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The Youth Vote

The Youth Vote

April 9, 2021

The 2020 election was years in the making and it was a dominating presence in the media and in our minds. In this week's episode we're talking about the role of young people as both voters and important stakeholders in the political process. We spoke with Cassie and Neha who interned with the Eagleton Institute of Politics RU Voting initiative.

 

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2020: Looking Back and Paving the Way Forward

2020: Looking Back and Paving the Way Forward

March 3, 2021

The landscape of activism saw tremendous change in 2020. Multiple dimensions of human life needed greater attention and care, and the individual's role as an activist in society became more defined. In light of this, we wanted to take the time to reflect on this past year, learn from our experiences, and try to articulate our vision for the future of activism and social transformation. To help us do this, we asked four of our friends who have previously been on the podcast to share their thoughts. Take a listen to what Ameer Abdul, Macy Lee, Cyrus Rad, and Ushab Dahal had to say about 2020!

 

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Identity of a Climate Activist with Vanessa Nakate

Identity of a Climate Activist with Vanessa Nakate

January 22, 2021

The earth's climate is changing because of continued actions from humans. Young people have been continually calling for policy action, striking, and making their voices heard. Host Nyawira spoke with prominent Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate about her experience striking, representing her country and somtimes Africa as a continent, and the impact that she sees climate change already making.

 

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Mic Drop: Let’s Talk About Race

Mic Drop: Let’s Talk About Race

October 5, 2020

In light of recent events, it's more important than ever to reflect upon how our own identity affects our experiences and the ways we move through our communities. Sharing our stories, and more importantly listening, helps us to expand our own perspective and better practice empathy.

Hosts Nyawira, Matin, and Luke discuss their own early experiences in recognizing how race plays a role in their community dynamics and how to have effective group discussions about race in America.

 

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Her Future is Trash

Her Future is Trash

September 10, 2020

High school senior Sanskriti Deva is harnessing technology to create the Smart Can: a trash can that automatically sorts compost, trash, and recyclables. We dive into her journey as a young entrepreneur, how her invention brought her to the White House, and how business can be used for activism!

 

 

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Mic Drop: Civic Engagement for the Future

Mic Drop: Civic Engagement for the Future

August 13, 2020

The way the we engage with government continues to evolve. Luke spoke with New York's youngest elected official Hannah Zimmerman about how she encourages other young people to be civically engaged. They also discussed the how digital technologies are changing organizing and how activists can harness those technologies to make positive change!

 

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Teaching for Social Justice Amidst a Pandemic

Teaching for Social Justice Amidst a Pandemic

July 6, 2020

Sam Texeira, the 2019 Boston Teacher of the Year, is an educator dedicated to activism. At a time of growing economic insecurity and loss of life in the wake of the COVID pandemic, as well as ongoing social unrest driven by generations of systemic racism, Sam remains dedicated to his mission of inspiring and educating students. This episode is the story of how the relationship between Mr. Texeira and Rebecca, one of his former students, amplified the voices of Boston youth amidst a pandemic. 

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Mic Drop: The Power of Podcasts

Mic Drop: The Power of Podcasts

May 17, 2020

Podcasts and other media allow anyone's voice to be heard across the world. Host Matin speaks with Lucy Ivey of Teens Speak Up about her podcast journey and the power of podcasts for activism!

 

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Mic Drop: Mental Health During Crisis

Mic Drop: Mental Health During Crisis

April 22, 2020

These times that we're in right now are tough. It can be hard to feel motivated when the world around us is completely shutting down. In this Mic Drop Nyawira spoke with mental health activist Macy Lee about how to to maintain mental health and about Macy's global mental health advocacy.

 

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Stay safe out there everyone!

First Things FIRST in College

First Things FIRST in College

March 29, 2020

Jean Ferman is a first generation college. He is among the first in his family to attend college. He noticed that first generation college students are struggling with challenges not faced by other students. That prompted him to create an on campus organization called FIRST in hopes of creating community among first-gen students.

 

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