The Political Podcast Presentation is designed to provide you with the opportunity to refine your organizing and writing skills. You will create a presentation using PowerPoint or Google Slides on an episode from the Throughline podcast. To do this assignment, you need to select an episode from the list below (click the link to listen to the episode). Once you have listened to the episode and taken comprehensive notes, create an outline to organize your presentation. The presentation must be based on the podcast episode. Success on this assignment depends on the content, creativity, and quality of your presentation.
Instructions:
1. Listen to the Throughline episode you selected and take notes
2. Create an outline to organize the content
3. Create a presentation on PowerPoint or Google Slides
The presentation must have between 10-15 slides, not including the title slide
You must include a theme (do not use plain white or single color backgrounds), images (use high resolution images), and text(font must be legible)
The content needs to be organized in a way that tells the story (be sure to proofread for typos, punctuation, spelling and grammatical errors)
The presentation must be submitted as a PDF file on Canvas before the due date.
Throughline Podcast Episodes List (click on the link to listen to the episode)
A.D.A. Now! (Links to an external site.)
The Americans with Disabilities Act is considered the most important civil rights law since the 1960s. Through first-person stories, this episode looks back at the making of this movement, the history of how disability came to be seen as a civil rights issue, and what the disability community is still fighting for 30 years later.
Before Stonewall (Links to an external site.)
The Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City, was raided by police fifty years ago, what followed were days of rebellion where protesters and police clashed. Today, that event is seen as the start of the gay civil rights movement, but gay activists and organizations were standing up to harassment and discrimination years before. On this episode, the fight for gay rights before Stonewall.
Our Own People (Links to an external site.)
A Japanese American activist whose early political awakenings came while incarcerated in the concentration camps of World War II America, Kochiyama dedicated her life to social justice and liberation movements. As hate crimes against AAPI people surge in this country, this episode reflects on Yuri Kochiyama’s ideas around the Asian American struggle, and what solidarity and intersectionality can mean for all struggles.
The Invention of Race (Links to an external site.)
The idea that race is a social construct comes from the pioneering work of anthropologist Franz Boas. During a time when race-based science and the eugenics movement were becoming mainstream, anthropologist Franz Boas actively sought to prove that race was a social construct, not a biological fact.
America’s Caste System (Links to an external site.)
“Race” is often used as a fundamental way to understand American history. But what if “caste” is the more appropriate lens? In conversation with Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson, this episode examines the hidden system that has shaped our country.
A Race To Know (Links to an external site.)
For nearly as long as there has been a United States there has been a census, it is in some ways how we know ourselves. And in every single census there has been at least one question about race. The evolution of these questions and the fight over asking them is at the heart of the American story. This episode looks at how race has played a central role in who is counted in America.
Milliken v. Bradley (Links to an external site.)
After the landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, public schools across the country were supposed to become more integrated, but by the 1970s, many weren’t. To remedy segregation in their city, the Detroit school board introduced busing across Detroit. But the plan was met with so much resistance that the issue eventually led all the way to the Supreme Court.
The United States vs. Billie Holiday (Links to an external site.)
Billie Holiday helped shape American popular music with her voice and unique style. “Strange Fruit,” a song that paints an unflinching picture of racial violence became an unexpected hit. But singing it brought serious consequences, it turned Billie Holiday into one of the first victims of the War on Drugs.
The Real Black Panthers (Links to an external site.)
The Black Panther Party’s political agenda and strategy for social justice and economic equality led FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to state in 1968 that the Black Panther Party “without question, represents the greatest threat to internal security of the country.” And with that declaration he used United States federal law enforcement to wage war on the group, but why did Hoover’s FBI target the Black Panther Party more severely than any other Black power organization?
Policing in America (Links to an external site.)
Black Americans being victimized and killed by the police is an epidemic. Tensions between African American communities and the police has existed for centuries. This episode looks at the origins of policing in the United States and how those origins put violent control of Black Americans at the heart of the system.
Mass Incarceration (Links to an external site.)
The United States imprisons more people than any other country in the world, and a disproportionate number of those prisoners are Black. What are the origins of the U.S. criminal justice system and how did racism shape it? From the creation of the first penitentiaries in the 1800s, to the “tough-on-crime” prosecutors of the 1990s, how America created a culture of mass incarceration.

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