Silence is Not an Option | A Podcast by Don Lemon

September 17, 2020

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.

This past summer, the Podcast app was by far my most used app. I love listening to podcasts because they are educational, informative, and also very easily accessible. While I have been listening to podcasts for several years now, throughout the last few months, I went from occasionally clicking open an episode to listening to a new podcast almost every single day. Of course, with my return to school, I have not had as much time to engage with podcasts as regularly as I did in the summer, however I have still managed to find the pockets of time to listen to my favorite podcasts.

Back in May, I shared another of my favorite podcasts: The Daily Show by Trevor Noah. His episodes are actually meant to be watched on YouTube, but he also posts versions of his videos as ears editions. As the cover of this post suggests, the podcast I am sharing today is Silence is Not an Option, by Don Lemon.

Don Lemon is a television journalist on CNN. He only very recently created his podcast in response to the injustices that occurred this past summer including the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, but prior to listening to Silence is Not an Option, I watched him regularly on CNN. He is incredibly intelligent, very open-minded and willing to engage with opinions and perspectives that differ from his own, and also has a very soothing voice, making him the perfect podcaster. I have shared this exact same phrase a couple of times in my previous posts entitled Black Lives Matter and My Favorite Books by Black Authors, but it really resonated with me and I think it is very important for everyone to hear: It is not enough to dislike racism, you need to work towards antiracism. I strongly feel that education is the key to working to address systemic racism and that it often serves as the impetus for future action.

As I mentioned above, this podcast was created in response to the racial reckoning that has occurred this summer, including the terrible deaths of innocent people by police brutality and the data clearly demonstrating how COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting communities of color. Of course, Lemon goes beyond the tragedies that have bedeviled our country in the past few months, but explores a multitude of issues from a variety of lenses. Two of my favorite episodes have been The Color of Love which is centered on interracial marriage and also Cleaning the Air: Environmental Justice in which Lemon discusses with scientists how climate change is unequally harming Black and Brown communities. 

I strongly encourage you to open your Podcast app and subscribe to Silence is Not an Option. Lemon is such an eloquent speaker, each episode is filled with an assortment of interesting speakers, and you will always click out of an episode feeling enlightened. And if you would like to hear more of my Podcast recommendations (I have many), let me know in the comments and I would be happy to share them.

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