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:

The Problem With 'Not Seeing Race'

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

What's it like to grow up as a Black child adopted by white parents? Rebecca Carroll talks about her new memoir, Surviving The White Gaze.

15. Julián Castro's Common Census

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Julián Castro says checking a box on the U.S. Census form could transform your neighborhood. Plus, why would anyone want to run for president?


14. Ira Madison III Keeps It, Kay Oyegun Gives It

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Ira Madison III on how Twitter launched him beyond the internet. And Kay Oyegun on writing the story of one of the most popular families on American TV.


13. Waubgeshig Rice Saw This Apocalypse Coming

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

For Waubgeshig Rice and his community, the climate crisis is all too familiar: “It is already part of the indigenous experience... the ending of a world.”


Come Through with Rebecca Carroll

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

As the nation grapples with both the legacy and the current reality of racism and white supremacy, public conversations about race have taken on a new urgency. 


12. Ava DuVernay Takes Us Online, Desmond Meade Leads Us to Vote

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Ava DuVernay launches the online learning initiative she wishes she had as a teenager. And Desmond Meade makes the case for why every vote counts.


11. Gabrielle Union is Raising Black Daughters and Learning As She Goes

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Gabrielle Union is inspired by her daughter Zaya: “She's very clear about who she is, what she wants to say, how she wants to say it...I wish I knew that at 12!”


10. Don Lemon is a Soldier for The Army of Truth

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

In the era of “fake news,” CNN anchor Don Lemon says reporters need to beware of the “objectivity trap” set by the Trump administration.


9. Bassey Ikpi Didn’t Enter the World Broken

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Author Bassey Ikpi struggled with a certain kind of heaviness and worry growing up. In 2004, she was able to put a name to those feelings when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. 


8. Elie Mystal: Call It a Lynching

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

News reports have referred to the death of Ahmaud Arbery as a “shooting,” a “murder,” and a “killing.” But commentator Elie Mystal says it’s clear it should be called a “lynching.”  


7. Walter Mosley Believes in Freedom of Speech. Period.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Walter Mosley was working as a TV writer and shared the story of his disturbing encounter with a police officer who used the n-word. That story landed Mosley in HR. So, he quit.


6. Jeff Yang on the Hard Work of Allyship

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Journalist Jeff Yang was stunned after experiencing a racist attack at the grocery store. Now, he’s asking some tough questions about what allyship looks like in the age of Covid-19. 


5. Robin DiAngelo Wants to Be a Little Less White

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

This week White Fragility author Robin DiAngelo joins Rebecca Carroll for an important conversation on whiteness, racism, and what white people can do to combat their own fragility.


Introducing Come Through with Rebecca Carroll Featuring Issa Rae

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Issa Rae joins Rebecca Carroll to talk about the return of Insecure, how she’s supporting the next generation of black artists, and why black audiences matter the most to her.

4. Issa Rae is Still Rooting for Everybody Black

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Issa Rae joins Rebecca Carroll to talk about the return of Insecure, how she’s supporting the next generation of black artists, and why black audiences matter the most to her.


Rebecca Carroll's New Pod: Come Through

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Rebecca Carroll shares her new podcast Come Through, essential conversations about race in a pivotal year for America.

3. Brittany Packnett Cunningham on Activism in Crisis

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Rebecca Carroll talks to activist Brittany Packnett Cunningham on the small and big ways we can live in community during the coronavirus pandemic -- even though we’re forced to be apart.

How Bishop T. D. Jakes Keeps the Faith

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

How do you keep the faith when it feels like our country is falling apart? Host Rebecca Carroll turns to world famous Bishop T.D. Jakes for insight - and what he says will surprise you.

Dr. Camara Jones Saw the Tsunami

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Epidemiologist Dr. Camara Jones studies how racism impacts the health of people of color. When she read the early COVID-19 reports, she knew what was coming next for black communities.


Introducing Come Through with Rebecca Carroll

Thursday, April 02, 2020

New show alert! Listen to Come Through with Rebecca Carroll, featuring 15 essential conversations about race in a pivotal year for America.