Rebecca Carroll

Rebecca Carroll is a cultural critic and Editor of Special Projects at WNYC, where she develops, produces and hosts a broad array of multi-platform content, including podcasts, live events and on-air broadcasts. Rebecca is also a critic at large for the Los Angeles Times, and a regular columnist at Shondaland and Gothamist. She is the author of several interview-based books about race and blackness in America, including the award-winning Sugar in the Raw, and her personal essays, cultural commentary and opinion pieces have been published widely. 

Rebecca Carroll appears in the following:

Lawyer and Comedian Andrea Coleman is Here to Judge Your Laws

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Andrea Coleman can prepare a deposition for a racist client — and turn it into comedy in one fell swoop.


Fighting White Supremacy with a Celebration of Blackness

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

In their new book, How We Fight White Supremacy, Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin amplify black joy and humor and complexity in the face of systemic racism. 

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REBEL: Jason Ward Is Changing the Face of Birding

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Bronx-born birder is the face of the new series "Birds of North America." 

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REBEL: Artist Torkwase Dyson Is Trying to "Desperately Live Up to Blackness"

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Torkwase Dyson's art mines the history of black bodies in America — and connects it to urgent issues of climate change and migration. 

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REBEL: Climate Change is a Social Justice Issue

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The face of environmental activism is changing, and while some of that is due to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, it's also part of a "moral examination" of energy systems.


REBEL: Actor and Author Karyn Parsons on the Power of Storytelling

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Karyn Parsons has made it her mission to bring stories about black Americans to young folks in new ways. "It would change the way they looked at the world as they entered it," she says.

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Emotions Run High in LGBTQ Community Following Alleged Attack on Actor Jussie Smollett

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Following the alleged racist and homophobic attack on singer and Empire actor Jussie Smollett, both celebrities and non-celebrities make a plea to be seen. 

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All the TV that's Fit to Watch

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

“Emmy Round Up” with Margaret Lyons, Matt Zoller Seitz, & Rebecca Carroll. Then, Cara Cusumano on this year's Tribeca TV festival.


Rebel With Rebecca Carroll

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Join host Rebecca Carroll and guests Tanzina Vega, Joan Walsh, and Blair Imani for a critical analysis and debate around the question: Is there a statute of limitations on racism?

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In Conversation: (De)constructing Images of Color

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Join curator Legacy Russell, WNYC's Rebecca Carrol, and others for an exploration of the connections among race, color theory, and decolonized oral histories.


Rebel: Would You Hire a Racist?

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Join host Rebecca Carroll and guests Kara Brown, Mona Eltahawy, and Ziwe Fumudoh for a conversation about accountability in media and Trump’s America. 


Here For It: Salt-N-Pepa Go to Vegas, Diddy Drops $$ for Art, and Ali Wong Is on Fire

Monday, May 21, 2018

Legendary rap trio Salt-N-Pepa are the first hip-hop artists to headline Las Vegas. Who knew Sean "Diddy" Combs had such good taste in art? Ali Wong's new Netflix special is hilarious.


Here For It: Childish Gambino's "This is America"

Monday, May 07, 2018

"Atlanta" creator and actor Donald Glover's musical alter-ego, Childish Gambino, debuted a new video on this weekend's SNL. 

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Ijeoma Oluo and Rebecca Carroll on Race and Representation in Journalism

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Ijeoma Oluo and Rebecca Carroll discuss the ethics of race and representation in journalism.

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PEN World Voices: Laurie Anderson and Chelsea Manning

Monday, April 16, 2018

Watch live as the two discuss the twin engines of resistance — art and activism — and a future that appears to be both liberated and threatened by technological innovation.


Here For It: Tracy Morgan Returns, National Poetry Month and Bow Down to Ms. Cardi B

Monday, April 09, 2018

Morgan is just plain winning in The Last OG. It's National Poetry Month and Danez Smith is so good. And also, Cardi B. That is all.  


Here For It: Naomi Wadler Shines, the 'Vanity Fair' Cover We Need and Snoop Takes Us to Church

Monday, March 26, 2018

The children are our future, but so is Lena Waithe. Also, you don't have to be religious to appreciate why Snoop Dogg has the perfect voice for gospel music.  

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Reading The Reckoning: An American Marriage

Monday, March 12, 2018

"An American Marriage," a novel by Tayari Jones, tells the story of a young African American couple, and what happens to after the husband is wrongly accused and convicted of a crime.


Reading The Reckoning: Tayari Jones

Monday, March 05, 2018

"An American Marriage," a novel by Tayari Jones, tells the story of a young African American couple, and what happens to after the husband is wrongly accused and convicted of a crime.

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Hashtags and High Fashion: What To Expect From The 90th Oscars

Friday, March 02, 2018

How #MeToo, #TimesUp, and #OscarsSoWhite factor into the contentious film competition.