Rebel_inseta.jpgThe idea of resistance is not new, but these days it feels like we are living in a constant state of heightened resistance in order to just uphold common decency, as well as American democracy.

Police disproportionately target black men, immigrant children are separated from their parents and kept in cages, threats to overturn Roe V. Wade have become increasingly real, and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been accused of attempted rape. It's a good time to be reminded that even just one person can make a difference and effect large scale change.

Journalist Veronica Chambers is the author of a new book called Resist: 35 Profiles of Ordinary People Who Rose Up Against Tyranny and Injustice, in which she profiles a broad range of figures from both past and present who have taken a stand and changed the course of history.

Listen to Rebecca Carroll talk to Chambers on WNYC about her new book, below.

Rebecca Carroll is a cultural critic and Editor of Special Projects at WNYC, where she develops, produces and hosts a broad array of multi-platform content, including podcasts, live events and on-air broadcasts. Rebecca is also a critic at large for the Los Angeles Times, and a regular columnist at Shondaland in addition to Gothamist. She is the author of several interview-based books about race and blackness in America, including the award-winning Sugar in the Raw, and her personal essays, cultural commentary and opinion pieces have been published widely.