These days, information is everywhere. Whether scrolling through your timeline or channel surfing, the media has made content and information readily available from virtually anywhere. And with such an eventful year as 2020, more Americans flocked to media sites and outlets to get updates on the pandemic, elections, and racial division. But after such a significant influx of news consumption, one problem that arose last year was the issue of credible news and sources. One Los Angeles-based social advocate saw first hand the effects of poorly researched news and decided to take matters into her own hands when she launched her very own discussion platform via Instagram called Talks with Yasmin.
After earning a Masters in Diplomacy from the University of Southern California, for Yasmin Tavakoli, staying politically and socially aware only made sense. Having worked with the United Nations on various projects and possessing a passion for political and social advocacy, Tavakoli took to her new discussion platform with ease. Now, more than a year later, her show has since transitioned into podcast format, available on iTunes and Spotify. On the show, Tavakoli interviews political figures, city officials, doctors, lawyers and other prominent figures to discuss pertinent and relevant topics. Though where she differs from most political pundits and platforms, is in how she presents her information. With a strong emphasis on the truth, Tavakoli is sure that each side of every story has an equal opportunity to be heard.
“Through these ongoing conversations, I urge my followers to open their minds to different perspectives,” Tavakoli says. “I like to bring forth the truth and perspective and furthermore, I hope these discussions encourage people to do their own research to become informed and aware.”
Despite the fact that the world seems to be moving further and further away from fact and credible news, thanks to Tavakoli, her platform offers an alternative perspective, one that she hopes will encourage her listeners and viewers to think for themselves.