108 episodes

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 democracy, and make it work better. Listen, subscribe to the show, leave us some stars and tweet us your thoughts @DinDpodcast. New episodes post every other Wednesday.

Democracy in Danger UVA Karsh Institute

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 103 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 democracy, and make it work better. Listen, subscribe to the show, leave us some stars and tweet us your thoughts @DinDpodcast. New episodes post every other Wednesday.

    The Justices Have No Robes [Rebroadcast]

    The Justices Have No Robes [Rebroadcast]

    The high court’s conservatives insist that strict readings of the U.S. Constitution have compelled them to strike down popular policies like abortion rights and campaign finance limits. Well, legal expert Christopher Sprigman has some news for these robed rogues. Buried in the law of the land is the key to reining in the federal judiciary. All Congress has to do is act, he says. And all the people have to do is demystify the courts. Join us for our last rebroadcast of the 2023 winter break.

    • 31 min
    WTF, GOP [Rebroadcast, Again!]

    WTF, GOP [Rebroadcast, Again!]

    We’ve never been a podcast about “Democrats” in danger. But in the United States, one political party epitomizes the antidemocratic moment. Donald Trump’s influence may be waning, but many Republicans remain devoted to his style, intent on suppressing the vote and hostile to racial justice. After last week’s debacle in the House, we bring you an episode (one more time!) that takes a hard look at the GOP — with help from a former Republican congresswoman who has dared to call out the former president.

    • 31 min
    Hoover’s Ghost [Rebroadcast]

    Hoover’s Ghost [Rebroadcast]

    A consummate G-man, J. Edgar Hoover led the FBI for four decades, becoming one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Demanding rigor, loyalty and stealth from his subordinates, he worked closely with presidents of both parties, but his own views were steeped in conservative ideas on religion, race and anticommunism. As new details emerge about the present-day investigation of Donald Trump, we revisit a conversation with historian Beverly Gage — about Hoover’s imprint on the agency’s culture.

    • 35 min
    Changing Minds

    Changing Minds

    Let’s face it. There are times you can’t stand your neighbor’s guts. The problem is, contempt and disgust for people who think differently from you is the death knell of democracy, says writer Anand Giridharadas. Over the last few years, he set out in search of the lost art of persuasion, and found it: among activists, cult-deprogrammers, political organizers and deep canvassers. Giridharadas shares what he learned and offers some advice on how to talk to your friends — and enemies — this holiday season.

    • 31 min
    Missed Opportunity

    Missed Opportunity

    Two years ago, on the heels of mass protests, Chileans overwhelmingly agreed: they needed to draft a new constitution. This September, faced with an up-or-down referendum on one of the most progressive governing charters in world history, they balked. What went wrong? Political theorist Camila Vergara breaks down the breakdown in her country’s efforts to scrap a political framework dating back to the ruthless dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, who took power in 1973 in a U.S.-backed coup.

    • 32 min
    UVA, Wounded and Strong [Special Episode]

    UVA, Wounded and Strong [Special Episode]

    Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry were returning from a field trip with their classmates when their lives were cut short. The gunman who killed them has been identified as another student on the trip. Our hosts and producers sit down together to mourn and make sense of yet another tragedy too close to home. And they ask: Where do we go from here — as a school, as a town, as a society?

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
103 Ratings

103 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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