Wake Up To Politics Podcast: Generation Pandemic
Millennials are facing the second economic crisis of their time in the workforce. Members of Generation Z, like me, are graduating high school in the midst of the deadliest pandemic in the nation's history — after having been born around the time of the deadliest terrorist attack, 9/11.
The coronavirus pandemic is impacting young Americans in unique ways, the most recent in a trail of turbulent events that have shaped our lives and political identities. The latest episode of Wake Up To Politics is in podcast feeds now — and it includes the voices of a range of young listeners, sharing their experiences during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Plus, the episode features an interview with TIME national correspondent Charlotte Alter, the author of a book on millennials in politics. Alter analyzes the political lives of millennials and Generation Z, how they've lost trust in government through a series of "great disillusionments," and how the coronavirus will accelerate their calls for political change.
You can listen now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, or Stitcher! I am confident that Wake Up To Politics readers of all ages will have much to learn from the episode, so I hope you'll take a listen — and then subscribe to the show, share it, and leave a review! Your support means so much to me.
- Alter's fantastic book, The Ones We've Been Waiting For: How a New Generation of Leaders Will Transform America, is available wherever books are sold. You can also read the excerpt from the book that was published in Wake Up To Politics earlier this year.
- The episode cites a lot of studies and statistics on young Americans. If you want to see them for yourself, here is the Tufts University data on youth voting in the 2020 primaries, the Pew Research Center study on millennials overtaking Baby Boomers as America's largest generation, and the Federal Reserve report on millennials' net worths compared to earlier generations.
- And if you want to read more testimonials from young people living through the coronavirus outbreak, here are sharp stories from the Wall Street Journal, BuzzFeed, Vice News, and the Washington Post.
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