5 episodes

Systemic is a podcast that looks at people working to reform policing from inside and outside the system. Produced in the wake of George Floyd's death and the ensuing protests, the audio documentary follows Black Americans working in Colorado, Minneapolis and around the country to create change at an extraordinary time. Meet activists, civil rights attorneys, lawmakers and several Black officers working to change policing from within. Systemic is hosted and reported by Colorado Public Radio's Jo Erickson.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 2.8 • 1.6K Ratings

Systemic is a podcast that looks at people working to reform policing from inside and outside the system. Produced in the wake of George Floyd's death and the ensuing protests, the audio documentary follows Black Americans working in Colorado, Minneapolis and around the country to create change at an extraordinary time. Meet activists, civil rights attorneys, lawmakers and several Black officers working to change policing from within. Systemic is hosted and reported by Colorado Public Radio's Jo Erickson.

    Dismantle

    Dismantle

    This spring, the nation held its breath as Derek Chauvin, the officer charged with murdering George Floyd, went on trial. Was the officer a single bad apple, or a symptom of a broken system? Nekima Levy-Armstrong is a former law professor who gave up her career to become a full-time activist. Since then, she’s spent the better part of a decade pushing for police reform, and played a pivotal role in the movement that followed Floyd’s death. In this year when rethinking law enforcement is at the center of a global conversation, Nekima is working to hold those in power accountable for change.

    Hosted and produced by Jo Erickson
    Editor: Dennis Funk
    Production and mixing: Rebekah Romberg
    Theme music by Daniel Mescher. Additional music via Firstcom.
    Executive producers: Brad Turner, Kevin Dale
    Additional editorial support: Luis Antonio Perez, Rachel Estabrook, Elena Rivera
    Thanks also to Kim Nguyen, Jodi Gersh, Clara Shelton, Mia Rincón, Dave Burdick, John Mossman.

    SystemicPodcast.org
    On Twitter: @COPublicRadio

    • 35 min
    Hard Truths

    Hard Truths

    On this episode, we follow an officer in leadership who’s working to reform policing from the top down. As director of public safety in the small community of Franklin Township, New Jersey, she’s taking a hard look at the diversity of her department, and addressing how officers interact with the community they serve.

    Hosted and produced by Jo Erickson
    Editor: Dennis Funk
    Production and mixing: Rebekah Romberg
    Theme music by Daniel Mescher. Additional music via Firstcom.
    Executive producers: Brad Turner, Kevin Dale
    Additional editorial support: Luis Antonio Perez, Rachel Estabrook, Elena Rivera
    Thanks also to Kim Nguyen, Jodi Gersh, Clara Shelton, Mia Rincón, Dave Burdick, John Mossman.

    SystemicPodcast.org
    On Twitter: @COPublicRadio

    • 36 min
    Survivor

    Survivor

    Against the backdrop of George Floyd’s death and nationwide Black Lives Matter protests in 2020, Colorado legislators won praise for swiftly passing an ambitious law meant to punish future abuses by police officers. But part of the genesis for that law began in 2019 amidst a different set of police protests after the death of a Black man in Colorado Springs. That moment left a grieving family searching for answers in a complicated and frustrating legal system.

    Hosted and produced by Jo Erickson
    Editor: Dennis Funk
    Production and mixing: Rebekah Romberg
    Theme music by Daniel Mescher. Additional music via Firstcom.
    Executive producers: Brad Turner, Kevin Dale
    Additional editorial support: Luis Antonio Perez, Rachel Estabrook, Elena Rivera
    Thanks also to Kim Nguyen, Jodi Gersh, Clara Shelton, Mia Rincón, Dave Burdick, John Mossman.

    SystemicPodcast.org
    On Twitter: @COPublicRadio

    • 37 min
    Black and Blue

    Black and Blue

    Meet two Black police officers — a young officer in the Minneapolis suburbs and a veteran sheriff's deputy in Colorado Springs — working to protect their communities. In the wake of George Floyd's death and the nationwide protests that followed, these two women offer a glimpse of what it's like to serve in law enforcement at a time when policing itself is under fire. They also speak frankly about how their jobs and their identities sometimes come into conflict.

    Hosted and produced by Jo Erickson
    Editor: Dennis Funk
    Production and mixing: Rebekah Romberg
    Theme music by Daniel Mescher. Additional music via Firstcom.
    Executive producers: Brad Turner, Kevin Dale
    Additional editorial support: Luis Antonio Perez, Rachel Estabrook, Elena Rivera
    Thanks also to Kim Nguyen, Jodi Gersh, Clara Shelton, Mia Rincón, Dave Burdick, John Mossman.

    SystemicPodcast.org
    On Twitter: @COPublicRadio

    • 33 min
    Introducing Systemic: A Show About Reform

    Introducing Systemic: A Show About Reform

    Since the death of George Floyd in 2020, America has been searching its soul over questions of racial injustice. Many people are looking for solutions to change a police culture that disproportionately harms people of color. They’re asking hard questions about what should be done to reform law enforcement. To capture this defining moment, we followed a group of people across the U.S., working to change police departments from the outside and within.

    Systemic — hosted and produced by Jo Erickson — is built on a unique collection of audio diaries and interviews gathered over the past year. You’ll hear the voices of Black police officers and activists from Colorado, Minnesota and beyond. For them, silence is not an option.

    The four-part audio documentary from Colorado Public Radio (On Something, Since Columbine, Back From Broken) launches May 19.

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

2.8 out of 5
1.6K Ratings

1.6K Ratings

Paulg78 ,

Biased perspective that perpetuates racial division

What I heard in the trailer and the first 2 episodes is the same biased perspective presented regularly on NPR. It’s a shame that public radio fails to present a range of perspectives that could lead to better understanding and public policy. The podcast repeatedly highlights the assumption that current racism is largely what explains disparities and motivates police. It assumes the Floyd killing “told the story of racist police” when there is no evidence Chauvin’s actions were racially motivated. It assumes a “police culture that disproportionately harms people of color”, implying that police cause net harm and racism is the whole reason, without mentioning that people of color disproportionately live in high crime areas. Since there is more police activity in high crime areas, we could just as well assume police culture disproportionately serves people of color. We hear the goal “to stop black people dying at the hands of police”, which continues the media pattern of lying by omission, ignoring the fact that people of all colors die in police interactions and the number of black people killed by police is miniscule compared to the number killed by others. The podcast says “police reform is a politically-charged issue”, which is a problem public radio helped to create by focusing on race instead of helping people understand that it’s not a Black versus Blue issue and people of all colors have an interest in improving policing. I hope later episodes will present a broader perspective.

TravisSheridan ,

A deeper look at deep-rooted issues

I really appreciate the quality and honesty of this podcast. This is not about being “woke,” this is about taking an honest look at the systems in place that have led to our current situation. Our system is broken, it’s operating as designed.

primecello ,

great podcast

everyone rating one star is a bootlicker

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