"You will not be able to stay home, brother. You will not be able to cop out. The revolution will not be televised" - Gil Scott-Heron
You can't cop out when democracy is on the line. How do you stay informed about what you can do to help? What are progressive activists doing? How can you let more people know about your work? Use a podcast.
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Recent Digital Politics Podcasts
Raising Alarm About the Mandate for Leadership with Anne Christine Stop The Coup 2025. Anne Christine, investigative journalist and human rights activist Stop the Coup 2025 addresses the threat to civil rights from Project 2025, a 900-page Mandate for Leadership: The Conservative Promise from the Heritage Foundation. The key is turning the Mandate into discrete components so people can understand this anti-diversity platform and plan to dismantle the Federal government.
Gun Violence on School Properties with David Riedman K-12 School Shooting Database. David Riedman, Founder and Independent Researcher of the K-12 School Shooting Database, peels back the layers of the challenges of predicting and preventing school shootings. One significant step is to collect data and fill in the missing pieces to get a better sense of who is most at risk of being involved in a school shooting and actions that can be taken to protect students and staff.
Informing and Mobilizing the South Asian Community Across the US with Rajiv Bhateja They See Blue. Rajiv Bhateja, Co-Founder of They See Blue discusses the need to educate and motivate Americans of South Asian origin to vote for Democrats and become involved in their local communities. Rajiv is an accidental activist bringing data analytic skills to this volunteer organization, allowing them to specifically target messages, organize, and get out the vote.
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
You will not be able to stay home, brother
You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out
The revolution will not give your mouth sex appeal
The revolution will not make you look five pounds thinner, because
The revolution will not be televised, brother
This is an excerpt of the poem by Gil Scott-Heron and read the lyrics.
Democracy is not a spectator sport
“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” is a rhythmic jam that served as an unapologetic wake-up call to anyone, especially African Americans, who thought they could gain their freedom by sitting on the sidelines. In a series of bold statements, Scott-Heron is essentially saying that freedom is not a spectator sport: you will not be able to sit at home and expect progress to come knocking, you will not see progress in the mainstream media, and you will not be able to rely on social or political leaders to give you your freedom.
Instead, you will have to be strong, courageous, hopeful, and most importantly, educated, to finally earn your freedom from the racism running rampant amongst all of the institutions in the United States. It was as true in the 60s/70s as it is today: the revolution will not be televised. - Genius Annotation
Digital Politics Podcast
Digital Politics Podcast with Karen Jagoda highlights impact of new technologies on the campaign landscape, how expectations of voters are changing, role of online fundraising, digital and traditional means of persuasion and getting out the vote. Since 2007 this weekly podcast interviews political consultants, media strategists, journalists, advocates, candidates, elected officials, campaign managers, and solution providers. It has been included in the Feedspot 70 Best Non Partisan Podcasts worth listening to in 2023.
TakeAway: Don't cop out. Step up to protect democracy. Listen to Digital Politics Podcast to stay in the know.
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