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
Right to Privacy: Griswold v Connecticut
Despite the fact that they were written in the late 19th century, morality laws were still on the books in the United States in 1965. In Connecticut, one such law prohibited the discussion, prescription and distribution of contraception. After years of trying to get the courts to scrub this law from the books, medical providers had to find a way to get the question before the highest court in the land. It wouldn’t be easy, but in the end the case would transform our notion of privacy and the role of the Supreme Court when it comes to public law.
Renee Cramer of Drake University and Elizabeth Lane of Louisiana State are our guides.
Civics Shorts: The Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence laid out the reasons the United States wanted to separate from Great Britain… and the ideals on which a new nation was founded. What led to the break up? What did the document say? And who was included… and excluded?
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Mapp v Ohio
In 1957, three police officers showed up at the home of Dollree Mapp and demanded to be let in. They had no warrant. Ms. Mapp refused. This landmark case about privacy and unlawful search and seizure defines our protections under the 4th Amendment today.
This episode features Vince Warren, Executive Director for the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Boston University Law professor Tracey Maclin.
Electoral College Addendum
Today we’re revisiting one of the most requested and controversial topics from Civics 101; the electoral college. High School social studies teacher Neal Walter Young talks about some of the points he debates with his class when they dissect how we vote for the people who vote for the president.
How a Bill (Really) Becomes a Law
Today AP Gov teacher David Olson shares his favorite episode, How a Bill (really) Becomes a Law. Here is a link to his paired lesson plan, three pages that will get anyone, student or not, up to speed.
We at Civics 101 adore Schoolhouse Rock and that sad little scrap of paper on the steps of the Capitol. But today we try to finish what they started, by diving into the messy, partisan, labyrinthine process of modern-day legislation.
This episode features the voices of Andy Wilson, Adia Samba-Quee, Alizah Ross, and Eleanor Powell.
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Insurrection, Protest, Terrorism, Sedition, Coup
When it comes to discussing the events at the Capitol building on January 6, teachers have risen to the challenge. Meredith Baker, who teaches social studies in Virginia, suggested the first step should be defining five very charged terms. And that’s what we do today.
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I tell everyone (who will listen) about this podcast
If you have even a teaspoon of interest in how our Country works, listen to this podcast. They are quick bites. Easily digestible. Thought provoking. Thank you NHPR for creating this for us to enjoy!
Formerly Great Podcast Falls Further
I began listening to this podcast when it was first released. The episodes, while somewhat monotone, where well written and through. After Nick and Hannah took over, I had hope that the precast would continue its deep dives, but unfortunately the podcast quickly turned toward parroting their political views instead of teaching actual civics. I get it, it’s a popular way to get points across, but the spin makes the podcast hard to get through.
I’m just a bill
Thoroughly enjoy this podcast’s unbiased look at the history that is U.S.