Comedian W. Kamau Bell has made a career out of being funny, serious, and smart (all at the same time) about race and racism in America. He's working on a new stand-up special, touring colleges with his one-man show, making a weekly podcast, and returning to television soon with The United Shades of America, coming to CNN in early 2016. He's also working with local public radio station KALW on a live talk show-style event, Kamau Right Now. He took some time out of all this work to talk with me about it, about balancing work and family, and about the fallout and follow-up from the well-publicized incident earlier this year where he was shooed away from a Berkeley cafe where his wife, child, and friends were having lunch.
September 28, 2015
Special thanks for KALW for making this interview happen, though they didn't mean to. Listen for an explanation.