Kai Wright

Host & Managing Editor, The Stakes

Kai Wright is host and managing editor of The Stakes, a podcast about social change, produced by the Narrative Unit of WNYC’s newsroom.

He was also the host of the podcasts The United States of Anxiety, Caught, and There Goes the Neighborhood, as well as a co-host of Indivisible, a live national call-in show that WNYC convened during the Trump administrations first 100 days.

Kais journalism has focused on social justice throughout his career. He is a columnist and former editor for The Nation, as well as the former editorial director of Colorlines. As a fellow of Type Investigations, he covered economic inequality, access to healthcare, and racial inequity for years. Kai is the author of Drifting Toward Love: Black, Brown, Gay and Coming of Age on the Streets of New York.

Shows:

Kai Wright appears in the following:

The Land Rush

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Life and loss in Little Haiti, where residents find themselves in the path of a land rush.

There Goes the Neighborhood: Miami, Part 3

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Life and loss in Little Haiti, where residents find themselves in the path of a land rush.

Buying into Black

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

The fear of mass displacement isn’t paranoia for black people in Liberty City. It’s family history.

There Goes the Neighborhood: Miami, Part 2

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

The fear of mass displacement isn’t paranoia for black people in Liberty City. It’s family history.

Premium Elevation

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

The sea level is rising -- and so is the rent. It’s the first episode in our three part series on “climate gentrification.”

There Goes the Neighborhood: Miami, Part 1

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

The sea level is rising -- and so is the rent. It’s the first episode in our three part series on “climate gentrification.”

The Next Debt Crisis That No One's Talking About

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

An ambitious young immigrant is scammed into a buying a used car he can’t afford. But selling people unaffordable loans is big business and more consumers than ever can’t pay them back.

Denial at the Trump Hotel

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Climate change skeptics are finding it harder to deny the Earth is warming. So what's their plan now?

White Like Me

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

One family’s generational journey into whiteness, and the shifting roles white identity politics have played in American elections.

A History of Persuasion: Part 3

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Silicon Valley’s “millionaire maker” is a behavioral scientist who harnessed the power of persuasion in a booming tech industry. But it might not be too big to rein in.

A History of Persuasion: Part 2

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Ted Kaczynski had been a boy genius. James McConnell’s ideas about psychology sparked almost as much anxiety as Facebook does today. Here’s how their paths crossed.

A History of Persuasion: Part 1

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

A once-famous psychologist... and how the Unabomber tried to kill him. It's the first episode in our three-part series examining the science of persuasion, technology, and its backlash.

The Invention of 'Sexual Harassment'

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A group of women in upstate New York forced a new idea into the mainstream at the end of the 1970s. Their story offers a playbook for social change--and its limitations.

Editing Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

The nation's founders didn't want to deal with American society's fundamental contradictions. So they just wrote around it.

Gerrymandering in 2010 Set the Stage for This Year's Anti-Abortion Laws

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

How are abortion clinics in anti-abortion states faring under the legislative burdens? How are providers doing with their neighbors? And how did we get here?

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The Abortion Clinic That Won't Go Quietly

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

A broken democracy. A Supreme Court showdown. And a group of Alabama women who continue to provide care despite it all.

Stonewall and The Stakes

Friday, June 14, 2019

WNYC's Kai Wright talks about his upcoming call-in specials, part of the station's "The Sound of Pride" programming, and the most recent episode of The Stakes.

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Why the Stonewall Uprising Happened

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

What the Stonewall Uprising means today.

We’re Here. We’re Fluid. Get Used To It.

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

For Stonewall’s 50th anniversary, an intergenerational queer conversation with a gender fluid, pansexual 21-year-old who takes us through her online and IRL world.

To Be Young, Conscious and Rap

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Hip hop schooled a generation to be unapologetically black and proud, until commercialism changed the rap game.