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Examining what it means to live in a democracy

Democracy Works Penn State McCourtney Institute for Democracy/The Democracy Group

    • Government

Examining what it means to live in a democracy

    News deserts are democracy deserts, too

    News deserts are democracy deserts, too

    More than 2,000 local newspapers have closed over the past 20 years, leaving some parts of the country in what's known as a "news desert." This week, we examine what impact that's had on civic engagement and democratic participation — and look at ways people are trying to make local news great again.

    • 42 min
    The Supreme Court's politics and power

    The Supreme Court's politics and power

    The Supreme Court has always been political, despite what recent history may lead us to believe. However, things may feel different now because the Court is more powerful now. Historian Rachel Shelden takes on a trip back to the Civil War era and we discuss the lessons from that era the might apply today.

    • 43 min
    The perfect storm for election disaster

    The perfect storm for election disaster

    COVID-19, partisan gridlock, and Donald Trump have joined forces to create the potential for disaster in this year's election. This week, the author of "Will He Go? Trump and the Looming Electoral Meltdown in 2020" joins us to explain what could happen and what we might be able to do about it.

    • 35 min
    The 2020 election from WPSU's Take Note

    The 2020 election from WPSU's Take Note

    This is a crossover episode with WPSU, the NPR station in central Pennsylvania and our partner on Democracy Works. WPSU's Anne Danahy interviews Michael Berkman and Candis Watts Smith about several factors impacting the 2020 election — including polls, the death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and even the prevalence of yard signs this fall.

    • 36 min
    Hong Kong's fight is everyone's fight

    Hong Kong's fight is everyone's fight

    We examine what's driving Hong Kongers into the streets, the generational divides that are emerging over issues like universal suffrage and income inequality, and what Hong Kong's relationship with China might look like moving forward.

    • 37 min
    Sheriffs 101

    Sheriffs 101

    Have you ever walked into a voting booth and seen a sheriff's race on the ballot and not known who the candidates were, or even what they do once elected? You're not alone, which is why we wanted to make this episode.

    • 39 min

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