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Silence is Not an Option

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America is in crisis right now. A lot of people want to help, but have no idea where to start. In our new podcast, we’re going to dig deep into the reality of being Black and brown in America, and explore what you can do to help find a path forward. We’ll have tough conversations with activists, artists, and thinkers about our nation’s deep racial divide. As we look for meaningful and lasting solutions, there is a lot to learn and unlearn. 

These conversations are going to be challenging—even uncomfortable—but they’re important. Because this time, we get to rebuild America together. 

Hosted by Don Lemon.

Latest Episodes

Raising an Antiracist Generation

School is back in session as protests and calls for racial justice continue across America. So how should parents and teachers talk to kids about this national reckoning? Don speaks with clinical psychologist and race relations expert, Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD, about the right time talk to kids about racism and how to help them navigate a multiracial society. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

31 min2 w ago
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Raising an Antiracist Generation

The Color of Love

Amidst a summer of unrest and calls for social justice, Don talks with host of CNN's United Shades of America W. Kamau Bell about matters of the heart. More than five decades have passed since the US Supreme court protected interracial marriage in America. Both men are in committed relationships with partners of a different race, and they reflect on the conflict and comfort that can be found with a loved one during a national reckoning on race. Don takes listeners into his home to share a special conversation with his fiancé, Tim. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

33 minAUG 27
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The Color of Love

Clearing the Air: Environmental Justice

As the 2020 presidential election approaches, environmental protections, natural resource management and climate change are a big part of the conversation. Protecting the environment goes way beyond fuel efficient cars and polar bears, it also means improving living conditions for communities of color who often bear the brunt of environmental decline. Don talks to environmental justice advocate, Mustafa Santiago Ali about the environmental justice movement and how it’s tied to the larger racial reckoning happening today. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

23 minAUG 20
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Clearing the Air: Environmental Justice

Do Black Lives Matter in Sports?

The NBA and Major League Baseball have restarted their seasons and NFL training camps are underway. As professional leagues and college teams navigate how to play safely during a pandemic, they are also confronting racial justice issues that plague American sports. Don talks to sports journalist William C. Rhoden about Black athletes, activism, and how much still needs to be done. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

24 minAUG 13
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Do Black Lives Matter in Sports?

American Caste with Isabel Wilkerson

Lately everyone has been talking about race, but Pulitzer Prize-winner Isabel Wilkerson wants us to look at caste as well. We may associate that strict social hierarchy with India, but Wilkerson argues it has been present in the U.S. for over 400 years. She talks with Don about her new book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, and why she thinks race is just one part of a larger system that determines who is valued and who is dispensable in American society. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

21 minAUG 6
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American Caste with Isabel Wilkerson

Reimagining the Police

As protests against police brutality continue across the country, there are calls to reform, defund, and even abolish the police. So, what does it all mean? Don talks to Newark Mayor Ras Baraka about the reforms he’s implementing in a city with a long history of tension between the police and its Black community. Gwen Carr reflects on the years since the death of her son, Eric Garner and Professor Chenjerai Kumanyika provides important context about the history of policing in the United States. Let us know what you think of the show! Take a short survey atcnn.com/silence See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

32 minJUL 30
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Reimagining the Police

Finding Common Ground

In the wake of antisemitic comments from prominent Black athletes and entertainers, we examine the strong alliances and deeply ingrained tensions between the Black and Jewish communities. How does their solidarity during the 1960s civil rights movement inform these relationships today? Don talks to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who recently penned an article on this topic, as well as historian Marc Dollinger and political strategist Ginna Green. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

31 minJUL 23
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Finding Common Ground

Defining What Matters

When racial tensions flare, people often call for a conversation aboutrace. But do we all share the same definition ofracism?Don speaks with recent college graduate, KennedyMitchumaboutchanging thedefinition of racism.Linguist, John McWhorter explains how words succeed and fail at leading to change. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28 minJUL 16
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Defining What Matters

Monumental Conversations

Confederate statues and symbols are being removed all over the country. This is long overdue for some, while others say that it’s a dangerous effort to erase history. Don speaks with the descendants of a Confederate general whose statue was recently toppled as they come to grips with their family's complicated family legacy. He also gets insights from author and political analyst Jared Yates Sexton who sheds light on the history of the Confederacy you didn't learn in grade school. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

26 minJUL 9
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Monumental Conversations

Schooling the System

It’s been over 60 years since the Supreme Court ruled thatracial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. But in 2020, some classrooms are stillpretty segregated. Don reflects on his own educational journey and speaks withMichigan State University’s ProfessorShenekaWilliamsabout the state of American schools.How farhavewereallycome sinceBrown v. Board ofEducation,and how can we all take part in fixing the system? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

24 minJUL 2
Comments
Schooling the System

Latest Episodes

Raising an Antiracist Generation

School is back in session as protests and calls for racial justice continue across America. So how should parents and teachers talk to kids about this national reckoning? Don speaks with clinical psychologist and race relations expert, Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD, about the right time talk to kids about racism and how to help them navigate a multiracial society. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

31 min2 w ago
Comments
Raising an Antiracist Generation

The Color of Love

Amidst a summer of unrest and calls for social justice, Don talks with host of CNN's United Shades of America W. Kamau Bell about matters of the heart. More than five decades have passed since the US Supreme court protected interracial marriage in America. Both men are in committed relationships with partners of a different race, and they reflect on the conflict and comfort that can be found with a loved one during a national reckoning on race. Don takes listeners into his home to share a special conversation with his fiancé, Tim. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

33 minAUG 27
Comments
The Color of Love

Clearing the Air: Environmental Justice

As the 2020 presidential election approaches, environmental protections, natural resource management and climate change are a big part of the conversation. Protecting the environment goes way beyond fuel efficient cars and polar bears, it also means improving living conditions for communities of color who often bear the brunt of environmental decline. Don talks to environmental justice advocate, Mustafa Santiago Ali about the environmental justice movement and how it’s tied to the larger racial reckoning happening today. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

23 minAUG 20
Comments
Clearing the Air: Environmental Justice

Do Black Lives Matter in Sports?

The NBA and Major League Baseball have restarted their seasons and NFL training camps are underway. As professional leagues and college teams navigate how to play safely during a pandemic, they are also confronting racial justice issues that plague American sports. Don talks to sports journalist William C. Rhoden about Black athletes, activism, and how much still needs to be done. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

24 minAUG 13
Comments
Do Black Lives Matter in Sports?

American Caste with Isabel Wilkerson

Lately everyone has been talking about race, but Pulitzer Prize-winner Isabel Wilkerson wants us to look at caste as well. We may associate that strict social hierarchy with India, but Wilkerson argues it has been present in the U.S. for over 400 years. She talks with Don about her new book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, and why she thinks race is just one part of a larger system that determines who is valued and who is dispensable in American society. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

21 minAUG 6
Comments
American Caste with Isabel Wilkerson

Reimagining the Police

As protests against police brutality continue across the country, there are calls to reform, defund, and even abolish the police. So, what does it all mean? Don talks to Newark Mayor Ras Baraka about the reforms he’s implementing in a city with a long history of tension between the police and its Black community. Gwen Carr reflects on the years since the death of her son, Eric Garner and Professor Chenjerai Kumanyika provides important context about the history of policing in the United States. Let us know what you think of the show! Take a short survey atcnn.com/silence See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

32 minJUL 30
Comments
Reimagining the Police

Finding Common Ground

In the wake of antisemitic comments from prominent Black athletes and entertainers, we examine the strong alliances and deeply ingrained tensions between the Black and Jewish communities. How does their solidarity during the 1960s civil rights movement inform these relationships today? Don talks to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who recently penned an article on this topic, as well as historian Marc Dollinger and political strategist Ginna Green. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

31 minJUL 23
Comments
Finding Common Ground

Defining What Matters

When racial tensions flare, people often call for a conversation aboutrace. But do we all share the same definition ofracism?Don speaks with recent college graduate, KennedyMitchumaboutchanging thedefinition of racism.Linguist, John McWhorter explains how words succeed and fail at leading to change. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28 minJUL 16
Comments
Defining What Matters

Monumental Conversations

Confederate statues and symbols are being removed all over the country. This is long overdue for some, while others say that it’s a dangerous effort to erase history. Don speaks with the descendants of a Confederate general whose statue was recently toppled as they come to grips with their family's complicated family legacy. He also gets insights from author and political analyst Jared Yates Sexton who sheds light on the history of the Confederacy you didn't learn in grade school. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

26 minJUL 9
Comments
Monumental Conversations

Schooling the System

It’s been over 60 years since the Supreme Court ruled thatracial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. But in 2020, some classrooms are stillpretty segregated. Don reflects on his own educational journey and speaks withMichigan State University’s ProfessorShenekaWilliamsabout the state of American schools.How farhavewereallycome sinceBrown v. Board ofEducation,and how can we all take part in fixing the system? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

24 minJUL 2
Comments
Schooling the System
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