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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 the rule of the people — one episode at a time. And make democracy work better.

Listen, subscribe to the show, leave us some stars and tweet us your thoughts @DinDpodcast. New episodes drop every other Wednesday.

Democracy in Danger UVA Karsh Institute

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 114 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 the rule of the people — one episode at a time. And make democracy work better.

Listen, subscribe to the show, leave us some stars and tweet us your thoughts @DinDpodcast. New episodes drop every other Wednesday.

    No Good Reason – Bonus Interview with Greg Robinson

    No Good Reason – Bonus Interview with Greg Robinson

    In this follow-up to last week’s show, we offer Will’s full interview with Greg Robinson, about Japanese confinement during World War II. Robinson, a historian at the University of Quebec, has studied that tragic chapter and its implications for us today more deeply than just about anyone.

    • 28 min
    No Good Reason

    No Good Reason

    After the Empire of Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, a racial panic took hold over the United States and its leadership. And President Franklin D. Roosevelt — otherwise known for the progressive policies of his New Deal — approved the mass removal and confinement of Japanese American families, on scant evidence of disloyalty. Our team discusses this shameful chapter in U.S. history, and its legacy, with a daughter of two erstwhile internees and one of the world’s foremost students of the era.

    • 33 min
    Power Plays [Rebroadcast]

    Power Plays [Rebroadcast]

    After a fraudulent election in August 2020, Belarusian riot police cracked down on massive protests. Then demonstrators started vanishing. Many of them would be tortured in custody. But a determined group of activists struck back, outing the names and faces of bad cops. We speak with one of those activists on this “Power of Many” rebroadcast. Plus, Emily explains how Russia’s mercenary Wagner Group, alive and well with Belarusian support, continues to destabilize democracies in far-flung places.

    • 32 min
    Undue Process

    Undue Process

    Félix Maradiaga spent more than 600 days in a jail in Nicaragua. Held in solitary confinement for most of that time, he faced beatings and constant interrogation. Why? Because he stood up against the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega. Since 2007, Ortega has dismantled checks on his power. In 2018, his police cracked down on mass protests, killing some 300 demonstrators and bystanders. Today, Maradiaga lives in exile and campaigns against the use of arbitrary detention in his native country and around the world.

    • 28 min
    Keeping the Faith [Rebroadcast]

    Keeping the Faith [Rebroadcast]

    In 1829, the abolitionist David Walker published a stunning, poignant appeal to “to the colored citizens of the world.” He urged them to fight against a system of racial slavery and oppression, and to expose that system’s moral bankruptcy. Walker’s plea has since taken shape in the work of some of America’s greatest thinkers, like W.E.B. Du Bois, James Baldwin and Billie Holiday. On this episode redux, a political philosopher reflects on their ideas, their art and their struggles against resignation.

    • 32 min
    El Loco

    El Loco

    Argentina’s new president is a libertarian populist and, by his own account, an anarcho-capitalist. To tackle his county’s deep economic troubles, Javier Milei wants to dismantle state institutions, implement severe austerity measures and strip protections for workers. He also wants to outlaw abortion. But in a country with a strong tradition of organized labor and women’s movements, so far he has sown mainly chaos. We speak with a journalist and a sociologist who say Milei’s methods are madness.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
114 Ratings

114 Ratings

markjvb ,

A valuable and necessary conversation

Democracy in Danger unapologetically speaks the truth about the dangerous situation our country has found itself in. While the candor is refreshing in a time when media too often downplay or normalize threats, this podcast’s real contribution is the approach it takes leveraging scholarship and history to consider not only what problems we face today, but what we can do about them.

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

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