Systemic Systemic is a podcast that looks at people working to reform policing from inside and outside the system. Produced in the wake of George Floyd's death and the ensuing protests, the audio documentary follows Black Americans working in Colorado, Minneapolis and around the country to create change at an extraordinary time. Meet activists, civil rights attorneys, lawmakers and several Black officers working to change policing from within. Systemic is hosted and reported by Colorado Public Radio's Jo Erickson.
Systemic

Systemic

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Systemic is a podcast that looks at people working to reform policing from inside and outside the system. Produced in the wake of George Floyd's death and the ensuing protests, the audio documentary follows Black Americans working in Colorado, Minneapolis and around the country to create change at an extraordinary time. Meet activists, civil rights attorneys, lawmakers and several Black officers working to change policing from within. Systemic is hosted and reported by Colorado Public Radio's Jo Erickson.

Most Recent Episodes

Dismantle

This spring, the nation held its breath as Derek Chauvin, the officer charged with murdering George Floyd, went on trial. Was the officer a single bad apple, or a symptom of a broken system? Nekima Levy-Armstrong is a former law professor who gave up her career to become a full-time activist. Since then, she's spent the better part of a decade pushing for police reform, and played a pivotal role in the movement that followed Floyd's death. In this year when rethinking law enforcement is at the center of a global conversation, Nekima is working to hold those in power accountable for change. Hosted and produced by Jo Erickson Editor: Dennis Funk Production and mixing: Rebekah Romberg Theme music by Daniel Mescher. Additional music via Firstcom. Executive producers: Brad Turner, Kevin Dale Additional editorial support: Luis Antonio Perez, Rachel Estabrook, Elena Rivera Thanks also to Kim Nguyen, Jodi Gersh, Clara Shelton, Mia Rincón, Dave Burdick, John Mossman. SystemicPodcast.org On Twitter: @COPublicRadio

Hard Truths

On this episode, we follow an officer in leadership who's working to reform policing from the top down. As director of public safety in the small community of Franklin Township, New Jersey, she's taking a hard look at the diversity of her department, and addressing how officers interact with the community they serve. Hosted and produced by Jo Erickson Editor: Dennis Funk Production and mixing: Rebekah Romberg Theme music by Daniel Mescher. Additional music via Firstcom. Executive producers: Brad Turner, Kevin Dale Additional editorial support: Luis Antonio Perez, Rachel Estabrook, Elena Rivera Thanks also to Kim Nguyen, Jodi Gersh, Clara Shelton, Mia Rincón, Dave Burdick, John Mossman. SystemicPodcast.org On Twitter: @COPublicRadio

Survivor

Against the backdrop of George Floyd's death and nationwide Black Lives Matter protests in 2020, Colorado legislators won praise for swiftly passing an ambitious law meant to punish future abuses by police officers. But part of the genesis for that law began in 2019 amidst a different set of police protests after the death of a Black man in Colorado Springs. That moment left a grieving family searching for answers in a complicated and frustrating legal system. Hosted and produced by Jo Erickson Editor: Dennis Funk Production and mixing: Rebekah Romberg Theme music by Daniel Mescher. Additional music via Firstcom. Executive producers: Brad Turner, Kevin Dale Additional editorial support: Luis Antonio Perez, Rachel Estabrook, Elena Rivera Thanks also to Kim Nguyen, Jodi Gersh, Clara Shelton, Mia Rincón, Dave Burdick, John Mossman. SystemicPodcast.org On Twitter: @COPublicRadio

Black and Blue

Meet two Black police officers — a young officer in the Minneapolis suburbs and a veteran sheriff's deputy in Colorado Springs — working to protect their communities. In the wake of George Floyd's death and the nationwide protests that followed, these two women offer a glimpse of what it's like to serve in law enforcement at a time when policing itself is under fire. They also speak frankly about how their jobs and their identities sometimes come into conflict. Hosted and produced by Jo Erickson Editor: Dennis Funk Production and mixing: Rebekah Romberg Theme music by Daniel Mescher. Additional music via Firstcom. Executive producers: Brad Turner, Kevin Dale Additional editorial support: Luis Antonio Perez, Rachel Estabrook, Elena Rivera Thanks also to Kim Nguyen, Jodi Gersh, Clara Shelton, Mia Rincón, Dave Burdick, John Mossman. SystemicPodcast.org On Twitter: @COPublicRadio

Introducing Systemic: A Show About Reform

Since the death of George Floyd in 2020, America has been searching its soul over questions of racial injustice. Many people are looking for solutions to change a police culture that disproportionately harms people of color. They're asking hard questions about what should be done to reform law enforcement. To capture this defining moment, we followed a group of people across the U.S., working to change police departments from the outside and within. Systemic — hosted and produced by Jo Erickson — is built on a unique collection of audio diaries and interviews gathered over the past year. You'll hear the voices of Black police officers and activists from Colorado, Minnesota and beyond. For them, silence is not an option. The four-part audio documentary from Colorado Public Radio (On Something, Since Columbine, Back From Broken) launches May 19.