America’s reality-show presidency steamrolls stories and turns news headlines into sound bytes. Now more than ever, it is difficult to stay informed about issues beyond the current Administration.

That’s why The Politic started Out of the Cycle, a podcast focusing on pressing and current topics that might not be on your radar. Each 20-minute episode will feature perspectives from experts, Yale students, and community leaders.

Episode 1: Voting Rights

6.1 million Americans cannot vote due to a felony conviction. In Florida, at least one-fifth of African American males are barred from voting. Should their voting rights be restored? We explore the disenfranchisement of formerly incarcerated individuals by speaking to two men who were recently released from Connecticut prisons, Zelda Roland, head of the Yale Prison Education Initiative, and three student leaders.  

Have an idea for a story? Want to be featured? Contact us at outofthecyclepodcast@gmail.com.