The Stakes

The Stakes

The Stakes is your look at the week's news, without the filler of talking heads and clickbait. Every week, MTV’s Holly Anderson and her team of writers — including Ana Marie Cox and Jamil Smith — guide you through the week’s news, social justice issues, and culture stories through a mix interviews, essays, special reporting, and poetry. The Stakes is investigative, thoughtful, and BS-free.

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Revisiting Standing Rock

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Welcome back to “The Stakes.” In honor of MTV's Earth Week coverage, we're revisiting our episode recorded at Standing Rock, North Dakota, last year, and updating you on the indigenous environmental movement.

42 Min

Apr 28, 2017

Friendship Park

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Producer Mukta Mohan brings us to the only place on the border for people from the US and Mexico to talk face to face.

27 Min

Mar 10, 2017

The Family of Kalief Browder

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Jamil Smith speaks to the siblings of Kalief Browder, who spent three years in Rikers Island without a trial.

16 Min

Mar 3, 2017

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Feb 24, 2017
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20 min
Feb 16, 2017
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Doreen St. Félix talks to the legendary artist about what has (and has not) changed in his 35-year career.

30 min
Feb 10, 2017
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The Muslim comedian discusses moving forward in Trump's America.

29 min
Feb 3, 2017
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"I Am Not Your Negro" director Raoul Peck on James Baldwin, and the Bronx Documentary Center's photojournalism exhibit on protest.

48 min
Jan 27, 2017
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Our podcast looks at revolutions new and old with stories on a women's march in Seneca Falls, a DIY space in LA, and more.

34 min
Jan 20, 2017
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We dive into what happens now with stories on HB2, how the news affects anxiety, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

21 min
Jan 19, 2017
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The WNYC producer discusses her contribution to She Loves Herself When She Is Laughing, a collection of essays on Michelle Obama.

38 min
Jan 13, 2017
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We sit down with one of the authors of the "Indivisible Guide"

33 min
Jan 6, 2017
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This week we say hello to 2017 with humanitarian drones, synthesizers at your public library, and a pilgrimage to the White Witch of the West.

26 min
Dec 30, 2016
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John Lewis has been marching for 50 years and he's not about to stop now.

31 min
Dec 22, 2016
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An extended cut of one of our favorite interviews of the year.

32 min
Dec 16, 2016
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The fight's not over at Standing Rock. Plus: Museum Mammy advocates for black contemporary artists, ultra-chic Muslim "modestwear," and a few words on Aleppo.

33 min
Dec 9, 2016
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What's next for Standing Rock, radical insta art, and what was lost in the Oakland fire.

39 min
Dec 2, 2016
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Writer Marcus Ellsworth and Producer Kasia Mychajlowycz travel to the site of the #nodapl protests in North Dakota.

47 min
Nov 18, 2016
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An Uber ride leads to a history lesson; digital resources in the new Trump reality; an undocumented community organizer speaks out; and a call to move forward.

40 min
Nov 11, 2016
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Toward a more just world: Assata's Daughters, Pussy Riot, and Brett Story's Prison Landscapes

18 min
Nov 7, 2016
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There's only one day left to go, and our MTV News political team has assembled to talk it through.

46 min
Nov 4, 2016
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Stories on DAPL protests, HB2, Emily Witt's Future Sex, and the continued importance of Planned Parenthood.

35 min
Oct 28, 2016
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This week: Ansley Calandra, Yusef Salaam of the Central Park Five, and Rosalind Wiseman's Queen Bees and Wannabes 15 years later.

49 min
Oct 21, 2016
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Anti-Trump protests in NYC, Las Vegas and Chicago; rape allegations and the difficult legacy of Swans; plus The Blow's Womanproducer archive.

14 min
Oct 20, 2016
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A very nasty post-debate conversation.

14 min
Oct 19, 2016
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Ana Marie Cox and Jamil Smith on what to look out for during tonight's presidential debate.

42 min
Oct 14, 2016
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This week: The Sexual Abuse Survivor's Rights Act, the fight against wage discrimination, strategic socialism, and (sadly, always, of course) Trump.

17 min
Oct 13, 2016
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A conversation with Ana Marie Cox and Marcus Ellsworth.

2 min
Oct 13, 2016
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A poem by Marcus Ellsworth entitled "The Man In The Red Sweater: An Outpouring Of Love For Ken Bone."

19 min
Oct 10, 2016
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Another week, another depressing presidential debate. SAD is here to help you through it. #kenbone2020

41 min
Oct 7, 2016
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Ava DuVernay on her new documentary, 13th; Jessica Luther's book on sexual assault and college athletics; and a look back at the presidential primaries.

4 min
Oct 5, 2016
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Fitter. Happier. Engaged with the day's political news.

38 min
Sep 30, 2016
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Charlotte, Turkey, Syria, Iraq.

14 min
Sep 27, 2016
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WTF did we just watch.

39 min
Sep 23, 2016
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Artists, Contenders, Dreamers, Poets.

49 min
Sep 16, 2016
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#WeVote, Prison Strikes, and Pipeline Protests.

44 min
Sep 9, 2016
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This week on The Stakes:Part 1: Our podcast cza…

44 min
Sep 2, 2016
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41 min
Aug 26, 2016
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20 min
Aug 12, 2016
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A bonus episode of The Stakes for all you Olympic…

42 min
Aug 12, 2016
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51 min
Aug 5, 2016
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This week on The Stakes:- Jamil Smith sits down…

52 min
Jul 29, 2016
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This week on The Stakes:Part 1: Ana Marie Cox s…

16 min
Jul 29, 2016
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Hello and welcome back to "The Stakes: After Dark…

22 min
Jul 28, 2016
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16 min
Jul 27, 2016
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27 min
Jul 26, 2016
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41 min
Jul 22, 2016
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This week on The Stakes we take a look at some bl…

29 min
Jul 22, 2016
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Hello and welcome back to "The Stakes: After Dark…

13 min
Jul 21, 2016
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15 min
Jul 20, 2016
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43 min
Jul 15, 2016
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41 min
Jul 11, 2016
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54 min
Jul 8, 2016
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This week on The Stakes we go to Louisiana and Mi…

40 min
Jul 1, 2016
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This week on The Stakes:- Darcie Wilder talks to…

27 min
Jun 30, 2016
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On this special bonus episode of The Stakes, Seni…

49 min
Jun 17, 2016
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47 min
Jun 10, 2016
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40 min
Jun 3, 2016
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32 min
May 27, 2016
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28 min
May 20, 2016
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