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A Word … with Jason Johnson

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America doesn’t need another conversation about race. At least, not the kind we’ve been having ... the ones that are sparked by a crisis and move quickly from shock, to empty promises, to forgetting. No. What America needs are REAL conversations about race … ones that shine a light on the facts, the history, and the reality of how race plays out in our politics and society. That’s what Slate offers each week on A Word With Jason Johnson. A veteran political commentator, Johnson will bring his incisive wit to thoughtful discussions with leaders, journalists and other change-makers who will tell the truth about America’s challenges around race, and ideas on the way forward. read less

Our Editor's Take

A Word… with Jason Johnson is a weekly podcast. This series is for anyone looking to hear uncomfortable conversations about race, politics, and culture. Host Jason Johnson is an author, professor, and public speaker. He contributes to MSNBC and has managed campaigns for both Republicans and Democrats. And he has been a guest commentator on various major news events. These include the inauguration of President Barack Obama, as well as the NBA All-Star Game. Dr. Johnson promises intelligent commentary about the most important issues driving America.

In the A Word… with Jason Johnson podcast, he examines a different topic each week. This can be anything from critical race theory to the Black Panther film Wakanda Forever. Some issues are more hard-hitting, but listeners can enjoy a fresh perspective. When President Joe Biden shared his student loan plan, Dr. Johnson discussed the reality for Black Americans. The goal was to relieve many students who were already confronting huge debts. Yet, Dr. Johnson argued the potential impact of widening the racial wealth gap.

When conversations become more uncomfortable, Dr. Johnson remains objective. Topics include Jim Crow and the history of racial violence. One A Word… with Jason Johnson episode pays tribute to the late Breonna Taylor and the search for justice.

In the episode "Black Soccer GOALS!," Dr. Johnson talks about the popular sport of soccer. He discusses how the Black community still views soccer as a White sport. Professor of African American studies Jermaine Scott joins for the discussion. Together they talk about the history of soccer and the team as it is today.

When Elon Musk decided to buy Twitter, Dr. Johnson looked at the impact on the platform for Black users. Musk's choices could affect how Twitter gets used for activism and free speech. Every episode has a thought-provoking and educational approach. Dr. Johnson talks with passion and honesty, interviewing experts and uncovering truthful observations.

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