and common misconceptions about what it takes to “make” it.
46 min
The Represent Rose: The Epilogue
Bachelorette contestant Eric Bigger and his aunty Vernā Myers chat about ABC’s “historic” season and life post breakup.
48 min
#57: "Atypical" and "Insecure" Star Yvonne Orji
Yvonne Orji, aka Molly, joined us in the studio to talk about Season 2 and much more.
51 min
#56: "Detroit" and “Lemon” Filmmaker Janicza Bravo
On her “weird” film, directing the "Juneteenth" episode of “Atlanta,” and challenging what it means to be a black female filmmaker.
59 min
#55: "Whose Streets?" and Actress Anika Noni Rose
On her game-changing role on the hit Starz series Power
59 min
The Represent Rose: Part 4
We recap ABC’s “historic” move to help Rachel Lindsay find love on The Bachelorette.
53 min
#54: Prolific Video Essayist-Turned-Filmmaker K...
On his debut feature film, "Columbus," starring John Cho.
55 min
#53: Girls Trip and Showrunner Monica-Owusu Breen
We discuss the box-office hit starring Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish, and Queen Latifah. Then, an interview with the showrunner of Midnight, Texas about her career and the NBC supernatural drama.
57 min
The Represent Rose: Part 3
Recap of ABC’s “historic” move to help Rachel Lindsay find love on "The Bachelorette."
58 min
#52: 13 Reasons Why and Who’s Afraid of Aymann ...
The controversial Netflix show’s depictions of suicide and sexual assault. Then, an interview with the host of Slate’s new docuseries about Muslim American identity.
52 min
#51: Hawaii Five-0 Controversy and The Big Sick
From the wage gap disputes at the CBS police procedural to Muslim representation in Kumail Nanjiani’s indie rom-com.
52 min
#50: “One Day at a Time” Showrunner Gloria Cald...
On how the show pulls from her personal life and Latinx representation on screen.
56 min
#49: Indie Filmmaker Nefertite Nguvu
On marketing a film aimed squarely at black sensibilities and the concept of black joy.
55 min
The Represent Rose: Part 2
Recap of ABC’s “historic” move to help Rachel Lindsay find love on "The Bachelorette."
51 min
#48: "GLOW" Star Betty Gilpin
On being typecast in Hollywood and finding empowerment through wrestling.
45 min
More from Brown Girls creators Fatimah & Sam Ba...
More from Brown Girls creators Fatimah & and Sam Bailey
5 min
The Represent Rose: Part 1
Recap of ABC’s “historic” move to help Rachel Lindsay find love on "The Bachelorette."
42 min
#47: "Everything, Everything" Director Stella M...
On making the leap from indie films, the rarity of black female protagonists in YA, and addressing criticism about how her new movie portrays disability.
54 min
#46: "Band Aid" Director and Star Zoe Lister-Jones
On her new indie comedy, music as couple’s therapy, and why she employed an all-female production crew.
47 min
#45: The First Black Bachelorette
On ABC’s “historic” move to help Rachel Lindsay find love on tv.
45 min
#44: Unpacking “The Handmaid’s Tale”
We break down Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel with Slate's Katy Waldman.
50 min
#43: “Master of None” Co-creator Alan Yang
On his memorable Emmy speech, responding to criticism, and filming Season 2 in the midst of Trump’s election.
48 min
#42: Comedian Moshe Kasher
On his new Comedy Central show Problematic and the legacy of The Champs podcast.
50 min
#41: Live with MTV Decoded Host Franchesca Ramsey
On shutting down twitter trolls, writing for The Nightly Show, and her new Comedy Central pilot.
56 min
#40: Brown Girls Creators Fatimah Asghar and Sa...
On centering queer millennials of color in their critically-acclaimed web series.
46 min
#39: "Insecure" Showrunner Prentice Penny
On getting his start on Girlfriends and his new TruTV lifestyle series Upscale.
46 min
#38: Oscar-Winning Actress Marlee Matlin
On her incredible career and advocating for disability representation on screen.
44 min
#37: Whitewashing in "Ghost In The Shell"
Unpacking Asian representation on screen with MTV News’ Inkoo Kang and Vulture’s Alex Jung.
55 min
#36: “Every Single Word” Creator Dylan Marron
The actor/writer/video producer on calling out representation in Hollywood.
54 min
#35: Underground's Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Ami...
The stars of the hit series on challenging old depictions of slavery on screen.
47 min
#34: "The Last Laugh" Director Ferne Pearlstein
Exploring the Long History of Holocaust Humor and the Tricky Art of Telling Taboo Jokes
52 min
#33: Unpacking Jordan Peele's "Get Out"
How this Film Makes a Psychological Thriller Out of the Microaggressions of Everyday Racism.
52 min
#32: What Went Down at the Oscars
Recapping the night, that was last night.
27 min
#31: Comedians/Writers W. Kamau Bell and Kevin ...
On the night Halle Berry, Denzel Washington, and Sidney Poitier made history at the Oscars.
49 min
#30: Moonlight Editor Joi McMillon
On her journey to becoming the first black woman nominated for a Best Film Editing Oscar.
54 min
#29: Filmmaker and Former Black Panther Jamal J...
The activist on his new film, Chapter and Verse. Plus, Guess Who's Coming to Oscar: The Sayonara Edition.
53 min
#28: Filmmaker Raoul Peck
The Oscar-nominated director on his James Baldwin doc I Am Not Your Negro. Plus we revisit Dances With Wolves with blogger Adrienne Keene.
57 min
#27: #OscarsSoWhite Creator April Reign
The prominent activist shares her thoughts on this year’s crop of Oscar nominees, and the work that still needs to be done.
53 min
#26: (A)sexual star and director David Jay and ...
From a 2011 Documentary to Today’s BoJack Horseman: Depictions of Asexuals on Screen
34 min
#25: One Day at a Time's Rita Moreno
The legendary EGOT-winner on her new Netflix show, overcoming depression, and being a Latina woman in Hollywood.
41 min