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On "How to Save a Country," hosts Felicia Wong (Roosevelt Institute) and Michael Tomasky (The New Republic) introduce you to the people and ideas moving America forward in uncertain times. How did we get to this inflection point for our democracy and economy, and how do we move ahead? How do we protect democracy from its attackers? How do we change the fundamentals of our economy so jobs pay more and wealth is shared? How do we forge a path to a high-care, low-carbon future?

“How to Save a Country” answers these questions by connecting dots across economics, law, and politics—and shows that there is a way forward for our democracy.

New episodes every Thursday. Presented by the Roosevelt Institute, The New Republic, and PRX.

You can find transcripts and related resources for every episode at howtosaveacountry.org.

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On "How to Save a Country," hosts Felicia Wong (Roosevelt Institute) and Michael Tomasky (The New Republic) introduce you to the people and ideas moving America forward in uncertain times. How did we get to this inflection point for our democracy and economy, and how do we move ahead? How do we protect democracy from its attackers? How do we change the fundamentals of our economy so jobs pay more and wealth is shared? How do we forge a path to a high-care, low-carbon future?

“How to Save a Country” answers these questions by connecting dots across economics, law, and politics—and shows that there is a way forward for our democracy.

New episodes every Thursday. Presented by the Roosevelt Institute, The New Republic, and PRX.

You can find transcripts and related resources for every episode at howtosaveacountry.org.

    Our Democracy Is in Trouble, But We’ve Been Here Before (with Heather Cox Richardson)

    Our Democracy Is in Trouble, But We’ve Been Here Before (with Heather Cox Richardson)

    Heather Cox Richardson's wildly popular Substack newsletter, Letters from an American, achieves what historical studies do at their best: shed light on the politics of the moment by telling parallel stories from the past. As often as the word "unprecedented" comes up in modern political discussions, the comparisons it conjures are usually limited to living memory—which historians know to look beyond.

    The newsletter is drawn from Richardson's work as a professor of 19th century American history at Boston College. She's also the author of six books including, most recently, To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party.

    In this conversation, Richardson talks with Michael and Felicia about today’s polarization, the last time antidemocratic forces threatened to take hold of Congress, and the origins of the American public's susceptibility to conspiracy theories.

    Presented by the Roosevelt Institute, The New Republic, and PRX. Generous funding for this podcast was provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Omidyar Network. Views expressed in this podcast do not necessarily reflect the opinions and beliefs of its funders.

    You can find transcripts and related resources for every episode at howtosaveacountry.org.

    • 31 min
    Why the Biden Economy Is Better Than You Think (with Brian Deese)

    Why the Biden Economy Is Better Than You Think (with Brian Deese)

    Fresh off a legislative winning streak, the Biden administration is having a moment right now. But those unprecedented investments in driving clean energy innovation and rebuilding supply chains are poised to reshape the American economy for the next decade and beyond.

    Brian Deese, Director of the National Economic Council, had a lot to do with that.

    Brian joins the podcast to talk about the uniting principle behind the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, the CHIPS and Science Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act: "competent, effective government focused on investing in the United States, building in the United States, building capacity that's going to connect to people's lives.”

    But first, co-hosts Felicia Wong and Michael Tomasky discuss their mission for the podcast's first season: challenging neoliberalism's prescription for small government, trickle-down tax cuts, and an unquestioning faith in markets—and offering an alternative vision for an economy and democracy that work for all of us.

    Presented by the Roosevelt Institute, The New Republic, and PRX. Generous funding for this podcast was provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Omidyar Network. Views expressed in this podcast do not necessarily reflect the opinions and beliefs of its funders.

    You can find transcripts and related resources for every episode at howtosaveacountry.org.

    • 37 min
    Welcome to How to Save a Country

    Welcome to How to Save a Country

    On "How to Save a Country," hosts Felicia Wong (Roosevelt Institute) and Michael Tomasky (The New Republic) introduce you to the people and ideas moving America forward in uncertain times.

    With their insights and ideas, they'll connect the dots across economics, law, and politics to show there is a way forward for our democracy — even if it doesn't feel that way.

    New episodes every Thursday. Presented by the Roosevelt Institute, The New Republic, and PRX.

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

aksjdndrd ,

This is the pod I’ve been waiting for

Thank you Michael and Felicia for taking these important issues and breaking them down so thoroughly, while making them accessible. I can’t wait for what comes next!

Shogun_u_down ,

Where the rubber meets the road

Political rhetoric, talking points, and hyperbole have dulled the senses and patience of average Americans

In an age of sensational, knee jerk garbage stories about crack pipes, sex scandals, and fabrications, podcasts that talk about the real, meta data driven effects of policy, I believe, will be the saving grace of the internet age

This is one podcast that can be counted among them

jah0324 ,

Vital new show

A fascinating first episode by interviewers who really know their stuff. This is heady stuff but a riveting conversation about where the economy is headed and how to make it all more just.

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