The Roxane Gay Agenda

The Roxane Gay Agenda is the *bad feminist* podcast of your dreams. It’s writer Roxane Gay in conversation with guests who have something necessary to say about the issues that matter most to her–and hopefully to you as well. On the Agenda: feminism, race, writing, art, pop culture, food, and, of course, politics. If you enjoy hearing from people–women, mostly; Black women, usually–who bring unique perspectives to a world in complete and utter chaos, put this show on your own agenda.

00:35:50 2022-05-17
Imani Barbarin uses humor and truth to bring attention to the increasingly dire plight of disabled people in America. The pandemic has revealed a broken system that keeps the disabled in poverty. She talks about how she personally deals with the injustice...
00:39:22 2022-05-10
Actor, comedian and memorist Cameron Esposito is practicing vulnerability. Here she talks to Roxane about their gender-fluidity, about why performing feels normal for them, and about why it’s important not to be funny all the time.   Mentions: ● ...
00:30:28 2022-05-03
Devotional artist Genesis Tramaine is painting some of the most striking portraits of our time. She talks to Roxane about her process and her practice, and how her faith informs it all. Also, Roxane reflects on her own religious upbringing. Mentions: ...
00:39:39 2022-04-26
Actor, producer and director Numa Perrier is making space for herself. Her autobiographical film “Jezebel,” about a young woman grieving for her mother while working as a cam girl in Las Vegas, breaks new ground in independent cinema for its complex c...
00:38:35 2022-04-19
Cultural critic Margo Jefferson deconstructs her nervous system… or at least explains to Roxane how the culture, not just family, has made her who she is. She talks about her new memoir, which situates cultural criticism alongside personal memories. Als...
00:28:36 2022-04-12
1980’s movie star Ally Sheedy is back with a plum role in a new TV series. She talks to Roxane about her other careers as an editor and teacher. Plus, Roxane speculates on why The Slap (at the Oscars ceremony) has grabbed so much of our attention. Ment...
00:27:21 2022-04-05
Roxane on the pleasures and perils of collecting art, and a conversation with one of the artists whose work she collects. Barbara Kruger came up through the magazine industry, where she applied her editorial design skills in the making of provocative, con...
00:43:54 2022-03-29
How Janicza Bravo turned a hilarious Twitter thread into a hilarious movie. Aziah King’s epic Twitter thread about a road trip gone bad took the internet by storm in 2015. Several years and a pandemic later, Janicza Bravo translated it into “Zola.” ...
00:31:35 2022-03-22
Sanaz Toosi channeled her anger about the Muslim travel ban into comedy. Her play “English,” set in Iran, explores the lives of an English teacher and her students. She talks to Roxane about the experience of so many immigrants–imperfectly speaking ...
00:39:26 2022-03-15
Cerise Castle broke the first extensive investigation about alleged gangs in the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in a 15-part series for KNOCK LA. Now, Cerise Castle reports with a bodyguard by her side. Roxane and Cerise discuss the shocking details o...
00:36:40 2022-03-08
Dorothy Brown says she got into tax law precisely because it had nothing to do with race. After twenty years of research, Dorothy discovered—and this is going to shock you—the tax system is racist as hell. Roxane and Dorothy explore how the tax code c...
00:33:38 2022-03-01
Randa Jarrar says her skin is neither thick or thin when it comes to attacks on her writing. Roxane and Randa explore how to stay creative under difficult circumstances. Plus, Roxane reflects on the toll her haters have taken on her and her writing. Ment...
00:37:21 2022-02-22
Comedian and actress Nicole Byer on the ups and downs and ups of her young career, and why things are looking up for fat, Black performers. Plus, Roxane waxes poetic about her cake catastrophes. Mentions: ●     Killing Eve https://www.bbcameri...
00:37:48 2022-02-15
 Crime novelist S.A. Cosby on tragic masculinity, growing up poor, and what he wants people to understand about the South. Plus, Roxane talks about the important escapist pleasures of genre fiction. Mentions: ●     Razorblade Tears, by S.A. ...
00:45:32 2022-02-01
What do pottery and pot do for Seth Rogen? The writer and actor talks to Roxane about the pleasures of making something that doesn’t matter, the secrets of his longstanding collaborations, and about what he brings to the weed business. Plus, Roxane tell...
00:31:35 2022-01-25
Novelist Terry McMillan set the table for so many Black creative women working today. She tells Roxane about how she became a writer without knowing she was one, and how she continues to write narratives that so many Black women identify with. Mention...
00:41:04 2022-01-25
Roxane introduces the new podcast with her former co-host, Tressie McMillan Cottom. They talk about the new year, new endeavors (including a new dog), Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s vacuity, and the real meaning of Morgan Wallen’s mullet. Mentions Tressie'...
00:01:43 2022-01-06
 New year, new show. The Agenda kicks off January 25. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
00:50:40 2021-08-31
Isabel Wilkerson reframes race and racism in her book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. Here she talks about what inspired the book and about the craft behind her complex, big narratives. Spoiler: it doesn’t involve outlines. Plus, Tressie and Roxa...
01:04:01 2021-08-24
Activist and storyteller Amber J. Phillips on the importance of being who you are, politically and publicly. Also, journalist Brittany Gibson on the breathtaking scope of new Republican voter suppression efforts. Notes:  Articles on voter suppression by...
00:55:16 2021-08-17
Senator Elizabeth Warren on the moral and political imperative of forgiving student loan debt. Plus Roxane and Tressie respond to listener voicemails about what they would do if their student loan debt was forgiven. Hear To Slay theme music by Taka Yasuz...
00:43:49 2021-08-10
Tressie is hungry, and Roxane is into cookbooks. Cookbook author Julia Turshen talks about making healthy comfort food, and her own struggles with body image.  Mentions:  Simply Julia: 110 Easy Recipes for Healthy Comfort Food Carmen Cool, therapist...
01:03:12 2021-08-03
YA (aka the Young Adult genre) author Jason Reynolds on his love for teens and why he writes specifically for them. Plus Roxane and Tressie x-ray Meghan and the Royal Family, and we hear from publisher Chris Jackson on why 2020 was such a big year for Bla...
01:18:13 2021-07-29
An episode so good it deserves to be heard again. Sabrina Strings joins Roxane and Tressie to discuss the racist historical roots of fat phobia and what it means for health care today . Plus, Sonya Renee Taylor coaches Roxane and Tressie on how to accept...
01:03:46 2021-07-20
Therapist Esther Perel on what happened to us during COVID, and how to reconnect with friends and lovers after a year of isolation and grief. Plus, Roxane and Tressie look back on some highlights of Season 2. Mentions:  Esther Perel’s website: https://...
00:56:06 2021-07-19
Climate change is coming for us all, especially black and brown people. What can we do about it? Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, marine biologist and co-host of the podcast “How to Save a Planet,” talks about her solutions-oriented approach. Plus listene...
00:10:20 2021-07-06
How to reconnect with friends and lovers, with Kiaundra Jackson, a marriage and family therapist. Also, Tressie and Roxane tell how they met, and we hear from listeners about what changed in their relationships in COVID times. Mentions:  Boomers Got the ...
00:16:15 2021-06-30
Home improvement help is on the way. Carmeon Hamilton, HGTV’s newest design star, explains what it means to have a style in our homes that reflects who we are. Plus Roxane and Tressie hear from listeners about their pandemic home improvement projects. P...
00:13:27 2021-05-25
Quiara Alegría Hudes is having quite a year. Roxane talks to her about writing the book for the musical “In the Heights” and then writing the screenplay for the upcoming movie version, and about her new memoir “My Broken Language.” Plus Tressie w...
00:17:59 2021-05-18
Barbecue as we know it was largely invented by Black people, but have been written out of BBQ history. Adrian Miller explains to Tressie and Roxane how that happened, and how to reclaim credit. Plus Michael Twitty talks to Roxane about how Black foodways ...
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