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 136: Liberal Education
Jeremi and Zachary, with Prof. Jonathan Marks, discuss the approach of liberal education through a conservative lens, and how the status quo can hinder thoughtful discussions instead of promoting critical thought. Zachary sets the scene with his poem, “That Man Believes Astrology”. Jonathan Marks is a professor of politics at Ursinus College and a blogger […]
This is Democracy – Episode 135: Big Data and Policing
In this Episode Jeremi and Zachary along with – discuss how large quantities of data are used in surveillance and how they may be used to heighten inequalities for certain communities. Sarah Brayne is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin. In her research, Brayne uses qualitative and quantitative methods […]
This is Democracy – Episode 134: Scientific Literacy and Democracy
Jeremi and Zachary, with Dr. Brent Iverson, discuss the role of science in government and society, as well as how education and scientific literacy will help in the development and protection of democracy. Zachary sets the scene with his poem, “What No One Ever Told Me.” Dr. Brent Iverson is a distinguished professor of chemistry […]
This is Democracy – Episode 133: Russian Democracy Protests and US Policy
Jeremi and Zachary discuss the ongoing political protests in Russia, and Biden’s response to Putin, with Dr. Michael Kimmage. Dr. Michael Kimmage is a professor of history at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC. He is also a fellow at the German Marshall Fund, and chair of the Advisory Council for the Kennan […]
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, […]
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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.