10 episodes

In 'The Blank Take,' join two teenagers as they delve into art, music, photography, cinema, and news media in order to unlock conversations about the world around them. With trending topics, personal discussions, obscure propositions, current events, and more, Brandon and Emily are prepared to fill in the blanks.

It is part commentary, part research, and it is always a good time.

The Blank Take Brandon Diaz and Emily Lyssenko

    • News Commentary
    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

In 'The Blank Take,' join two teenagers as they delve into art, music, photography, cinema, and news media in order to unlock conversations about the world around them. With trending topics, personal discussions, obscure propositions, current events, and more, Brandon and Emily are prepared to fill in the blanks.

It is part commentary, part research, and it is always a good time.

    The 2020 Election Take

    The 2020 Election Take

    All things you need to know for election night 2020! We hope you voted!! 



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    Links to sources: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/10/threat-voter-subtraction/616746/ 

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/18/texas-voting-restrictions-rights-coronavirus


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    • 41 min
    Quick Takes: Happiness and Football

    Quick Takes: Happiness and Football

    Emily and Brandon answer the question: "Did quarantine make you a better person?"



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    • 31 min
    The Prisoner Pen Pal Take

    The Prisoner Pen Pal Take

    Have you ever wanted a pen pal? Ever talk to someone online? What about a current inmate?  



    In Episode 7 of The Blank Take, Brandon and Emily sit down with Jessica Kutz who has recently gained lots of attention on TikTok for sharing her prisoner pen pal experience with others and highlighting the stories of her various inmate friends.  With over 110,000 followers on TikTok, 4.3 million likes, and features in both DailyMail and Vice, Jess is sharing her inmate friends with the world.  Hear us talk about prison education programs, writeaprisoner.com, how to stay safe when choosing to write to inmates,  TikTok, the "unseen" sides to prison life, and more.  

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    Follow Jess!

    - TikTok: @jess.icak https://www.tiktok.com/@jess.icak

    -Instagram: @jess.kutz 

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    Write A Prisoner : https://writeaprisoner.com/

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    • 36 min
    The Youth Activism Take w/ Logan Rubenstein

    The Youth Activism Take w/ Logan Rubenstein

    How can young people mobilize action to contribute to tangible advocacy? Are social media posts enough? What tools can people adopt to cultivate action from others?

    Today we here with student organizer Logan Rubenstein to talk about his experience with community involvement. Logan Rubenstein currently works as campaign intern for Joe Kimok’s candidacy for Broward County State Attorney where he leads youth advocacy efforts, event scheduling, and more.  He also acts as Deputy Advocacy Director for Florida’s March for Our Lives chapter while simultaneously acting as a chapter officer for March For Our Lives Parkland. Across all of these roles and responsibilities, Logan has been instrumental and proactive in mobilizing youth voices and community action in order to bring forward lasting change and amplify care around pressing issues, especially those concerned with gun violence prevention and gun control advocacy.

    March for Our Lives: https://marchforourlives.com/

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    Starting a MFOL Chapter: https://marchforourlives.com/start-a-chapter/

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    Not 18 yet? Pledge to Register to Vote: https://www.vote.org/pledge-to-register/

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    Logan Rubenstein: https://twitter.com/loganrub_17?s=20

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    • 36 min
    The Joe Kimok Take: Dismantling Mass Incarceration

    The Joe Kimok Take: Dismantling Mass Incarceration

    Join us as we sit down to speak with Broward County State Attorney candidate Joe Kimok and his progressive approach to dismantling systems of mass incarceration and putting an end to relics of the War on Drugs era.  

    Cash bail, police brutality, the juvenile justice system, the criminalization of poverty, drug cases, rebuilding community trust, and more.  It is all on the table as we discuss guiding policies behind criminal justice reform.  In a new generation of justice, how do we promote restoration and rehabilitation over punishment and mass incarceration?





    Joe Kimok has served as a prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer and has been endorsed by Senator Bernie Sanders, recording artist John Legend, as well as Dream Defenders, Democracy for America, Color of Change, and more.

    Learn More About Joe Kimok’s Campaign: https://www.joekimok.com/

    https://twitter.com/joekimok?s=20

    https://www.instagram.com/joekimok/

    Get involved: Students for Joe Kimok: https://www.instagram.com/studentsforkimok/

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    • 56 min
    The Craigslist Confessional Take

    The Craigslist Confessional Take

    “Tell Me About Yourself.”

    Through a post on Craigslist back in 2014, this small proposal has since paved a powerful six year journey for Helena Dea Bala where she sits down and listens to strangers.  Forging a space that is free of judgement or ridicule, Helena has been entrusted with hundreds of stories from all walks of life.  From veterans, to former addicts, to grieving spouses, and more, these stories create a kaleidoscope view of the human experience, one that is layered with honestly, heartbreak, compassion, regret, loneliness, clarity, confusion, and anonymity.  In this episode, Brandon and Emily interview expert listener and rising author, Helena Dea Bala, to discuss her journey and her brand new book, “Craigslist Confessional: A Collection of Secrets from Anonymous Strangers.”

    Helena's Book: Read through the dynamic collection of confessions from strangers:

    https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Craigslist-Confessional/Helena-Dea-Bala/9781982114961

    Craigslist Confessional Website:
    https://craigslistconfessional.com/

    More from Helena:

    https://twitter.com/helenadeabala?s=20

    https://www.instagram.com/helenadeabala/?hl=en



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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

cami.esco ,

favorite podcast

informative and extremely entertaining!

Soar zay ,

I love the Podcast

Aright I’m ready!!
I need to come on your podcast bro . I really love the way you talk and discuss topics and issues. Keep up the good work 💪🏾

AshRD103 ,

Highly Recommend

Great podcast and very diverse and interesting topics! Brandon and Emily are fantastic hosts and so funny! Overall I highly recommend listening!

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