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W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu are comedians who take politics seriously — and longtime friends, trying to help keep each other sane. Join them as they pull the alarm on the dumpster fire that is American politics, and talk to the creators, thinkers, and leaders doing the work to defend and reinvent our democracy.
 
"Topics" features long-time friends and creative comedic collaborators Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter as they tackle some of mankind's most difficult questions: What is the nature of love? Is time travel possible? Does God exist? And so many more. "Topics" is a thoughtful, intense conversation about what makes humankind... kind of human. Featuring original music by Dan Deacon!
 
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Not just a clever name for the episode, a true instruction on how to take this one in. Let's just say this might hit a little different for all our headphones listeners. Longtime homie Nick Pyle finally jumps into the friendship pit to talk about the subtle art of making it big and what it takes to win. Nah lol just playing they just bullshit aroun…
 
We're sharing an episode from our friends over at Talk Easy. Kamau sits down with host Sam Fragoso to discuss his four-part docuseries We Need to Talk About Cosby. They talk about Kamau's reluctance to talk about Bill Cosby, whose legacy became something he decided to publicly grapple with. You'll hear about Kamau's approach to the series, the inte…
 
the guests were great, no disrespect but it just ain't the same unless it's them good ol' friendship bois and they return in style for... a sorta bolo. triggered by cj seeing a nefarious vehicle donning the sacred phrase, the dudes embark on a journey of wordle strategy, hip hop in the Super Bowl and the precious cycle of consuming and replenishing…
 
the trio return to finish the fight in what can only be described as the most intense session of friendship to date! joe dips his toe in the TFP waters by giving the boys an intro to read and it goes just about how you would expect. arguably too much time is spent on the innovation of mechanical pencils and break down the phrase "LET'S GO BRANDON" …
 
in what can only be described as hell freezing over, returning homie Joe exercises the boys’ open door policy to hilarious results! the trio dive into a very opiniated round of “slangin’ grades” discussing the slang “facts” which gets kinda heated. video game ADHD, cj’s d&d habits and a boat load of other off beat and crazy topics are waiting for y…
 
a new year means a whole new chance to discover your friends are into the same weird shit you’re into. the homies are joined by crack MTG limited player, design savant and all around good dude Joe to the show. the group discusses things like cj being present while recording, a dive into the love (and hate) for Hideo Kojima and his prestigious proje…
 
this time the homies are joined by cj's friend nick hein (and actually introduced him this time). the trio dig into some topics such as "sexy social security numbers", cj talking too much about KingCobraJFS (again) and they journey into an alternate land made of crust , cheese and sauce. don't worry, it's not what you think.…
 
the boys welcome cj's homie brian onto the show but totally forget to tell the audience what's going on. this deadly trio of friendship dive into a multitude of topics ranging from degenerate streamers to vhs head cleaner and it's affects on the human body. bk is outed as not being as into low level internet trash as the other homies and everything…
 
Hari and Kamau face up to their mistakes before it's too late. And we all learn so much. Rosa Clemente calls bullshit on Puerto Rican statehood—and gives a crash course on the Puerto Rican people’s historic struggle for self-determination. Yasmin Benoit unpacks the basics of asexuality and shares asexual perspectives on libido, attraction, romance,…
 
LaLa B Holston-Zannell invites Hari and Kamau to let go of the shame and have a real conversation about sex work, white supremacy, and why decriminalization is a matter of life and death for trans Black women. Then Ilana Glazer talks about mobilizing young voters during a pandemic, the pros and cons of baby modeling, and how to make a horror movie …
 
Three powerful, absolutely-nothing-like-one-another conversations on this week's jam-packed mega-episode: The ACLU's Chase Strangio blows open the absurdity and cruelty of state legislation targeting trans youth who want to play sports—and agrees with Hari about Rodney Dangerfield's relevance to the conversation. Dr. Connie Wun lifts up the humanit…
 
Desmond Meade, who led the campaign to restore voting rights to the formerly incarcerated in Florida, returns to talk about Gov. Ron DeSantis's decision to deny him a pardon and renewed threats to democratic participation in his state. But in spite of it all, Desmond's excitement about people exercising the franchise is infectious. Then, Emmy-winni…
 
Do Black people have an attitude problem about the COVID-19 vaccine? Dr. Rhea Boyd says absolutely not—the problem is lack of access to the vaccine and to real information. So she's launched BetweenUsAboutUs, a national campaign with Black doctors, scientists, and health care professionals (and a certain podcast host), to give Black communities the…
 
Amber Ruffin's career is really taking off (FYI, The Amber Ruffin Show is now on NBC), and she and her sister Lacey Lamar are as close as ever, trading stories about the crazy everyday racist behavior Lacey encounters in their hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. Their book You Won't Believe What Happened to Lacey is necessary reading for anyone who doesn'…
 
Can we talk about Palestine? Dr. Marc Lamont Hill (who, admittedly, calls himself "a prisoner of hope") says we can, and that Americans are ready to even if our government isn't. He joins Hari and Kamau for a conversation that encompasses Michael Che, Bill Clinton, the Fourth Geneva Convention, and the Columbia House record club. Then Kamau's Mom, …
 
Historian, journalist and hero-of-Hari Vijay Prashad analyzes the Farmers' Protest in India and makes a powerful case for why their struggle is our struggle. And while he's at it, he salutes Rihanna, defines Marxism, and makes quick work of Dinesh D'Souza. Comic duo The Lucas Brothers give the backstory for the new film Judas and the Black Messiah …
 
What does cancel culture have to do with defunding the police? How do we liberate our attention? Can better orgasms improve public policy? Hari and Kamau get answers—and Valentine's Day advice—from pleasure activist and abolitionist adrienne maree brown, author of We Will Not Cancel Us. Plus: Adam Jentleson lays out the Jim Crow roots of the filibu…
 
Hari and Kamau debate the morality of Super Bowl-watching before being joined by legendary poet Nikki Giovanni. She's out with a new collection called Make Me Rain, and ready to talk about everyone from Kwame Alexander to Tupac, James Baldwin to Colin Kaepernick. Hear why Nikki Giovanni is inspired by the women who launched Black Lives Matter—and t…
 
Taking damn near twice as long as a regular season run, the homies finish strong and bring a suitable end to Season 6! Special CO-HOST/fan favorite Shevaun joins the squad to chat about aspirations of voice acting, stumble through trying to figure out what exactly ANTIFA does and probably the hottest topic to ever be talked about on a podcast; the …
 
Porsha Williams, star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta and granddaughter of civil rights legend Rev. Hosea Williams, talks about why she put her body on the line to demand justice for Breonna Taylor. ACLU Racial Justice Program Director ReNika Moore breaks down the immediate and long-term agenda for racial equity after Trump. And Kamau tries to ex…
 
Hari and Kamau explore the pressing questions: What would Martin Luther King Jr. have been like on Twitter? Can live-streaming a federal crime boost your real estate business? And how many ways can Donald Trump end up in jail? They're joined by CNN analyst and former FBI special agent Asha Rangappa. Plus: Listeners bid a fond farewell to our 45th P…
 
It's once in a lifetime that it happens... but the guys get into some real, relevant topics this go round. The first one out of 2021 and 2nd to last episode of the season; the homies get into COVID topics galore (including a very possible scenario involving aliens), the possibility of customized nuclear weapon explosions and what Hollywood might no…
 
Hari and Kamau can't help noticing that Blue Lives Matter, except when they try to defend the Capitol. Cat Brooks of the Anti Police-Terror Project and Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff of the Center for Policing Equity unpack what it means to "defund the police" — and why it's so damn hard. Plus, the ACLU's Kate Ruane is concerned about Twitter's Trump ban, …
 
Just when Kamau and Hari thought they could breathe and take in the Democratic victories in Georgia's Senate runoff, an armed right-wing mob storms the Capitol. Hear their reaction to the chaos in DC and their conversation with Nse Ufot of the New Georgia Project and The Intercept's Ryan Grim about how Democrats can make the most of their power (an…
 
The boys come to the table in the zero hour to do what they normally do this time of year, reminisce! Breaking down the finer points of this unique year brings out some interesting topics of conversation including BK's semi-erotic fantasy of directing a remake, the upcoming Home Alone remake and the "best and worst" of 2020. Ring in the New Year wi…
 
The multitalented Daveed Diggs joins Hari and Kamau to talk about translating Blindspotting for TV, James McBride's liberating take on Frederick Douglass, and rich people loopholes in the time of COVID. Plus: Advanced-level Oakland shit, from Dope Era to Children's Fairyland. Find our guest: Daveed Diggs (@DaveedDiggs) And mentioned in the episode:…
 
Hari and Kamau are ejected from their post-election malaise by LaTosha Brown, the unstoppable co-founder of Black Voters Matter. She's on fire to build electoral power in Black communities and has her sights set on Democrats winning both seats in the Georgia Senate runoff. She's also got a message for progressives: If you want to win, time to root …
 
Another name for this episode might as well be AM/PM because it's just got TOO MUCH GOOD STUFF! Cj sticks to the No Cobes rule while BK goes off on some OfflineTV stuff, apparently Stitcher Premium is a thing and more chat of old homies come up in this banger of an episode. You remember when we use to play games at the end of the episode? Good... u…
 
Ijeoma Oluo breaks down the costs of catering to underwhelming white guys in her new book Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America – and describes what it’s like to be a target for harassment from people who’ve never read a word she’s written. Sarah Silverman can’t wait for there to be a vaccine so she can get back to stand-up, but in t…
 
It's an extra STUFFED episode for your Thanksgiving feast! The homies talk favorite sides for the holiday of feasting, when Cj actually starts the podcast (and BK not caring) as well as some meme chat about a headbobbin' cat. After the VB they get real deep into the recent decriminalization of drugs in Oregon, the real life documentary "8 Mile" wit…
 
Comedian Sarah Cooper shares the secrets she's learned lip-syncing to our most toxic president and making her Netflix special Everything's Fine. Then, Dr. Peter Hotez talks about surviving the COVID-19 spike, fighting anti-science propaganda, developing a dollar-a-dose coronavirus vaccine — and why Kamau should settle his beef with Surgeon General …
 
The next episode is just the second half of the first one, very meta right?! Sadly, Cj can't STFU about KingCobraJFS so there's more of that (including his reaction to the eviction), they dive into the world of dedicated livestream communities asking the question Missy Elliot posed "is it worth it?" and the dudes reflect on procrastination holding …
 
Jesse Wegman dives into the extortionate history of the Electoral College. Indivisible's Meagan Hatcher-Mays outlines the prospects for the pro-democracy agenda without the blue wave. And Hari and Kamau kick back with Dope Queen Phoebe Robinson to talk publishing, Black Frasier, and texting with Michelle Obama. Find our guests: Jesse Wegman (@jesse…
 
Hari and Kamau check in with Alicia Garza of Black Futures Lab about the hope and confusion of Election 2020, what Joe Biden owes popular movements, and why this is no time for Democrats to follow the rules. Plus, Alicia's take on BLM going mainstream and becoming the target of all kinds of weird misinformation. Find our guest: Alicia Garza (@alici…
 
It's another remote banger so you know what that means... lag and more lag! Between the lag, however you're looking at some quality homie chit chat including opinions about the delay of the iconic Cyberpunk 2077 and the potential of Cj maybe displaying signs of ADHD. As two completely unqualified individuals would normally do... they decide to try …
 
Hari and Kamau welcome Congresswoman Katie Porter, who wields her whiteboard against corrupt CEOs and regulators who don't do their jobs. Caroline Rose Giuliani talks about riding the Rudy rollercoaster and inspires Kamau to reveal his true identity. Plus, Hari's Dad Ravi Kondabolu on voting for the first time, citizenship and Hari's comedy. Find o…
 
Hari and Kamau talk to Maria Hinojosa, anchor of Latino USA and co-host of In The Thick. She was the first Latina in the newsrooms at NPR, CNN, and PBS, and in her new memoir "Once I Was You," she connects the experiences of her Mexican immigrant family to her passion for defending the humanity of immigrants and refugees. She does her best to expla…
 
Hari and Kamau welcome insurgent Democrat Cori Bush, the nurse and Black Lives Matter activist who's poised to win election as Missouri's first Black congresswoman and join The Squad in Washington. Then, they rave on with Pod Save America co-host Jon Lovett about our traumatized democracy, the price Democrats have paid for Barack Obama's genius, th…
 
In the years the guys have been known to try to troll and trick you lovely fans but this is no joke! A couple episodes back the boiz mentioned a new show, “Listening In” which literally gives the listener an insight into conversations exclusively had before firing up the mainline podcast. What kind of off-the-wall topics come up? You’ll have to lis…
 
Hari & Kamau relaunch Politically Re-Active by getting you oriented for Election 2020. Alexandra Rojas of Justice Democrats talks about inspiring progressive candidates, who has power in the Democratic Party, and why Hari can't get AOC to return his calls. Then, we go to the battleground state of Florida to talk to Desmond Meade, just named one of …
 
On this special pre-launch edition, Kamau & Hari catch up after three years away and assess their responsibilities as hosts of the vital public institution that is Politically Re-Active. They talk about the pain of parenthood in San Diego, the horror of Indian Matchmaking, why Antonin Scalia was just batshit crazy — and how to save America. Find us…
 
Election 2020’s almost here — and Kamau & Hari are back, just in time! They’ll be your companions in these final weeks and help you survive whatever comes afterward by talking to the people doing the work to make democracy in America an actual thing. Why are they back after three years away? It just takes two minutes to find out. See omnystudio.com…
 
Ya’ll just ain’t for this journey deep into what scientists have called… “The Friend Zone”. The dudes, for the second time decided to talk serious in the form of opinions on the nation’s recent blunders and misguidance but tomfoolery is never too far behind. If you’re a fan of the 1995 film “Money Train”, then this episode…. probably only has like …
 
A real throwback of an episode! The dudes do what the dudes do best… chillllll and Cj is determined to make sure the whole show is nothing less than. Hot topics include the guys weirdly diving deep into the 90 Day Fiancé universe, BK takes a look back at his European jaunt and the dudes address Cj’s slowly creeping obsession with local craft beer t…
 
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