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What does it mean to live in a democracy? Democracy Works seeks to answer that question by examining a different aspect of democratic life each week — from voting to criminal justice to the free press and everything in between. We interview experts who study democracy, as well as people who are out there doing the hard work of democracy day in and day out. Democracy Works is produced by the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State and WPSU Penn State, central Pennsylvania’s NPR station. Hosts Michael Berkman and Chris Beem are political science professors, and host Jenna Spinelle has more than a decade of journalism experience. We aim to rise above partisan bickering and hot takes on the news to have informed, nonpartisan, thought-provoking discussions about issues related to democracy.

Democracy Works Penn State McCourtney Institute for Democracy

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    • 4.9, 29 Ratings

What does it mean to live in a democracy? Democracy Works seeks to answer that question by examining a different aspect of democratic life each week — from voting to criminal justice to the free press and everything in between. We interview experts who study democracy, as well as people who are out there doing the hard work of democracy day in and day out. Democracy Works is produced by the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State and WPSU Penn State, central Pennsylvania’s NPR station. Hosts Michael Berkman and Chris Beem are political science professors, and host Jenna Spinelle has more than a decade of journalism experience. We aim to rise above partisan bickering and hot takes on the news to have informed, nonpartisan, thought-provoking discussions about issues related to democracy.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

emma_rohan ,

broad range of topics with strong core focus

I appreciate that the podcast explores such a wide range of topics and people that connect to the central theme of building and sustaining democracy. The show's consistent structure makes it a great experience for the listener, and benefits from skillfully executed interviews in every episode.

Thejawasarecoming ,

Solid content on Democracy

Very well done and professional with interesting guests and topics. Not a lot of alternative views but very good on aspects of democracy.

Sara Shein ,

episode : a brief history of people power

I’m enjoying this podcast immensely. The host and the author teased out a lot of major themes about the history of democracy and how it affects the way we think and act in our. “Democratic republic”.
Thanks Jenna - another trip to the library to get your guests book !

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