5 episodes

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.

Silence is Not an Option CNN

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5, 292 Ratings

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.

    Monumental Conversations

    Monumental Conversations

    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.

    • 26 min
    Schooling the System

    Schooling the System

    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?

    • 24 min
    Beyond Mammy: Misrepresentation in Film

    Beyond Mammy: Misrepresentation in Film

    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.

    • 29 min
    Why Not Being Racist is Not Enough

    Why Not Being Racist is Not Enough

    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. 

    • 27 min
    There is No Going Back From This Moment

    There is No Going Back From This Moment

    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.

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
292 Ratings

292 Ratings

DeMatrix ,

Smart

I watch you after your Cuomo love :-)

I am Canadian, and I would want a Cuomo as president

The governor of NY 3 state in the green

Speak more on Canada did so well

Thank You Don

MikeGianna79 ,

The truth will set you free.🇨🇦🇮🇹

Don I have been watching you on CNN on a nightly basis. I start with Chris and end my night with you, I especially love your interactions with Chris it makes me feel good that there is friendships among people’s . I am a Canadian from Montreal. As long there are people like you and Chris there is hope for USA.

IamCanadian🇨🇦 ,

So unaware

Hi Don
Love your show and truthfully only started watching since the whole Covid 19. Shocked beyond belief of the outrageousness behaviour of your President. Yes I am Canadian And proud to say in Ontario today 118 cases in a Province of 10 million people. Anyways back to your podcast.
Born in 1965 in a small town in Ontario, Canada. So sad to hear these stories of segregation. I truly do not believe what took place during your high school years . I am white but the thoughts of having separate proms in the ‘80’s just floors me. Keep up the great honest reporting. Please stay safe.
Rick

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