Kai Wright

Host & Managing Editor, The United States of Anxiety

Kai Wright appears in the following:

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?


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.


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.

Who Killed Conscious Rap? Find Out on 'The Stakes'

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Over on the new WNYC podcast The Stakes, Christopher M. Johnson joins host Kai Wright to investigate the origins of conscious rap... and who killed it.

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.

Giving Birth While Black

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Black women and their babies are dying at shockingly high rates during and after child birth. One big reason is the implicit bias of doctors. So what do we do about it?

A Conversation with Eric Holder, Jr.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Former Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr. told us that Dr. King’s long arc of the moral universe only bends towards justice when people put their hands on it and pull it.

'The Stakes' A New Podcast about Social Change

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

WNYC host Kai Wright kicks off "The Stakes" podcast with former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder 

How Is Lead Still A Problem?

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

A new podcast looks at the problems (and solutions) we face today. First up: lead paint.