Kai Wright

Host & Managing Editor, The United States of Anxiety

Kai Wright appears in the following:

Alone Together During COVID-19: Live Call-in

Friday, March 13, 2020

The coronavirus has turned our thoughts back to anxiety. In this bonus episode, Kai Wright teams up with Anna Sale to take listener calls, and to talk about people are coping.

Alone Together: A COVID-19 Call-In

Friday, March 13, 2020

Your calls about how the coronavirus is impacting your life, your relationships, and your plans—and how you're coping with it all. 

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Black Power at the Polls

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Liberal politics have relied on the same coalition for 160 years. But do black people have any real power in that alliance? Kai Wright and Rashad Robinson discuss presence versus power.

Keeping White Power at the Polls

Thursday, March 05, 2020

We present: What Next, a daily podcast from Slate. In this special episode, our friends at What Next share a story about a radical new voter suppression plan.

A Secret Meeting in South Bend

Thursday, February 27, 2020

We speak to descendants of the Great Migration in South Bend, Indiana about their family stories of housing in the “heartland,” and inequity in home ownership today.

Fragility in Liberty

Thursday, February 20, 2020

We travel from Liberty Island to U.S.-Mexico border to discover how the end of Reconstruction and America's present-day immigration crisis are inextricably bound.

Paralysis at the Crossroads

Thursday, February 13, 2020

We talk to voters about their fear of making the wrong decision, and remember an election so consequential it split a major party - and the country - in two.

OTM Presents: U.S. of Anxiety's "40 Acres in Mississippi"

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Our WNYC colleagues fact-check a family legend about "40 acres and a mule," and find a story about the promise and peril of the American Dream at the end of Reconstruction. 

America, Are We Ready? New Hampshire Edition

Monday, February 10, 2020

WNYC's Brian Lehrer and NHPR's Laura Knoy join forces as the polls close in New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary with calls from NH and around the country.

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Two Schools in Marin County

Thursday, February 06, 2020

In the classrooms and town meetings of Marin, California we witness a community grappling with what desegregation and reparations might look like in the 21st century.

The United States of Anxiety: School Desegregation

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Kai Wright, host of The United States of Anxiety from WNYC Studios, joins us to discuss their latest episode, which focuses on the difficulties of school desegregation.

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History's Unfinished Business and the 2020 Election

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Kai Wright on unresolved issues in U.S. history, like wealth distribution and racial equity, and their impact on the election.

40 Acres in Mississippi

Thursday, January 30, 2020

We fact check a family legend about "40 acres and a mule," and find a story about the promise and peril of the American Dream at the end of Reconstruction. 

Can We Finally Build a Multiracial Democracy in 2020?

Thursday, January 16, 2020

After the Civil War ended, America set out to build the world's first multiracial democracy. More than 150 years later, we’re still trying to pull it off.

The Stakes' Visit to The Legacy Museum

Friday, January 03, 2020

The Stakes’ host, Kai Wright, and Karen Frillmann, the shows’ executive producer, on their trip to The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration in Montgomery, Alabama.

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Buttigieg's Campaign for Black Votes

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Will comparing LGBTQ discrimination to racism take him far?

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.

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 2

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

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

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.