Kai Wright

Host & Managing Editor, The Stakes

Kai Wright appears in the following:

"Caught" Exposes Juvenile Injustice

Friday, March 16, 2018

How does a child caught up in the juvenile justice system stand a chance to succeed after being branded a 'criminal?'

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Episode 2: 'They Look at Me Like a Menace'

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Z navigates a Catch 22 that's familiar to kids in the system: He only gets the help he needs when he acts out, but "turning up" means he can't go home.

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Episode 1: 'I Just Want You to Come Home'

Monday, March 12, 2018

Z is a teenager serving time for armed robbery. Dwayne Betts is a lawyer who spent nine years of his youth incarcerated. The same criminal justice policies landed them in jail.

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Coming Soon: Mass Incarceration Starts Young

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Roughly a million kids a year get caught up in the criminal justice system. Over nine episodes, we'll listen as some of those young people tell their stories.

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Episode 4: Act Like a Man

Thursday, January 25, 2018

All this week, we've been discussing adversity and harassment faced by women. Tonight, WNYC's Kai Wright opens the phones for men.

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Men in the #MeToo Era

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Men's role in ending sexual harassment in the workplace.

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The Week in Review: What Matters Most?

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Kai Wright and Maria Hinojosa weigh in on last week's congressional hearings, recent sexual misconduct allegations leveled at Roy Moore and Al Franken and what matters most in the news.

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The Counter-Jihad Movement & the Making of a President

Monday, September 11, 2017

David Yerushalmi sees the threat of radical Islam everywhere. And thanks to him and his allies, the president now does, too.  

Charlottesville in NYC

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The conversation about Charlottesville is needed in New York as much as in the South. 

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America's Fourth: Beyond Pie and BBQs

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

As we come to celebrate the independence of America on the Fourth of July, we talk about the holiday's past, present, and future.   

The Drug War

Monday, July 03, 2017

The "War on Drugs" began over fifty years ago as part of a political strategy to create anxiety around race and crime and also in response to a growing opioid problem.

Nixon's Enemies

Friday, June 23, 2017

Richard Nixon felt he was surrounded by enemies. So he had a list drawn up and then wanted to use the power of the federal government to go after them.

These 'Witches' Are Empowering the Next Generation

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

At a time when "traditional" values are making a comeback, a new radical group is forming around skateboarding and art, trying to disrupt the system and empower young people.

In Jesus' Name... We Legislate

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

America’s long, twisted debate over religion and civil liberties.  

The New, Old White Supremacist Movement

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Trolls, memes and red pills. Here's how a cadre of digitally-savvy culture warriors used media disruption to build a new far right around familiar and dangerous ideas.

How Politics Turns Violent

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Why do people move from radical politics to political violence? How does a person decide that peaceful protest is not enough?

Music, McCarthy, and the Sound of Americana

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The "common man" era in the 1930s and '40s needed a truly American music. Aaron Copland created it in one America and 20 years later found himself in quite another United States.

America's Allergy to Intellect — Why It Keeps Flaring Up

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

What's up, America? Why the qualms about erudition and expertise? Where does this wariness spring from, and what role did it play in the rise of Donald Trump?

The Birth of Climate Denial

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Our "Culture Wars" series continues with a look at when the movement that doubts the reality of climate change began — and how scientific consensus has been perpetually undermined.  

Whose Kansas Is it Anyway?

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

In the first episode of "Culture Wars," WNYC travels to Kansas, the site of a February killing that's changing the relationship between America and its South Asian community.