13 episodes

Are you looking for a news podcast that isn't a news podcast? Do you want to know the facts without having to do your own research (although you still should)? The Young Central Podcast is that and more. With a focus on social justice, human rights, and mental health, this podcast is real, honest, opinionated, and, sometimes, emotional. Join Sereen for discussions on what's happening around the globe on Wednesdays.

Disclaimer: "Young" does not specify an age rage, but rather a way of thinking, perceiving, and interacting with our world.

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Are you looking for a news podcast that isn't a news podcast? Do you want to know the facts without having to do your own research (although you still should)? The Young Central Podcast is that and more. With a focus on social justice, human rights, and mental health, this podcast is real, honest, opinionated, and, sometimes, emotional. Join Sereen for discussions on what's happening around the globe on Wednesdays.

Disclaimer: "Young" does not specify an age rage, but rather a way of thinking, perceiving, and interacting with our world.

    The Respect for Marriage Act

    The Respect for Marriage Act

    The House of Representatives voted to federally recognize marriage equality on July 19, 2022. This important legislation aims to protect same sex marriage from being overturned by a conservative majority Supreme Court. The Respect for Marriage bill was passed to Senate and has been introduced for the next step. In this episode, Sereen dissects what the steps to bring about this bill to federal law would entail and how the vote might go. As always, discussion about Ted Cruz's very relevant comments are made (sorry Ted). Though it is just the beginning, Sereen reminds us to stay positive and hope for a good outcome. 

    Details and Progress of the Act: https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/8404

    Press Release by the House Committee on the Judiciary: https://judiciary.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=4992

    • 20 min
    Happy Independence Day to No One

    Happy Independence Day to No One

    No one should be celebrating the 4th of July after the recent SCOTUS decisions.

    “The heart does not exactly swell with patriotic pride this Independence Day, as the gut absorbs one dizzying, disorienting blow after the next. Our sense of who we are, our very identity as Americans, feels assaulted and violated. Amid profound, painful regression on issue after issue, we are left gasping for breath.

    Our nation seems more irreparably divided than ever before in my lifetime, barreling down a parallel path, perhaps, to the one our forebearers traveled in the 1850s.

    What we do now matters urgently. And the American identity that we still share matters too, not least because it must inform and inspire a common effort, across our differences, to find our way out and forward. I believe we still can agree on a set of ideas — values and aspirations — enshrined in our Declaration of Independence, 246 years on….

    …My love of America — of the American idea — is unwavering. This laboratory of liberty is worth saving, worth improving.

    But I fear we are mired in a culture of absolutism and tearing ourselves apart at the seams.

    Everything right now, it seems, is black or white, all or nothing, perfect or unacceptable. Every venue has become a theater for performatively asserting our own virtue or righteousness, or for denying someone else’s. The so-called microaggressions keep getting smaller, the disproportionate penalties bigger. Nuance and complexity, let alone compromise, are nowhere to be found. In their place is a pervasive, paralyzing cynicism. And in turn, our extreme challenges remain extremely unsolved.

    Even among those with whom we largely agree, we’ve normalized intolerance and incivility. Among those with whom we disagree, we shame and cancel. We dehumanize and demonize.“

    Darren Walker for the Times

    • 18 min
    Juneteenth: The Distinction Between Freedom and Equality

    Juneteenth: The Distinction Between Freedom and Equality

    In honor of Juneteenth, join Sereen in discussing the holiday, why it started, and what it means today. Juneteenth became a federally recognized national holiday in June of 2021. It is the oldest nationally celebrated commemorative holiday n the United States. 157 years later, what is the distinction between the freedom Black Americans were granted and the equality - or lack thereof - provided to them?

    While celebrating accomplishments of the past, we must also be looking at solving the issues of the present. Juneteenth provides a lens into our successes as a nation, but it must also shed light on the continuous inequalities faced by Black Americans in 2022.

    The Research referenced in the episode:

    Emancipation Proclamation: https://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured-documents/emancipation-proclamation 

    Stanford Open Policing Analysis: https://openpolicing.stanford.edu/findings/ 

    Forbes Article on Name Discrimination: https://www.forbes.com/sites/janicegassam/2020/02/20/are-job-candidates-still-being-penalized-for-having-ghetto-names/?sh=6643f21450ed 

    Research by Magnus Carlsson and Dan-Olof Rooth: https://www.econstor.eu/bitstream/10419/35823/1/584702035.pdf 

    Housing Inequality and Racism in the United States: https://www.forbes.com/sites/dimawilliams/2020/06/03/in-light-of-george-floyd-protests-a-look-at-housing-inequality/?sh=38c7664a39ef 

    Stanford News, Police Bias Obscured by "Veil of Darkness" : https://news.stanford.edu/2020/05/05/veil-darkness-reduces-racial-bias-traffic-stops/

    • 29 min
    4 Day Workweeks: The UK's Attempt to Mitigate the Great Resignation

    4 Day Workweeks: The UK's Attempt to Mitigate the Great Resignation

    Article 24 of the UDHR clearly states: Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay. The UK is attempting to uphold that statement by reducing the 5 day workweek to a 4 day workweek in 70 companies. This is the world's biggest pilot for a 32-hour workweek since Iceland's research between 2015 and 2019. 

    What will a 4 day workweek mean to employees and companies? The study will conclude in 6 months and hopes to answer the universal call for greater work flexibility. Let's talk about why people want this to succeed, and what it would mean to the working class.

    https://www.4dayweek.com

    Iceland's Research:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/07/06/iceland-four-day-work-week/

    • 24 min
    Ground Yourself

    Ground Yourself

    While this podcast discusses very heavy topics on human rights violations and social justice issues, it's important to maintain a balanced state when it comes to mental health. This episode is a mental health check, but it also serves as an opportunity to reevaluate the daily practices we maintain in our lives. Grounding is an important practice that helps us remember that we are living a life on this planet - and a life we should be living for ourselves. It's not selfish, it's necessary.

    • 21 min
    The Robb Elementary School Shooting: America's Love for Guns Has Failed Children Yet Again

    The Robb Elementary School Shooting: America's Love for Guns Has Failed Children Yet Again

    The Shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 24th is the worst school shooting since Sandy Hook. 19 children in second, third, and fourth grade and two teachers were killed.  This shooting is the 212th mass shooting in the US in 2022 alone. Gun violence is spreading like a plague in America, and all anyone can do is send thoughts and prayers. America needs gun reform and gun safety legislation. While this episode goes over statistics of gun violence in America, but it also goes over the anger many Americans feel. 
    The American government has stood by - Democrats and Republicans together - and witnessed thousands of lives be lost to gun violence. Vote them out. 
    Statistics on gun violence:
    https://www.gunviolencearchive.org
    https://giffords.org/lawcenter/gun-violence-statistics/
    Senator Murphy's Speech:
    https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/watch-what-are-we-doing-sen-murphy-slams-lack-of-action-following-school-shooting-in-texas

    • 23 min

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Ola AH ,

A must for younger generations

This podcast is so important especially now. Talking about these topics is needed now more than ever to educate everyone on current events while still focusing on mental health. Yes to humanity!!

Jenna Homsi ,

Fresh and useful

I’m so excited for this. The trailer already felt so relatable and definitely something on my weekly podcast list!

Dalia88_ ,

SO EXCITED

I can’t wait to see what’s coming! Heard the trailer and I love how it’s not scripted. I can relate to so much because of the topics. It covers so much and it’s such a relief to know someone shares so many of my interests!