Transcript, Web links and Credits below.
How and why you start something has EVERYTHING to do with the work it does and the impact it has. This past February when we launched The North Star, we were very clear that we didn’t just launch it to change the news —and let me be clear, we do want to change the news — but we launched The North Star to change the world. That’s our primary goal. Just as The North Star was built in 1847: to confront slavery, to confront systemic racism and oppression, and to tear those systems down. That’s why we exist today.
And the same is true for this podcast. When we launched The Breakdown in April — it wasn’t simply because we thought the world needed another podcast. It doesn’t. We launched The Breakdown because we want to inform and inspire you, but we also launched it because we want to impact the world.
And today I have great news on all of the progress and change that our most popular segment, our ACTIONS STEPS, has made in our first 48 episodes. Some super cool news.
Let’s dig in.
This is Shaun King and you are listening to (The Breakdown)!
Every single day, I have at least 20 or 30 stories that I want to tell, that I need to tell, but only a very little time to tell them. And what happens is that I only get to tell one to two stories, and the other 18 or 19 often get left behind. And over the past two months, as we’ve been working so hard to build this podcast, to build our audience, to produce it, and share it with the world, we’ve actually made some powerful change together. And today I just want to share updates on all of the awesome progress we’ve made together.
But first, I want to play our Action Steps theme music and tell you a little story….
(Story about Shaun and Willis)
So today I wanna give you updates on 4 ACTION STEPS we’ve taken together where our actions led to direct progress.
(*Episode continues unscripted. Transcript coming soon.*)
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Lastly, a shout out to our Associate Producer Lyssandra and Podcasting Director and Senior Producer, Willis, for their hard work on this and every episode.
Take care everybody.
Produced by Willis Polk II
Extra Production by Christian “Idrys” Shannon
Additional Instrumentation by Christian “Idrys” Shannon, Lance “Lance Fury” Powlis, Markeith Black & Smok Tagous
Additional Engineering by Amond “AJ” Jackson for Salem Psalms Library
Additional Vocals by Garnett “Natti” Bush & Jason Coffey
Scratches by Kenny “DJ FlipFlop” Vanderberg