Democracy & Z

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Democracy & Z is a student podcast, developed in collaboration with our friends at Elementz.

The podcast features young people from communities across our listening area, sharing their unique Gen-Z perspective on issues like immigration, gun violence and the environment.

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  • Episode 1, Part 1: Who We (Really?) AreEpisode 1, Part 1: Who We (Really?) Are
    “Social media is just a front. You never really know what’s going on with this generation. They want to hide behind things, but at the same time, they want to be open.” Demographers define Generation Z as the cohort succeeding Millennials (a.k.a. Generation Y, who came after Generation X, who… Read more »
  • Episode 1, Part 2: Citizens Of The WorldEpisode 1, Part 2: Citizens Of The World
    “Our generation is learning how to accept things step by step, such as immigration… Our population has over 30 percent of immigrants, in our school, and they come from all over.” Demographers define Generation Z as the cohort succeeding Millennials (a.k.a. Generation Y, who came after Generation X, who came… Read more »
  • Episode 1, Part 3: Hopes, Dreams, FearsEpisode 1, Part 3: Hopes, Dreams, Fears
    “I wanna be out there doing something that’s relevant. I wanna be out there doing something that helps people.” Demographers define Generation Z as the cohort succeeding Millennials (a.k.a. Generation Y, who came after Generation X, who came after the Baby Boomers), and preceding Generation Alpha. They were born between… Read more »
  • Episode 2, Part 1: Why We RallyEpisode 2, Part 1: Why We Rally
    “Do you see yourself as an activist?” The podcasters reflect on their different paths into politics, and remember the inspiring impact of Walnut Hills government teacher Elizabeth Ormsby, who died of cancer in January, at age 40.“ They’re making the posters. They’re rocking the hashtags. They’re organizing the rallies—and actually… Read more »
  • Episode 2, Part 2: Activism FatigueEpisode 2, Part 2: Activism Fatigue
    “In 2020, a lot of people are gonna be like, why even? Why even go to the polls? Look what happened last time…. Just watching the news—it starts to truly rot you from the inside. It’s so much.“ They’re making the posters. They’re rocking the hashtags. They’re organizing the rallies—and… Read more »
  • Episode 2, Part 3: Just Get Out ThereEpisode 2, Part 3: Just Get Out There
    “Come save the world with us. We’ll be your friends.“ They’re making the posters. They’re rocking the hashtags. They’re organizing the rallies—and actually showing up. They’re knocking on your door, campaigning for the issues and the candidates they care about. Who are these student activists, how did they get this… Read more »
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Democracy & Z

What does it mean to be an American–and where do I fit in?

What are my rights, my duties, my dreams? As another generation comes of age and (soon) heads to the ballot box, all the tough, eternal questions are getting surprising new answers. Listen in on some real talk between members of Cincinnati’s own Generation Z: smart teens and young adults who are already stepping up in their communities and defining citizenship for themselves.

Available Episodes

1 – My Generation (Dater H.S. students)
2 – Political Nerds (Walnut Hills H.S. students)
Coming soon 3 – Pure Flame (Louder Than a Bomb poets)

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Got something to say about this podcast? We’d love to hear from you.

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Students who wish to participate in Democracy & Z, either on-air or behind the scenes, should send a brief statement of interest and availability (list any after-school conflicts) to Julie Coppens: jcoppens@cinradio.org.

Please include your full name, age, school, phone number, and contact info for a parent or guardian who can give permission for you to take part.

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