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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.
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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.
Reimagining the Police

Reimagining the Police

2020-07-3032:356

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 at cnn.com/silence
Finding Common Ground

Finding Common Ground

2020-07-2332:206

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.
Defining What Matters

Defining What Matters

2020-07-1629:1611

When racial tensions flare, people often call for a conversation about race. But do we all share the same definition of racism? Don speaks with recent college graduate, Kennedy Mitchum about changing the definition of racism.  Linguist, John McWhorter explains how words succeed and fail at leading to change.
Monumental Conversations

Monumental Conversations

2020-07-0926:5614

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.
Schooling the System

Schooling the System

2020-07-0225:0210

It’s been over 60 years since the Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. But in 2020, some classrooms are still pretty segregated. Don reflects on his own educational journey and speaks with Michigan State University’s Professor Sheneka Williams about the state of American schools. How far have we really come since Brown v. Board of Education, and how can we all take part in fixing the system?
In the midst of protests for racial justice and calls for police reform and defunding, why should we care about the movies? Well, representation matters and the media we consume influences the way we view ourselves and each other. HBO Max recently pulled "Gone with the Wind" from its film library but just added it back online, with a new introduction addressing the controversial racial depictions. Don shares a love of classic film with his mom, so in this episode, they talk about their conflicted reactions to historical Black representation on the screen. You'll also hear from Turner Classic Movies host Jacqueline Stewart, who presented that new introduction to "Gone with the Wind.” She explains why context is key when reexamining controversial classics.
We live in a society where it's no longer enough to simply not be racist—we must proactively choose to be antiracist. And that choice means showing up and doing the work, every single day. In this episode, Don talks with Professor Ibram X. Kendi and Professor Christopher Petrella about how we got to this moment and what it will require of each of us to build a more inclusive future.
Whether you're protesting in the streets or at the voting booth, we all recognize the need to disrupt generations of racism in our country. Knowing what to do is harder. Each week, Don Lemon will talk with experts, activists, and artists to help us figure out how to move forward, together. Because no matter how you choose to engage, silence is not an option.
Comments (182)

Skyler D

I don't see the link to the survey that was referenced. Really enjoying the conversations though.

Aug 7th
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Brian Shaw

I will never understand why individuals on these Podcasts condemn Don Lemon for introducing dialogue to stimulate conversations and ideology...non of us know everything about all the issues before us. Let's stop the name calling and foul language and just communicate with each other. Thanks Don Lemon.

Aug 3rd
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Brian Shaw

Wow...thank you the speaker from the Jewish community, I knew something happened after WWII, now I know, and I am a part of that history, my father was in the Navy in 1945 when the explosion in Port Chicago, California happened, we then moved to a city named Pittsburg, California and lived in an all Black community. Thank you Don and Kareem for the history lesson about Black folk and Jewish community and " The Brothers at Arms, the 716th".

Jul 24th
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April Franklin

Mr. Lemon, thank you for this series. It is long overdue. I wish you much success.

Jul 21st
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Glenn Roberts

Lemon and cuomo are the most stupid morons in media today. If they had half a brain it would lonely. Maybe they could marry their cousin Rachel madcow and create a super libtard.

Jul 20th
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Jim Buchanan

I keep deleting this propaganda from my library and it keeps getting added back. Get this trash off my feed!

Jul 18th
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Ace

I couldn’t get through any more of the McWhorter interview after his handwavey response to the anti-racism question. Must have been a tough one.

Jul 16th
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Joe Franzese

Truely American privlage.

Jul 16th
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Schwedler

Kkkkkk ok them, maybe later

Jul 13th
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Enoch K

Why was this added to my subscriptions? Like I would listen to anything connected to main stream media. Smh

Jul 9th
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Brian Shaw

Wow! After listening to this informative Pod cast, I feel betrayed and lied to...after learning American history from Elementary school through College, they (the teachers), lied! History books lied about, Truman, Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln. Mt. Rushmore is Native sacred land that was stolen from Indigenous Indians and named after an Immigrant (Rushmore). One wonders what other lies have been told!

Jul 9th
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Robert Drouin

I'm a white man with many years of lived experiences. I first want to thank you for this platform. I fully support BLM and I feel privileged to learn from your own experience. Looking forward to your next podcast. I feel sorry for the people who made those negative comments on your yesterday podcast. These stupid comments have no place on this site. Freedom of expression is everyone right in our countries but insults NO should not be part of it. Ke

Jul 2nd
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Authentictalks 2.0

Don got fired up & created this podcast!

Jul 2nd
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Killman Fight

ignorance is bliss get with the program and make this world a better place after a hundred years and we still can't get it right it's not our fault it's a learned Manor so if you calling somebody names or you don't know what's your priorities are or where you want to be in the next hundred years just listen and get yourself together.facts

Jul 1st
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Kenya Dreher

Enjoyed this podcast...thanks Don!

Jul 1st
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Brian Shaw

I am the same age as Oprah, Denzel, Ron Howard (Opie; Andy Griffith show), Rev. Al Sharpton, and Al Rokker. We were all born in the year of Brown v. Board of Education; when Thurgood Marshall argued before the Supreme court. We watched and Participated with Black Panther Party in Oakland. Also fought against Ward Connelly's Propostion 13, which was approved to eliminate affirmative action, in admitting people of color to California University at Berkeley. Still today I am not able to match but I make signs and what ever else I can do...LET'S STAY ENGAGED!

Jun 28th
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Brian Shaw

Thank you Don, it was definitely worth the effort and time to listen to your podcast with your mother. I came to be in the year of Brown v. Board of Education, when Thurgood Marshall argued before the Supreme court. I've watch a lot of television over the years. How interesting it would be if there were archival footage of our Black actors and actresses in the early years expressing themselves OFF camera and away from Hollywood, illuminating their true feelings about the times they were in.

Jun 27th
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Mett Mackley

why was this under "Top Shows"? 3.5k subs and 8k listens.

Jun 27th
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Charles Uwi

Don, this is a very good plateform for honest and open conversation between people of all races. I agree, being not racist is not enough, denying racism is disingenuous. We all need to educate ourselves and do something about it. Passivity is no longer an option.

Jun 27th
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Singi Kinniebrew

The only way to eradicate Racism is to realize there is only one race of people the Human Race, different ethnic groups but we're all related.

Jun 26th
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