136 episodes

Examining what it means to live in a democracy

Democracy Works Penn State McCourtney Institute for Democracy/The Democracy Group

    • Government
    • 4.7, 51 Ratings

Examining what it means to live in a democracy

    She Votes! — Susan B. Anthony and "voting while female"

    She Votes! — Susan B. Anthony and "voting while female"

    This week, we're excited to bring you an episode from She Votes!, a new podcast from the Wonder Media Network about the fight for women's suffrage as we approach the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

    • 32 min
    Reason in politics and hope for democracy

    Reason in politics and hope for democracy

    John Gastil and Katherine Knobloch, authors of "Hope for Democracy: How Citizens Can Bring Reason Back Into Politics" join Democracy Works host Jenna Spinelle for a discussion of deliberative democracy, ballot initiatives and the Citizens Initiative Review.

    • 30 min
    The people who choose the President

    The people who choose the President

    Lawrence Lessig and Meredith McGehee, whose organizations were on opposing sides of the "faithless electors" cases in the Supreme Court, come together for a discussion on the court's decision and how to make the Electoral College more democratic.

    • 42 min
    Broken Ground: Robert Bullard on environmental justice

    Broken Ground: Robert Bullard on environmental justice

    This week, we're bringing you an episode from another podcast we think you might enjoy, Broken Ground from the Southern Environmental Law Center. Dr Robert Bullard, the father of environmental justice, talks with Broken Ground host Claudine Ebeid McElwain about how communities of color are disproportionally impacted by climate change, pollution, and environmental destruction.

    • 22 min
    The world's most punitive democracy [revisited]

    The world's most punitive democracy [revisited]

    We're digging into the archives this week for another episode on race and criminal justice. Peter K. Enns, associate professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University, Executive Director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, and author of Incarceration Nation: How the U.S. Became the Most Punitive Democracy in the World.

    Enns argues that, while public opinion around criminal justice continues to shift, we still don't have anything close to a clear picture about what's happening inside correctional institutions. That, he says, makes it tough for the public to fully grasp the gravity of how incarcerated people are treated and inhibits progress toward a more just, rehabilitative system.

    • 38 min
    Suspect citizens in a democracy [revisited]

    Suspect citizens in a democracy [revisited]

    This week marks the beginning of our summer break here on Democracy Works. We are going to be rebroadcasting a few episodes from our back catalog — with a twist. In fall 2018, we did two episodes on police, criminal justice, and race that are directly relevant to what’s happening today. We caught up with […]

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

mizsimone ,

More than just politics!

The Democracy Works podcast is a great snapshot of our country and how the workings of the government influences each of us as Americans. Jenna Spinelle is always on point bringing thought provoking content to her listeners with every episode.

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Timely and Authoritative

The Democracy Works podcast adds much needed perspectives to the public discourse. It is both timely and authoritative, lifting up some of the best voices in the field and making them accessible to the general public.

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Timely issues, analysis and context

This podcast is incredibly important right now and provides so much insight with thoughtful interviews, expert analysis, and the full context behind each issue. From conversations on gerrymandering, to police reform, to congressional oversight, there are so many engaging episodes here. Give it a listen, you won’t regret it!

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