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As another class of Gen-Z graduates, they are taking one more step into adulthood. But still, our nation is divided by racial violence, economic inequality and disappearing reproductive rights. For this reason, The Takeaway takes a Deep Dive into Gen-Z: Who are they and what do they want?
To give us a better idea we talked to Cathy Cohen, the David and Mary Winton Green Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago and Philip N. Cohen, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies of the Department of Sociology at The University of Maryland. Cathy Cohen is the principal investigator and founder of the GenForward Survey.
One of the biggest concerns for Gen-Z is economic security. As the older part of this cohort enters the workforce we discussed what work they want to do as well as what work should do for them. We speak with 20-year-old Parker Lacewell who’s facing these questions as well as Terry Nguyen, a reporter for The Goods at Vox who covers consumer and internet trends, and technology.
We also looked into how Gen-Z utilizes technology to do everything from organizing to quitting their jobs. We spoke with Pamela Aronson, Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan-Dearborn about what their use of technology tells us about their hopes for the future.
WNYC's Radio Rookies Rainier Harris and Folashade Olatunde joined to discuss their concerns for their generation. Activist, strategist, influencer and founder of the Gen Z Girl Gang, Deja Foxx told us how her cohort uses the power of social media to affect change in the world. And, we had the privilege of listening in on a conversation between Marley Dias, founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks and her Mom, Janice Johnson Dias, author of Parent Like It Matters. They discussed everything from college, to the massacre in Buffalo to the future of reproductive rights.
Canada's Residential School System
From the 1870s into the 1990s, the Canadian government and Catholic churches ran a vast network of boarding schools called "Indian residential schools," where Indigenous children were taken and forced to assimilate into white Canadian culture. Countless children suffered sexual, physical and psychological abuse in these institutions, and survivors and their families are wrestling with the repercussions to this day. Connie Walker, the host of the podcast Stolen: Surviving St. Michael’s, speaks with us about her own family's experience with a residential school, which she uncovered while reporting the new second season of the show, and what the U.S. can learn from Canada’s attempted reckoning with this past.
Cover for the podcast "Stolen," from Gimlet Media/Spotify
Rapper and Poet Omar Offendum Brings "Little Syria" to the Stage
This weekend, rapper and poet Omar Offendum will be performing a show he wrote called “Little Syria” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). In it, Offendum uses music to tell the story of the Little Syria neighborhood of Manhattan, which flourished in the late 19th and early 20th century, before many of its residents were displaced by construction and left for Brooklyn.
The Takeaway speaks with Offendum about how he approached telling this history on stage.
When Violent Hate Emerges
Valarie Kaur is a civil rights activist, author of "See No Stranger" and leader of the Revolutionary Love Project. She joined us to reflect on her work that addresses hate crimes against Muslim and Sikh Americans, and how it connects to the racist attacks from this past weekend in Buffalo.
Supermarket Shooting Shines Light on Buffalo’s Legacy of Food Inequity
Last weekend’s racist attack at a Tops Supermarket in Buffalo has had significant ramifications for a part of Buffalo’s East Side, a neighborhood which has historically struggled with food insecurity. Tops is the lone supermarket in this part of Buffalo’s East Side, and it is now temporarily closed. The attack highlights how the city’s legacy of institutionalized racism and segregation has given rise to food access and inequities in the communities affected. In the aftermath, community-based providers are stepping in to address the food insecurity that continues to plague low-income communities of color.
We speak with Allison DeHonney, Founder and CEO of Buffalo Go Green, whose organization is working to address food inequities in Buffalo's East Side, and Craig Willingham, Managing Director for CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute.
Will Curfews and Regulations Curb Gun Violence?
In response to a number of mass shootings and incidents of gun violence across the country this past weekend, including the Buffalo massacre, some cities instituted curfews. Policymakers are also having their perennial conversation on gun control.
The Takeaway speaks with Dr. Jonathan Metzl about the history and future of curfews and gun regulations in the U.S.
Melissa Harris-Perry Keeps It Real
I first saw Ms. Perry at The New School in New York where she was a member of a panel with Chris Hayes, Eric Foner, and Katrina Vanden Heuvel. She keeps issues of dire importance to the vast underclass front and center, but she does it with panache, intelligence, and a great reserve of patience for a society that too often is dangerously indifferent to the majority of its members. Without people like her, determined, capable, honest reporters of the growing national crises we face each day we would be in a very sorrowful state indeed. Kudos to her, and her staff, for the good work they do to right ourselves for the common good.
Melissa Harris Perry!
An outstanding commentator and interviewer. So good to hear Melissa Harris Perry’s brilliant voice on NPR. Keep the diversity trend going.
Top Notch Interviewer
Melissa Harris-Perry has brought a huge breath of fresh air to NPR as well as to The Takeaway. Her gifts include the fact that she relies on her academic discipline to always be thoroughly prepared for her interviews. And then, in the most empathetic way I have ever heard on either radio or TV, she is able to connect with her guests and put them so completely at ease. This is especially true with guests who have to relate their own personal tragedies or traumas. Her ability to gently lead such guests to relate these difficult experiences without breaking down on the air
is singular within the broadcast media. This ability, in my estimation, makes a living legend within NPR, and is why I try to listen to her live broadcast everyday. Thank you, Melissa!