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The Delve breaks down one issue each week with the people who know the most about it.
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America's Human Rights Crisis and the RNC Train Wreck

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Roe has Essentially Fallen in the South, could your State be Next?
In this episode, we speak with Laurie Betram Roberts, the co-founder of the Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund and Executive Director of the Yellow Hammer Fund, about reproductive justice in the South, but these issues transcend nationally. We discuss the obstacles women face due to financial hardships, cultural barriers, and GOP-led abortion restrictions.
October 19, 2021
Is Texas a Failed Democracy?
In this episode, we speak with Charlie Bonner, communications director of MOVE Texas. We discuss the state’s recent voter suppression laws and why he is hopeful for the future.
October 5, 2021
Unpacking Haiti, Part 2
In this episode, we speak with Guerline Jozef, cofounder and executive director of the Haitian Bridge Alliance. She delves deep into the little known history of this proud and resilient nation.
October 1, 2021
Unpacking Haiti, Part 1
In this episode, we speak with Guerline Jozef, cofounder and executive director of the Haitian Bridge Alliance. She delves deep into the little known history of this proud and resilient nation.
September 28, 2021
An Anti-Vaxxer's Change of Heart
In this episode, we address covid vaccine hesitancy through a conversation with Heather Simpson, a reformed anti-vaxxer.
September 20, 2021
The Fall of Andrew Cuomo: How (Not) to Handle Workplace Harassment
In this episode we speak with employment lawyer Alex Berke. She breaks down Andrew Cuomo’s violation of his own sexual harassment laws. If you or someone you know is experiencing sexual or gender based harassment at work please do not hesitate to reach out to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund here. The initial consultation is free of charge.
September 12, 2021
What's Happening in Afghanistan?
In this episode, we speak with pediatrician turned novelist, activist, and all around hero, Nadia Hashimi. We break down what’s happening in Afghanistan and what comes next.
September 5, 2021
Season 3 Finale: Meet our Host
In this episode we interview our host, Chalin Askew, to learn more about his advocacy work and what makes him hopeful for the future.
May 30, 2021
What is Happening in Colombia?
In this episode, we discuss how Colombians from various cities rose up in protests against a tax reform that sought to generate taxes on the country's middle class.
May 23, 2021
What's in a Census and is Trump going to Jail?
In this episode, we discuss the completion of the 2020 US Census. We also delve into Trump's biggest legal problem. And for a bonus, we check up on Rudy Giuliani.
May 9, 2021
Happy May
We’re taking a break this week, but we want to leave you with some top stories to keep an eye on. We’ll be back next Sunday.
May 3, 2021
Parenthood and Politics in the Pandemic
In this episode we explore what it’s like to be a parent during the pandemic. We speak with Professor Laurel Elder from Hartwick College and Professor Steven Greene from North Carolina State University to discuss their research on the ways COVID-19 has been extra hard on American parents.
April 25, 2021
Should We Defund the Police? An Interview with the LAPD
In this episode, we trace the history of policing in America. We also speak with LAPD Deputy Chief Tingirides and Police Administrator Lopez about what it means to them to 'Defund the Police'.
April 19, 2021
A Sneak Peek of our Conversation with the LAPD
Mobile technology has become a game changer in the way we have witnessed violent encounters between citizens and the police. In this mini episode, we share a sneak peek of our conversation with the Los Angeles Police Department to get a sense of their awareness of the times and discuss what "Defunding the Police" means to them. The full interview will be available next Sunday!
April 11, 2021
The Work That Went Into Turning Arizona Blue
In the 2020 election, a Democratic presidential candidate won Arizona for the first time since 1996. There was significant turnout from Latino and Indigenous American communities. In today's episode, we speak with Lily Greenberg Call from Mission for Arizona to discuss the strategy and effort it took to turn Arizona blue.
April 4, 2021
Exploring Asian American Hate Crimes in America
On March 16th, there were several shootings in the Atlanta area targeting Asian Americans. While this has been the most recent example of Asian American hate crimes, this type of discrimination actually has a steep past. Today we explore the timeline that led to this tragic moment in US history. #NoNotoriety
March 28, 2021
A Look Inside London's BLM Movement
After the death of George Floyd in 2020, the Black Lives Matter movement grew into an international phenomenon. Today, we speak with Mark, a primary school teacher in London, about how his first protest ever was a BLM demonstration.
March 21, 2021
Conquering Climate Change with the Sunrise Movement
In this episode, we speak with Dany Robles and Andrea Canizares-Fernandez from the Sunrise Movement to discuss the Green New Deal and answer all of our climate change questions.
March 14, 2021
An Insider's Perspective on the Vaccine Trials
In this episode, we speak with Stanley Wang, a participant in phase 2/3 of the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Trial. We discuss the timeline for vaccine trials, as well as why he felt compelled to participate.
March 11, 2021
A Doctor’s Take on the Future of COVID: Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Tony Ho
In this episode, we speak with Dr. Tony Ho who is an infectious disease and internal medicine specialist at the UT San Antonio Health System. We discuss the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines, as well as when life might return to “normal.”
March 8, 2021
Music's Role in the Civil War Era and Today
In this episode, we speak with Dr. Billy Coleman from the University of Missouri to discuss the similarities between the Civil War era and today -- with music being a standout.
February 28, 2021
Season 2 Finale: The Episode of Only Positive News
This is the season 2 finale of The Delve! On this episode we discuss only positive news. We cover the recent success of the COVID-19 vaccine trials, President-elect Biden's transition team, the importance of the African American vote, historic turnout amongst Native American communities and our (not so good) predictions for the Biden Administration cabinet. We'll see you again in January!
November 25, 2020
Is This a Coup?
In this episode, we discuss Trump's attempt at a coup and how it will fail. 
November 16, 2020
Being Mindful in the Midst of the Election
In this episode, we finally exhale after a week of election chaos. We speak with Etta & Arlene, two sisters who strive to help people feel good about themselves. In a world that is constantly telling you that you are not good enough, they want to be a voice that says "Actually, you are." Etta and Arlene are both Usui Reiki Masters and certified in Guided Meditation. To learn more about them, please visit their website
November 10, 2020
Go Vote!
Election Day is right around the corner. Find your polling location here, and track your mail-in ballot here, .
October 30, 2020
Record Turnout, Rethinking Court Packing, and Revolution in Nigeria.
In this episode, we discuss record voter turnout, the controversy over packing the Court, and the protests happening in Nigeria.
October 23, 2020
A Radical Right Winger for the Court, a Refreshing Progressive for West Virginia
In this episode we unpack the Supreme Court nomination hearing for Trump appointee, Amy Coney Barrett. We also speak with Cathy Kunkel, the Democratic candidate for West Virginia's 2nd Congressional district. We also check in on Patient Zero aka Donald Trump. To learn more and support Cathy Kunkel, please visit her website and her campaign Facebook.
October 17, 2020
VP Smackdown, Trump is Patient Zero and Breaking Down the Breonna Taylor Case with the ACLU
In this episode of The Delve we take a look at the Vice Presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris, we discuss our Superspreader in Chief Donald Trump contracting COVID-19 and sharing it with his staff, and we take a deep dive into the Breonna Taylor case with Heather Gatnarek a staff attorney at the ACLU of Kentucky. P.S. If we could have made more fly jokes on this episode, we would’ve.
October 9, 2020
Trump has Corona, the Dumpster Fire Debate and GOP Hypocrisy
Welcome to Season 2 of The Delve! On this episode, we're not surprised, just disappointed - President Trump has contracted the coronavirus. We also discuss the dumpster fire debate between Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, as well as the GOP's hypocrisy surrounding the nomination (and likely confirmation) of Amy Barnett to the Supreme Court.
October 2, 2020
America's Human Rights Crisis and the RNC Train Wreck
This is the season finale of The Delve! On this episode we speak with Dr. K. Chad Clay from the University of Georgia. He's a co-founder of the Human Rights Measurement Initiative. We discuss the U.S. and their human rights shortcomings. We also review the loud train wreck that was the Republican National Convention.
September 4, 2020
Jacob Blake and the American Reconstruction Era
As America grapples with the police shooting of Jacob Blake, we're forced again to reckon with American history. This is a national tale of slavery, freedom and the pursuit of civil rights. This week we speak with Dr. Erik Mathisen from the University of Kent to help us understand the Reconstruction Era. This is the time period directly after the American Civil War where newly freed African Americans finally joined their republic.
August 28, 2020
The Delve Special Edition: Trump's Sister Speaks, Steve Bannon is Arrested, the Democratic National Convention, the Republican National Convention
On this special Monday edition of The Delve, we hear Maryanne Trump Barry's secretly recorded audio where she calls her brother a liar and a phoney, talk about Steve Bannon being arrested, review the DNC and look ahead to the GOP's national convention.
August 24, 2020
COVID in the Classroom, Part 2
As the Trump administration increases the pressure to reopen schools for in-person instruction, they're ignoring the lives and experiences of teachers and students. In this 2 part series we explore how teachers and educators from across the country are coping. In this second episode we speak with Abraham Ovalles, an education administrator in New York City, Dave Stieber, a high school teacher in Chicago and Amy Mizialko, the president of the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association.
August 21, 2020
COVID in the Classroom
As the Trump administration increases the pressure to reopen schools for in-person instruction, they're ignoring the lives and experiences of teachers and students. In this 2 part series we explore how teachers and educators from across the country are coping. In this first episode we speak with Erik Branman, a teacher at LaGuardia High School in New York City and Angela Harris a first grade teacher at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. MLK is one of the only African American immersion schools in the country.
August 14, 2020
The Youth Takeover
We speak with Hannah Zimmerman, the youngest appointee to the Democratic National Convention and New York’s youngest elected official. She co-founded the Institute for Civic Organizing, a youth-led think tank reimagining how people learn to interact with government. We're also joined by Frances Schroeder, their communications director. Plus we listen to Trainwreck Trump's Axios interview.
August 7, 2020
Qualified Immunity: The Law Preventing Breonna Taylor’s Family from Getting Justice
As calls for justice for #BreonnaTaylor spread across the country and the world, a judicial doctrine known as qualified immunity stands in the way. Today we speak with Zane Crute, president of the Mystic Valley branch of the NAACP. He gives us a glimpse of the fight to overturn qualified immunity. We also discuss Republican's latest response to the coronavirus, Trump's suggestion to delay the election and President Obama's eulogy of John Lewis.
July 31, 2020
Trump vs COVID-19, GOP vs Confederate Statues, AOC vs Ted Yoho
We discuss Donald Trump's coronavirus strategy, Republicans voting against removing confederate statues in the US Capitol and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortes being accosted by Rep. Ted Yoho.
July 24, 2020
Is Fox News the Gateway to Fake News?
Today we speak with Howard Polskin. Howard runs the website,, which tracks the top stories in conservative media. Sign up for his daily newsletter on his website.
July 17, 2020
Welcome to the Delve
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July 6, 2020