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Kai Wright

 

Kai Wright is a reporting fellow of the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute and editor-at-large of Colorlines. His investigative reporting on economic inequity has closely followed by the housing and jobs crises. He is also author, most recently, of Drifting Toward Love: Black, Brown, Gay and Coming of Age on the Streets of New York, as well as two books of African American history.

 

Kai is working with New Jersey Public Radio on a year-long project to watch the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act through the eyes and experience of one health clinic in Newark.

 

Kai Wright appears in the following:

Enrollment Deadline Is Here. But Holes in Data Leave Big Question Mark

Monday, March 31, 2014

Today is the deadline for applying for insurance through the Affordable Care Act. The White House says it's hit its target of 6 million people enrolled. But in places like Newark, it's not clear how successful the process has been.

 

 

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Deductibles, Co-Pays & Costs, Oh My!

Friday, March 14, 2014

It's not just the glitchy federal website. In New Jersey, the Affordable Care Act has left workers struggling over complicated choices.

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Life Sentence to Unemployment

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Kai Wright, editorial director of Colorlines and contributor to The Nation, talks about the hurdles to employment for those coming out of prison and how they disproportionately affect Blacks and Latinos.

 

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Have A Criminal Record & Want A Job? Look Elsewhere.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

While it is illegal for employers to reject applicants solely because they may have a criminal record, the practice is widespread. Kai Wright, editor of Colorlines.com, recently wrote an article for The Nation called "Boxed In: How a Criminal Record Keeps You Unemployed For Life." He joins The Takeaway to discuss why our society should be interested in the employment of people with a criminal history and the positive effects it could have.

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DNA Secrets

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Kai Wright, editorial director of Colorlines and Nation contributor, and Emma Keller, columnist for The Guardian, discuss the special they worked on together for WNYC all about DNA and how much you actually want to know about your genes. Plus, their next project: reporting on the impact of the Affordable Care Act.

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Hate Crimes in the Village

Friday, May 24, 2013

Kai Wright, editorial director of Colorlines, Nation contributor and author of Drifting Toward Love: Black, Brown, Gay, and Coming of Age on the Streets of New York (Beacon Press, 2009) talks about the spate of anti-gay violence in the West Village, considered the home of the gay rights movement.

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Follow Friday: Aurora, Romney in London and the Olympics

Friday, July 27, 2012

For this week's Follow Friday, we look back on this week's news and cultural stories, including the response to the theater shooting in Aurora, Mitt Romney's foreign policy, President Obama in New Orleans and the beginning of the Olympics.

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Follow Friday: Romney and Biden Address NAACP

Friday, July 13, 2012

Our Follow Friday team discusses the top stories of the past week, including Romney and Biden's speeches to the NAACP, the Obamacare repeal in the House, and building tensions over the Texas Voting Rights Act.

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Follow Friday: Obama Endorses Gay Marriage, North Carolina Rejects It

Friday, May 11, 2012

Every Friday, The Takeaway looks back at the week's big stories with a few people who have been paying very, very close attention. This week, Takeaway contributor and Republican political strategist Ron Christie and Kai Wright, an editor at COLORLINES magazine, discuss President Obama's support for gay marriage, North Carolina's constitutional amendment defining marriage, Dick Lugar's ouster from the Senate, and allegations that Mitt Romney bullied a gay high school classmate.

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Friday Follow: Supreme Court ObamaCare Hearings, Anger Continues in Trayvon Martin Shooting Death, Bully is Bullied by Ratings Board

Friday, March 30, 2012

This week the Supreme Court’s scrutiny of President Obama’s signature piece of legislation dominated the headlines, but it wasn’t the only story out there. Anger over the perceived lack of justice in the Trayvon Martin shooting case continues to sweep the nation, and the controversial film "Bully" got bullied by the ratings board. These stories and more are covered by our panel of Kai Wright, Editor of Colorlines, Ron Christie, Republican political strategist, and Art Caplan of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Friday Follow: GOP, Affirmative Action, and Satan

Friday, February 24, 2012

The NYPD has been monitoring Muslims. Affirmative Action is under attack. A Koran was burned in Afghanistan sparks protests. The GOP primary race roles on, and Rick Santorum believes in Satan. These stories and more will be covered by our panel which includes Kai Wright, editor of Colorlines, Farai Chideya, a journalist and blogger at Farai.com, and Ron Christie, Republican political strategist, CEO of Christie Strategies, and former special assistant to President George W. Bush.

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Poverty in The Bronx

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

In an article in The Nation, editorial director of Colorlines, Kai Wright, argues that poverty in The Bronx results from policy, not personal choice. 

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This Week's Agenda: Obama's Bus Tour, Super Committee, Perry's Bid

Monday, August 15, 2011

President Obama is departing today for his three-day bus tour through the Midwest, where he will stop in Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. With his poll numbers slipping, Obama will be talking with Americans about ways to improve the economy and job growth. While Obama is on the road, Texas Governor Rick Perry, who announced this weekend that he will seek the 2012 Republican nomination, will begin fundraising for his campaign. As the race to for the presidency kicks up a notch, a Congressional twelve-member 'super committee' will begin work on a debt-reduction strategy, aiming to come up with a plan to reduce the deficit by $1.5 trillion by Thanksgiving of this year.

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Are Blue Collar Jobs the Answer to the Shrinking Black Middle Class?

Friday, July 29, 2011

This week, we've been talking about the impact of the recession on the wealth of minority groups in America. Early in the week a new Pew Research Center report showed that Hispanics were the group hit hardest by the recession, with a 66 percent drop in personal wealth, and African-Americans saw a 53 percent decline since 2005. The public sector is the leading employer for African-American men, and the second-largest employer for African-American women — which means public sector lay-offs have disproportionately affected the black middle class. What is the solution?

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This Week's Agenda: Dodd-Frank Anniversary, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Launches, and Gay Marriage in New York

Monday, July 18, 2011

This week marks the one-year anniversary of President Obama signing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Bill into law. A key component of that bill was the establishment of a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which will open its doors on Thursday. Yesterday, Obama announced Elizabeth Warren — the progressive icon who was charged with setting up the CFPB — will not be heading the new agency. In other news, the first legal same-sex marriages will take place in New York next weekend, and the nation's biggest banks will release their latest quarterly earnings statements.

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Are 'Birthers' Bad for the Republican Party?

Friday, April 22, 2011

Forty-five percent of Republicans still believe Barack Obama wasn't born in the United States, even though there's no question to the veracity of his citizenship. Thanks in particular to potential GOP 2012 presidential candidate Donald Trump, the "birther" issue has resurfaced. As the Republican party gears up for the 2012 presidential election — and as a number of states legislatures consider their own "birther" bills — how will this issue play for potential Republican candidates?

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This Week's Agenda: Tornado Recovery, Obama on the Campaign Trail

Monday, April 18, 2011

The U.S. House and Senate are in recess for the next two weeks, but recess doesn't necessarily mean relaxation. With the budget crisis still looming, the break may give Congressmembers the opportunity to do some politicking as they gear up for a the next round of battles over the deficit. But while Washington is gridlocked over future budget proposals, the rest of America will receive some economic indicators this week — including a report on previously owned homes by the National Association of Realtors. And locally, North Carolina's budget may take its own hit this week after a series of powerful tornadoes swept through Raleigh this weekend.

In other political news, President Obama is back on the campaign trail and he gears up for 2012 elections. This week he'll make stops in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

We get a preview of the week ahead with Kai Wright, editor of the news blog, Colorlines and Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC Radio.

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This Week's Agenda: Economy, Wisconsin, Budget

Monday, March 14, 2011

The 8.9 earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan Friday is certain to have an impact on the world's market. Already Japan's Nikkei average fell over 4 percent in early trading Monday morning. Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC Radio, looks at how the disaster in Japan could affect the U.S.'s economy and stock market.

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This Week's Agenda: State of the Union, Economy

Monday, January 24, 2011

President Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday is the most anticipated event of the week. Kai Wright, editorial director of ColorLines Magazine, says this speech will signal the start of the 2012 presidential campaign. He shares what to expect from the President's speech, and what the aftermath of it will look like. Kai says the match up is no longer Republicans vs. Democrats, as much as it's Republicans vs. Republicans.

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Do or Die Bed-Stuy

Friday, August 14, 2009

Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" came out 20 years ago. Kai Wright, senior writer for The Root, and Dayo Olopade, political reporter for The Root, talk about the impact of the movie.

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