Our Body Politic
Sundays 4:00-5:00 p.m. 10/4/20-1/31/21
- Hosted by Farai Chideya
Sundays, 10/4/20 through 1/31/21 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. KCBX Public Radio presents a new limited-audio series, “Our Body Politic,” hosted by award-winning journalist Farai Chideya. The series is being created and syndicated by public radio stations KPCC, KCRW, and KQED as part of the California Regional News Hub collaboration, a consortium of NPR member stations across California committed to incubating and airing programs that reflect the diversity of the state and country.
In a political media landscape dominated by white men, “Our Body Politic” is a source of news by and for Black women and women of color. The weekly hour-long show examines the critical role Black women and women of color play in shaping the upcoming presidential election, while chronicling how they’re working to reframe and rebuild America while finding higher ground to lead the country.
Chideya engages and features Black women and women of color from around the country, including prominent politicians, leading journalists, and influential entertainers, as well as “everyday experts” who provide a window into what’s happening in their lives, regions and states. In addition, Errin Haines, editor-at-large of The 19th* — a new newsroom at the intersection of gender, politics and policy — is a regular contributor to the show's political coverage.
“This is our time to vote, to live, to thrive amid the chaos of America,” says Chideya. “People are in such deep pain but also filled with passion. Black women and women of color disproportionately do the unpaid civic labor of standing up for rights that benefit us all –– full and fair voting rights; equitable housing policy; desegregation of workplaces. Women of color come from many different races, income brackets, cultural and religious backgrounds, as well as different political party affiliations. We are not an afterthought in politics, but a key driver of the future of this nation”
“Our Body Politic” utilizes a proprietary technology called SPEAK, a tool that allows listeners to call in and share their thoughts and experiences about our show's topics. SPEAK's analysis process allows us to hear our listeners at scale and with nuance -- providing our teams with unique insight into our audience.
Farai Chideya’s own journey has taken her to 30 countries, 49 states, and to cover every Presidential election since 1996. Chideya has brought her analysis and reporting to a variety of news outlets including ABC News, FiveThirtyEight, CNN, Newsweek, and the Intercept. She has worked both behind the scenes and in public forums on questions of media equity — the ways in which media can serve rural and urban Americans; people of all races and national backgrounds, and gender — for the health of civil society. Her most recent book, “The Episodic Career,” is about how we must be psychologically self-employed in order to pivot, grow, earn and thrive. On camera and on the air, she talks on a variety of broadcast outlets about politics, demographics and cultural analysis.