The Breakdown with Shaun King

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Jasper Cheesehound
 Jun 21, 2019

Sam
 Jun 15, 2019
Thank you Shaun

^__^ communism will win
 May 26, 2019

bcom
 May 21, 2019
listen to 3 eps. no breakdown on any issue.

Marina Lavagnino
 May 14, 2019
Shaun King is covering the critical stories of injustice, racism and corruption, and gives info on how we can support those who are working for justice.

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Join Shaun as he unpacks the most important stories of injustice, racism and corruption, but also tells you who's fighting back and how you can support and join them with practical action steps.

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Ep. 57 - Look How Far We've Come!
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In the last 7 days, more than 6000-people have joined The Breakdown Crew. Today, Shaun breaks down what we achieved together and how we're going to keep the momentum going. Thanks to the energy of our listeners, this podcast has grown into a tool for organizing and change in a way we never expected, so we're taking a minute to thank you. At the end of today's episode, Shaun lays out his favorite episodes of our show so far and lets you know that we are taking a short break. We will be back in a few weeks!
Jun 21, 2019
Ep. 56 - Don’t worry, they found the Barbie Doll box.
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You have probably seen the horrible video of police brutality that emerged out of Phoenix at the end of May. When demanding justice for these horrible instances of police brutality, it can be easy for our responses to become routine. Today Shaun explains why justice is so hard to come by in cases like this. Because sometimes we need to be reminded of the larger systems that we’re facing, in order for our fight for justice to be effective.
Jun 20, 2019
Ep. 55 - Join Us!
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The North Star has always been about liberation, abolition, and freedom. It was about change when Frederick Douglass and Martin Delaney founded the newspaper in 1847, and it still is. Our listeners on The Breakdown have blown us away with your commitment to fight for change with us. You've inspired us, and this week, we're going all in.&nbsp; We are getting systems in place to organize at a new and bigger scale - we're building a team that we need you to join.&nbsp;<br>
Jun 19, 2019
Ep. 54 - Trump Crossed a Bright Red Line + Action Steps
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Trump tweeted a dangerous statement last night – one that should have us all alarmed. With Trump’s reelection campaign kicking off tonight, we need to be more alert than ever because if he acts on his threats, the results would be disastrous. Shaun also needs us to know about two new candidates for Congress in 2020 because just as we need to be vigilant, we also need to be hopeful.&nbsp;<br><br><br>
Jun 18, 2019
Ep. 53 - Let’s Pass a Law Together!
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If we want to change the criminal justice system from the inside out, we <em>must</em> elect reform-minded district attorney's. Tiffany Cabán, a public defender, is currently running for district attorney in Queens, NY and she is a game changer. If every county and every city could elect a candidate like her, let alone get people like her to run, our criminal justice system would change overnight. On today’s episode of The Breakdown, Shaun tells you about Tiffany Cabán and what he thinks is “the most important election in the country right now.”
Jun 17, 2019
Ep. 52 - "Choosing to Cheat"
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Every single day of your life, something gets cheated. It could be your health, your relationships, or your work. On this short freestyle episode, Shaun speaks clearly about how you must make the tough choice on what gets cheated - or life will choose for you - and the results can be disastrous.<br><br>
Jun 14, 2019
Ep. 51 - Tiffany Cabán is a Game Changer
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If we want to change the criminal justice system from the inside out, we <em>must</em> elect reform-minded district attorney's. Tiffany Cabán, a public defender, is currently running for district attorney in Queens, NY and she is a game changer. If every county and every city could elect a candidate like her, let alone get people like her to run, our criminal justice system would change overnight. On today’s episode of The Breakdown, Shaun tells you about Tiffany Cabán and what he thinks is “the most important election in the country right now.” &nbsp;
Jun 13, 2019
Ep. 50 - #SudanUprising
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A revolution is fully underway in Sudan. Protests started in 2018. On April 11th, 2019, the long-standing dictator stepped down due to pressure from protestors. But now the military is slaughtering those protestors. These three sentences sum-up what we know from mainstream media outlets, but it’s not enough! Today’s episode of the Breakdown is dedicated to breaking down the nuanced historical and political context of this conflict because true understanding is the first step to showing solidarity with the Sudanese protestors. It’s a global responsibility!
Jun 12, 2019
Ep. 49 - The Problematic Privilege of White NBA Fans
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Casual bigotry is on the rise. Civility and kindness toward fellow humans has become less normal. Yesterday NBA fans laughed in the face of Kevin Durant’s injury, and today, Shaun exposes what the casual cruelty of NBA fans says about the times in which we live.
Jun 11, 2019
Ep. 48 - Our Action Steps Are Working!
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You are helping to make change<em> every time</em> you take an action step from The Breakdown. Your participation is integral to fulfilling our vision at The North Star — to create news that fits the needs of our times by being more transparent, more action-oriented, and more nuanced. On today’s episode, we’re reporting back on the progress that we have been seeing from the action steps thanks to your work.
Jun 10, 2019
Ep. 47 - Action Steps: The Central Park Five, Part III
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We need to fight for the justice we get. Today, Shaun needs us to fight together to hold the corrupt prosecutors in the Central Park Five case accountable. The last two episodes of The Breakdown were dedicated to tackling the injustices of the Central Park Five case because, for our fight to work, we need to be organized and informed.
Jun 07, 2019
Ep. 46 - Imbler v. Pachtman: The Central Park Five, Part II
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Have you heard of <em>Imbler v. Pachtman</em>? Most people haven’t. It is a Supreme Court case that gives America’s prosecutors and district attorneys absolute immunity, even for the worst misconduct. Shaun breaks it down for you today, because to get justice in the Central Park Five case, we must first understand that prosecutorial corruption is essentially legal in this country. ***This episode contains a description of sexual assault.***
Jun 06, 2019
Ep. 45 - "When They See Us": The Central Park Five, Part I
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Ava Duvernay’s new Netflix miniseries “When They See Us” is powerful. It is an example of what strong storytelling is capable of. Because of her work, we now have a unique opportunity to fight for justice in a decades-old case. The next three episodes of The Breakdown will be dedicated to the infamous 1989 case known as the Central Park Five and Shaun will lead us in a renewed fight against old injustices.
Jun 05, 2019
Ep. 44 - You Asked, Shaun Answers: June Edition
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We hear questions from you, our listeners, all the time. Sometimes they get personal, sometimes they are serious, and sometimes they're downright silly. Shaun will answer your questions in a special episode once per month, and here's our June Edition! Today Shaun answers your questions about everything from time management to self-care to whether he has personal beef with Joe Biden.
Jun 04, 2019
Ep. 43 - Cops are Racist AF
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<em>Buzzfeed</em> and Injustice Watch just released a study called “Good Day for a Chokehold,” and it is revolutionary. The report gives us quantifiable proof that American police are bigoted by diving into the social media posts of thousands of police officers. Today’s episode is all about the findings of this study, because having hard, quantitative data to prove what we already knew is a <strong>big deal</strong>.&nbsp;
Jun 03, 2019
Ep. 42 - Prisons Ban Books on Liberation and Freedom
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On today’s episode of The Breakdown, Shaun King unpacks the news that Illinois has banned over 200 books in their library – books about race, justice, freedom, and liberation. Shaun needs us to take the action steps that he lays out in this episode to fight back against a decision that furthers the cycle of oppression in our system of mass incarceration.
May 31, 2019
Ep. 41 - How to Choose a Presidential Candidate - Part 2
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On today's episode of The Breakdown, Shaun King continues the conversation from episode 25 on how to figure out which candidates to support in the 2020 American presidential election. With the democratic field changing every day, our analysis of candidates has to be ongoing, and Shaun is here to break it down for you.&nbsp;
May 29, 2019
Ep. 40 - Police Murder an Unarmed Kid + Bigots Get Elected Across Europe
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On today’s episode of The Breakdown, Shaun King tells us two stories. Shaun exposes that the San Antonio Police Department attempted to cover-up the murder of a teenage boy, Charles Roundtree, and gives us some clear action steps. Shaun also reports on the recent election in Europe and unpacks why it matters so much.&nbsp;
May 28, 2019
Ep. 39 - Self Care
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Instead of a full episode today, Shaun just has a quick message from the Breakdown team wishing everyone a restful, extended weekend. See you back here on Tuesday.
May 24, 2019
Ep. 38 - Life in Prison for Selling Weed
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On today’s episode of The Breakdown, Shaun King tells the story of Michael Thompson who is currently serving a life sentence in Michigan for selling weed. To fully understand the injustice that Michael is experiencing, Shaun needs you to understand the truth about the relationship between profit and oppression in the United States. Let’s #FreeMichaelThompson!
May 23, 2019
Ep. 37 - Philadelphia Has a New Sheriff in Town
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On today’s episode of The Breakdown, Shaun King celebrates the election of Rochelle Bilal as Philadelphia’s new sheriff. Philadelphia is doing more to dismantle mass incarceration than any city in the country, and everywhere else needs to follow suit.<br><br>
May 22, 2019
Ep. 36 - Black Trans Women are Being Murdered
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Shaun King dedicates today’s episode of The Breakdown to Muhlaysia Booker. Muhlaysia was a Black transgender woman who was shot and killed this weekend - and this horrible violence against her must push us to action. Shaun pushes all of us to confront the violence toward Black trans women in our country, and breaks down what we <em>must </em>do to intervene.
May 21, 2019
Ep. 35 - Forgive All Student Loan Debt
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On today’s episode of The Breakdown, Shaun King celebrates Robert F. Smith’s announcement to forgive the student loan debt of every graduating senior at Morehouse College. Shaun uses the story as a jumping-off point to dig into the student loan crisis in this country and then closes with his thoughts on Grady Wayne Wilkes.
May 20, 2019
Ep. 34 - Seeking Justice for Pamela Turner
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On today’s episode of The Breakdown, Shaun digs into the horrible police shooting that happened earlier this week in Baytown, Texas. He lays out an important action step in order to press for justice in this case and then leaves us with a heartwarming story to end the difficult week on a note of hope.
May 17, 2019
Ep. 33 - Joe Biden is the Father of Modern Mass Incarceration
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On today’s episode of The Breakdown, Shaun King breaks down Joe Biden’s recent comments defending his 1994 Crime Bill. To understand what the implications are of defending this bill, Shaun needs us to understand that mass incarceration in America was designed and planned to criminalize Blackness.&nbsp;
May 16, 2019
Ep. 32 - “Do you really understand Roe v. Wade?”
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On today’s episode of The Breakdown, Shaun King unpacks how the recent measures in Georgia and Alabama that ban a woman’s right to choose could become law in 2019. Shaun digs into the constitutional history of <em>Roe v. Wade</em> and explains what it actually says today. There is so much outrage in the country over these measures, and Shaun needs us to understand that our organizing must match our outrage.
May 15, 2019
Ep. 31 - Protect Rashida Tlaib
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On today’s episode of The Breakdown, Shaun King unpacks the lies that conservatives are telling about Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib of Detroit. Yesterday, conservatives tried to frame Rashida Tlaib with a quote about the Holocaust that she never actually said, the mainstream media irresonsibly repeated the lie, and Shaun digs in to the larger context about what this means for conversations about Palestine in America.
May 14, 2019
Ep. 30 - You Asked, Shaun Answers
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On today's episode of The Breakdown, Shaun answers questions that our listeners have sent in over the last two months.&nbsp;
May 13, 2019
Ep. 29 - The Red Sox chose whiteness over everything else
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On today’s episode of The Breakdown, Shaun King unpacks the decision of the Red Sox to visit the White House yesterday. Every white player and coach chose to visit President Trump despite the concerns of players and staff of color, and Shaun breaks down how this is a metaphor for white privilege in America.&nbsp;
May 10, 2019
Ep. 28 - Shoot ‘em
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On today’s episode of the Breakdown, Shaun King unpacks three stories: Trump laughing at the idea of immigrants being shot, progress in Tennessee thanks to our action steps, and students being shamed for not being able to afford school lunch. Each of these stories are just the tip of the iceberg, and Shaun is here to dive deeper with you.
May 09, 2019
Ep. 27 - Sandra Bland filmed her own arrest
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On today’s episode of the Breakdown, Shaun King unpacks new footage that Sandra Bland filmed when she was being arrested. This footage was kept from the public until now which exposes the disturbing truth about prosecutors, DAs, and our justice system.
May 08, 2019
Ep. 26 - What Black Lives Matter Has Accomplished
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In today’s good news episode of The Breakdown, Shaun King unpacks two bills that have the potential to impact the way that police brutality is legislated and encourages you to widely celebrate the importance of these bills so that no one can claim that Black Lives Matter “hasn’t accomplished anything.”
May 07, 2019
Ep. 25 - How to Choose a Presidential Candidate - Part 1
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In today’s episode of The Breakdown, Shaun King breaks down how to figure out which candidate to support in the 2020 American presidential election and lays out why now is exactly the right moment to make that choice.<br><br><br>
May 06, 2019
Ep. 24 - Young black engineer murdered by white neighbor
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On today’s episode of The Breakdown, Shaun King outlines how you can help the family whose worst nightmare came true on April 15 when their Black son was murdered by his white neighbor, and who you can contact to take action against the Speaker of the House in Nashville who had his office falsify evidence to get a young Black man sent to jail.
May 03, 2019
Ep. 23 - Police Officer Convicted of Murder in Minnesota
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On today's episode of The Breakdown, Shaun King reports on the first murder conviction of a police officer in Minnesota's history and digs into why this conviction didn't surprise anybody.&nbsp;
May 02, 2019
Ep. 22 - The 911 call after the murder of Botham Jean
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On today’s episode of The Breakdown, Shaun King unpacks and explains new audio that was just released from the 911 call made immediately after the murder of Botham Jean.
May 01, 2019
Ep. 21 - Tribute to John Singleton
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On today’s episode of The Breakdown, Shaun King unpacks and explains the life and legacy of the brilliant filmmaker, John Singleton, who passed away on April 29. Shaun will also play and break down several clips from Boyz N The Hood — the most acclaimed film ever made by Singleton.&nbsp;
Apr 30, 2019
Ep. 20 - Good news, Jay Z, and Ady Barkan
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On this week’s good news episode of The Breakdown, Shaun King shares nothing but good news with stories featuring Jay Z and Shaun’s personal hero, Ady Barkan.
Apr 29, 2019
Ep. 19 - Do you even have the right to vote?
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In today’s episode, Shaun King breaks down the history of voting rights in America. As presidential candidates are starting to be asked about their stance on whether incarcerated people deserve the right to vote, Shaun needs us to understand the deep-rooted, and constitutional background of the issue.
Apr 26, 2019
Ep. 18 - #JusticeForLucca
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In today’s episode, Shaun King unpacks a horrible case of police brutality that occurred on April 18th against Lucca Rolle. Lucca was an unarmed, non-violent, 15-year-old boy getting McDonald’s in Coral Springs, FL when the police showed up. Shaun tells us what happened next, what it means, and what to do about it.&nbsp;
Apr 25, 2019
Ep. 17 - Spring Break
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Instead of a full episode, today's segment of the Breakdown is a quick message from Shaun.
Apr 22, 2019
Ep. 16 - Mueller, Mumia, and an Unarmed Woman Shot by Police
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In this episode, Shaun King gives us his immediate thoughts about&nbsp; 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
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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 of 3
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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
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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
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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.&nbsp;
Apr 15, 2019
Ep. 11 - Series Preview
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For the next few days, Shaun is recording a special three part series that will begin this coming Monday.&nbsp; It's really important and we needed just a little extra time to make sure that we nail it.&nbsp; In the meantime, if you love what we're building here, we would encourage you to become a founding member at TheNorthStar.com. You will find hundreds of original articles and stories from some of the leading scholars and journalists in the world.&nbsp;
Apr 12, 2019
Ep. 10 - White domestic terrorist arrested for burning down Black churches
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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&nbsp; toppling of&nbsp; Sudan’s government, and gives us an update on the new House and Senate&nbsp; Medicare for All bills.
Apr 11, 2019
Ep. 9 - Bloods & Crips unite, Magic Johnson steps down, and Cincinnati makes bold criminal justice moves
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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
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In today’s episode of The Breakdown, Shaun King unpacks and explains the&nbsp; genocidal nature of the humanitarian crisis at the border between the United States and&nbsp; Mexico. What we’ve learned over the past few days is that the Trump administration has been&nbsp; attempting to continue the policy of separating children from their parents in spite of courts&nbsp; ruling that it is illegal and must end. It’s hard to understand a moment of history when you are&nbsp; 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
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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&nbsp; spite of over 100 million people seeing the video of Garner clearly being choked to death by&nbsp; Officer Daniel Pantaleo. Five years later, it’s outrageous that this case is still being investigated.&nbsp; It’s simple. And the people who could actually do something about it lack the political courage&nbsp; 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
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[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
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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
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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&nbsp; 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
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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.&nbsp;
Apr 02, 2019
Ep. 2 - How We Make Radical Changes in America’s Justice System
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Are you outraged by injustice, police brutality, &amp; 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
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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.&nbsp;
Mar 26, 2019