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Could Paulette Jordan Be America's First Native American Governor?

A glance at Paulette Jordan’s career might tip you to the fact she’s a bit of an anomaly. Yes, she’s a gunslinging, horse-riding single mother. But the 38-year-old Idahoan is also running to become America’s first Native American governor, ever. For this episode of Undercurrent we traveled to Idaho to follow Jordan as…

Rashida Tlaib Is About to Make History

Rashida Tlaib is all but certain to make history in next week’s midterm elections by becoming one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. For our debut episode of our new series, Undercurrent, we traveled to Michigan, where we talked to the Detroit native and daughter of Palestinian immigrants about the…

The Racist History of Campaign Ads

The 2018 elections have seen a mess of race-baiting, dog-whistling campaign ads, mostly from Republicans. But while things may seem especially bad this time around, racist campaign ads are nothing new. In fact, they’re about as old as American politics.

Should People Convicted of Felonies Be Able to Vote?

This November, Florida voters will be asked to decide whether or not to restore the voting rights of nearly 1.5 million men and women convicted of felonies. Florida is one of just three states that permanently strips the right to vote from people with felonies. If passed, Florida Amendment 4 could shake up elections…

The Racist History of Higher Education

America’s higher education system has always been racist. Not only were many of our top institutions founded by slave owners and rooted in racist policies, but they have systematically excluded people of color for centuries.

Do Texans in New York Care About Beto O'Rourke?

Our friends at Deadspin tell us the Texas-Oklahoma University rivalry is one of the biggest in college sports. So for this episode of Divided, we traveled to the far-away land of midtown Manhattan to ask Texans viewing the game about another rivalry that’s heating up—the Senate race between Beto O’Rourke and incumbent…

We Took to the Streets to Talk About the Minimum Wage We Took to the Streets to Talk About the Minimum Wage

Jeff Bezos recently caved to pressure and raised the minimum wage for Amazon employees to $15 an hour. For this episode of Divided, we took to the streets of New York to talk to people about the decision, and about whether the minimum wage is even enough.

Trump Loves Defending Sexual Predators

If there’s one thing Donald Trump can’t get enough of, it’s defending powerful men accused of sexual misconduct.

How Do Ordinary People Feel About the Kavanaugh Hearings?

In the first episode of our new series, Divided, we ask New Yorkers how they feel about Brett Kavanaugh and the state of his ongoing confirmation hearings. Check back for more each week as we discuss this and other topics.

Trump Has Very, Very, Very Many Things to Say About Brett Kavanaugh

Donald Trump has “very, very” many feelings when it comes to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, particularly about how “unfairly” he thinks Kavanaugh is being treated because of the sexual assault allegations leveled at him last week. Watch this very fine video.

The Racist History of Pornography

Since the invention of film, viewers have been eager to see titillating images on screen, but the adult film industry has long been dominated by the desires of white men.

Trump’s Pardon of Muhammad Ali Would Mean Nothing

President Donald Trump today revealed that he’s considering thousands of potential pardons, including one for Muhammad Ali’s overturned conviction for draft evasion. His statements were greeted by the sports world, black America and even Ali’s former lawyer with a collective yawn.

Watch: The Downfall of Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby was found guilty Thursday of all three charges in the sole criminal trial brought against him concerning former athlete Andrea Constand. The jury’s decision came after dozens of allegations of sexual misconduct and years of public debate over Cosby’s conduct.

Watch: The Barbershop Books Program Is Changing Lives

By the fourth grade, more than 80 percent of black boys in many of the nation’s school districts have fallen behind their peers in reading. This staggering figure not only highlights the shortcomings of America’s school system but also emphasizes the need for new ideas on how to approach and address the needs of…

Watch: Bitcoin, Hot Take Hotline, Episode 1

Them cryptocurrencies stay hot; what of it?

Watch: This Black Doctor Gave Us the Blood Bank and Saved Thousands of Lives

Dr. Charles Drew was both a revolutionary in the medical field and a pioneer for black rights. And we’re honoring him this February for Black History Month. In 1940, Drew became the first African American to receive a doctorate in medical science from Columbia University in New York City. He then went on to…

Watch: Who Will Kneel for You? Artists Speak Out Watch: Who Will Kneel for You? Artists Speak Out

The Super Bowl may have been noticeably devoid of on-field protests, but the multiple “head injuries” within the game itself were a not-so-subtle reminder of the controversies that led to the low ratings of the 2017 NFL season.

Watch: Wait—Is the Women’s March for Women of Color, Too?

Women showed up and made their voices heard again at Women’s Marches across the country over the weekend. But The Root wanted to know whether the movement was truly inclusive.

Watch: The BEST Responses To That "I'm Not Racist" Video

According to Joyner Lucas, there are two sides to every story. In his breakout song, “I’m Not Racist,” the rapper attempts to start a discussion on how we approach racial differences, assisted by actors who portray the white and black characters who each own half of this two-verse track. But the black character in his…

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