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Every weekend on AM Joy, award-winning journalist and author Joy Reid passionately tackles the most important political and news topics of the week, exploring how policy decisions are shaping the country, while also bringing viewers in-depth interviews with leading newsmakers.

Every weekend on AM Joy, award-winning journalist and author Joy Reid passionately tackles the most important political and news topics of the week, exploring how policy decisions are shaping the country, while also bringing viewers in-depth interviews with leading newsmakers.





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Every weekend on AM Joy, award-winning journalist and author Joy Reid passionately tackles the most important political and news topics of the week, exploring how policy decisions are shaping the country, while also bringing viewers in-depth interviews with leading newsmakers.




Shocking viral videos spark debates on race in America

THIS EPISODE: Black Lives Matter and George Floyd protests have coincided with an apparent rise in viral racist incidents captured on video. Tiffany Cross in for Joy Reid and her panel discuss these shocking viral videos sparking debates on the state of race relations in America. THEN: Coronavirus cases could spike through large, public gatherings this July 4th weekend and beyond, as Dr. Corey Hébert expresses his alarm that so many Americans are not wearing masks and social distancing while...


Veteran: Russia bounty story is such a betrayal on many levels

THIS EPISODE: Donald Trump’s Mount Rushmore speech and July 4th event have been decried by Native American activists, and were protested by members of the Native American community at the spectacle, some of whom were arrested. Sarah Manning of the NDN Collective joins Tiffany Cross in for Joy Reid to discuss this protest, and the history of the Native American land seized to create Mount Rushmore. AND: Trump’s reaction to reports that Russia placed bounties on American soldiers fighting in...


Former GOPer slams Trump's inaction on Russian bounties on U.S. soldiers

THIS EPISODE: Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan, NBC News has confirmed. Political strategist and advisor to the Lincoln Project Steve Schmidt joins Joy Reid to discuss allegations that Donald Trump knew about this, and did nothing, telling AM JOY, ‘What a rancid moment in the life of the American nation.’ PLUS: Joy Reid is joined by Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin who asserts, ‘Donald Trump has once more laid down at the...


Trump is losing says Lincoln Project co-founder John Weaver

THIS EPISODE: In the wake of the George Floyd protests against the killing of this black man while in police custody, the city of Minneapolis is moving to defund its police force and establish in its place a ‘public safety force.’ Joy Reid and her panel discuss what the ‘defund the police’ movement could mean in cities and other locales nationwide. AND: Donald Trump is ‘clearly losing’ according to Lincoln Project co-founder John Weaver. Joy Reid speaks to Weaver, one of the leaders of the...


Wondery presents The Next Big Idea

Hosted by Rufus Griscom, and featuring thought-leaders Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, and Daniel Pink, The Next Big Idea brings you the most groundbreaking ideas that have the power to change the way you live, work, and think. This week’s episode features a conversation about the power of being “weird.” Listen to the full episode here:


Trump Tulsa rally called ‘super spreader event’ by expert doctor

THIS EPISODE: Donald Trump’s Tulsa rally is called a ‘super spreader event’ by expert Dr. Corey Hébert, as MSNBC analyst Jonathan Capehart adds his view that the president ‘retread his greatest hits’ in a search for applause. Maria Teresa Kumar, CEO of Voto Latino, also joins Joy Reid to discuss. THEN: Trump firing former U.S. Attorney for the SDNY Geoffrey Berman, as expressed in statements by U.S. Attorney General William Barr, has created a ‘complete disaster’ MSNBC legal analyst Cynthia...


Lawyers on why prosecuting police who kill wrongfully is tough

THIS EPISODE: Donald Trump’s Tulsa, Oklahoma rally during Juneteenth weekend is still seen as slight by many according to reports, even though rally planners moved the date due to a backlash when it was on the official holiday. Joy Reid and her panel discuss the many diverse Americans who have come to appreciate the importance of Juneteenth, which celebrates the end of American slavery. AND: U.S. Attorney General William Barr misstated that Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman was...


BONUS: Pride + Protest

NBC News NOW and NBC Out present “Pride + Protest,” a conversation hosted by MSNBC’s Joshua Johnson. During Pride month and with the backdrop of the nationwide protests following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and now Rayshard Brooks, Johnson moderates a discussion on being Black and queer in America in 2020.


Legal expert: Police don’t need reform, but to be transformed

THIS EPISODE: Rayshard Brooks, an unarmed African-American man, was fatally shot by an Atlanta police officer in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant, leading to the firing of one officer, and another being placed on administrative leave. Justin Miller, attorney representing the family of Rayshard Brooks, joins MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin in for Joy Reid stating, “We don't understand why they had to effectuate the arrest in that manner.” THEN: “Defund the police” calls grow as George Floyd...


Malcolm Nance: Trump West Point speech ‘dull as dishwater’

THIS EPISODE: Donald Trump’s West Point speech and the president’s relationship to the military are analyzed by Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), who is also a reserve officer in the U.S. Air Force. Lieu tells MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin in for Joy Reid, “You see now the military recoiling at what Donald Trump wants them to do.” THEN: Trump's relationship with the military is also being questioned in part due to numerous military officials and former officers criticizing Trump’s presidency recently. Colonel...


‘White Fragility’ author: Whites are least objective on racism

THIS EPISODE: George Floyd protesters in New York City were met with aggression from authorities, New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams asserts to Joy Reid. NEXT: U.S. Attorney General William Barr posting apparent Department of Justice officers at George Floyd protests in Washington, D.C. is decried by Sen. Tammy Duckworth who tells Joy, “I think this is absolutely inappropriate what he is doing.” THEN: Policing budgets and police union power being reduced are now being hotly...


Clyburn: GOP Senators seem to feel Trump is bigger than America

THIS EPISODE: Addressing the power of police unions is critical to creating widespread policing reform in the wake of the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd while in police custody, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison tells Joy Reid. Ellison also addresses other possible elements of police reform. THEN: Police reform in the wake of George Floyd’s death is discussed by legal expert, attorney and author Paul Butler, who shares insights from former President Barack Obama on...


Introducing: The Oath with Chuck Rosenberg

As a bonus for AM Joy listeners, we’re sharing a special preview of Season 3 of The Oath with Chuck Rosenberg, an MSNBC podcast hosted by former U.S. Attorney, senior FBI official and acting head of the DEA, Chuck Rosenberg. The Oath is a series of revealing conversations with fascinating men and women who took an oath to serve our nation. Who and what shaped them? What drew them to this work? How did they overcome adversity and failure? These captivating stories exemplify what is best about...


Rep. Omar on protests: We feel under siege by militarized police

The George Floyd protests against police brutality nationwide, in the wake of the killing of this unarmed black man while in police custody in Minnesota, are being met by forceful tactics by police and other law enforcement agents, who have been deployed in response to what many believe are infiltrators destroying property. St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter discusses this unrest, telling Joy Reid, “I'm calling for peace but I'm not calling for patience.” NEXT: The George Floyd protests are being...


Terrorism expert: White supremacist agitators want George Floyd protest chaos

Minneapolis protests in the wake of the death of unarmed black man George Floyd after he was taken into police custody may be attracting white supremacists and other infiltrators, according to recent statements by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison tells Joy Reid, ‘The people who would go out on the street to protest for justice for Mr. Floyd are not going to burn down the historic social justice advocacy groups for the Native American community... That's not...


Charlamagne Tha God responds to Biden "you ain’t black" gaffe

Joe Biden’s “you ain’t black” gaffe--referring to black voters who may be considering Donald Trump--is responded to by radio host Charlamagne Tha God, on whose show Biden made this controversial statement. Charlamagne Tha God joins Joy Reid to discuss saying, “It has to come to a point where we stop putting the burden on black voters to show up for Democrats, and start putting the burden on Democrats to show up for black voters.” NEXT: Joe Biden 2020 campaign advisor Karine Jean-Pierre, who...


McConnell resumes focus on federal judges amid pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic will not delay Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in his quest to confirm as many federal judges as possible, according to his own statements. Meanwhile, the recently-passed House HEROES Act, which would help the nation cope with the economic fallout of the pandemic, has yet to make it to the Senate floor. Joy Reid and her panel discuss. THEN: Sec. of State Michael Pompeo’s lavish Madison Dinners did not have a single Democrat, according to reports. Joy Reid and...


Stacey Abrams: GOP fears being ousted for poor COVID-19 response

Coronavirus outbreaks nationwide will impact voting in November, leading voting by mail to become more popular as an option that enables voters to stay safe. Yet, many Republicans are battling vote by mail initiatives, and some believe plans are afoot by the Trump administration to use the U.S. Postal Service to allegedly influence the collection of mail-in ballots. Voting rights activist and former Democratic candidate for Georgia governor Stacey Abrams joins Joy Reid to discuss, saying...


Booker: Everybody knows Congress should take quick fiscal action

Breonna Taylor’s police shooting death leaves many unanswered questions in the wake of this tragedy during which Louisville, Kentucky police killed this unarmed black woman in her sleep after attempting to serve a no-knock warrant to a suspect already in custody. Attorney for Breonna Taylor’s family, Ben Crump, Esq., joins Joy Reid to discuss. Then: Coronavirus-related economic relief has been demanded nationwide on a bipartisan basis Sen. Cory Booker tells Joy Reid, adding, ‘The challenge...