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.
How do we add states? What is the difference between a state and a commonwealth?
Today’s listener question is, “What is the difference between a state and a commonwealth? Will Puerto Rico become a state or a commonwealth?” We go through that difference, the reason Puerto Rico might become a state, and how adding states has benefited the parties.
Our guest for today is Robinson Woodward-Burns, a professor of political science at Howard University.
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What is an Executive Order?
Sometimes it’s easier for a president to circumvent our complex legislative process and just do something.
Today we answer a listener question about executive orders: what they are, how they differ from laws passed in Congress, and how they’re checked by other branches and future administrations. This episode features Professor Casey Dominguez from San Diego University.
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How do judicial appointments and elections work?
Article III Justices — that is, most justices at the federal level, are appointed by the President, confirmed by the Senate, and then serve for as long as they please with very few exceptions. This is done, in part, to ensure that they are independent of the political process. At the state level, however, things often work differently. Judicial elections can be held to ensure accountability to the people. What does that mean for these different judiciaries?
Amy Steigerwalt of Georgia State University shows us the way.
The Declaration of Independence
We’re asking teachers to tell us their favorite Civics 101 episodes from the past, and today 8th grade Social Studies educator extrordinaire Andrew Swan introduces the Declaration of Independence. A breakup letter, a radical document, an ordinance of secession, a masterclass in political philosophy, whatever you think of it, it is how our nation started. This episode features many scholars with differing opinions on the Declaration: Danielle Allen, Byron Williams, Cheryl Cook-Kallio, Woody Holton, and Emma Bray.
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What Is The Difference Between Constructionist, Originalist and Liberal Justices?
How do Supreme Court justices decide that something in line with the Constitution? In violation or opposed to it? That all depends on what you think the Constitution is actually saying. And the Justices don’t always agree! An originalist justice is going to have a very different approach than a liberal justice will. Amy Steigerwalt, professor of political science at Georgia State University, breaks it down for us.
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How do elections rise to the Supreme Court?
Today we answer this listener question: “It has happened before that in very close elections, the Supreme Court chose the winner. How does that happen?”
Our guest is Dan Cassino, Professor of Government and Politics at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He walks us through the two times the Supreme Court or its justices were directly involved with choosing a winner of the presidency.
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Since we've been hearing so much about Trump hiring lawyers for fight for his personal and governmental, I’m wondering whether you would run a show explaining who pays for all the legal fees.
Subtle bias, as in presenting an argument for one side while failing to offer any insight into the other side, is still biased. Expected better.
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So hard to find unbiased opinions now. This is just another podcast that leans to left thinking. Sad just wanna learn some history but difficult to find unbiased material anymore.