684: Burn It Down

684: Burn It Down

Update: 2020-06-21165
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In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, people everywhere are demanding that police departments change not just their rules, but the culture inside that leads to these deaths. But those things are notoriously hard to change. As a case study, here's the story of a fire department that gets a new boss who starts a war with his own firefighters, to change their macho, racist culture. They fight back hard.
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Traci Harrison

That last story was infuriating. I'm waiting for this girl to tell her mom she feels ignored, for her mom to realize she is being a terrible mother. Something. Instead daughter does something passive aggressive and gets grounded. the end. Boo.

Oct 10th
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jay b

when the outside culture reinforces the culture of the workplace change is much harder. in fact bringing in a hard-ass agent of change is counterproductive.

Oct 6th
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Deirdre Birbeck

@101.25 Ira should have said 'these names are so hard FOR ME to pronounce' instead. Especially in an episode that centers around racism and acceptance of other cultures. Otherwise flawless, as usual.

Oct 5th
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Charles Lawrence

swing and a miss. if I were a non racist white firefighter being painted as a racist I'd want the boss fired too. this is not how you solve racism.

Oct 4th
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684: Burn It Down

684: Burn It Down

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