Kai Wright is host and managing editor of The United States of Anxiety, a show about the unfinished business of our history and its grip on our future. The show airs live on WNYC, Sundays at 6p eastern.
The Atlantic hailed the show as one of the “The Best Podcasts of 2018,” declaring that it “has always been able to swiftly explain current events through the lens of the past.”
In addition, Wright was the host of WNYC Studios’ other limited edition podcasts with social justice themes: The Stakes, There Goes the Neighborhood, and Caught: The Lives of Juvenile Justice, which was honored with an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. He also served as one of the hosts of Indivisible, a national live radio call-in show that WNYC convened during the first 100 days of the Trump Administration to invite Americans to come together across divides.
Wright’s journalism has focused on social, racial, and economic justice throughout his career. Formerly, he was an editor at The Nation and the editorial director of Colorlines. As a fellow of Type Investigations, he covered economic inequality, access to healthcare, and racial inequity. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Mother Jones, and Salon, among other outlets, and his broadcast appearances include MSNBC and NPR. Wright is the author of Drifting Toward Love: Black, Brown, Gay and Coming of Age on the Streets of New York, as well as two surveys of black American history.
Kai Wright appears in the following:
Monday, October 25, 2021
In just two weeks, New Yorkers could elect Eric Adams, making him the city’s second-ever Black mayor. What does his story tell us about the ways race and power have evolved in NYC?
Monday, October 18, 2021
Football is a big part of community and culture in the U.S. But as the NFL confronts another scandal involving racism, misogyny, and homophobia: how should fans respond?
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
A bill intended to create a more diverse jury pool is on its way to being implemented at the start of 2022.
Monday, October 11, 2021
Is racism a permanent fixture of society? Jelani Cobb, staff writer for The New Yorker, unravels the history of Derrick Bell’s quest to answer that question.
Monday, October 04, 2021
Displaced Haitians are still seeking safe harbor. But the U.S. long ago abandoned the ideal that all migrants should at least be allowed to tell their stories.
Monday, September 27, 2021
The fall season is here. Can the creative work that’s been made during the pandemic, and that’s going to be made now, help us move forward together?
Thursday, September 23, 2021
While individual actions still matter, we're past the point where eating vegan and flying less can turn things around. So how do we make change on a meaningful scale?
Monday, September 20, 2021
New science finds we’ve got less than a decade to avoid catastrophe. Activist and author Bill McKibben says the only solutions that can beat that deadline are collective.
Monday, September 13, 2021
Aymann Ismail reflects on his journey through a post-9/11 America, and how the state reminded him who he was. Plus, we meet the creators of Broadway’s ‘Come From Away.’
Friday, September 10, 2021
One man’s ongoing effort to get justice for the abuse he endured at a U.S. prison in Iraq.
Tuesday, September 07, 2021
The “Great Resignation” appears to be a real thing. But why? We ask workers what they really want. Plus, 45 questions to help us understand each other, and ourselves.
Monday, August 30, 2021
Hundred year old school buildings. Sputtering HVAC systems. Covid revealed a legacy of racism that’s built into the physical infrastructure of education.
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Why do we equate macho bullying with competent leadership? The cautionary tale of Andrew Cuomo.
Monday, August 23, 2021
Haiti’s recent tragedies revives a conversation about disaster, aid, and how people recover. Then, a discussion about perspective on the 30th anniversary of the Crown Heights riots.
Monday, August 16, 2021
“Reverse racism” has haunted the fight for job equity for generations. How’d this bizarre idea become such a bugbear? One Supreme Court case, 50 years ago helps explain.
Monday, August 09, 2021
If sports are a metaphor for life, what are they telling us about our society right now?
Monday, August 02, 2021
Remembering the life of Bob Moses, and his mission to build a more equitable America from the bottom up.
Monday, July 26, 2021
Today’s viral videos of police abuse have a long political lineage. But what if one of the oldest tools of copwatching is now taken away?
Monday, July 19, 2021
2021 began with an insurrection, and it’s remained quietly intense ever since. We open the phones for a six-month check in on the political culture of the Biden era.
Monday, July 12, 2021
Birth, August 1965. Death, July 2021. So now what for multiracial democracy?