The future of democracy is uncertain, but we are committed to its urgent renewal today. This podcast will draw on historical knowledge to inspire a contemporary democratic renaissance. The past offers hope for the present and the future, if only we can escape the negativity of our current moment — and each show will offer a serious way to do that! This podcast will bring together thoughtful voices from different generations to help make sense of current challenges and propose positive steps forward. Our goal is to advance democratic change, one show at a time. Dr. Jeremi Suri, a renown scholar of democracy, will host the podcast and moderate discussions.
This is Democracy – Episode 132: Presidential Inaugurations
Today Jeremi and Zachary discuss President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration and the effects his speech may have on the current divisions in the United States with special guest Dr. David Greenberg. Zachary sets the scene with his poem “For President Biden Upon His Inauguration.” David Greenberg is a professor of History and of Journalism & Media […]
This is Democracy – Episode 131: Insurrection: White Supremacist Riots from Charlottesville (2017) to the Capitol (2021)
Today Jeremi and Zachary reflect on the recent events leading up to the U.S. Capitol riots and discuss its impact amidst a democracy in crisis with special guest, Dr. Nicole Hemmer. Nicole Hemmer is an associate research scholar with the Obama Presidency Oral History project. A political historian specializing in media, conservatism, and the far-right, […]
This is Democracy – Episode 130: We Survived 2020!
Today Jeremi and Zachary reflect on what they have learned this year from the many discussions with the guests they’ve had on the podcast, what 2020 has taught us, and why they have hope for 2021. Zachary sets the scene with his poem titled “The Year of Elisions”.
This is Democracy – Episode 129: Vaccinations
Today, Jeremi and Zachary, with guest Professor David M. Oshinsky discuss the history of vaccinations in American society and how it applies to the current pandemic and the arrivals of the newest COVID-19 vaccines. Zachary sets the scene with his poem titled “In My Defense”. David M. Oshinsky directs the division of medical humanities in […]
This is Democracy – Episode 128: The Republican Party with
Today, Jeremi and Zachary, with guest Dr. Geoffrey Kabaservice discuss the mid-twentieth century history of the Republican party and what that can inform us about where the party might be going from where it is today. Zachary sets the scene with his poem titled, “For Joseph McCarthy and his Brethren in Moral Promiscuity”. Dr. Geoffrey […]
This is Democracy – Episode 127: Hopes for Democracy in Atlanta
Today, Jeremi and Zachary, with guest Dr. Shirley Thompson talk about the historical evolution of Atlanta, Georgia. Zachary sets the scene with his song titled, “Don Quixote of Oakland and Sancho of the South Side”. Dr. Shirley Thompson is an Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, and Associate Director […]
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I frequently recommend this podcast
Thoughtful, intelligent perspectives on important topics.
A must listen!
This Is Democracy is a perfectly-suited title for this must-listen podcast!
Jeremi brings together people of different faiths, backgrounds, and ages who engage in constructive, thought-provoking conversations on some of the most important issues in American society. And each episode opens with a profound and impactful poem by Zachary.
Educational for the entire family.
I really appreciate the format of this podcast. I have a 14 year old and a 10 year old and I will sometimes play these on the way to and from school. They provide a springboard and a structure for discussions that I find to be important to include our younger generations in. Topics are on point, historically factual and interesting.