Kai Wright

Host & Managing Editor, The United States of Anxiety

Kai Wright appears in the following:

Addressing White Supremacy After Trump

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

What happens to white supremacy in America without Trump in the White House?

Impeachment: Catharsis and Impunity

Monday, February 15, 2021

The Senate’s trial and acquittal of Donald Trump left many with mixed emotions. But did it move us any closer to a reckoning with the worst of America’s political culture?

The ‘Beautiful Experiments’ Left Out of Black History

Monday, February 08, 2021

Saidiya Hartman introduces Kai to the young women whose radical lives were obscured by respectability politics, in the second installment of our Future of Black History series.

The Role of Black History Month in Black Lives

Thursday, February 04, 2021

United States of Anxiety's Kai Wright and Veralyn Williams talk about their feelings around Black History Month -- skepticism and enthusiasm, respectively, and its origins.

The Origin Story of Black History Month

Monday, February 01, 2021

We’ve got complicated relationships with this annual celebration -- from joy to frustration. So to launch our Future of Black History series, we ask how it began and what it can be.

New Hopes, Old Fears

Monday, January 25, 2021

Kai checks in with poet Jericho Brown, historian Kidada Williams, and listeners as we all try to transition out of the Trump presidency.

Biden Proposes Sweeping Immigration Reform

Thursday, January 21, 2021

After his inauguration, President Joe Biden sent a piece of immigration reform legislation to Congress that would give roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship. 


Life After Fascism: A Brief History

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Historian Timothy Snyder offers lessons on what could happen if those who enabled the attack on our democracy don’t face consequences.

Is the Biden Administration Ready to Tackle Systemic Racism?

Thursday, January 21, 2021

On Wednesday afternoon, Joe Biden became the first president in U.S. history to denounce white supremacy in an inaugural address. 


America Are We Ready for the First 100 Days?: Equity

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Join the national conversation Thursday evenings during the first 100 days of the Biden administration.  This week: Can the Biden administration produce both unity and social justice?

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Call-In with Kai Wright on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, January 18, 2021

Kai Wright on the violent attack on the Capitol on January 6.


How Martin Luther King, Jr., Changed American Christianity

Monday, January 18, 2021

And what MLK’s uniquely Black theology can teach us about the relationship between faith and politics in 2021.

The American Story, in a Single Day

Monday, January 11, 2021

January 6, 2021, offered a hyper-condensed version of our country’s entire political history--with all of its complexity, inspiration, and terror.

The (Un)Making of a ‘Model Minority’

Monday, January 04, 2021

An odd racial pecking order puts Indian Americans in a curious place -- outside of whiteness, but distinct from other people of color. How’d that come to be? And is it changing?

America Are We Ready To Reconcile?

Monday, January 04, 2021

Brian Lehrer hosts a national conversation on overcoming polarization as the Congressional count of Electoral Votes is disrupted by violence.

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Lessons From a Year in Isolation

Monday, December 28, 2020

A first draft of history for 2020, told through three very personal efforts to find -- and keep -- human connection amid a pandemic.

WNYC's Time Capsule Call-In Special

Sunday, December 27, 2020

As this historic year comes to a close, it's time to set aside what we want to remember. Today, a Time Capsule call-in special.

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The Racist History of Georgia’s Runoff

Monday, December 21, 2020

Segregationists gamed the system 57 years ago. But this year, Black organizers may have finally slipped the knot that Jim Crow tied around democracy in the state.

Tell It To Me Straight, Doc

Monday, December 14, 2020

Two Black physicians describe the racist history the medical world carries into the COVID-19 vaccine rollout -- and answer listeners’ questions about why we should still get vaccinated.

ACT UP, Fight Covid

Monday, December 07, 2020

The HIV epidemic is nearly 40 years old. So what can we learn from that pandemic, as we approach a year of living with COVID-19?