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A podcast exploring themes related to civic engagement in order to build a more inclusive, just, and equitable democracy.

James Madison Center for Civic Engagement: Democracy Matters civic@jmu.edu (James Madison University)

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A podcast exploring themes related to civic engagement in order to build a more inclusive, just, and equitable democracy.

    Ep.104: 100% Democracy ft. E.J. Dionne, Jr. and Miles Rapoport

    Ep.104: 100% Democracy ft. E.J. Dionne, Jr. and Miles Rapoport

    What would American democracy look like if everyone participated? We discuss 100% Democracy: The Case for Universal Voting with co-authors Miles Rapoport, the Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School, and E.J. Dionne, Jr. senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post, university professor at Georgetown University, and visiting professor at Harvard University.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep. 103: Investing for Democracy ft. Ian Simmons

    Ep. 103: Investing for Democracy ft. Ian Simmons

    What role can and should investors play in strengthening democracy? Ian Simmons, Co-Founder and Principal of Blue Haven Initiative, discusses impact investing, universal voting, foreign money in U.S. politics, the so-called wealth tax and more.

    • 25 min
    Ep. 102: Talking Back to Power Through Art ft. Aram Han Sifuentes

    Ep. 102: Talking Back to Power Through Art ft. Aram Han Sifuentes

    "Art can create the space, set the tone, to not even acknowledge power and to create a world for ourselves," says Aram Han Sifuentes, a fiber and social practice artist, writer, and educator who works to center immigrant and disenfranchised communities.

    • 38 min
    Russia Invasion of Ukraine: Causes and Consequences

    Russia Invasion of Ukraine: Causes and Consequences

    Daniel Beers, Colleen Moore, John Hulsey and Bernie Kaussler join us to provide historical and political context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the humanitarian and geopolitical consequences.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Ep. 98: Opportunity Lost: How We Failed Afghanistan Ft. Dr. Samiullah Nuristani

    Ep. 98: Opportunity Lost: How We Failed Afghanistan Ft. Dr. Samiullah Nuristani

    "Afghanistan could have been a successful case of state building, but the failure of the U.S. and international community to implement accountability led to the downfall of the regime," says Dr. Samiullah Nuristani, former Head of Policy and Planning in the Office of the Chief of Staff to the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. "Most of the aid was lost to waste and fraud. There is a lack of political will to address corruption." Dr. Samiullah Nuristani (JMU Public Administration '09, JMU Master's of Public Administration, '11 and Strategic Leadership Studies, '20), who is a Research Associate in the JMU Mahatma Gandhi Center's Justice and Nonviolence Research Lab, shares his journey as a refugee, and his experiences and expertise on governance in Afghanistan. Dr. Nuristani also highlighted the importance of democratic legitimacy: "What gives legitimacy to any regime is the people's consent. We have to ensure that democracy is formed organically and not imposed externally or by domestic elites."

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep. 99: Democracy Trends in Africa ft. Joanne Gabbin, Melinda Adams, Philip Onyekachukwu, Tamara White and Meagan Allen

    Ep. 99: Democracy Trends in Africa ft. Joanne Gabbin, Melinda Adams, Philip Onyekachukwu, Tamara White and Meagan Allen

    As part of the 12th Annual African, African American and Diaspora Studies (AAAD) Interdisciplinary Conference in 2022, JMU Civic and Furious Flower hosted a discussion on what friends and advocates of Africa should understand about democratic trends on the continent and what they can do to support democracy.

    • 1 hr 22 min

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Explores a range of topics that are always relevant to the political moment. They always do an excellent job engaging their student body alongside qualified scholars, academics, and media professionals.

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