Podcast

The Breakdown with Shaun King

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.

Episodes

  • Ep. 79 - About YOUR Mayor and Justice Reform

    Aug 16 2019

    On many episodes of The Breakdown, we have clearly laid out the sway that local DAs have over legal system. Today Shaun breaks down the role of an actor whose importance often gets overlooked — your local mayor. Many people are unaware of just how much power their mayor has over the landscape of their local legal system, so let’s dig in!

  • Ep. 78 - Jay-Z was wrong

    Aug 15 2019

    Yesterday, the NFL announced a wide-ranging partnership with Jay-Z and his company, Roc-Nation, mainly to promote music and social justice work. They made this announcement on the 3-year-anniversary of the first day Colin Kaepernick took a knee in the NFL. On today’s episode, Shaun is open about how he feels about this partnership.

  • Ep. 77 - Now they want to rewrite the poem at the feet of the Statue of Liberty

    Aug 14 2019

    In interviews this week, Trump’s head of US Citizenship & Immigration Services first suggested rewriting the beautiful poem at the feet of the Statue of Liberty, and then later claimed that it was only meant for Europeans in the first place. On today’s episode, Shaun breaks down exactly what happened in these interviews. When the administration of America is trying to rewrite what this country stands for, we need to take the time to understand exactly what we’re up against.

  • Ep. 76 - Are you racist?

    Aug 13 2019

    Do you think that you are racist? In all likelihood, your answer is no, but it’s a trick question. Most of us don’t think about what it really means to be “not racist” in today’s world. On today’s episode, Shaun is asking us to challenge our understanding of racism as he lays out a path toward better definitions of what racism is and isn’t.

  • Ep. 75 - HowWeFlipTheSenate.com

    Aug 12 2019

    Today, we are launching a 15-month campaign to flip the Senate. Flipping the Senate is a national emergency, and we need to out-organize our opponents. On today’s episode, Shaun breaks down why we need to organize like our lives depend on it, and introduces you to 7 candidates.

  • Ep. 74 - The largest ICE raid in American history

    Aug 09 2019

    On Wednesday, nearly 700 people were taken from their jobs in the middle of Mississippi’s first day of school in the largest ICE raid in American history. Words cannot describe the pain that so many people have experienced in the past week. On today’s episode, Shaun needs you to hear the voices of these people themselves. Because we can’t detach ourselves. We need to double-down to organize better and faster.

  • Ep. 73 - Just Checking In

    Aug 08 2019

    Due to a family emergency, Shaun is unable to record a full podcast for today. But he still wants to remind you to visit TheActionPAC.com and/or HowWeFlipTheSenate.com in order to register for a special phone call on this coming Monday. Stay tuned for tomorrows episode!. 

  • Ep. 72 - I need you to focus

    Aug 07 2019

    Sometimes it is hard to know whether the world is actually getting more cruel or whether we only feel like it is because we are living in the age of social media and information. Today, Shaun digs into that question. He asks us to acknowledge and accept how overwhelming this moment feels. And then channel all of our feelings into focus and determination. 

  • Ep. 71 - I had no idea the NRA did this in 45 states

    Aug 06 2019

    In the aftermath of this weekend’s deadly hate crimes, we uncovered that the NRA has been helping to write laws that ban cities from making their own gun laws for the past 38 years. Over 45 states have these laws in place. It’s time to take action against these laws. 

  • Ep. 70 - The deadliest hate crime since 1921

    Aug 05 2019

    Right now, we are living in the age of the deadliest hate crime in 98 years. And people are asking what we can do about it. To really understand what we can do, Shaun needs us to zoom out. On today's episode, he gets historical and talks about how human history follows a trend of having high-highs and low-lows. Shaun makes the case that we are currently living at an extremely low point in history. And today, Shaun is going to tell you about the path he sees for us to start climbing out of this l...more

  • Ep. 69 - 10-year-old Charged with Felony Assault for Dodgeball

    Aug 02 2019

    If you have ever played a game of dodgeball, you have seen kids get hurt, end-up with bloody noses. You know that it happens. Last week in Michigan, a ten-year-old boy was charged with adult felony assault for accidentally injuring another child in a school-sanctioned game of dodgeball. Shaun breaks down the larger problem in America’s school system that this case exposes and ends with an action step for us to take together.

  • Ep. 68 - Court rules that white men are now a protected class of minority

    Jul 31 2019

    A protected class is a legal phrase designed to protect oppressed and marginalized groups of people. Can we agree that no one in America has more privilege thant a white, straight, cis, man? Last week, a court ruling determined that white men are a protected class. It is outrageous. On today’s episode, Shaun digs in to the case and the ruling to break down exactly what happened. 

  • Ep. 67 - What’s your position on the death penalty?

    Jul 30 2019

    The United States is the only nation in the world that has more guns than people. And this weekend, we saw two mass shootings on opposite sides of the country. On today’s episode, we are unpacking why we have so much carnage in this country and yet so little change. Have you guessed yet what Shaun will be breaking down? It’s time to talk about the NRA.

  • Ep. 66 - 27 people shot. Now what?

    Jul 29 2019

    The United States is the only nation in the world that has more guns than people. And this weekend, we saw two mass shootings on opposite sides of the country. On today’s episode, we are unpacking why we have so much carnage in this country and yet so little change. Have you guessed yet what Shaun will be breaking down? It’s time to talk about the NRA.

  • Ep. 65 - You Stupid N***ers: How We Must Approach Racism in 2019 and Beyond

    Jul 26 2019

    Of course we were all outraged when we saw the video of Nancy Goodman walking right up to two young black customers and calling them “stupid n—.” We don’t need to break down how problematic this incident is. Instead, Shaun is going to break down how important it is to be mindful of how we react to moments of blatant racism like this. Racism hasvictims. It is violent and it spreads. And our reaction to it matters.

  • Ep. 64 - You Asked, Shaun Answers: July Edition

    Jul 25 2019

    We log every question you email us. Then, every month, we sort through those questions and pick the 7 most commonly asked questions. Today, Shaun answers the questions from July. We love hearing from you — email your questions to thebreakdown@thenorthstar.com with the subject line “You Asked, Shaun Answers”.

  • Ep. 63 - Revolution in Puerto Rico, Cops Fired, Ethnic Cleansing

    Jul 24 2019

    Massive protests are going on in Puerto Rico. Two cops in Louisiana were fired on Monday after saying that they’d like to shoot and kill Alexandria Occasio-Cortez. Palestinians are being forcefully evicted from their homes. On today’s episode, Shaun breaks down these stories and what they say about the moment of history that we’re in. 

  • Ep. 62 - Local Media Supports Mass Incarceration

    Jul 22 2019

    Voters in America’s largest cities are voting for radical criminal justice reform. City by city, we are electing progressive district attorneys and ousting conservative candidates who perpetuate the systems behind mass incarceration. But we are now seeing something new as state governments systematically strip away the powers of DAs. In today’s episode, Shaun breaks down who exactly is helping conservative politicians limit the power of progressive DAs. 

  • Ep. 61 - Racism is an impeachable offense

    Jul 19 2019

    What does it mean for the President of the United States to make explicitly racist statements in public? Can an explicitly biased person “faithfully execute the Office of the President of the United States?” On today’s episode, Shaun breaks down why explicit bias is illegal in this country. The President of the United States has broken those laws this week. Are you wondering what can be done about it? Let’s dig in.

  • Ep. 60 - Why I think that we will win

    Jul 18 2019

    Trump’s rally last night was one of the most racist public moments in modern political history. Public racism has hit a modern peak. It is so dangerous, so despicable, that we had to move faster than expected. On today’s episode of The Breakdown, Shaun is introducing The Action PAC — to help us all organize for change. Let’s go!

  • Ep. 59 - How To Make Change

    Jul 17 2019

    Tomorrow, Eric Garner's murder will have taken place exactly five years ago. Today, we found out that no charges will be filed against the NYPD officer that murdered him. It's horrifying. So many people and systems have failed the Garner family. Shaun is dedicating a triple-length episode to work through how we got here. Because we can grow. We can move forward. But first, there are key lessons that we must learn about how to really effect change.

  • Ep. 58 - About Trump’s Most Racist Tweets

    Jul 16 2019

    Trump has done so many blatantly racist things, that it probably felt like you couldn’t be shocked ever again. On Sunday morning, he publicly targeted 4 young women of color, Congresswomen, in a Tweet. Shaun is going to break down how we got to this point and will unpack how much danger his words put people of color into. 

  • Ep. 57 - Look How Far We've Come!

    Jun 21 2019

    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 ...more

  • Ep. 56 - Don’t worry, they found the Barbie Doll box.

    Jun 20 2019

    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.

  • Ep. 55 - Join Us!

    Jun 19 2019

    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.  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. 

  • Ep. 54 - Trump Crossed a Bright Red Line + Action Steps

    Jun 18 2019

    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. 

  • Ep. 53 - Let’s Pass a Law Together!

    Jun 17 2019

    If we want to change the criminal justice system from the inside out, we must 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 imp...more

  • Ep. 52 - "Choosing to Cheat"

    Jun 14 2019

    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.

  • Ep. 51 - Tiffany Cabán is a Game Changer

    Jun 13 2019

    If we want to change the criminal justice system from the inside out, we must 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 imp...more

  • Ep. 50 - #SudanUprising

    Jun 12 2019

    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 solidarit...more

  • Ep. 49 - The Problematic Privilege of White NBA Fans

    Jun 11 2019

    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.

  • Ep. 48 - Our Action Steps Are Working!

    Jun 10 2019

    You are helping to make change every time 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.

  • Ep. 47 - Action Steps: The Central Park Five, Part III

    Jun 07 2019

    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.

  • Ep. 46 - Imbler v. Pachtman: The Central Park Five, Part II

    Jun 06 2019

    Have you heard of Imbler v. Pachtman? 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.***

  • Ep. 45 - "When They See Us": The Central Park Five, Part I

    Jun 05 2019

    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.

  • Ep. 44 - You Asked, Shaun Answers: June Edition

    Jun 04 2019

    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.

  • Ep. 43 - Cops are Racist AF

    Jun 03 2019

    Buzzfeed 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 big deal. 

  • Ep. 42 - Prisons Ban Books on Liberation and Freedom

    May 31 2019

    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.

  • Ep. 41 - How to Choose a Presidential Candidate - Part 2

    May 29 2019

    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. 

  • Ep. 40 - Police Murder an Unarmed Kid + Bigots Get Elected Across Europe

    May 28 2019

    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. 

  • Ep. 39 - Self Care

    May 24 2019

    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.

  • Ep. 38 - Life in Prison for Selling Weed

    May 23 2019

    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!

  • Ep. 37 - Philadelphia Has a New Sheriff in Town

    May 22 2019

    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.

  • Ep. 36 - Black Trans Women are Being Murdered

    May 21 2019

    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.

  • Ep. 35 - Forgive All Student Loan Debt

    May 20 2019

    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.

  • Ep. 34 - Seeking Justice for Pamela Turner

    May 17 2019

    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.

  • Ep. 33 - Joe Biden is the Father of Modern Mass Incarceration

    May 16 2019

    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. 

  • Ep. 32 - “Do you really understand Roe v. Wade?”

    May 15 2019

    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.

  • Ep. 31 - Protect Rashida Tlaib

    May 14 2019

    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.

  • Ep. 30 - You Asked, Shaun Answers

    May 13 2019

    On today's episode of The Breakdown, Shaun answers questions that our listeners have sent in over the last two months. 

  • Ep. 29 - The Red Sox chose whiteness over everything else

    May 10 2019

    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. 

  • Ep. 28 - Shoot ‘em

    May 09 2019

    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.

  • Ep. 27 - Sandra Bland filmed her own arrest

    May 08 2019

    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.

  • Ep. 26 - What Black Lives Matter Has Accomplished

    May 07 2019

    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.”

  • Ep. 25 - How to Choose a Presidential Candidate - Part 1

    May 06 2019

    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.

  • Ep. 24 - Young black engineer murdered by white neighbor

    May 03 2019

    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.

  • Ep. 23 - Police Officer Convicted of Murder in Minnesota

    May 02 2019

    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. 

  • Ep. 22 - The 911 call after the murder of Botham Jean

    May 01 2019

    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.

  • Ep. 21 - Tribute to John Singleton

    Apr 30 2019

    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. 

  • Ep. 20 - Good news, Jay Z, and Ady Barkan

    Apr 29 2019

    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.

  • Ep. 19 - Do you even have the right to vote?

    Apr 26 2019

    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.

  • Ep. 18 - #JusticeForLucca

    Apr 25 2019

    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. 

  • Ep. 17 - Spring Break

    Apr 22 2019

    Instead of a full episode, today's segment of the Breakdown is a quick message from Shaun.

  • Ep. 16 - Mueller, Mumia, and an Unarmed Woman Shot by Police

    Apr 19 2019

    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.

  • Ep. 15 - Mysonne, Singing at the Register, and Beyonce’s New Projects

    Apr 18 2019

    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.

  • Ep. 14 - How to Make Police Brutality Illegal – Part 3 of 3

    Apr 17 2019

    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.

  • Ep. 13 - Graham v. Connor – Police Brutality is Legal – Part 2 of 3

    Apr 16 2019

    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.

  • Ep. 12 - Tennessee v. Garner - Police Brutality is Legal - Part 1 of 3

    Apr 15 2019

    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. 

  • Ep. 11 - Series Preview

    Apr 12 2019

    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. 

  • Ep. 10 - White domestic terrorist arrested for burning down Black churches

    Apr 11 2019

    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.

  • Ep. 9 - Bloods & Crips unite, Magic Johnson steps down, and Cincinnati makes bold criminal justice moves

    Apr 10 2019

    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.

  • Ep. 8 - Genocide at the American border

    Apr 09 2019

    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 ...more

  • Ep. 7 - NYPD’s Chief Surgeon Lies & Says Eric Garner Was Never Even Choked

    Apr 08 2019

    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. T...more

  • Ep. 6 - White privilege is murdering 9 people and having all of the charges dropped

    Apr 05 2019

    [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.

  • Ep. 5 - When the Democratic Party Supports White Male Power

    Apr 04 2019

    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.

  • Ep. 4 - A Eulogy for Nipsey Hussle

    Apr 03 2019

    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.

  • Ep. 3 - Being sent back to prison, Facebook finally banning white supremacy, and why we must protect Ilhan Omar

    Apr 02 2019

    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. 

  • Ep. 2 - How We Make Radical Changes in America’s Justice System

    Apr 01 2019

    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.

  • Ep. 1 - Introduction to The Breakdown

    Mar 26 2019

    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.