Will the U.S. have a free and fair election in 2020? In the days leading up to Nov. 3 this podcast breaks down complex legal issues for listeners who care about democracy and elections. Election scholars Edward Foley (Ohio State University Moritz College of Law) and Franita Tolson (University of Southern California Gould School of Law) focus on the integrity and health of our democratic process.
This podcast is a collaboration between OSU Moritz College of Law and USC Gould School of Law.
In this episode, Edward Foley (OSU Moritz College of Law) and Franita Tolson (USC Gould School of Law) dive into the recent census data and question if American democracy is truly representative. They explore different governance schemes and the need to look past the Founding Fathers' vision in order to create a system that reflects the country's diverse needs.
Making Democracy Work: Part 2
Constitutional law expert Richard Pildes (NYU Law) rejoins Edward Foley (OSU Moritz College of Law) and Franita Tolson (USC Gould School of Law) to continue their conversation on potential democratic reforms. In this episode, they explore how drawing more competitive electoral districts, as well as increasing public financing options for candidates, could strengthen American democracy.
Making Democracy Work: Part 1
Constitutional law expert Richard Pildes (NYU Law) joins Edward Foley (OSU Moritz College of Law) and Franita Tolson (USC Gould School of Law) to discuss his recent op-ed in The New York Times, "How to Keep Extremists Out of Power." Pulling back from the hot-button issues of voting rights, ballot access and absentee voting, he focuses instead on the extremist forces in American culture and politics that threaten our democracy — and suggests ways to minimize them through reform.
The Problem Worth Solving
How do we overcome our nation's polarization problem to run an election system that’s fair for everybody? With the 2020 election in the rearview mirror, Franita Tolson (USC Gould School of Law) and Edward Foley (OSU Moritz College of Law) look to the future and propose strategies that might align our fractured electorate, prevent voter suppression and protect majority choice.
How do we save America? Part 2
Election scholars Edward Foley (OSU Moritz College of Law) and Franita Tolson (USC Gould School of Law) continue their conversation from our last episode about finding a path forward after the 2020 election. They identify ways Americans can make meaningful changes, both political and cultural, to repair, protect and improve the election system in the lead-up to 2024. Whether it’s updating the Constitution, outlawing gerrymandering, replacing the electoral college, or confronting racism — much remains to be done.
How do we save America?
Following the Capitol insurrection, Franita Tolson (USC Gould School of Law) and Edward Foley (OSU Moritz College of Law) discuss what’s at stake for U.S. democracy, and how the damage to our political system can be repaired. Can legal prosecution restore faith in the election’s legitimacy? If so, what will it take to hold conspirators accountable, and can we trust our embattled representatives to find the courage to speak truth to power?
Franita Tolson and Ned Foley pull off something very difficult—They explain the nuances of the electoral process clearly and in detail. For anyone trying to navigate the thicket of questions the 2020 election raises about where we are and where we can/should be going, this is essential listening.
As learned scholars, Professors Tolson and Foley offer accessible insight into the crazy and tangled webs of election law. Their conversations are rooted in their scholarship, but they share with listeners their unfiltered—if not, hard to embrace—views on electioneering in America. As a young election lawyer, I really appreciate their candor, and the compassion from which they try to remain both honest and level-headed. This is a program for anyone that stays up to date on voting rights in America, and wants to hear reactions about developments in this field from two of its intellectual giants.
Franita & Ned are political stars
They present the complexities of our democratic process in a digestible way. I think most Americans feel conflicted about the upcoming election—this pod will give the listener a way to hear law professors disagree on the interpretations of election process legalities and how it effects us all.