Award-winning journalist Farai Chideya proves that all issues are women’s issues on ‘Our Body Politic’

Society & Culture March 8, 2023
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The news commentary podcast “Our Body Politic” is hosted and created by award-winning journalist Farai Chideya. Episodes focus on “how women of color experience the major political events of today” and how “they’re impacting those very issues.”

Stream the weekly episodes in any order that deep-dive into health, politics, the economy, education, the environment, and other relevant issues – because “all issues are women’s issues.” Since 2020, the podcast has released over 130 episodes that run less than an hour on average.

A recent episode covered the growing crisis of gun violence in America. Chideya spoke with The Trace’s senior news writer and founding staffer Jennifer Mascia about California’s recent shootings and the nation’s gun regulations. In this episode, Chideya also sat down with Dr. Thema Bryant, the President of the American Psychological Association, to share some insight and how communities heal from gun violence.

In February, Chideya highlighted indigenous voices and interviewed Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland about the Federal Indian Boarding School’s survivors and descendants. Then, Chideya spoke with Deputy Director of Western Native Voice, Ta’jin Perez about the ongoing fight for tribal sovereignty. Chideya shared a conversation from 2014 on her podcast “One With Farai.” She interviewed Bird Runningwater (co-executive producer of the TV series Sovereign and former director of the Sundance Institute Indigenous Program) about Native American media and more.

There are conversations about Black History, celebrating Black women, exploring Black financial planning, creative action, and redefining strength for Black women.

For an episode on technology’s influence, check out Chideya’s live-taped conversation with Dr. Safiya U. Noble, Professor of Gender Studies and African American Studies at UCLA, board member of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, and author of Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism. They examined how to fight inequalities created by the tech industry. This episode also spoke with author/ Palo Alto council member Julie Lythcott-Haims on how to address wealth disparities and community displacement. Singer-songwriter Monica Martin also shared some performances and discussed musicianship.

“Our Body Politic” is presented by Diaspora Farms.

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