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Can we make 2020 something more than a civil war between Democrats and Republicans? That’s the challenge that has inspired this podcast by Lawrence Lessig. Without doubting the urgent need to defeat our current President, Lessig lays out a strategy that leverages the common ground that unites America, to the end of fixing our rigged and broken democracy. Drawing upon the history of other moments of fundamental change in America, Lessig maps a strategy that steps above our partisan divide. It is a moonshot, no doubt. But it is the one shot that could get us beyond the pathological division that destroys our government today. This is the conversation that the politicians won’t give us. And that’s precisely why we citizens must begin it now.

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Can we make 2020 something more than a civil war between Democrats and Republicans? That’s the challenge that has inspired this podcast by Lawrence Lessig. Without doubting the urgent need to defeat our current President, Lessig lays out a strategy that leverages the common ground that unites America, to the end of fixing our rigged and broken democracy. Drawing upon the history of other moments of fundamental change in America, Lessig maps a strategy that steps above our partisan divide. It is a moonshot, no doubt. But it is the one shot that could get us beyond the pathological division that destroys our government today. This is the conversation that the politicians won’t give us. And that’s precisely why we citizens must begin it now.

    The Supreme Court Arguments About Presidential Electors: Part 2 [5-28-20]

    The Supreme Court Arguments About Presidential Electors: Part 2 [5-28-20]

    In the second part of a two-part series, we bring you the audio of the Supreme Court's hearing of Colorado Department of State v. Baca, the second of the "presidential elector" cases. The episode is introduced by Jason Harrow, who argued the case on behalf of the electors. The argument occurred on May 13.

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    The Supreme Court Arguments About Presidential Electors: Part 1 [5-28-20]

    The Supreme Court Arguments About Presidential Electors: Part 1 [5-28-20]

    In the first part of a two-part series, we bring you commentary as well as the audio of the Supreme Court's hearing of Chiafalo v. Washington, one of the "presidential elector" cases. Professor Larry Lessig, who argued the case on behalf of the electors, begins the episode with an important preface, explanation of the case, and commentary on the argument. We then replay the audio of the Supreme Court hearing, which occurred on May 13.

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    • 1 hr 48 min
    The Presidential Electors From Colorado Go To the Supreme Court [5-7-20]

    The Presidential Electors From Colorado Go To the Supreme Court [5-7-20]

    On today's episode, we follow-up our conversation with electors from Washington by talking with three electors from Colorado. Mike Baca, Polly Baca, and Bob Nemanich are the three plaintiffs in the case of Colorado Department of State v. Baca, which will be argued in the U.S. Supreme Court by telephone on Wednesday, May 13. They describe how they came to be electors, what they were trying to do in 2016 when they contemplated voting for a candidate other than Hillary Clinton, and what it means to them to have the Supreme Court hear the case.

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    Larry Lessig Speaks To Presidential Electors From Washington [4-30-20]

    Larry Lessig Speaks To Presidential Electors From Washington [4-30-20]

    On today's episode, we continue our discussion of the Supreme Court case about presidential electors. Larry Lessig discusses the 2016 presidential election with presidential electors from Washington State. The Supreme Court is set to hear their case on May 13.

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    A Voting Rights Roundup with Stephen Wolf [4-23-20]

    A Voting Rights Roundup with Stephen Wolf [4-23-20]

    On this episode, Adam Eichen speaks with Stephen Wolf, staff writer for Daily Kos Elections. The two discuss the recent Congressional stimulus package and what it means for our democracy, which states are adapting their elections to COVID-19, and how our unrepresentative electoral system skews politicians' response to the crisis.

    Note: As election laws are changing rapidly, much has changed since this podcast was recorded.

    Link to the Voting Rights Roundup mentioned in the episode:
    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/3/27/1931927/-Voting-Rights-Roundup-Congress-new-stimulus-law-doesn-t-do-enough-to-protect-voting-in-November

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    • 51 min
    Jesse Wegman on Why We Should Let The People Pick The President [4-16-20]

    Jesse Wegman on Why We Should Let The People Pick The President [4-16-20]

    On this week's episode, we bring you a recording of a live conversation between Equal Citizens' Jason Harrow and Jesse Wegman, a member of the New York Times editorial board. Jesse's new book is called Let The People Pick The President, and Jason and Jesse discussed the history of efforts to change to a popular vote for President, as well as the current push through the National Popular Vote Compact. Thanks to the Leadership Now Project for hosting this wonderful virtual discussion. You can learn more about Leadership Now at https://www.leadershipnowproject.org/.

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
129 Ratings

129 Ratings

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Need to take more control of interviews

I was a supporter of professor Lessig during his campaign in 2016 and am a support of the his efforts. Ninety percent of the time, or more, I think they do an amazing job. If I were to offer one criticism is that when they have more partisan or politically active guests (people running, have run, or are currently in office) they can loose control of the interview and their guest will continually criticize them heir political opponents, individuals or parties, and go completely off topic from democracy reform. If they took more control in those instances, it would be a that much greater if podcast. But I still listen to it every week and support the cause!

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A gem

Republican? Democrat? Unaffiliated? Doesn’t matter. What changes do you want to see in America? Free university? End welfare? Doesn’t matter. Nothing matters unless you have the ear of Congress and none of us do. Congress spends all their time sucking up to billionaire campaign funders who, in the end, get whatever they want. Changing this inherently corrupted system is Lessig’s focus. He speaks clearly and elegantly and his message deserves to be heard by all.

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Unparalleled clarity

I found this podcast through an interview on Joe Rogan. Lawrence details the systemic governmental impediments to representation of the majority of Americans, and the historical basis for the changes needed.

Highly recommend.

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