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May 21, 2019
Ep. 36 - Black Trans Women are Being Murdered
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 must do to intervene.
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22 min
May 20, 2019
Ep. 35 - Forgive All Student Loan Debt
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.
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13 min
May 17, 2019
Ep. 34 - Seeking Justice for Pamela Turner
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.
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15 min
May 16, 2019
Ep. 33 - Joe Biden is the Father of Modern Mass Incarceration
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.
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32 min
May 15, 2019
Ep. 32 - “Do you really understand Roe v. Wade?”
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 Roe v. Wade 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.
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18 min
May 14, 2019
Ep. 31 - Protect Rashida Tlaib
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.
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19 min
May 13, 2019
Ep. 30 - You Asked, Shaun Answers
On today's episode of The Breakdown, Shaun answers questions that our listeners have sent in over the last two months.
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28 min
May 10, 2019
Ep. 29 - The Red Sox chose whiteness over everything else
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.
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14 min
May 9, 2019
Ep. 28 - Shoot ‘em
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.
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15 min
May 8, 2019
Ep. 27 - Sandra Bland filmed her own arrest
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.
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16 min
May 7, 2019
Ep. 26 - What Black Lives Matter Has Accomplished
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.”
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15 min
May 6, 2019
Ep. 25 - How to choose who to support for President
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.
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18 min
May 3, 2019
Ep. 24 - Young black engineer murdered by white neighbor
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.
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22 min
May 2, 2019
Ep. 23 - Police Officer Convicted of Murder in Minnesota
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.
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13 min
May 1, 2019
Ep. 22 - The 911 call after the murder of Botham Jean
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.
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19 min
April 30, 2019
Ep. 21 - Tribute to John Singleton
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.
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18 min
April 29, 2019
Ep. 20 - Good news, Jay Z, and Ady Barkan
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.
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19 min
April 26, 2019
Ep. 19 - Do you even have the right to vote?
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.
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24 min
April 25, 2019
Ep. 18 - #JusticeForLucca
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.
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18 min
April 22, 2019
Ep. 17 - Spring Break
Instead of a full episode, today's segment of the Breakdown is a quick message from Shaun.
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April 19, 2019
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.
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14 min
April 18, 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.
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13 min
April 17, 2019
Ep. 14 - How to Make Police Brutality Illegal – Part 3 of 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.
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12 min
April 16, 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.
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19 min
April 15, 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.
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17 min
April 12, 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 TheNorthStar.com. You will find hundreds of original articles and stories from some of the leading scholars and journalists in the world. 
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April 11, 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.
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13 min
April 10, 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.
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14 min
April 9, 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.
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12 min
April 8, 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.
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20 min
April 5, 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.
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14 min
April 4, 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.
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15 min
April 3, 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.
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26 min
April 2, 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.
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13 min
April 1, 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.
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17 min
March 26, 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.
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2 min
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