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Why Does Everything Have to be About Race?

Guest: Keith Boykin

Kelly connects with Keith Boykin, a New York Times bestselling author, TV and Film producer, and former CNN political commentator. Keith served in the White House, cofounded the National Black Justice Coalition and taught at Columbia University. He i

Comedy's Serious Role in Human Rights

Guest: Yasmin Elhady, Crystal Echo Hawk, Caty Borum

Live in the Up Comedy Club at Second City, Kelly hosts a podcast taping with a stellar panel of guests to discuss how comedy is an effective tool in the effort for human rights. Presented by the MacArthur Foundation, Pillars Fund and The Second City.

Ha-Joon Chang: Edible Economics

Guest: Ha-Joon Chang

Kelly gets a lesson in both food and economics from Professor Ha-Joon Chang when they discuss his new book “Edible Economics: A Hungry Economist Explains the World.”

Kevin Kruse: Myth America

Guest: Kevin Kruse

Kelly talks to Princeton historian Kevin Kruse about his new book “Myth America: Historians Take on The Biggest Legends and Lies About Our Past.”

Christie Hunter Arscott: Begin Boldly

Guest: Christie Hunter Arscott

Kelly talks to Christie Hunter Arscott, an award-winning advisor and speaker. She has a new book, it’s called: “Begin Boldly: How Women Can Reimagine Risk, Embrace Uncertainty, and Launch a Brilliant Career.”

Dolly Chugh: A More Just Future

Guest: Dolly Chugh

Kelly welcomes back Dolly Chugh, a social scientist at NYU's Stern School of Business. They discuss her new book, "A More Just Future: Psychological Tools for Reckoning with Our Past and Driving Social Change."

Michael Chavez: Rehumanizing Leadership

Guest: Michael Chavez

Kelly Zooms with Michael Chavez, the former CEO of Duke Corporate Education to discuss his book "Rehumanizing Leadership."

Savala Nolan: Don't Let it Get You Down

Guest: Savala Nolan

Kelly has a provocative conversation with writer, speaker and lawyer Savala Nolan whose new book is called “Don’t Let It Get You Down: Essays on Race, Gender and the Body.”

Joann Lublin: Power Moms

Guest: Joann Lublin

Kelly talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joann Lublin about her new book “Power Moms: How Executive Mothers Navigate Work and Life.”

Katherine May: Wintering

Guest: Katherine May

Kelly speaks to bestselling author Katherine May about her new book "Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times."

Dr. Devon Price: Laziness Does Not Exist

Guest: Dr. Devon Price

Kelly connects with Dr. Devon Price to discuss their new book "Laziness Does Not Exist," which focuses on the many ways that the term "lazy" is used to oppress our most disadvantaged communities.

Right/Wrong: How Technology Transforms Our Ethics

Guest: Juan Enriquez

Kelly has a provocative conversation with author Juan Enriquez about the ethical dilemmas in technology.

Martha Jones: Vanguard

Guest: Martha Jones

Kelly connects with Johns Hopkins professor Martha Jones to talk about her new book “Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All.”

Lindy West: The Witches are Coming

Guest: Lindy West

Kelly sits down with Lindy West, the author of "Shrill," to talk about her new book "The Witches Are Coming."

Daniel Markovits: The Meritocracy Trap

Guest: Daniel Markovits

Yale Law professor Daniel Markovits has a fascinating conversation with Kelly about his new book "The Meritocracy Trap: How America's Foundational Myth Feeds Inequality, Dismantles the Middle Class, and Devours the Elite."

Rami Nashashibi: Inner City Muslim Action Network

Guest: Rami Nashashibi

Rami Nashashibi, 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow, 2018 Opus Prize Laureate and the Executive Director of Chicago's Inner-City Muslim Action Network talks with Kelly Leonard.

Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic: Incompetent Male Leaders

Guest: Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

Kelly talks to Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, an international authority on talent management and leadership development. His book, "Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders," looks at the science behind leadership as it relates to men and women.