Shifting the Narrative is a limited podcast series about changing the dominant narrative around critical social and cultural issues. Over five episodes, we examine case studies where individuals worked together to change how society views the death penalty, poverty, and guns. And based on this, what lessons can we learn to apply to other campaigns?
On Guns: Jenna's Story
Extra: Our Favorite Podcasts for The New Year
It's been a few months since we launched the Shifting the Narrative podcast, a limited series that shared inspiring stories of people working for progressive narrative change. As we enter the new year, we wanted to uplift some other shows that also inspire us. Together, we compiled a list of 10 of our favorite podcasts that cover social justice issues.
5: Conclusion - What We’ve Learned
Over the past few episodes, we introduced you to the idea of what Shifting the Narrative is and what it looks like in gun sense, the war on poverty and death penalty. To wrap-up the season, we bring together narrative experts to help break down the major takeaways from the series and what they mean in our day to day narrative battles.
4: On The Death Penalty - The Unexpected Messenger
Over the past decade, support for the death penalty has plummeted. In this episode, we look at why this happened and how one unexpected messenger, Bill Pelke, played a big part in this change.
3: On Guns - Bridging the Divide on Stage
Gun violence is an issue that divides many Americans. But a theater company in New York set out to build a bridge by helping people with firsthand experience with guns tell their own stories on stage. What happened was not what they expected.
2: On Poverty - The Power of The Camera
Fifty years ago, the Poor People’s Campaign took over a portion of the National Mall in Washington, DC. Their aim: change how Americans understand poverty. The campaign continues today. In this episode, we’ll connect with photographers who captured the movement at two key junctures and hear what they learned in the process about the narrative around poverty in the U.S.
Interesting and informative
Disclosure: I learned about this podcast because I know one of the producers. That said, I wanted to review it because I found it a really interesting listen about the way that several social justice campaigns in the US took action that eventually shifted people’s thinking on several hot-button topics (eg the death penalty, the war on poverty and gun ownership). If you have any interest in American sociopolitical movements of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, give this one a shot.