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2020 In Review: Our Top Podcast Episodes About Guns in America


In 2020, our award-nominated podcast, "Red, Blue, and Brady," surpassed 100 episodes covering America's gun violence epidemic and the solutions to address it.

From intimate personal stories from gun violence survivors to conversations about policing and racial justice, here’s your playlist to binge this holiday break.

If you haven’t already, download and subscribe to "Red, Blue, and Brady" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, or wherever you get your podcasts.

This year our award-nominated podcast, Red, Blue and Brady, celebrated a full year of powerful and educational episodes that mobilized gun violence prevention activists across the country. Our host JJ Janflone, along with co-host Kelly Sampson, sat down with over 100 guests to dissect our country’s long-standing love for guns, and inspired calls to action for everything from making sure to include diverse voices and perspectives in gun violence prevention work to fight for police reform to encourage gun owners to practice safe storage. Whether it was talking about over a million moms fighting for legislative change, prisoners’ rioting in Attica, or a group of faith leaders trying to end scapegoating, “Red, Blue, and Brady” was there to illustrate how Americans of all stripes can work together to end gun violence, particularly in the midst of a pandemic.

In 2020, Red, Blue and Brady consistently landed in the top 200 education podcast lists, were finalists for the Shorty Awards for Best Use of a Podcast, and, better than all of that, got to engage thousands of you listeners in a vitally important conversation.

As 2020 comes to a close, we’re looking back at some of our top episodes. These conversations are both solemn and important, but also uniquely hopeful. Our guests — including faith-based leaders, gun violence survivors, gun owners, and violence disruptors — brought both data and hard-hitting personal stories to conversations about racial justice, police reform, the LGBTQA+ community, and so many more important topics that intersect with gun violence prevention.

Episode 27: A Weird, Sad, Not-So-Little Club

Christian Heyne and Liz Dunning both work at Brady...and both lost their mothers to gun violence. In this difficult yet heartwarming episode around the holidays, we talk about how they deal with that loss, how they balance working in the movement against gun violence, and what brought them to Brady.

Episode 33: Giving Gun Owners Their Seat at the Table

How do we get more gun owners involved in the fight against gun violence? What is the gun violence prevention movement doing wrong? To answer those questions, our host JJ is joined by two gun owners: Marine combat veteran Kyleanne Hunter and Mark House, a New York City public school principal and father. Together, they're trying to find a way for everyone to be included in the conversation on how to end gun violence.

Not sure which episode you want to listen to first? Browse through soundbites from each in the playlist below.

Episode 38: It’s a Matter of Faith

A Bishop, a Rabbi, and an Imam come on a, it's not a joke, it's an amazing conversation! And we laugh a lot! We talked with retired Bishop Mark Beckwith, Rabbi Matthew Gewirtz, and Imam W. Deen Shareef about how the role of faith in gun violence prevention, the idea of scapegoating, arming religious institutions, and more.

Episode 43: If They’d Just Listen

In the first episode in our award-nominated series on racial justice, we sat down with Team ENOUGH leaders and gun violence survivors Aalayah Eastmond and Tatiana Washington about the roles that young Black women play in the gun violence prevention movement.

Episode 67: The Million Mom March — Continuing its Legacy 20 Years Later

Twenty years ago on May 14, 2000, the Million Mom March became the largest non-violent protest in the history of the National Mall. Over 750,000 people, the majority of them women, came together that Mother's Day to demand legislative action to end gun violence. We talk with the original organizers and marchers — including founder Donna Dees-Thomases — about how that event shaped today's movement.

Episode 73: Gun Violence and the Murder of Black Trans Women

In early 2020, the American Medical Association (AMA) said that killings of transgender women of color in the United States amounted to an epidemic. This past year alone, at least 16 transgender or gender non-conforming people were reported fatally shot or killed by other violent means. We dive into the issue — and solutions — with Imara Jones, writer, activist, and creator of TransLash.

Episode 77: Police Reform, Public Safety, and Gun Violence Prevention

This past year, the senseless murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery sparked national protests for racial justice and police reform in America, with many people calling for the defunding of police departments. We break down the root causes of these demonstrations and what changes this momentum might bring as we talk with Dwayne Crawford of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and Clayton Rosenberg of the Alliance of Concerned Men.

Episode 82: Who, and What, are "Boogaloo Bois?"

Extremist, armed insurrectionists wearing Hawaiian shirts are showing up at protests across the country — and the go by the funny name of “Boogaloo Bois.” Who are these people? What do they want? Hosts JJ and Kelly talk to Jason Wilson, an investigative journalist who tracks the political right and extremist movements.

Episode 88: Prisons, Punishment, Policing and Guns

We join Pulitzer-prize winning historian Heather Ann Thompson to discuss the little-known 1971 Attica prison riots, including its major impact on prisons, segregation, and policing in America and how it relates to calls for reforms in 2020.

Episode 104: Does Buying Gun During Lockdown Increase Your Risk of Suicide?

In 2020 so far, nearly 2.5 million Americans bought a firearm for the first time. Meanwhile, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many have worried that suicide rates may increase as well. So, does buying a gun during COVID increase your risk of suicide? We break down the issue with Dr. Michael Anestis, executive director of the New Jersey Gun Violence Research Center and an associate professor at the Rutgers School of Public Health.

Want to listen to all of our top episodes from 2020? Use the playlist below to binge them now.

Thank you for listening and supporting us this past year!

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