In this episode — our 50th!! — we chat about Stephanie’s growth as a budding baby journalist & documentarian (and, perhaps, why she’s been a bit MIA this year from the podcast). Stephanie shares the lessons she’s learned this year in her program at the Columbia School of Journalism, including details of stories she’s worked tirelessly on. In particular, we hear the story of what-was-then-reported as the largest gang bust in New York City history, only to be later revealed by other news outlets — and Stephanie’s own investigation — to be a bust highly targetted at Black & Brown individuals and their social media activities. Stephanie is actually working on turning this story into a documentary as we speak!
By the way, as we’re approaching the start of Lebaran/Ramadan, we’re going to take a short break. We’ll be back with a new episode at the end of June. In the meantime, enjoy our 50(!) episodes; if you’ve stuck around since the 1st episode, bless you!
Thanks for listening!
For those interested in learning more about the topic, we’ve provided links to resources as well as other recommended readings.
Stephanie Tangkilisan on Vimeo — check out Kraig’s story here!
Stephanie Tangkilisan on YouTube — for those who can’t access Vimeo (here’s looking at you, Internet Sehat *eyeroll*)
Footage of the Largest Gang Raid in NYPD History Reveals the Agency’s Military-Style Tactics — courtesy of The Nation
IN NEW YORK GANG SWEEPS, PROSECUTORS USE CONSPIRACY LAWS TO SCORE EASY CONVICTIONS — courtesy of The Intercept
Systemic Racial Bias and RICO’s Application to Criminal Street and Prison Gangs — the research by Jordan Blair Woods that Stephanie mentioned
Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act — also known as the RICO Act
NIGHT OWL and THE GREAT by BROKE FOR FREE