Megan Rapinoe has conquered soccer, put a petulant president in his place, and now she’s turning her talents to television. Seeing America with Megan Rapinoe, features the outspoken Olympic champion in a free-flowing conversation on HBO with thought leaders like Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, The 1619 Project creator and New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, and comedian Hasan Minhaj. The show premieres Saturday, August 1, exclusively on HBO.
“It is an honor to host a show with a critical conversation between some of America’s most innovative thought leaders,” said Megan Rapinoe. “I am so thankful to HBO for providing such a powerful platform for this important dialogue.”
AOC thanked Rapinoe for “an incredible discussion” and the opportunity to “discuss our present and future” with such a diverse group of thought leaders.
Joining Rapinoe and AOC in the conversation is Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, who covers racial injustice for the New York Times and is the creator of The 1619 Project. Rounding out the conversation is writer, comedian, producer, and political commentator Hasan Minhaj. His Patriot Act on Netflix has won two Peabody Awards and two Webby Awards.
At times it seems Rapinoe is as revered for her unabashed support of progressive causes as she is for her many athletic accomplishments. She once famously opined she was not “going to the fucking White House” because of President Trump.
The network expressed its gratitude to Rapinoe for choosing the network as the “home for this conversation” and looked forward to future opportunities, Peter Nelson, executive vice president, HBO Sports, said in a statement.
“Megan is fearless in speaking out on issues,” Nelson said. “Joined by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Nikole Hannah-Jones and Hasan Minhaj, this conversation embraces the challenges we collectively face.”
The show premieres Saturday, August 1 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO and can be streamed at HBO Max.