The Breakdown with Shaun King

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 Apr 19, 2019


A daily podcast from The North Star where Shaun King will analyze and break down the most pressing news stories of the day. Every Monday through Friday, Shaun will not only unpack stories of injustice, racism and corruption, but will also tell you who's fighting back and how we can support and join them.

Episode Date
Ep. 16 - Mueller, Mumia, and an Unarmed Woman Shot by Police
In this episode, Shaun King gives us his immediate thoughts about  the implications of the Mueller Report on the day after its release. He also shares an update on the appeal hearing of Mumia Abu-Jamal in Pennsylvania, and tells the horrible story of a young woman who was just shot by police in Connecticut, but has survived to tell the story.
Apr 19, 2019
Ep. 15 - Mysonne, Singing at the Register, and Beyonce’s New Projects
On today’s episode of The Breakdown, Shaun King shares nothing but good news. Starting in The Bronx, Shaun covers a powerful demonstration and moment of unity lead by the rapper and leader Mysonne, then covers a fun viral video that you have to hear and see to believe, and closes with his thoughts on Beyonce’s two new projects.
Apr 18, 2019
Ep. 14 - How to Make Police Brutality Illegal – Part 3
On today’s episode of The Breakdown, the final episode in a 3 part series explaining the leading Supreme Court cases that make police brutality functionally legal in the United States, Shaun gives us action steps and solutions for how we make police brutality illegal. It won’t be easy or quick, but it’s necessary.
Apr 17, 2019
Ep. 13 - Graham v. Connor – Police Brutality is Legal – Part 2 of 3
On today’s episode of The Breakdown Shaun unpacks the Supreme Court case, Graham v. Connor – and explains how it is now used alongside of Tennessee v. Garner to protect police from being held responsible for their brutality.
Apr 16, 2019
Ep. 12 - Tennessee v. Garner - Police Brutality is Legal - Part 1 of 3
On today’s episode of The Breakdown, Shaun King begins the first of a 3 part series on why police brutality is functionally legal in the United States by unpacking the Supreme Court cases that currently protect even the worst officers in cases of police brutality. For the next two days Shaun will explain the cases, then on the 3rd episode Shaun will tell us what we can do about it. 
Apr 15, 2019
Ep. 11 - Series Preview
For the next few days, Shaun is recording a special three part series that will begin this coming Monday.  It's really important and we needed just a little extra time to make sure that we nail it.  In the meantime, if you love what we're building here, we would encourage you to become a founding member at You will find hundreds of original articles and stories from some of the leading scholars and journalists in the world. 
Apr 12, 2019
Ep. 10 - White domestic terrorist arrested for burning down Black churches
On today’s episode of The Breakdown, Shaun King unpacks the news that a white supremacist was just arrested in Louisiana for burning down Black churches, covers the  toppling of  Sudan’s government, and gives us an update on the new House and Senate  Medicare for All bills.
Apr 11, 2019
Ep. 9 - Bloods & Crips unite, Magic Johnson steps down, and Cincinnati makes bold criminal justice moves
On today’s episode of The Breakdown, Shaun King shares some good news with us. The world can be an ugly place and the United States is often the epicenter of some of that ugliness, but that doesn’t mean nothing good is going on. Today Shaun shares three good news stories about unity emerging between the Bloods and Crips in Los Angeles, a shocking move from Magic Johnson, and the simple ways an American city is trying to make their justice system better.
Apr 10, 2019
Ep. 8 - Genocide at the American border
In today’s episode of The Breakdown, Shaun King unpacks and explains the  genocidal nature of the humanitarian crisis at the border between the United States and  Mexico. What we’ve learned over the past few days is that the Trump administration has been  attempting to continue the policy of separating children from their parents in spite of courts  ruling that it is illegal and must end. It’s hard to understand a moment of history when you are  in it, but right now, we are in a sick, demented point in American history.
Apr 09, 2019
Ep. 7 - NYPD’s Chief Surgeon Lies & Says Eric Garner Was Never Even Choked
In today’s episode of The Breakdown, Shaun King explains the outrageous conclusion by the Chief Surgeon of the NYPD that Eric Garner was never actually choked – in  spite of over 100 million people seeing the video of Garner clearly being choked to death by  Officer Daniel Pantaleo. Five years later, it’s outrageous that this case is still being investigated.  It’s simple. And the people who could actually do something about it lack the political courage  and will to do so. Today Shaun also has action items that we can all take together.
Apr 08, 2019
Ep. 6 - White privilege is murdering 9 people and having all of the charges dropped
[EXPLICIT LANGUAGE] In today’s episode, Shaun breaks down the 2015 motorcycle massacre in Waco, Texas in which 9 people were shot to death. All charges were just shockingly dropped against the 177 people who were originally arrested in this case.
Apr 05, 2019
Ep. 5 - When the Democratic Party Supports White Male Power
In today’s episode, Shaun breaks down a destructive new policy from the Democratic Party designed to prevent future candidates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley from challenging powerful white male incumbents.
Apr 04, 2019
Ep. 4 - A Eulogy for Nipsey Hussle
In this episode of The Breakdown, Shaun King unpacks the life and death of Nipsey Hussle, explores the conversations now happening around the issue of Black on Black  violence, and offers the best way we can honor Nipsey and his legacy.
Apr 03, 2019
Ep. 3 - Being sent back to prison, Facebook finally banning white supremacy, and why we must protect Ilhan Omar
In today's episode Shaun King breaks down the horrible story of a wonderful man who is being sent back to prison for a crime he already served his time for. Also, Shaun unpacks the recent decision of Facebook to finally ban white supremacy and white nationalism. Lastly, Shaun explains why we must all defend and protect Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. 
Apr 02, 2019
Ep. 2 - How We Make Radical Changes in America’s Justice System
Are you outraged by injustice, police brutality, & mass incarceration in the United States but don’t know what to do about it? Start here as Shaun King breaks down how we can abolish the system together. Also, learn about 3 brilliant young leaders we can all support who are doing the work.
Apr 01, 2019
Ep. 1 - Introduction to The Breakdown
A brief introduction from Shaun King on what to expect from The North Star’s first full episode of The Breakdown - a daily podcast that will analyze and break down the most pressing news stories of the day. 
Mar 26, 2019