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Aired 1 year ago 26:23
Serving Those Who Serve: Finding Meaningful Work as a Police Chaplain
Few can tell a personal career story as dramatic and ever-changing as Mike Shochet. He became one of the youngest TV reporters in Baltimore. But bothered by covering â€œif it bleeds, it leadsâ€ stories, he pivoted into law enforcement as a Baltimore City police officer where he hoped that he could help people more effectively. Then Tom, his partner on patrol, got shot. Shochet used his own shirt to stanch the bleeding from Tomâ€™s gunshot wound. Immediately, Shochet suffered PTSD, but his superiors told him to take a day off and get back on the job. He couldnâ€™t. Shochet turned in his badge and eventually found his calling as a cantor in a large D.C. area synagogue and as lead chaplain for Virginiaâ€™s largest municipal police department. After so many career â€œtwists and turnsâ€ Mike Shochet had found the work of his dreamsâ€”meaningful work. In this episode, Shochet: â€¢ Explains what a police chaplain does â€¢ Describes the motivations that allow police officers to do such stressful work â€¢ Discusses the role of empathy in policing About our guest: Michael Shochet received a Bachelor of Science from Ithaca Collegeâ€™s Park School of Communications and a Masters in Sacred Music from Hebrew Union College. He is the Senior Cantor for Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia and Chief Chaplain of the Fairfax County, Virginia Police Department. Shochet and his family live in Fairfax County, Virginia. Photo credits: Police Officer in Vest, Getty Images
Aired 1 year ago 46:29
The man who could be governor. Who is Justin Fairfax?
Lt. Gov. of Va. Justin Fairfax (D) is only the second African American in Virginia's history to be elected statewide and if Gov. Ralph Northam (D) resigns over a racist photo, Fairfax could make history again. Listen to the interview with him from 2018.
Aired 10 months ago 17:13
Ep. 51 - Tiffany Cabn is a Game Changer
If we want to change the criminal justice system from the inside out, we must elect reform-minded district attorney's. Tiffany CabÃ¡n, a public defender, is currently running for district attorney in Queens, NY and she is a game changer. If every county and every city could elect a candidate like her, let alone get people like her to run, our criminal justice system would change overnight. On todayâ€™s episode of The Breakdown, Shaun tells you about Tiffany CabÃ¡n and what he thinks is â€œthe most important election in the country right now.â€