Kai Wright

Host of There Goes The Neighborhood & United States of Anxiety

Kai Wright is editor and host of WNYC’s Narrative Unit and a columnist for The Nation magazine. He was the host of WNYC’s podcasts There Goes the Neighborhood and The United States of Anxiety. Throughout his career, Kai’s reporting and writing has focused on racial justice, economic inequity, healthcare, and sexuality. He is the former editorial director of Colorlines and a longtime fellow of the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute.

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Episode 9: Nixon's Enemies

Friday, June 23, 2017

Richard Nixon felt he was surrounded by enemies. So he had a list drawn up and then wanted to use the power of the federal government to go after them.

Episode 8: These 'Witches' Are Empowering the Next Generation

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

At a time when "traditional" values are making a comeback, a new radical group is forming around skateboarding and art, trying to disrupt the system and empower young people.

Episode 7: In Jesus' Name... We Legislate

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

America’s long, twisted debate over religion and civil liberties.  

Episode 6: The New, Old White Supremacist Movement

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Trolls, memes and red pills. Here's how a cadre of digitally-savvy culture warriors used media disruption to build a new far right around familiar and dangerous ideas.

Episode 5: How Politics Turns Violent

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Why do people move from radical politics to political violence? How does a person decide that peaceful protest is not enough?

Episode 4: Music, McCarthy, and the Sound of Americana

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The "common man" era in the 1930s and '40s needed a truly American music. Aaron Copland created it in one America and 20 years later found himself in quite another United States.

America's Allergy to Intellect — Why It Keeps Flaring Up

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

What's up, America? Why the qualms about erudition and expertise? Where does this wariness spring from, and what role did it play in the rise of Donald Trump?

The Birth of Climate Denial

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Our "Culture Wars" series continues with a look at when the movement that doubts the reality of climate change began — and how scientific consensus has been perpetually undermined.  

Whose Kansas Is it Anyway?

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

In the first episode of "Culture Wars," WNYC travels to Kansas, the site of a February killing that's changing the relationship between America and its South Asian community.

Persuade Me: Repeal the U.S. Constitution?

Friday, April 28, 2017

Join More Perfect legal editor Elie Mystal as he tries to convince us to go against the conventional wisdom in this live WNYC Studios podcast pilot. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show Live: Emily Bazelon, Comedian Mo Amer and the Hosts of Indivisible Radio

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Watch Brian's broadcast from The Greene Space, featuring Gorsuch commentary, an Indivsibile Radio roundtable, and a Muslim comedian's story of sitting next to Eric Trump on a plane.

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National Politics with the Hosts of Indivisible Radio

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The hosts of Indivisible Radio are all together for the first time at The Greene Space covering the latest in politics.

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Trump's Rhetoric Turns to Action With Executive Orders

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Kai Wright and John Prideaux, co-hosts of Indivisible, discuss Trump's orders to withdraw the U.S. from the TPP and reinstate a ban on aid to foreign groups that "promote" abortion.

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Indivisible: The Trailer

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Why are we producing 100 days of live radio? Listen to find out. Indivisible premieres on January 23rd from WNYC, MPR and The Economist. 

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Call-In Special: An Electoral Industrial Revolution

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Nation's Kai Wright dissects the economic ramifications that may have brought forth the electoral returns from November 8th.

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Episode 8: Where Are We Now?

Thursday, November 10, 2016

WNYC and The Nation take the temperature of a country soon to be under the leadership of Donald J. Trump.

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Episode 7: This Is Your Brain on Politics

Thursday, November 03, 2016

With the 2016 election taking every twist and turn on its way to November 8th, WNYC and The Nation explore how our minds and bodies are responding.

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Episode 6: The Kids Are Not Alright

Thursday, October 27, 2016

In Suffolk County it is said that everyone knows someone who has been affected by the national opioid epidemic. WNYC & The Nation travel to Long Island to find out just how true this is.

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Episode 5: White Like Me

Thursday, October 20, 2016

For some on Long Island, their expectations don't match their realities. So, we examine what truly happens with a dream deferred.

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Race, Class, and the United States of Anxiety

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

In their new podcast, "The United States of Anxiety," WNYC & The Nation look at polarizing issues in this election. This episode: the politics of being white, male, and working class. 
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