Veralyn Williams is executive producer for The United States of Anxiety. And previously she produced Radio Rookies and The Stakes.
Williams has been tackling questions on identity, social norms, and community since she picked up her first microphone in 2004. Her first radio story, "Legal Status" was awarded the George Foster Peabody Award for broadcast excellence in 2005.
As a member of Slate Magazine's podcast team, she launched and produced Slate's film and TV podcast, Represent, revamped Slate’s feminist podcast, The Waves, and produced the inaugural season of Panoply’s Family Ghost. Williams has also worked as managing editor of Brooklyn Deep, a digital investigative news, analysis, and data website chronicling neighborhood change in Central Brooklyn.
Through all of her endeavors, Williams aims to amplify perspectives often forgotten in the media.
Veralyn Williams appears in the following:
Monday, July 26, 2021
Today’s viral videos of police abuse have a long political lineage. But what if one of the oldest tools of copwatching is now taken away?
Monday, July 19, 2021
2021 began with an insurrection, and it’s remained quietly intense ever since. We open the phones for a six-month check in on the political culture of the Biden era.
Monday, July 12, 2021
Birth, August 1965. Death, July 2021. So now what for multiracial democracy?
Monday, July 05, 2021
Eddie Glaude and Imani Perry consider the question through the work of James Baldwin and Richard Wright. Plus: How our country could enter a period of “post-traumatic growth.”
Monday, June 28, 2021
More than 100 anti-Trans bills have been introduced across 30 states since January. We find out what’s happening — both in the courts and in society — and what still needs to be done.
Monday, June 21, 2021
New York City faces a consequential election. We look at the history of our local election laws. Plus, the mastermind behind new voting restrictions nationally.
Monday, June 14, 2021
How NYC’s first Black mayor tried to balance concerns about public safety with demands for a more accountable police force -- and the violent resistance he faced from the police union.
Monday, June 07, 2021
Ibram X. Kendi reflects on a shifting political culture -- and the fierce backlash against it. Plus, a remembrance of the 1921 Tulsa massacre.
Monday, May 31, 2021
Composer Jason Moran takes Kai on a musical journey back to 1918, when a group of Black soldiers reinvented American music.
Monday, May 24, 2021
New Yorkers reacted to George Floyd’s murder with mass protests demanding police accountability. NYPD met them with targeted violence and abuse.
Monday, May 17, 2021
We’re finally back in the streets -- but are we ready to reimagine how we share public space? This week, a trip through the century-long fight between cars, bikes, and people.
Thursday, May 13, 2021
We failed her long before the cops killed her. We’re failing thousands more children like her now. In this bonus episode, we meet one of those girls.
Monday, May 10, 2021
Erased from history. Ignored in public policy. This Mother’s Day, we ask how to truly value “motherwork.” Plus: The story of one “woke birth.”
Monday, May 03, 2021
History suggests we shouldn’t laugh off what’s happening in right wing media right now. Plus, profiting off of racism is a business model as old as the news.
Monday, April 26, 2021
The answer isn’t simple, but it’s time to ask. Listeners weigh in with stories of their own efforts to solve problems with and without cops.
Monday, April 19, 2021
A retired NYPD detective says the force’s stubborn, insular culture was built to last. And Elie Mystal explains a 1989 Supreme Court ruling that made killing “reasonable.”
Monday, April 12, 2021
How did Americans come to think so poorly of government? And how did Joe Biden come to be the first modern president who’s even tried to change our minds?
Monday, April 05, 2021
A gun-toting Black Power advocate was made principal of a Marin County, California school during efforts to desegregate 50 years ago. As they try again, we recount his radical legacy.
Monday, March 29, 2021
Andrew Cuomo’s just the latest. Why is masculinity so often conflated with domination? And how do we separate the two? Kai turns to a historian and to a novelist for answers.
Monday, March 22, 2021
We’ve been here before: A time of national stress, Asian Americans made into scapegoats, and violence follows. The community saw it coming. So why didn’t everybody else?