Jelani Cobb

Jelani Cobb has a clarity about his life and what he intends to do with it–combine journalism and history. Known for his writing on America and its relationship to race, Jelani’s work is crucial to understanding America in its past and present self. Throughout this conversation Jelani’s clarity on who he is and what he wanted to do is apparent. In this conversation he and Sam talk about his dreams, family life (4:00), working with David Carr (45:30), and the modern political climate (1:07:35).

Show Notes

  • You can find Jelani Cobb’s writing for the New Yorker here.
  • You can buy any and all of Jelani’s books here.
  • You can watch the trailer for the amazing documentary, 13th, that Jelani was a part of here. It is available on Netflix.

Music for the show is by Dylan Peck.

Original illustrations by Krishna Shenoi: