Kai Wright

Host & Managing Editor, The United States of Anxiety

Kai Wright appears in the following:

We've Been Here Before

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

This episode is about “The Year of the Woman” – but not 2018. Barbara Mikulski and three female senators elected in 1992 look back at the start of the modern era of women in politics.

Kavanaugh Allegations Bring Echoes of Anita Hill

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Kai Wright, host of WNYC's The United States of Anxiety, examines how new sexual assault allegations brought against Brett Kavanaugh echo the 1991 Clarence Thomas hearings.

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The Dream Was Not Mine

Monday, September 17, 2018

Jennifer Willoughby and Saily Avelenda each woke up one day wanting to make a change. They ended up toppling two political giants. Plus: why the 2018 midterms could make history.

The United States of Anxiety Season Three: There's an Election Coming

Friday, September 14, 2018

Women have had the vote for nearly a century. Yet, power remains concentrated in the hands of men. Will 2018 change that?

The US of Anxiety Wants to Hear from You

Thursday, August 09, 2018

We're coming back and we want to hear from you!

Help Us Monitor How Voters Are Targeted Online

Friday, June 29, 2018

With the midterms in full swing, WNYC is partnering with ProPublica to collect political ads in your Facebook newsfeed, add them to a public database and analyze how they're used.

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Introducing Nancy: a podcast about all things LGBTQ

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Once upon a time, WNYC's Kai Wright saw a movie called Punks. A romantic comedy about black gay men, it was like nothing he'd ever seen before. But then it disappeared. 

Punks

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Once upon a time, Kai saw a movie called "Punks." A romantic comedy about black gay men, it was like nothing he'd ever seen before. But then it disappeared.

Episode 9: 'You Just Sit There and Wait for the Next Day to Come'

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Solitary confinement has been proven gravely dangerous for young people. The Marshall Project teamed up with Caught to investigate how widespread the practice remains in New York.

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Episode 8: 'I Want Someone to Love Me Even for a Second'

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Girls make up a small fraction of the incarcerated juvenile population, but they often land in detention because they have experienced some form of trauma or abuse.

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Episode 7: 'It’s the Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done'

Monday, March 26, 2018

Parents know that, sometimes, kids just need time to work through stuff. A network of expensive, intense programs is selling that time to families with the means to buy it.

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Episode 6: 'Please Lock Up My Kid'

Friday, March 23, 2018

One of the most notable entry points in the school-to-prison pipeline opened when desperate parents turned to law enforcement for help keeping their kids out of trouble.

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Episode 5: 'The Teenage Brain Is Like a Sports Car'

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Brain science convinced the Supreme Court to give thousands of so-called "juvenile lifers" a shot at freedom. Stephen is one of them.

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Episode 4: 'Oh My God, What Have I Done?'

Monday, March 19, 2018

Children who struggle with mental health issues are often swept up in the justice system. Honor perpetrates a violent crime, but instead of jail, he gets a shot at a diversion program. 

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Episode 3: 'He Really Wants to Shoot Someone'

Friday, March 16, 2018

In 1978, Willie Bosket murdered two people on the New York City subway. His crimes changed everything for kids and criminal justice.

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"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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