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All over the world, liberal democracy is under threat. Autocrats are taking hold. They’re crushing dissent. Controlling the media. Trampling voting rights. Don’t let them. Join hosts Will Hitchcock and Siva Vaidhyanathan as they put the illiberal turn in context. Hear leading thinkers discuss serious threats to government by the people: from the dark web and media disinformation, to climate change, economic inequality and violent extremism. Help save democracy, and make it work better. Listen, subscribe to the show, leave us some stars and tweet us your thoughts @DinDpodcast. New episodes post every other Wednesday.

Democracy in Danger UVA Karsh Institute

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 96 Ratings

All over the world, liberal democracy is under threat. Autocrats are taking hold. They’re crushing dissent. Controlling the media. Trampling voting rights. Don’t let them. Join hosts Will Hitchcock and Siva Vaidhyanathan as they put the illiberal turn in context. Hear leading thinkers discuss serious threats to government by the people: from the dark web and media disinformation, to climate change, economic inequality and violent extremism. Help save democracy, and make it work better. Listen, subscribe to the show, leave us some stars and tweet us your thoughts @DinDpodcast. New episodes post every other Wednesday.

    Missed Opportunity

    Missed Opportunity

    Two years ago, on the heels of mass protests, Chileans overwhelming agreed: they needed to draft a new constitution. This September, faced with an up-or-down referendum on one of the most progressive governing charters in world history, they balked. What went wrong? Political theorist Camila Vergara breaks down the breakdown in her country’s efforts to scrap a political framework dating back to the ruthless dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, who took power in 1973 in a U.S.-backed coup.

    • 32 min
    UVA, Wounded and Strong [Special Episode]

    UVA, Wounded and Strong [Special Episode]

    Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry were returning from a field trip with their classmates when their lives were cut short. The gunman who killed them has been identified as another student on the trip. Our hosts and producers sit down together to mourn and make sense of yet another tragedy too close to home. And they ask: Where do we go from here — as a school, as a town, as a society?

    • 30 min
    Unsafe Harbor

    Unsafe Harbor

    The United States hasn’t overhauled immigration policy since the 1990s, even though most Americans agree the system is failing. And for thousands fleeing violence in Latin America, the consequences of inaction in Washington are treacherous. Will and our colleague Debbie Kang speak this time with a scholar fighting for asylum cases to get a fair shake, especially for women and LGBTQ applicants facing gender violence. With a backlog of nearly 2 million petitions, it’s a mammoth task.

    • 31 min
    Hoover’s Ghost

    Hoover’s Ghost

    A consummate G-man, J. Edgar Hoover led the FBI for close to 40 years, becoming one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Demanding rigor, loyalty and stealth from his subordinates, he worked closely with presidents of both parties, but his own views were steeped in conservative ideas on religion, race and anticommunism. Historian Beverly Gage considers Hoover’s legacy and helps us ask: Can the bureau he built effectively investigate a former president — and protect the republic?

    • 34 min
    Brazilian Nail-Biter

    Brazilian Nail-Biter

    Pollsters in Brazil had Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the comeback candidate, leading by as many as 14 percentage points in the presidential election. But neither top nominee won a majority this month, sending citizens back to the polls for a historic runoff. And democracy itself is on the line. Incumbent president Jair Bolsonaro has waged war on reality, sowed division on social media and attacked the press. We check in with one of his targets, journalist Patrícia Campos Mello, ahead of the Oct. 30 rematch.

    • 33 min
    We the Entrenched

    We the Entrenched

    The U.S. Constitution is an 18th-century straitjacket. It’s almost impossible to amend, it gives outsize power to small states, and its meaning is subject to the whims of unelected and increasingly intransigent judges. So what’s new? Well, you might be intrigued to learn on this episode just how America might wrench itself out of that morass, short of trashing the Constitution altogether. With the 2022 midterms on the horizon, our two guests offer up a few ideas — some new, some as old as Athens.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
96 Ratings

96 Ratings

mrs mc gonagall's sister ,

No way Reagan

What’s wrong with coming out with a new Republican Party. Please, imagine something deeper & more imaginative. Nobody likes Trump, he was an entertainer. A nobody, yet we laughed and were amazed. An orange freak who is now off stage forever
Let’s March into the neighborhoods and repair and repair some more until all societies are as friendly and supported as can become. Jobs jobs and a good education for all before our planet throws up discharge on all of our mistakes.
Love your show 👍

midwestBlue ,

12.29 pod

excellent discussion and great guest, Nina Jankowicz. thank you

mel1.06 ,

Amazing!

It was wonderful listening to up close perspectives, especially in hearing from students and educators alike - It goes beyond telling the situation at hand, but really showcasing empathy and the full picture

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