“You Get A Podcast!” Co-Hosted by Kellie Carter Jackson and Leah Wright Rigueur Returns With New Episodes, Breaking Down What the Queen of Talk Has Meant for Our Culture

The podcast part of Radiotopia from PRX will release new episodes every Wednesday beginning May 31

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“You Get A Podcast!” — a podcast co-hosted by professors, historians, and best friends Kellie Carter Jackson and Leah Wright Rigueur — is taking listeners back to weekdays at 4pm. “You Get A Podcast!” pours through the archives of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to relive and rehash the most iconic episodes of the show’s decades-long run. The podcast also invites special guests to help break down what the Queen of Talk has meant for our culture, and as a historical, social, and political force.

An audio teaser for the new series of episodes is available now. Episodes will be released free across all major podcast platforms on a weekly basis beginning Wednesday, May 31.

Upcoming episodes of “You Get A Podcast!” will delve into a variety of topics, including the following:

  • Forsyth County, Georgia — Emory University professor and bestselling author Carolyn Anderson (“White Rage: THe Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide”) joins the podcast to revisit 1987, when Oprah paid a visit to a region of Georgia in which no Black people had resided for decades.
  • Fitness — Did you know that Oprah ran the marathon in 1994? “You Get A Podcast!” revisits this moment, and how the Queen of Talk’s relationship with exercise reflected America’s vision of fitness over the years. Fitness historian and “Welcome to Your Fantasy” podcast host Natalia Petrzela serves as guest.
  • Music and Entertainment — The podcast delves into an episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” featuring former music video dancers and the pop musician P!nk, that got into questions of female role models, sexualization, and agency within the entertainment industry. “You Get A Podcast!” will also consider Oprah’s evolving relationship with hip-hop and rap.
  • Friendship — Diving deep into the relationship at the heart of it all — Oprah and Gayle — Brittany Luse of the NPR show “It’s Been A Minute” joins Kellie and Leah to explore what we can learn about friendship, Black womanhood, and ambition.
Co-hosts Kellie Carter Jackson and Leah Wright Rigueur

Previous episodes hosted by Carter Jackson and Wright Rigueur have delved into the Los Angeles riots and the Rodney King verdict, the work of Tyler Perry, the Oprah book club, and beyond, while featuring guests such as Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Wesley Morris, author Elizabeth Hinton, comedian Roy Wood Jr., political scientist Christina M. Greer, and more.

“You Get A Podcast!” is a production of Roulette Productions from Jody Avirgan, and produced by Nina Earnest. Avirgan and Kellie Carter Jackson also co-host the Radiotopia show “This Day In Esoteric Political History.”

Visit yougetapodcast.com for more.

About Kellie Carter Jackson, Leah Wright Riguer, and Jody Avirgan:

Carter Jackson (Host, Executive Producer) is the Michael and Denise ’68 Associate Professor in the Department of Africana Studies at Wellesley College, focusing on slavery and the abolitionists, political violence, historical film, and Black women’s history. She is the author of the award winning book “Force & Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence.” She has written for numerous outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The LA Times, The Guardian and The Boston Globe. She has also been featured in documentaries for Netflix, AppleTV, MSNBC, and PBS. She is the co-host of the Radiotopia podcast “This Day in Esoteric Political History.” Carter Jackson serves as a Historian-in-Residence for the Museum of African American History in Boston and is at work on two book manuscripts,The Remedy: A History of Black Resistance” (Basic Books) and “Losing Laroche: The Story of the Only Black Passenger on the Titanic.”

Wright Rigueur (Host) is the SNF Agora Institute Associate Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University and a faculty fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her work focuses on 20th Century U.S. political, social, and civil rights history, while her expertise also includes race, political ideology, American political institutions, and the American presidency. She is the author of the award-winning book, “The Loneliness of the Black Republican,” and is currently working on a new book, “Black Collar Criminals.” Rigueur’s writing, commentary, and research has been featured frequently in numerous media outlets including ABC News, MSNBC, CNN, NPR, The New York Times, and The Atlantic. Wright Riguer is also the award-winning host of the podcast “Reclaimed: The Story of Mamie Till-Mobley” from ABC.

Avirgan (Executive Producer) is a podcast host, producer, and editor. He is the host of the Radiotopia show “This Day In Esoteric Political History,” and “Good Sport” from TED. He serves as story editor and executive producer for a number of projects, including “The Run,” from MLB and Audacy; “The Line,” from Dan Taberski and Apple Podcasts; Adam McKay’s “Death at the Wing” from Hyperobject Industries; and “You Get A Podcast” from Radiotopia. From 2017–2020, he ran and hosted 30 for 30 Podcasts, part of ESPN Films. He also developed FiveThirtyEight Podcasts, where he hosted, reported and edited a variety of shows and projects. He was the host of the FiveThirtyEight politics podcast, where he covered the 2016 campaign and the rise of Trump; and was host of “What’s The Point,” a show about how data affects our lives. Prior to arriving at ESPN/538, he was a producer at WNYC radio, and has worked with shows such as “On The Media,” “Marketplace,” “Freakonomics,” “99% Invisible,” and many more.

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