What's the difference between the House and the Senate? How do congressional investigations work? What is Federalist X actually about? Civics 101 is the podcast refresher course on the basics of how our democracy works. Hosted by Nick Capodice and Hannah McCarthy.Find more Civics 101 at civics101podcast.org
The Constitution makes it clear that the four-year presidential term begins and ends at noon on January 20th. The time, date and the words of the presidential oath are committed to ink in the law of the land, but the rest of it? The pomp, the circumstance, the parade, the balls, the crowds? Yeah, we invented the rest of it. Journalist and media consultant Brenna Williams takes us through the day that the incumbent or the President-elect becomes the leader of the free world.
Who are the United States Capitol Police?
With the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol Building, the United States Capitol Police (USCP) have been thrust into the spotlight. That leaves some people wondering who the United States Capitol Police actually are. How is this agency different from the Secret Service? We explore the founding of the USCP and some of the challenges they have faced while protecting Congress and the Capitol grounds.
What is moving day like at the White House?
When a new first family sets foot inside of the White House on Inauguration Day they are walking into their new home for the next, usually, four to eight years. That means their furniture in the living, their pictures on the wall, their clothes in the closets. The only hitch is that the outgoing first family is supposed to feel at home up until the moment they leave the White House — also on inauguration day. What does that mean? Approximately six hours while the cat’s away to totally transform a 132-room mansion. The Washington Post’s Bonnie Berkowitz investigated this question a few years ago — she shares what she uncovered.
What are democratic norms?
Not every guiding principle in the United States is a law. Many are traditions, customs and best practices that someone came up with at one point and we all stuck to. These democratic norms are in place to facilitate a peaceful, respectful, smoothly-run government (they may not do a perfect job, but we need them nevertheless). So what happens when norms like respectful deference on the Senate floor or accepting election results are broken? Susan Stokes, professor of political science at the University of Chicago and Director of the Chicago Center on Democracy gives us the story.
Has the U.S. Capitol been ambushed before?
The U.S. has a long history of politically motivated violence. And the U.S. Capitol building, as a symbol of the nation, a very public building, and a working office for thousands of people, can also be a target, as we saw in the unprecedented insurrection on January 6th. Has the U.S. Capitol been ambushed before?
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What happens when one party controls Congress and the presidency?
Once President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in on January 20th, the Democratic Party will be in control of the presidency and both chambers of Congress. What does that mean for legislation?
Dan Cassino of Farleigh Dickinson University breaks down the pros and cons of unified control as well as divided government.
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