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‘The Nation’ Launches ‘System Check,’ A New Podcast With Melissa Harris-Perry And Dorian Warren

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Progressive politics and culture news source The Nation has launched “System Check,” a new podcast focused on uncovering the “harmful systems” operating under the cloak of U.S. democracy. It is co-hosted by Melissa Harris-Perry and Dorian Warren.

The show, which debuted in late Oct., brings “common sense to political commentary, turn down the frenzy and tune into the leaders and changemakers doing the work of fighting for a more radical, just, and equitable future,” according to a press release.

Colleagues, co-workers, and co-conspirators, Melissa and Dorian off a smart, funny, irreverent, skeptical approach.

“I have assiduously avoided all broadcast media for nearly four years, but I just couldn’t pass up an opportunity to come home to The Nation,” said co-host Harris-Perry. “The Nation is the first place I penned a column. The Nation has supported my work with student journalists. The Nation has developed and amplified many of the thinkers and writers I rely on to understand the world. I am thrilled that Dorian and I have this opportunity to add our voices to their meaningful work. I learn something new every single time I talk with Dorian. Partnering with him to host this podcast is just an excuse for me to have more opportunities to enjoy his humor and intellect.”  

“For 20 years, Melissa has been like the sister I never had, but always wish I did,” added co-host Warren. “Between her sheer brilliance, her deep skepticism of what passes for conventional political wisdom, her groundedness in the everyday struggles of marginalized folk, and her rib-tickling sense of humor, it’s like taking a ‘smart pill’ every time I talk to her. Partnering with her on this podcast is a joy to make meaning together of our chaotic world and cut through the daily noise. And, yes, smart hilarity will ensue.”  

“System Checklooks at how these systems work; who they were designed by; and why we must understand the origins of those systems in order to shift and remake those systems. It rejects the notion that this moment is unprecedented—instead bringing history, context, and nuance to bear on the challenges we face today.  

HarrisPerry is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair and Professor in the Department of Politics and International Affairs and the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Wake Forest University. She is founder and president of the Anna Julia Cooper Center and a long-time columnist and contributor to The Nation. From 2012-2016 she hosted the television show “Melissa Harris-Perry” on weekend mornings on MSNBC.

Dorian Warren is the president of Community Change, and co-chair of the Economic Security Project. A progressive scholar, organizer, and media personality, Dorian has worked to advance racial, economic, and social justice for over two decades. He serves on the editorial board of The Nation.

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